How I Learned

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This is an autobiography of an autodidact, a personal story of one boy's meandering path through the American educational system. More

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About Shamus Young

Shamus Young is a programmer specializing in old-school graphics techniques. He's the author of the blog Twenty Sided. He's the creator of the webcomics DM of the Rings and Stolen Pixels. He's one of the hosts of the videogame commentary series Spoiler Warning. He's tired of writing about himself in the third person.

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Aadel Bussinger reviewed on Jan. 19, 2012

I really enjoyed reading this book. At times the programming jargon went over my head, but the meaning was not lost. At the age when most people were still trying to figure out what a computer was, Shamus was writing code and creating programs. Everything he learned about computers he taught himself. It was funny to read about the dawning of the computer age through the eyes of an often awkward teen that was more advanced than his teachers.

Is it any wonder that Shamus and his wife Heather have chosen to unschool their children? The last chapter in the book is a must-read for anyone mildly interested in homeschooling, unschooling, or alternative forms of education.

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(reviewed 41 days after purchase)
Aaron Wayman reviewed on Jan. 7, 2012

An excellent autobiography, giving insight to the difficulties educating children, written in a tone of voice easy to read. Very enjoyable and highly recomended.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)
Max Savenkov reviewed on Jan. 6, 2012

I never thought I will ever read an autobiography and like it. It's not very interesting genre, if you're mostly into sci-fi/fantasy like me. But Shamus Young can make anything worth reading, and his autobiography is not exception.

It's a very good read for every geek, because you would probably find you have a lot in common with author, and it's very inspiring too. Its funny moments made me laugh, and its sad pieces make me feel for author/hero.
(reviewed 28 days after purchase)

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