The very definition of irony is the letter from Dish Network informing me of my $5/month rate hike arriving in the mailbox the same day that my brand new HDHomerun (http://www.silicondust.com/) showed up. Delicious.
Now that the release of A Memory of Light is imminent, it's time to tackle The Wheel of Time in its entirety. Start to finish, all 14 books, some completely ridiculous number of pages. I'm estimating 4 to 6 months to get through them, we'll see how it goes. Looks like I'm going to be buried in fantasy for quite some time.
So, as a followup to the C++ post, here's another super-interesting piece of information, proving that someone over there has their eye on the ball: C++ Modules.
So, I've been thinking lately (probably because of the embedded development I've been doing) that what the world needs is a modern, object-oriented, garbage-collected, type-safe programming language that performs well, and is usable anywhere. I've been developing full-time in C# for my employer for a long time (since the language has been publicly available, in fact), and I've become accustomed to having an extremely powerful library, along with highly convenient language features available to me. I did some hobbying in C long ago, but never very much, because the memory management just didn't feel "clean" to me. Having to manage everything as hunks of memory and passing around "void *" everywhere just doesn't strike me as type-safe.
Not a single entry for November. I apologize, I really do. There's not really any excuse for it, as I regularly thing to myself, "now THAT would make a great subject!"
My deer hunt story for this year:
So, to save a couple bucks, I decided to use Wal-Mart's Site-To-Store shipping option. Bad idea. It would have seemed impossible to me to construct a shipping system this slow, but Wal-Mart has disappointed once again. I made the order on 9/17, and no tracking information whatsoever was available for 5 days. After that, this is what it looked like:
I've got a couple modules produced that I now need to sell off before the wife makes me throw them out, and I thought I'd put a couple other convenient items there that people might need. There are currently only the two modules, but look for a couple other little things in the coming days.
My second daughter, eighth child overall, and final addition to the family, was born one week ago, August 21. She weighed 6 pounds, 7 ounces. Everyone is happy and healthy (though sleep is now much more difficult to come by), and I am quite glad that this will be the last time. I don't know how much longer my luck could hold out.