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HEY Email

10 minutes to read — 2519 words

HEY email launched in mid-June to generally positive reviews, but coverage of the product itself was largely overshadowed by a fight between HEY and Apple regarding HEY's monetization strategy. I won't go into all the details here, but basically…
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Static Site Search with Gatsby and Algolia

4 minutes to read — 1127 words

About a month ago, I wrote about developing a static website with server-side Javascript . As I discovered, there are a lot of advantages to a static site. But one of the disadvantages to the lack of a database is that it isn't obvious how to make…
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"The Ten Thousand Doors of January" by Alix E. Harrow

2 minutes to read — 458 words

Alix E. Harrow's debut novel is a magical journey through fantastical worlds. January is the ward of the wealthy collector Cornelius Locke. She's raised in Locke's mansion, which is stuffed with rare treasures from every corner of this world (and…
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Server Side JavaScript and Static Websites

9 minutes to read — 2345 words

I've experimented with server-side JavaScript in the past, but I finally had an opportunity to dig in and actually build a website with it. I have a lot of experience with JavaScript in general; one of my major professional projects over the past few…
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Ten Albums in Ten Days

8 minutes to read — 2224 words

I've been enjoying the "ten albums in ten days" challenge/craze/fad/thing on Facebook. The basic idea is that you post ten of your favorite albums or albums that had a particular impact on you, one each day for ten days. It was a neat opportunity to…
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"Children of Earth and Sky" by Guy Gavriel Kay

2 minutes to read — 440 words

I should have known Guy Gavriel Kay wouldn't let me down. Kay's books are often classified as fantasy, but I think they're firmly historical fiction. I don't have anything against fantasy—I grew up on J.K. Rowling and Philip Pullman, and I still love…
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"Darknet" by Matthew Mather

1 minute to read — 273 words

Like Douglas E. Richards's Infinity Born , Darknet is a near-future science fiction thriller about the dangers of artificial intelligence. But Darknet is a much subtler, more carefully crafted, realistic, and enjoyable novel. Darknet follows…
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Ubuntu Updates

2 minutes to read — 475 words

As I've continued to use Ubuntu as my Linux distro of choice on my XPS 15 , I've made some modifications to my setup. I'm describing some of them here. Aesthetics There are a couple of new aesthetic options that I really like. These include the…
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"Infinity Born" by Douglas E. Richards

2 minutes to read — 584 words

I didn't like this book. It has some interesting and promising ideas, but none of them are well-executed. Ultimately it's a book with boring characters about computer science and espionage that seems to be written by someone with little understanding…
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Ubuntu 17.10 on the XPS 15

3 minutes to read — 902 words

I've written a couple of posts about Linux lately, one about beautifying the GNOME desktop and one about setting up Elementary OS on my Thinkpad T450s . I recently upgraded my primary computer from the great but aging Thinkpad to a new Dell XPS…
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