Teaching a Python Bootcamp

This weekend I taught an Intro to Python class on behalf of the Philadelphia Python Users Group (PhillyPUG). I’ve taught this kind of workshop before but a few things made this one different. Continue reading


Struggles with Wordpress, jQuery, and more

A couple of years ago, I randomly stumbled upon a tweet about a template to create a searchable, interactive mobile maps. It was a wonderful find for a relatively new programmer, because there was enough that was set up to be a simple, fill-in-the-blanks program. There was enough that I could try to customize as a learning experience. I learned a lot about Javascript from working with this template. I used it to create the Toynbee Tile Map. Continue reading


American Tacos

When I was a kid, all I knew of tacos was the stuff you could make with a kit like this topped with iceberg lettuce, bottled salsa, and pre-shredded cheddar cheese. In the past 10 years or so, Philadelphia and other big US cities have had a taqueria boom, and I’ve discovered some amazing authentic tacos. Still, I occasionally miss the tacos of my youth. So now I make my own with less processed ingredients. Continue reading