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Started: 2005-09-15 22:53:38

Submitted: 2005-09-15 23:07:35

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My reading queue got a bit heavier today. At Hacking Society, Zan Lynx had Writing Portable Code by Brian Hook. He finished reading it while queueing for his caffinated beverage (it looked espresso-based, but I didn't ask). It looked intriguing, so I took a look and eventually borrowed it.

I headed home and found two packages waiting for me in my mailbox. (My neighborhood has shared mail boxes with individual locks; the box serving me and my closest ten neighbors is right in front of my house. Each box is three inches high, fifteen inches wide, and twelve inches deep; packages go in one sharable locked box with a cubic foot of storage. When I get a package, I get the key to the package box in my personal mailbox; after retrieving my package, the key sticks in the lock waiting for my post-person to retrieve it.) One contained The Design and Evolution of C++, by Bjarne Stroustrup; the other contained The Practice of Programming, by Brian W. Kernighan and Rob Pike and Programming Interviews Exposed by John Mongan and Noah Suojanen. I checked out the second two books from my local public library at various points in the recent past and decided they were worthy enough to own. I hadn't read the first book, but it looked interesting. All three of these books were the non-fiction section of my birthday list. I should never underestimate the ability of my mother-in-law to send me non-fiction books on my list.

Assuming I have any spare time for reading when I head back to Greater Boston next week, I should have plenty to read.

A standard question in the Commune, "Study well?", has absolutely
nothing to do with how well one learned the designated material,
but rather to the individual's interactions with the one with whom
he is studying.
- Jaeger, journal entry 28 October 1999