Category: Creative

I never knew my grandfather on my dad’s side. He died mysteriously outside of Indio, CA and was found around the railroad tracks. My mom’s father was killed in his store by a punk; the young kids at his request that were in the store at the time were locked in the basement while he was beat unmercifully. My dad’s mom died of GERD complications and by the time they found the cancer it was too far advanced, and would not have been able to operate even if they found it sooner. She passed away within 2 months of their discovery. This past week I found out that my mom’s mother has inoperable pancreatic cancer. She has to take fluid pills and go in once a week to drain her abdominal cavity. She is 85 now and has a long sometimes hard sometimes easy time. My aunt and my mothers father’s sister are the only ones of that generation left when my grandmother passes. My concern is that my mom had a stroke a few years ago, is still bed ridden; and I’m concerned if she can handle the stress of her mother passing, not being able to get back east to pay last respects. The same goes for my dad even though he hasn’t said anything the stroke shock him up quite deeply. He has been my mothers caretaker primarily with us helping in and out as we have been in town. They are so intertwined I wonder about him also…When you are a kid you think your parents and grandparents are inpregnable to anything. As time goes on their fragility shows and with life experience you come to understand we all are fragile.


First of all, best is relative to the task at hand. You have to use the proper tool for the job. What may be best for me, is not for you, because of how we personally think. However, it is a good starting place.

Get rid of Windows! Visual Basic is not x-platform and if you really want to hack. The skills, if you want to call them that, are not really going to help too much because of the lack of being able to transfer them legally to others in the computer world.
The recommended BIG five: Python, C/C++, Perl, LISP and Java. These are probably the most important hacking languages and each approach will hone another skillset in a valuable way.   
A lot of people forget a big one. In our generation the Internets have changed how we live, work, and converse with one another so having XHTML in your bag of tricks will enable you to communicate with other programmers throughout the hacking world.
Now how do program if I can’t use Windows? There are plenty of free OS’s available to choose from: Linux, BSDs, Solaris and others. Pick one and use it daily!
Don’t think there is a Cliff Notes to programming because there is not. Most likely it will take about 10 years or so to become proficient at the languages you choose. That pretty close amounts to about 10,000 hours. How do I program? Hang around IRC, forums, USENET, find a project you enjoy and start contributing. You will never be a true hacker without sharing with others in the computer world. When those who are more skilled start referring to you as a hacker. You haven’t arrived; you’ve just started your journey.
Definition of Hack/er: One who constructs computer applications or helps others find deficiencies in their software and helps protect the data therein.
Definition of Cracker: One bent on destruction of someones hardware and/or software and using the information gained for personal gain.

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Feeling a Stirring

Feeling a Stirring usually means change,

Feeling a Stirring can sometimes mean pain,
Right now I don’t think it is the later,
At least I hope so right now. 
I think it is going to be something positive which
I really need in my life right now.
I hear that life is to be adventure, and yes have I 
tried but the happiness around it I just couldn’t 
One thing for certain the adventure is about to begin.
gk — 3-22-2012

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