Skill Building Fun

I have been trying to teach myself what I call "universal skills" or "transferable skills" for the last several years. For example, I stumbled upon VBA (Visual Basic for Applications) in a past life because I was manipulation ( a lot of) data in excel files. Each file and each row could mean millions of dollars, so I learned how to “trust myself” b…

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Conway's Game of Life

Here is my "Hello World" example of Conway's Game of Life using Ruby and Rails. For those of you that are not terribly familiar with CGOL - this is turning out to be a goto starter application / "Hello World" with the tech community as one explores new technology. For me this turned out to be OPAL within Ruby/Rails (RoR). The idea behind CGOL is t…

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Scrum Master - Barrier Removal

What is a Scrum Master and how does one define a barrier within the context of an Agile software development effort? A Scrum Master is a servant leader of an Agile team. An Agile initiative is measured daily to determine the team's effectiveness. Why is this measurement a daily ritual? Daily measurement is embraced by the Agile organization so litt…

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Bot 1 writes post and Bot 2 reads it

Bot 1 writes post and bot 2 reads post - we need bot 3 to take the information and pick up garbage along the highway or something positive for real people .. :) Let's hope bot 4 does not build the Wall-e ship. http://research.gigaom.com/2014/11/narrative-science-raises-10m-taking-it-a-step-closer-to-automating-this-post/…

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The Hour of Code is Here!

The hour of code is here! I am going to sit with my kids and click around to learn with them - this means it is truly for everyone! Please spread the word and give the gift of knowledge by checking it out. https://www.khanacademy.org/computing/hour-of-code/hour-of-code-tutorial/v/welcome-hour-of-code If you think it is not for you - then it 100%…

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MoneyBallforEntrepreneurship?

What if a city like Pittsburgh tried to play MoneyBallforEntrepreneurship? What would this look like? Who is on the team? Who would get the money? Who gets to decide and why? What mindsets need to change? How does a region collaborate successfully at this scale? http://moneyballforgov.com/the-solution/…

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