Saturday, August 23, 2014

Functional Programming

Unemployed again.  Learning Functional Programming in Haskell, OCaml, Scala and Clojure.  Yay!

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Hooked on Pinterest

I am hooked on Pinterest.  I even have the 'pin' app for my MacBook Pro.  And I've recently been pinning cool stuff.  But it has been keeping me from doing my work.  I suppose, however, that there are worse ways to procrastinate.
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Wednesday, January 11, 2012

I Finally Got Curio 7!

I wrote a while back about a cool app for Mac OS X called Curio.  Just yesterday I was able to afford to upgrade to version 7 (and no, not because the upgrade price is too high--it's extremely reasonable).  Just wanted to make a note about it here in a blog entry so I can remember to write about some of the cool new features it comes with.

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Monday, January 09, 2012

Mumford & Sons

So the other day I listened to a song on the radio called Little Lion Man from Mumford & Sons and I've been listening to it a lot.  I love the song and the band is really cool.  Check them out.

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Saturday, September 10, 2011

Addicted to Games I Hate

This is not Moonlight Mahjong
I have been playing on my mac two solitaire card games and a mahjong game.  I hate these games.  I really do.  But I can't stop playing them.

Moonlight Mahjong is a gorgeous version of solitaire mahjong with a 3D twist. There a lot of different boards and background, and a lot are 3D, which makes it more challenging because you can rotate the board any way you like, which you'll need to do to find hidden matching tiles.  And playing it is just mesmerizing.

Why do I hate it?  Because rather than doing my research or works, I just get too tempted to go into a solitaire trance. Sure, these kinds of games help reduce stress.  But most of the time I use it as a means to procrastinate.  Oh well.  Gotta go.  Itching for some 3D Klondike solitaire!

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Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Learning is Expensive

Cover of the September 1848 issueImage via Wikipedia
The title says it all.  Learning is expensive.

Being really poor (yes, i am barely hanging on to my internet service and my old mac is, well, old), when it comes to discovering cool things (e.g. in science), I have to be content with reading, for example, blurbs of really cool articles on the Scientific American website.  Or samples of books on my Kindle (it was a gift).  I used to be a member of the ACM (Association for Computing Machinery), but the yearly dues are entirely too much for me and to be worth it, really, you need to also purchase the yearly subscription to their digital archive. And so of course I don't have access to all the great historical and modern scholarly works.  Yes, I'm whining.

It's probably that I don't know what all is out there, but I was thinking.  Wouldn't it be nice to have a digital magazine/website like Scientific American, but for free?  A place where science geeks can go to simply learn, and rejoice in the learning of new things.  Us independents I mean.  Those who chose (perhaps not voluntarily) the private sector over academia and who would rather (perhaps) squirrel themselves away in a corner of the dark hollows in the depths of their own dank homes rather than tempt fate by coming up for air, light and human companionship.

Then again I really have no clue about people such as that. Honest. I don't. Really.

Anyway, learning is expensive.

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Saturday, March 12, 2011

My Kindle

Kindle 3G Wireless Reading Device, Free 3G + Wi-Fi, 3G Works Globally, Graphite, 6" Display with New E Ink Pearl Technology
I love my kindle.  Sure, it ain't an iPad 2, but it is a pleasure reading books on it.  Because I can't afford to buy very many books, I've downloaded a bunch of free, classical literature books.  Will I read 'em?  I've read a few back in the days when I read real, paper bound books... remember those?  But they'll probably just sit in my kindle taking up space.

When Sherri bought me my Kindle for my birthday in February, she also bought me $50.00 Amazon gift card so I did manager to buy a few books.  Here is a list:

Warped Passages: Unraveling the Mysteries of the Universe's Hidden Dimensions Hyperspace: A Scientific Odyssey Through Parallel Universes, Time Warps, and the 10th Dimens ion  The Hidden Reality: Parallel Universes and the Deep Laws of the Cosmos  

Zombie: A Novel (P.S.)  Cross Fire (Alex Cross)  

Of course there are the twenty or so book previews that I've downloaded.  They really get you there.  You read the first chapter, get hooked, click the menu button and click Buy This Book Now and that's it.  Sucks, really.  I found a few books I liked and was too tempted to click the Buy button and so I did and, well, no money, no book!  Alas, there are plenty of book samples out there, so that should keep me busy reading!  Heck, if I survive to my next birthday maybe Sherri will surprise me with another amazon gift card.