tamouse pages

rumblings and ramblings of a well-traveled tech-mouse

A New Jekyllpress Gem

- - posted in jekyll

So, I made a new thing. :D

jekyllpress

It’s a thor script that does a few things right now (so alpha!):

  • set up a _templates directory in your source directory.
  • create new posts and pages.

More to come!

Of particular note, this works with the latest version of jekyll, unlike the current version of that other press thing…

Career Advice

- - posted in swaac

Something that comes up quite often on IRC is the question: “How do I get a job programming Ruby?”, usually from people new to programming. I decided to post my response.

A Place to Get Started in Web Design

- - posted in beginners, swaac

I’m forwarding (from an e-mail) an opportunity to attend a workshop for folks who are at the very beginning of learning web design, or are asking the quesiton “Where do I begin?”.

I recently attended a Front End Masters event, and it was the sort of thing I enjoy: informal, lots of interaction, great workshop leaders, people with something to say.

Event info

Scholarship info

Click though the cut to see about the workshop.

Orion’s Belt Rising Through Atmosphere

- - posted in astronomy, photos

Orion’s Belt Rises Through the Atmosphere: On June 23, 2014, Expedition 40 Flight Engineer Reid Wiseman captured this image which connects Earth to the International Space Station and to the stars. Among the “stellar” scene is part of the constellation Orion, near the center of the frame. The U.S. laboratory or Destiny is seen in the upper right.

Image Credit: NASA

360 Degree Time-Lapse Panorama of Night Sky With Milky Way

- - posted in astronomy, photos, time-lapse

Vincent Brady: Planetary Panoramas

I love pictures of the night sky, especially where you can see unobstructed by light pollution. I also love time-lapse photography. I absolutely go spare when they are combined. I love panoramic pictures, too. Now, Vincent Brady has combined all of them together to make me just weep with joy at their beauty. Although the lens and cameras distort the 3D 360 degree panoramic view onto a 2D scene, this invokes more truth about what we’re seeing than any static landscape shot ever could. Sure, the camera lies, but when you can take that lie and use it to expose deeper beauty, I am all for it!

Vincent Brady: Planetary Panoramas

Humans of New York: His Grandmother and I Are Raising Him

- - posted in social-justice

“His grandmother and I are raising him. I worry about putting him into the public school system. I was a teacher for many years. I’ve seen so much confidence destroyed by the standardized system. Every human is born with natural curiosity. I’ve never seen a child who wasn’t inspired. But once you force someone to do anything, the inspired person is killed. I dropped out of school myself in 7th grade. So I know. I taught a GED course for years, so I’ve seen the end results over and over. I’ve seen so many kids who have complexes and insecurities because they were forced to do something they weren’t ready to do, and then they were blamed when they weren’t able to do it. What we call ‘education’ today is not organic. You can’t take something as complex as the human mind, compartmentalize it, and regiment its development so strictly.”