engineer

This is a page from my book, Functional Programming, Simplified

“Excuse me, you’re in the way”

“A man of knowledge lives by acting,
not by thinking about acting.”

Carlos Castaneda

By now you know that I think a lot about attitude, and if there are any major secrets to my success, one of them is that at some point I learned that I was smart enough, and aggressive enough, to know when I was right about something. Once I gained confidence in myself, if I was clearly right about something and someone didn’t agree with me, I didn’t hesitate to say, or at least think, “Excuse me, you’re in my way.”

Port covers

Just a few months out of college, I was assigned to a missile project that had to do with something known as “port covers.” In short, port covers are like little doors on the sides of air-breathing rockets. If you’ve seen a little model rocket, or perhaps a firework that shoots up into the sky, you know that a rocket is basically a tube, like the cardboard tube that’s inside a roll of toilet paper. A normal solid rocket motor like this is filled with solid rocket fuel, which is something like a solid version of gasoline.

Purdue University 2018 engineering gift guide

From their website: “The 2018 Engineering Gift Guide from Purdue University is filled with fun toys, games, books, and applications to engage girls and boys ages 3-18 in engineering thinking and design. Researchers looked for toys that would promote engineering practices ranging from coding and spatial reasoning to problem solving and critical thinking.”

Background: How I Sold My Business alvin July 29, 2017 - 4:04pm

Before jumping into the diary, there is some essential background material that I need to cover to help provide some context for the diary itself. I'll cover only the items that I think are essential to your understanding the diary.

How much are you worth to your employer?

A long time ago -- 1991 to be exact -- a friend of mine named Joe was a contractor for the aerospace company I worked at. Just like a consultant, Joe was paid by the hour.

At some point Joe decided he was going to leave that company to take a permanent job elsewhere, as he had a medical problem and wanted to get better insurance. Upon telling my employer of his plans, the employer came back and said, “What if we make you a full-time employee here?”

One way Mac OS X lost its sexy

I just fired up my old 2006 MacBook Pro that runs Mac OS X 10.5.8, and it helped me realize why I don't like the Spaces feature in the newest versions of the Mac operating system: It used to be fun.

I'd rather die than build another web app

Wow, a friend of mine sent me an email yesterday that echoes my sentiments exactly, and he doesn't hold anything back. With his permission, I'm sharing it here:

Man, I'd rather die than create another friggin' web app. I mean, who really gives a crap about web apps? What the **** are these apps doing for the real good of the world? Who cares if you can order a pizza online, or share photos easier than we did 10 years ago? I just don't want to look back on my life and think that I spent it creating friggin' web apps.

Geek gifts for Valentine's Day 2010

Geek Valentine's Day gifts 2010: I was going to write a special "Geek gifts for Valentine's Day" article here today, but as I looked around for new gift ideas, I realized that it's so close to the other holidays that not much has changed since then.

15 geek gifts for under $50 (2009)

Trying to find the perfect geek gift idea for under $50 for the 2009 holiday season, or perhaps a geek birthday? Look no further. I've gone through hundreds of items and found my personal favorite geek gifts for the 2009 holiday season for $50 or less, and collected 15 of them here. (I planned to stop at 12, but couldn't.) I hope you like these geek gift ideas as much as I do. I know I'd be happy to receive any of these gifts over the 2009 holiday season.