How I know I’m still a nerd

I just installed Hadoop at home, and am working my way through the O’Reilly book. This is so that I can get to Hive, but no point putting the cart before the elephant.

The annoying thing is that this is blocking me from getting to Bash Cookbook. And the Advanced Bash Scripting Guide.

Once that’s done, I’ll hopefully have some time to set up my Raspberry Pi.

The worst part of it is that I’ve been looking for a good book on statistics. This is because of an inspiring talk a (former) co-worker gave on traffic acquisition. Of course, I still haven’t gotten all the way through Landing Page Optimization, but I will, I promise! Web Analytics 2.0 is also still on the list.

I have dreams of teaching my children to use the Linux command line before letting them at a real GUI, but this is, of course, ridiculous. Even the 8 month old is already using (i.e., biting) her mom’s iPhone.

It isn’t that youth is wasted on the young – it’s that time (and sleep!) is wasted on the childless.

I’ve never understood people who wanted to spend their vacations lying on the beach (and me, a California boy!). So much to read, so little time!

Update: It occurs to me that I posted this without a shred of context, so here it is. I had a great conversation with a colleague on Friday, during which we talked about the difference between technical leaders who stayed technical, and those who eventually lost their coding mojo. Later that day, I came home and saw the stack of books I’m trying to get through. It’s frustrating to have a copy of Scala for the Impatient, but no time to get to it! This got me thinking, and voila, le blog.

2 thoughts on “How I know I’m still a nerd

  1. The book by Freedman, Pisani and Purves is a nice introduction to statistics. A bunch of us in the office had a study group around it a few years ago – while the group didn’t last, I’ve enjoyed dipping in and out of the book ever since.

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