I asked my IBM field engineer cousin for a book on basic in the late 60's so he got me a BAL-360 self study guide that started me off writing code in bits without an assembler. Loved it too. Next I used an APL 1500 system in high school, Ive been warped ever since.
Places I like to visit:
Internet Storm Center
The Risks Digest
Astronomy Picture of the Day
Earth Observatory Image of the Day