Tutoring? Growing? Developers

I volunteered my way into a meeting today with a pretty cool guy: Rider Rodriguez Jr of www.kentuckianaworks.org.   We were discussing how to make Louisville a better city as far as Software Developers – there’s a shortage, actually nationwide, and the gap is likely to grown in the future. (I have no references, but I figure I’d trust him on that one). 

It was a great meeting!  We talked about what actually works, what doesn’t work.  As people in the trenches who actually do the work – very often biggity-bigs who don’t do the work, have opinions of how people should learn and are looking for some way to leverage that for dollars.  Not efficient.  We just love doing it, and we know what it takes to do the work in our industry.  

Then he presented to us the plan that he’s shooting for (applying for a grant, etc).  I’m not going to try to detail it here, as I’ll doubtlessly get it wrong, but it does involve classroom availability, labs / peer sessions with people in the industry, building a portfolio in skills and abilities that companies actually want, and internships.

Much discussion later, and some white board drawing by yours truly, it seemed like we were all on the same page.  


The Whiteboard.  Someone noted that it looked like a person’s face. The face.. of the anonymous software developer.. dum dum dum!

I hope this works.. and yes, if anybody *wants* to learn *anything* that I know (including! how to make Instant Mashed Potatoes.  I practiced that tonight.  My wife thinks I did it wrong.  She thinks that by adding liquid to powder, it would be lumpy.  She might be right, it was rubbery), I’d love to help them learn it.. just to see the joy in their lives as they figure it out.    I am the son of a teacher, after all.  (10th from the top)

The Ali Shuffle 10k 2013

About a week ago, I participated in a 10k run.. and I happened to bring a (partially charged) camera.  Turns out they’re a small organization, so after chatting to a volunteer, I took video of the race, and put this together to help promote them:  (less than 3 minutes):

The Race

Geeky: It was challenging to put this together – I had to renew my subscription to Adobe Premiere CS6 to get access to the Warp Stabilizer effect to calm the running parts of the video down.  (It worked very well).

Some other stuff I learned:

  • The Muhammad Ali Center is downtown.  That’s where Marcell works.
  • The Muhammad Ali Institute is at U of L, and is not the same thing.  That’s where Stacy works.
  • The Institute goes in two year cycles with its scholars:
    • Researching global problems?
    • Making a trip to study solutions abroad?
    • Bringing those solutions back home in a project?
  • This was the second year of the run.

There’s a (much) longer video with all the footage I got, unedited, unstabilized, where you can learn more from the people who talked to me: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qtQm5Tu7WGM

The bicycle lady.. I had dropped my GoPro, she rescued it and brought it up to me.    Thank you!

I’m thinking, this year as I do races, I’ll do little glimpses into the races .. to promote them.  Because I think they are beautiful and cool and worthy enterprises.   Especially the smaller ones.

Be good.

Getting Familiar with Downtown Louisville

I’ve lived near Louisville since 2006, yet, I am somewhat lost around downtown.  I blame having a GPS – I never had to learn it.  

Well, I’ll be spending more time downtown – with http://codepalousa.com/ and the KDF Mini Marathon being on the same day, I need to get back and forth between them without a car, and stop by the Downtown YMCA for a shower.

So I started playing to learn downtown better:


I almost always approach from I-71, so I set a start point there, and played with “to get to XYZ place, which exit does it have me take?”   – the result is the above map (done by hand, though would be nice to have a program that did something similar.. showing the tree of routes, perhaps, into an area?).  I was surprised at how versatile the Brook street / Jefferson street (green) exit was – and how much the 9th street exit (tan?) plays into it as well.

Would anybody with more time than me be interested in writing a google app that could represent the same information as above?  

Three Sunset Timelapses of Louisville Downtown

I found an app, The Photographer’s Ephemeris, and in playing with it I figured out that I could predict when the Sun would line up with certain landmarks.   So I decided to try it with Downtown Louisville.  I set a reminder to myself.

And promptly forgot to bring my Video Camera in that day.  It was Friday 3/29/2013, and the sunset was gorgeous.

No problem, I’ll just catch it the next day.

Saturday 3/30 – Overcast and hazy.  That’s #3 in the video.

Sunday 3/31 – Beautiful Sunset.  I skipped part of Louisville NCAA Madness to set this up.  User error – it didn’t record.

Monday 4/1 – Pretty good.  That’s #1 in the video.  Pulled back from my first attempt.   Every 5 seconds

Tuesday 4/2 – hazy, skipped.

Wednesday 4/3 – Not quite as good.  #2 in the video.  Pulled even further back.   Every 2 seconds, but I sped it up for the video.

Downtown Sunset Timelapse

The video is in 1080, so fullscreen is best.

By this point, the sun had slipped away from being lined up with downtown; and I had figured out that the stock zoom lens on my camcorder does not make for a great picture in low light conditions.    So ends that project; I’ll resume from a Tripod on the Pedestrian Bridge later in the summer… sun reflecting off the buildings.