Must reading about Kensington at Philly.com

The Inquirer recently wrapped up a series about the struggles faced in Kensington and Philadelphia’s First Congressional District – the 2nd hungriest in the nation: “Hunger in the First”: Alfred Lubrano: “Inquirer spotlight on hunger spurs acts of generosity” Alfred Lubrano: “A struggle to make an honest living” Alfred Lubrano: “Nutritional challenges in a supermarket […]

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Balancing automated and non-automated testing

Actually the following talk is on automated, manual, early cycle, and late cycle testing, and test planning, crowd sourcing, and dog-food programs, and more. YouTube: GoogleTechTalks: “Turning Quality on its Head” Presented by James Whittaker, Engineering Director, Google Inc. Google docs: slides

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Maptivism getting easier, happening more

Combine mapping, with participation, and a subject matter that needs attention, and you can create some powerful, useful tools. Google Maps APIs and various mashup techniques made it easy for technologists to build services that pulled together these concepts, but now hosted services like Ushahidi’s CrowdMap and SeeClickFix are opening up the possibilities to more. […]

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Queen and Heroism

slacktivist: “The terror of knowing what this world is about”: Nothing new here — nothing novel or innovative or unusual. But worth repeating, I think. In any case, it was something I needed to repeat after firing up the computer this morning to find that the artists and the saints had conspired against me, teaming […]

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So what language/skill will you be learning this year?

Rafe is going to be investing in learning JavaScript and Node.js. After some server-side JavaScript work last year with Alfresco WebScripts, I’m inclined to to continue to dig in further myself. First up is finishing “Eloquent JavaScript”. Related, recent reads: Steve Yegge: “The Universal Design Pattern “ Sam Ruby: “Planetary Exploration” JavaScript, JavaScript: “Exploring JavaScript […]

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Ever see the “Mother of all Demos”?

In 1968 Douglas C. Engelbart, along with a team of 17 researchers at Stanford, in a 90 minute taped demonstration, showed us what was then the future – which is now the present (and soon to be the past?) – hypertext, gui based interaction, online collaboration including email, and more. Stanford has a terrific page […]

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The Twelve Doctors of Christmas

Tor.com ran a great series of essays on each of the Doctors titled “The Twelve Doctors of Christmas” that has some good reads. My favorite essays out of the bunch: “The Third Doctor” “Born to be an Alien” “Shifting into Fifth” The Walking Wounded” 3, 4, 5, and 9. Pretty much coincide with my favorite […]

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