WWW is the new blog

A couple of quick programming notes (related to the content of this site, not my actual programming. Actually I guess it is related to my actual programming. So forget I said this.):

  • You may have noticed that blog.jimmysawczuk.com now redirects you here, to www.jimmysawczuk.com. I did this to create a more unified feel for my web presence, hopefully it’s more helpful for what you’re looking for. I’m still working on it, so let me know if you have suggestions or concerns.
  • Because I moved some files around I needed to rebuild certain projects so that they could be downloaded from the server off the installer, so I rebuilt Invaders and George In Space!. If you haven’t checked them out yet, you should – they’re probably the two most useful programs I’ve ever made.

    invaders_ss1

    Invaders

As always, thanks for your feedback, and above all, thanks for reading!

I’m back, baby!

Following the lead of a friend, I too decided it was time to get back into reading literature.

What, you thought this blog couldn’t get any more random?

My reading list of the last few years is a lot less impressive than Shawn’s, although I’ll assign partial blame to the fact that I was doing a lot of reading for school. But nonetheless, here’s what I’ve read the last few years:

  • Three Nights in August, by Buzz Bissinger, who previously wrote Friday Night Lights, covered a three game Cubs-Cards series in August of 2003 from the perspective of Manager Tony LaRussa. A fascinating look into LaRussa’s life, strongly recommended for any baseball fan.
  • Triple, by Ken Follett. Not his best book (Code To Zero is my favorite), but a good read. And it only took me three separate plane trips to finish.
  • The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini. A tremendous story from an author who uses simple language but still paints vivid pictures of triumphant, joyous, tragic, and gruesome scenes.
  • Hundreds of Bill Simmons articles.

Animal FarmNot that Ken Follett can’t write a thriller, but I wanted to get back into the more classical literature, so I stopped by Barnes and Noble last night and picked up a copy of George Orwell’s Animal Farm. I picked it because it looked like something I could read in an afternoon and George Orwell’s other blockbuster, 1984, is my favorite book I’ve ever read. I read two chapters of the book last night and finished it this afternoon, and let me say this: wow.

Orwell is completely masterful in predicting the future and pointing out every flaw of totalitarianism (similarly to 1984: I did some research and found out that pretty much all of Orwell’s writing is along those same themes) but unlike 1984, which uses gritty, realistic detail to make his point, in Animal Farm, Orwell creates a farm of animals that represents a micro-nation and uses satire to make his points. Almost every type of person in society is represented in the farm and while the premise itself is ridiculous, the points made are valid. I thought about writing a longer blog post drawing parallels between the past and present administrations here in the U.S.; instead, suffice it to say that parallels exist and I’ll let you draw them on your own. I greatly enjoyed reading Animal Farm, and highly recommend it to anyone into the Utopian society thing. Plus, it’s a really quick read – about two hours between last night and today and I was done.

It’s been a while, literature world, but I’m glad to be back.

Whiplash

This post was originally written as a guest post for RyboMedia on October 15, 2009. Thanks to Rybo for letting me post this! Hope you all found it enjoyable and informative.

ServersWe ran into a problem at work last week that was, at the same time, a nightmare and exactly the kind of problem you want to have.

The culprit was our latest Big Prize Giveaways promotion, and the problem was that our app had metaphorically gone from 0-60 in about two seconds, and it experienced the same thing your neck feels when it accelerates that fast: whiplash.

Six years gone

Eric Wedge

2009 wasn’t supposed to go like this for the Cleveland Indians. After getting off to a terrible start in 2008, the Indians rallied to finish the year 81-81, with the help of some promising young talent from Buffalo. The 2009 Indians brought back Cy Young winner Cliff Lee, added free agents Mark DeRosa, Kerry Wood and Joe Smith, and were poised to compete in the weak AL Central division.

It didn’t work out that way. Whether it was injuries, ineffectiveness, or just plain bad luck, the 2009 Indians had their worst season in almost 20 years. When you assess a season like this, where do you begin? My review of the 2009 Indians is after the jump.