I pulled into the driveway this morning about 4:30 AM after driving for 16 hours from Disney World to home (about 30 miles north of Cincinnati). The drive wasn’t that bad - we once drove from Monterey, CA, to here in a bit over 48 hours - going from Denver, CO to Cincinnati in about 24 hours.
Enough about the drive - the vacation was nice - about 10 days total. No internet access, but that was kind of nice, too - I wouldn’t have had time for it anyway. I did have a few hours to myself in the evenings after the rest of the family dozed off, though, so I did get a chance to get caught up on some reading. I read Test Driven Development in Microsoft.NET by James Newkirk and Alexei A. Vorontsov and Generation Kill: Devil Dogs, Iceman, Captain America, and the New Face of American War by Evan Wright.
I enjoyed and learned a lot from the Test Driven Development book’s step-by-step example-driven approach. I would like to re-read the book while performing the examples myself.
However, I was completely absorbed by Generation Kill. It was actually the first “recreational” reading I’ve done since I read The DaVinci Code two summers ago while on vacation. The book is the story written by an embedded reporter of a Marine Recon unit during the initial assualt on Iraq (this second time around). It’s a good low-level look of the men in the unit, their relationships and their shared war experiences.
One of the first things that I read this evening while going through my email and catching up on blog reading was that Dave Burke, a previously informal Community Server evangelist, has joined the Telligent team as a paid Community Server evangelist. That’s great news and a match made in heaven. Congratulations to DB and to Telligent.