Golf should be 12 holes.

I'm looking for investors!

This idea will change golf forever. I think I can at least double this industry's revenue with one small inexpensive change.

I want to open a golf course where a round of golf is 12 holes. Don't go, hear me out.

I golf occasionally. I would golf more but it takes too damn long. I don't have 4-5 hours in a day to spend golfing. Not to mention the time spent at the 19th hole.

Inevitably every time I golf I get to about the 14th hole and I spend the rest of the game wishing it was over.

12 holes just makes sense. Here are some reasons why.

  1. You could play 6 holes in the morning before work without having to go to an executive course.
  2. However over lunch you could easily play a 6 hole executive course.
  3. All the courses out there now don't have to change anything but the numbers at each hole. Every 18 hole golf course just has 3 6's.
  4. They can get more people golfing starting 3 at a time like they do on 27 hole courses now.
  5. If a round is just over 2 hours instead of 4. More people can golf in a day.
  6. It will be easier to get a tee off time.
  7. More people would golf because they wouldn't be saying “I wish this was over” on the 14th hole.
  8. More people would golf because it would be less expensive.
  9. Yet the courses would make more due to the increase in volume and staggered tee offs.
  10. For the avid golfer who wants to spend more time on the course. They can still do 18 by golfing 12 and then the  front 6 again.
  11. Some people even say they want to golf two full rounds or 36 holes. No problem, for 36 holes you would get in 3 rounds that day.

Now there are people who don't like change. These people will say golf has always been 18 holes and that it's a tradition. This is not true. Please read the article below. ( I could have just typed this in but it's much more effective this way, don't you think)

OK, so who wants to be in on the ground floor of this.

Maybe you don't want in? But if you have more reasons why golf should be 12 holes please share them with me.

So you think you know Pointers?

This might be a bit of fun for the old C programmers out there like me.

A long time ago I used to teach C programming. This was before C++ and Windows. When we used to have to write whole applications that fit into 250K of Ram because the rest of the 640K was used up by various hardware drivers, and DOS, and you had to use tools like Quarterdeck QEMM to move drivers into memory locations above 640K. These were the days when hardware was expensive and developers had to really worry about memory usage and pointers and stacks..... Oh sorry I got a little carried away there, that is not what this Blog is about.

Where was I? Oh yeah I used to teach C, at the end of every test I used to have bonus questions for my students. I found one the other day and thought I would put it on my Blog for fun. This particular bonus question was meant to test their understanding of the pointer operators ( * & ), amoung other things.

Now to use pointers in C#, I had to make the code unsafe.  With todays compilers and editors, it would be easy to see what this little method does. So see if you can figure it out just by looking at the code right here in my Blog.

Can you tell me what i will equal, and therefore what will be written to the console.

unsafe static void Foo()
      int i, k=5;     /* Declare some Integers */
      int *j;           /* Declare a pointer */

      j = &k;        /* Assign a Value */
      i = 10/*j;     /* Do the Math */;

      Console.WriteLine( i.ToString() );

If you are thinking this is too easy, and the answer is 2. Try again.

It's a right handed world

Left handed people always say it's a right handed world. Its true. Those of us who are right handed don't think much about this because everything is geared toward righties by default, like scissors and mice.

My son is left handed as well and my sister and mother, so although I am right handed I have an appreciation for the plight of the left handed.

My family and I spent march break in Panama. I wanted to really get away and not think about anything but relaxing. So I left my laptop at home. Yeah I know! I took my IPAQ though, I mean come on be reasonable. I needed somewhere to transfer my pictures when the flash card was full right?

So on the plane I was teaching my 9 year old son how to play solitaire. Something I had never done on my hand held. As I was playing it on my IPAQ I realized the game is not conducive to right handed players. As you click on the pile of cards to turn the next card your hand is in the way of the screen. While my son could play very easily without ever moving his hand out of the way to see.

So although it is a right handed world, there are some things in this world for lefties and not righties. If you want to feel good about being a south paw play solitaire on a hand held computer.

If anyone comes across a right handed version of solitaire for windows CE, I'm interested.

Merry Christmas

I would like to wish everyone a happy holiday season.