Archive for December 21, 2008

Family Business Amazon Review

Posted: December 21, 2008 by datechguy in amazon reviews, gaming
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My review of Mayfair games Family Business the mob card game is now available at Amazon here.

This is a first rate game and makes an excellent Christmas gift. It is one of the few games that my wife will play on occasion.

What language is your religion

Posted: December 21, 2008 by datechguy in catholic, tech
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From the Curt Jester here is a rather funny list of what programming language is your religion:

C would be Judaism – it’s old and restrictive, but most of the world is familiar with its laws and respects them. The catch is, you can’t convert into it – you’re either into it from the start, or you will think that it’s insanity. Also, when things go wrong, many people are willing to blame the problems of the world on it.

C++ would be Islam – It takes C and not only keeps all its laws, but adds a very complex new set of laws on top of it. It’s so versatile that it can be used to be the foundation of anything, from great atrocities to beautiful works of art. Its followers are convinced that it is the ultimate universal language, and may be angered by those who disagree. Also, if you insult it or its founder, you’ll probably be threatened with death by more radical followers.

For some reason the Catholic Church is not included and he thinks about it.

Now a programming language that reflected the Catholic Church would be a cross between Basic and machine language. Basic gives it the James Joyce ‘here comes everybody’ aspect and machine language would give it the direct access to God that we have through the Eucharist. The Catholic Church can nourish anybody from the humblest peasant to the most brilliant theologian. Like most languages an interpreter is required for compiled code. In computing if you don’t have a valid interpreter/compiler the code you write will end up either doing nothing or not what you intended. The teaching magisterium of the Church gives us that interpreter in real life. A good interpreter/compiler also has lots of error checking. On our own we are often prone to errors and so being informed of our errors is to our good to ensure that we write valid code. Often we think we are writing valid code only to find that when we go to build it something is not exactly right. You can’t just tell the interpreter/compiler you are sorry for writing bad code, you have to repent of your coding error and fix it.

He goes on quite a bit on it. I would lean toward machine code myself but that’s me.

People in town still without power

Posted: December 21, 2008 by datechguy in local stuff
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Well as of this morning people on my street, my sister, my cousin and one of my wife’s best friends are all still without power.

Our Mayor’s press conference on the subject and on repairs etc is here, if you would like to download it then click here.

Mini-Update: (Did I just hear a reporter ask what will be the result of the investigation of our local utility before it has actually started? Playing the conference for the wife, she cackled outloud when the mayor said the city knows how to handle snow and is clearing the roadways.)

The 7″ or so yesterday didn’t help and the several inches today isn’t helping either.

Good thing I got the snowblower fixed in November at A & G Rental, or it would have been a good thing if it actually started when the storm came.

I know we have had a lot of help from power crews from out of state so I want to say to all of those guys, thanks an awful lot or thing would be a lot worse then they already are.

Maybe they are all Methodists?

Posted: December 21, 2008 by datechguy in opinion/news
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Powerline reports on riots in Sweden by “Youths” but if you dig a little you find out that you might be able to categorize them a bit narrower:

She said the trouble was linked to the closure of an Islamic centre. The owner of the building, in an immigrant neighbourhood, had decided not to renew the centre’s lease. The centre, which included a mosque, had to move out.

Mark Stein is shocked shocked that it might be an area dominated by Muslims.

Let’s take a wild guess here. Would the “Swedish city” happen to be “Malmo”? Why, amazingly, yes:

Dozens of youths have rioted in the southern Swedish city of Malmo for a second consecutive night, setting cars on fire and clashing with police.

While we’re on a roll, would it happen to be the part of Malmo known as “Rosengard”? Why, right again!

People stand near a burning barricades on the main road in the immigrant-dominated suburb of Rosengard…

“Immigrant-dominated”, eh? Is that a way of saying it’s the most heavily Muslim neighborhood of Sweden’s most Muslim city? Ah, well, let’s not go that far. All the BBC is prepared to say is that the otherwise non-specific youths’ riotous activities were “linked to the closure of an Islamic centre”.

Down under, I got into a little spat with a rather dour lady leftie on Australian radio who disputed my characterization of Malmo, and in particular my claim that ambulances would no longer respond to emergency calls in certain youthful neighborhoods without a police escort. I offered to buy her lunch in Rosengard and show her the town so she could judge for herself, but she declined to take me up on the offer.

You know one can deny reality for only so long before it bites you, or in this case torches your city.

Update: This must be a coincidence too.