Archive for July, 2008

2008/07/29

No Reservations

Man, I really love to watch No Reservations. Anthony Bourdain is my kind of guy. I would love to travel and eat and drink and make merry as he does. I’m not sure I could eat ant eggs, like he did in Thailand, or Wart Hog entrails complete w/ the undigested grass the wart hog had recently eaten as he did in Namibia w/ the Bushmen of the Kalahari. However so many of the places he goes are beautiful and the food looks absolutely delicious. Most recently his trip to Uruguay revealed a beautiful country and some awesome foods centered around meat and seafood.

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2008/07/20

The Hard Way by Lee Child

I just finished reading The Hard Way by Lee Child. It was a good read. Lee Child writes in a compelling manner that creates true page turners. I absolutely didn’t want to put this book down. In fact I just started reading it late Friday night. This is the tenth book by Child featuring the character Jack Reacher. Over the last few weeks I’ve read all ten. If you’re a fan of hard-boiled detective fiction or espionage fiction with a military sland these books are for you. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed all of them. They have all been page turners that I can’t wait to finish but am inevitably sorry to finish because I want more. Give them a try.

2008/07/20

Python Day Three

Well this is my third day of working through How to Think Like a Computer Scientist: Learning with Python. Today was function definitions. Easy stuff. This is going to require some patience 🙂 I just want to make sure I’ve got a good foundation of the basics of Python before moving on to some more complicated material and projects.

2008/07/19

A second day of Python

So, I read chapter two of How to Think Like a Computer Scientist: Learning with Python and worked the exercises today. All except writing the madlibs script, which I had done a couple of months ago. It was pretty boring to write that only using what we have been taught in the first two chapters. We don’t know about arrays or other data structures or loops or other flow control constructs.

Anyway, it’s worth it to work through the book step by step again. I never finished it before. I will finish this time. There are only 13 chapters so I should be finished in 11 more days. However, I’m on call for the first time this week at my new job with Nuvox, so that may throw a wrinkle into my plans. We’ll see.

2008/07/19

Think Like a Computer Scientist – Python

For a long time I’ve wanted to really learn Python. Not just a cursory understanding but really learn it. So, today I downloaded How to Think Like a Computer Scientist: Learning with Python. This is not the first time I ahve done so. But this time I resolve to read and work through a chapter a day until I I’ve finished the book. Today I read and worked through the Introduction, Preface and Chapter 1.

There is a more recent edition of the book which has been renamed to Think Python. I think I’ll stick with the older edition and then blaze threw the newer edition. I also downloaded Bruce Eckel’s Thinking in Python, but that is not for beginners in Python. I’ll move on to that later. I do have a bachelor’s degree in computer science, btw. However, it’s been a long time since I worked as a programmer or software engineer. When I’m working in IT these days, it’s usually as a Linux/UNIX systems administrator.