Years ago, I lost my temper while arguing with my brother, and said, "Jeff, I could teach you everything I know and you'd still be an idiot." Please keep that in mind as you read this site.

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Top Up vs. Bottom Down

Ever heard of Masdar City? I hadn’t ‘til this: Consider this: Abu Dhabi ranks first in per capita carbon dioxide and green house gas emissions, with a footp...
September 24, 2009

Great Computer Science Educators

I didn't know this list existed: "Recipients of the Outstanding Contribution to Computer Science Education" from 1981 to the present. I just wish there were ...
September 24, 2009

T Minus 17 Hours

In a little less than 17 hours, 48 students from 14 different universities will be starting a 3-day code sprint here at the University of Toronto. Their wor...
September 24, 2009

Presentation, Presentation, Presentation

Over on the Software Carpentry blog, I’ve posted a plea for pointers to good online tutorials: if I’m going to reorganize the SC material, I’d like to upgrad...
September 24, 2009

Applications and Data Sets

The first homework assignment for students in the Government 2.0 consulting course was to find prior art (i.e., existing applications on the web) and data se...
September 23, 2009