George V. Reilly

Review: Skinny Dip

Title: Skinny Dip
Author: Carl Hiaasen
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★
Publisher: Warner
Copyright: 2004
Pages: 496
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.

HTML5 tables require tr inside thead

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:

<table>
    <thead>
        <tr>
            <th>Name</th>
            <th>Value</th>
            <th>Date</th>
        </tr>
 
continue.

Review: The Italian Job

Title: The Italian Job
Director: Peter Collinson
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★
Released: 1969
Keywords: heist, comedy, cars
Country: UK
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. (They’re proto-Eu­roskep­tics.) And they’re going to do it by causing the mother continue.

Jenkins Pipelines

I just published a series of blog posts at the MetaBrite DevBlog about our ex­pe­ri­ences in migrating to Jenkins and Pipelines.

Review: Kill Me Three Times

Title: Kill Me Three Times
Director: Kriv Stenders
Rating: ★ ★ ★
Released: 2014
Keywords: black comedy thriller
Country: Australia
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.

Review: I Shall Wear Midnight

Title: I Shall Wear Midnight
Author: Terry Pratchett
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★
Publisher: Harper
Copyright: 2010
Pages: 355
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.

Rec­om­mend­ed.

I Shall Wear Midnight follows The Wee Free Men, A Hat Full of Sky, and Win­ter­smith.

Old Presentations

I uploaded some pre­sen­ta­tions to Speak­erDeck.com tonight.

Here are various pre­sen­ta­tions of mine at Speak­erDeck.com and SlideShare.net:

Trump: Media Suppresses Coverage of Terrorist Attacks

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.

Review: Gone, Baby, Gone

Title: Gone, Baby, Gone
Author: Dennis Lehane
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ½
Publisher: William Morrow
Copyright: 1998
Pages: 256
Keywords: crime
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.

Seattle Accessibility

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.

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