Published in two parts, this is truly two complete stories in one. The first part "The General" was published in April 1945 in Astounding Science Fiction as "Dead Hand", with the latter part "The Mule"...
The New Turing Omnibus is a collection of 66 essays in Computer Science, written by A.K. Dewdney. Just as the title would suggest, it's meant to evoke the imagery of a bus traveling through the countryside taking in the scenery of a nice sabbatical.
Basically Hawking doesn't like the whole Intelligent Design stuff, so he wrote a short book describing how cool the universe is without it requiring a creator. I loved his previous work, but this one comes across as flabby and negative (and I'm not an ID proponent either). If you want to read a good version of this, read Carl Sagan's Cosmos.
Even after a bad experience with client-side MVC, I'm excited to try React (it's totally different). The Flux pattern detangles client-side spaghetti and makes code which is more reusable and more easily reasoned about.
Another one that I really need to write a long review. . .this book is awesome. Hard science, crazy out there ramifications of science that still feel like they might be plausible, and a really interesting story to boot.
Four months ago, I started work on a new product. My coworker and I were talking about strategies we wanted to take on this green field project, and we came across a thought-provoking gist by DHH. I'm not fully aware of the whole origin story of it, but his Tweet indicates it's a pattern they use in Basecamp to avoid bloating a controller.
Yeah, best sci-fi of all time and I NEED to write a review. I know. This is so high for me because it (as far as I know), originated a lot of the elements of modern sci-fi that I prize, stuff later found in Ender's Game and the like.
Motivation is a big part of programming for me. Why I do what I do...why write programs when there are many other options for what to do with the hours in which I work? And closely related, why write _this_ kind of program vs another kind of program?
This last week I was sitting with friends around a campfire and told the following true story. They found it rather interesting, so I figured it was worth retelling. The truth is, my career has been a really weird one...there's nothing linear about any of the progression through work that I've chosen. It has been a truly wild ride, but I'm getting ahead of myself.
If you read this blog for any amount of time you’ll know that I really like technology, specifically web development technologies. I’ve written about my experiences with Ruby on Rails, Batman, and a few curiosities along the way.