Gaming for Education and Social Change

Posted by: barbara | Date: Oct 13, 2012 | Category: CS Education

I've recently experienced a personal loss that resulted in my moving from Portland to Los Angeles, but just before I left, I had the privilege of seeing Dr. Jane McGonigal speak at Concordia University. The lecture, presented on Thursday, September 20, was titled 'The ...

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DjangoCon 2012 Videos

Posted by: barbara | Date: Oct 09, 2012 | Category: Django DjangoCon Python

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Open Source Contributions Come In All Shapes And Sizes

Posted by: barbara | Date: Oct 08, 2012 | Category: Django Python

Listen: Billy Pilgrim has come unstuck in time.

Okay, that has nothing to do with the subject of this post, but when I tweeted out a request for suggestions for an opening line, that was the most interesting response (thank you, @kantrn). I got others that were a lot ...

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Problem Solved: Using PIL with ImageMagick

Posted by: barbara | Date: Sep 28, 2012 | Category: Python

I was tasked with a fairly simple project:

  • Traverse a directory with several hundred subdirectories, each containing up to half a dozen images of different sizes
  • If a directory already contained an image where [-8:] == "_175.jpg", just delete the entire directory, it was not needed
  • If the directory ...

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A Quick Note: Avoiding Those Pesky vim Backup Files

Posted by: barbara | Date: Sep 27, 2012 | Category: Mac OS X

I use vi in the OS X terminal pretty much exclusively. A few weeks ago I did something to blow away my original .vimrc file - I have no idea how I did that, which is a little scary. One of the results was that vi automatically started creating backup ...

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