Friday, January 18, 2008
and yes, I'm also doing this to test embedded links.
Contrast that video with this one I shot a couple years ago:
as you can see the principle is the same, but the implementations are vastly different. (Neither of these throwing arms were made or contributed by the Dowdberry clan but we did shoot the 2d video.)
Monday, January 14, 2008
The perspective I'm speaking of is not a candidates political point-of-view, nor is it my political point-of-view. Rather, it's the physical point of view involved in a candidate's website. I've spent this evening reviewing the "ISSUES" addressed by each of these candidates:
- and very briefly Duncan Hunter
Unfortunately, when browsing to Mr. Romney's website, I find that all of the information is shifted and distorted. He apparently can't find someone that can properly build a useful web site. No, I don't expect the candidates themselves to be masters of CSS--but is it too much to expect them to hire someone that can?
I've put no links in this document (though there are many obvious ones possible) as I've not made up my mind on what candidates to support--you could call me an undecided. But I have decided that Mitt needs a new geek.
Sunday, January 13, 2008
Know Your World
Matt Fischer sent us the link and Joy has been striving to master it. I pretty much stink at it (in comparison to Joy.) Admittedly, she's invested a lot more time in it.
Monday, January 7, 2008
I took a quick look at the Computer Science department curriculum at Colorado School of Mines (Mines) and at Abilene Christian University (ACU). In my examination, I compared their coursework with what I would expect an undergraduate degree in CS to provide/require for graduation. In each case, a sample four year program (as specified by the school) was reviewed.
I find that the ACU coursework is fairly typical of any college or university—it provides the standard core classes and has an additional subfield of study—software engineering. The “non” software engineering is more what I would call a traditional CS undergraduate coursework list. The software engineering variant trades off Calc 3 for Web Development and more applied software skills. Both seem prudent and effective. The student's interest should guide his selection in one area or the other (with the advice of faculty of course.)
I was a bit dismayed in Mines' CS undergraduate curriculum. They route all students through a common first year—basically an introduction to engineering. There would be no CS at all until the sophomore year (though clearly, you may need/want to write some software to aid in the calculus and physics courses required during the freshman year.) Additionally, much more applied science and engineering is required throughout the Mines' four year schedule. I can't honestly recommend this CS school for someone solely interested in Computer Science. If the student is interested in doing applied mathematics, engineering, and computer science then Mines may be the right school. If interested more in the “pure” computer science, this probably isn't the right school.