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MOOC #2: Done

My second Coursera MOOC course,  Creative Programming for Digital Media and Mobile Apps, which I introduced back in the post Knob Twiddling, finally concluded at the end of July. It was very fulfilling, and I learned so much, but also came up against the imitations of my own nascent skills as a coder (also documented […]

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Back to School

 So we actually got a summer in the UK. I mean a proper, like-what-I-remember-from-when-I-was-a-kid summer. Hot days, not so hot days, but pretty much no days when you couldn’t make plans and still actually act on them. For me as a family man this has been great. I have worked some, played some, but studied […]

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Coding is tough

Bearing in mind I have, so far in UoD, only had to complete online code challenges and smallish take-home exercises from online courses that were largely based on work done in class, it is a big ask to suddenly try to take a new concept and code it from scratch. The thing is there are […]

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Grade Me! Grade Me!

“Grade me! Look at me! Evaluate and rank me! I’m good, good, good and oh so smart! GRADE ME!” So cried Lisa Simpson, so desperate was she for the external validation that we get from scoring and ratings. We all need feedback, to know we are doing OK, to know when our extra efforts paid […]

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MOOC #1: Done

The First of my Coursera Mooc courses, snappily entitled Developing Innovative ideas for New Companies: The 1st Step in Entrepreneurship, has come to an end. In fact the lectures finished a couple of weeks ago, but  then there was a final peer review assignment, and the reviewing period takes a while due to its nature. I’ll explain more […]

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Book, Look, Mooc, Cook

So far in my adventures back to technology through self-study, I have used a few different methods. When I started out, several people asked me where I was studying , or what course I was enrolled in. This showed that the traditional ideas of study and learning are still very well entrenched, and it also missed […]

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Horses for Coursera’s

So today I started my first Coursera course, snappily entitled Developing Ideas for New Companies: The 1st step in Entrepreneurship. One month ago I had not even heard of Coursera, but I suppose that is the way of the web. My perceptions of time just need constantly re-adjusting. Coursera, in case you didn’t know, is a site where […]

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How Long Before the Robots Attack?

I do love a bit of science fiction,  and I am quite happy to suspend disbelief to make it all the more enjoyable. I do not dwell too much on the gap between the promise of flying cars and molecular engineering, and what we have today. This is partly because, given how slack and pathetic the human […]

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Why Blog?

Why am I recording my journey back to technology? There is not a specific end goal, rather I have started walking a particular path. Along the way I expect to get lost, find other paths, find a sense of direction, understand more, realise that I understand nothing, feel great, feel humbled, feel despair, but hopefully […]

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