Coding & Depth vs. Breadth

A couple of articles in the press inspire me to write this. First, The New York Times (As Tech Booms, Workers Turn to Coding for Career Change) and then Yale Daily News (CS50: Yale’s most popular course). The coding frenzy is there. The appreciation that programming is ubiquitous and a very creative kind of intellectual pursuit. and that tech jobs are booming and there is actually almost 100% employment. At Yale University, CS50, the first computer programming course in the curriculum is the most popular class. What? But wait: this is happening also (and perhaps more strikingly) outsideof  traditional higher ed.

So, while we in academic circles in the provinces debate and struggle over what it means to educate students in the Liberal Arts, others in California, New York and a few other places are investing in simple, 12-week programs that aim straight to the heart of needs. I’m talking about technology needs and the fact that now the field is ripe with work opportunities that pay good money and offer creative, coding jobs.

Companies like Galvanize offer specialized instruction in web programming in under 11 weeks. It costs $11,000 and has a 98% job-placement rate. Lots of non-computing people are taking them!

I do believe in Liberal Arts. But I increasingly question whether the Liberal Arts are a luxury that only some western bourgeois, often white-ish, rich girls and boys can afford. No doubt a lot of people would perhaps appreciate a quicker, deep acquisition of valuable, creative skills which later may afford them the empowerment of the Lib Arts. Depth vs. Breadth.


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Some Art

Some art that makes me shiver:


Damien Hirst's The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living

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Damien Hirst’s The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living.


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Cosmè Tura‘s Calliope.


Marc Chagall‘s Above the Town


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I Am Mine

I found an old comics magazine recently, that I had stacked from en earlier life. My younger self, in the fabulous 70’s, had bought this Linus magazine with Lucy shouting “I Am Mine!”

January 1974

Linus, January 1974

Of course this became to be the feminist slogan of that age, and I loved it. Now I searched through the Web and could not find the original English -if one ever existed. Many comics originally from the US (like Mickey) had some stories developed and published independently under a special license in Italy. Thus, this may be one such case. No matter what, that was 1974, ladies and gents, I was 15 and I loved the Peanuts and the crazy comics they published in Linus. A wonderful magazine, where I discovered Valentina, Corto Maltese, BC, and many more.

I hope our students, too, take this as their own motto: to be of one’s own.

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I’m enjoying some resting time away from office, students and all. So, I can’t help enjoying this site, where free Hi Res photos get published every week, with no restraining their use. Power to the people! This one is superb, like the others.

Download / Photo By Matthew Wiebe


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delicious Zeitgeist (weekly)

Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here.

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