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A Week in God’s Own Country–Stop 1: Kerala Farm Organic Spices

When we told our friends in Chennai we wanted to do some sightseeing, they all said, “Go West–to Kerala!”

“Never heard of it,” we said.

“It’s beautiful,” they replied.

While we were mulling over this possibility, we met a fellow hotel guest who happened to be from Kerala. I told Sandhya we were thinking of visiting Kerala, and she turned travel agent on the spot.

“You must go. It’s like nothing else you’ll see in India. First you should go to Munnar, spend two nights, then to Thekkady, take a boat ride and stay a night in the tiger preserve, then Marari Kollam, and then a night on a houseboat.” Continue reading

A Week in God’s Own Country, Stop 3: The Tea Museum

Note: Please look two posts down for Stop 2. I’m not sure why it isn’t appearing here.

Following our walk through the tea fields (See A Week in God’s Own Country, Stop 2), and while Brian was hard at work grading assessments, Brianna and I went to the KDHP Tea Museum to see what happens to tea after it leaves the fields (no pun intended).

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A Week in God’s Own Country, Stop 2: Munnar

The driver arranged by my new Indian friend living in Moscow met us promptly at the train station in Cochin. We made directly for the mountains, after stopping for breakfast at the Royale County Hotel on the KRL Road in Tripunithura. The servers waited most attentively, and the South Indian-style buffet was quite satisfying; the coffee was the best we’d had yet.

Then on to Munnar, stopping first at the Kerela Farm described in A Week in God’s Own Country, Stop 1. I had read in a guide book that the primary reason to visit Munnar is the tea fields. Without my friend’s urging, I might have left it off the itinerary; I’m so glad I didn’t.

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Introductory iOS App Development course

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Next term, at LCC, I will be teaching a course in iPad and iPhone app development, CS235IM, Intermediate Mobile App Development: IOS. This is an introductory course (the title “intermediate” is misleading) in writing apps for iOS using C# and Xamarin.iOS (formerly MonoTouch). We will cover the basics of:

  1. Setting up your development environment
  2. Model-View-Controller architecture
  3. Adapting to device rotation
  4. Multiview applications
  5. Tab bars and pickers
  6. Table views
  7. Split views and pop-opvers
  8. Application settings

The benefits of writing apps using Xamarin MonoTouch are:

  • They can be easily ported to Android, Windows Phone, Mac OS-X, and Windows.
  • If you are already a .NET programmer, you can use a language (C#) and class libraries (.NET) that you already know.
  • Xamarin’s cross-platform solution is the only one which produces iOS apps that compile to native code.

The course starts March 30th and runs for 10 weeks. The course is available both online…

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More to life than the physical

I just launched a new blog. I’d be very pleased to have you read the first post and leave a comment. This is a topic I’d love to dialogue about!

Unseen Realms

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I believe that the physical universe–the things we can see and touch is not all there is to reality. I believe there is a spiritual world that is just as real (maybe more real) than the one we can see. I have an unshakable intuition that I have a soul–that there is more to my consciousness than neural software. I can’t shake the belief that I’m more than a sophisticated, intelligent, bio-machine. (I know a little bit about machines that appear to think. I am computer programmer and teach Computer Science.)

Can I offer any empirical evidence for these convictions? Not really. Can I use the scientific method to confirm the reality of a world of the spirit? I don’t think so. Of course we have all heard the stories (maybe even read the books or watched the movies) about life after death experiences. Or about encounters with supernatural forces…

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Xamarin Android course

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