Archive for February, 2013

I’ve been looking for work.  My last employer decided that remote didn’t work well, and gave its four remote workers the options of moving to California or accepting layoffs.  I accepted the layoff.  I was worried about looking for work; even a year ago, my search took several weeks and a lot of rounds of […]

Coffeescript 1.5.0 was released today, and I have to admit that I find the purpose of the release puzzling in the extreme.  Jeremy has gone full-on Literate Programming, embedding support for LP-style commentary in the compiler.  If there’s one language that doesn’t need Literate Programming, it’s Coffeescript.   The example he gives is terrible; it […]

This screenshot more or less perfectly illustrates what I consider wrong with the Udacity HTML5 game development class.  We’re in the middle of a routine for drawing sprites to the screen, and so far this particular lesson, on asset atlasses and sprite packing and all the rest, has been fine, but there’s something in this […]


Free Education: You Get What You Pay For

Posted by Elf Sternberg as Uncategorized

So, I’ve been taking Udacity’s “HTML5 Game Development” course, and I have some first impressions. First, Udacity.  It’s a “free, online courseware” thing that grew out of some private money thrown at Stanford University.  Wikipedia gives great article here.  But it’s free.  And, sure, maybe there are classes that would be of more use to […]

It’s been awhile since I worked on a personal project.   I have an idea for a simple to-do list, just like everyone else’s.  But mine will be better!  I promise!  It will!  Or, at least, it’ll be mine.  Basically what it comes down to is that I hate every to-do list.  There are a few […]

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