Category: think abouts

  • A few notes about portfolios

    Thoughts prepared prior to speaking to a group of Data Science minors working to fulfill the portfolio requirement. The stated requirement for the Data Science portfolio: Portfolio: DS 401, completed during the fall or winter term of the senior year, including at least three projects or assignments from courses in the minor in addition to […]

  • 2050: Imagining the Impossible?

    When I started college, the 21st century, the year 2000, seemed so far away: 16 years. For students today, 16 years from today (2036) must seem so far away though as we age we realize that the years go quickly. Indeed, after age 50 we accept the rapid pace and realize that 16 years isn’t […]

  • Father and Daughter, heartbreakingly beautiful

    No words, just 9 minutes of imagery and sound. The story is complete in the 2001 Oscar-winning short animated film Father and Daughter by Michaël Dudok de Wit.

  • Take up one idea

    “Take up one idea. Make that one idea your life—think of it, dream of it, live on that idea. Let the brain, muscles, nerves, every part of your body, be full of that idea, and just leave every other idea alone.” —Swami Vivekananda

  • Teach & create in public every day

    For a number of years I’ve been following Nathan Barry (no relation) off-and-on. I recently came across a post about him that reminded me of three things he keeps in mind to stay focused. Teach everything you know Create every day Work in public Simple rules that apply to a lot of areas of life […]

  • A non-academic approach to writing

    A wonderful essay in A List Apart titled Writing Is Thinking highlights the importance of understanding what you read. Because writing—that first leap into taking your idea and making it a Thing People Read—isn’t really about wording. It’s about thinking. And if you can tell the difference between an article that knows what it’s about and one […]

  • Go Read: Software Development in 2014

    An excellent overview of the current state of software development by one of the most reasonable voices in the industry.    

  • On the Path to a Framework for Examining Digital Humanities Initiatives

    Some thoughts in progress spurred by Don Waters, a program officer at the Mellon Foundation, who has written an overview of the digital humanities.  Waters has had a distinguished career as Associate University Librarian at Yale, then as the first director of the Digital Library Federation, and has served Mellon for nearly fifteen years as a key […]

  • a think about | self-publishing like an artisan & an entrepreneur

    I’ve not yet read one of Guy Kawasaki’s books but many people have, especially those interested in entrepreneurship & startups. Alan Rinzler over at The Book Deal blog recommends Kawasaki’s latest book: APE, Author, Publisher, Entrepreneur . How to Publish a Book. Rinzler explains that Kawasaki has coined the term artisanal publishing to describe a form of self-publishing […]