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Programming Books to Read

Rails Camp New England was a success! Fun and mind-bogglingly informative.

One outcome was that I now have a book list of highly recommended programming and developer books, which I always welcome, and in fact cherish. Here’s my latest book to-do list (thanks to Dan Pickett):

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Baby On Board (in progress)

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A D E A
Car seat and Sippy-cup, Diaper bag is filled right up

A D E A
Toys for playin’ in the back seat, book to read and crackers to eat

A D E A
Pool is open at a quarter to ten, We’ll sing songs and drive around ’til then

A D E A
I’m one smooth Daddy, I make this look easy, I got a baby on board.
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Fell asleep on the car ride there, woke up screaming and went on a tear
Forgot the swimsuit and bruised a knee, when kids are wet their awful slippery
I guess theres special diapers just for the pool, other parents think that I’m a fool
Mom’s not home till 5, hope I’m still alive, I’ve got a baby on board.

Bridge:
I’ve sung every kids song in my head
memorized all the books we’ve read.
Just when I thought I’d never get some rest
She fell asleep right on my chest

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Rooster Song

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C G
We had some chickens, no eggs would they lay.
G7 C
We had some chickens, no eggs would they lay.
C G
My wife said, “Honey, this isn’t funny, we’re losing money.”
C
No eggs would they lay.
C G
One day a rooster came into our yard
G7 C
And caught them chickens right off their guard.
F C
They’re laying eggs now just like they used-ter
G C
Ever since that rooster came into our yard.

C G
We had a cow-wow, no milk would she give.
G7 C
We had a cow-wow, no milk would she give.
C G
My wife said, “Honey, this isn’t funny, we’re losing money.”
C
No milk would she give.
C G
One day a rooster came into our yard
G7 C
And caught that cow-wow right off her guard.
F C
She’s giving eggnog in milk containers
G C
Ever since that rooster came into our yard.

C G
We had a gas pump, no gas would it give.
G7 C
We had a gas pump, no gas would it give.
C G
My wife said, “Honey, this isn’t funny, we’re losing money.”
C
No gas would it give.
C G
One day that rooster came into our yard
G7 C
And caught that gas pump right off its guard.
F C
It’s giving shell gas just like it used-ter
G C
Ever since that rooster came into our yard.

C G
We had a gum tree, no gum would it give.
G7 C
We had a gum tree, no gum would it give.
C G
My wife said, “Honey, this isn’t funny, we’re losing money.”
C
No gum would it give.
C G
One day that rooster staggered into our yard
G7 C
And caught that gum tree right off its guard.
F C
It’s giving chicklets just like it used-ter
G C
Ever since that rooster came into our yard.

C G
We had a rooster, no love would it give.
G7 C
We had a rooster, no love would it give.
C G
My wife said, “Honey, this isn’t funny, we’re losing money.”
C
No love would it give.
C G
One day that rooster came into our yard
G7 C
And caught my rooster right off its guard.
F C
He’s laying hens now just like he used-ter
G C
Ever since that rooster came into our yard.
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Aiden Rides A Bike. Fast!

In just a few weeks Aiden has transitioned from his balance bike (a dirt bike with no pedals designed for learning to balance) to a full on bicycle with no training wheels. It’s exhilarating to watch him biking up and down our street, and do circles in our driveway. I never wanted to live vicariously through my children, that seemed to be a greedy way of experiencing life as if I would be stealing from their pleasure. But now, as I watch his joy at learning something new, and the raw joy of going fast, I can’t help but share in his enthusiasm.

Last night, while watching him circle me in our driveway, I took a series of snapshots. I tried to match his speed and direction with my camera arm so that he could be somewhat in focus while the background was blurred. It worked fairly well — exceptionally well if you consider the pictures were taken at dusk on my iPhone!

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WordPress 3.0 is live!

Get your fresh cup of WordPress 3.0 over at http://wordpress.org/! I just upgraded this site and so far everything migrated perfectly. For me, WordPress is the killer app for PHP. In other words, it’s the primary reason that I use PHP at all. With the critical mass of the WP community, it’s a compelling technology that gets the job done.