March 23rd, 2004
|04:42 pm - El aburrimiento me ha hecho hablar español.|
Today's special coffee is Blueberry Crumble, which is difficult to drink when it's hot, and very, very nasty when it's cold.
Very nasty indeed.
This has been a really slow day at work, which is why I'm writing about the coffee. Tomorrow will be anything but slow. As I write this, I can see most of the work I'll get tomorrow. The stack is thicker than usual, and can only get bigger between now and then. I'd love to be able to get a head start on it, but first the stack needs to go down to the Account Processing department to be, well, processed. This won't happen until tomorrow morning. Today my head is spinning from boredom. Tomorrow it'll be spinning from overburden.
Anyway, given the people who read my journal, I find it very difficult to believe that nobody remembers Oliver Stone's cyberpunk miniseries Wild Palms. I chalk up the lack of Wild Palms comments in response to my last post to the fact that my livejournal gets long and boring, and you're probably only skimming the entries, if you're reading them at all. This probably means that my next public query -- should I learn to program Python? -- will also go unanswered. That's fine. But hey, should I learn to program Python? If anybody who reads my journal has any Python experience (I doubt it, but I'm asking), please speak up.
Trying to decide what to do tonight. I had to cancel last week with Tom since I was sick (incidentally, a full six hours' sleep on Thursday night banished the last remnants of whatever I had). I called him yesterday and left a message listing tonight as one of the two this evenings week that I have free. As of about 2:00, he hasn't called me back, but I'll have to check my voicemail before I go home -- I might end up driving to Janesville if he's available. If he doesn't call me back, I'll probably stop at Company of Thieves to harrass my sister and then... Who knows. I may start reading one of the three or four books I'm borrowing from people. Jim, would you like your copy of Really, Really, Really, Really Weird Stories back? Forgot I had it, didn't you? I'll um, try to get it back to you sooner than later. Honest.
Current Mood: bored
Current Music: Aubrey Hodges -- Vorpal Bunny Battle
From what I've heard, Python is a good scripting language to learn. It can be used within applications (such as Poser), and I think it can be used to tie different programming languages together, like Java and C. This is just what I think I've heard; I'm not sure how accurate this is.
This is good, as far as possibly accurate information goes. I'd like to start programming again, but I'm no longer interested in platform-specific languages (such as Visual Basic). I have too many friends who run Macs and various flavors of Linux. Python and Java seem two logical choices, but I had a ... bad experience learning Java. It was deeply and emotionally painful, which is why I'm not offering to help Liz.
Uh, anyway, I'll probably look into Python.
I...held a python this one time and she was super pretty and she kept sliding up my arm. It was super awsome!
That settles it. I'm learning Python.
I'd like to say that I can't imagine how learning Java could be deeply and emotionally painful, but I barely slept last night because I was dreaming obsessively about the program that's due Friday. It reminded me of the nights when I would be stuck working drive-thru all night after just finishing an 8 hour shift in my real, waking life. This does not make me happy.
Briefly, the Java class I took was emotionally painful because the teacher was twice as dumb as... Well, we'll just say he was totally underqualified to teach this class. I usually describe the Java class I took as being incredibly introductory, but it wasn't supposed to be. The teacher was using somebody else's syllabus, and in an entire semester, we got about a quarter of the way through it. Most of the information covered on the final was information we didn't cover in class. I was one of a handful of people who passed, but more than half the class failed. I'm not sure if they did anything about that or not.
Java is a really good language to learn, IMO. If I were to start learning platform-independent languages (as if I had the time), I would probably learn java, perl, and python, in that order.
I'm sure you're right about that. I just kind of burned out on Java as a result of that class. If I were choosing a language to make my skillset more marketable for the purpose of finding a job, I'd definately choose Java.
PHP is also platform independent (and it's based on perl). It's getting to be fairly popular for dynamic web pages. Not sure if web design is what you'd like to learn, but that seems like a good language too. It's what Hal uses, and it's what most of the cheap webservers have available.
Damn, that's awful. I really hope that they did something, because that's just not right.