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.

Recent posts

Object-Oriented Programming in Fortran 2003

Damian Rouson is teaching a class in Berkeley March 26-28, 2012, and again April 10-12, on object-oriented programming in Fortran 2003. The March class is fu...
March 23, 2012

Two Questions After the Audrey Test

Once upon a time, about a quarter of a century ago, I went into a prof's office in Edinburgh and told him that neural networks were the future, because, look...
March 22, 2012

Informed Choice and the Audrey Test

As I wrote a few days ago, I asked Audrey Watters to put together a "Joel test" to assess how much someone technical knew about education. She has now posted...
March 18, 2012

The Dark Matter of Computational Science

Scott Hanselman's recent post "Dark Matter Developers" got me thinking once again about what Software Carpentry is about. He says: [We] hypothesize that ther...
March 18, 2012

Wrapping Up the STScI Course

The online portion of our work with learners at the Space Telescope Science Institute wound up today. 6 of the 14 people who took part in the on-site worksho...
March 16, 2012