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  • Failed Writer’s Journey: Grinding and Cancer Update

    Sorry for missing the last two weeks of these features. As you may have read, approximately two weeks ago I was diagnosed with cancer. They seem to have caught it early and the doctors are using the word “cure” a lot. However, there are a lot of tests and appointments that come with a cancer…

  • Slow Burn on Jupiter: A Short Review of The Imposition of Unnecessary Obstacles

    The Imposition of Unnecessary Obstacles is the direct sequel to The Mimicking of Known Successes by Malka Older. It is a deeper, richer book than the first one (which I liked, even if I could not entirely explain why), but its pleasures are still not entirely based on what is advertised on the cover or…

  • Imitative AI and A Trustless Future

    One of the supposed easy tasks for imitative AI is helping programmers write, at least, boilerplate code. Much programming is what we call boilerplate — code that is largely the same from project to project that creates the routine functions that code depends upon. The first thing any competent programmer does once a project has…

  • Misinformation Over Broadway: A Review of An Enemy of the People

    A disclaimer before I start: I know an actor who has a small part in this play. I don’t think that colors by opinion overly. If I had not liked it, I would not have written a review. My wife and I saw An Enemy of the People at the Circle on the Square theater…

  • Hot Cancer Summer and Skin in the Game

    I have cancer, but that is not what this post is going to be about. I don’t have a prognosis yet as I just found out Monday. The rest of this week is tests and consultations. It is those, and how we treat Americans in the health care system, that I want to discuss. Yesterday,…

  • What Is Technology For?

    I have told this story before, but I did not set out to work in technology. I was either going to be a writer or a lawyer. I was either going to be the next Bernstein or the next Perry Mason. And then my school made me take an engineering course. The course itself was…

  • Josh Gibson’s Stats are as Invalid as Babe Ruth’s — And Just as Valid

    Not the newsletter’s usual fair, but my dad is a huge baseball fan, so this caught my eye. MLB, at the end of a very long research process, has added the stats from Negro Leagues (yes Leagues. There were seven of them that are officially recognized as “major” leagues). The stats are not complete yet,…

  • AI’s Latest Product: A Spam Generation Machine. Or Writing is Thinking

    Perplexity, one of the new AI driven search engines, is offering a product that allows you to create web pages based on prompt inputs. This is marketed as good for teachers and students: “In a blog post, Perplexity says it designed Pages to help educators, researchers, and “hobbyists” share their knowledge.” Nonsense. First, you aren’t…

  • Fairness Means Treating a Prince Like a Pauper. Or Trump’s Conviction is Good

    I have seen some commentary fretting about, or pretending to fret about, wanting to see Trump in jail if you are a prison abolitionist or reformist. I don’t think that is a valid concern and a book series from the last century about democratic space wizards can show you why. When I was a wee…

  • Good Tech News i.e. the Non-Silcon Valley Newsletter

    Bit busy with life and work today, but I thought I would take a moment to point out that not everything in technology is full of bullshit. I thought a brief discussion of some of them might remind us that technology still has value. First, the Biden administration and twenty-one states have agreed on a…