Cutting the cable cord.

I cancelled cable television today. My wife and I rarely watch television anymore and when we do, it’s 1 or 2 programs in a sea of channels we never watch. Between the Apple TV, Redbox, and various iPad apps, we can watch just about anything we’d like. For example, we can purchase an iTunes season pass […]

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Changing Cognition

Interesting video in light of Kids’ Cognition Is Changing—Education Will Have to Change With It.

In his YouTube video, Michael Sokil presents a thesis and an ‘argument’. That argument’s not written, but he obviously researched his topic and ‘concentrated’ on it, life-skills noted in the article.

Among the skills they highlighted: public problem-solving through cooperative work — crowdsourcing and the like; the ability to search effectively for information online; the ability to distinguish the quality and veracity of online discoveries; the ability to synthesize, or combine facts and details from different sources into coherent narratives; the ability to concentrate; and the ability to distinguish between the signal and the noise as the information we’re exposed to gets bigger, and broader, and more plentiful.

Eventually, we’ll see many more videos, presentations and later interactive animations than term papers.

And that’s ok.

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Xcode from Snow Leopard to Lion

Update: The App Store doesn’t install Xcode. It installs an app called “Install Xcode”. I had to search for this app and found multiple copies as I’d previously downloaded Xcode from the App Store. Right click to check the version. It should be 4.1. The install went smoothly after that. **** I had the misfortune […]

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Prep addresses for geocoding

I needed to geocode several thousand addresses from an old database. The addresses were exported into a pipe-delimited CSV file which contained extra info I didn’t need. After extracting and prepping the addresses into a separate text file I geocoded the addresses via a simple bash script. Using Sed & Awk to extract and prep […]

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