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The Crossroad




ISBN: 9781743519103
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Written by a Victoria Cross recipient, this is the true story of a messed up kid who made something of himself. Mark's dad died of cancer when he was young, and his mum was murdered. Mark then went through a period of being a burden on society, breaking windows for fun and generally being a pain in the butt. But then one day he decided to join the army...

This book is very well written, and super readable. I enjoyed it a lot, and I think its an important lesson about how troubled teenagers are sometimes that way because of pain in their past, and can often still end up being a valued contributor to society. I have been recommending this book to pretty much everyone I meet since I started reading it.

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Syndicated 2015-08-06 22:04:00 from stillhq.com : Mikal, a geek from Canberra living in Silicon Valley (no blather posts)

Terrible pong

The kids at coding club have decided that we should write an implementation of pong in python. I took a look at some options, and decided tkinter was the way to go. Thus, I present a pong game broken up into stages which are hopefully understandable to an 11 year old: Operation Terrible Pong.

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Related posts: More coding club; Implementing SCP with paramiko; Coding club day one: a simple number guessing game in python; Packet capture in python; mbot: new hotness in Google Talk bots; Calculating a SSH host key with paramiko

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Syndicated 2015-08-06 17:21:00 from stillhq.com : Mikal, a geek from Canberra living in Silicon Valley (no blather posts)

Searching for open bugs in a launchpad project

The launchpad API docs are OMG terrible, and it took me way too long to work out how to do this, so I thought I'd document it for later. Here's how you list all the open bugs in a launchpad project using the API:

The End of All Things




ISBN: 1447290496
LibraryThing
I don't read as much as I should these days, but one author I always make time for is John Scalzi. This is the next book in the Old Man's War universe, and it continues from where The Human Division ended on a cliff hanger. So, let's get that out of the way -- ending a book on a cliff hanger is a dick move and John is a bad bad man. Then again I really enjoyed The Human Division, so I will probably forgive him.

I don't think this book is as good as The Human Division, but its a solid book. I enjoyed reading it and it wasn't a chore like some books this far into a universe can be (I'm looking at you, Asimov share cropped books). The conclusion to the story arc is sensible, and not something I would have predicted, so overall I'm going to put this book on my mental list of the very many non-terrible Scalzi books.

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Related posts: The Last Colony ; The Human Division; Old Man's War ; The Ghost Brigades ; Old Man's War (2); The Ghost Brigades (2)


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Syndicated 2015-08-02 00:39:00 from stillhq.com : Mikal, a geek from Canberra living in Silicon Valley (no blather posts)

Geocaching with a view

I went to find a couple of geocaches in a jet lag fuelled caching walk this morning. Quite scenic!

         

Interactive map for this route.

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Related posts: In Sydney!; In Sydney for the day; A further update on Robyn's health; RIP Robyn Boland; Weekend update; Bigger improvements

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Syndicated 2015-07-28 16:38:00 from stillhq.com : Mikal, a geek from Canberra living in Silicon Valley (no blather posts)

Chet and I went on an adventure to LA-96

So, I've been fascinated with American nuclear history for ages, and Chet and I got talking about what if any nuclear launch facilities there were in LA. We found LA-96 online and set off on an expedition to explore. An interesting site, its a pity there are no radars left there. Apparently SF-88 is the place to go for tours from vets and radars.

                                       

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I also made a quick and dirty 360 degree video of the view of LA from the top of the nike control radar tower: