Book Review: Drowned City By Don Brown

MikeNM

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March 09, 2020

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I picked up Don Brown's Drowned City: Hurricane Katrina and New Orleans when I was in New Orleans as I always like to get a couple of books about the city I travel to for the shelves. (Nothing beats getting Douglas Coupland's City of Glass in Vancouver for combining my literary and travel interests, but that's another . . .

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The Worst Game Show

MikeNM

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February 28, 2020

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Our ongoing game of Name That Apocalypse rolls into its pandemic phase. With the near shutdown of China and Italy cancelling Carnival come together into a full-blown panic. The market sell-off, CDC cuts, and old Mother-humper Mike Pence merge into a story that typifies a our society of stupidity moving at full speed.

The . . .

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Book Review: Dead Astronauts By Jeff VanderMeer

MikeNM

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February 21, 2020

My first crucial piece of advice about Jeff VanderMeer’s newest novel, *Dead Astronauts*is, you should get this book physically if you can. The cover design is gorgeous. The dust jacket is a glossy embossed rainbow, but beneath it, the book itself is embossed with blue foil writing excerpted from the book. Also, throughout the book, there are . . .

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Worshiping The Future

MikeNM

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February 14, 2020

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This American Life replayed an episode about the founder of cryonics, and it’s a great exploration of how an inadvertent con was born. Two things stood out to me. First, it was how fake the whole thing was from the outside. The other was that it was apparent that everyone believed that the future would deliver a miracle cure for . . .

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Book Review - Peter Cannon: Thunderbolt by Kieron Gillen and Caspar Wijngaard

MikeNM

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February 12, 2020

Even though Peter Cannon/Thunderbolt was a standalone character, he’s likely more famous as the inspiration for Ozymandias in Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons’s Watchmen. A book so ubiquitous it almost defines superheroes despite not having a single character that’s a household name.

Of course, that’s because Moore and Gibbons’ seminal . . .

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Cronyism, Conspiracy, and Incompetence

MikeNM

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February 07, 2020

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In what is likely in the big book of worst-case scenarios for 2020, a complete meltdown in Iowa that seemed to go against Bernie should have topped everyone's list. He has a mobilized army of online supporters who know that no one on the inside likes their guy, and they’re ready to burn the place down to get him through the . . .

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Learning Diary: Python Tic Tac Toe

MikeNM

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January 29, 2020

I am slowly working my way through the book Automating the Boring Stuff with Python by Al Sweigart. I'm mostly working through a lot of the same concepts I previously covered in earlier entries in the series. While that content is useful to reinforce concepts for someone swapping between learning a new language and coding in Powershell at . . .

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