Excessive Book Reviews

Updated on Sunday, May 3, 2020

You know how you're debugging and comment out that return statement that stops book reviews from being posted more than once a month so you can get to the bottom of a problem without constantly deleting posts? And then you get distracted and push a new version of the blog software with that return statement still commented out? Thankfully that task is only scheduled to run every four hours. Sorry.

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Book reviews for March 2017

News: When should web designers use modal overlays?

Updated on Sunday, November 6, 2022

When should web designers use modal overlays?

"OK, yes, there are times when modals make sense (compose new tweet comes to mind), but if the web has a bigger annoyance than this (apart, possibly, from autoplay video), I don't know what it is."

Please enjoy the irony of trying to read this article on a mobile phone while the text shifts crazily around the page to make room for the autoplay video ad.

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Cataract Creek

Updated on Friday, August 20, 2021

Cataract Creek

Cataract Creek on Mount Tamalpais in Marin, California (long exposure photo).

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(Published to the Fediverse as: Cataract Creek #photo #tamalpais Long exposure photo of Cataract Creek on Mount Tamalpais in Marin, California. )

Vernal Equinox 2017

Updated on Saturday, October 1, 2022

Vernal Equinox 2017

Vernal Equinox 2017 happens right now, as rendered in Catfood Earth.

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(Published to the Fediverse as: Vernal Equinox 2017 #code #earth #equinox #spring #autumn #vernal The exact moment of Vernal Equinox 2017 as rendered in Catfood Earth. )

Green Belt

Updated on Thursday, August 12, 2021

San Francisco Interior Green Belt

Photo from the Interior Green Belt on Mt. Sutro in San Francisco, California.

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(Published to the Fediverse as: Green Belt #photo #greenbelt San Francisco's Interior Green Belt on Mt. Sutro )

Book reviews for February 2017

Stories of Your Life and Others by Ted Chiang

Stories of Your Life and Others by Ted Chiang

5/5

Stories of Your Life was made into Arrival, and it's a great story but just one of many in this book. Only one fell flat for me. Ted Chiang has a thought and then takes it so devastatingly literally that it will take you a while to stop thinking about it.

 

The End Has Come (The Apocalypse Triptych, #3) by John Joseph Adams

The End Has Come (The Apocalypse Triptych, #3) by John Joseph Adams

4/5

A cunning ploy - like most sets of short stories this is a mixed bag. The sting in the tail is that most continue in some form through all three books in the series so you have to read all three (if you have trouble not finishing a story, there isn't an executive order or anything). It's probably more of an investment than the material warrants (I'd have preferred a single and more tightly edited volume). It does however include a new strand of the Wool saga as well as a few other standouts so if you have the time, dive in.

 

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Resist Report

Updated on Saturday, October 21, 2017

Resist Report

My February resolution was to do something to #Resist Trump every day. Here's the breakdown:

Calls to Congress: 77

Non-profits donated to: 15

Failing media subscriptions: 4

Protests attended: 2

Advocacy sites launched and promoted: 1

I'll ease off a bit and try something else in March. But the routine of doing something every day has been really helpful. I've gone from saying I really should do something to actually getting in the habit of actively resisting.

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(Published to the Fediverse as: Resist Report #politics ##resist Breakdown of a month of daily resistance to the presidency of Donald Trump. )

Drone School

Updated on Saturday, February 19, 2022

Having glued on a GoPro I try and fail to fly my new drone.

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(Published to the Fediverse as: Drone School #etc #video Drone School - how not to fly a drone. Gluing on a camera might have affected the center of gravity. )

DeepCoder

Updated on Thursday, August 5, 2021

DeepCoder

New Scientist hypes DeepCoder:

"Software called DeepCoder could allow non-coders to simply describe and idea for a program and let the system build it"

Coding is nothing but simply describing an idea for a program. As simply as possible but no simpler. Won't be really useful without an AI product manager.

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(Published to the Fediverse as: DeepCoder #etc #ml The problem of fully describing a thing is often most of the work involved in building it. )

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