11 Aug 2004 mmangino   » (Observer)

gilbou: Enjoy the cb500. My first bike was a 1982 CB750. It was a wonderful bike once I realized that the front brake fluid had never been changed. This was a problem since the bike was 20 years old when I bought it. I currently have a 1997 VFR. I'm not sure if I'm going to keep it in Chicago since the streets suck and the traffic is horrible. It is nice to have a way to get around while my wife is at work with the car.

nutella: No rush, whenever you have a lull at work.

I got the schemers guide and have been learning scheme. I used LISP a little bit a while ago. I think the treatment of generators is really cool. Unfortunately, it doesn't talk about IO at all. My typical toy project to learn a language is to write a simple webserver and template language in it. I think I would like to do this in LISP/SCHEME. Unfortunately, I still haven't found anything good on IO. I know how to use (read) and some of the (with-open-file) stuff, but unfortunately, HTTP requests typically aren't sent as lists making read useless, and character IO is a pain. I guess I will start writing a more usable IO toolkit. Does anyone have any other suggestions on resources for IO in lisp/scheme?

I went to my first mentor meeting for YCTP on Saturday. It was a really good experience. I enjoyed helping out. We worked on social networking. It amazed me how easy it was for everyone to talk when they were just relaxing. As soon as they started roleplaying with me in a position of authority, they stumbled and lost their words. I think more than anything else these kids need confidence in themselves and their abilities.

I also went to a resume writing session yesterday. It was very interesting to see the backgrounds and work experience. I always forget how difficult it is to write your first resume. I think most of them are off to a good start.

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