The very definition of irony
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.
The Wheel of Time
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.
Modern object-oriented programming languages
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!"
The deer hunt, 2012
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:
The Cat Who Walks Through Walls
Better late than never
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.
The end has come
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.