Living The Bibliophile Life

MikeNM

Rants and Reviews. Mostly just BS and Affiliate Links.

July 08, 2019

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Monday post for last Friday as I took some time off and never got around to being on a computer for the five day weekend.

We are awash in books. We have more of them than ever before—ebooks have allowed an explosion of publishing. We’re reading books on phones, tablets, e-readers, and print book sales are going back up. For . . .

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Book Review - The Doomed City by Arkady and Boris Strugatsky

MikeNM

Rants and Reviews. Mostly just BS and Affiliate Links.

June 28, 2019

The Strugatsky brothers are probably most famous for their novel Roadside Picnic, which later Tarkovsky adapted into the film Stalker. I came across the Doomed City via a blog post on Boing Boing, where Cory Doctorow sang its praises. The brothers wrote the book back in the 70s, but it wasn't published until 1989 due to its overt . . .

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Learning From The Record Store

MikeNM

Rants and Reviews. Mostly just BS and Affiliate Links.

June 21, 2019

I don’t have enough hair left for a mohawk, and I’ve had a corporate job of some sort for over a decade. My punk rock bona fides are solidly in the past. I mean I’ll still scream and yell for a loud rock show, but I will admit that my taste in music drifts a bit more electronic these days. (Often it sounds like Wulfband . . .

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Book Review - Tenth of December: Stories by George Saunders

MikeNM

Rants and Reviews. Mostly just BS and Affiliate Links.

June 14, 2019

Saunders isn't explicitly a genre writer, either by brand or content. Some of his stories are straight literary fiction about weird people socially hobbled by their stupidity, narcissism, or both. When he does lean into genre fiction, it's often just a spice added to his regular style. He doesn't get tied down in world building or . . .

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YouTube Film School

MikeNM

Rants and Reviews. Mostly just BS and Affiliate Links.

June 10, 2019

This is going up a few days later because it’s a little longer than my usual entries, and needed a bit more attention before going up.

Every snooty Mac blogger, at some point, invokes Steve Jobs’ line about the intersection of liberal arts and technology. Though the WWDC keynote was last week, I’ll instead use that line to talk about . . .

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Ephemeral Writing

MikeNM

Rants and Reviews. Mostly just BS and Affiliate Links.

May 31, 2019

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Should we judge the present moment’s importance by its historical weight? A massive media apparatus has risen up around politics, entertainment, sports, and every other matter, making it hard to believe that it isn’t important. With all that energy pumped out documenting every moment, it has to meaningful, right?

Most of . . .

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Learning Diary: Statistics With Python Part One: The Basics

MikeNM

Rants and Reviews. Mostly just BS and Affiliate Links.

May 24, 2019

I am rounding out the Python stuff at Code Academy with their Learning Statistics with Python course. Along with a couple of books I bought, this should be a fun way to find direct applications with Python at my current skill level.

I finished the first section, which covers the basics of statistics that you probably remember from . . .

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