How to Write a (Barely) Passing Paper

I wrote this when I was an undergrad working as a tutor for my school's writing center. Almost a decade later, it all still holds perfectly true. I highly recommend students follow this simple checklist for making sure that any work being handed in looks like at least an hour was spent on it. And if any of these are… » 10/13/14 1:33pm 10/13/14 1:33pm

What was your sex ed like?

The comments on the latest harmful sex-ed story make me yet again ever so thankful that I had a fantastic sex ed teacher at my progressive New York public school. She taught holistic sex ed, so we had diagrams and videos and the ABCs of kink (which me and the other Orthodox kid rocked at) and an anonymous question box… » 10/12/14 7:45pm 10/12/14 7:45pm

5 Ways to Get On Your Professor's Good Side

I've been teaching intro courses of one form or another for a couple of years now, so I'm gonna share a few tips on how to endear yourself to the average instructor. My hope is that if you're on hackerspace/lifehacker, you're probably the sort of proactive student who's gonna read 'em and go "duh". » 9/15/14 1:17am 9/15/14 1:17am

How I Learned to Code

A friend of mine was complaining about a job applicant who didn't know gcc and used gedit as her editor. For those not in the know, gcc is a collection of programs that translate code from human readable to something that the machine can understand, and gedit is just a notepad like program. In theory, maybe, these… » 8/14/14 9:00pm 8/14/14 9:00pm

Ask for Follows in Today's Cross Thread

Hello happy people and welcome to today's very welcoming Whitenoise, Hackerspace, Groupthink, Tay, Odeck, & Backtalk cross thread. In light of changes to the commenting system and this thread rotating its hosting blog, I recommend using today's cross thread to make some friends who'd be willing to follow you on behalf… » 8/14/14 11:55am 8/14/14 11:55am