Last weekend a now-former Google engineer, James Damore, rattled Silicon Valley when his internal Google memo was made public. I caught up on how this is unfolding in today’s Washington Post Morning Mix post: ‘I’m not a sexist’: Fired Google engineer stands behind controversial memo http://wapo.st/2vRMAOT , by Samantha Schmidt. The article is a valuable read… Continue reading Should we promote more collaboration among male “things-oriented” coders and female “people-oriented” coders?
Yesterday evening NPR spent a good part of the Sunday evening All Things Considered highlighting a remembrance of the 50th anniversary of the 1967 Race Riots in Detroit. It included one segment interviewing 3 prominent Detroit natives, and one interviewing the defense attorney for three white Detroit cops charged variously with murder, conspiracy, and federal… Continue reading Remembering the July 1967 Detroit & 1917 East St. Louis Race Riots
May through September, 2016, I wrote a set of blog posts regarding digital literacy, starting with A Growing Understanding of Digital Literacy, and continuing with Part 2: Prioritizing Skills, Part 3: Advancing Agency, and Part 4: Exercising Agency. I also gave several talks, had the article A Radical Reconsideration of Digital Literacy published in issue 36 of Information… Continue reading Digital Literacy as a Social Justice Skill
Jim Angel’s latest post regarding “Dryness Across Illinois” is helping to shed light on some of the challenges we’re seeing so far this summer on the Wolske Urban Farm. As a result of the below-normal rainfall, crops and vegetation have had to rely more heavily on soil moisture to grow. This is causing a rapid depletion of soil… Continue reading 2017 Summer Challenges at Wolske Urban Farm
Nine months and four days ago, riding my bicycle home with Angie and Joey from Octoberfest, my life entered the cusp of leave this world. For days, death was held in the balance. For weeks, my mental capacities continued to hang in the balance. For me, this July 4th is not an Independence Day. Today,… Continue reading Healing America