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Learn Python at DPL!

Each Tuesday evening in October and November, we’re getting together at the Central Library to learn the Python computer programming language.

Elements of Web Design

When I say design, what do you think of? Maybe something involving graphics, aesthetics, or "style"? That’s often what I think of. But design isn’t just about the visual elements of a website or a car or a building; rather, it’s about finding solutions to real problems and creating a better user experience.

How Do You Feel About Self-Driving Cars?

I don’t know about you, but I find the whole self-driving car saga fascinating. Proponents tout the potential to free us up during our commute, vastly increase safety, and cut down on traffic jams and pollution.

Tech Classes at the Commons on Champa

The Community Technology Center will be teaching Getting Started with WordPress at the Commons on Champa (1245 Champa Street), Thursday 6/18 from 10am-noon. It will be a condensed version of our two part WordPress classes covering all the basics, from making posts and managing comments to customizing your site’s appearance and integrating social media.

These Software Amps Go to 11

Marshall Amp Photo

I can’t remember the last time ideaLAB’s recording studio went unused during Open Lab. Along with 3D printing, it’s definitely our most popular offering. The studio has a slew of software, a couple of microphones, a MIDI keyboard controller, digital turntables, a drum machine, and two guitars (one electric and one acoustic/electric).

What’s the Big Deal with 3D Printing Anyway?

Confession: despite working everyday with new (and old) technology, I wasn’t terribly eager to dive into the world of 3D printing. To be sure, the technology behind it interested me, but, from a standpoint of usefulness, I was pretty skeptical. I mean, does the world really need more plastic junk? So, when ideaLAB set up not one but two 3D printers, I definitely had mixed feelings.

The Origins of Our Digital Universe

When, exactly, did our digital world arise? For many, the advent of social media might first come to mind. How about the birth of the internet? Or maybe the first PCs? Each of these technological developments have certainly been revolutionary, but George Dyson, in his book Turing’s Cathedral, argues that the framework for modern computers and the digital age was actually constructed long before any of these phenomena.

Dataclysm: Who We Are (When We Think No One’s Looking)

Much e-ink has been spilled--rightfully so--about the brave new world we live online. Targeted advertising, data breaches, the NSA; it’s easy to grow overwhelmed by the potential dangers of sharing personal information electronically. Practically everything we do on our phones and computers is tracked, often in an effort to sell us something or gain some upper hand (financially, politically, socially, etc.). Consequentially, there is now an unprecedented amount of detailed data about us that's ripe for the parsing.

WordPress Happiness Hour in ideaLAB

ideaLAB is thrilled to host the next WordPress Happiness Hour on Tuesday, October 14th at 6:30pm!

If you are a front-end designer, intense developer, writer, or a person that likes to poke around on the Dashboard, then come on by. Bring your WordPress work and questions.

Here are the details:

WordPress Happiness Hour at DPL
Central Library, Level 4 ideaLAB
Tuesday, 10/14 from 6:30pm-8:00pm

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