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Firestarters

By Nate LaClaire —  November 7, 2010 — 2 Comments

I’ve thought a lot about my blog recently and the need for either maintaining it, shutting it down, or fundamentally changing it. A thought came to me this morning and I’ve decided to follow through. I want to be posting something every week. I have lots of ideas, but lately I can’t seem to turn them into posts of substance. I have been tweeting and posting things on Facebook with much more regularity than I’ve been posting to my blog because of the difference between expectations for blogs and those for Facebook and Twitter. I don’t want to turn my blog into essentially a Twitter stream or Facebook wall, but am thinking that some short “thoughts” are bloggable (blog-able?) and might spark discussion or at least get others thinking. So, I’m introducing a new category to my blog: Firestarters. Firestarters will be short posts that either relate something that sparked my attention recently or something that I think might spark your attention. I still want to be writing more substantial posts as well, but those needn’t come every week.

Now, I should give you fair warning: in case you haven’t noticed, I have varied interests. Firestarters might relate to faith, music, politics, programming, health, reading, food, or just about anything else. You might not care about some new programming language, a “beautiful” code structure that someone showed me, a musical motive, a Latin phrase, a piece of scripture, or the benefits of bee pollen. That’s okay. I am and someone else out there must be. Who knows, one of my computer-hating acquaintances might become a programmer after seeing a gorgeous line of Groovy. 🙂 Firestarters are about getting me and you thinking. “Catalyst” might be too lofty a word, but maybe not in some cases.

Thanks for reading. I hope you’ll stick around for this experiment.

By the way, I have a book review and an audiobook review in the works as well. Stay tuned!

52 Weeks of Code

By Nate LaClaire —  January 21, 2010 — 2 Comments

I read in the January issue of Dream.In.Code‘s newsletter about a challenge called “52 Weeks of Code” that the site has launched. From the site:

For the next 52 weeks we will challenge you, and you will challenge yourself, to become a better programmer. The goal is to broaden your knowledge and understanding of various languages, programming concepts, and techniques. This is not a competition between members. There are no winners or losers. It is simply meant to expose you to new languages, new concepts, and bleeding edge technologies and help you learn.

A new challenge will be posted to the forum each Monday and will be designed to encourage exploration of the topics covered. The challenges will not be limited to any specific area of development (such as Web, games, etc.). The site is inviting programmers to submit their own challenges. In fact, it looks like this week’s challenge is one that was submitted in this manner.

This looks like a fun way to explore some new technologies and to re-familiarize myself with (or further explore) some technologies that aren’t so new to me. I probably won’t be able to participate on a weekly basis, but look forward to participating throughout the year. If you’re so inclined, post a comment and let me know that you’re doing the same so that we can keep in touch about it!