Do yourself a favor. Learn to code. Here’s how.



I’ve said this to my non-techie friends countless times. It’s no secret that being able to code makes you a better job applicant, and a better entrepreneur. Hell, one techie taught a homeless man to code and now that man is making his first mobile application.

Learning to code elevates your professional life, and makes you more knowledgeable about the massive changes taking place in the technology sector that are poised to have an immense influence on human life.

(note: yes I realize that 3/5 of those links were Google projects)

But most folks are intimidated by coding. And it does seem intimidating at first. But peel away the obscurity and the difficulty, and you start to learn that coding, at least at its basic level, is a very manageable, learnable skill.

There are a lot of resources out there to teach you. I’ve found a couple to be particularly successful. Here’s my list of resources for learning to code, sorted by difficulty:


Never written a line of code before? No worries. Just visit one of these fine resources and follow their high-level tutorials. You won’t get into the nitty-gritty, but don’t worry about it for now:

Dash - by General Assembly


w3 Tutorials (start at HTML on the left sidebar and work your way down)


Now that you’ve gone through a handful of basic tutorials, it’s time to learn the fundamentals of actual, real-life coding problems. I’ve found these resources to be solid:

Khan Academy

CodeAcademy - Ruby, Python, PHP


If you’re here, you’re capable of building things. You know the primitives. You know the logic control statements. You’re ready to start making real stuff take shape. Here are some different types of resources to turn you from someone who knows how to code, into a full-fledged programmer.

Programming problems

Sometimes, the challenges in programming aren’t how to make a language do a task, but just how to do the task in general. Like how to find an item in a very large, sorted list, without checking each element. Here are some resources for those types of problems



Web Applications

If you learned Python, Django is an amazing platform for creating quick-and-easy web applications. I’d highly suggest the tutorial - it’s one of the best I’ve ever used, and you have a web app up and running in less than an hour.

Django Tutorial

I’ve never used Rails, but it’s a very popular and powerful framework for creating web applications using Ruby. I’d suggest going through their guide to start getting down-and-dirty with Rails development.

Rails Guide

If you know PHP, there’s an ocean of good stuff out there for you to learn how to make a full-fledged web application. Frameworks do a lot of work for you, and provide quick and easy guides to get up and running. I’d suggest the following:

Cake PHP Book

Symfony 2 - Get Started

Yii PHP - The Comprehensive Guide


If there’s one point I wanted to get across, it’s that it is easier than ever to learn to code. There are resources on every corner of the internet for potential programmers, and the benefits of learning even just the basics are monumental.

If you know of any additional, great resources that aren’t listed here, please feel free to tweet them to me @boomeyer.

Best of luck!

scenicartdepository here’s that coding post!


The Tartar Tent, the Gothic Church, Temple to the God Pan, the Ruined column and the Pyramid all reside in the abandoned French garden ‘Desert de Retz’. Source.

Critics generally don’t associate Black people with ideas. They see marginal people; they see just another story about Black folks. They regard the whole thing as sociologically interesting perhaps, but very parochial. There’s a notion out in the land that there are human beings one writes about, and then there are Black people or Indians or some other marginal group. If you write about the world from that point of view, somehow it is considered lesser. We are people, not aliens. We live, we love, and we die.
Toni Morrison (via theraceproblem)


Up all night, Liam Devereux


La Tenue de Cérémonie de Maréchal d’Empire pour Michel Ney, Duc d’Elchingen et Prince de la Moskowa. (The Ceremonial Regalia of Michel Ney, Marshal of the Empire, Duke of Elchingen and Prince of Moscow). Circa 1804.



(via 500px / Let There Be Light by Ryan Deboodt)


(via 500px / Let There Be Light by Ryan Deboodt)


Here are some phone pics of my sleeping arrangement for the past few days (living outdoors is the best)

It should go without saying: if you could replace Taiwan with an alien planet and every single Asian character in your movie (barring one English-speaking, European-accented surgeon) with those mooks from The Fifth Element, and the only problem you’d have is establishing that interstellar travel exists in your setting, you have done a poor job of representing a racial group on the one hand, and a poor job of crafting interesting antagonists on the other.

Grand Canyon (Blue Mountains)Next time its open I am going to have to walk through the river.Oh and welcome to all my new followers, and thank you Tumblr for featuring me as an original photographer!


Grand Canyon (Blue Mountains)

Next time its open I am going to have to walk through the river.

Oh and welcome to all my new followers, and thank you Tumblr for featuring me as an original photographer!


i would be more into 50 shades of grey if it were actually about

  • the history of black and white film
  • trying to find the perfect lampshade for your monochromatic living room
  • a very elaborate knitting project
  • a guy named grey with 50 pairs of sunglasses

'Everlasting storm' has 1 million lightning strikes a yearThe ‘Catatumbo Lightning’ has helped sailors, thwarted invasions and wowed onlookers for thousands of years, thanks to a recurring thunderstorm that can spark up to 40,000 lightning strikes in one night.


'Everlasting storm' has 1 million lightning strikes a year
The ‘Catatumbo Lightning’ has helped sailors, thwarted invasions and wowed onlookers for thousands of years, thanks to a recurring thunderstorm that can spark up to 40,000 lightning strikes in one night.

Listening to people who have disability accents


People with certain disabilities often have heavy disability accents. Their speech can sound very different from the way most nondisabled people speak.

People with disabilities that affect communication are often pushed into separate programs, particularly in adulthood. Even when they are in the same classes in the same schools, there isn’t much of an expectation that any peers listen to them. This was even more true a generation ago. As a result, most people without disabilities are lousy at understanding people with disability accents, and don’t understand that this is a glaring hole in their social skills.

Many unskilled people tend to maybe ask people with disability accents to repeat themselves once, and then they get frustrated and start ignoring them. Sometimes they pretend to understand, and smile and nod rather than actually listening. Sometimes they hang up on them. Sometimes they pass them off to another person, who also doesn’t bother to actually listen. Sometimes they hang up. If they are medical workers, sometimes they write on a chart that someone is impossible to understand or has no communication (particularly if that person also has an intellectual disability.)

Do not be this person. If you can’t understand someone with a disability accent, the problem is your skills, not their voice. (If you have a receptive language disability that prevents you from learning to understand accents, then it’s no one’s fault and you need an interpreter to communicate. Neither their voice nor your brain is wrong. In that situation, the skill you need to develop is finding an interpreter).

If you listen, and make it clear that you are listening, you will learn to understand, and you will be able to communicate successfully with more people. 

An important phrase for this is “I’m having trouble understanding what you’re saying, but I care what you are saying.”

Make sure it’s true, and keep listening. The more you listen, the easier it will be to understand. Understanding . And practice. You get better with practice.

Too many people are ignored because others can’t be bothered to understand their accents. You can make this better by listening (and by insisting that people you supervise listen.)

The Judgement of Paris, as I assume you are aware, is one of the most popular and also the best themes in classical European painting, because it’s based on a legend where three supremely powerful goddesses asked a worthless male mortal to rank them in order of attractiveness in order to win a sculpture of a fruit. Which says so much in such a short amount of time about ancient Greek sexual politics, I think; Yes definitely the Queen of Heaven wants to know if some Trojan shepherd thinks she’s still hot.

(An aside: the correct thing to do when three murder-eyed, placid-lipped, notoriously temperamental immortals show up on your doorstep in the nude and ask you to rank them in order of beauty is to BEG OFF. “You’re all so lovely! I couldn’t possibly decide! Who am I, a mere mortal, to declare all three of you anything less than perfect? You’ll notice I sacrificed three flawless bulls to all of you this morning, please do not decimate my flocks or level my city, goodbye, worship you tomorrow.” NOT: “Sure, okay. Turn around, let me get the full picture.”)

I love catching up on The Toast. (via greengoldandgrey)
Years ago, I had a weird conversation.



I was explaining to someone the history of left-handedness in America, the ways that left-handed people were treated, it was considered okay to beat us until we became right-handed, and other things like that.

And instead of listening to me, the person’s only response was to roll her eyes and say “Oh God, please tell me they’re not trying to claim to be an oppressed minority.”

Which, no, I’ve never heard a left-hander claim that.  But at the time in question, we were part of an oppressed minority:  disability.  Because left-handedness was literally, in and of itself, considered to be a learning disability with symptoms that went well beyond using your left hand for things (there was an entire list of symptoms from clumsiness to language problems).  My mother grew up in that time and she was definitely considered disabled just for being left-handed.  The fact that things have changed and now left-handers are not disabled, does not mean we weren’t disabled then.

But I found that person’s response really obnoxious.  She basically had this worldview where there were “real” oppressed minorities, mostly people of color, and that everyone else was just “copying people of color” and not really oppressed, or not really very oppressed, when she’d grudgingly acknowledge oppression existed.  So her very first worry when hearing about brutality towards an entire kind of person wasn’t what happened to the people in question, it was whether they’d try and “steal” oppressed minority status from those who really deserved it.

Which, as a left-handed person very grateful to grow up in a time and place where left-handedness is not a disability?  Rubbed me the wrong way.

And yes, my view of what is and isn’t a disability is that it’s heavily depending on society.  I’ve gotten in trouble before for saying that for a long time, gay people were disabled because of our inclusion in the DSM and our treatment by psychiatry.  But it’s true.  We were disabled at that point.  We managed to climb our way out of that category, just as left-handers and some other people have managed to climb out of that category.  But it doesn’t mean that we weren’t disabled at some point in time.  Because whether you’re disabled isn’t just about your body — that’s one part of it, but social status as disabled is equally as important as physical or cognitive status.  And it’s perfectly possible to be disabled entirely because you’re put in the social category of disabled people, even if you have no particular bodily or cognitive impairments.

But whenever I try to explain that, I get someone who flips out on me and insists that I’m trying to bring back the idea of gay people as disabled under the DSM.  Which, just, no.  I’m saying that when we were in the DSM, we were disabled because we were in the DSM and faced ableism, especially psychiatric ableism, the same as everyone else in the DSM.  So don’t bother flipping out, it’s been done, it doesn’t do anything except cause aggravation.

I am left handed, and I grew up with family friends who had lived through this period in the US. Their hands had been tied down, and they were beaten severely, in one case to the point of broken bones. One of these family friends would still write with her right hand, which I couldn’t understand at the time (I was a little kid) but now understand that writing with her left hand gave her flashbacks and panic attacks.

It was a bad scene.

There are still countries where left-handedness is considered a disability! China, for one. I have had a lot of conversations with left-handed Chinese people when they see me writing Chinese characters with my left hand (the myth that “you can’t write Chinese characters with your left hand” is used to justify a lot of this shit.)

I remember a particular conversation with a fellow tourist in Kunming, who saw me signing hotel forms left handed. The conversation was in Chinese, I’m translating loosely.

"You’re using your left hand?" (I got asked this a lot, because it’s so unusual.)

"Yeah, I’m left-handed."

"They told me I couldn’t do that! That that was impossible! I’m so mad! So fucking mad!"

in case anyone is wondering if this stuff still happens.

eeh I realised today I fucked up my design experiment in a really stupid way, i don’t even know if I’ll be able to get anything out of all that hard earned data…

well, I’m just glad I screwed up in an off year, and I’ll do better next year

plus, my other experiment yielded p great results, so there’s that!

also, i’m done w/ my internship tomorrow, my mom and my sister are coming back home, so I’ll stop eating pasta alone with my cats watching hulu

and after that I’m off to see boyfriend with my sister and i’m so excited to be travelling with them both!!