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Jaybird is Birdmojo on Xbox Live and Jaybirdmojo on Playstation's network. He's been playing consoles since the Atari 2600 and it was Zork that taught him how to touch-type. If you've got a song for Wednesday, a commercial for Saturday, a recommendation for Tuesday, an essay for Monday, or, heck, just a handful a questions, fire off an email to AskJaybird-at-gmail.com

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  1. Avatar Mike Schilling says:

    I am really enjoying the book I’m reading, but I’ll stop there because it deserves a post of its own.Report

  2. Avatar Chris says:

    I watched the first 7 episodes of season 8 of Dexter this weekend. I’m pretty sure the writers and producers are trolling us.Report

    • Avatar Glyph in reply to Chris says:

      Good god man, we tried to warn you. This is all on your head now.

      Over at AVClub in the Dexter recap comment threads (which were the only reason to watch the show), there was a gimmick commenter named The LaGuerta Memorial Bench.

      It was glorious.Report

      • Avatar Chris in reply to Glyph says:

        Dexter has kinda sucked since the first season, though I kinda liked the Lumen and Lithgow seasons, but this season is just insulting. It’s sort of like Season 5 of Fringe or the final episode of the American Life on Mars, in that the people who make the show are basically saying, “All that stuff you thought you were seeing for 7 seasons? We’re going to turn it into a lie.” Argh. Of course, I’ll watch the remaining episodes, because I’m stupid like that.Report

  3. Avatar Ahunt says:

    “The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind”, by William Kamkwamba. BH is watching…sports…of course.Report

  4. Avatar Glyph says:

    Homeland was…pretty deeply stupid last night.Report

  5. Avatar Tod Kelly says:

    I saw Cloud Atlas this weekend. It was… powerful. Though I am not sure I can yet put my finger on why this is so. I am planning on re-watching it tonight (something I never do with a movie I have seen in the past year, let alone few days) in hopes of figuring this out.

    Almost done with The Circle by David Eggers, which is pretty great. Also, much of the prose — especially the dialogue — makes me re-check the cover to see if I”m reading something Jaybird wrote.

    Just stared the first of what I suspect will be all of David Mitchell’s books within the next few weeks.Report

  6. Avatar Maribou says:

    Mostly I read my own Python code all weekend. I put in 13.5 hours on Sunday and some on Saturday too. But the app is done. Other than that, I read a LOT of kids’ books. The one Jaybird describes above is my favorite although I would not describe it in the way that he does.

    In audiovisual news, I tried the L Word and was unimpressed, tried Weeds and I am hooked. I finally caught up to where Jaybird is on Bab 5 so we watched an episode of that together. I think tonight I will watch the sequel to St. Trinians.Report

    • Avatar Michael Cain in reply to Maribou says:

      I’ve been a Perl guy for a long time, and my coding these days is mostly for my own purposes. Is it worth my while to consider changing to Python?Report

      • Avatar Kim in reply to Michael Cain says:

        Python’s a breeze if you know C.
        Plus, it can compile to C (or use C libraries), which is always useful.

        But what are you coding?Report

      • This and that. Cartogram algorithms, as well as code that wraps around other people’s core cartogram tools. Scripts to extract data for cartograms from peculiar file formats (typically simple logic wrapped around some ugly regular expressions). Scripts to convert data from various map/shape formats, and the beginnings of a tool to parse SVG in order to extract shapes (Wikipedia has some good data, but absolutely no consistency in how SVG is used). Some 3D animations (I’ve been using Javascript and WebGL, but the single-threaded Javascript event model makes working with the common libraries unpleasant). The beginnings of a tool to draw a particular style of Sankey diagram. Occasional non-traditional financial time series models and related statistics. Exploratory versions of algorithms for manipulating pictures of book pages to flatten, de-curve, de-keystone, etc. Software for running a peculiar form of fencing tournament. I have a >25-year-old piece of C that does simple manipulations on “scraps” as in the scraps of paper on which you jot down notes (and then promptly lose). It’s not sophisticated, but my fingers know it by heart. A re-implementation in a new language would probably be a good thing.Report

      • Avatar Maribou in reply to Michael Cain says:

        I dunno. Honestly I picked it because it would be easy to learn and because it’s what our systems guy uses at my workplace – my “learning goal” for the semester was “get over this dumb belief that I’ve picked up that programming is something that is ‘too hard’ for Maribous”. (it worked. also, i replaced a laptop screen and decided to get a Security+ cert this summer…)

        I think if I knew Perl and I wasn’t trying to get hired places as a programmer, I would stick with Perl. If I was trying to get hired places as a (web) programmer, my first move would actually be Ruby? Seems more popular…Report

      • Avatar Kim in reply to Michael Cain says:

        Michael,
        Python loves algorithms. Doesn’t like text as much as perl.
        That’s about all I know, though I’ve written some stuff in python myself.
        I’d recommend it.Report

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