The MAZE Inside UFO 54-40

An article on i09 is the post on that blog that I’ve been waiting for for 30 years. It’s about Inside UFO 54-50, my favorite Choose Your Own Adventure book from childhood, and also the single one that was actually thought provoking. You see, Inside UFO 54-40 is an odd beast in that it has…

BitCoin is so too Fungible!

Via The Atlantic, I came across this argument that Bitcoin is doomed by yesterday’s IRS announcement that virtual currencies are "property" for tax purposes. The gist: this ruling has destroyed BitCoin’s fungibility – i.e. that necessary property of currencies where one individual unit is as good as another. In the case of US dollars, this…

Fighting Sparks with a Blaze

One of the interesting things about humanity is how easily we’re knocked off the high road. You can know a thing is wrong, know why it’s wrong, and still do it anyway, kinda just ’cause you want to. People are – or often can be – really bad at seeing the bigger picture. I’m thinking…

SF Masterworks

Today’s post about Larry Niven got me thinking about how, as much as I love science fiction, I’ve actually not read all that much, compared to the average fan. So, I took a look at the Gollancz Group’s SF Masterworks List to see how many I’d read. I’m going off of the original series here,…

The Greatest (Living) SF Writer OF ALL TIME

Vox Day has a poll for greatest living SF writer that I’m flagging for the purely selfish reason that I agree with the result: Larry Niven. I didn’t vote, but if I had, that’s who I would have voted for. And yes, I don’t even need the "from the choices offered" qualifier: Niven is the…

Importing MySQL into XCode

I’m dabbling in Mac OS X (desktop, but eventually iOS) app development for a project at work. At the moment, that’s taking the form of a proof-of-concept interface to MySQL, to be an eventual GUI seeder and migration application for moving data from ScheduleThing to the new application. Here’s the trouble: Cocoa doens’t really come…