The new toys
Mephody brought me a set of new toys from UK. While I struggled against the walls and iron this friday, they flew over the seas. I will split it into 3 parts. The first one is devoted to books. There are just two of them.
The first one is Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programs.
Randomly opened page:
It is an extremely interestingly and easily readable computer book about quite new programming approach compared to what I used to use. Some time ago it was used as a study book in MIT, although since then they switched from LISP/Scheme to Python.
But I got it not as a LISP cookbook and not as a study book actually, but just as an entertaining reading about different programming models. It allows to have a much broader view of the problems which may look quite complex if not being observed from different angle. And I just bloody enjoy reading it from essentialy any chapter.
And in a meantime I’m very close to finally complete regexp deterministic finite automata implementaton, which parts were partially inspired by this book excerpts.
The second book is self-named: Sound the trumpet: how to blow your own horn.
An excellent quotation:
People truly appreciate live music, no matter where it is you’re performing. Even if you’re a beginner and struggling with the instrument, people appreciate your struggle and your bravery in getting up there to play in public. They will give you money if there is a place to put it. This is why you should put out a tip jar when you play.
When you put the tip jar up, you must also put in some seed change. This is some coins and a dollar or two of your own that you put in the jar or your open case to show people that it’s okay to give you money and that others already have done so (even if it’s you who did it).
There are also exercises, practice tips and tricks, trumpet playing techniques and theory.
I do enjoy the reading. Next post will be related to electronics toys (micro controllers) and mutes (including electronic Yamaha one)!