Title: Skinny Dip
Author: Carl Hiaasen
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★
Keywords: humor, crime
Reading period: 18–19 February, 2017
Joey Perrone is very surprised to find herself thrown off a cruise ship
on her second wedding anniversary.
After a night of swimming, she washes up on a small Florida island
in the company of a prematurely retired investigator.
Joey persuades Mick Stranahan not to report the attempted murder,
but instead to investigate and torment her worthless husband, Chaz,
who turns out to be a biostitute for a major polluter of the Everglades,
as well as a relentless pussyhound, an inept killer, and an all-round shitheel.
Hiaasen has a lot of …continue.
When I learned HTML tables back in the 90s,
at some point I discovered the <thead> element
for grouping the <th> column headers.
What I missed was there should be a <tr> element between the two.
In other words, a well-formed HTML table with a header looks like this:
Title: The Italian Job
Director: Peter Collinson
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★
Keywords: heist, comedy, cars
Watched: 17 Febuary, 2017
The Italian Job movie is worth your time.
One of the quintessential movies of the Swinging Sixties,
its British sensibility wears well, almost 50 years on.
The humour still works.
And it’s probably the best advertisement that the Mini ever had.
Charlie Croker (Michael Caine) has inherited a plan to rip off $4 million in gold bullion
from Fiat in Turin.
He and the lads are going to help the balance of payments
by bringing the loot back from the Common Market.
And they’re going to do it by causing the mother …continue.
I just published a series of blog posts at the MetaBrite DevBlog
about our experiences in migrating to Jenkins and Pipelines.
Title: Kill Me Three Times
Director: Kriv Stenders
Rating: ★ ★ ★
Keywords: black comedy thriller
Watched: 10 February, 2017
A jealous husband engages
a private detective-cum-killer for hire (Simon Pegg) to follow his wife.
Upon proof of her infidelity, he orders a hit,
which triggers a comedy of errors and double crosses,
which ultimately leaves most of the cast dead at each other’s hands.
There’s not much to like about this Australian noirish comedy.
It’s bloody but not that funny.
The characters are thinly drawn and unengaging.
They’re a far cry from Tarantino’s gonzo motormouths
or the Coen Brother’s quirky killers.
Title: I Shall Wear Midnight
Author: Terry Pratchett
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★
Keywords: humor, fantasy
Reading period: 3–5 February, 2017
Tiffany Aching is now the overworked and overly responsible Witch of the Chalk.
People everywhere are fearing and distrusting witches more.
When her patient, the ailing Baron dies, she is blamed.
Other troubles multiply.
Eventually she realizes that the Cunning Man,
a long-dead witchfinder,
is seeping poison into people’s hearts.
Aided by the troublemaking Nac Mac Feegle, she defeats him.
I Shall Wear Midnight follows
The Wee Free Men, A Hat Full of Sky, and Wintersmith.
I uploaded some presentations to SpeakerDeck.com tonight.
Here are various presentations of mine at SpeakerDeck.com and SlideShare.net:
Donald Trump is now claiming (WaPo):
Speaking to the U.S. Central Command on Monday,
President Trump went off his prepared remarks to make a truly stunning claim:
The media was intentionally covering up reports of terrorist attacks.
“You’ve seen what happened in Paris, and Nice.
All over Europe, it’s happening,” he said to the assembled military leaders.
“It’s gotten to a point where it’s not even being reported.
And in many cases the very, very dishonest press doesn’t want to report it.
They have their reasons, and you understand that.”
More: The Atlantic, Vice.
This is ridiculous on the face of it.
With literally billions of cellphone cameras in circulation
and hundreds of millions of …continue.
Title: Gone, Baby, Gone
Author: Dennis Lehane
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ½
Publisher: William Morrow
Reading period: 7 January–3 February, 2017
Four-year-old Amanda McCready has disappeared.
Her aunt, desperate to find her,
engages PIs Patrick Kenzie and Angie Gennaro to find the child.
The mother, Helene, is drunken, slatternly, and neglectful:
in short, unfit and unsympathetic.
Kenzie and Gennaro don’t want the case—the odds of finding Amanda alive and unharmed are low.
They’ll go through hell before they succeed.
This book veers from blackly funny to gutwrenching.
Kenzie and Gennaro come up against the worst of the worst
and against decent people doing wrong for reasons that seem right to …continue.
I’ve been using a knee walker for the last couple of weeks.
For the first time, I took public transportation by myself
to attend Papers We Love tonight.
I rolled myself from 1st Ave S & Washington up to the Pioneer Square station,
took the Light Rail one stop north to the University Street station at 3rd & Seneca,
then rolled down the hill to 2nd & Spring.
It’s a trip I wouldn’t have thought about twice if I were walking normally—and I probably would have walked the entire way
rather than take the Light Rail only one short stop.
It’s a different matter on a knee scooter.
I said …continue.