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State Park Review: Harriman

— September 15, 2014

I biked up and went in the side, did the entire Pine Meadow Trail. Very rocky trails, so pushing the bike around in the park was a pain. Also a lot of vertical trails. And there is no way out via surface streets to the south west. Bike travel to the south is not recommended. You can take 9W up and cut over, and bike the...

Client Side Framework review: Angularjs

— August 22, 2014

After having completed one application, under tight time constraints, so I may have missed things. I did read the entire tutorial and several random 3rd party intro pages before starting. Verdict: does not play well with others. I started with some code that assembled html and inserted it into the dom. That’s not the angular way, I thought, and replaced it with all the cool new...

Anime Review: Summer 2014

— August 2, 2014

Aldnoah Zero start off with the random cruelty that we have come to know and love from the Urobutcher, and builds. Akame ga Kill! first episode is nearly perfect, but probably won’t be as good again. Sabagebu! is funny. The oddly translated “Terror in Resonance” is slow. Nozaki-kun is the first manga-ka show that I’ve actually watched. Tokyo Ghoul, Barakamon, INVADERS, Magimoji Rurumo proceed grimly on,...

Anime Review: Spring 2014 Review

— July 14, 2014

Some really good shows. “The World is still Beautiful” gained massive points for being one of the few anime love stories that doesn’t make me want to punch the protagonists. “Brynhildr in the Darkness” didn’t end, or achieve Elfen Lied (same author) levels of mega-torment, and its big mystery is pretty obvious to anybody whose brain hasn’t melted into goo. “Blade and Soul” never gets really...

Podcast Player Review: iTunes 11.2

— July 4, 2014

Much better. There are still random beach-balls (it’s the only app that does that any more), but fewer than there were. Many of the features of List are back/removable, so it is usable. You can ask it to not auto-delete things, individually or at all, so I won’t need to pre-listen to things in another player. The Stations are usable, though the settings are really slow....

Programming Technique: swordfighting

— June 11, 2014

The proper programming technique is like sword fighting: actions should be done economically, flow smoothly, and without thought. This ideal, particularly the last one, is not something one simply decides to do. For sword fighting, it is obvious that you should practice. For programming, practice is not doing it, but reading good code. This is programming in your mind: read a good pattern, form that “shape”...

Proposal: Wasteful government spending

— May 14, 2014

That’s a picture of the A-10. It’s a ground support aircraft. The Air Force hates it and try to get it canceled every couple of years because it is low and slow lacks the sex appeal of jets, plus it gets shot up a lot. Pilots, engineers, and fans of the nerd side of military technology love it because can get shot up a lot and...


— April 24, 2014

How ‘DevOps’ is Killing the Developer is entirely wrong. I’m not sure as I should point out a correction, as we make most of our money here, for precisely the reason that people like Jeff Knupp and half of his comments believe it is impossible. We have produced entire applications in less time than that some professional IT departments have taken for minor changes. How? Because...

IDE Review: Netbeans 8

— April 16, 2014

Having learned nothing, I installed the new version of Netbeans next to the last one. There are still issues with with this. By default it ships with a version of svn higher than Mac OS’s. Netbeans offers to upgrade the svn on open projects, which, if done, will block the command line svn from being able to work with the code. There are a few issues...

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