Any Programmers/Coders in The Front Range Area of Colorado?

Are any of you or do any of you know of someone who works as a programmer / coder / whatever in the Denver, Boulder, or Colorado Springs area that we could schedule a job shadow for my son who is a freshman at Wheat Ridge High School in Wheat Ridge, Colorado?

He is most especially interested in being a gaming programmer (of course) but I think anyone who does programming would be a great experience for him at this stage. Thanks in advance!

Colorado: We may win a national political contest only to lose multiple ballot questions that will eviscerate all pretext of progressive advancement

Oh, we will still be able to smoke recreational pot for now at least, but by any indication, the GOP will trounce any and all proposed November 8 initiatives that will roll back the systematic elimination or contraction of social, economic, and environmental progress we have fought for in the past 20 years. The Koch brothers and others are pouring money into Super PACs that are producing really slick TV and print ads that; (1 oppose restoring school funding to pre-2008 levels (Taxes!), (2 advancements in state-wide health care (Big Government! Taxes!), (3 removing indentured servitude in the state penal system (Law & Order!), (4 Assisted Suicide (Don’t make the Baby Jesus Cry!), (5 hamstringing the ability for ballot initiatives to be brought to a vote in state election (Fscking Socialists! This ain’t the People’s Republic of Colorado! edit Oil companies can frack anywhere we damn well want to, who do you think runs things around here?/edit), (6 $12 state minimum wage (Bad for business! Not a market solution! Will kill the ‘recovery’!), (7 Denver Area Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (Socialism! Not a Market Solution! Taxes!), and (8 Increase in taxes on a pack of Cigarettes and other tobacco products (Taxes!).

These ads are good, slickly produced, sound reasonable, and stand in ‘reasonable and measured’ opposition to the increasingly oppressive, government overreach that is threatening to destroy the very fabric of life in Colorado we’ve been able to salvage after the common-sense restrictions imposed after the Liberals Recession following Obama’s election.

Arguments are presented in a way that seems sensible to low-information voters and just ‘the right thing to do’. Local and state level Democratic candidates are presented as ‘Tax and spend liberals!’ (yes, we’re back to those tropes) and non-partisan offices are nevertheless populated with reasonable candidates that are opposed by those that would take your rights away and give them to people who do not deserve them. No, really. Schools Board elections, District Attorneys, and other races feature ads that are likewise polarized and low information.

As far as I can tell, the Democratic Party in Colorado is having a had time organizing the GOTV efforts for the election, much less doing any outreach. I fear for the outcome for a majority of the races and questions below our contentious Presidential election.

VOTE 411 is a great resource provided by The League of Women Voters.

Also, don’t forget to register AND vote on November 8.

The UK votes to leave the EU

Craziness, bad craziness…

My semi-coherent thoughts are that Scotland and Northern Ireland will looking to jump out of the UK now. Whatever exists of the British Commonwealth has got to be affected by all this as well.

Europe is going to react with their own independence referenda: Greece, definitely, but also Italy, likely Spain, and some of the other nations that can’t handle the German-backed austerity measures.

Right now we’re watching the entire global economy tanking. We could be witnessing a meltdown greater than the collapse of 2007-2008.

Cue a reread of Thom Hartmann’s “The Crash of 2016“?


[Update:] Here is another post, this time at Movie Pilot, that takes speculation about Bran Stark to another level. More in a new post![/Update:]

In the previous post I mentioned my speculation re: the character of Bran Stark, son of Eddard Stark in the TV show ‘Game of Thrones.’ I found some very similar speculation at the Tower of the Hand article, Bran the Branded: The Night King’s Mark.

There’s even a remote possibility that Bran becomes the Brandons of the past, specifically, Brandon the Builder.

Durran would have none of it. A seventh castle he raised, most massive of all. Some said the children of the forest helped him build it, shaping the stones with magic; others claimed that a small boy told him what he must do, a boy who would grow to be Bran the Builder.
ACOK 32: Catelyn III

It was only with the building of the fifth tower, the first to be made entirely of stone, that the Hightower became a seat worthy of a great house. That tower, we are told, rose two hundred feet above the harbor. Some say it was designed by Brandon the Builder, whilst others name his son, another Brandon.
The World of Ice & Fire: The Reach

The first quote relates to the building of Storm’s End, while the second focus on Hightower in Oldtown, It’s a pretty farfetched grab on my part, but it’s worth noting that two different Brandons, each boys, have a part in the construction of famous landmarks. I could see Bran becoming involved in Westeros’ large history in some way or another.

The dateline on this article is May 24, 2016, of course. My post is May 26, 2016. All I can say is I came up with Bran = Bran the Builder on my own and upon wider scrutiny find that I am in good company.

That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.

Game of Thrones TV Fan Theory Spoilers for GOT 6:5

Suppose that ‘time travel’ in Game of Thrones/ASOIAF is the kind where you can’t actually change anything (no free will) but merely fulfill what has already and always happened, but it seems as though our actions are willful rather than pre-destined?

My latest thing: Ned’s son Brandon Stark is Bran the Builder. He did these things in the past in response to events we see currently unfolding. From the GOT wiki Bran the Builder character entry (emphasis added):

“Bran the Builder was a legendary member of the First Men from the Age of Heroes, the founder of House Stark, and the first King in the North. Many famous structures are attributed to have been built under his direction, hence his nickname of “the Builder”, including Winterfell and most famously the Wall, which according to legend, he raised with the aid of giants. <...> According to legend, he advised Durran during the building of Storm’s End *when he was just a boy*. He’s also traditionally attributed to having granted the Gift to the Night’s Watch, though Maesters argue that it must have been a different King in the North also named Brandon.”

It’s has already happened, we have the incorrect perception that actions can affect them. “Are we are playing parts set in motion generations ago…?” (Tyrion paraphrase) In this scenario, yes…

Whadda ya think?

The End of Eighth Grade

Ian has one more day at North Arvada Middle school. I’m shadowing him today at school he is currently in his ‘Advisement’ class which is kind of a free time thing. I’m in the office lying low, cruising under the radar. We have a session with his math teacher after school to make sure we’re caught up and ready to close out the year. This is the last of his seven classes we need to double-check on. Then he should be finished with Middle School and on to High School.

Does that send a chill down anyone else’s spine when you utter that phrase, “No, he is in High School now…”?