Collision Course update

Even though I have a lot of news, I will try to be brief -- I know your time is precious.

Collision Course is now moving along swiftly. It currently stands at 52,000 words and the story is finally starting to come together nicely. There is a good chance I will be done with this by the end of the year. I have a short week next week and I'm on vacation after that. I intend to write as much as possible during my vacation.

My studies of JavaScript have become quite intense. I started my programming life as an assembly programmer (Z80 ASM if you're curious). I then transitioned to C which ran under DOS 3.2. For the past 25 years, I've been heavily involved in VBA (Visual Basic for Applications) as well as VB6 (which is now no longer supported). JavaScript is very different than any of those languages and it's been a bit of a struggle to learn. I could have decided to go the JQuery route but I would rather have a solid understanding of JavaScript first because JQuery is nothing more than a JavaScript library. It's finally beginning to sink in and I will be starting to write code I can play around with in the very near future. The interesting part about JavaScript is that it runs only in a browser (as far as I know). I would love to see a compiled version of this language as it is very powerful.

The news coming out of Washington has caused me to do something I've never done before -- register to vote. Yes, you heard me correctly, I've never registered to vote. I have always disliked politics and I dislike politicians even more. I never registered because I felt I would never have enough information to make an informed decision on the issues being voted upon. That changed when the current administration took control. Congress is writing bills that no longer serve the people. They are being controlled by big business and no longer listening to those who put them in office. Last week, they refused to allow the Democrats time to read the disgraceful bill they created going so far as to vote on a 500+ bill without any debate, no full discussion, no CBO score, and with hand-scribbled notes and half-ass promises made in the shadows of the night.

Don't take my word for it. Don't take the word of a single media outlet either. Go to the source and read the bill (if they make it available). Listen to multiple newscasts. Read more than one article. Get the facts and you will see for yourself that our Congress no longer works for the people who put them there. I for one have had enough and I will be voting to put the people who have allowed this to happen out of office by casting a vote in 2018. If you care about the future of this country, you will do the same.

America used to be looked up to by the rest of the world. Now, people laugh at us. We are the only nation on Earth not in agreement with the Paris accords. Our "democracy" has been analyzed and we are now viewed as an "oligarchy". We no longer support higher education, refuse foreign scientists and engineers entry based on the religion of their country of origin, harass people because of their beliefs, and ignore the social issues that are tearing this country apart. It's time for a change.

If you don't like what you see, make your voice heard. Vote. I intend to do so.