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Mentors, music, and motivation

As I get ready to attend the Write/Speak/Code conference, I'm doing more reflecting on the past few months than packing for the trip. While I would like to leave San Diego with warm enough clothes for New York City, I want to write a few brief thoughts about learning from others.

Building a better community

Why I gave a $2048 donation to Fab Lab San Diego

Watching someone bring their idea to life is an amazing reward.

People from all walks of life have creative ideas. Through grassroots sharing of ideas, skills, and equipment, Fab Lab San Diego gives individuals a chance to learn, build, and share their creations. I believe Fab Lab San Diego's outreach programs inspire students of all ages. Outreach is hard work but the community benefits are huge.

Decorators visualized

Decorators make code more readable. When learning how decorators work, it's easy to get confused. When teaching decorators, students often ask "but how does it work" and "why does it work". "Magic, it just does" and "follow the pattern of the example" could be reasonable though less than satisfying responses.