Quebec Students Know How To Protest

There have been 12 or so weeks of student protests here in Quebec. The government plans to increase tuition by around 75% over five years. The new tuition will still be very low, around $3,000, but the students are quite upset. If that makes little sense to you, let’s just say that cultural expectations are […]

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Why I’m Reconnecting To The Internet

For thirty days, I’ve had no home internet connection. I had no internet on my phone, either. I only connected in cafés. I’ve decided to reconnect. You may be thinking “of course!”, but there were actually quite a few pros to not having a connection. Under different conditions, I would stay without internet. Why I […]

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What Udacity Has Taught Me So Far

I took Udacity’s seven week intro to CS course when they launched it in February. It was a great intro to programming and Python. I’m now taking Web Applications Engineering with Steve Huffman, co-founder of Reddit. Steve is a great teacher, and the fact that Udacity has him teaching a class is a key part of their […]

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Results From Hitting The Front Page of Hacker News

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Last week I posted about my new experiment, living without an internet connection. I took all of five minutes to write it, and edited it once. Just for fun, I decided to submit it to Hacker News. It was my first submission. It hit the front page. Oops, wasn’t expecting that. This made for interesting […]

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Experiment: Living Without A Home Internet Connection

I moved into a new apartment at the start of April, and decided to try an experiment: not having an internet connection. When I tell people that I don’t have internet, they assume that it’s because I just moved in, and haven’t set it up. Nope, don’t want it. Is it because I can’t afford […]

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computer programming learning update

It’s been a month and a half since I started learning programming. It’s going well, I’m halfway through “The C programming language”. I’m on chapter five, “pointers”, which is supposed to be the hardest part of C. It’s actually not so bad. I’m lucky in that I’ve found two good resources to help me along. […]

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My project for 2012: learn computer programming

I’ve always liked computers, yet somehow I’ve never learned any programming. I never needed it for anything, and no one I knew ever talked about learning about it. So it wasn’t on my radar. But at the start of 2010, I left law school, and stared a website about the LSAT. I sell explanations online. […]

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Pimsleur: Incredible Language Course For Your Ipod

I started learning German using Pimsleur.  It’s an audio course you do using an ipod, for half an hour each day.  I got my roommate excited about the program, and so we decided to learn German together.  He’s a musician, and will find the language useful for his craft.  I just wanted an excuse to […]

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Baydin: The Email Game

I can’t love this enough.  I’m now using it to do all of my email.  It switches from one message to the next instantly, so you don’t have to go back to the inbox in between. 1.  Glance at email. 2.  Archive, Delete or Reply. 3.  Repeat. I find I go twice as fast.  It’s […]

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me.com

I finally got around to registering my own domain.  I couldn’t get graemeblake.com, but I think this will do nicely. Many inanities to follow.  And the occasional useful tip.

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