The Real Folk Blues

SyFy Wire has a Top 30 TV SciFi Theme Songs clickbait post up. It’s partly tongue-in-cheek (no one seriously believes that Quantum Leap has an iconic theme, for example). But most of it seems serious … and lazy. Here’s my litany of complaints. Omissions Buffy the Vampire Slayer. It might just be the fanboy in…

The Break/La Trêve (Review)

My first thought on finishing The Break (La Trêve) – a Belgian neo-noir crime drama miniseries that you can, at the time of writing, watch on Netflix – was that it’s the best crime series I’ve seen since Breaking Bad‘s first season. That’s frustrating, because it means that our best could be better. Modern crime…

What Universities Were Never For

A notion currently as fashionable as it is pernicious is the idea that free speech protections should only ever be legal protections. As long as the government respects our free speech rights, we citizens can and should feel free to use whatever legitimate private means of silencing speech we disagree with are available to us.…

Application and Composition

Haskell‘s notorious learning curve isn’t just down to the apparent need to learn advanced Category Theory before you can cogently browse the documentation. It’s also that you’re hit with a syntax that’s really unfamiliar – at least if you’re coming from the more "mainstream" languages like I am (Python, C++, Coffeescript). In particular, you’re hit…

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…