Thursday, April 4, 2013

Absorb All Odors in the KLS

It's almost cliché now to talk about how fast things are changing in the world of the internets.  Strangely enough, it's also cliché to blog about how much things seem to stay the same. 

A few weeks ago I went to the SIGCSE national convention in Denver.  I have been very active in the field of Computer Science education, and I was able to meet up with old friends that I haven't seen in person for years.  There was the usual small talk about the last few years (and of course any mention of Java caused most educators to look quite nervous--thanks, Oracle), but something was different this time. 

I began to suspect that something had really changed in the way people use the net--and how they get their info.  In the past it was easy to Google a name and, after a few Kevin Baconish link jumps, find the good stuff--the stuff that matters.  I don't think that is true anymore. 

I have begun to purposely use other phrases for looking up info on the net.  I now will say any of the following:
  • "Well, why don't you Yahoo it and see what you can find...."
  • "Yeah, I guess I'll have to DuckDuckGo it and see what's up..."
  • [When desperate] "Go Bing it and see!"
So although I have been working diligently on creating a high school Computer Science curriculum that I feel is one of the best in the entire US, I don't think anyone could find "all my stuff" out there that I've created and shared.  People used to worry about other people "stealing" their work.  I've even had administrators that told me I was probably naive to be releasing all my stuff via a Creative Commons license.  Truth is, however, that most people would never be able to find my creations--despite having Google and Twitter and other services finding many ways to use REAL ^&*KING NAMES instead of our REAL INTERNET NAMES....

So, I've decided to go old school.  Sort of.  Rather than spread all my crap out all over the place, I'm going to put most of it on my own site, that I'll maintain from the command line, because luckily UNIX hasn't changed much in my lifetime (ahem).

Rather than split myself up into different sites and different blogs and different names, I'm just gonna put the whole pile of crap where it belongs, in the Kitty Litter Studios