First WordPress Plugin: Random Featured Posts Widget

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After tackling many other developmental aspects of WordPress, I finally got around to learning how to code a plugin. My first attempt was a widget that displays a random featured post with title, thumbnail, date, and link, that can be filtered by post category. I started out by modifying and then adding to code from two tutorials: How To Create Your Own Basic WordPress Widgets and Creating a Featured Post Meta Checkbox. To add this plugin to your blog, download … Read More

Book Review: Algorithms of Oppression

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Big data algorithms can do some amazing things for society. They help us find information online, display advertisements for merchandise we might buy, recommend news articles we would be interested in, and provide new insights for research and development. They act as a mirror to reflect not only what we want but what we need. Unfortunately, this mirror also displays, even amplifies, our ugliest aspects. Author Safiya Umoja Noble focuses in on this problem with Google and its effects on … Read More

Review of OSU’s Online B.S. in Computer Science Program

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Last month I completed my bachelor’s degree in computer science from Oregon State University’s post-baccalaureate program. This program is tailored to students who already have an undergraduate degree, so there are no concerns about transferring general education classes and you only focus on the courses for the major. It is offered entirely online and follows the curriculum of their on-campus program. Overall, I had a very positive experience. I started out taking a few CS classes years ago as prerequisites … Read More

Holiday Driving Wrap Up: Podcast Recommendations

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We all dread the long hours of holiday driving required of us between Thanksgiving and New Year’s. In-car entertainment can ease this pain, but selecting audio material is no easy task. It needs to appeal to all passengers, be lively, and maybe a little humorous. Below are four podcasts that not only fit the criteria, but also inspired discussion in the car, over road-trip meals, and with relatives at our destinations. Reply All Reply All is a podcast based around … Read More

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