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WordPress Security?

This site is usually obscure enough to evade interest but has recently been under attack. This reminds me that much of the web dev training available fails to thoroughly tackle security. Many students quickly master wordpress installs and have a couple clients before they finish their certificates–but, can they protect those clients? Security is necessary…

A utopian view of education from 1977… #edcmooc

Christopher Alexander is an architect and his manifesto is a 3-part series that focuses on patterns. These patterns form the basis for individuals, not experts, to design healthy communities and homes. I requested book 2, A Pattern Language sometime ago from the Sacramento library. It’s popularity delayed my enjoyment of it until this week but the timing…

10 Rules of Good Studying

Excerpted from A Mind for Numbers: How to Excel in Math and Science (Even if You Flunked Algebra), by Barbara Oakley, Penguin, July, 2014 1. Use recall.After you read a page, look away and recall the main ideas. Highlight very little, and never highlight anything you haven’t put in your mind first by recalling. Try recalling…

Learning How to Learn: Diffuse or focused?

focussed vs. diffuse thinkingWhen we concentrate on something, we are in a focused mode of thinking. In this mode it is easy to accomplish tasks we are already familiar with.

When we relax and go into an autopilot kind of zone, we are in the diffuse mode. This mode is best for connecting the dots between new ideas and things we already know.

If you are trying to learn a new skill, you should consider using the Pomodero technique–focus on the task for 25 minutes or so and then take a break and go into the diffuse mode.