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.
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Wednesday, January 11, 2012
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
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Saturday, September 10, 2011
|This is not Moonlight Mahjong|
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.
Posted by Thomas Clancy at 8:37 PM
Wednesday, June 22, 2011
Image via WikipediaThe 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.
- Over 100 years of Scientific American now available online (teleread.com)
- Cool Science Classics for Summer Reading, Part 2 (scientificamerican.com)
Saturday, March 12, 2011
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:
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.
Friday, January 28, 2011
So I work in Pittsburgh for a startup called Medallion Analytics Software Corp. We're a very small team--just seven of us. And we write software for the eMortgage industry, and it has been so fun. Not that I am particularly interested in mortgage, but the problems we solve are in themselves quite interesting. I get to do a lot of work with Java EE 6, building workflow systems, rule engines and all sorts of neat things that drive the whole process. Okay. Right now I am exhausted because I work every day and average 16 hours each day of the week. Wow. Okay. Time to pass out. Ciao.