June 18, 2024


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Thanksgiving with candles

Happy Thanksgiving + some tips for Black Friday

Thanksgiving with candles

Happy Thanksgiving

I wanted to wish everybody a happy Thanksgiving. I am sure that after all the roast turkey, pastries, marshmallows and drinks you will be looking to do something else. Perhaps even browse the internet to see what is worth spending your money on Black Friday. Now I am not a major fan of Black Friday, standing in a queue and watch people rush to get a product. I don’t see the appeal.

Thankfully you can spend your money sitting on your couch, and thank god Sears has gone bankrupt. So what should you eye to purchase? Last year my recommendation was the Nintendo Switch, it is still an excellent purchase especially with Diablo 3. Other games such as Red Dead Redemption 2 and Exapunks are no-brainers. As for Science Fiction books, I recently wrote a review for Red Moon by Kim Stanley Robinson.

Sadly there is not much to see in the cinema this year. I cannot say that I am a big fan of the Fantastic Beasts franchise. On the other hand, if you haven’t seen First Man or Bohemian Rhapsody then you should definitely check them out. Overlord was also a good movie, amongst the best in the Nazi-zombie sub-genre, but I would give Robin Hood a pass.

My last resolution for 2018

Although where I live neither Halloween nor Thanksgiving is celebrated in a big way I make use of this period to already reflect on this year. There is after all just over a month of time left before the new year starts. Currently I am busy putting the finishing touches to the second edition of my book Linux, Programming and Hacking for Beginners. An announcement will follow by the end of November. But I am busy wondering if something is not missing. With the second edition nearly done I wonder if it is time for a change. Will it be that video game I have always wanted to make, well I am knee deep in a Unity video series on YouTube. Or will my interests focus on learning more about Deep Learning? Well, I am doing a specialization on edX. And don’t get me started on my interests on hacking and robotics. Perhaps here lies the ultimate problem. What will make me really happy? Finding out the answer to that question will be my only remaining resolution for 2018.

So a Happy Thanksgiving and let the holiday season start in earnest.