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

Welcome to Gravenhurst

OK, so on the one hand we have online education growing by leaps and zounds, until anyone who really wants to do a quality university degree can do so from t...
January 23, 2012

Revising the Curriculum

I've been thinking some more about what the foundation and core of Software Carpentry actually are (and not just because Jon Pipitone keeps pestering me to d...
January 23, 2012

We Have Nothing To Give Them

I have sometimes dreamt that when the Day of Judgment dawns and great conquerors and lawyers and statesmen come to receive their rewards&mdas...
January 21, 2012

The First Bootcamp of 2012

We just wrapped up the first bootcamp of 2012 at the Space Telescope Science Institute. 14 scientists with a wide variety of computational backgrounds spent ...
January 20, 2012

By Any Means Necessary

I was passionate about politics when I was in my twenties, mostly because I was desperate for something to be passionate about. (I had friends who felt as st...
January 20, 2012