The folks over at Guardian Unlimited has posted posted of a survey they’ve conducted. “Survey Monkey’s rubic” aside, here are the top 20 geek novels (written in English since 1932). I’ve only read two of the listed novels, but I’m glad that three of the books on my list of things to read soon are in there.
News: I had my first interview! I had an interview with the manager for what was Damion’s position on Friday. He has seven other phone interviews before Thanksgiving, then he’ll narrow the list down to two people with Paul. I should know something soon.
Reviews: I’ve been semi-interested in news aggregators lately. Ever since summer, I’ve lost interest in being online constantly and regularly checking news, blogs, etc. Sage is incredible, but I never remember to use it. I was real excited when I found out that Google now has Google Reader, but I was less than impressed with the interface. Reading news is actually a little annoying, but bonus points for the scrolling mechanism (get a list of news items and use the mouse wheel on it). Last night though, Sean recommended an aggregator that I’ve been meaning to try for a while. Liferea definitely fits my needs, as long as I can remember to use. Simple to use, easy to navigate, all that good stuff and I’ve only run into one bug. But I’m using a beta version, so I can’t complain.
I have finally seen UFC. Interesting, very worth the the five bucks for comedy value alone. Making fun of Joe Rogan is so easy. The title fight was great too.
Randomness: You should notice the link on the right for The Daily WTF. It’s good for a laugh and to make me realize that I’m not as dumb as I think I am. However, someone sent me this link, which just down right scares me. I can’t believe that there are people out in the world like that.
In other news…I know nobody else cares, but I like to share anyway. Along with offer free downloads of their enterprise development tools (I’ll get links soon if someone wants them), Sun has started a University Challenge, offering a college student (or group up to four members) ,000, and 0,000 for their school. Just have to write something to Solaris. Hell, they even suggest porting software to Solaris, or fixing bugs. Could be fun, different environment, you have until June. For you people that say no immediately because you don’t know Solaris, do a little digging in Summer of Code articles. One of the NetBSD winners started fresh in the BSD world and learned enough in three months to get NDIS wireless drivers working.
So the car is dead. I’ll get it towed tomorrow and get the official “you’ll never drive this again” statement from a shop and figure out how to dispose of it, but it is quite depressing right now. I understand that I really don’t need a car, but it’s hard to explain the indepence I just lost. I don’t know what to do, but at least I have an excuse for not visiting family during these holidays.
Steve is starting up another RPG. This time around it will be Me, Dave, Rob Bob, and Cora. The game looks to be interesting, a weird mix of Mage, Vampire, and Werewolf. It’s been awhile since I’ve done this and I wasn’t feeling too creative last night, so I’m creating another Lupus werewolf last the last game. This character (nameless at the moment) however, isn’t a leader. Just a strong hunter in his pack and keeps the others in line. Very loyal to his pack and big on following the rituals and hierarchy of things. I’m excited.
OK, I’m a day or so late, but Firefox is a year old. Alright, fine! It’s much older than just a year, but 1.0 was released only a year ago. And amazingly, 1.5 is due to be released in the next couple of months. Congrats to the Firefox team, keep up the good work.
On another note, what extensions do people use? Post about your favorite extensions to enlighten people. I personally like: