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AngelHack Fall 2013 December 7th – 8th October 28, 2013

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Got this in my inbox:

“Mandatory demos, no slideshows. Code reviews. Technical judges. Android and iOs development bootcamps. Great food, plus toys and games, midnight massages, building with new and old friends all night long.”


and four free tickets.  Anybody interested?

Gun Machine, by Warren Ellis October 24, 2013

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Gun Machine, by Warren Ellis, is something I am listening to right now on my morning commute, and I have to say it’s head-slappingly strange.  Not as strange as  Endymion by Dan Simmons, but (two or three hours into it) very entertaining.  The story of a PTSD–ridden police detective who stumbles across a serial killer’s church of murder weapons is made much more interesting by the strange characters of his new partners, the crime-scene geeks.  Seriously, I was about to stop listening to Ellis’ rather too-gritty prose intended (I guess) to show how depressed the protagonist is following the murder of his partner, when he is miraculously assigned the case instead of being forced to take two days off while the shooting of his partner’s murderer is reviewed.1

Also, the serial killer is much more fascinating than your usual sex-crazed serial killer2: he is hallucinating being a Manhattan Native American, complete with visual and auditory images of pre-colonial Manhattan obscuring his vision of the here-and-now.

Interesting stuff.

Amazon carries this audiobook in two versions, and sfpl.org has it as well.


1That’s what makes this science fiction-fantasy in my mind.  The police union would never, ever permit this.

2He would have to be; that is so twentieth-century.

Literary Critique of the DSM October 20, 2013

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Utterly hysterical (in the non-clinical sense).

Winter Wear October 17, 2013

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I want one of these for the ravages of winter, a Ski Mask featuring one of the Elder Gods (you figure it out).  The Amazon reviews are pretty helpful:

This mask is intended to fit over a head that is still human. Most of those who have spent time as members of the nameless cults of the Elder Things, and have not died in one of the many ritual sacrifices or served to feed their abominable masters, will over the countless eons their dark lords deign to extend their tortures, take on forms indescribably ghastly to behold. Until then, you can fit in with one of these ski masks.
Ia! Ia! Yog Sothoth!

Sexy Halloween Costume October 16, 2013

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This wins for this year’s most surreal costume.


The Medium is the Massage October 13, 2013

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YouTube comments are almost always unmoderated and quickly devolve into misogyny, misanthropy and bad spelling.  Fortunately, this interpretation of said comments makes these comment at least entertaining..but alas, still insipid.

Mom, you can skip this.  Really.

Lauren Beukes and the Future of Humanity October 11, 2013

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Her daughter is the cutest thing I have seen in years…since mine were little, in fact.

Love Child October 9, 2013

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Title by Piraro.

Hype Cycle for Emerging Technologies, 2013 October 8, 2013

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Gartner Hype Cycles 2013

From gartner.com.

Pretty Flower October 7, 2013

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…wait a minute…

Cleaning my Desktop, Part Two October 6, 2013

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predators and prey

Waiting for him to turn his back.

cup o' bunny











Cleaning My Desktop October 6, 2013

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While recuperating from a hand injury (nothing to worry about, but no heavy lifting) I completed a programming project and started the horrible job of cleaning my desktop of extra files.  Here are some that I was saving but can’t remember why :

thoroughly cute baby hippo-thing

Well, I guess that one’s obvious.

nautili eating chicken

Chambered nautili are known to enjoy chicken dinners.

cat panic

A Long View October 2, 2013

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epler-7b (left), which is 1.5 times the radius of Jupiter (right), is the first exoplanet to have its clouds mapped. The cloud map was produced using data from NASA's Kepler and Spitzer space telescopes. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MIT

On the left, clouds on a hot, Jupiter-like world dubbed Kepler 7b, which resides nearly 1000 light years away from Earth.  That’s three years worth of infrared and visual observations from NASA’s Spitzer and Kepler space telescopes. Nice imaging, fellas (NASA/JPL-Caltech/MIT et. al.).

I Should Use Innuendo Here October 2, 2013

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Electric fish may have switched from AC to DC

Oh sure, they look alike; one is AC (top) the other DC. One of the species, Brachyhypopomus bennetti, has a large electric organ and a short fat tail and produces direct current, or a monophasic, signal; the other, Brachyhypopomus walteri, has a more typical electric organ, a long thin tail and an alternating current, or biphasic signal.

(from the August 28 edition of ZooKeys)

Free Amazon Prime For One Month October 1, 2013

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Amazon Prime can be had currently for a month for free, and I get actual money if anyone but my sainted, white-haired mother signs up for it.  Amazon Prime is a  good deal that I use frequently for free shipping, but it also is the most cost-effective way to stream a movie (something like 60,000 of them) and get lending access to e-books (especially useful if you already paid attention to the Kindle Paperwhite for $119 I told you about earlier) also for free.  This is ideal if you are going to have a free month to kill in media consumption, or just to check it out.  Remember, Amazon Prime is still much cheaper than shipping costs alone if you buy very much stuff from Amazon…like me. Sad smile