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Wed, 29 Dec 2010



The Fifth Element




    ISBN: 0006483461
    Voyager (1997), Edition: Film Tie-in Ed, Paperback, 272 pages
    LibraryThing
    I liked the movie, and the book was cheap, so how bad could it be I thought to myself. The answer is terrible. Its in a big font with large margins, and still only a little over 200 pages long (in other words really short), however its not very well written either, which means that's merciful. The book is full of discussion of how under dressed the young women that is the Fifth Element is. The. Whole. Time. Not the worst book I've ever read, but certainly not one I will read again. Oh and what's with lines like "the search engines cranked and groaned"? Groan. Oh and what's with lines like "the search engines cranked and groaned"? Groan.

    Tags for this post: book terry_bisson aliens movie
    Related posts: The new way of converting JPEGs to MPEGs; Oh no! Revenge of the nerds remake cancelled!


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Mon, 27 Dec 2010



Hell's Faire




    ISBN: 0743488423
    Baen (2004), Mass Market Paperback, 416 pages
    LibraryThing
    The final book in the Earth based Posleen war series. This should really have been part of the previous book (When the Devil Dances), but that would have made it a 1,100 page book. I've seen some complaints that these two books needed editing, but I feel that's not totally fair. They didn't feel padded, and I'm not sure what' you'd leave out of them. Sure, there are characters who are introduced in reasonable detail in order to then die, but isn't war like that? I like that you couldn't really guarantee that all the good guys would survive for once.

    The remainder of the books in this universe are share cropped. I'm not sure how I feel about that. I guess we'll have to wait and see.

    Tags for this post: book john_ringo aliens combat combat_suit personal_ai rejuv legacy_of_the_aldenata georgia
    Related posts: When the Devil Dances; Gust Front; A Hymn Before Battle; Watch on the Rhine; Cally's War; The Tuloriad


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Sat, 25 Dec 2010



When the Devil Dances

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Wed, 22 Dec 2010



Duckling!

    We had a birth at the house yesterday, it is really interesting how excited people got about it. It will be attending its first video conferenced meeting today.

                                           

    See more thumbnails

    Tags for this post: events pictures 20101222-duckling photo

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Blathering for Wednesday, 22 December 2010

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Agent to the Stars

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Mon, 20 Dec 2010



Gust Front

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Thu, 16 Dec 2010



Polar City Blues

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Sun, 12 Dec 2010



Asterix The Gaul




    ISBN: 9780752866055
    LibraryThing
    This is the first book in the Asterix comic series which I loved as a child. I've decided I'm going to re-read them over the next little while, assuming I like the first few. This book introduces the characters, and covers the attempted infiltration of the village by a Roman spy. He learns the secret of the Gaul's strength, and tells the Romans. The Romans then of course have to capture the druid and torture him into tell them the secret. People get thumped quite a lot, an excellent read.

    Tags for this post: book rene_goscinny graphic_novel asterix gaul ancient_rome


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The Dolphins of Pern




    ISBN: 0345368959
    Del Rey (1995), Mass Market Paperback, 384 pages
    LibraryThing
    This is quite a different book from most of the recent Pern books because of its leisurely pace. Its a nice read, although it feels like not much actually happens in the book. Unfortunately the plot is pretty much a cliche at this point -- child has special affinity for animal X, parents don't understand, child pursues said affinity anyways, falls out with parents, ultimately proves that animal X is actually super awesome and important for Pern, group hugs. So, this book is an ok read, but lazily plotted and nothing much happens.

    Tags for this post: book anne_mccaffrey genetic_engineering dolphin disability pern
    Related posts: The White Dragon; Nerilka's Story; Dragonsinger; Dragondrums; Dragonquest; The Renegades of Pern


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Thu, 09 Dec 2010



Blathering for Friday, 10 December 2010

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Wed, 08 Dec 2010



Buying Time

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Sun, 05 Dec 2010



A Hymn Before Battle

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Sat, 04 Dec 2010



Blathering for Sunday, 05 December 2010

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Wed, 01 Dec 2010



Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom

posted at: 21:36 | path: /book/Cory_Doctorow | permanent link to this entry


Why Can't Elephants Jump?

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Tue, 30 Nov 2010



Books read in November 2010

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Sun, 28 Nov 2010



Multiple file support with scp

    Paramiko doesn't provide a scp implementation, so I've been using my own for a while. http://blogs.sun.com/janp/entry/how_the_scp_protocol_works provides good documentation about the scp protocol, but it missed out on one detail I needed -- how to send more than one file in a given session. In the end I implemented a simple scp logger to see what the protocol was doing during the copying of files. My logger said this:

      >>> New command invocation: /usr/bin/scp -d -t /tmp
      O: \0
      I: C0644 21 a\n
      O: \0
      I: file a file a file a\n\0
      O: \0
      I: C0644 21 b\n
      O: \0
      I: file b file b file b\n\0
      O: \0
      >>>stdin closed
      >>> stdout closed
      >>> stderr closed
      


    It turns out its important to wait for those zeros by the way. So, here's my implementation of the protocol to send more than one file. Turning this into paramiko code is left as an exercise for the reader.

      #!/usr/bin/python
      
      import fcntl
      import os
      import select
      import string
      import subprocess
      import sys
      import traceback
      
      
      def printable(s):
        out = ''
      
        for c in s:
          if c == '\n':
            out += '\\n'
          elif c in string.printable:
            out += c
          else:
            out += '\\%d' % ord(c)
      
        return out
      
      
      try:
        dialog = ['C0644 21 c\n',
                  'file c file c file c\n\0',
                  'C0644 21 d\n',
                  'file d file d file d\n\0']
      
        proc = subprocess.Popen(['scp', '-v', '-d', '-t', '/tmp'],
                                stdin=subprocess.PIPE,
                                stdout=subprocess.PIPE,
                                stderr=subprocess.PIPE)
      
        r = [proc.stdout, proc.stderr]
        w = []
        e = [proc.stdout, proc.stderr]
      
        fl = fcntl.fcntl(proc.stdout, fcntl.F_GETFL)
        fcntl.fcntl(proc.stdout, fcntl.F_SETFL, fl | os.O_NONBLOCK)
        fl = fcntl.fcntl(proc.stderr, fcntl.F_GETFL)
        fcntl.fcntl(proc.stderr, fcntl.F_SETFL, fl | os.O_NONBLOCK)
      
        stdin_closed = False
        while proc.returncode is None:
          (readable, _, errorable) = select.select(r, w, e)
      
          for flo in readable:
            if flo == proc.stdout:
              d = os.read(proc.stdout.fileno(), 1024)
              if len(d) > 0:
                sys.stdout.write('O: %s\n' % printable(d))
      
                if len(dialog) > 0:
                  sys.stdout.write('I: %s\n' % printable(dialog[0]))
                  os.write(proc.stdin.fileno(), dialog[0])
                  dialog = dialog[1:]
      
                if len(dialog) == 0 and not stdin_closed:
                  sys.stdout.write('>>> stdin closed\n')
                  proc.stdin.close()
                  stdin_closed = True
      
              else:
                sys.stdout.write('>>> stdout closed\n')
                r.remove(proc.stdout)
                e.remove(proc.stdout)
      
            elif flo == proc.stderr:
              d = os.read(proc.stderr.fileno(), 1024)
              if len(d) > 0:
                sys.stdout.write('E: %s\n' % printable(d))
              else:
                sys.stdout.write('>>> stderr closed\n')
                r.remove(proc.stderr)
                e.remove(proc.stderr)
      
            else:
              sys.stdout.write('>>> Unknown readable: %s: %s\n'
                               %(repr(flo), flo.read()))
      
          for flo in errorable:
            sys.stdout.write('>>> Error on %s\n' % repr(flo))
            r.remove(flo)
            e.remove(flo)
      
          proc.poll()
      
        print '#: %s' % proc.returncode
      
      except:
        exc = sys.exc_info()
        for tb in traceback.format_exception(exc[0], exc[1], exc[2]):
          print tb
          del tb
      


    Tags for this post: python paramiko scp protocol
    Related posts: Implementing SCP with paramiko; Calculating a SSH host key with paramiko; paramiko exec_command timeout; Weird paramiko problem; Executing a command with paramiko; Packet capture in python

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Thu, 25 Nov 2010



Broken Angels

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The Adventures of the Stainless Steel Rat

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Wed, 24 Nov 2010



Blathering for Wednesday, 24 November 2010

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Sun, 21 Nov 2010



Blathering for Sunday, 21 November 2010

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Thu, 18 Nov 2010



Zoe's Tale

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Blathering for Friday, 19 November 2010

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Wed, 17 Nov 2010



The Sagan Diary

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Tue, 16 Nov 2010



Blathering for Wednesday, 17 November 2010

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Mon, 15 Nov 2010



Snow Crash

posted at: 19:35 | path: /book/Neal_Stephenson | permanent link to this entry


Wed, 10 Nov 2010



Blathering for Thursday, 11 November 2010

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Blathering for Wednesday, 10 November 2010

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Tue, 09 Nov 2010



Ender's Game

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Mon, 08 Nov 2010



The Last Colony

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Fri, 05 Nov 2010



Blathering for Friday, 05 November 2010

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Wed, 03 Nov 2010



Registered

    I'm registered for LCA 2011! I wasn't expecting to be able to come due to a clash with a work event, but then they moved that event. So, I'm pretty happy about that. Have you registered yet? Early bird closes soon...

    Tags for this post: conference lca2011
    Related posts: Things I'm taking to the Arduino miniconf

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The Ghost Brigades

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Mon, 01 Nov 2010



Old Man's War

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Sun, 31 Oct 2010



Breakfast of Champions

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Books read in October 2010

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Sat, 30 Oct 2010



Zodiac




    ISBN: 0099415526
    Arrow Books Ltd (2001), Paperback, 320 pages
    LibraryThing
    This isn't Neal's best work, and I found the second half a little hard to read -- I think because it meandered, with several theories for who was responsible being interchanged. They were all reasonable theories, but the jump between each of them was jarring and could have been better done. The version of the book I was reading also had heaps of typographical errors -- single character substitutions and stuff like that -- which meant you needed to re-read sentences to make them make sense, which was pretty annoying. Overall not the worst book I've ever read, but certainly the worst Stephenson I've read.

    Tags for this post: book neal_stephenson boston crime environment pollution
    Related posts: Currency; Quicksilver; Breakfast of Champions; Bonanza; The Diamond Age ; The System of the World


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Thu, 28 Oct 2010



Blathering for Thursday, 28 October 2010

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Wed, 27 Oct 2010



Reading recommendations anyone?

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Mon, 25 Oct 2010



Blathering for Monday, 25 October 2010

    22:42: Mikal shared: Fab@Home:Choose Your Fabber - Fab @ Home
      I keep forgetting the name of this project. My understanding is that the tolerances are finer for this than the maker bot and reprap. Its expensive though.



    Tags for this post: blather

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Sun, 24 Oct 2010



The System of the World




    ISBN: 0060750863
    Harper Perennial (2005), Paperback, 928 pages
    LibraryThing
    The final book of the Baroque Cycle, and it feels like a real achievement to have gone through them all. They have their slow spots, but also excellent action and characters I love. Best of all, this book focuses on the latter two, with only one section of long theoretical dialog (about the nature of God in this case), which was so common in the other books and somethings so hard to follow. This story line was well worth the 2,500 or so pages it took, and the last book was a pleasure to read. It feels like there should be more books in this universe, but I'm not aware of any -- perhaps later?

    Tags for this post: book neal_stephenson baroque_cycle natural_philosophy crime counterfeiting london prometheus award
    Related posts: Currency; Bonanza; Quicksilver; The Confusion; The Diamond Age ; Cryptonomicon


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Blathering for Sunday, 24 October 2010

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Thu, 21 Oct 2010



Blathering for Thursday, 21 October 2010

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Wed, 20 Oct 2010



The Hemingway Hoax

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Blathering for Wednesday, 20 October 2010

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Mon, 18 Oct 2010



Mars: A Survival Guide




    ISBN: 9780733324895
    Pymble, N.S.W. : ABC Books, 2010.
    LibraryThing
    This book, written in the style of a travel guide, was an impulse purchase the other day as a brand new book. That's rare because I don't tend to buy new, and certainly not in Australia (everything is so expensive!). However, this book isn't available on Amazon because its from the ABC, and looked good, so I bit the bullet. The book's first half is interesting and very readable. After that it tends to die down into an exhaustive treatment of issues you'd need to consider if moving to Mars, and feels like a list of lists. It picks up again towards the end. I know its hard to be interesting in non-fiction reference books, but I feel this book lost its way at the midpoint and could have tried harder to be interesting. However, it was still ok overall and I might be being overly harsh as I don't read much non-fiction.

    Tags for this post: book guy_murphy mars colonization non_fiction space_travel radiation
    Related posts: Marsbound; Red Mars; The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress; Starbound; Earthbound; On Cars


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Rosella

    I was out the back reading at lunch time, and got these nice shots of this lovely rosella.

                   

    Tags for this post: blog pictures 20101018-rosella photo

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Sat, 16 Oct 2010



Blathering for Saturday, 16 October 2010

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Camouflage

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Thu, 14 Oct 2010



The Accidental Time Machine

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Wed, 13 Oct 2010



Blathering for Wednesday, 13 October 2010

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Tue, 12 Oct 2010



Destinies Volume 1 Number 1




    ISBN: 0441142818
    Ace Books (1978), Edition: 1, Mass Market Paperback, 308 pages
    LibraryThing
    • Stand Pat, Ruby Stone (Roger Zelany): a story of alien marriage. Interesting.
    • Old Woman By The Road (Gregory Benford): not my favorite author (given he wrote the worst book in Asimov's Foundation universe, which is a bit of an achievement given some of the others. This story isn't terrible, it just doesn't go anywhere. There is a single small plot element, which has been repeated in many other books (for example The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress, which predates this story by 12 years).
    • New Beginnings (Jerry Pournelle): a non-fiction column about design choices baked into our existing infrastructure which make it hard for it to be efficient, the failure to save for baby boomer retirement, and our need to be concerned about growing oil use and failure to find alternative energy sources like solar. The scary bit? This article from 1978 reads like it could have been written yesterday.
    • Transition team (Charles Sheffield): are we suited to life on a space station? A good short story.
    • Antimony (Spider Robinson): a pretty good cryonics story. Its a pity 1990 didn't give me a personal flyer like he promised.
    • Very Proper Charlies (Dean Ing): a novelette about terrorism, specifically how terrorists really need media coverage to progress their agendas. A little dated, but still a good read.
    • Party Line (Clifford D. Simak): a longish story, this one didn't really do much for me until about half way in. It got better though. What would aliens want from us if they met us?
    • Assimilating Our Culture, That's What They're Doing (Larry Niven): short, and good.
    • Science Fiction and Science, Part One (Poul Anderson): a bit dull to be honest.


    Overall, this was an ok anthology, although not the best I've read. It also wasn't themed, which I think is a weakness as an anthology. On the other hand, I would have been happy if I'd paid $1.95 USD for this as a magazine, especially given it only cost me $2 in the second hand store. The many, irrelevant, line drawings of naked women are a bit odd though. I guess that's the 70s for you.

    Tags for this post: book anthology aliens revolt environment space_station space_travel cryonics terrorism roger_zelany gregory_benford jerry_pournell charles_sheffield spider_robinson dean_ing clifford_d_simak larry_niven poul_anderson
    Related posts: Battlefields Beyond Tomorrow ; The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress; Marsbound; A World Out of Time; Foundation's Friends; Isaac Asimov's Robot Short Stories


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Mon, 11 Oct 2010



Blathering for Monday, 11 October 2010

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Sun, 10 Oct 2010



Blathering for Sunday, 10 October 2010

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Thu, 07 Oct 2010



Blathering for Thursday, 07 October 2010

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Wed, 06 Oct 2010



Consider Phlebas

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Mon, 04 Oct 2010



Blathering for Tuesday, 05 October 2010

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Sun, 03 Oct 2010



I Know You Got Soul

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Fri, 01 Oct 2010



Books read in September 2010

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Wed, 29 Sep 2010



Currency

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Fri, 24 Sep 2010



Blathering for Saturday, 25 September 2010

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Thu, 23 Sep 2010



Blathering for Thursday, 23 September 2010

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Wed, 22 Sep 2010



Blathering for Wednesday, 22 September 2010

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Tue, 21 Sep 2010



Blathering for Tuesday, 21 September 2010

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Sun, 19 Sep 2010



Blathering for Monday, 20 September 2010

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Sat, 18 Sep 2010



Blathering for Saturday, 18 September 2010

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The World According to Jeremy Clarkson

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Thu, 16 Sep 2010



Blathering for Thursday, 16 September 2010

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Wed, 15 Sep 2010



The Diamond Age

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Books read in August 2010

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Blathering for Wednesday, 15 September 2010

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Fri, 10 Sep 2010



Blathering for Saturday, 11 September 2010

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Wed, 08 Sep 2010



Blathering for Thursday, 09 September 2010

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Tue, 07 Sep 2010



Blathering for Wednesday, 08 September 2010

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Blathering for Tuesday, 07 September 2010

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Mon, 06 Sep 2010



Blathering for Monday, 06 September 2010

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Sat, 04 Sep 2010



Blathering for Sunday, 05 September 2010

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Tue, 31 Aug 2010



Blathering for Wednesday, 01 September 2010

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Old Twentieth

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Mon, 30 Aug 2010



Blathering for Tuesday, 31 August 2010

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Sat, 28 Aug 2010



Their Finest Hour

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Solomon's Gold

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Fri, 27 Aug 2010



San Diego

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Mon, 23 Aug 2010



Blathering for Monday, 23 August 2010

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Sat, 21 Aug 2010



Asimov's Aurora

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Blathering for Saturday, 21 August 2010

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Mon, 16 Aug 2010



Mona Lisa Overdrive

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Thu, 12 Aug 2010



Blathering for Friday, 13 August 2010

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Blathering for Thursday, 12 August 2010

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Tue, 10 Aug 2010



Longitude

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Mon, 09 Aug 2010



Space Soldiers




    ISBN: 0441008240
    Ace (2001), Edition: First Edition, Paperback, 288 pages
    LibraryThing
    This is a collection of short stories about soldiers in space. Its not the strongest such collection I have read -- Battlefields Beyond Tomorrow, Body Armor 2002 and Dogs of War are all better.

    • The Gardens of Saturn (Paul J McAuley): veterans with jacked up nervous systems encounter genetically engineered people in deep space.
    • Soldiers Home (William Barton): veterans and other castoffs from conflict struggle to find meaning in continued existence.
    • Legacies (Tom Purdom): a not particularly interesting story about the psychological impact of losing a parent to war. Oh, except we don't really talk about the impact. We talk about the bureaucracy around getting permission to treat. Dull.
    • Moon Duel (Fritz Leiber): an interesting concept (interstellar criminals abandoned on the moon). A bit dated, but ok apart from that.
    • Saviour (Robert Reed): another good concept, but I don't think this story is particularly well written.
    • Galactic North (Alastair Reynolds): a relativistic chase across deep space with a confusing terraforming gone wrong subplot.
    • Masque of the Red Shift (Fred Saberhagen): this is the second Berserker story I've read (the other is "What Do You Want Me To Do To Prove Im Human Stop" from Battlefields Beyond Tomorrow. It was ok, although I suspect I was meant to know more about the universe than I actually do.
    • Time Piece (Joe Haldeman): read before in Dogs of War, and I didn't like it back then.
    • On The Orion Line (Stephen Baxter): I think this is the best story of the bunch. Its about expansionist humanity and their battle with aliens who can tweak the laws of physics.


    Tags for this post: book anthology combat paul_j_mcauley william_barton tom_purdom fritz_leiber robert_reed alastair_reynolds fred_saberhagen joe_haldeman stephen_baxter
    Related posts: Battlefields Beyond Tomorrow ; A Separate War & Other Stories; Dogs of War; Body Armor: 2000; Isaac Asimov's Robot Short Stories; Bolos 4: Last Stand


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Blathering for Tuesday, 10 August 2010

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Blathering for Monday, 09 August 2010

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Sat, 07 Aug 2010



Blathering for Sunday, 08 August 2010

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Fri, 06 Aug 2010



The Coming

posted at: 23:45 | path: /book/Joe_Haldeman | permanent link to this entry


Tue, 03 Aug 2010



Some Girls: My Life in a Harem




    ISBN: 0452296315
    Plume (2010), Edition: 1, Paperback, 352 pages
    LibraryThing
    This is the memoir of a Jewish girl from New York who ends up working in the Harem of a Prince of Brunei. Its not so much a story about Harem life, although that's mentioned in places. Its more about Jillian's psychological journey, her troubled childhood, and working out who she is in the world. Worryingly, that final issue isn't really resolved in the book, which is frustrating. The book is surprisingly readable, and you genuinely start to care about Jillian along the way, even if a few of her decisions seem pretty suboptimal to me. A good read.

    Tags for this post: book jillian_lauren non_fiction prostitution harem brunei biography
    Related posts: The Man in the Rubber Mask; The Spy Within; On Cars; Being Geek; Sticklers, Sideburns and Bikinis; Longitude


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Sun, 01 Aug 2010



The Confusion

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The Juncto

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Bonanza

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Books read in July 2010

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Sat, 31 Jul 2010



Blathering for Sunday, 01 August 2010

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Blathering for Saturday, 31 July 2010

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Thu, 29 Jul 2010



Blathering for Friday, 30 July 2010

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Blathering for Thursday, 29 July 2010

    01:24: Mikal shared: A Mad Engineer at SciFoo
      I'm helping out at SciFoo this weekend. Exciting!

    01:26: Mikal shared: Amazon rolls out smaller, lighter, WiFi-only Kindle for $139
      I love what's happening in the ebook market. These things get more tempting every day. I have a Sony PRS 505, which makes it hard to justify another ebook reader. Must be strong...

    01:30: Mikal shared: Chevy Volt: No $5K rebate, carpool-lane access for CA buyers
      There is an interesting general point buried in this article. Catalytic converters need to be hot to operate effectively. A hybrid kicks the engine in and out, which means the catalytic converter can cool down unless counter measures are implemented. This increases the amount of time the catalytic converter isn't operating, and therefore the amount of pollution produced by the engine when its on.



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Tue, 27 Jul 2010



Blathering for Tuesday, 27 July 2010

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Mon, 26 Jul 2010



Blathering for Monday, 26 July 2010

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Fri, 23 Jul 2010



Blathering for Friday, 23 July 2010

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Thu, 22 Jul 2010



Blathering for Thursday, 22 July 2010

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Mon, 19 Jul 2010



Count Zero

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Fri, 16 Jul 2010



Blathering for Friday, 16 July 2010

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Odalisque

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Sun, 11 Jul 2010



Blathering for Sunday, 11 July 2010

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Sat, 10 Jul 2010



There Is No Darkness

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Asimov's Chimera

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Fri, 09 Jul 2010



The Chronicles of Pern: First Fall




    ISBN: 0345368991
    Del Rey (1994), Mass Market Paperback, 336 pages
    LibraryThing
    This is an anthology of Pern stories. It doesn't really stand on its own though, you're much better off having read the other Pern books first. The stories are:

    • The Survey: P.E.R.N.: this story feels quite lazy. There are new characters, but they aren't well introduced. They find the planet later called Pern, and explore it, but the story is entirely descriptive with no real plot to speak of. A story that's only interesting if you're obsessed with all things Pern. Its especially important that you've read Dragonsdawn before this story.
    • The Dolphin's Bell: this story recycles characters introduced in Dragonsdawn to tell another side of the evacuation from Landing story. Its an ok story, but its not ground breaking.
    • The Fort of Red Hanrahan: covers the settlement of the second Hold on Pern. This story feels more like a real story, even if it is a bit shallow. Better than the previous two stories.
    • The Second Weyr: this is more of a traditional dragon rider story, and quite good. It doesn't feel as much like an afterthought as the other stories, and was a good read. The title is a bit of a fib, as this story explains the existence of the next three weyrs.
    • Rescue Run: this was a good story too, covering why the settlers were never rescued.


    Overall, I'd say this collecting was ok, but nothing particularly special.

    Tags for this post: book anne_mccaffrey anthology genetic_engineering dragon biohazard colonization pern pern_landing
    Related posts: Dragonsdawn; The White Dragon; The Renegades of Pern; All The Weyrs of Pern; Nerilka's Story; Dragonsinger


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Wed, 07 Jul 2010



Blathering for Thursday, 08 July 2010

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Tue, 06 Jul 2010



Marsbound

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Thermostat (or, its happening again)

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Mon, 05 Jul 2010



Blathering for Monday, 05 July 2010

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Gate of Ivrel

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Sat, 03 Jul 2010



Blathering for Sunday, 04 July 2010

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Blathering for Saturday, 03 July 2010

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Thu, 01 Jul 2010



Cyteen: The Vindication

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Books read in June 2010

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Wed, 30 Jun 2010



Blathering for Wednesday, 30 June 2010

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Mon, 28 Jun 2010



pyconau 2010 twitter summary

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Sat, 26 Jun 2010



King of the Vagabonds




    ISBN: 0060593083
    Harper Perennial (2004), Paperback, 960 pages
    LibraryThing
    I thought I was reading this book slowly, until I remembered that I am reading the large page three books all in one volume version. If I had bought this book as a single paperback in a standard paper size it would have been 400 pages. This book is better than Quicksilver, with a more engaging story line and less time spent on verbose descriptions of life 300 years ago. I'm sure those descriptions will be vital later in the series, but when you're reading them they are still a chore. This book is a page turner, even if the plot is a little hard to believe in places. I enjoyed it a lot.

    Tags for this post: book neal_stephenson baroque_cycle london amsterdam europe
    Related posts: Odalisque; The Confusion; Bonanza; Currency; Quicksilver; The System of the World


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Blathering for Saturday, 26 June 2010

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Fri, 25 Jun 2010



Blathering for Friday, 25 June 2010

    06:20: Mikal shared: YouTube - David Mitchell Rants about Personal Debts
      I do not have OCD. I've checked three or four hundred times, and I definitely don't. I stop myself catching it by washing my hands an even number of times, but I am aware that I am in an at-risk group.

      Another great video from Mr Mitchell.

    06:24: Mikal shared: YouTube - David Mitchell rants about Hauliers
      We invaded Iraq -- how much more of a commitment to controlling the price of oil do they expect us to demonstrate?



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Tue, 22 Jun 2010



The Exterminator's Want Ad

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Blathering for Wednesday, 23 June 2010

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Cyteen: The Rebirth

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Mon, 21 Jun 2010



Blathering for Tuesday, 22 June 2010

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Sun, 20 Jun 2010



Quicksilver

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Tue, 15 Jun 2010



Blathering for Wednesday, 16 June 2010

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Mon, 14 Jun 2010



All The Weyrs of Pern

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Books read in May 2010

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Blathering for Tuesday, 15 June 2010

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Sun, 13 Jun 2010



Blathering for Monday, 14 June 2010

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Wed, 09 Jun 2010



Blathering for Thursday, 10 June 2010

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Tue, 08 Jun 2010



Early performance numbers for a solar install in Tuggeranong

    We had our solar system finally powered up for the first time on Friday last week. I've finally got my act together and implemented an interim monitoring solution, which means I now know how the panels and inverter are performing. Some folk expressed interest in the performance of such a system in Canberra, so I thought I'd put some of my early data online. Note that this is the wrong time of year to be generating, and the panels are not placed for optimal sun during winter (after lunch the panels are shaded by the peak of the roof). However, given the rated performance of the system is 190 * 12 = 2,280 Watts, I can't complain about what I have seen so far:



    Tags for this post: solar
    Related posts: Mountain View solar cells; Solar panel reflection effects in satellite imagery; Solar rebate grumble

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Mon, 07 Jun 2010



Blathering for Tuesday, 08 June 2010

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Sun, 06 Jun 2010



Blathering for Monday, 07 June 2010

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Thu, 03 Jun 2010



Blathering for Friday, 04 June 2010

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Mon, 31 May 2010



Neuromancer

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Sun, 30 May 2010



Blathering for Sunday, 30 May 2010

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Thu, 27 May 2010



Blathering for Thursday, 27 May 2010

    07:29: Mikal shared: Ideas in 'Job Creation' America Speaking Out
      "Fix the national debt by building an army of robot prostituts. Yes, it will require a substantial investment to get the project off the ground, but that money will be made back 1,000 times if the robots are realistic enough."

      Ideas for the Republicans that can Save America.



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Mon, 24 May 2010



Cyteen: The Betrayal




    ISBN: 0445204524
    Warner Books (1989), Paperback, 368 pages
    LibraryThing
    I read this book at the recommendation of my father. Its an interesting concept -- artificially produced humans have been created to fill gaps in a society far out on the edges of occupied space. However, how are these artificial humans different from "real" humans? How are they different from slaves given they are programmed to perform certain duties with joy and without question?

    However, despite the interesting concept, the first two thirds of the book are very slow, and took me ages to read. The last third was much better and I think I'll read the sequels because of that. If the book had stopped after the boring bit, there would be no way I'd read the next book. I think part of the problem is that this book was originally in one volume, instead of the three volume set I own.

    Tags for this post: book c_j_cherryh slavery genetic_engineering colonization union_alliance hugo award
    Related posts: Cyteen: The Vindication; Cyteen: The Rebirth; Ender's Game; The Last Colony ; Rendezvous With Rama; Speaker For The Dead


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Sun, 23 May 2010



Blathering for Monday, 24 May 2010

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Fri, 21 May 2010



Blathering for Friday, 21 May 2010

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Wed, 19 May 2010



Blathering for Wednesday, 19 May 2010

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Mon, 17 May 2010



Blathering for Monday, 17 May 2010

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Wed, 12 May 2010



Blathering for Wednesday, 12 May 2010

    22:42: Mikal shared: Confident dumb people
      Putting a name to the effect doesn't make it any less annoying to be around.



    Tags for this post: blather

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Wed, 05 May 2010



Blathering for Thursday, 06 May 2010

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Mon, 03 May 2010



Blathering for Monday, 03 May 2010

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The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress

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Books read in April 2010

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Sun, 02 May 2010



Blathering for Sunday, 02 May 2010

    09:44: Mikal shared: Why Engineers Hop Jobs
      This guy is totally right. I've worked for some places where it was unheard of to ask for a chair which cost more than $20 second hand, but it was totally cool for the VP of nothing detectable to go to the US business class six times a year. TOWER software, I'm looking at you.

    09:49: Mikal shared: Goldmans Market Value Plunges $21 Billion - NYTimes.com
      The market is self correcting, in that maximizing short term profits in a manner which tarnishes your reputation ultimately gets corrected. Society should be self correcting too -- I'd like to see some of the Goldman people do jail time.

    22:40: Mikal shared: Home is where the tax is, on every square inch of land
      Jessica has forgotten that people live in those negatively geared investment properties. What happens to the people who can't afford to buy when the rental market contracts even further as rental properties are sold because the land lord can't afford them without negative gearing. Sure -- there's a short term drop in house sales prices, but that's a one off and then the renters are even worse off than before.

    23:53: Mikal shared: YouTube - OK Go - This Too Shall Pass - Rube Goldberg Machine version - Official
      I must be the last person on the internet to watch this video.

    23:57: Mikal shared: YouTube - OK Go - This Too Shall Pass
      Gillie suits are cool.



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Fri, 30 Apr 2010



Blathering for Saturday, 01 May 2010

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Blathering for Friday, 30 April 2010

    01:14: Mikal shared: Daily Kos: State of the Nation
      You're a leader, isn't it your role to lead? Republications perpetuate the myth that Obama isn't a US citizen by passing a law in Arizona requiring future candidates to prove they are before running.



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Tue, 27 Apr 2010



Blathering for Wednesday, 28 April 2010

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Mon, 26 Apr 2010



Blathering for Tuesday, 27 April 2010

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Sat, 24 Apr 2010



Adding Open Flash Charts to my home monitoring

    As mentioned previously, I've built a home temperature monitoring system on top of the beer fridge controller that Doug and I built over Christmas. I later added a hygrometer and whole of house power measurement using a Current Cost. There is also a simple server which provides a UI for the system, which previously used PNG graphs generated from Google's Chart Server API.

    I was checking out Jon's car hacking the other day, and was impressed by his flash graphs. However, as best as I could tell he's using a commercial flash charting tool, whereas I wanted something open source. I dug around and found Open Flash Charts which was exactly what I wanted.

    Why flash charts by the way? I wanted a richer presentation than I could get with PNG, and I am unaware of a way of doing interactive graphs with HTML5 apart from writing massive amounts of javascript. I look forward to someone educating me about an alternative, but until then I will view flash graphing as a punishment for all those overly smug iPad users out there.

    So, first off here is an example of a flash chart. This one is power usage at my house from Friday, compared with Wednesday:



    Open Flash Charts is actually really simple to use. First off there is some javascript to load the flash component:

      <script type="text/javascript" src="http://www.stillhq.com/local/swfobject.js"></script>
      <script type="text/javascript">>
      swfobject.embedSWF(
        "http://www.stillhq.com/local/open-flash-chart.swf", "2010_04_23_2010_04_21_Watts", "600", "400",
        "9.0.0", "expressInstall.swf",
        {"data-file":"http://www.stillhq.com/json/2010.04.23;2010.04.21/Watts"}
      );
      </script>
      


    This javascript relies on a couple of resources being available on your server, which I've put into a directory called local. You find these files in the Open Flash Chart .zip file, although you could just snarf them from my server if you want.

    Then all you need to do on the HTML side is include a div with the right id where you want the graph to go. For this post, that looks like this:

      <div id="2010_04_23_2010_04_21_Watts"></div>
      


    Then you just need to write the JSON which represents the graphs content. That's well documented on the Open Flash Charts site, but you can find the JSON for my graph at http://www.stillhq.com/json/2010.04.23;2010.04.21/Watts if you want to see it.

    Tags for this post: blog power electricity efficiency environment arduino temperature beer homeautomation flash
    Related posts: Home power measurement; Beer fridge controller 0.3; Beer fridge controller 0.2; Beer fridge controller 0.1; The Beer Fridge saga continues; Building a hygrometer with a HS1101

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Blathering for Sunday, 25 April 2010

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Thu, 22 Apr 2010



Blathering for Thursday, 22 April 2010

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Tue, 20 Apr 2010



Blathering for Tuesday, 20 April 2010

    22:54: Mikal shared: Legal, Eh?
      The law applies to journalists, even if what they write is news worthy. I think someone at Gizmodo should do some jail time for theft.



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Sun, 18 Apr 2010



Blathering for Monday, 19 April 2010

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Blathering for Sunday, 18 April 2010

    23:21: Mikal shared: Experts sort 5m child porn images - Local News - News - General - The Canberra Times
      This is an interesting computational problem. First I guess you put all of the images in one place and generate a hash of each. The hash could then be used to de-duplicate the collection (I assume that he had backups spread across these drives). Once that's done you could do the Oliver rating... I wonder how many humans have to rate the image, or if they just use the judgement of a single person?



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Sat, 17 Apr 2010



Blathering for Saturday, 17 April 2010

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Thu, 15 Apr 2010



Blathering for Thursday, 15 April 2010

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Wed, 14 Apr 2010



Blathering for Wednesday, 14 April 2010

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Tue, 13 Apr 2010



Blathering for Tuesday, 13 April 2010

    22:51: Mikal shared: ongoing by Tim Bray Life at Google
      A fair description of life in Mountain View, except I wish he'd say "Google" a little less. Those apartments are strictly "ok" -- they're nothing special. I seem to consistently get the room without the Ensuite. I think I must have angered the apartment gods at some point.



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Sun, 11 Apr 2010



Blathering for Monday, 12 April 2010

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Sat, 10 Apr 2010



A Separate War & Other Stories




    ISBN: 9780441015177
    LibraryThing
    This is a short story collection. I like anthologies, and this one was pretty good. The stories are:

    • A Separate War: the end of The Forever War told from the perspective of Marygay.
    • Diminished Chord: love and music on an old harp like instrument.
    • Giza: genetic engineering to enable space mining.
    • Foreclosure: let's get rid of those nasty squatters.
    • Four short novels: eventually it came to pass that no one ever had to die...
    • For White Hill: artists as collateral damage in an interstellar war
    • Finding My Shadow: biological warfare in Boston.
    • Civil Disobedience: global warming in a post Bush world.
    • Memento Mori: a very short story about modern medicine.
    • Faces: life as a draftee on a planet with a noxious atmosphere.
    • Heartwired: viagra for the soul.
    • Brochure: a badly polluted Earth reopens as a Disney resort.
    • Out of Phase: a shape shifting alien learns about power on Earth, to the detriment of the Earthlings.
    • Power Complex: the same shape shifting alien learns about real power.
    • Fantasy for Six Electrodes and One Adrenaline Drip: a script involving love (or at least sex) and murder in a world with immersion entertainment.


    Tags for this post: book joe_haldeman forever_war combat group_mind anthology time_dilation aliens
    Related posts: The Forever War; Forever Free; Space Soldiers; Battlefields Beyond Tomorrow ; Forever Peace; Dogs of War


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Books read in March 2010

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Thu, 08 Apr 2010



Blathering for Thursday, 08 April 2010

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Tue, 06 Apr 2010



Blathering for Tuesday, 06 April 2010

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Sat, 03 Apr 2010



Blathering for Saturday, 03 April 2010

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Wed, 31 Mar 2010



Blathering for Wednesday, 31 March 2010

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Tue, 30 Mar 2010



Forever Free

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Mon, 29 Mar 2010



Blathering for Tuesday, 30 March 2010

    00:28: Mikal shared: Laminex
      The laminex website has to be one of the best examples of a Flash site that I have seen recently. Try the "Colour Inspriation > Colour Tones > Blues" menu selection...

    00:41: Mikal shared: Government goes to war with Google over net censorship
      Conroy is starting to sound just plain desperate. If you can't defend your own policy, apparently you should just randomly attack others. It would perhaps go better if you knew some basic facts first though. Oh, and if the minister doesn't know about diplomatic exchanges, does that just make incompetent?



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Blathering for Monday, 29 March 2010

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Altered Carbon

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Sun, 28 Mar 2010



Blathering for Sunday, 28 March 2010

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Wed, 24 Mar 2010



Blathering for Thursday, 25 March 2010

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Blathering for Wednesday, 24 March 2010

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Tue, 23 Mar 2010



Blathering for Tuesday, 23 March 2010

    22:52: Mikal shared: Safeway bags a spot in health care history?
      I've often thought that its odd that smokers get more time off work than other workers, especially for a behaviour that reduces their productivity. Then again, I don't know how I feel about bonuses for being healthy. I guess someone is paying for the health care, so its fair from that perspective at least. On the other hand, if you're unhealthy then taking a pay cut is probably not the most helpful thing. Sometimes people are unhealthy for reasons other than choice.

    22:55: Mikal shared: For sale in Utah: "die-hard survivalist bunker"
      I would like this bunker for Christmas. Kthxbye.

    22:57: Mikal shared: Target Ignores Its Own Ban, Lets Petitioners Annoy Shoppers
      Collectors were common outside the entrance to both the Mountain View Walmart and Target. It certainly turns me off from shopping at those fine institutions. I'd like to see more enforcement for the "no hawkers" rules.



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Sun, 21 Mar 2010



Blathering for Monday, 22 March 2010

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Sat, 20 Mar 2010



Cryptonomicon

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Cryptonomicon

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Blathering for Saturday, 20 March 2010

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Fri, 19 Mar 2010



Blathering for Friday, 19 March 2010

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Thu, 18 Mar 2010



Blathering for Thursday, 18 March 2010

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Mon, 15 Mar 2010



Blathering for Tuesday, 16 March 2010

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Blathering for Monday, 15 March 2010

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Sun, 14 Mar 2010



Bad science: Ben Goldacre vs Rentokil, a twitter timeline