Takes an array of uninsightfulCommentary objects as its main argument,
may throw fleeingReaderError. Which is about par for the course around
- There's only so much I'm personally willing to beat up on
singularitarians. But I thought this
post on the impact that Vinge's bastard child has had on science
fiction was interesting, as well as this
protest against it. A more interesting question is the one posed to
Iain Banks in an interview a while back: why
so little SF/F without wars and violence?
- The LibraryThing
Unsuggester takes as input a book you've enjoyed, and spits back a
bunch that you almost certainly won't. Topping my list is The
- People actually have GameFAQs
entries for Wii Fit? Why? I love that there's a cheats page
too, but it should just contain an ad for pints of Ben and Jerry's.
- Today is 808 day. Music Thing thinks you should celebrate the
greatest drum machine ever made.
- Last month's Webalizer stats weren't very interesting. But one
search term caught my eye: "you are so smarty -notpron". Wait a
second--A) what search engine offers a -notpron tag? And B) Was it
really necessary when searching for "you are so smarty"?
- I know Corvus isn't a big fan of BSG, but TiFaux's run a
couple of posts on women in television with a great entry on the
Women of Battlestar Galactica. The show has issues with gender
sometimes, depending on the writer from episode to episode, but I'd also
rank Laura Roslin up there with the great female television characters
of all time.
- Belle had never seen Batman Begins, so after I came home
from seeing The Dark Knight we added it to the Netflix queue.
What's striking now is just how much more comicky it is compared to
TDK--after all, Begins features ninjas, lots of focus on
bat-gadgets, and a superweapon straight out of Buck Rogers. That's
all well and good, and I liked Begins. But Dark Knight is
better--strikingly so--for its refusal to use those crutches, and
instead concentrate on the bizarre psychology of the Batman and his
- I've been spending a lot of time buried in Flash/Flex lately, and
it's not likely to get much better. So it could just be personal
myopia, but I found Google engineer Steve Yegge's talk
on the rise of dynamic languages eye-opening. Most of what he says
scripting languages are overdue for their revolution. His comments on
in the Kingdom of Nouns, about Java's hateful tendency to wrap
everything in objects, also goes a long way to explain things I never
liked about the language, but couldn't quite put my finger on.