Spark mail

Wed 06 June 2018 by Dr. Dirk Colbry

Spark Logo I am weird that I like email. It is my preferred form of communication on projects (maybe I am just getting old). I trust that I will get to my email and that I will not loose things. I realize that this trust is often not true but it is …

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Inverse Problems Seminar

Mon 04 June 2018 by Dr. Dirk Colbry

I was invited to give a talk at the inverse seminars symposium:

At first I was a little nervous since I don't consider myself an expert in inverse problems so I did not fully understand what they wanted me to present. However after talking to the organizers …

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White Noise and Teaching

Wed 23 May 2018 by Dr. Dirk Colbry

It can be difficult to be the first student to talk in a quite classroom. I have been experimenting with the use of white noise to raise the overall din in the room and encourage taking more quickly.

When I teach I try to encourage peer and group discussions. Activities …

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Remember the Milk

Sat 19 May 2018 by Dr. Dirk Colbry

I have been a paid subscriber and dedicated customer to Remember the Milk (RTM) for many years (I have lost count). RTM is a todo list application. It is in the same category of something like Wonderlist and ToDoist (There are many others). RTM fits my personality and needs quite …

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Back to Blogging

Fri 18 May 2018 by Dr. Dirk Colbry

I like the idea of blogging but often have difficulty in the delivery. A few years ago I maintained a blog when I worked for the Institute for Cyber-Enabled Research (iCER) at Michigan State University (MSU). At iCER I did a lot of High Performance Computing (HPC) User support. This …

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Picking Blog Software

Fri 18 May 2018 by Dr. Dirk Colbry

When I was at iCER we used confluence for our blogging software and when I did a (personal blog](// I used google blogger. On of the barriers for me getting back into blogging (besides my own personal hangups) is that I was never really satisified with either …

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Jupyter Accessibility Project

Thu 17 May 2018 by Dr. Dirk Colbry

My university (Michigan State University) plans to scale up the use of Jupyter in our classrooms but we need to address accessibility issues before we can adopt the platform for wide scale use.  On behalf of MSU I had an external group conduct a preliminary audit of our current jupyterhub …

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