Category: Computer Science & Tech

Email is obsolete

When was the last time email was actually useful? If my students have a question, I’d much rather them text me to make sure I can find their messages – my work inbox is so full of extraneous stuff that I lose so many student emails. Plus, with Canvas, I essentially have two inboxes for …

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Social Ocean

THERE ARE TOO MANY SOCIAL MEDIA PAGES. Seriously, I’d love to just post in one place (my “hub”), and then have my hub forward that post to all my social media platforms, or easily select which posts to send to my @Moosader accounts (Twitter/Facebook/Mastodon), and which posts to send to my @rejcx Rachel accounts (Twitter/Facebook/Mastodon/Diaspora), …

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Kind Software

The struggle How can we fight the powers-that-be in our normal, daily lives? What can we little people possibly do when even our one power – voting – is ignored. We call senators and tell them how to represent us, and they ignore us for their own gain. When our daily lives are monetized for …

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Exhaustion, depression, and directionlessness

Maybe if I hadn’t been so over-worked the last two years, I would be willing to stick with it longer. But, working up to 12-hour-days on days I have class, and then spending so much of my time off-campus also at a computer working – prepping, grading, answering questions, etc. – has thoroughly burnt me …

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Common arguments re: Women in Tech

(╯°□°)╯︵ ┻━┻ You know, I get really tired of seeing these same arguments every time anybody mentions the lack of women in tech. Like we can’t just discuss it on its own, a group of people need to swoop in and immediately start throwing around these examples; it isn’t a problem, women are just that …

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How I prepare for weekly lessons

Prepping for discrete math lecture ... Textbook open, and video editor

Here’s a preview into how I create the content for my courses. I always hated slides straight from the textbook publishers, so I always make my own. I also frequently have to re-teach or re-view content that I’ve learned previously, so the best way to learn is to consume all the information and then be …

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Feedback during the 3rd week of my C++ class

Dang! It is always nice to get good feedback like this. This was in one of the mini-essays I assigned in my C++ class (reading about & discussing problem solving techniques), so I wasn’t expecting it! “Coming into the class I was very nervous. My friend who has taken this course before by other unnamed …

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You’re ignoring the issue – Diversity in Tech

Don’t read the comments. Sometimes, when I post a link to an article on my Facebook wall, I feel compelled to add the warning, “don’t read the comments” along with the article. This morning I posted a link to NPR’s Why Some Diversity Thinkers Aren’t Buying The Tech Industry’s Excuses article, and the comment responses …

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Offices

Have you ever had a college instructor who didn’t have an office? Most college instructors have office hours to help students outside of class. It’s required in most cases. So, therefore, instructors need offices. Sometimes it might be a room with several cubicles, or it could be their own room with lovely lovely sheetrock on …

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Visual problem solving with SDL2

I am assembling some projects in my Challenge Topics repository on GitHub (https://github.com/Rachels-Courses/Challenge-Topics). These are projects that I’ve written to show in class, asking the students to come up with a better algorithm to solve some problem. Here are some examples: With this one, a linear and a random search are implemented to search a …

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