Created on Wed Dec 14, 2011 1:39 pm with 167 blog posts
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I probbaly don't blog around the clock, but hopefully more than 1 post per life time. My typical areas of interest: project management, & software development.
Two news about space technology published on heise.de today caught my attention:
1. Luxemburg became the first country in Europe to come up with laws to control who owns resources mined from asteorids. USA came up with a similar regulation in 2015. ( link )
2. NASA declared they won't have the budget to accomplish their ambitious goal to send men to Mars in the 2030th. ( link )
I heard in my radio station this morning that a study with around one million participants revealed that coffee drinker live longer and that this effect is twice as high for males than it is for females.
After googling for it I found several articles about this, like this one on CNN.
Usually I drink tea in the morning, may be I should switch to coffee more often.
An interesting discussion thread is going on right now on Quora.com about "What is the hardest part about learning to program?".
Someone commented: "You don’t know where to start". If you ask for the right programming language, for where to start, what to learn and how to learn, you always get a lot of answers and finally you are simply confused.
Here is my comment to this statement:
You can spend time forever to find the right programming language to start and thus never get started. I recommend to just pick one and get started. To learn the basics of programming it doesn’t matter too much where to start, as long as it isn’t Basic.
Pick any from the Most Popular Programming Language, Python certainly is a good choice: Most Popular Programming Language for First-Time Learners: Python
Once you made the decision you easily find a lot of hints and tips where to learn and what material or tutorials to use.
I would start on the desktop, later on specialize on web or mobile once you grasped the basics.
Whether you prefer reading over videos is a personal choice in general for you how you learn best. Whatever you chose: practice ! Practicing is always the best way to learn. Make mistakes, debug and correct. You best learn from mistakes.
One key to learn something new is to be able and set aside time and focus for it. Put away your mobile, ignore WhatsApp or Facebook for a while and reserve time to focus on your learning and practicing.
In former times when we had an analog phone at home I don't recall that it ever failed, it always had been available for years and years without a single failure. It just worked.
Modern phones use voice over ip and thus need the internet to work. And internet connections turn out to be quiet unreliable these days, as I just reported recently a 1 week outage in March with my internet connection at home. Since yesterday my line is down again and also I hear that the line in the house of my mother in law doesn't work anymore since last week.
That means: no phone, unless you have a mobile, which of course almost everyone has available these days.
In former times we had an analog radio in our kitchen and it always worked. Nowadays we have an ip radio and of course it doesn't work without an internet connection. Thus: no radio this morning.
Modern technology is fascinating, but much more fragile than older technology. If I think about the Internet Of Things on one end and the increasing amount of activities of criminals on the other end to sabotage that technology, which already is kind of fragile due to its complexity, I get a bit nervous about the future.
Engineers start testing methods to cool down the planet. Among those methods is the one published by David Mitchell and others in 2009 to inject Bismuth(III) iodide into cirrus clouds. This will yield larger ice crystals in the clouds and thus thinner clouds which at the end will increase the amount of energy reflected back from the planets surface into space.
160 tons of that powder would have to be deployed per year to achieve a decline of average world wide temperature of 1.4 degree Celsius.
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