So, coding, to me, means making things faster and easier for yourself and for others. Two ways you can do this, are
Text expansion. There are probably things that you type all the time. For example, if you write a lot of email, there are probably certain signatures or closings or blocks of text that you use often. For me, I find that I frequently have to type out my email address.
In case you haven't heard, the second Saturday of every month is now Family Lab from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. And we are very excited to follow up the first one with a monster bomb workshop with our pals from A Monster To Love.
If I’m coding, or writing anything more significant than a medium-length email (like this blog post for example), I’m likely to close out of my email program, MS Word, or whatever else it is I’m using, and reach for Vim.
Vim and Emacs are two of the very first text editors ever made for computers, and they’re still very popular today.
Teen Tech Week is March 4th - 10th. As it gets closer, I want to highlight some of the neat things you can do with the programs installed on the public PCs at your local branch, starting with some image editing in a program called GIMP.
GIMP is free software for manipulating images and is installed on all of our public PCs. You can find it in the Start menu under Utilities.
It is a very robust, powerful program that you can spend a lot of time getting to know. (See the documentation and some tutorials at gimp.org/docs.) What I want to share with you is a very simple and specific procedure: creating an animated gif like the one at the top of this post.
Twenty five years ago, Art Spiegelman gave us Maus, a story about enduring and surviving the Holocaust and the father/son relationship that developed afterward. The only graphic novel to have been awarded a Pulitzer Prize, it is now iconic, and has influenced how many of us think about comics, narrative and fiction, and literature.
And now, to celebrate and commemorate this groundbreaking work, Spiegelman has given us MetaMaus, a behind-the-scenes explanation and exploration of the work.
If you are interested in more graphic novels of the non-superhero, and non “funny papers” variety, here are a few places to start.
What do Tom Waits, Hunter S. Thompson, and Steve Jobs have in common? Besides—that is—there being popular new material out by, or about, each? The answer is—believe it or not—the venerable Keith Richards.