Not selected for officer school

Though this is another problem with the Navy, I won’t categorize it with that group of posts, at least not without supporting statistics.

I applied for the FY11 Limited Duty Officer program but I was not selected. Honestly, I don’t know what it takes to be picked up. The requirements for civilians to become an officer are pretty low ( but the requirements for enlisted to become an officer are crazy. Continue reading

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Once again, no time for hobbies

Now that I’m on another ship, I don’t have much time off anymore. I’ve been planning on rewriting my Python programming book, writing the sequel for GUI development, and some programming projects I’d like to do. But the way my command runs things, I have less time off now than I did when I was in engineering. Not to mention, I’ll be starting my Ph.D. schooling in October in addition to being underway for 2-3 months.

So, if anyone was expecting some new material from me regarding my books or anything, it’s just not going to happen right now. What little time off I have I want to spend with my family. Heck, I barely get a chance to go off base and see Yokosuka, much less any more of Japan.

Needless to say, I am not satisified with my “career” but those posts will be written at a later date, when I don’t need to fear any repercussions. I know of people who have gone to mast or at least been talked to about what they put on their blogs, MySpace, Facebook, etc. I may hate my job and want to get out, but there are better ways to do it.

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Accepted for Ph.D. program

I was just accepted to a university to start on my Ph.D. School doesn’t start until October but that’s fine. I don’t know how much time the Navy will give me to work on the degree anyways.

One of the reasons I haven’t posted in a long time is because I have been deployed so bloody much. Working on a Ph.D may clash with the schedule, not to mention the spotty Internet connection we have when we are at sea. Continue reading

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Programming ebook direct download available

For those of you tracking my book writing progress, you may be happy to know that I finally had a chance to find a file hosting site. Originally I was planning on creating a web page just for the downloads but that was more work than I wanted to do; I already have the blog for the book. Why make yet another site?

So, I found a file hosting service and uploaded the .zip file of the ebook and supporting source code files. Not to redirect you again, but in the interests of having one location for downloading, please visit Start Programming with Python for the direct download link. Also, I still have the torrent file link available if you prefer that method.

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Review: Gel laptop cooling pad

(Reprinted from my Epinion. Note that there are several different types of gel coolers on the market, such as Thermaltake, Targus, et al.)

I’ve owned several fan-based laptop coolers. After going on the third one because the fans are cheap and die after several months, I decided to look for something different.

I had read a review on a computer news site and was intrigued about cooling without fans. After looking around at several others sites, I decided to give this cooling pad a shot. Being cheaper than most other fan-based coolers, it wasn’t like I had anything to lose. Continue reading

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Gang violence and the drug culture

I’ve been watching a lot of the History Channel’s Gangland series and Investigation Discovery’s Gang Nation lately. One thing I’ve noticed is that much of the gang violence is due, directly or indirectly, to drugs. Well, no duh.

When Prohibition was enacted, the outlaws had a ready source of easy money. Bootlegging, moonshining, the speakeasies, et al. were extremely profitable to gangsters. The associated violence that the gangsters used was almost a natural side effect; turf wars, robbing each other, fighting law enforcement, etc. were just standard business practices for many criminals. People were willing to pay big money for their illicit hooch. Criminals who were limited to small-time crimes previously found big money bootlegging alcohol. Continue reading

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Moving again

First, I want to apologize to everyone who has submitted comments to the site for the last few weeks. Something happened with my email system and the notices that comments were made got sent to the spam box. I think so many comments were made in a short amount of time that the system thought it was a legitimate spam bot. I have approved all the comments and they should now be visible for reading, so don’t think I just deleted them because I didn’t like what you said.

I want to mention that I’m moving yet again, this time back to Japan. I lived there once but it wasn’t nearly long enough so now I get to go back and enjoy it some more, especially now that I know what to do and where to go.

My programming book is coming along nicely. I’m nearly done with my editing and conversion. If you are interested, take a look at I hope to have the ebook version posted in a few months. I will also be seeing if I can find a publisher for it, since I’ve had a few people ask about getting a physical copy.

That’s about it for now. Thanks for stopping by.

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