Friday, June 29, 2012 3:43:00 PM
There are a lot of things that I miss about Los Angeles. The biggest is professional sports. In LA we went to Dodger games all the time, and if they had a bad year (say, for instance, the entire 2000s) then the Angels had World Series runs. When the LA Kings weren't killing it in the NHL the Mighty Ducks were quacking loudly.
Suck it, Anaheim!
Oh, you have basketball, do you? No, you don't. You have the team that the Harlem Globetrotters play against. Count on them to lose when the game... read more
Tuesday, June 26, 2012 9:29:00 AM
Brent Ozar's weekly newsletter pointed me to this fantastic article at Infinite Undo about how we as programmers (and as people in general) think about time. We make several assumptions that are simply not true and can lead to easy programming mistakes.
For instance, the first five in his list:
There are always 24 hours in a day.
Months have either 30 or 31 days.
Years have 365 days.
February is always 28 days long.
Any 24-hour period will always begin and end in the same day (or... read more
Wednesday, June 20, 2012 8:36:00 PM
In 1974, when I was five years old, my Teddy Bear streamed videos of pirated movies onto a mobile device he kept with him at all times. I didn't know it at the time, but his technology would later be used to be the model that Netflix, Hulu, and YouTube use today. His mobile device would come to be known as the iPhone. The instruments and tools he brought with us to earth would form the basis of the global network that we all enjoy today.
How did a stuffed bear with the earthling alias Eddie... read more
Tuesday, June 19, 2012 3:25:00 PM
I just found out, quite by accident, that the president of the SFWA (Science Fiction Writer's Association) lives here in Portland. As does the SFWA treasurer. And a ton of other science fiction and fantasy writers. I had no idea.
As it turns out, they even do free readings here in town!
Here's the link for the next one. I signed up to go. Are you going... read more
Tuesday, June 19, 2012 9:38:00 AM
As a lark, I queried a fairly prestigious agency with the pitch for my current fantasy Work-in-Progress...
They just wrote back requesting the first 30 pages!
This is amazingly cool. First, the book is fantastic, I'm so proud of it. Second, OMG someone else (who has publishing clout) thinks it might be fantastic too!
I will keep everyone as up-to-date as any future NDA will allow. ^_^