Friday Reading for 1/9/2015

Thanks for letting me go on vacation last week. I’m back with some new Friday Reading for you all.

When you’re learning a new language, nothing is scarier than trying to speak in a language you barely know with strangers. Transparent Language offers some ideas for introverts who want to practice a new language which may be applicable to anyone who is a little bit scared of using a new language.

In gaming news, Riot Games (League of Legends) is now somewhat famous in the game studies circle for their “tribunal”, or a volunteer player-led jury to judge bad behavior of players who are reported. Now they are handing out in-game gifts for players who have had good behavior for a year. There is good stuff in this piece about extrinsic motivation and gaming.

Open Data Day is Saturday, February 21. Open Data Day is “a gathering of citizens around the world to write applications, liberate data, create visualizations and publish analyses using open public data”. Can’t wait to see what comes out of it.

In Pittsburgh, we’re having the Steel City Codefest that same weekend, and hopefully some of them will use open data! A couple of friends/colleagues of mine are participating in various ways, so if you’re in Pittsburgh, I hope you’ll head on out, unless…

…you’re at Startup Weekend: Education in Pittsburgh that same weekend. I’ll be there as an educator and hoping to learn a few new skills along the way.