These clips may serve to show you the joys of Foxnews and TYT. This sort of
stuff is NOT on Dutch TV, alas.
O, and as to the Glenn Becks: I love them! Let them speak out - as long as one
is free to contradict and lampoon them, that is!
As you may know I love mathematics and I like programming
a lot, the last - by the way - being also a moral lesson in practice, for real
programming faces you with all your own mistakes (or most of them, hopefully,
at least) and learns you to cope with frustration.
There are very many programming languages (at least a
thousand) and programming is not so easy to learn, at least not if you want to
be able to write programs that are useful, and do more than a few simple
Here are two links concerning two specific
languages, with brief comments following
The first link is to cincom, which is a
commercial firm that owns and develops its own Smalltalk called VisualWorks.
There is a freely available non-commercial version, and it is very good and
very powerful - the last on condition that you learn Smalltalk and the
Fortunately, VisualWorks has a lot of good, clear
documentation, lots of examples, and good tutorials to get you started. I am
in some ways a Smalltalk fan, especially because I like the Smalltalk
programming language a lot, and in some ways also I am not, but these I don't
need to go into since these start being operative and meaningful only when you
can program fairly well to start with.
Anyway - if you are interested at all in programming in
Smalltalk, or indeed in learning to program, the first of the above two links
is definitely helpful and interesting.
The second link I owe to an entry on the Squeak
developers' list of today - and
Squeak is another
Smalltalk, also interesting, but considerably less well documented than
VisualWorks, and so less easier to learn, also because it is in some ways more
powerful than VisualWorks (in others decidedly not, though).
That second link is a very good introduction to
(that has very little to do with the programming language Java, which I like a
It is by one Marijn Haverbeeke (never heard of him,
but it is a Dutch or Flemish name), in good English, and it is meant for people who
are new to programming, and it is, as I said, very well done.
So this last link introduces you in a very clear and
rather comprehensive way to programming, also in a quite well-designed clear
programming language, with a nice environment. (There is a fine zip-file on
offer, that painlessly installs, and gives you the whole book for free.)
that it enables you to program stuff that runs in a webbrowser, and improve
Recommended! (But see also
really interesting - Firebug
especially Firefox if you are interested - and for me this is new too, but all
of it looks really good.)
P.S. There is one caveat though, which I should add
access to fine and well-crafted tutorials that enable you to learn programming
- but it is fair to add that programming is not easy, though it is fun if you
have the type of mind fit for it, and will take a considerable amount of time to
learn to a level that allows you to write somewhat complicated programs of
That is: It is not something you learn during a free Sunday's
afternoon, and it also does require some sort of aptitude for mathematical or
logical thinking. But once you get the knack, it is fun (as long as you're not
caught in some hopeless obscure bug you created, that inevitably will happen,
and not just once or twice), and may help you a lot in quite a few ways.
And after all, computers are machines to run programs, so
it is nice and helpful to have some understanding of this, and if possible
also acquire some practical facility in using all this programming power a
modern PC gives you - which is the reason to provide these links.
Indeed, if I find the health I will try to convert
the Bayes-stuff I wrote a few years ago in
is basically simple, and it is really helpful too, even in judging politics
and politicians, as my last (Dutch) link may show you, with an example.