Discussion Topic: Failure
Failure seems like the underlining theme to a lot of what I’m doing these days. So much or how I’m trying to progress through my life is wrapped up in successfully managing failure. My biggest fears in life all hinge off failure and as I’ve aged I’m learning that failure is not only a good thing but is probably the most constructive thing to the learning process. If you’re not allowing yourself to fail at things then you’re not trying hard enough.
Discussion Topic: Dadding
Wow being a Dad is hard. I knew it would be difficult but this is way beyond expectations. I like to joke now that since I’m an RTFM guy I’m really glad parenting didn’t come with a manual, because I don’t know if I would have done it. However, and let me make perfectly clear, I love every minute of parenting it’s the most fun I’ve had in my entire life.
Stream of Consciousness Topic: My earliest memory
Memories are weird. They don’t actual reproduce the event as it happened but instead are a representation of what you perceived and since everyone’s perceptions are uniquely their own every memory is uniquely personal. It stands to reason that if an individuals memories are built from the perception of past experiences then memories can change with age as experiences change our perceptions. This may sound a bit circular in thinking but I believe life is somewhat circular so the structure of this line of thought makes sense to degree. Which brings me to the topic of this article, “My earliest memory.” I wanted to preface this a bit because I can say with complete confidence that I remember being born.
Yes “failure attempted” past tense. I’m already looking forward to my spectacular failure. For many Halloween is an exciting evening they look forward to all year, for others it is a night of anxiety and regret I count myself among the latter. No it’s not the fear of ghouls and ghost or even the dreaded arachnids that seem to proliferate into all facets of pop culture this time of year; it is for me the dreaded NaNoWriMo.
Having a conversation recently with a friend the topic of IPv6 came up and he mentioned that Midcontinnent Communications has rolled out native support for IPv6 on their network. I hadn’t noticed because no one at Midco made any noise about this and since I’ve been using a 6 over 4 tunnel through Hurricane Electric for years I just never bothered to look at the WAN side of my router.
This problem is built around the problem of sorting glass bottles by color. There are three colors of glass (brown, green, clear) and we need to figure out how to sort them in the least number of moves. The input is a series of 9 integers that define the number of each color bottles that go into each of three initial bins.
The original problem description is here
This problem involves simulating the functionality of a robotic arm to manipulate stacks of blocks. The initial state has all the blocks lined up in sequence from 0 to n. There are four different move operations that must be programmed.
I was recently introduced to the Online Judge where not only are there pages and pages of logic problems to solve but there is also a means to have your solutions evaluated for correctness. I’ve been looking for an outlet to my desire to code but the stuff I come up with on my own is pretty trivial. I want some means of excersising my skills in logic and writing code, because I’ve finally realized that I actually enjoy writing code and solving problems but I don’t know what makes a good problem.
Well over a year ago I wrote about wanting to migrate my blogging platform to something new to replace Wordpress. Well since then I have moved my blog but I’m honestly not happy with what I’ve moved to. I don’t have anything particularity bad to say about Ghost, I just don’t like it.
The setting sun provided a warm backlight on the massive building. A rainbow of color bounced around as the sunlight shot through some of the massive glass windows and bounced off other. The steel and concrete monster sat silently on the edge of oblivion, not knowing what was about to happen. The death it had in tole was as strange and unknown to it as this building now was to the world around it.
The ship shook with the violent pulse of a particle blast hitting the hull. The capacitor buffers did their best to absorb as many of the charged particles as they could but I could tell it was beginning to put a strain on them. The overload alarm started going off and it was my job to dump the capacitors as fast as possible so we didn’t have an overload and lose the whole ship. If that damned captain wasn’t such a cowboy and put us in harms way every couple of weeks, I might actually think my life was pretty mundane.
For the past several months I’ve been working on a simple premise, Simple != Easy or for the non programmers of the world Simple is not Easy. I’ve take this ideology from a presentation by Rich Hickey titled Simple Made Easy. Rich is mainly talking to programmers and software designers in his presentation but I believe the information is valid in all frames of life. With this idea of simplicity in mind I go looking for things that I can simplify knowing that sometimes the simply solution is not easy to get to.
I have a coworker who is taking some programming classes and I’ve been helping him with some of the basic of C and C++ programming. One of his recent assignments was working with linked lists and this got me thinking about them again. I don’t do any coding in my day-job and outside of work I find little time to code so needless to say I’ve gotten a bit rusty on my programming skills. I did find it interesting that while I was helping him understand linked-lists I found myself understanding them better than I remember when I was in school. So I set out to prove to myself I still had the basic skill necessary to write a simple doubly linked-list and this is that example.
I’ve recently developed a bit of an obsession with what are know as little black notebooks. These are notebooks styled after a once legendary but now rather commodified notebook made by the company Moleskine in Italy, but now manufactured in China to meet demands of large retailers like Barne’s & Nobles. I’m not trying to trash talk Moleskine because it was their version that got me interested in the books, but during my investigation on their production method I was concerned about their desire for quantity and the potential loss in quality.
I was born over 2000 years ago on a planet far from here. I have told this story to very few; only those who choose to help me know my secrets. If you are reading this now then I have chosen you to aid in my quest. My name is Jerel, I am a Tok’ra. My race has been fighting the Goa’uld for several millennia. We are of the same species as the accursed Goa’uld but share none of their desires for universal domination. We choose to blend naturally with our hosts and will only blend with those that will have us.