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New Music: Duration and Unknown

oevre

I somehow managed to create two new songs over the last week or so, both instrumental but with, um, slightly different feels to them. The releases are: Unknown Duration This will nearly round out a release I've decided to title "Oevre," just because the name sounds cool. (An "oevre" is a reference to the works [...]

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Firefox vs. Chrome

Recently I read a link from Gizmodo ("... I'm going back to Firefox", after eliding a curse at the beginning of the link) where a developer was deciding to abandon Google Chrome for Mozilla's Firefox browser. The article suggested that Chrome was bloated, slow, crashing often, used far too much disk and memory space, used [...]

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Vaccinations

I refuse to participate in the current flurry of condemnation against vaccination opponents. It's ugly, it's stupid, it's wrong - not because vaccination is a bad move, but because the condemnation itself is ugly, stupid, and wrong. Worse than being ugly, stupid, and wrong - it's not effective. It's cruel, in the end. If you're [...]

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Books better than e-readers: a possible reason

A study by Anne Mangen of Norway's Stavanger University suggests that print books are better than electronic forms of the same books, with a few theories as to why: haptic feedback, the separation of processes enabling the mind to breathe and integrate the story.... my personal thought is that it has to do with the [...]

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Florida State Football: Why So Unprepared?

My sarcastic comment to my son during the Oregon/FSU game - where FSU got smeared like a bug on a shoe - was that at least FSU had the excuse of not having known who the opponent would be. Except, of course, we did know that we were going to play Oregon. I guess that [...]

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Java Authors, Learn Java

I was reading a book on Neo4J and encountered this sentence: No, Neo4j developers haven't invented a superfast algorithm for the military. Nor is Neo4j's speed a product of the fantastic speed of the technologies it relies on (it's implemented in Java after all!) (Emphasis mine. Quote is from Manning Publications' "Neo4j in Action," by [...]

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The Problem with the College Football Playoff

I really don't know, offhand, if I've been pro- or anti-playoff for NCAA football. I liked that the BCS gave us the possibility of seeing a champion determined by playing a game, but i recognize that there are lots of arguments about who should be playing in that game. So far this year, though, I've [...]

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Review: Pink Floyd’s “Endless River”

TL;DR Go get Pink Floyd's Endless River. I did, and it's great - as long as you enjoy Pink Floyd. I bought the Floyd's latest release - "The Endless River," as mentioned - because it's Pink Freaking Floyd, and it's a new release. It's awesome - but wants immersion. If you're looking for something that [...]

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DuOS-M: Android on Windows 8.1

One of my sons recently got me invested in Ice Cold Muffin's ICE, a game in which you try to take over bases in a simple directed graph. It's a lot of fun, despite the extreme simplicity - maybe other game makers could benefit from noticing how simple games can be fun. Anyway, while it's [...]

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A few thoughts for a Monday…

Life has changed a lot lately. First, I changed employers; I've left Red Hat (for various reasons) and am now working for a company that will give me a little more direct purpose, along with an imperative for using Scala. (Did you see what I did there? Scala's typically a functional language, not an imperative [...]

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