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.

Friday the 20th

Not nearly as snappy as ‘Friday the 13th’ but ya run with what ya got. Wednesday past was the average last frost day for our area on the Front Range and both of my outdoor weather station sensors reported temps in excess of 90ºF. I think it is going to be a long, hot Summer. Some gardens are in, especially the Russians here in Little Minsk. But they always seem to have about a 4-week jump on the rest of us. I’m not going with any full season plants this year, just ‘micro greens’ and some herbs. I’ve had such bad luck with full season plants (>90 days to maturity). We have a growing season of about 125 days but my tomatoes don’t ripen and my corn ears don’t mature. But my basil from two years ago (none last year) kicked major butt. So, that’s the direction for this year…

What about your gardens?

Crows

I’ve been doing quite a bit of research into Crows lately, mainly the ones in my neighborhood, the American Crow Corvus brachyrhynchos. I have long been fascinated with their cousins, the Common Raven Corvus corax that I frequently encountered while working and recreating in the Mojave Desert around Las Vegas.

In accordance with what I’ve read and heard, they really like peanuts, unroasted and unsalted… Two days ago I threw some unshelled peanuts near a noisy group of about 10 birds that frequent the area between our building and the street. They dispersed and after about five minutes they flew back while I observed from about 25 yards away. After a couple of iterations of dispense, retreat, and return, they flew away after about 20 minutes. I went back inside after leaving perhaps a dozen unshelled peanuts where I was sitting.

Today (Saturday) about 10 am there was a loud chorus of Crow vocalizations that I recognized as ‘social calls’ from one of the videos I watched on Crow behavior research on the interwebs. I opened the door and there was a dozen or so Crows hopping around where I was sitting yesterday. “Hey, Peanut Human! We need more peanuts!” Not wanting them to think I was so easily trained, I waited about a half hour before going outside with more peanuts.

They won’t let me get closer than about 25 yards but they are very interested in peanuts. We’ll see where this goes.

Make it Stop…

Today is mid-term Election Day and we have been inundated with ads here in Colorado. Supposedly more ‘outside money’ has been spent here than anywhere else in the country. I’m tired of it, sick and tired of being bombarded with ads.

I turned in my ballot almost two weeks ago and most of the political snail mail stopped but not TV ads and certainly not the carpet bombing of political emails.

We are not even turning on the tv tonight. Somehow, I think we will be hearing about the results. For weeks.

Mid-week

A busy evening of math and social studies homework is starting to wind down. The math wasn’t too hard, but Ian thought it tedious. His social studies homework is to illustrate the five themes of geography (location, place, human/environment interaction, movement, and regions) using screenshots from things he has constructed in Minecraft. Still haven’t done his 20 minutes of reading or practiced the bass…

Mid-90s today. Trivial compared to the old life in Las Vegas but toasty for the front range. Weeds are still virulent in the garden while the tomatoes are huge and still green. WTF?!?

Garden Plot Ready, Check

Spent a good part of yesterday’s 70°F afternoon turning soil with a potato fork, adding amendments, hoeing the eager late winter weeds, and leveling the plot in general. Today it is mid-30°s with a forecast of possible snow/precipitation. Go ahead Ma, for once, we’re ready!

Into The New Year…

The furnace was down overnight but Aaron Heating was out first thing and we’re back up to 60º F. It never got lower than an indicated 51º F. Sweet! Our relatively minor (compared to east of the Mississippi River in N.A.) cold and snow has lingered, leaving the streets semi–clear except for those patches of black ice to keep you on your toes…

Ian resumes school tomorrow after the long break. I predict wailing and teeth gnashing.

I’m investigating using a shelf in the Arvada Gardeners green house for starting some veggies two to six weeks before the typical ‘last frost’ around Mother’s Day. That means I get to actively peruse those seed catalogs yet again! 🙂