Another Spider -- Photo for August 16, 2012

Posted: August 17, 2012 - Updated: August 16, 2012

Other than "Giant", I'm still trying to figure out what type of spider this is. Any insight is appreciated. Especially if it's deadly.


Walgreens 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 -- Photo for August 15, 2012

Posted: August 16, 2012 - Updated: August 15, 2012


The Hitchhiking Frog -- Photo for August 14, 2012

Posted: August 15, 2012 - Updated: August 14, 2012

I assume this little fellow didn't actually want to end up thirty miles from home. I gently convinced him not to tag along for my morning commute.


My O'Reilly Bookshelf -- Photo for August 13, 2012

August 13, 2012

Probably a grand worth of paper and ink. Worth every penny.

In the mid 1990s, I taught myself Perl so I could build more powerful websites. After false starts with books from other publishers, I stumbled on O'Reilly's "Learning Perl1" by Randal L. Schwartz and Tom Christiansen. That's when my journey hacking code truly began. Ever since, whenever I've needed to pick up a new computer skill set, my first step is to see if O'Reilly has a book on the topic.

Most of these books are old and will be retired to the library soon. If I consolidated all the other O'Reilly titles scattered around my home and office, I'd have at least another shelf's worth. That's not counting titles I've given away over the years. There would also be significantly more if hard copies of all eBooks and Safari Books Online2 texts were included. All that's to say that I'm a fan of the O'Reilly publishing house. If you need to pick up a tech skill, start with them.


Links and Notes

  1. Learning Perl - The book that helped start me on my current career path.

  2. Safari Books Online - A subscription tech book service. Well worth it if you code for work.



Snakes and Gators - August 11, 2012

Posted: August 12, 2012 - Updated: August 11, 2012

Welcome to golfing with phobias.


Clouds (August 7, 2012)

August 10, 2012


The Spider Outside My Office Window

August 09, 2012

This spider was hanging (get it) outside my office window for a few days. I haven't taken the time to figure out the type, but I've always heard that when you see a bright red mark on something in nature, you're best to steer clear. Of course, it looks cool so I got super close to get a photo. This was also show with my little Canon S100. That camera is fantastic.


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