Since I’ve only now started watching “Stranger Things” (yeah, I watch everything late these days, I’m now okay with that), a couple of links to recent New Yorker articles on on (1) Dungeons and Dragons, and (2) how Lovecraft endures.
Some ups and downs this month … leaving out some things.
One surprisingly good movie I saw this month was “Never let me go”, based on a book by the recent Nobel-prize winner, Kazuo Ishiguro. It’s already seven years old, and I’m surprised I never heard of it before. What’s more, it turns out another similar (in some ways) movie I saw a long time ago, “The Remains of the Day” was also based on a book written by the same guy (movie: 1993, novel: 1989) !!
For various reasons, decided to make a will with my wife (not done yet, but got started on it)
Got another tooth extracted in preparation for an implant (long story, I have bad gums, need a bone graft and sinus lift, blah blah blah, painful and pointless)
Participated in a “Girls who code” event at work, which was extremely gratifying
Took a “mini train trip” with Tara (a few stops on the Caltrain)
Logan (finally! it was good!)
Ghost in the shell (finally! it was good too!)
Bought Prague Cemetery by Umberto Eco (finally! but won’t get to read it for a while …)
I feel the old “static typing vs dynamic typing” debate has gotten more nuanced recently with ‘spec’ and ‘schema’ in Clojure (i.e. better, fine-grained, runtime constraints). Also, as this article shows, there is a different “sweet spot” for different companies/people, which colors their perceptions of usefulness.
Cool antique stuff: check out this machine that debuted at the 1939 World’s Fair in New York.
A fake interview with Linus Torvalds on Linux and Git, which made me smile 🙂
You either get very excited about stuff like this, or you don’t: a bunch of papyrus was discovered from during the time the great pyramids were being constructed! (so, mundane “normal life” stuff, along with mundane details of the build, but … isn’t that cool?)
This, from almost twenty years ago, is the result of an internal Microsoft satire competition. I feel like copy-pasting the whole damn thing here, but maybe I’ll make a separate post for it, it’s that good.
I wish I understood this better, for now I’ve just shelved it on my “to-read” list: one of those “how is everything really connected” pieces. I’ve stalked blog posts by John Shutt for a long time now, love all the insights in the past.
I’ve started and stopped reading The Elements of Programming a few times, but here’s someone who’s demonstrating the concepts (pun intended) in there.
Connecting programming language design to architecture.
I just don’t have time these days, but I do want to watch “The Orville”; here’s Seth McFarlane discussing it, and the possibilities for science fiction today.
This is an old article (for a niche interest 😛): even the shabbiest B-grade movie is based on something, and the “Scorpion King” franchise was inspired by this carving in an old cliff, that mentioned one ”King Scorpion.