Friday, April 10, 2015

Wil can fly...

Wil can fly...  The Lawrence family is one of our neighbors here in Paradise.  They have five kids.  Their youngest son is Wil, and he has Down syndrome.  Alan, the dad, is a photographer – and he's using his skills to create images of Wil doing something that he loves: flying.

The entire Lawrence family is hoping to raise awareness of Down syndrome, and they've got some great ideas on how to do it.  They need a little funding, though – so this being the twenty first century, they have of course started a Kickstarter project to raise the money.  We've signed up as backers.  If you've got a few bucks to spare, consider doing so yourself.

And please: spread the word about this project!

Ayatollah Khamenei on the Iran nuclear deal:

Ayatollah Khamenei on the Iran nuclear deal: Obama lies, and has devilish intentions.

That doesn't sound like a leader committed to making this deal.

That's fine by me!

Geek: random numbers are hard...

Geek: random numbers are hard...  I've discovered this the hard way (via subtle bugs) on a number of occasions over my career.  The most recent time involved creating GUIDs.  It wasn't my code, but it was my job to find the problem – and it was caused by a random number generator producing a (very) biased stream of (allegedly randomly distributed) numbers.  Here's someone else discovering a similar problem, this time in C++.