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Look to Tomorrow

Posted on Aug 21, 2003 | Last Updated Oct 31, 2011

Poem on using the past as a tool to guide tomorrow.

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past and future, poem, poetry, shawn olson

Get a Form Element's Label with JavaScript

Posted on Jul 7, 2009 | Last Updated Nov 12, 2011

This JavaScript finds the label for a form element, which is helpful for dynamically highlighting or changing a label based on user input.

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Cultural Cataracts

Posted on Nov 12, 2007 | Last Updated Nov 12, 2011

A personal conversation about the challenges facing educational and cultural progress in the face of overwhelming ignorance and myopia.

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parenting, education, society, culture

The Paradox of Cultural Relativism

Posted on Oct 19, 2002 | Last Updated Oct 30, 2011

An skeptical essay on the paradox of cultural relativism when taken to an extreme. My stance is that cultural relativism is only valid in a limited scope and should not be used to justify barbaric and supertitious societies.

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cultural relativism, paradoxical relativism

Hiding in the Cracks

Posted on Feb 28, 2012 | Last Updated Feb 28, 2012

A poem about the illusion of discontinuity; questioning the static.

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March 7, 2008 Newsletter

Posted on Mar 6, 2008 | Last Updated Nov 12, 2011
Amazing Challenge PromoMisty MorningRyan Cox

March 7, 2008 Newsletter, including information about recent web development by Shawn Olson. Links to projects and friend sites.

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March 7, 2008 Newsletter

The Forgotten Philosopher: A Look at John Dewey

Posted on Oct 19, 2002 | Last Updated Oct 26, 2011

An essay delving into the educational philosophy of John Dewey.

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educational philosophy of john dewey, john dewey education, education, philosopher, forgotten

Don't Go

Posted on Jul 8, 2003 | Last Updated Oct 31, 2011

Poem on forseen loss. I wrote this for my mother shortly before she died.

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poem on loss, death, old age, sickness

PHP Traits for Implementing Interfaces

Posted on Aug 13, 2013 | Last Updated Aug 13, 2013

PHP 5.4 introduced traits. Traits are in many ways like code-assisted copy and paste. They are ways to mix code into a class without inheritance. But what are they good for? When should they be used?

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PHP 5.4, trait, interface, abstract, oop

It all begins on a bad day

Posted on Mar 4, 2004 | Last Updated Nov 5, 2011

Chapter 1 of The Hermit Colony, a satirical story about a man named Jeremiah Williams.

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Hermit Colony, chapter 1, humor, satire, fiction
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