Over the better part of the last two decades, my daily task has been to get students to open novels, read for comprehension, note figurative language, and finally to formulate their own thoughts on the text. If that sounds easy, it’s not; however, it’s quite rewarding to see students find a connection that wasn’t immediately obvious upon an initial reading or, even better, formulate their own informed impressions of the text without asking for the ‘right’ answer. The process of analytical writing hasn’t changed much in the last 60 years; if you walked into an English classroom today it will…


If you know anything about the Dunning-Kruger Effect, you’ll know the story of McArthur Wheeler, a man who robbed banks and believed he had evaded the security cameras’ tracking eyes by dousing himself in lemon juice.

This sounds ridiculous, and of course it is, but the key to this story is Wheeler’s fervent belief that he knew what he was doing. It wasn’t his ignorance that was his downfall, although that certainly helped, but instead his shocking self-assuredness. …


sidewalk spray painted with the world ‘hell’
sidewalk spray painted with the world ‘hell’

If you’ve spent any time online attempting to learn software development you’re familiar with the YouTube tutorial. Whether you’re trying to write “Hello World!” in Javascript or build a full instagram clone there is no shortage of YouTubers out there trying to help tutor you to improve [their place in the YouTube algorithm and get eyeballs to their videos] your software development skills. However, just as prevalent as the YouTube tutorial is the concept of ‘YouTube tutorial Hell.’

Tutorial Hell is the act of endlessly completing “projects” by following YouTube tutorials. One can often get great results (anyone can…


Let’s just start with “Lazy Sunday,” shall we?

As told in its recent episode, “Planet YouTube,” Recode’s podcast Land of the Giants describes the unintended impact this video had on the internet. After debuting on YouTube, it:

racked up 5 million views in just a few days. Which, for the internet of 2005, was a lot. Traffic to YouTube went up 83% the week “Lazy Sunday” posted.

Regardless of opinions on how funny the video actually is (I love it), in a very real way, Chris Parnell and Andy Samberg had a hand in the creation of YouTube (which…


If you find yourself staring at a computer for hours at a time, take a break and ride your bike indoors.

If you’re anything like me, you can find yourself sitting and staring at your laptop for hours on end, even when you’re at home. Come to think of it, many of us are only at home, and with the global pandemic’s impact on modern work, many of us are losing patience, and motivation, with our routines. The sourdough starters have been made. The Zoom happy hours have lost their appeal. Your watch buzzing to remind you to stand or…


Although Donald Glover wasn’t present to personally accept his historic Grammy awards, the impact of his wins is undeniable. As the first hip hop artist to win record- and song-of-the-year, he has shown that hip hop is more than just “popular.” Along with Kendrick Lamar recently winning a Pulitzer for his album “DAMN,” hip hop, as a genre, has officially risen to high art; however, its popularity and social impact is also one of its greatest challenges. Hip hop is ubiquitous: hip hop culture has pervaded American society so deeply that it is often difficult to define exactly what hip…

Jamie Roszel

A web developer with an extensive background in education who combines experience in communicating abstract concepts with a knowledge of software development to

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