Tuesday
May042010

Daemon

One of the challenging things for me about going to school and having a full time job is that my reading time has dropped to essentially 0.  I literally have a stack of books over 2 feet high that I want to read.  Until I can find a way to juggle studying and leisure reading (and personally, I think I'll be done with school first), I need to find an alternative.  Podcasts help, but my preferences for those are either tech news (thank God for twit.tv) or comedy, with a few short story casts thrown in for variety.  While those stories are usually good, I don't exactly have a hand in picking them, and they're short stories.  I find myself wanting more.

I heard about Audible on the twit netcasts, and found myself initially dubious.  After listening to a book or two, though, I'm finding myself really enjoying them.  I signed up, and the first book I'm reading (listening to?) is Daemon, by Daniel Suarez.  This got picked for book recommendations on a few of the twit shows, and it sounded too geeky to pass up.  I'm only a few chapters in at this point, but it's got me hooked.  There are some weird murders and I want to know what's going on.  What's strange is, it reminds me a little bit of Jaws so far.  The main protagonist seems to be a down-on-his-luck cop who resents the wealthy, successful people that make up his jurisdiction, not unlike Brody from Jaws.  I don't think a really big shark is behind this one, though.  Probably not even a regular sized one.  Don't hold me to that, though, I'm only a few chapters in.

Saturday
May012010

Hello World!

That feels like a suitably nerdy title for the first post on my first website.  That whole hello world as the first program that one writes when learning a new language seemed a little weird to me.  Is it just superstition, or is it that all the programming books teach that in the first chapter?  I took an introduction to Visual Basic course, and that was the first program taught in the book.  I think it'll be interesting to see if that holds true for other languages as I start to get deeper into programming.

It's strange to me to be writing something like this.  By nature, I'm basically a hermit.  I don't like crowds, I try to cover up whatever I'm doing if I think it might lead to a conversation that could be weird or awkward, I really just try to blend in.  It's bizarre to think that I'm going to write something that anyone could see, and just stick it out on the internet.  It's a little hard not to feel egomaniacal at the thought that anyone would be interested in this.

My goal in doing this is to help establish myself online, since it looks like this whole internet thing isn't going away.  Since I'm interested in pursuing a career in technology, I should probably embrace it.  It seems like it's getting to the point where not having an online presence will be perceived with the same instant confusion and distrust as someone who never drinks who isn't a recovering alcoholic.  Who knows, having a place to vent may even be healthy.  I'm sure my wife will appreciate it, because up until now, she's been the sole audience for my rants and pontifications on subjects I know she doesn't care about.

I'm really hoping that I have the hutzpah to stick with this.  It would be nice if people found this and read it, but I think it has a real value to me even if they don't.  It'll be interesting to see how this evolves as I get into it.  I think that's enough for now.  Until next time, world.

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