High school seniors have multiple deadlines to choose from when applying to colleges. Early decision deadlines are usually due in November and are binding. Early action applications are due at the same time but aren’t binding. Regular decision deadlines are as early as January 1 and students find out in late March or early April. Rolling admissions applications are evaluated as they’re received and stop once the incoming class is filled. Learn more about deadlines, college application platforms, essays, and other college application requirements at US News.
Win a Hacktoberfest tshirt by making five pull requests (PRs) between October 1–31. PRs can be to any public repo on GitHub. The PR must contain commits you made yourself (not to your own repo). PRs reported by maintainers as spam or that are automated will be marked as invalid and won’t count towards the shirt. This year, the first 50,000 of you can open source supporters earn a T-shirt (compared with 30,000 in 2017). Also, if you make at least one pull request on any Microsoft repo between October 1st – 31st, you’ll receive a limited edition t-shirt designed by Ashley McNamara (Cloud Developer Advocate and graphic designer). Learn more about Hactoberfest at hacktoberfest.digitalocean.com.
Paul Allen, the co-founder of Microsoft died yesterday at age 65. According to The Seattle Times, he contributed more than $2 billion to philanthropies, and took the Giving Pledge – a commitment to give away the majority of his wealth. Read about his incredible life story at The Seattle Times.
A gecko butt-dialed a gazillion people from an animal hospital in Hawaii.
“Marine mammal veterinarian Claire Simeone was at lunch when she got a call from Ke Kai Ola, the Big Island hospital where she’s director. There was silence on the other end. Nine more silent calls followed. Fearing a seal emergency, she rushed back … She wasn’t the only one getting calls, and people started asking why the hospital was calling non-stop … She walked into a lab and found the culprit. The gecko was perched on a phone, making calls to everyone in the recent call history with ‘HIS TINY GECKO FEET,’ she wrote in a Twitter thread the next day, detailing the saga.” Read the entire article at AP News.
After Banksy’s “Girl With Balloon” sold for $1.4 million at Sotheby’s in London, an alarm sounded and the artwork went through a shredder that was built into the frame. According to Banksy, “A few years ago I secretly built a shredder into a painting in case it was ever put up for auction.”
“It appears we just got Banksy-ed,” said Alex Branczik, head of contemporary European art at the auction house. Sothebys isn’t sure what to do about the sale, although some experts say the work might be worth even more in its shredded state. Read more about it at AP News.
Most of us rely on digital maps such as Google Maps to help us navigate the world. Unfortunately, crowdsourced data submitted by ordinary people is making some of today’s digital maps more like Wikipedia than Rand McNally. Read the entire article at Associated Press.
According to The Opportunity Atlas, the neighborhood you grow up in may determine how far you move up the economic ladder. The interactive map is quite unique in that it uses U.S. Census Bureau data along with data from the Internal Revenue Service. Read or listen to the article at NPR and then check out The Opportunity Atlas.
A wild turtle with a broken shell is rolling around on a wheelchair made of Legos while he’s on the mend at The Maryland Zoo.
“It was important to keep the bottom of the shell off the ground so it could heal properly,” said Garrett Fraess, veterinary extern at the Zoo. “They don’t make turtle-sized wheelchairs. So, we drew some sketches of a customized wheelchair and I sent them to a friend who is a LEGO® enthusiast.”
The sketches proved to be a success and the turtle received his very own multi-colored LEGO® brick wheelchair just a few weeks after surgery. The turtle is roughly the size of a grapefruit. The small LEGO® frame surrounds his shell and sits on four LEGO® wheels. Plumbers putty attaches the device to the edges of the turtle’s upper shell, which gets him off of the ground and allows his legs to be freed up so he can move.”
“Little black kids growing up don’t say things like ‘I want to be a coder when I grow up,’ because it’s not real to them, they don’t see people that look like me doing it,” Ne-Yo said. “But tech is changing the world, like literally by the day, by the second, so I feel like it just makes the most sense to have it accessible to everyone.
Last year, Ne-Yo finally made the leap into venture capital investing: his first deal, an investment in Holberton School, a two-year coding academy … that trains full-stack engineers. The singer returned to San Francisco earlier this month for the grand opening of Holberton’s remodeled headquarters on Mission Street in the city’s SoMa neighborhood … Holberton, a proposed alternative to a computer science degree, is free to students until they graduate and land a job, at which point they are asked to pay 17 percent of their salaries during their first three years in the workforce.” Read the full article at TechCrunch.