Saturday, April 14, 2007

Pictures from Last Sunday

I think I have found a new Desktop background Pic. Anthony is growing so fast. He understands it when we speak to him, but he doesn't speak back yet, he gives two-syllable answers that could be interpreted as talking...but he's not having conversations yet, that's ok, he's not even 20 months old yet, so he's doing just fine. The funny thing is, this guy has a well defined personality. To me is incredible how early and how fast kids learn.

The Beach in Marco Island was awesome, we had a good time until Monkey got tired and wouldn't take a nap at the beach, so at 4:00PM we had to go. It was nice while it lasted.

Books I'm reading

I want to read these books at least two times each. I want to understand every sentence and for the last two apply its knowledge, they represent some of my biggest passion in life, I've always been fascinated with man's search for the truth, I am slowly building my understanding of this world by studying the minds of great men that were in this quest. Minds that were infinitely greater than mine, Giants whose shoulder I am struggling to climb on.

Today I am reading Nietzsche. I got started this morning and I am already in Love,
I was hooked as soon as I started reading. Just take a look at this small fragment found in only the second page.

"...The errors of great man are venerable because they are more fruitful
than the truth of little men..."

Holy crap, I can't describe how I felt when I read this, I had to put the book down and ponder on this for a minute or two, how true this is. Reading Nietzsche is giving me pure delight, is like riding a mental roller coaster.

Code Complete

I want to be the best Software Engineer that I can possibly become, which means to learn the methods and Techniques for software construction, these things one cannot learn by reading alone. You have to do it. I see my programming skills growing at my job and I am very happy about it. Knowing how to program is just a small part of making it in the Corporate world, that's why there are many great programmers that get fired while mediocre programmers get promoted. Software Construction is about people, and technology. You have to master both, people are harder to figure out, but technology is a perishable skill, I strive to never stop learning, and there's enough stuff out there to learn.


I've always been interested about how things work. Specially airplanes, and cars, to me machines are as amazing as computers. Engines are where we engineers get our names from, and reading this book has awaken an interest about what's going on under the hood of my car. The thing that's more amazing to me, is that I can understand it! I thought that I wasn't mechanically inclined, but it's only because I have not tried it. I can see cars as a serious hobby in my near future, all I need is a new set of tools....I don't know, maybe my birthday, or father's day?

Just a thought.


Monkeyz Mommy said...

Which is the desktop picture Monkey's or yours?

Jose said...

Monkey's of course!

hey! are you calling me conceited?

Gina said...

lol, your wife didn't mean to call you that... not to your humble self!!!

Unknown said...

I dislike "Code Complete". it is bad book.
BTW, I wrote first some LOCs only after five (!) months since employment. Now it's two years I am in Moto, and the total amount of LOCs I wrote is 5-6K.
And don't worry about tonns of documents to be read. ;)

Loralee Choate said...

I have always found it odd that I started reading Nietzsche after hearing Eddie Murphy quote it in "Coming to America".

That's just sad.

Jose said...

No, that's funny, I didn't know that Eddie Murphy quoted him. So, what do you think?

I so far I like his earlier work, I am in the middle of "Thus Spoke Zarathustra" and, I can barely understand what in the heck his talking about half the time. The weird thing is that, I don't feel like giving up, I keep reading to see what comes up next. It's like working on a coal mine: hard, grueling work, but once in a while a gems comes up that makes the whole thing worth it.