Love Works

Hello everyone,

It’s been quite awhile! I hope everyone is doing well, and is having a great holiday experience.

I’ve been taking a break from many things as of late. I’ve been given the opportunity to serve and take part in good causes lately, and have been focusing more on my family especially during the holiday season.

Also, I haven’t been blind to the issues that have been occurring in Ferguson, Staten Island, Cleveland and others. I’ve listened to stories like the one discussed between Scott Hanselman and Dr. Kortney Ziegler. I followed and reviewed information from both sides of Gamergate. I also discussed the issues that I saw personally.

I’ve been contemplating and meditating on these things, and have made some comments. However, I’ve been burdened to do more than sit back and just talk about the problem. The thing is that I love my neighbor. I love my neighbor to the point of action. And so, I’ve been thinking on what I can do as a software developer. Being given a great example by the ones who love me despite my flaws, and the groups that I discussed in the inequality post, I’ve decided to follow suit. Thus, the == (Equality) User Group has been created.

For the uninitiated, a single equal sign in many programming languages means assignment. If I have a variable called x, and I say x = 0, then I’m assigning 0 to x. However, a double equal sign is an equality operator. In that same example, if x is 0, when I ask if x == 0, I will receive a response of true. More info here.

This group will focus on teaching software development to peoples of all backgrounds, creeds, colors, genders, ages. At this group’s meetings, a safe learning environment will be sustained for any and all who wish to learn and collaborate with other developers. This will be a place where interview practice can be done to help acquire employment. This will be a meeting where we will do what we can to acquire resources for the sake of each individual’s career in software development.

This is my gift to you all this holiday season. Also, it’s a call to those who hear the same call to action as I have. Regardless of any excuse, you are welcome to come and assist. It will be appreciated, regardless of how small you think your contribution will be. Send me a note on any of my social sites or here in the comments with any ideas and/or if you wish to volunteer.

I will begin planning the first meeting once the holiday season has completed, and will post it on here and on my social sites once a date has been decided.

Thanks for reading!

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Looking From Both Sides

Hello everyone,

I’m sure pretty much all of you have followed #GamerGate at this point, and may have seen some good conversations along with some pretty outrageous ones. With one of my previous posts talking about inequality, and witnessing inequality myself, I was initially inclined to immediately take the side of those who were screaming “INEQUALITY!”. However, I’ve learned in the past to look at both sides of conversations, as I am aware that people are capable of not being completely honest or overreacting, regardless of what side of the conversation they’re on. So, I kept my reservations until I was able to see both sides. This is when I saw this:

I initially was brought to this video after I read this:

After seeing both sides, I’ve come to a conclusion that I’ll reserve, mostly because people can be very unreasonable when they’re anonymous (as I’ve learned with my time gaming, on Youtube (especially comments) and doing tech support). I’ve shown my stance in my actions and on this blog, and hope that people will not blindly trust anything from either side of a conversation, but yet do research to ensure we focus our energy in the right places.

Thanks for reading!