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vatine July 22 2014, 10:51

2014 - #77, "Captain's Fury", Jim Butcher


Fourth Codex Alera volume. Things that happened in the past come back and pay off (or, pay forward). Things happen taht set future things up. Some element of justice is reaped (see "come back and pay off"). Some things that have been hinted at pretty strongly become explicit, to everyone intimately concerned.

I do, on the whole, like Codex Alera and enjoy its fictional universe.

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graydon July 22 2014, 05:56

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Day 7, rest day in Astoria. Day of wandering around. Eating, getting bike fixed, laundry, drinking. Astoria is cute, touristy, very west coast. Micro breweries and ice cream, place downtown with big room full of free vintage arcade cabinets to play. Giant car carriers coming and going in the river all day, with coast guard escorts? Walked up the big hill for sunset, saw fantastic view of surrounding bay and river inlet. Tomorrow riding again. I want more rest, but we should keep moving.

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vatine July 21 2014, 12:24

2014 - #76, "Cursor's Fury", Jim Butcher


This is the third Codex Alera book. Tavi has aged another two years and is at the start of the book busy with studying the Romanic Arts, when he's called up to join a newly-formed legion ("First Aleran", if memory serves me right) under an assumed name.

As per usual, "things that have happened in previous books pay off, some planting of seed for future volumes happens".

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vatine July 21 2014, 09:59

2014 - #75, "Academ's Fury", Jim Butcher


This is the second Codex Alera book. Tavi has moved to the big city and has spent two years at the Academy. He's also been one of (the?) page to Gaius Sixtus. Events that will resonate throughout the rest of the series happen.

Don't know how much more cogent I can be about it. It's an overall pleasant read, I would say.

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graydon July 21 2014, 06:31

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Day 6, Astoria, Oregon. 80km, mostly flat, a few rolling hills. Muscles held out, back didn't act up. I'm absolutely disgusting smelling, and at the end of such a day covered in road grit, salt, and sunscreen. One more flat (my first on this trip), otherwise uneventful. Split an entire box of instant oatmeal for breakfast and a bag of bagels for lunch. Lovely scenery. Tidal mud flats, wildlife sanctuary, light rain in the morning then cool clouds during the rest. Minimal headwind, occasional tailwind. Relatively good morale, a little tired but feeling muscles growing in response to the week. Also Frances took 5lbs of my cargo to help mitigate risk of further back strain today, she's stronger than me.

There's a 6km long bridge across the mouth of the Columbia river, crossing into Oregon and entering Astoria. Last segment of the ride in today. It's more pleasant per meter than the Lewis and Clark bridge up river, but six times longer and has a span that's elevated for cargo ships to pass under.

Motel wifi here is annoyingly spotty. Taking a rest day tomorrow. Might tourist a bit, or just sleep and eat. Astoria is where the Goonies was filmed, thus Google is recommending various Goonies things.

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graydon July 20 2014, 04:59

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Day 5, south bend, 50km. Very difficult day despite being very short. Two flats, tire replacement, heavy headwinds, rain, lots of climbing and no muscle energy left for it. Hills taken at 8-10km/h. Mentally checked out during much of it. My legs and back really hurt. Morale low. Took muscle relaxants and epsom salt bath and stretched back, which of course resulted in a strained back in exactly the spot I wanted to stretch. Fuck.

I don't want any advice or sympathy. I just want to whine about it. Either my back is injured problematically or it's not. I'll find out when I wake up tomorrow and/or try to ride on it. We were planning to take the day after tomorrow off in Astoria anyway. Maybe we will have to take more.

I feel very weak and soft, as though today "shouldn't" have been hard. Everyone I've mentioned this trip to describes doing some variant that's longer, harder, faster, camping in the rough and possibly riding on a unicycle and towing a paraglider. But I'm a 37 year old desk jockey and realistically I know there's little way to guess how long I'll be able to ride or how hard I'll find it. I'm annoyed by people expressing norms about it. It's a trip. Ostensibly for fun.

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graydon July 19 2014, 00:05

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Day 4, Montesano. 55km, short day, another 3 degrees cooler. Headwinds but mostly freeway riding, flat and straight. In by 3pm. Lunch at a burger shack in McCleary. Passed nuclear plant, variety of farms and empty lots. Not heavily developed area. Plenty of trucks and campers, mostly polite today. No flats, injuries or equipment failures, just sore muscles. Lots of stretching tonight. Another short day tomorrow, coincidence of sparse plausible places to stop.

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graydon July 18 2014, 05:40

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Day 3, Shelton, 82km. 5 degrees cooler, but rolling hills all day, legs sore. First flat. First equipment failure: stripped mounting bolt on front derailleur (thanks bike shop!) fixed by borrowing bolt from bottle cage. Random strangers hollered incoherently at us and gave us the finger. The concept of a camper van has graduated to "a full length tour bus, with two people in it". There are hundreds of these things. They drag cars behind them.

Hood canal is lovely and relatively sparse. Narrow roads. Peaceful many places. Mud flats, wetlands, mountains, forests. Decent ice cream and adorable post offices in one-store small towns. Everyone complains about living in Washington state and paying high taxes.

Road race car convention has checked into hotel. They are not quiet. Currently standing outside our door having a passionate conversation about race cars. Hm.

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graydon July 14 2014, 00:23

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Writing in public is nerve wracking. I didn't do it for a bunch of years, because I'm shy and generally prefer to avoid conflict or attention. I'm wading back into the practice this year for Personal Growth reasons, and I feel a little more inclined to defend the space rather than just go back into hiding. For now, anyway.

To new readers: this is a semi-private, or at least mostly-personal blog, where I mostly write about old movies, leftish politics, things happening in my life, and bike trips, with bits of technical history or "what I'm poking at" thrown in for good measure. I sometimes write about PLs because I've spent some time working in there and I think it's a pretty field that not enough people do history-writing about. I haven't any single coherent point I'm trying to make, I know I'm pretty often wrong or my understanding is distorted, and I don't much want to debate it. There are other places on the internet to debate things.

I'm going to go finish watching Gaslight (1944) and pack for the very large bike trip starting this week. There won't be more PL-writing for some time. Possibly some photos of the pacific coast.

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xach July 13 2014, 23:10

International Lisp Conference 2014

I'm going to the International Lisp Conference in 2014 and so should you. It's great to meet Lispers in person and swap stories. Montreal is also a great city.

The deadline for early registration is tomorrow, Monday, July 14th. If you join the ALU for $25, early registration is only $300. (If you don't join the ALU, early registration is $400.) After tomorrow the registration fee goes up signifcantly!

Go register today! See you in Montreal next month!
graydon July 11 2014, 22:35

technicalities: interactive scientific computing #2 of 2, goldilocks languages

In my previous post I discussed Ousterhout's Dichotomy at some length and suggested that it was ubiquitous in computing. In this post I will discuss some famililes of language that reject Outsterhout's Dichotomy, their history, and a new language called Julia.

As usual, this is a (very) long, boring post for people who don't care about languages, so I'll cut it for brevity.

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