Amy Groshek Avocation and Vocation

Taking Notes in Grad School

Notes on Notes

I have taken a lot of notes—on print media, bound books, Web sites, and PDFs. I have also taken notes during work meetings and graduate seminars. I have had to think hard about what I need, and what I most expressly don’t want, in notetaking tools. This last year I have been back in school, as a full time graduate student in the humanities. This post is intended to point out...

Homebrew, Apache, and PHP Extensions

I recently switched from MacPorts to Homebrew. The installation and setup of a Homebrew LAMP stack, using MariaDB and josegonzalez/homebrew-php, went smoothly. I used the following sources:

I included PHP extensions intl and opcache when installing with Homebrew. However, Moodle install insisted that the extensions were not available. While php -m showed the intl extension, phpinfo() showed a different version of PHP, and that neither extension...

Vagrant NFS Export File Invalid

I occasionally run into the following error when trying to vagrant up:

 NFS is reporting that your exports file is invalid. Vagrant does this check before making any changes to the file. Please correct the issues below and execute "vagrant reload": exports:2: path contains non-directory or non-existent components: /Users/macpro/code/wip-HOSSUP-3518 exports:2: no usable directories in export entry exports:2: using fallback (marked offline): /

I've been able to replicate the error by deleting...

Review of Moodle 2.5 Multimedia by João Pedro Soares Fernandes

Moodle 2.5 Multimedia Book Cover

It is an unfortunate truth of the online learning milieu that content experts are expected to be experts in the design and delivery of content. Industry vendors might be able to claim different, but K12 and academic institutions most expressly cannot.

This coerced instructional design is responsible for most of the garish online content...

"Setup" vs. "Set Up"

I know that we programmers are all math people and can't punctuate a real, live sentence meant to be read by humans to save our lives. Nevertheless, it would be good of us to commit one very simple grammatical distinction to memory: "setup" and "set up" are not interchangeable.

"Setup" is a noun or adjective:

Let me have a look at your setup.

These setup instructions have a lot of grammatical errors.