Visual Thinking

August 24, 2011, by A. U. Crawford

There are many ways to communicate. Pictograms were the first forms of written communication. The unfortunate thing about that type of communication is that without the language culture and environment the images have lost nearly all context. As such this style of communication is best used on the fly to help people better understand and share complex ideas. Not as a form of record keeping.

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Codecademy – Codeing 101, Simplified

August 23, 2011, by A. U. Crawford

codecademy example screen shot

Codecademy Lesson One

I don’t consider myself a coder. I mean I build websites but what I do is scripting. I compare it to making things out of legos vs. making the lego pieces. Math was never my strong suit so I have a terrible time with coding. If your a web designer then HTML and CSS are just two tools in your tool belt. You have to at least know some Javascript, PHP or ASP, or Python. Stuff like that.

Enter Codecademy, a social networking, coding 101, online course. Instruction is broken down into bite sized pieces and you win badges for all to see by completing these sections. This theoretically provides a drive element to the learning process.

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Fear of Numbers

July 28, 2011, by A. U. Crawford

Neil deGrasse Tyson is awesome. What he’s talking about here is how culturally, Americans hold on to old number traditions that don’t make sense any more. Not when it’s supposed to be a progressive society.

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Analog Blogger

July 26, 2011, by A. U. Crawford

Alfred Sirleaf is a man with a chalk board which he calls Daily Talk. Since 2000 in the Liberian capitol of Monrovia, he has been curating Daily Talk since 2000. Right in the middle of a second civil war.

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History of English

July 25, 2011, by A. U. Crawford

I find all languages fascinating. English being my native language, is especially interesting to me. Unlike Klingon, or Toki Pona or most of the other created languages, English has developed over thousands of years and has gone though many changes.

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Toki Pona

July 22, 2011, by A. U. Crawford

Sonja Elen Kisa

Sonja Elen Kisa

Ever heard of Toki Pona. It’s a language created by translator and linguist Sonja Elen Kisa, and was first published online in mid-2001.

Inspired by Taoist ideals, Toki Pona was designed to express maximal meaning with minimal complexity by making use of only 14 letters and 120 root words. It’s structure is based on the Sapir–Whorf hypothesis, which states that the structure of a language affects the ways in which its speakers are able to conceptualize their world.

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