Double Dabble Ramda

Recently at work I’ve switched from using Lodash to Ramda for functional programming extensions to Javascript/Coffeescript and I’m happier than I’ve pretty much ever been. Ramda isn’t the Javascript Holy Grail – that honor, I’m guessing, goes to PureScript – very much next in line on the list of things to learn – but it…

Breakdown (Review)

Breakdown is one of the better examples of the Season One cliche: it’s better than its reputation, but also not as good as it should have been. Since this one deals with some of Blakes 7 more important themes, that’s kind of a shame. Here’s the story they did tell. Gan is manning the bridge…

On Being Anti-Reliable

There’s a scene in Tarrantino’s best movie – Jackie Brown – where Louis is telling Ordell that Melanie, after having slept with him, is trying to get him to go in with her on a plot to steal Ordell’s money. In theory, they both work for Ordell, but for Melanie the arrangement is clearly temporary.…

Arguing about the Immigration Ban

Scott Adams (yes, that Scott Adams) has a post up where he tries to show how irrational the debate on immigration has gotten. I think he succeeds for the most part, but he can’t help putting his finger on a scale a bit to tilt it into the anti-immigration column. I don’t actually mind that…

My Take on President Trump’s Immigration Order

There’s a lot of furore over President Trump’s temporary entry ban for people of certain (Islam-affiliated) nationalities. The controversial portion of it is that citizens of seven identified countries – whether or not they also hold citizenship from another nation – are not allowed entry visas to the United States for 90 days to ease…

Understanding Applied to Double Dabble

Understanding is a funny thing. Sometimes you can trick yourself into thinking you understand something you really don’t. But most times you kinda sorta know that you don’t fully understand it, and I’m just not really sure how that works. In particular, there are two kinds of levels to "understanding." There’s that level where you…

Booked to Die (Review)

After reading John Dunning’s Booked to Die, I spent some time trying to find out who else had been nominated for a 1992 Edgar, only to find out I was wrong about the "else." It wasn’t even nominated in the "best first novel" category. This just seems like the sort of book that should have…

After Atlas (review)

There’s little doubt that Emma Newman’s After Atlas will be topping many "best of" lists in the coming year. Sometimes, when you’re reading a book, you just know. And yeah, this is one of those. It’ll be talked about. Just how one knows this is an open question – but one thing I keep wondering…

Immigration in the Aftermath of Berlin

The Mirror has an article up about the Berlin Christmas Market Terror attack sounding all the superficially right notes about how to react to it. I agree with the overall sentiment, but since immigration is rapidly becoming the Issue of the Year, broad outlines aren’t enough. This is an issue we need to start talking…