Refreshing the Board

Dayton, OH (Michael Stein)

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  1. MrCompletely Says:

    the only “problem” with that DP16 set is you’ll soon realize it’d be a lot better if you ate a hit of acid

  2. dorn76 Says:

    Is Outcasty bringing the globe and smoke machine to C&J East? Worth some suitcase triage, imho. How many packs of wet wipes does one person need, really?

  3. little umbrellas Says:

    57= 111001

  4. little umbrellas Says:

    Gumbo, I have some weeks before I need to teach it, but yeah, my 4th graders will use PythonRoom to learn introductory sentences and I need to know that shit.

  5. little umbrellas Says:

    Bring 4 wetwipes for every deemster misting from Outcasty’s magic orb.

  6. MrCompletely Says:

    Baller. PythonRoom sounds brilliant. We use Python very heavily here. All our more recent internal tools are written in Python

  7. Gumbomaniac Says:

    DP16 is the heat! Coding is def an in demand skill! It’s also more of a creative endeavor than I think most realize. Most people clump it in with STEM which is fair, but writing good code is def an art form IMO at least.

  8. sumodie Says:

    Per rental contract, If any wet wipes are found in the outhouse, security deposit will not be returned

  9. MrCompletely Says:

    Of course, Gumbo. I couldn’t agree more.

    The first step to good coding is actually empathy. You have to understand what your potential users actually want to use a thing for. The idea of the Spock-like emotionless coder as an ideal is pure fallacy – there’s a use for those people, but they’re never more than minions. If you have them leading development it’s a disaster 90% of the time – the code will be great but the product won’t be any good to use so no one will care.

    Plus there’s the emergent things that happen in the course of it, things that come up unexpectedly either for better or worse…

    it’s a whole-brain skillset. Very different from the outside perception.

  10. Gumbomaniac Says:

    That’s cool that you get it @c. I would like to see a lot more women join the coding work force, and just different minds in general.

    I also find that the ‘spock-like’ developer has set a precedent that people who code lack social skills. That drives me crazy.

    Many of my girl friends have had a much harder time with imposter syndrome in a mainly male dominated field as well. I wish they could understand that I just google solutions all day, and pretty much just fake it until I make it! None of us really know what we’re doing 🙂

  11. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    and here I thought empathy was only useful for shaming bands for not pleying the geography you want them to

  12. little umbrellas Says:

    NPR did a piece yesterday about these 2 women who have a start-up and we’re getting really slow responses from people.. or people questioning them a lot/not assuming they knew what they were taking about.
    So they made up a person named Keith Mann, and suddenly they were getting immediate responses and people assumed Keith knew what was up and would help without questioning.

  13. dorn76 Says:

    Neighbor growing up had a python room in his basement; bunch of snakes including one huge one, all living in tanks outside his darkroom. Dude was a prof. photog, wore dark tinted eyeglasses all the time. Odd duck. House had a huge open living room with leather sectionals on a thick shag rug, and a giant wood paneled bar. The dad’s would play horseshoes in his pit, and all the neighborhood kids could come and go to use his pool whenever we wanted.

    A little creepy to think about actually. Never married, or had a gf/bf around that I ever saw, but sure loved having kids at the pool.

    I was only around there on weekends (Mom would do the hand off to Dad at the HoJo’s parking lot on Friday after school), so not sure what went down when parents weren’t present.

    That would’ve been ’80-’84 or so…

    Man those were different times eh.

  14. MrCompletely Says:

    LOL yeah the most important single programming skill is knowing to google with “” in the search

    the only good thing about the idiocy of sexism against female programmers is that it maybe drives some of them to us, because we think they’re great and would love to hire more please

    as for empathetic or user-centered design I’m in the middle (well, still near the start really) of my first major new product development project as director and project lead and I can def say that thinking deeply about what the clients actually would want to use (including asking them, but not in a simple/direct way, which is interesting) is by far the most challenging and fun part, and much more technical than it sounds in abstract – with building over legacy code and tech debt as an almost equal challenge (but less fun)

  15. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    dorn, what, you never accidently found the real dungeon down there?

  16. Gumbomaniac Says:

    That’s baffling @lilum! I wonder if a lot of that mindset is generational? Who knows really.

  17. jerseyjim Says:

    MSG of yore.

  18. little umbrellas Says:

    Unfortunately: is it really super baffling tho? Dang ole Patriarchy maaaan. But yeah, i’d say generationally in many cases shits getting better.

    Resolved a ‘situation’ the other day where one 3rd grader was upset about being name called.. the other kid had called him ‘transgender’. 🙂

  19. Stoney Case Says:

    C! No doubt the man has skills for days. As a fan of sports, and a reader of emotions, I very much feel for the man.

    He was up 3-1 with OKC. He was a beloved man on a popular team with solid ownership. He became the villain of the league by taking the easy way out. Had he played half as well for OKC in the conference finals as he did against Cleveland, history is completely different.

    He won a championship and it meant almost nothing. You could see it on his face and now read it in his behavior.

    Like me, missing all of ’97 Phish and spending all this time and money chasing it in 3.0 – hollow victories

  20. MrCompletely Says:

    yeah Um that story was really something…

    ha dorn, I knew some Snake People as a young freak. A couple. Lived in a trailer in the woods. When I was in HS they were early 20s. They grew mushrooms and sold them and acid and as far as I could tell were tripping almost all the time. Had those big-ass snakes…listened to a lot of Yes…made super ginormous melted-wax psychedelic sculptures…gave off a heavy Bizarre Sex vibe…didn’t have the potentially sketchy/violent edge of some Snake People but still pretty out there…he was a fellow Domino’s driver ya know. Good people I think but a little too far down the wormhole into their own dimension

  21. Gumbomaniac Says:

    @c have you heard of full story? We have it at our current place and it’s a game changer. It allows you to see a complete user session on your site.

    It allows you to search for user sessions depending on what they’ve interacted with on your site such as button click etc.

  22. stapes Says:

    Well, seems like an appropriate page to ask…

    @C and @ Gumbo – I should learn some Python. Any recommendations on best way to teach myself? Code Academy?

  23. MrCompletely Says:

    idk if he’s really the villain of the league. I think that’s a narrative pushed by media. Almost none of the fans I know give any shits about it except that it makes the playoffs a little more boring maybe.

    As noted by many, the Isaiah Thomas trade proves once and for all (as if anyone didn’t know) that loyalty is just bullshit people say to keep players in line. It doesn’t exist.

    We ding Carmelo for staying in NYC and not going to a competitive team and we also ding KD for leaving to go to a competitive team? Uhhhhhhhh

    Whole thing seems like a nonissue to me

  24. little umbrellas Says:

    Out Barri player in Sun Hop has a few Boa’s.

    When he feeds it.. he just let’s a mouse loose in his warehouse, and let’s the snake loose too.

    Pretty crazy stuff to see go down. The recoil and the pounce. Crazy fast.

  25. Gumbomaniac Says:

    @stapes I think things like CodeAcademy are good places to start. However, what really cements something is building an actual app with it. Find something simple once you know enough and build it.

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