7 September 2014

Colorado part 1: Denver and art

I think I was about 10 years old when I decided I wanted to visit Colorado. I had read about a city called Boulder, where you could spend a warm and sunny morning in town and then drive an hour or so and be on a snow-covered mountain. I had never experienced an actual mountain, and that sounded like a good way to do it. In the mean time, I’ve had 15 years of South Park to mould my perceptions of Colorado. ... Read more

3 September 2014

YAFPL

Someone should build a web site where you select a bunch of options: Dynamic or static? Strongly or weakly typed? Functional or OO? Block markers or semantic whitespace? Automatic or manual memory allocation? UTF-8 or legacy crap? What index is the first element of an array? Immutable or mutable variables? …and click a button, and it spits out a skeleton programming language for you. Some days it seems like someone must already have done so. ... Read more

3 September 2014

Challenge yourself

I’ve got this brilliant game I play with myself. When we go on vacation, I hide a hard drive full of backup data. Then when we get home, I have to try and find the fucking thing.

31 July 2014

Amazon vs Hachette, part 94

Amazon recently published a post about their Kindle pricing, which John Scalzi has some disagreements with. There’s one particular disagreement that leaped out at me, though: Amazon’s math of “you will sell 1.74 times as many books at $9.99 than at $14.99″ is also suspect, because it appears to come with the ground assumption that books are interchangable units of entertainment, each equally as salable as the next, and that pricing is the only thing consumers react to. ... Read more

26 July 2014

Slice of life

I walked past a 90s Buick. It had a broken rear bumper, the side trim was ripped off at the front, one of the tires was flat, one wheel had been replaced with the spare, one of the tail lights was broken, and there were patches of rust on the bodywork. The alarm was sounding loudly. Wouldn’t want anyone to steal it, after all.

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