uase said: I think it's amazing that you're learning to code, what got you interested in learning?
thanks! well … long story short, a lot of different things in my life occurred around the same time that led me to believe it would be a good idea (which it was!).
Over a year ago my dream was to go to grad school for economic development and work in another country — ideally Asia. So, I was living in Thailand working in the field I thought I wanted to pursue. About a month after being where at that job, I started to realize it wasn’t for me.
That same time, I kept reading about the demand for female coders. So I started to dabble on codecademy, udacity, etc. And I really enjoyed it. I realized going to grad school would put me in a ton of debt. And instead I should dedicate myself to learning how to code. So I left my job in Thailand and moved back to the US — and here I am now!
(PS - traveling to East Asia and studying the culture/economy is still a huge passion in my life — I just was in SE Asia from January to April 2014. I have another blog at laurencebradford.com where I write about travel and Asia.)
Scorpionfly (Panorpa communis)
Panorpa communis, the common scorpionfly, is a species of scorpionfly native to Western Europe.
The common scorpionfly has a black and yellow body, with a reddish head and tail. The male has a pair of claspers at the end of its tail (for holding the female during mating), giving it a scorpion-like appearance, although it is not a stinger.
Although fully winged, the adults rarely fly very far and spend much of their time crawling on vegetation in damp, shaded places near water and along hedgerows.
Somewhere at the end of this half smoked cigarette, there is a sentence waiting. It will contain all the right quotes and statistics, all the histories and traumas. I will let it speak and then I will be silent.
It will place you in the living rooms of nervous mothers waiting to hear back from daughters and sons who still haven’t returned from a protest. It will slam you against the back of a military jeep and call you a whore in a language you never wanted to learn. You will feel choked with grief or loss or white phosphorus. Or all three.
After all, in Gaza, it’s always all three.
Coyotes are sometimes spotted in open areas such as Cades Cove. Typically thought of as an animal common to western states, coyotes have been expanding their range eastward since the 1940s. They arrived in the Smokies in the 1980s.
Photograph by Jim Bennett
Brassaï. “Paris: Lovers, Bal Musette des Quatre Saisons, rue de Lappe”. 1932. Paris, France.
Miscreant and misanthrope Sean Bonner joins us this week to talk about his art/music project, Hope X, open hardware, Safecast, and more. We also run down some cool new books and the general tomfool…
Burrowing owls (Athene cunicularia), a threatened species in Colorado, where these were photographed, place scat from other animals around their burrows to attract dung beetles which make a tasty snack.
Photographs: Peter Eades
(via: Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge)