Category Archives: Education

Free Online Education in Computer Science

In a recent interesting discussion: it was recommended to check out the Open Source Society University This seems to be a fairly complete, free, open, regularly available curriculum for people interested in learning computer science, but who desire to pursue the knowledge on their own rather than through a formal degree program. The OSSU curriculum is described as:… Read More »

New study says parachutes are useless

According to a recent article: “A new study flies in the face of anecdotal evidence and raises questions about how we read data.“ In order to get people to agree to take part in the study, the scientists had to structure the experiment properly. The airplane was both on the ground and stationary, as they thought it would… Read More »

Hamfests: A Celebration of Ham Radio

To call attention to some upcoming events in Louisiana. The 38th Annual Hammond Hamfest, on the coming Saturday, January 19, 2019 of the Southeast Louisiana Amateur Radio Club in Hammond, LA (SELARC). If you are in the area, come by and attend the Hamfest! Or at least consider sending a (suggested: $15) donation. Click here to scroll down… Read More »

Myth: “I’m just not a math person.”

In an article from The Atlantic; Miles Kimbal and Noah Smith  expound on the subject of basic math skills. (and the myth of inborn math ability):   Basic ability in the subject isn’t the product of good genes, but hard work. Quartz: “There’s one key difference between those who excel at math and those who don’t” The authors discuss… Read More »

Student arrested for virtually shooting classmates in game

Gray, Louisiana An 15 year old young man has been arrested for using a smartphone app called the real strike app to “shoot” classmates at H. L. Bourgeois High School.  The app places a virtual gun and user interface over a real background seen through the phone’s camera: in the style of a first person shooter game.    A student… Read More »