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by Elven Spellmaker at 6:48 AM EDT on March 18, 2012
Came across this a while back but only recently managed to get a link to it:

WAT Presentation

(The way he says wat irks me [but that could be because we say what differently to Americans], but the presentation is pretty funny).

edited 6:48 AM EDT March 18, 2012
by hcs at 12:42 PM EDT on March 18, 2012
It's pretty obnoxious to Americans as well, I assure you. But yes, whatever strengths JavaScript might have, using + for string concatenation is an awful idea. The only JS book I have is "JavaScript: The Good Parts" for essentially this reason, I don't have the time or patience to learn the bizarre pitfalls as I have with C.

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I heard a few days ago a fascinating episode of the genre fiction writing podcast Writing Excuses, with special guest David Brin. I've not read any of Brin's work yet, but I enjoyed hearing him talk about writing. There's usually a lot more back and forth but he pretty much takes over this episode.

edited 5:54 PM EDT March 18, 2012
by Knurek at 7:15 PM EDT on March 18, 2012
Re: David Brin.
I've read Skydiver, and it was pretty terrible plot and writing-wise (it's a classic detective story, with parlor scene and all, but *in space* for some reason), but that was his first novel IIRC, so maybe he does get better. The hard sci-fi bits showed some promise.

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by hcs at 11:11 PM EDT on March 18, 2012
Fwiw he touches on why it's a murder mystery in this little piece (only 15 minutes). The Stars My Destination (Bester) is apparently The Count of Monte Cristo in space and I found that awesome, so maybe I'd appreciate it.
by hcs at 2:46 AM EDT on March 22, 2012
Reading an interesting long article in Slate: Ruby, Ruby on Rails, and _why: The disappearance of one of the world's most beloved computer programmers

About a journalist learning to program, and the Ruby world.
by hcs at 8:39 PM EDT on March 26, 2012
Back from the Midwest Gaming Classic this weekend, met with some folks from the N64 and NES dev scenes. Wish I had taken more photos. Here's Tesla versus Edison, I don't know exactly what the story is behind it but this is the context.

edited 8:49 PM EDT March 26, 2012
by Knurek at 6:32 AM EDT on March 27, 2012
After a month and a half of reading, I've wrapped Neal Stephenson's "Cryptonomicon".

And damn, for a 1000+ pages novel, the ending feels rushed, even for Stephenson's standards. It's a great read, and comes highly recommended if you want something to keep you interested for a few weeks, but, as weird as that sounds, I wouldn't mind it having another 100 or so pages.

Now, next on the platter is... dunno, Lem's "Cyberiad" I guess.
by hcs at 6:51 AM EDT on March 27, 2012
Cool, The Cyberiad is awesome. I'd love to be able to read it in the original Polish, the English translation I have is very good but I'm sure it pales in comparison. I still haven't checked out any of the other Lem you've recommended.

I just finished Cryptonomicon again a few months ago, while I don't feel the ending is rushed per se I did find it pretty unsatisfying.

I just read The Algebraist by Iain M. Banks, which has a pretty lousy ending as well. So many things set up that are left unexplored, at least two characters who don't actually end up being all that involved in the plot. Disappointing, as the universe was a lot of fun. Maybe he'll come up with the trilogy he'd said it might become.
by Knurek at 2:55 PM EDT on March 27, 2012
To be honest, other than Lem you're not missing much when it comes to polish sci-fi - though Lem didn't though himself to be a sci-fi writer. But if you're feeling adventurous with regards to EastBloc sci-fi, I can recommend Strugacky brothers' Roadside Picnic.

I've read first Culture novel by Banks, Consider Phlebas, and I really need to read the rest of his work as well.

*sigh* Wish I had more time for reading, as it stands, I'm not gonna reduce my backlog anytime soon. :\
by hcs at 2:04 AM EDT on March 28, 2012
This is neat, by way of marshallh I just heard about this ZX Spectrum 48x emulator in Goldeneye which Zoinkity has hacked back into accessibility.

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