Trump and the US Government as an International Embarrassment is an Understatement I’ve now been to a lot of countries in the last four months, and maybe met people from 50+ countries. It’s a common question to ask: “where are you from?” I say I’m from the US, and so some people ask about politics. … Continue reading Trump and the US Government as an International Embarrassment is an Understatement
Visiting a Chinese Propaganda Museum in Shanghai with a Russian Couple In Shanghai I met a nice Russian couple and we hung out and explored for a few days. One of the things we did was go to see the Propaganda Poster Center. It’s a hidden spot, in the basement of an apartment building, and a … Continue reading Visiting a Chinese Propaganda Museum in Shanghai with a Russian Couple
China: A tough place to travel China really challenged me. I found it pretty difficult to travel in China relative to other countries I have visited. I think it was also the only country I came out of liking it less after I visited. First off it was the most difficult visa that I obtained. I … Continue reading China: A tough place to travel
Tensions Building in Hong Kong with China It was interesting timing to travel to Hong Kong. I arrived in Hong Kong on June 2nd. It turns out that June 4th was the 30th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre in China. And there are a number of interesting trends happening in both China and Hong Kong … Continue reading Tensions Building in Hong Kong with China
Thoughts on US and Cuba Relations and Trade Embargo I recently traveled to Cuba. While I was there, I asked a number of Cubans what they thought about the government. It was hard to get too many answers, seems some were fine with it, and some didn’t like it. I was in a taxi and we … Continue reading Thoughts on US and Cuba Relations and Trade Embargo
Talking to a TSA Agent about the Government Shutdown I’m flying from JFK airport in New York to SFO today. The longest government shutdown in US history just got put on pause for 3 weeks yesterday where 800,000 federal employees had been furloughed. I asked him how the last three weeks had been going. It sounds like he … Continue reading Talking to a TSA Agent about the Government Shutdown
Would You Vote For Trump or a Random Citizen? For me, without a doubt, I would vote for a random citizen. If you read the Wikipedia page for Average Joe it shares some of the attributes of the “typical person” in the US. While it’s a a stereotype, it gives a sense of what some of the median … Continue reading Would You Vote For Trump or a Random Citizen?
I’ve felt for a while the main story with US elections is voter turnout, and that reflects the trend that apathy is the biggest factor in who wins and loses elections. I think the most effective thing to do now is to get people to sign up and commit to voting. I’ve written about that … Continue reading 2020 Get Out the Vote Starts Now, and other Thoughts on Voter Turnout
Here’s a letter we shared out to teachers who use CodeHS At CodeHS, we like to say: “Read, Write, Code.” We think computer science is a foundational skill, and an essential part of a well-rounded education. Our mission is to empower students to shape the future. However, we know that teaching CS doesn’t exist in a vacuum. … Continue reading The Importance of Voting and Digital Citizenship
It’s midterm election day tomorrow in the US, and recently I have been trying to convince people to vote. I wrote up a blog post and letter that we emailed to teachers on CodeHS, as well as created a lesson to help give people some basic information on voting. It shows people how to register … Continue reading Why vote?