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Hello! This is my personal blog, wherein I discuss all sorts of random things and share my ideas and creations. You might want to learn more about me, or just browse the newest posts below. Say hello if you'd like. ~ Emma

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Fixed vs Fluid: New Perspectives on Sexual Orientation

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I just finished the book Sex at Dawn. Amidst much fascinating data on the biological underpinnings of human sexuality was a discussion of a 2006 study by Meredith Chivers that involved showing a variety of sexual videos to straight and gay men and women and measuring their arousal patterns. The study points to two orientations […]read more…

Matrix Groupwork Has Rocked My World

Holy cow, Batman. What do you say when your world changes overnight? I took an Intro to Matrix workshop from the Matrix Leadership Institute this weekend. It is exactly what I’ve been searching for for the past two years (and my whole life). Matrix is a way of forming groups where you end up knowing […]read more…

October 2012: Computer Science, Teaching, and Cats

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Look, ma, I’m programming I’m taking an online classs through edX – a collaboration between Harvard and MIT to bring their classes to the public in a form that specifically works for the web (i.e. that supports interactive learning). Along with offering classes, edX will let them study how people learn and how technology can […]read more…

The Benefit of Blandness

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I grew up reading Tintin comics. Wikipedia has an interesting observation about how the “blandness” of his character lets the reader place himself in the adventures. Readers and critics have described Tintin as a well-rounded yet open-ended character, noting that his rather neutral personality—sometimes labelled as bland—permits a balanced reflection of the evil, folly and […]read more…

Why I’ll Never Be an Expert

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The Dreyfus model of skill acquisition lays out 5 stages: Novice Advanced Beginner Competent Proficient Expert Here’s the Wikipedia entry, and a summary of what is needed to advance through the levels. Being a multipotentialite means I learn a lot of things to the stage of being Proficient, but not Expert–true expertise just takes too […]read more…

Streams and Buckets: Focusing When You are Full of Ideas

First, the metaphor: Email is a bucket–things come into it, and you need to deal with all of them. Facebook and Twitter are streams – you can dip in and out at your leisure, and there is no way (and no reason) to read all of what gets posted. Trying to treat a stream like […]read more…

Tools for Web Application Development in WordPress

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I am currently building HealerPress, a website builder for healers (SaaS) build on WordPress MultiSite. Coming from Yii, developing in WordPress is a big shift. The structure and concepts are quite different, and the initial plunge into procedural code is a shock. But, after awhile you get used to thinking differently and can appreciate how […]read more…

Living Without a To-Do List

Over the past year, I worked loosely within the Scrum model: choosing short sprints (one or two weeks) in which you can produce a meaningful goal. Anything unrelated to the sprint goes in the backlog until the next time you plan a sprint. It breaks things into chunks, it lets you focus, and it gives you […]read more…

Unconferences: The Good, the Bad, and the Utterly Boring

I signed up for the Community Leadership Summit hoping to get some insight into how to build online (and offline) community, which I want to do with HealersThrive and eventually with EggSpace (yeah, remember that old project? It’s still kicking in the back of my brain). The conference was not what I hoped. I ended up coming home […]read more…

Should you offer a free plan? Freemium pros and woes.

The pros and cons from my research deciding whether to offer a Free Plan with HealerTree. Conclusion: yes, but minimize the risks.read more…