The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion

The Curious Incident of the romantic novel as comedy

Don 39 is somewhere on the autistic spectrum is a moderately successful geneticist, and has decided to find himself a wife using the scientific method; what he has not counted upon is Rosie who has her own emotional challenges. She completely derails the ‘wife project’ and his life. Hilarity ensues.

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I decided to pick up something different to read for a change (I mostly read science fiction) and stumbled upon this book in a Stamford book shop.

The story moves apace, I couldn’t put the book down and read through its 330 pages in one sitting. On reflection its perhaps just as well as that didn’t give me time to notice the holes in the plot. For instance despite being capable of giving a lecture on Aspergers Syndrome he appears never to have been formally identified as being on the autistic spectrum, even with past professional help and consultations with his close personal friend Claire who is a clinical psychologist. However despite this reservation I recommend suspending your disbelief and reading this book, its not going to change your life but it is a highly enjoyable way to spend an evening. 7/10

Introduction to Linux course now free online

Tux with a mortar boardThe Linux Foundation ‘Introduction to Linux’ course is now available via the edX online training system.

This course is a version of the classroom based course that has been converted to run on the edX system. This is currently the only Linux foundation course on edX, however they do have other IT courses available supplied by other partner institutions.

Introduction to Linux can be found at https://www.edx.org/course/linuxfoundationx/linuxfoundationx-lfs101x-introduction-1621.

This course is ideal for newcomers to Linux and will help fill a few gaps for those who have dabbled a bit but have not been formally trained. It is truly a beginners course though and those with any experience of linux will find themselves skipping through the earlier parts wondering if its worthwhile. However once past the adverts for Linux in the early part it proves to be useful and covers a breadth of topics giving the learner enough for them to take things further.

The course uses example distros from SUSE Centos and Ubuntu. To get the most value from the course I would recommend creating 3 virtual machines to play with as you proceed, since its useful to appreciate the differences between the distros.

You can take the course for free or you can pay for a validated certificate at the end. You also have the option of signing up for a free ‘honour’ certificate where your identity has not been validated by edX but a certificate is issued anyway.