Music and code: Great insights from David Johnson, Zed Shaw and others

Some random thought about music theory and structure (namely, loops) floating around my mind led to an interesting discussion of music and code this weekend. The discussion was topped off quite nicely by a comment Zed Shaw wrote on Reddit about why being a musician can make you a good programmer.

If you can’t see the embed above, view the discussion on Storify.

Highlights from #asne news hacker (a.k.a. programmer-journalist) Twitter chat

I did a quick round-up of today’s #asnechat on news hackers. Enjoy!

Update: ASNE also Storified the chat.

Bringing journalists and coders together for #wjchat, Feb. 17 at 8 p.m. ET

The second Web Journalist Chat on Twitter (#wjchat) will be Wednesday (tonight) at 8 p.m. ET and I’ll be the guest moderator.

(Sidenote: #wjchat is not affiliated with Wired Journalists, the Ning network I administer for Publish2.)

Here’s a preview of what we’ll be discussing:

  • The relationship between programmers and journalists in your newsroom
  • Beyond coding skills, what journalists and developers can learn from each other
  • General resources to learn skills and specific tips

Elsewhere, Emily Monacelli posted a Q&A she did with me about the topic.

As the guest moderator, I’ll be deep into things during the chat and would greatly appreciate some real-time curation help. Drop a comment below if you’d like to help save the most insightful tweets using a Publish2 Newsgroup I’ve created.

Please join us tonight and help spread the word!

UPDATE: It was a great success! If you couldn’t make it or want to revisit the conversation, read the transcript (this one is a little easier to read).