Book reviews for September 2015

Updated on Friday, February 24, 2017
The Jennifer Morgue (Laundry Files, #2) by Charles Stross

The Jennifer Morgue (Laundry Files, #2) by Charles Stross

5/5

I wanted to like The Atrocity Archives more than I did (which is still quite a bit)... I'm glad I pressed on to The Jennifer Morgue which is a tight spy thriller, a send up of spy thrillers and manages to be funny and moving in turns. I'm stuck in for the duration of the Laundry Files at this point.

 

A God in Ruins by Kate Atkinson

4/5

 

Armada by Ernest Cline

Armada by Ernest Cline

3/5

 

Autumnal Equinox 2015

Updated on Thursday, November 12, 2015

Autumnal Equinox 2015

Autumn begins right now in the northern hemisphere, Spring for the hemispherically challenged. Rendered in Catfood Earth (Windows, Android).

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Catfood Weather 2.20

Updated on Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Catfood Weather 2.20

Catfood Weather 2.20 fixes a problem with the forecast failing to update (the National Weather Service changed the URL of the web service that Catfood Weather uses and while they were kind enough to put a redirect in place it was a form of redirect that didn't play nicely with WebClient so a patch is needed).

In addition this release should fix the ignore alerts feature. It's one of those cases that after not having looked at the code for a couple of years I suddenly realized that the implementation was fatally flawed (bordering on idiotic) and could never have worked. Should be better now.

Download Catfood Weather 2.20.

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Sunset sunset 4k

Updated on Sunday, December 2, 2018

Sunset sunset 4k

An update to my previous sunset sunset timelapse, this time with better colors and in 4K. It's sunset over the Sunset District in San Francisco.

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Path

Updated on Sunday, May 3, 2020

Path

West Portal 360

Updated on Sunday, December 2, 2018

West Portal 360

A 360 degree (skipping night) 24 hour time lapse from the roof of my house in West Portal, San Francisco.​

New Normal

Updated on Thursday, November 12, 2015

New Normal

Book reviews for July 2015

Updated on Friday, February 24, 2017

The Atrocity Archives (Laundry Files, #1) by Charles Stross

4/5

 

Seveneves by Neal Stephenson

Seveneves by Neal Stephenson

4/5

I really enjoyed it but the timescale is so long and so much happens that it feels a bit rushed until the last section of the book. I wish this had been teased out into a trilogy.

 

A vacation based proof of the many-worlds interpretation of quantum mechanics

Updated on Sunday, May 3, 2020

A vacation based proof of the many-worlds interpretation of quantum mechanics

It's a well known fact that whenever you go on holiday your home town experiences once-in-a-generation levels of good weather while you sit inside with increasingly insane children watching unseasonably torrential rain.

As this is a universal experience it has to be more than bad luck.

Every time anyone takes a vacation a parallel universe must be created where the traveler inflicts stormy weather on one branch and summer continues as normal on the other.

​Tags: random, quantum, weather​

Hope for Hulu?

Updated on Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Hope for Hulu?

Probably not.

I tore into Hulu last year for the miserable user experience, dreary ads and vanishing content.

Back then I estimated that Hulu could ditch the ads for another $6 a month. TechCrunch is reporting today (via the Wall Street Journal) that Hulu is considering an ad free tier for $12-$14 a month. $14 would be a $6 bump over current pricing. If they can fix the UX as well I'll be back in. And I still want my OTT TiVo.

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