Cronyism, Conspiracy, and Incompetence

MikeNM

Rants and Reviews. Mostly just BS and Affiliate Links.

February 07, 2020

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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 . . .

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Learning Diary: Python Tic Tac Toe

MikeNM

Rants and Reviews. Mostly just BS and Affiliate Links.

January 29, 2020

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 . . .

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Performative Consumption

MikeNM

Rants and Reviews. Mostly just BS and Affiliate Links.

January 21, 2020

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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 . . .

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Book Review - BOWIE: Stardust, Rayguns, & Moonage Daydreams

MikeNM

Rants and Reviews. Mostly just BS and Affiliate Links.

January 14, 2020

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 . . .

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Book Review Roundup

MikeNM

Rants and Reviews. Mostly just BS and Affiliate Links.

January 10, 2020

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 . . .

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My Favorite Albums of 2019

MikeNM

Rants and Reviews. Mostly just BS and Affiliate Links.

December 31, 2019

Last year I did a simple scrape of LastFM to build a mathematical list of my top albums. This year, I spent a fair amount of the summer making mixes for my bike rides, which skewed things a bit toward more aggressive or energetic stuff. So I spent the last month or so revisiting everything I picked up in 2019, and found I needed to expand the . . .

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Searching The Stacks

MikeNM

Rants and Reviews. Mostly just BS and Affiliate Links.

December 20, 2019

Curating your own interests is essential. There are so many think pieces devoted to curating your media diet or trimming down on the time that you spend on social media. The concept reads to me that too many people are passively letting crap come to them. Of course, the algorithm is shit, the algorithm only exists to . . .

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