See I told y'all this'd get local sooner or later.
One of my college-student-semi-regular acquaintances at the local Borders'
Cafe, Tina, is going on a school trip to Iceland (that's the one
that's green) in March.
She wants to know what to wear.
Since her boyfriend (whom I haven't met) may be reading over her
shoulder, there will be no links to Victoria's Secret in this entry.
What will replace them are
to the CIA World Factbook entry on Iceland, a link to
page on the Icelandic Climate, (which is kind of going right to the
horse's mouth), and, oh yeah, a pointer to a page about
hot springs. Did we mention the hot springs?
The other topic she asked me about was how her boyfriend could best
get a job in computer programing. After the obligatory "learn anything
but Visual Basic" comment, I tried to be a bit more helpful, and
here are the pointers to the books I mentioned, since she didn't
write them down.
Book one was Fred Brooks seminal work on programming, and it's
Mythical Man Month'. I've read this one, and recommend it to
all programmers and programming managers. It's both excellent and
fun to read, and it's been updated this year for it's 20th
Book two is
Practice of Programming, by
Pike, both of Bell Laboratories, among other places.
Another winner for programming types, in the readables department,
New Hacker's Dictionary, AKA
Jargon File, edited by
(Eric S. Raymond), whose
I've pointed out before.
Finally, I've had shockingly good experiences with the
'low-self-esteem' books, as I like to call them (if I stole that
phrase from you, please let me know :-), in consequence of which I
was going to recommend the new title in that series on 'Beginning
Since I haven't read it, I have to depend on the blurb on the
Borders website... which makes me pretty certain I don't want to
recommend it, so I hereby retract.
In any event, the exposition on the programming industry that I
found myself making tonight seemed like a good topic, so look for
more of that here.