Found a Good C Book

As the title reads, I finally found a good book called C Primer Plus, written by Stephen Prata (Addison-Wesley 2014) This book promises to be very comprehensize at 1072 pages of material which is exactly what I am looking for. I am looking for a thorough self-education in C Programming. I am not interested in learning C++ just yet, although one day I just might. The goals are two fold: (1) To be able to write software for OpenBSD and (2) For the pure enjoyment of learning. [Read More]

Duke Nukem on OpenBSD

Today I discovered one of those joys from my childhood, Duke Nukem 3D Atomic. And I discovered I can play it on my favorite operating system, OpenBSD. OpenBSD and Duke is a marriage made in heaven. The game runs beautifully with the same decent (for the era) graphics and fun sound as my fond memories. In fact, a lot of older games play very well on OpenBSD. I’ve discovered some classic Nintendo and Super Nintendo games that cruise. [Read More]

Well That Sucks

The For Dummies series book I bought on C is, sadly, out of date. I realized I ran the risk of it being so when the publication date was 2009 but I had not realized that the C language had changed so much. I was on Chapter 6 when I discovered that the gets() function is no longer in the compiler/linker in OpenBSD. I was curious as to why so I googled the quinessential question to discover that there is no built in protection from exceeding the available space in an array. [Read More]

A Lesson From High School

One of my most beloved writing teachers from high school, Edie Johnson, taught all of her students the imortance of reflective writing. Just like breakfast is the single most important meal of the day for the body, doing a small amount of reflective writing is daily breakfast for the mind. Before embarking on anything that is going to be mentally challenging, I take the time to sit down and compose on a random topic or how I am feeling. [Read More]

Humans and Animals

I am very sad when I see and hear about animals being neglected and abused. I feel the same way about human beings whom are in treated the same way. Why is it that there are more services for dogs and cats then there are for human beings? That is almost the quintessential question of the day. I often wonder why it is that we will tell a homeless person to get a job, ignore, or treat them with disdain but that same treatment is not afforded to an animal. [Read More]

A New Political Party

During this time of political, economic, and health crisis in America it has never been more clear that the two party system has failed 99% of Americans. These 99% are people like you and me, people that work for a living in a form of indentured servitude to the 1%. Both parties conspire to keep us in this status so it is time for a progressive party, one that it is dedicated to social, economic, and racial justice; dedicated to ending the plight of the working class and ending economic inequality. [Read More]

Read the Man Pages

This morning I realized that I needed some sort of synchronization between my primary and secondary web servers for when I make updates to my website. When I was just running the website on one web server, there was only a need for synchronization between my desktop machine and the server. So my plan is to use openrsync to sync files between my desktop and the primary web server. Then I can either have a periodic cron job running on the primary server or I could just do another sync from my desktop to the secondary server. [Read More]

Single Payer Healthcare

It has been 3 days since I have put up a blog post so I figured that I would write something on the necessity of single payer healthcare, especially in light of the Coronavirus. As a quick aside, I refuse to call it COVID19 because the Corona Beer company takes exception; that’s just too bad. Since millions of Americans are going to get sick and many may die the time for a national discussion on moving to Medicare For All has never been more important. [Read More]

Fuck the Federal Government

The last 7 days have left me utterly drained and very angry at the federal government. I wish I could say I was surprised at the complete incompetence of the federal government, so yes, I am at the point of exclaiming, “Fuck the federal government!” The lack of a good, cohesive response to the COVID19 pandemic has caused a panic in the business world and the wealthy have sold off all of their shit causing the market to collapse and wiping out the lifesavings of an untold number of people in a short 1 week span. [Read More]

Facing My Worst Fear

It is amazing how, in the span of only about 7 days, my fortune has drastically changed for the worse. Homelessness is looking increasingly more likely so I am facing my worst fear. I am an adult with Autism and my particular difficulties are self care and executive functioning which means that I would not survive a week on the streets. I might last a day or two but that would be it. [Read More]