Did President Bush Have 9/11 Researcher Steven Jones Fired?

On August 31, 2006, President Bush flew to Salt Lake and met with Gordon B. Hinckley who was then the president of the Mormon Church. See President Bush mourns Gordon B. Hinckley

Eight days later Dr. Steven Jones was put on paid leave. See BYU places ‘9/11 truth’ professor on paid leave

Paul Craig Roberts wrote, “His reward for speaking out was to have his tenure contract bought out by BYU, many believe under orders from the federal government backed up with the threat that all federal support of science at BYU would be terminated unless Stephen Jones was.” — 9/11 Destroyed America

Startup Marketing Essentials

This may be the best book available that teaches you how to market your idea or startup on a low budget and how to conduct entrepreneurial marketing events.

It is written by BYU professors Dr. Gary Rhoads, Dr. Michael Swenson and Dr. Gary Whitlark who spent a combined hundred years advising startups, teaching and testing their ideas.

C++ Erodes; Python Climbs

Letter emailed today to BYU CS Professors:

July 31, 2016

Dear BYU Computer Science Department,

You’re insistence to continue teaching C++ is having enormous unexpected negative financial consequences for employers.

C++ continues to erode in popularity while Python continues to climb. Kevin Seppi has been right all along:


When we hire BYU CS programmers it costs us in both time and money to retrain them in TypeScript, Python, Java, Ruby or C#. Often other programmers rewrite their C++ code in another language.

The problems I outlined are rampant even in my family: Three of my children were taught C++ from your CS department. The popularity of JSON.NET is enough reason to switch to C#.

I’m told the initial reason for the BYU CS Department to switch from Java to C++ was because the BYU engineering department requested it. To that may I ask–How often has embracing the needs of niche or minority power users led the downfall of software projects?

Armed with Python as one’s primary programming language, programmers feel empowered to quickly create scripts to solve problems.

Programmers are human and humans tend the embrace easier technologies: Python and TypeScript are both easy and powerful.

Python is quickly becoming the choice for scientific programming:

MVC frameworks are being replaced by client-side frameworks such as AngularJS. TypeScript is the language choice for AngularJS 2.

Dallan Quass recently emailed me and said he regrets not embracing TypeScript sooner because its strong type checking would have caught most the errors he’s now finding in his client-side Javascript code.

From the programming language survey data I hope you can see that the world continues to abandon C++.

Over the years I have been told repeatedly that switching to another language for CS 142 is not trivial. I don’t believe that because I know I could teach it using Python or TypeScript, but if the claim is true then the argument should be considered it is even more nontrivial for programmers to switch once they have been compromised having learned C++ as their first language.

Rather than continue to propagate a mistake, please teach Python and TypeScript this fall. The positive repercussions will be enormous and long lasting:

We employers won’t have to pay to retrain, projects will cost less, ideas can get to market quicker, and we’ll have more money for philanthropical contributions.

Best Regards,

Robert Stevens

BYU Cannon Center Distrusts Honest Patrons

by Robert John Stevens, July 8, 2016

I’m writing this not to complain but in hopes somebody fixes a bad policy.

Yesterday I took our two youngest children to dinner at the BYU Cannon Center in Provo, Utah. The cashier wouldn’t permit me to just buy them a meal ticket without requiring I purchase one for myself. “What?” I said. “You don’t trust me?” “That’s our policy,” she replied. “The policy then is based upon distrust,” I clarified.

I learned long ago that most customers are honest and it is best to treat them as such. BYU’s Cannon Center doesn’t. Shame on the church employees who instigated this rule. Even Sizzler allows me to take my kids to the all-you-can-eat salad bar without requiring me to buy a meal for myself.

Parents enjoy watching children eat but sometimes aren’t hungry themselves and would rather save some money.

The BYU Cannon Center is a great place to eat during fall and winter semesters. Professors can eat for just $5. Yesterday evening though the salad was old and reminded me of Subway’s sprayed vegetables—yuk!

My kids were full after eating less than one small slice of pizza. I tasted a left-over scrap. It was uncooked and tasted nothing like the fresh pizza my boys make to impress their friends at BYU.

This post was submitted to BYU Dining Services.

BYU’s New $80 Million Engineering Building Funded in Part By OTHER COLLEGES!

At some critical points, there were some other colleges that made significant donations to help us reach our goal,” he said. “That was very moving to me, and I think was key for us to reaching the goal of $80 million.

Work begins on $80 million, donor-funded BYU engineering building.

Is the BYU Biology Department a Testament of Evolution?

by Robert John Stevens, March 6, 2016

A man in church today told me the BYU Biology Department is a testament of evolution.

I don’t know enough about the evidence supporting evolution. It seems more logical to me that fossil records can’t prove direct evolutionary, ancestral or parent/child relationships and that making such assumptions is like setting equal both sides of an unsolved math equation. It seems more likely to me that what may appear to some as evolution, is probably variations or revisions by one or more Creators via intelligent design. In software we call these new releases. 🙂


Software also evolves but not on its own. It is bad enough even with some of its creators 🙂