These are simply the philosophical musings of one guy with an inherent love of learning how things work.
Sunday, February 5, 2012
Major GuiltTrip Reporting for duty!
It's tough, really. With all the recent SOPA stuff (I was firmly on the side opposing SOPA) there has been a lot of meditating, contemplating, and half-assed rants about the whole piracy and intellectual property rights mess.
So I found a copy of Free Ride by Robert Levine at the local public library and decided to check it out. It's well-written, if not all that convincing. Nonetheless, I can't help but wonder what Robert Levine would think about the fact that I checked this book out for zero cost at a public library. The heart of the issue is so much more complex, isn't it? I mean, there are books at the library that I would gladly spend 5 or 10 bucks to "rent"--and then there are books like this, that I came across almost by accident and decided to check out.
There are books I have checked out from the library that I have subsequently gone on to buy (Visualizing Data being the latest). I just prefer to sample stuff first.
I teach Computer Science at a progressive public high school, using mostly open source tools. I improvise a lot and spend most of my time working with students and writing code in Python, Java, Obj-C, LISP....