So As you can see I haven’t posted for a while now. I had a bit of a blogging crisis. I didn’t feel like the blog was going in the way I wanted it to and I was having trouble coming up with ideas and topics.

After some thinking, I decided it was time to develop a blog full of stuff that I like to read, thus the Geek Writer’s Guide to a Wee-Bit of Everything is born.

I’m in the process of re-branding the site right now, so keep peeled for more information.

 

The Geek Writer Learns C++ — Part 2

December 16, 2010
by Mariann

Last week was my last C++ class. I finished my last class project and am now awaiting my final grade.

I’ve come a long way from “Hello World.” I know I’m not anywhere near the level of programmers I know and work with, but I when I got my last project to build without errors and work correctly I felt like a programmer.

There was a sense of creation and fulfillment working on my little programming projects. It was easy to see if they worked right and get immediate feedback when they didn’t. It felt like when I was little and trying to make the picture on the Lego box with the instructions. I could tell when I’d put the wrong brick in place¬† by just looking at the next page and I felt proud when I finished the build and got everything right. I’ll admit programming did leave me with that desire to take the program apart just so I could build it or something else again.

I have always found it interesting that they refer to different types of programming structures as programming languages. I understand that they each have their own syntax and way of doing things, much like spoken or written languages do. But learning C++ felt more like learning how to play with a different set of building blocks, then learning a new language.

I struggle with some concept of C++ during the class. Structures made sense, but Classes took me a good week and a half to understand. Vectors made sense in theory, but where tricky to use. I am by no means an expert in C++ now, but I think I can call myself a semi-fluent.

I was planning to post about finishing my C++ class, but that will have to wait.

I wanted to throw my support behind tomorrow’s “Wear STAR WARS/Share STAR WARS” day and support Katie, the Star Wars girl. This day came about when Katie’s mom wrote an article about her daughter (Katie) being teased for caring a Star Wars water bottle at school. A few boys in her class told here that Star Wars was for boys and teased her about her water bottle.

When this article hit the blog-sphere it went viral, especially among Girl Geeks. I found out about it today through Amy Ratcliffe’s Geek with Curves blog.

I consider myself very lucky to have been raised with a family that all loved Sci-Fi and other geeky things. I never thought it was a boy or girl thing to watch Star Wars or play with a computers because I was doing this with my family. (It was my sister that took me to see Return of the Jedi.) I am grateful for their continued support and acceptance of the geekier things in life.

I do remember feeling left out among other little girls because I liked different toys. There where some girls that didn’t play with me, cause I wanted to play Legos or with my brother’s He-Man toys.¬† So Katie, the Star Wars girl, count me as one of your many supports and carry that water bottle with Pride!!

For your information:

The original article by Katie’s mom: http://www.chicagonow.com/blogs/portrait_of_an_adoption/2010/11/anti-bullying-starts-in-first-grade.html

Facebook Event for Wear STAR WARS/Share STAR WARS day: http://www.facebook.com/?ref=logo#!/event.php?eid=113784095353278&index=1

This past weekend I was among the thousands of people who waited in line Thursday evening to see the first midnight showing of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1. I enjoyed the movie and can’t wait till July to see the next half.

I gather from the posts I’ve seen today, I’m not the only blogger who is a Harry Potter fan. Here are a couple of the posts I saw today that I wanted to pass on:

The Evolution of Neville Longbottom from Has Boobs, Reads Comics

5 Things Harry Potter Fans Will Fight Over in Deathly Hallows Film from Wired

A month or so ago I was introduced to Foursquare. The idea seemed interesting enough, you check in when you go different places and you just might get some coupons or other items. I setup an account and played a bit. Then it hit me. I really don’t want where I go for lunch or out with friends available for everyone to see.

I wasn’t paranoid about someone stalking me or such, I just realized that a list of places I go was more information then what I wanted out there in the great world of the internet. For this same reason I haven’t used Facebook places or any other location service.

What do you think? What is your limit on what information goes out on the internet.

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