Smartphones and embracing boredom
Nov. 6, 2019, 10:14 p.m.
Smartphones allow us to esacpe our time and place, but why would we want to?
Raleigh Elections - Who I'm Voting For
Oct. 2, 2019, 9:26 a.m.
My choices for the 2018 Raleigh City Elections
Mayoral and At-Large City Council Forum
Sept. 19, 2019, 9:33 a.m.
An issue-based discussion about the future of Raleigh
Notes from Raleigh City Council Forum
Sept. 12, 2019, 12:28 p.m.
A lot of candidates, a small audience
Raleigh District D City Council Candidates
Sept. 8, 2019, 6:40 p.m.
Where the three city council candidates stand on the issues
On Confirmation Bias
Sept. 2, 2019, 7:11 p.m.
Why we have such a hard time changing our minds
A critique of "The Wandering Earth"
June 19, 2019, 10:35 p.m.
The first large movie adaption of a Liu Cixin story adopts all the banalities of Hollywood
The China Conundrum
May 23, 2019, 10:35 a.m.
What does the future US-China relationship look like?
The Legislative vs. Executive Branches, Round 1
May 8, 2019, 1:03 p.m.
Which branch wins this tussle will have long term consequences for the republic
On John McCain
Aug. 27, 2018, 8:28 a.m.
A politician with a backbone
I support Elon Musk
Aug. 20, 2018, 11:44 a.m.
Much too much attention has been paid to his abrasive personality than to his furthering of the public good
A look at the Requests Python package
May 28, 2018, 6:27 p.m.
This post explores what makes Requests so popular and tries to draw a few lessons from that
A Canon of Code
May 16, 2018, 8:36 p.m.
What's the Shakespeare and Austen of Code?
Marteria - Beam me up, Scotty (English translation)
Nov. 4, 2017, 12:40 p.m.
An English translation of the Marteria song: "Scotty beam mich hoch"
NASA Ames, a research facility left in the 80s.
Sept. 10, 2017, 9:05 p.m.
This research facility needs funds to be cleaned up and modernized
Changes in China
Jan. 18, 2017, noon
Observations on the most noticeable changes on a visit after eight years away
Dec. 28, 2016, 4 p.m.
Look quickly before it's gone
On a Cosmic Perspective
Jan. 14, 2016, noon
How a cosmic perspective can aid one's ability to be happy
The immigration debate is misguided
Dec. 24, 2015, noon
The anger around immigration isn't as it appears.
Effective C++ by Scott Meyers
Aug. 11, 2015, 1 p.m.
The book that started Scott Meyers' famous series on C++.
C# In Depth Third Edition by Jon Skeet
Aug. 1, 2015, 1 p.m.
An excellent overview of the evolution of the C# programming language, from versions 1 through 5.
Effective Modern C++ by Scott Meyers
July 7, 2015, 1 p.m.
My takeaway from Scott Meyers' Effective Modern C++, which covers the new features of C++ introduced in C++11 and C++14.
Atatürk - The Rebirth of a Nation by Patrick Kinross
Nov. 2, 2014, noon
This book lionizing Mustafa Kemal is an entertaining read. After reading this book you'll understand why a portrait of him is in virtually every restaurant, store, and hotel in Turkey.
Oct. 28, 2014, 1 p.m.
This past weekend I watched the first eight episodes of the new Cosmos. Here's what I thought.
5000 Years of Debt by David Graeber
Oct. 23, 2014, 1 p.m.
My reaction to Graeber's book examining the origins and societal attitude towards debt.
Zero to One by Peter Thiel
Oct. 17, 2014, 1 p.m.
My thoughts after reading Zero to One. TLDR - Not worth the two hours it takes to get through this simple book.
The paradox of youth and desire
Oct. 1, 2014, 1 p.m.
Paraphrasing an (unknown) chef/poet from the Ming dynasty
Sept. 5, 2014, 1 p.m.
What really is communication?
Sept. 1, 2014, 1 p.m.
After a few months of debating whether or not to make the leap to become self-employed, and all the risk that it entails, I finally made it over that cliff today.
June 12, 2014, 2:09 p.m.
On the individual level, we make optimistic assumptions about the future that justify for a sacrifice in the present for future reward. The problem is, of course, that individuals are subject to the same caprice and unexpected events as societies.
Wasting Time on the Interwebs
June 10, 2014, 2:07 p.m.
Easy access to the internet has created the circumstances wherein people who are otherwise smart do not seem to be able to function without constant access to mainframes to help them make decisions in their everyday comings and goings.