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Review: Consider Phlebas

Consider Phlebas by Iain M. Banks My rating: 2 of 5 stars I was really disappointing in this novel. I was expecting a much more intellectual and meditative book. This is definitely more of a straig...

Review: Shogun

I just finished James Clavell’s shogun. At 1150 pages, and 48 hours in the audio book, it was quite an undertaking. Despite 40 years passing since it’s initial publication, it remains fairly popu...

Review: The Water Knife

Paolo Bacigalupi’s latest novel is grim and brutal. The world of “The Water Knife” is transitioning from one order to another. Characters are trying to figure out how to survive in a harsh and un...

Review: Embassytown

Embassytown is the best book I’ve read in a while. It successfully builds an interesting world by gradually giving the user new information, while working the narrative. The setting for the book i...

Review: The Time Machine

Jesus Christ … where to begin. Initially, the Time Traveler doesn’t understand the natives’ language or behavior; calls them ignorant and debased. Then he attributes their indolence and ignoranc...

Quick Update: Kotlin

For most of my career I’ve been turned off by the entire JVM environment. I’m sure it’s rooted in the number of hours that I spent wrestling with the earlier versions of eclipse while at university...

Upon A Black Field

# Upon a black field. The cursor blinks. # It's silence protecting its secrets. # The novice painstakingly pronounces incantations. # Forming ideas into commands, commands into phrases, phrases ...

Phantom in the Deep

Through the deepness of the sky it races Fast as thought Into an ever expanding void Stretched through the aeons A red splotch on a black sheet An echo of a ghost A phantom in the deep

Debugging Angular/Rails on iOS

A couple of findings while debugging a relatively large Rails backed AngularJS project on an iPad Air 2. Not connecting over LAN This isn’t iOS specific. By default, in development mode, rails on...

PorterStemmer.d: Working on my Bench (C, Python, D)

In my previous post I compared my D implementation of the PorterStemmer to the Python NLTK version. The results were ok, the D stemmer ran almost twice as fast. However, John Colvin was disatified...