This American Life replayed an episode about the founder of cryonics, and it’s a great exploration of how an inadvertent con was born. Two things stood out to me. First, it was how fake the whole thing was from the outside. The other was that it was apparent that everyone believed that the future would deliver a miracle cure for . . .
Even though Peter Cannon/Thunderbolt was a standalone character, he’s likely more famous as the inspiration for Ozymandias in Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons’s Watchmen. A book so ubiquitous it almost defines superheroes despite not having a single character that’s a household name.
Of course, that’s because Moore and Gibbons’ seminal . . .
In what is likely in the big book of worst-case scenarios for 2020, a complete meltdown in Iowa that seemed to go against Bernie should have topped everyone's list. He has a mobilized army of online supporters who know that no one on the inside likes their guy, and they’re ready to burn the place down to get him through the . . .
I am slowly working my way through the book Automating the Boring Stuff with Python by Al Sweigart. I'm mostly working through a lot of the same concepts I previously covered in earlier entries in the series. While that content is useful to reinforce concepts for someone swapping between learning a new language and coding in Powershell at . . .
One of the reasons that I stopped doing the link posts is I really didn't want to make it a daily chore to scan through hours of news to write a sentence or two of snark. I still read about the same amount, but what I read isn't based on finding stories fit for riffing a couple of sentences.
The internet fuels . . .
If there were a rock biography fit for the comic pages, it would be David Bowie. Mike Allred chooses his most visual and iconic era, Ziggy Stardust, to fill out the pages of the rise from London folkie to glam superstar. * BOWIE: Stardust, Rayguns, & Moonage Daydreams* is partially a biography, but mostly a loving tribute to Bowie’s sheer . . .
I have not been good at keeping up with writing about books as I finish them here. To clear the slate at the beginning of the year, I'm going to do a short round-up.
Radicalized by Cory Doctorow
Cory Doctorow is the master at sci-fi as a polemic. His stories are pointed but also dense with allegory . . .