Humble Bundle Deal – Corel PaintShop Pro Ultimate, Painter, Pinnacle Studio Ultimate, more

I love Humble Bundle for some of the book and software deals they offer. This one is especially good, particularly for those that want to edit photos or videos or create CG artwork.

This deal, entitled Humble Software Bundle: Painter – Create with Confidence, is an incredible software package that would normally cost you near $1000, but it in this bundle it only costs about $33. Continue reading “Humble Bundle Deal – Corel PaintShop Pro Ultimate, Painter, Pinnacle Studio Ultimate, more”

#100DaysOfCode – Come Join the Fun!

Have you wanted to learn how to program but lacked the support? #100DaysOfCode is a formal (but flexible) process with a clear set of rules designed to motivate you. Part of the process involves sharing your goals and progress via social media and your files via GitHub, which is a free online repository website and version control service which many teachers are now using as an alternative to a traditional website.

Come learn how to get started and how the process works. You’ll especially benefit from this session if you never used GitHub and want to learn how easy it can be. Continue reading “#100DaysOfCode – Come Join the Fun!”

Snippets #2

Welcome to the 2nd in my series of “snippets” blog posts. See here for my first.

Snowbirds Photos

See my blog post.

Snowbirds

The Kiss

I never post anything online about Trump, but in this case I’m making an exception.

They say a picture is worth a 1000 words, well this picture got way more than 1000 words of coverage.

The picture was so popular it even got its own hashtag.

2019-08-27 G7 Kiss

CUPE Strike?

Things are heating up in education in Ontario, not for the good. 93% of CUPE employees have given the authorization to strike. Let’s hope it doesn’t come to that.

ECOO’s Annual BIT Conference – Early Bird Special

Are you attending the annual BIT conference? Register before October 1 to advantage of the early bird special. Details here.

I’ll be presenting on a project I’m pursuing called #100DaysOfCode. Please consider attending!

WordCamp Niagara

…is looking for volunteers. Local teachers may wish to ask their videography students to consider volunteering as this would count towards their 40 hour volunteer time requirement for their OSSD.

I hope to see you there!

The 500 Rule

Did you know there is a “500 rule” in photography? Read about it here.

OTF PD Calendar

Check out the OTF PD Calendar to find any AQ or ABQ courses you might want to take.

Thank you, Doug!

It was nice to get featured in @dougpete’s weekly profile of Ontario educators. Thank you, Doug!

Snippets #1

Welcome to the first of hopefully a series of “snippets” blog posts. I have to admit I’m poaching the idea from @dougpete with his “My Week Ending” series [example]. My life seems to be too hectic to publish “real” posts so let’s see if this works as an alternative.

Capital One Data Breach

This week we saw a major data breach that exposed millions of Canadian’s banking, credit card, and possibly social insurance numbers. I tweeted a series of posts under the #CyberSecurity hashtag. Continue reading “Snippets #1”

Relational Databases – How to Choose

Relational Database Comparison screenshot

As a Python programmer and teacher, I’m always on the hunt for good tutorials. Some of the best Python tutorials I found are on a YouTube channel named Socratica. For these videos they have a McGill CS graduate & actress named Ulka Simone Mohanty [@ulkaM | resume] whose character is a quirky, robot-like narrator with a very dry sense of humour, which for me, makes the videos especially entertaining.

In my YouTube subscription alerts I saw that Socratica has just released some new videos related to SQL databases. If they’re as good as their Python series I had to check them out.

It was nice to see that they are also using Ulka to narrate this series. And it’s nice to see that the videos are just as entertaining (and informative) as the Python series.

I have some experience programming in MySQL (thanks to Dr Chuck) so was really interested in its popularity vs PostgreSQL and MariaDB. The video is only an overview, but it’s enough to whet my appetite about revisiting my old My SQL programs and seeing how difficult they are to convert to the other formats. It also gets me thinking about investigating free accounts in the cloud for any databases I write.

I’d love to hear what you think about these videos. Do you find them as entertaining and informative as I do?

(Credit to the video for the screenshot used above)