Hi, I'm Glenn from Long Island, and am taking this course partly for fun, and partly because I sometimes have tasks that are best addressed with some programming. I've gone through the Mechanical MOOC before, and encourage everyone to stick with it, because it keeps getting better, culminating with the best stuff toward the end. If we stick together and discuss any programming difficulties that we encounter, we'll all get through it and enjoy the experience along the way.
As some of the introductory material notes, this is a collection of resources that have been developed separately, so not everything fits together perfectly, but nearly so. However, all the assignments and everything else here works.