Fending Off “Day 2” at Luther College

I’m a fan of Jeff Bezos, CEO of Amazon, whether its because he “got it” and was the first customer of Net Perceptions or because of his fascination with space or just because I admire him as a leader. It doesn’t matter, I pay attention to what he ...

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The flood of 2016

We were sitting on the screen porch last night watching the storm roll in. In this case the 'we' was the computer science department. There is nothing like watching the lighting show at a distance. Just as the first person was getting ready to leave, the downpour hit. The consensus ...

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Super Slow Motion Butterfly

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Sitting on the deck yesterday, we noticed this butterfly hard at work. Polinating the flowers like crazy. So I grabbed my phone and set it to super slow motion and shot a few seconds of this hard worker.

Today, as a break from coding, I trimmed it up a bit ...

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Is Google Bad for CS1?

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I've just finished teaching a seven week course called Fundamentals of Web Development. Its an introductory course for potential CS majors and non-majors alike. I enjoyed teaching this course, but I learned something that I think has been right in front of me for years, that became very apparent ...

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Development Tips

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Development Tips

I have been writing programs since I was in 9th grade, that would be 35 years (Yikes!)  I have more than put in my 10,000 hours to attain some level of mastery, but I like to think of it as wisdom.  Studies have shown that there can ...

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Moving to Nikola

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When I moved this blog to Octopress in January, it was inspiring in many ways. There were two things that slightly bugged me.

  • Octopress is entirely too ruby based. Rake, and all of that made me feel bad, like I was cheating on Python. Surely there must be a similar ...
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the long winter

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When I was little, I read all of the Laura Ingalls Wilder books, including The Long Winter. That was the winter of 1880-1881 in case you are wondering. Lately my reading tastes lean more towards the Game of Thrones and the coming long winter in that story. Yesterday I arrived ...

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chapel talk - 11/4 nehemiah 13 1-3, 23-31

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This is the text from my chapel talk yesterday. The video (mostly of the top of my head) can be found on the Luther Portal. Make sure you go to the On Demand tab and look for me on November 4.

I’m going to begin today with a slightly ...

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