Musings from a science fiction writer

I love Korean Starcraft


Post #: 77
Post type: Blog post
Date: 2011-01-13 12:01:53.000
Author: Jeremy Reimer
Tags: Starcraft

I can’t get enough of it. Whether it’s the new GSL in Starcraft II or the classic Starcraft I MSL, OSL, or Proleague, I’m completely addicted to watching it.

And I’m not the only one. People are making pilgrimages to South Korea just to hold up epic signs like this for the TV cameras:

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Monarch Thing-A-Day Challenge!


Post #: 75
Post type: Blog post
Date: 2010-12-13 11:34:59.000
Author: Jeremy Reimer
Tags: Monarch

Now that Monarch has been released to the public at version 0.24, I’ve decided to crank things up a little bit.

Starting today I will add one feature per day to the system. They may not always be big features, but they will address missing functionality that the old system (both Drupal and PHPBB) offered.

I have no particular order that I plan to do these in, but I’m trying to hit the most obvious ones first-- the ones that you would use all the time.

Monday’s feature is a Last Post link, to let you instantly jump to the last post in a thread by clicking on the name/date in the "Last post" column.

EDIT: Testing smilies in blog posts. :D :D

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Knotty Geeks Episode 12 - I made something!


Post #: 73
Post type: Podcast
Date: 2010-12-11 11:44:34.000
Author: Jeremy Reimer
Tags: Knotty Geeks

It’s a pretty big episode this time, with big announcements for the future of Knotty Geeks!

We start off talking about our latest and greatest iGadgets, briefly discuss our trip to Sacramento for Amiwest 2010, review the amazing new book What Technology Wants, and then get into my big news: the release of my brand-new, written-from-scratch forum/blogging system called Monarch, written in newLISP!

The new system includes a podcast module, on which Knotty Geeks has found its new home.

Links from the show;

AmiWest 2010 Report:
http://www.amigafuture.de/kb.php?mode=article&k=3628

What Technology Wants (also available on Kindle)
http://www.amazon.com/What-Technology-Wants-Kevin-Kelly/dp/0670022152

Monarch Content Engine - Jeremy’s new blogging application!
http://jeremyreimer.com/monarch/main

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Knotty Geeks Episode 11 - Bad Coders At Work


Post #: 72
Post type: Podcast
Date: 2010-12-11 11:03:15.000
Author: Jeremy Reimer
Tags: Knotty Geeks

In this episode, we get scared of the wind and venture inside Wick’s Cafe, only to find ourselves face to face with eating and drinking noises, light reggae, and... ourselves.

We talk a little bit about creating art in 2D and 3D, the current state of smartphones, and then get into the history and future of programming, a subject we know virtually nothing about.

Links from the show:

Jeremy’s new "Star Gamer" 2D comic, made on a Bamboo tablet:
http://jeremyreimer.com/monarch/comic?c=Star%20Gamer

Malcom Gladwell’s "10,000 hours to become an expert" book Outliers:
http://www.gladwell.com/outliers/index.html

Coders at Work - the most entertaining book about programming you’ll ever read:
http://www.codersatwork.com/

The Dunning-Kruger effect, where you are too incompetent to know you are incompetent (maybe that’s us?)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dunning-Kruger_effect

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Knotty Geeks Episode 10 - The Fourth Way... is LISP!


Post #: 71
Post type: Podcast
Date: 2010-12-11 10:58:52.000
Author: Jeremy Reimer
Tags: Knotty Geeks

We’re back! The weather has finally allowed us to venture outside to brave the scary world outside Wick’s Coffee. In this episode, we talk about the Gervais Principle, work/life balance, Timothy Ferris and the four-hour work week, Penny Arcade dissing the iPad, and somehow end up discussing... LISP? Is that the language with all the stupid parentheses?

Notes from the show:

Knotty geeks episode 10 notes

The Gervais Principle
http://www.ribbonfarm.com/2009/10/07/the-gervais-principle-or-the-office-according-to-the-office/

They actually produce, but are not compensated in proportion to the value they create (since their compensation is set by sociopaths operating under conditions of serious moral hazard). They mortgage their lives away, and hope to die before their money runs out. The good news is that losers have two ways out, which we’ll get to later: turning sociopath or turning into bare-minimum performers. The losers destined for cluelessness do not have a choice.

Timothy Ferris and the 4-hour work week
http://www.fourhourworkweek.com/

Life doesn’t have to be so damn hard. It really doesn’t. Most people, my past self included, have spent too much time convincing themselves that life has to be hard, a resignation to 9-to-5 drudgery in exchange for (sometimes) relaxing weekends and the occasional keep-it-short-or-get-fired vacation.

The truth, at least the truth I live and will share in this book, is quite different.

The Fourth Way
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fourth_Way

Gurdjieff taught people how to increase and focus their attention and energy in various ways, and to minimize daydreaming and absentmindedness.

Tycho destroys (and then buys) the iPad
http://www.penny-arcade.com/2010/1/29/

That iPad presentation had to be the worst thing I’ve even seen on on the Apple stage. There is a part where they - I am not making a joke - there is a part where they try to make creating spreadsheets seem awesome. Jilted may be the word. Of course, we’re at the second wave of commentary now, the reflexive defense phase, but I’ve seen this practiced arc too many times to feel its pull. Apple didn’t make a case for the device.

Paul Graham on LISP
http://www.paulgraham.com/avg.html

So if Lisp makes you a better programmer, like he says, why wouldn’t you want to use it? If a painter were offered a brush that would make him a better painter, it seems to me that he would want to use it in all his paintings, wouldn’t he? I’m not trying to make fun of Eric Raymond here. On the whole, his advice is good. What he says about Lisp is pretty much the conventional wisdom. But there is a contradiction in the conventional wisdom: Lisp will make you a better programmer, and yet you won’t use it.

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Knotty Geeks Episode 09 - This One Time, In BarCamp...


Post #: 70
Post type: Podcast
Date: 2010-12-11 10:53:34.000
Author: Jeremy Reimer
Tags: Knotty Geeks

We’re back from BarCamp 2009 and we’ve got a lot of stuff to talk about! We review the show and the presentations, then go on to talk about podcasting, acceleration, uneven distribution of the future, and the future of mass media!

Links from the show:
http://www.barcamp.org/BarCampVancouver2009 http://www.flickr.com/groups/barcampvancouver/ http://www.barcamp.org/BarCampVancouver2009Sponsors http://bmannconsulting.com/ http://www.techvibes.com/blog/some-notes-on-barcamp-vancouver-2009-part-1 http://www.topdownview.com/2009/10/barcamp-vancouver-what-did-we-achieve/ http://www.strangelyentangled.com/2009/10/05/barcamp-vancouver-2009/ http://www.mainwriter.com/2009/10/04/barcamp-vancouver-2009-rocked/ http://ow.ly/tuKx http://barcamp09comic.pbworks.com/ - A cool comic based on the show!

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Knotty Geeks Episode 08 - Revenge of the Wind


Post #: 68
Post type: Podcast
Date: 2010-12-10 16:16:58.000
Author: Jeremy Reimer
Tags: Knotty Geeks

In this episode, the wind picks up and crashes Audacity, but thanks to the Internet, no files are lost!

We talk about:

The Macintosh owners club
Twitter Analytics
Terry’s story and how insects are related to computing
Jeremy’s adventure into print-on-demand publishing
The problem with portable gaming
Enterprise applicatons: Microsoft versus EMC versus Google
Microsoft may be old-school, but is Google boring?
David Pogue on TWIT and conflict of interest: does it matter?
Health care in the future
Corporations as people?
Terraforming the Earth

Note: This episode runs a little long, but I felt it was worthwhile to keep most of it.

Links from the show:
http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2009/09/only-comic-can-inquire-into-such.html - Stephen Colbert and Jeffrey Toobin talk about the original ruling that made corporations "people" --

Quote:
Colbert explained that the 1886 case (Santa Clara v. Southern Pacific Railroad) that conferred 14th Amendment equal protection rights onto corporations wasn’t even in the original ruling. But when the Chief Justice made an off-hand comment that the Court wouldn’t hear an argument on whether the 14th Amendment applied to these corporations (saying, "We are all of the opinion that it does"), the court reporter wrote it into the ruling opinion, and the precedent has held ever since. And that reporter of the Supreme Court didn’t only have ties to the railroad barons, he used to run one.

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Knotty Geeks Episode 07 - The Knotty Geeks Go Outside


Post #: 67
Post type: Podcast
Date: 2010-12-10 14:27:59.000
Author: Jeremy Reimer
Tags: Knotty Geeks

We’re back! After a long absence, we’ve figured out what we were missing from our podcasts. Car noises--lots and lots of car noises.

In this first ever experimental Knotty Geeks episode, we tear off the Skype headsets and exit our homes, braving the fierce DayStar and horrific drivers to reach our destination--Wick’s Cafe, home of free WiFi and decent hot chocolate.

Listen if you dare as we talk about some science fiction stories we are working on, and interact with various strange people we found outside.

Links from the show:
http://darcvhal.com/demo/ Terry’s experimental graphic novel, GN001 http://web.archive.org/web/20051127010734/http://home.comcast.net/~kngjon/truename/truename.html True Names, a novel by Vernor Vinge

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Knotty Geeks Episode 06 - I, for one, welcome our new Robot Overlords


Post #: 66
Post type: Podcast
Date: 2010-12-10 14:04:39.000
Author: Jeremy Reimer
Tags: Knotty Geeks

After too long an absence, we’re back with a show covering one specific theme: Should expert systems and possibly artificial intelligences take over the big banking and other financial decisions, in order to prevent us flawed humans from having another economic meltdown?

I argue that they should, while Terry has a more nuanced view of the subject.

Links from the show:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Economic_collapse#Indian_theory - P.R. Sarkar’s theory of economic collapse http://www.amazon.com/Darwins-Radio-Greg-Bear/dp/0345435249 - Darwin’s Radio sci-fi novel http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Disruptive_technology - Disruptive Technology http://www.amazon.com/Innovators-Dilemma-Revolutionary-Business-Essentials/dp/0060521996 - The Innovator’s Dilemma http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_Monday_(1987) - Black Monday 1987 http://www.amazon.com/Artificial-Life-Frontier-Computers-Biology/dp/0679743898 - Steven Levy’s Artifical Life

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Knotty Geeks Episode 05 - Year In Review


Post #: 65
Post type: Podcast
Date: 2010-12-10 13:37:07.000
Author: Jeremy Reimer
Tags: Knotty Geeks

We’re back! In this episode, we talk about where we’ve been, and look back at the past year. Our conclusion: Technology news sucks! WHAT?? A podcast about technology news saying that technology news sucks? It’s true.

We try and explain ourselves a little bit. It’s not the fault of the technology news reporters (at least, not really). It’s all because of the acceleration of technology itself. Listen to find out more!

Links to sites discussed in the podcast:
http://www.figureprints.com - Get your World of Warcraft 3D custom figures!
http://www.kurzweilai.net/articles/art0134.html?printable=1 - Explains acceleration quite starkly.
http://arstechnica.com/articles/culture/looking-back-looking-forwards.ars/2 - Ars Technica’s 2007 predictions.

Books:
http://www.amazon.com/Super-Crunchers-Thinking-Numbers-Smart/dp/0553805401 - SuperCrunchers
http://www.amazon.com/Innovators-Dilemma-Revolutionary-Business-Essentials/dp/0060521996 - The Innovator’s Dilemma

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So who am I?

I'm a writer and occasional programmer. I write science fiction stories and novels.

I also write technology articles for Ars Technica.

I'm the creator of newLISP on Rockets, a web development framework and blog application.



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