Getting fleeced at the Navy Exchange

Having recently returned from Iraq, I found out that the new service uniforms are finally available at the Navy Exchange (NEX) Uniform Shop. These new uniforms are designed to replace the office working whites (the “ice cream man” uniform) and the working blues (the “Johnny Cash” uniform). For those who haven’t seen it yet, it’s almost like the Marine Corps office uniform: khaki shirt, black pants, black garrison cap, collar rank insignia, etc.

I like the idea of not having to sew on the rank patches anymore; that could get pretty expensive, especially if you change rates. And having one uniform for the whole year is a nice idea; I never understood why we had to have two different uniforms when you can just wear a coat. Continue reading

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I’m Home

Just wanted to let everyone know that I made it back safely from Iraq. I know that disappoints a lot of the Hawaiians who read the “Hawaii Sucks” post; I received several death threats while I was over there. Glad I disappointed you.

I’m still working on my Python programming ebook. It’s just taking a bit longer since I didn’t have a lot of time in the last month to work on it. I don’t expect to work on it until after New Year’s, so it will be a little bit longer until it’s done.

Other than that, I’m glad to be back home. Iraq is an interesting place and I’m glad I went there vs. Afghanistan, at least from talking to the people who came back from there. Apparently I lived the good life. 🙂

That’s all for now.

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US Elections and the “Voter’s Responsibility”

I was talking to my wife today about how much I hate election years. You have a bunch of idiots spewing garbage all over TV while the media falls over itself dedicating hours of airtime restating the same “news” about the campaigns. Continue reading

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Python ebook

I just created a new blog for my upcoming ebook: Start Programming with Python. Right now it’s mostly just a place holder, though I do provide links to my current tutorials. Once I have converted the tutorials to a rough draft of the book, I will post it there for community comments. That way I hope it will become much better than I could create just on my own, especially with all the changes that will be coming to the Python language in the next few months.

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Writing a book

For those who care (which is probably very few), I am working on a programming tutorial book. Naturally, it will be about Python and wxPython. It’s essentially the book form of my tutorials, plus more information to fill it out.

I will release it as an ebook; if warranted, I will look at publishing it in hard-copy. Once I have the rough draft done, I will post it to a different blog site for community editing and comments. I don’t have a timeline for completion or anything. Being in the military means time isn’t always a given.

More news to follow as necessary

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Developing GUIs with wxPython (Part 4)

What Can wxPython Do?

wxPython is a stable, mature graphical library. As such, it has widgets for nearly everything you plan on creating. Generally speaking, if you can’t do it with wxPython, you’ll probably have to create a custom GUI, such as used in video games. Continue reading

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Developing GUIs with wxPython (Part 3)

A Couple Quickie Programs

Time for a long post. I’m going to show a simple wxPython program to highlight the various portions you should be familiar with. But first, I’m giving you a program that I wrote a few years ago so you can see how a command-line program can be easily converted to a GUI program. Continue reading

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