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Academy Caritas: Free Courses Online

Posted by Cyn | Posted in College, Education, Family, Friends | Posted on 30-07-2012

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Today’s post at Acad­e­my Car­i­tas lists some free online cours­es that look very good. I’m con­sid­er­ing using some of those to get back into the groove of school until I can go back “for real.”

I’m in a good mood, as I’m at the girl’s place and I got to see Steven today. Hap­py day!

Academy Caritas: Learning to Code, Part 5

Posted by Cyn | Posted in Education, Family, Fun, Geekery, Reading | Posted on 14-07-2012

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Y’all are tired of me doing this, aren’t you? Learn­ing to Code, Part 5.

Well, I had some fun away from the com­put­er when my old­est nephew vis­it­ed today. He’s a non-stop bun­dle of ener­gy! We got the air hock­ey table cleared off for a game. Woof!

And I went to the library and checked out actu­al, phys­i­cal books for the first time in eons, rather than eBooks. That was a trip. I had to learn how to use the self check­out thing all over again. I feel like a lud­dite when that kind of thing hap­pens. I want to shout, “No, I’m not behind the curve, I’m ahead of it!” But the things I need­ed (tech­ni­cal ref­er­ences) were only avail­able from the library on dead trees, so there you have it. I had to lug home many pounds of paper. Hap­py I am to be able to check them out, too, as those books are pricey!

Academy Caritas: Learning to Code, Part 4

Posted by Cyn | Posted in Education, Geekery | Posted on 13-07-2012

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Yet anoth­er post in the ongo­ing dra­ma of an old lady learn­ing new tricks, Learn­ing to Code, Part 4. I actu­al­ly put some of what I’ve learned (not pro­gram­ming, but updat­ed web knowl­edge) to use and re-for­mat­ted my résumé so that it looks much bet­ter (to me, any­way).

Academy Caritas: Learning to Code, Part 3

Posted by Cyn | Posted in Education, Friends, Geekery | Posted on 12-07-2012

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Today’s main post is at Acad­e­my Car­i­tas, Learn­ing to Code, Part 3.

I spent part of the day help­ing Steven with his new web site, which was fun. I’m look­ing for­ward to read­ing lots of food porn there. Y’all go over and say hel­lo, please?

Sleepy, Sleepy

Posted by Cyn | Posted in Education, Fun, Geekery, Reading | Posted on 10-07-2012

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I stayed up WAY too late last night study­ing pro­gram­ming. Yes, for fun. That’s my idea of fun, any­way. I’ve been yawn­ing all day as a result, and I should already be in bed tonight because I need to be up ear­ly tomor­row. So this will be brief.

I’ve been enjoy­ing cor­re­spon­dence with a dear old friend over the last few days. Isn’t love­ly how, with some peo­ple, you can be out of touch for a decade and pick right up where you left off as if no time at all had passed?

I got to vis­it both a book­store and a library today. I’m a hap­py bib­lio­phile 🙂

Academy Caritas: Learning to Code, Part 2

Posted by Cyn | Posted in Announcement, Education, Geekery | Posted on 09-07-2012

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Yet anoth­er Acad­e­my Car­i­tas post today, Learn­ing to Code, Part 2. That’s what I’ve been doing for most of the day!

What was your favourite part about returning to school?

Posted by Cyn | Posted in Blogging, Education, Memories | Posted on 05-09-2011

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The NaBloPo­Mo prompt for today:
What was your favourite part about return­ing to school?

Back to School by Lel4nd (Leland Francisco)

That’s not an easy ques­tion. It wasn’t cool to acknowl­edge being hap­py to return to school each year, of course, so while I was glad, I didn’t real­ly acknowl­edge it to myself. As a result, it is more dif­fi­cult to access those mem­o­ries.

Even though I knew there would be end­less amounts of review each year, I was always excit­ed about the pos­si­bil­i­ty of learn­ing some­thing new. After we left Gads­den, I was able to look for­ward to school library access, too. (The ele­men­tary school I attend­ed in Alaba­ma didn’t even have a library, and back then, the Gwin­nett Coun­ty Pub­lic Library wasn’t the award win­ning facil­i­ty that it is now.)

I also had a secret hope that maybe this would be the year when I would meet some­one like me. Some­one else who didn’t fit in. Some­one who pre­ferred books to most peo­ple, who either didn’t go to church or was only there because his or her par­ents forced the issue, who would be will­ing to dis­cuss the ques­tions brought up by all the con­tra­dic­tions in the Bible and var­i­ous church’s teach­ings (and how preach­ers and oth­er church lead­ers actu­al­ly lived). Some­one who didn’t think it was bad to be intel­li­gent, maybe even some­one who would admit to day­dream­ing and mak­ing up new sto­ries about peo­ple they’d read about, or com­plete­ly new sto­ries of their own. The kind of peo­ple you didn’t run into just because your par­ents bought hous­es in the same neigh­bor­hood, or went to the same church, or worked for the same com­pa­ny.

I did meet some­one who became a dear friend in the first week of my Junior year, on the bus, in fact. She even lived in my neigh­bor­hood! I con­tin­ue to be amazed by the fact that I said some­thing to her first, as she’s far more extro­vert­ed than I have ever been. Dorothea is a trea­sure, and I will always be thank­ful for meet­ing her.

I still have a hymen (or “vaginal corona”) ? And I thought I just had the box it came in!

Posted by Cyn | Posted in Education, Feminism, Humor | Posted on 09-12-2009

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Swedish group renames hymen ‘vagi­nal coro­na’

…(T)he term hymen is root­ed in the Greek word for mem­brane. Rather than a frag­ile mem­brane that breaks, how­ev­er, the hymen is actu­al­ly mul­ti­ple folds of mucous mem­brane.

The vagi­nal coro­na is a per­ma­nent part of a woman’s body through­out her life. It doesn’t dis­ap­pear after she first has sex­u­al inter­course, and most women don’t bleed the first time.

After read­ing the arti­cle, I have to say that I agree with the rea­son­ing as to why there should be a name change, but I don’t real­ly think it’s going to go far. It’s far bet­ter to just con­tin­ue to work on tak­ing vir­gin­i­ty off the ridicu­lous pedestal upon which it has been placed than on try­ing to replace one word with anoth­er.

Nifty! Know a girl aged 8 – 11?

Posted by Cyn | Posted in Education | Posted on 15-05-2009

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Via the ines­timable : Teach­ing girls to pro­gram
“Kids learn­ing to sto­ry­board, brain­storm, cri­tique, design, pitch ideas, psue­docode, actu­al­ly code, and make toys do things.”

TotD: Doris Lessing on Education

Posted by Cyn | Posted in Education, Thought of the Day | Posted on 16-07-2008

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The Golden NotebookDoris Less­ing, Intro­duc­tion to The Gold­en Note­book

Ide­al­ly, what should be said to every child, repeat­ed­ly, through­out his or her school life is some­thing like this:

“You are in the process of being indoc­tri­nat­ed. We have not yet evolved a sys­tem of edu­ca­tion that is not a sys­tem of indoc­tri­na­tion. We are sor­ry, but it is the best we can do. What you are being taught here is an amal­gam of cur­rent prej­u­dice and the choic­es of this par­tic­u­lar cul­ture. The slight­est look at his­to­ry will show how imper­ma­nent these must be. You are being taught by peo­ple who have been able to accom­mo­date them­selves to a régime of thought laid down by their pre­de­ces­sors. It is a self-per­pet­u­at­ing sys­tem. Those of you who are more robust and indi­vid­ual than oth­ers will be encour­aged to leave and find ways of edu­cat­ing your­self – edu­cat­ing your own judge­ments. Those that stay must remem­ber, always, and all the time, that they are being mould­ed and pat­terned to fit into the nar­row and par­tic­u­lar needs of this par­tic­u­lar soci­ety.”