Archive for June 2012

Review: “Redshirts” by John Scalzi

RedshirtsRedshirts by John Scalzi

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

What starts as a piss-take on “Star Trek”s disposable away-team characters gets, first, properly twisted (the characters put the pieces together) and then goes meta, or recursive, or something. Funny and breezily written, with some appropriately sentimental genre stuff. This would be a perfect transcontinental airplane read.

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Feast For Crows Review: What a Slog

A Feast for Crows (A Song of Ice and Fire #4)A Feast for Crows by George R.R. Martin
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

A slog through 1000 pages of genealogies and minor characters failing in their plots. Isn’t THE WHOLE DAMN POINT that all this bickering about the Iron Throne is pointless while the true threats are creeping down from the North? There’s some good stuff — about 100 pages worth — but there’s far, far too much of:

“Aye, my lady,” the septon said. “The river moved. Seventy years ago, it was. Or was it eighty? It was when old Masha Heddle’s grandfather kept the place. It was her who told me all this history. A kindly woman, Masha, fond of sourleaf and honey cakes. When she did not have a room for me, she would let me sleep beside the hearth, and she never send me on my way without some bread and cheese and a few stale cakes.”

“Is she the innkeep now?” asked Podrick.

“No. The lions hanged her….”

FFS.

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Looking for Job / Contract Opportunities

One of the major quos one gets pro being on a 2-year contract quid is that it’s not disloyal, 6-months out, to publicly seek a new opportunity.

Supposedly, the software development community has weathered the Great Recession well and has come roaring back. To believe my Twitter feed, everyone works at Teh Greatest Place Ever with Teh Most Amazing Culture on Teh Most Fascinating Problems.

But I was surprised to see a top-notch developer mention he was using DICE, which I remember as a dispiriting sinkhole of utterly clueless headhunters of the “10 years experience with {2-year-old technology}” ilk. Surely, I think, the world has embraced some developer-driven jobs board such as Joel Spolsky’s or Stack Overflow’s? No? What about GitHub’s? Please tell me to do something more encouraging than trolling Dice, Monster, and Craigslist!

Or, if you happen to know a non-posted position for an experienced and competent software developer with decent communication skills and a broad-to-a-fault spectrum of language and platform experience, let me know.

My Careers 2.0 CV

I’ll be available no earlier than December and may not be available at all (depending on the budgeting strategy of a 5-nation international committee). I am based in Hawai’i and it would take a heck of an offer to tempt me to someplace that had colder water and cloudier skies.

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