Monday, May 31, 2010

Announcing Code Monkeying

[Update: I gave up on the Code Monkeying experiment in June of 2011, and folded much of its content back into this blog.]

For years, I've struggled with the programming section of this blog.  Generally, this is a place where I post what I've been spending my spare time with, or stories that caught my eye in the news, things I'm pondering, or general silliness.  As a programmer by trade, I continued to want to write about the subject, but I've never really been able to fit those topics into the tone of this blog.  So I'm going to stop trying.  From now on, the Bit-Stream of Consciousness will be free of programming topics.

That doesn't mean I will stop writing about programming.  Quite the contrary.  Over the years, I've often wanted to write more about programming.  After thinking about it for a long time, I decided to go ahead with an experiment: my new programming-related blog.  Things are a little ugly over there right now, because the first subject I'm tackling is building a working Blogger template from scratch, and it's still ongoing.  If you decide to start following, you will be able to see the evolution of the template live as I update it.

Without further ado, I present:
Fighting Programming Burnout with a Flamethrower

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Quote of the Moment

"I'm not a computer nerd, I'm a computer jock."
-Sean Plott a.k.a. Day[9], Starcraft veteran.  And yes, he said it quite humorously.

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Fossil Fuels at What Cost

As the extent of the environmental damage from the destroyed oil rig in the Gulf becomes worse with every passing day, will there be enough impact on the country for people to finally realize that oil really is a bad solution?  Forget global warming, that's an issue that people can't grasp properly.  Address pollution.  Imagine a world where cities don't have yellow-orange haze hanging over them in summer.  Imagine a world where parking lots don't have the rainbow sheen of petroleum on them after a spring rain.  Imagine you can't hear cars rumbling past your house even if it's built right next to the highway.  Solar power generation would certainly seem to be a safer alternative to deep sea drilling.  It's even possible the removal of the strategic oil need could change the dynamic of war and terrorism in the Middle East.

In today's advanced society, energy storage is the single most important technology.  A breakthrough that could compete with heavy, toxic, expensive chemical batteries really would change the world.  But so would ending the polluting reign of oil.  But you have to be willing to pay for change.  Are you?  Am I?