It's been a while

 I don't put the effort into this that I thought I would.  Regardless, I thought I would just say "out loud" that I think Elix...

August 22, 2021

Perils of a newbie player

 I first encountered disc golf back in 2017.  I played a little bit and then for reasons I don't remember, I kind of walked away.   Skipping ahead to the Spring of this year (2021), I decided to try it again.  I'm glad I did.  I love it.

Living in a state with so many courses, there is no shortage of choices.  In my case, I have spent the most time playing in Norwalk.  It is enjoyable, but I have been paying  to play in the form of lost discs.

Now that the plants have grown up (mid to late Summer), anything that goes into the weeds over the small creek is pretty much lost for now.  I keep playing and hoping I'll find some of mine, but all I've found is somebody else's. :(

I have had a few people find my discs.  I was able to meet one and get it back.  Another is supposedly going to drop it off at Titan Disc Golf store for me to retrieve, but I've yet to check and they have not told me they dropped it off.  In another case, after a week of messing around playing phone tag, the person finally "stashed" it under the skateboard ramps in Norwalk.  Oddly, hours later a disc of mine was found "in the ditch".  

So, even though the community seems friendly and is quick to let you know they found a disc, the remaining 90% of effort to actually get it back in your hands is proving to be very tough.

I'm not sure of the answer, but dropping them off at Titan might be the smart play going forward.  Any answer I've thought of is basically a variation at dropping it off there.  It's a little inconvenient for me, but still better than the methods I've tried so far.

May 10, 2021

 I have recently waffled between Haskell and Scala in terms of learning.  Well, I'm back on Scala. :)

I've found that working with OOP and trying to completely change how I think to do FP in Haskell was really tough.   I wanted to make things a little easier on myself, so I'm back with Scala, but 80% OOP and 20% FP.

The real thing I'm looking to dig deeper is the type system, but in a little bit more familiar territory.

So, to that end, I've tried taking a little more practical approach.  I have started my learning scala site.

The purpose of that is to build a site, while I learn.  It combines Scala and the Play framework.

I was turned onto Essential Play book by somebody on the Corecursive podcast, and it's been very useful.  I was figuring some basic things out, and go stuck on how to connect to a DB and manage the schema and migrations.  Hopefully this book will help with that as well.

As I make some progress I hope to write these sort of posts there as well.  I'm hoping it can prove useful to others trying to learn the same material.