Jan
22
2014
0

Book on Programming

In a more serious vein, I’m slowly writing a book on how to program. I’ve noticed that too many of the students struggle with the process rather than the details. This is sort of a digressive way to say they can write a loop, but don’t know how do decide when to do it.

Programming for the Lazy

Written by Rob in: Book Drafts,engineering,pedagogy |
Jan
12
2014
0

draft for your perusal

another manuscript of a fiction book. Since GSU lets us keep the royalties from fiction (though not real products), I’ll post it here.

Written by Rob in: Book Drafts |
Jan
04
2014
0

Stella’s Cabbage

My mother in law, a sweet, gracious and intelligent woman, died about 5 years ago. With her went the secret to “polish cabbage” which was something of a signature dish.  I think I’ve finally reverse engineered it.

  1. Clean, cut up and salt the cabbage. Discard the outer leaves if they’re damaged and remove the inner core. The cabbage should be cut into 5mm or so pieces (just a little too coarse for coleslaw). Put into a bowl, add salt and allow to sit for 1-2 hours or more.
  2. (1-2 hours later). Cut up an onion and fry in a little oil in a large covered frying pan. Stella undoubtedly used butter, but olive oil or a mixture of olive oil and butter work well. Don’t over cook, brown or burn the onion.
  3. While the onion is wilting. Rinse the salt off of the cabbage and set it to drain.
  4. Add the cabbage to the onion and fry in a covered pan for about 45 minutes to an hour.  Stir as necessary and add water if it begins to dry out, stick or brown.  The cabbage will decrease to about 1/4 the original volume. With green cabbage it will eventually turn a light brown and be very tender.

Enjoy.  This works equally well with both the red and green cabbages.

Written by Rob in: recipe |
Jan
02
2014
0

The Death of Publishing

I had the chance to try self-publishing with Amazon’s create space and KDP. The book itself, while readable is a bit of fluff. What was impressive was the quality of the automated setup and publishing tools. There may have been one manual step, other than mine, a last review before generating proofs, but that was all.

So the cost of assembling a professional-looking book is almost zero.

This strongly suggests that page charges and all of those sorts of things are a bit of a con-job. It also suggests that textbooks are highly over-priced.

On a pedagogical note, this means that writing a low-copy-number course specific text book would be feasible.

Written by Rob in: engineering,pedagogy,rant,science |

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