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Getting Started with the Raspberry Pi 2

I got a Raspberry Pi 2 for Christmas, and finally took it for a spin this weekend… just as the community is getting ready to celebrate the Pi’s 4th birthday. After using it for a few hours, here’s what I’ve learned so far. Invest in a Starter Kit The base Raspberry Pi 2 board is only about $35, but it comes with nothing else, not even an ac adapter....

Must… resist the temptation…. oh, for pete’s sake just MOVE OVER and let me do it!

One of the coolest things about being a parent is getting to teach your kids something new. A new game, a new skill, something they didn’t “get” before. It’s a bit of immortality, in a way. Imparting something onto the next generation! Okay, so it’s not always grand. Sometimes we’re just trying to unload something we always have to do, like getting their own milk or clearing the...

How (and why) I built my kids a bunk bed instead of buying one

Last summer, my wife was looking to reorganize the homeschool area of our living room. We had a few smallish book cases lining the wall, all different colors and sizes. They were beat up, shelves sagging. It was time to replace them, and she wanted something big enough to hold the dozens of text books, papers and other materials that homeschooling requires. We...

Saturday Morning Reads #2

I read so many good articles during the week, stuff that’s so much better than anything I could dream up. Every week or two, I’ll share some of the more thoughtful and inspiring ones on here. :) If we’re lucky, we get to do what we enjoy and improve lives at the same time. Matthew Schroeder is helping his son learn how to interact with others socially. Matthew...

HacktoberFest, and Making My First OSS Contributions

All last month, DigitalOcean carried out an event called HacktoberFest. In their own words… HacktoberFest is a month-long event encouraging people to contribute to GitHub-hosted open source projects, whether by fixing bugs, creating new features, or updating and writing documentation. More significantly, t-shirts were involved. And stickers. Developers love them some swag. And we’re pretty much suckers for any kind of prize if...

Saturday Morning Reads #1

I read so many good articles during the week, stuff that’s so much better than anything I could dream up. Every week or two, I’ll share some of the more thoughtful and inspiring ones with you. :)

The Beauty and Joy of Computing (mooc), and My First Snap! Script

“The Beauty and Joy of Computing” (BJC) is a new mooc that started just a few weeks ago. Dan Garcia has been teaching it at UC Berkeley for awhile, and now it’s available on edX. Discover the big ideas and thinking practices in computer science plus learn how to code using one of the friendliest programming languages, Snap! (based on Scratch). We’ve been working on this...