Programming is for YOU, says Lundi

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By: Lundi Hudson for Vaslapodi

“The land of opportunities”, doesn’t that phrase sound familiar? But with the recent and quite massive advancement in technology, this phrase can now be used to refer to virtually any country on the planet. Well this is true considering that in this age, a software of under 50MB (or even the idea of such a software) can have you on course to being a multimillionaire or even a billionaire. Go back a few years and such a thought would probably earn you a recommendation to a psychiatrist. But here we are now, living in the age of technology where it seems that nothing is impossible if you have a team of programmers at your disposal.

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All that said, what are you doing about it? With a computer and the right software and of course the dedication (there are sure to be some frustrations along the way) you can now earn a living (almost billions while you’re at it) from your place of convenience. More people should be encouraged to venture into the limitless field of programming. Now you are probably thinking, ” What if I have never been exposed to any programming before? Do I miss out on all the opportunities?? ” Like I said, dedication. If you have enough of that I don’t think that sparing a little time and maybe reaching into your pocket in order to learn some programming skills will be enough to hold you back. Although you can also learn for free online (click here to learn with MIT OCW) or download free programming ebooks
There obviously is a lot of untapped potential in Kenya. Picture this: a multimillionaire’s company giving you a call (perhaps late in the night because they didn’t care what time zone you are in) asking if you’d be interested in joining their team of programmers because they happened to come across your creation (software) and were impressed. That scenario should by now appear really possible after reading what I wrote in the previous paragraph. Now who wouldn’t want that, unless you too are a billionaire (which I highly doubt)? However, don’t focus on the money but instead choose to offer solutions to real life challenges. It is more rewarding.

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How strong would a magnetic field have to be to kill you?

Gravity and Levity

There’s a great joke in Futurama, the cartoon comedy show, about a horror movie for robots.  In the movie, a planet of robots is terrorized by a giant “non-metallic being” (a monsterified human).  The human is finally defeated by a makeshift spear, which prompts the robot general to say:

“Funny, isn’t it?  The human was impervious to our most powerful magnetic fields, yet in the end he succumbed to a harmless sharpened stick.”

The joke, of course, is that the human body might seem much more fragile than a metallic machine, but to a robot our ability to withstand enormous magnetic fields would be like invincibility.

But this got me thinking: how strong would a magnetic field have to be before it killed a human?

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Unlike a computer hard drive, the human body doesn’t really make use of any magnetic states — there is nowhere in the body where important…

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10 Short Medieval Poems Everyone Should Read

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Looking for some great short medieval poems which are easy to read? Look no further than this, our latest post…

Medieval poetry can be a daunting field to dip into (to mix our metaphors terribly). Although Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales and Dante’s Divine Comedy are masterpieces and essential reading, perhaps the best route into medieval poetry – as with any poetry – is to start small. What follows is our pick of the best short medieval poems written in English.

They are all presented in the original Middle English, because here at Interesting Literature we believe that that’s the best way to read the poems. This does mean that several words/phrases need glossing, so we’ve done this briefly before each poem. All of these poems were written (or at least written down) some time during the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries: our source for them is the excellent Penguin book of Medieval…

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Kahawa West Bets Big on Education

Kahawa West has had a major boost to its economy with the completion of the northern bypass (about two years ago) and the fibre cable that runs through to the KU Teaching and Referral Hospital (still under construction). This has resulted in a significant increase in the number of businesses and schools, and overall growth in its economy.
I am especially interested not only in the number of schools, but the number of schools embracing online education. They aren’t many (given the infancy of fibre technology in the country and the high costs of WiMax) but the few are worth acknowledging.

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Reby Peter Memorial Academy

Reby Peter Memorial is one such school seeking to improve the quality of education offered by upgrading their services to include online supplementary content to assist students further in scoring better grades. The initiative is yet to take off as funding is crucial especially since the school targets the lower middle class with its attractive (relatively lower) tuition fees.

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RPMA Campaign

The school is one among many which are gradually adopting online education in the locality and providing it at an affordable price. This should help the local farmers, carpenters, grocers and all raise not only literate but tech-savvy kids. With that in place, we can then look at how coding can be introduced in the syllabus for those who are interested. And maybe, just maybe, Kahawa West will be home to some of Kenya’s tech.
Rome was not built in a day and so a day is not enough for Kahawa West to achieve tech status or education hub status. However, the move is a step in the right direction and with the infrastructure in place, the population will soon be receptive to diversity in learning. I believe in education for all from all, to keep Kenya competitive both regionally and globally. It is about time the government subsidized internet equipment costs and connected every primary school to the internet.
Most of what I know I learnt online (being endowed with all I needed for that), however, not every primary school kid can afford that. The community should therefore be willing to support such initiatives and petition to the government for provision of internet to all schools.
For now, donations (cash, computers, routers,..etc) can be made to the various schools providing (or planning to provide) online education to primary kids. Internet access should be a basic service, not a luxury. Let us give our brothers and sisters room to read.

The list of schools will soon be available.