Media Summary: July 2017

Some interesting links from the last month:

Monthly recap (July 2017)

Highlight: I’d got tickets for the Monterey Bay Aquarium back in December, but finally went this weekend, at the end of July. Visiting after three years, and my favorites are always the jellyfish and the octopus, but it’s all good. It’s all really good.

Minor updates:

  • Went for my first 5K run in a park
  • A cold windy walk in Pacifica
  • Weekend visit to New Jersey, mini-adventure on a hop-on/hop-off bus in New York when it started raining
  • Saw the Hobbit movie, and it wasn’t as bad as I expected (will watch the rest this month, when I get time …)
  • Had an annual eye checkup, and my power went down (still confused)
  • Got a Birthday surprise at Nola’s (wonderful to see everyone that showed up for that!)

Sci/Math/Prog summary: July 2017

Random list of interesting stuff this month:

Sun and Netscape are announcing a new version of Java that is intended to make programming more accessible to non-computer experts. The version is known as a scripting language, Javascript, and is based on a simple programming language already developed by Netscape. The idea is to make program development possible by people who are experienced computer users but not programmers.

… there is no business case anymore for a truly open platform based on custom-designed hardware, since people refuse to spend extra money for tweakability, freedom, and security.

  • I had always heard about the “hammer and feather” experiment on the moon; now, thanks to Youtube, I can see it.
  • Yep, Datomic is awesome and I wish I had more time or reason to play around with it. One day, one day.
  • Evan Miller seems to think Perl 6 is worth learning.
  • Herb Sutter put out a real teaser about upcoming metaprogramming abilities in C++
  • Finally, a short but important article reminds us that regardless of the machine underneath, we program in metaphors, and there’s no point trying to deny that.

You must master the art of metaphor selection, of meaning amplification. You must know when to add and when to subtract. You will learn to revise and rewrite code as a writer does. Once there’s nothing else to add or remove, you have finished your work. The problem you started with is now the solution. Is that the meaning you intended to convey in the first place?

Media Summary: June 2017

Tolstoy, taking a walk.

Random stuff from last month:

Monthly recap (June 2017)

Big highlight: Tara’s cousins were visiting.

We went to San Francisco over a weekend, then drove further up north to a small beach town near Bodega Bay (my second good AirBnB experience; slightly less skeptical now than I was a year or so ago).

Minor highlights:

  • Put the first thousand or so miles on the new car
  • The rest was the usual fun hangouts for us these days: Happy Hollows in San Jose, Magical Bridges Playground in Palo Alto, etc.
  • Continued on a nominal 3-day workout schedule, we’ll see how it goes.

Movies/shows watched:

  • House of Cards (season 5); meh, but had to watch it just to “tick that box” … reality surpassed this particular fiction some time ago.
  • War Machine (2017); very funny in the beginning, had me laughing out loud, but by the end I understood why the humor was necessary … without that, it would be just another tragic documentary.

(Rewatched):

  • Midnight in Paris (2011); never gets old.

(Finished reading):

  • Reality is not what it seems (Carlo Rovelli); finally someone who might match Feynman in both breadth and readability.

Media Summary: May 2017

Random stuff from last month:

Monthly recap (May 2017)

Big highlight: finally finished the 1000-piece puzzle I had been working on (will share a full album later).

Sold my 7-year old second-hand Civic and bought a new Subaru Outback (so we can finally take long trips with Tara without worrying about luggage tradeoffs).

Went to Seattle for a couple of days for a work summit, met up with an old friend, and (this is sad) went to a Barnes and Noble after many years.

Movies shows/watched: Arrival (2016), Pacific Rim (2013), John Carter (2012), Miss Sloane (2016), Tron: Legacy (2010)