1. Learning Python as a CS Professor

    Here's a (slightly edited) message from Bill Punch, a professor at MSU who is hoping to transition their Intro CS class over to Python. I would appreciate your thoughts and comments, both on his questions and my responses! (I do have permission to post it, in case you're wondering. ;)

    (Just …

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  2. On Shortbus

    This nice Guardian review of Shortbus has a few good quotes. (When reading these, bear in mind that the film shows a certain amount of explicit sexual activity.)

    One quote, recounting a discussion with his (conservative Christian) parents about the film:

    Have they watched Shortbus?
    'No, they said, "Well, you …
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  3. Testing is hard.

    I spent the better part of today refitting Cartwheel for testing. Cartwheel is a bioinformatics framework that is used by a few hundred people; it's mostly a database-backed Web site, with a compute server queueing system tacked on.

    Cartwheel is one of the two sites that got me interested in …

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