What a game for the Buckeyes! The 8th ranked Buckeyes made a great statement for their “slow” program and their “slow” conference with a 26-17 upset victory over the #7 Oregon Ducks. Great job Buckeyes!
I was talking to Ben and saw another opening for the classic and overused “That’s what she said” joke. As I was typing it in, I realized I should just make it easier on myself and write a simple script to do it for me. So I did.
Ben showed me a great website recently. It’s called Kiva which can be found at http://www.kiva.org/. This website allows anyone to make a small loan to entrepreneurs in third world countries. The basic idea is to lend a small amount, or large amount, to an individual so that they can improve their business. They then pay the loan back. There isn’t any interest on the loan but in this situation, the benefits are worth more than interest. I suggest that everyone considers taking a look at Kiva. It’s a great opportunity to help those in need.
*It appears the petition may have worked*
Alan Turing is considered to be the father of modern computer science. Turing is also partly responsible for designing the “bombe,” a machine used to crack the German Enigma machine yielding invaluable German military Intelligence to the Allied forces.
Unfortunately, instead of being revered by his government for his services rendered, he was criminally prosecuted for being a homosexual because homosexuality was illegal in Great Britain in 1952. Having seen the end of his career and having undergone the subsequent drug treatment administered by the government to cure his homosexuality, he committed suicide via a cyanide induced apple.
Since then, the scientific community has embraced his achievements and ignored his lifestyle decision (as they should). With great pleasure, I have stumbled upon an online petition urging the British PM to apologize to Alan Turing. It is shame that only British citizens can sign it. This petition can be found:
For more information about Alan Turing:
Lastly, what would this be without a plug for gay rights in today’s society:
Something that I stumbled on awhile back.
It is no surprise that the most popular pages are adult websites.
I have been using this service for awhile now and I just thought I would formally recommend it. OpenDNS is usually a faster alternative to the default DNS provided by your ISP. It protects against phising automatically and can be adjusted to automatically block adult material aka porn. AND you can travel with your settings by creating an account.
Back in undergrad, the majority of our classes taught us sound software engineering principles using Python, C++, and sometimes Java. The first two were used quite extensively. The resource I used was invaluable to my success in mastering data structures, learning OOP, and granting me proper exposure to Python and C++. Data Structures and Algorithms Using Python and C++ is a great resource and I wanted to share it here. I believe it is great for beginners of both Python and C++ and those entering a data structures course. Click HERE to order a copy.
The Ohio State Buckeye Football Program is ranked #3 in all time Prestige by ESPN. All time is a tad misleading because the scoring was in the range of 1936-2008. This is still impressive considering that there are 119 football programs and the Buckeyes have received a bad rap for their recent big game performance. Go Buckeyes! Also, congrats to the Sooner nation. Oklahoma is at the top of the polls despite their recent stumbles. It is nice to see that prestige is not only judged upon the success of recent years.
The following is from ESPN.COM:
Rails will add some new features and enhancements by merging with MERB. Should be interesting.
I use a Macbook that I purchased last year. It has OS X 10.4.5, or Tiger, installed. It’s a pretty good machine. So I decided to upgrade to 10.5.4, or Leopard. Yea, it has been about a year and yea, 10.6 is coming next year, but that’s beside the point.