Wool

While I was on vacation I read Wool. It had an awesome setting and atmosphere, and I was really drawn in by it, and by the lives lived by these underground silo-dwellers. The writer did a really good job of describing a whole society built around maintaining a fragile, closed…

The Ethics of google(Python) -> google(Python 3)

Recently my company started using Python, and being the sort of forward-looking people we are, we started using Python 3. Now, I've used Python in the past, but haven't built anything abiding in it: this means I spend a lot of time Googling around for things I need to know…

Nodus Tollens

From dictionaryofobscuresorrows.com: n. the realization that the plot of your life doesn’t make sense to you anymore—that although you thought you were following the arc of the story, you keep finding yourself immersed in passages you don’t understand, that don’t even seem to belong in…

Ancillary Justice

Ancillary Justice was one of those books with a really cool idea, and elegant execution of that idea. The plot itself I found to be lackluster, but the telling of it exceedingly well done. In particular, I like that through relentless use of particular language, with the exception of one…

How Not To Ask A Question: Appeals to Sympathy

Don't appeal to sympathy. To wit, "I have been working on this for three days." The time you spend on a problem is an indirect measure of value, and may very well be inaccurate. By 'three days' you may mean you have been up for 72 hours doing absolutely nothing…

The Man of a Thousand Faces

Rook's room is dark, lit only by a pale blue, diffuse light and several golden will'o'wisps that float around him. They fan out, rising above his shoulders before wrapping around in soft arcs as he kneels. The box he opens is lacquered, dark wood. The fabric is yellow and worn…