Monthly Archives: November 2012

Let’s Talk JavaScript

Back in 2008, at the height of the Web 2.0 craze I wrote a post titled JavaScript will the the next big language. Four years have passed, and yeah – it happened. Not necessarily in the way I expected it … Continue reading

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X-COM: Enemy Unknown

X-COM is not a video game – it is digital crack cocaine. It will suck you in. It will keep you up until 4am on a weekday. It will make you mutter “just one more turn, just one more spin … Continue reading

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What language are you coding in? What language would you like to code in?

We did this a few times before but I figured we might as well do it again. If you don’t know what the hell am I talking about, let me explain. I’m talking about a thread in which I ask … Continue reading

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Fantasy Setting: Tales of Those Who Left

So here is a new thing that I’m doing. I’ve been writing a lot of articles about reinventing standard fantasy tropes. This is a really fun thing to do, but it is sort of repetitive. Does all fantasy must involve … Continue reading

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FTL is a new indie game that explores a novel concept: how do you fuck up an idea that simply cannot fail. It is one of the first games that was crowd-funded from the ground up via Kickstarter. The development … Continue reading

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My Trolls Are Different

I’m having a lot of fun doing this whole reinventing fantasy races thing lately so I decided to do Trolls this time. What do we know about these creatures? Well, in most settings Trolls are big, dumb and extremely dangerous. … Continue reading

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Mobile Tools for College Students

When I was a college student my primary work tool was the venerable Inspiron 4000 running Kubuntu. It was a few generations out of date when I got it, but I didn’t particularly care because it was a laptop I … Continue reading

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Ubuntu Disk Cleanup

This fine morning KDE greeted me with a particularly nasty warning: Seems like it is time for some spring cleanup… And by spring, I of course mean winter. But where to start? Well, the best place is usually to nuke … Continue reading

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Line of Resistance (Linia Oporu) by Jacek Dukaj

If you asked me who were the most interesting SF writers of the last decade or two, I would without give you five names: Vernor Vinge, Charles Stross, Cory Doctorow, Neal Stephenson and Jacek Dukaj. Not necessarily in that order. … Continue reading

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Hurricane Survival Kit

As you know the northeast was hit by Hurricane Sandy last week. New Jersey, which is my primary base of operations was hit pretty badly leaving thousands of residents without power. If you follow me on Twitter you have probably … Continue reading

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Rules for Computing Hapiness

Computing happiness, apparently it is a thing now. As I write this, I’m sitting at home, Hurricane Sandy is bellowing outside my window and rain is slowly trickling into my basement. I live on borrowed time, in existential dread – … Continue reading

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