Just finnished listening to the audio book of John Scalzi’s Old Man’s War.
It’s a really good military science fiction story, not as good as Forever War or Starship Troopers but an entertaining read. The narrator of the book was excellent.
Old Man’s War is the first novel in Scalzi’s Old Man’s War_series. A sequel, The Ghost Brigades was published in 2006, followed by two other books, The Last Colony (2007) and Zoe’s Tale (2008).
Another book in the series, The Human Division, was published as a serial) and then collected in a novel (2013). The next book in the series, The End of All Things), was published in June 2015 as four novellas
First thing I did when I finnished it was start the second book (I have now finnished the fifth)
The Ghost Brigades
Old Man’s War, Book 2
Narrated By: William Dufris
Publisher: Pan MacmillanDate: March 2017
Duration: 10 hours 27 minutes
Who can you trust, if you can’t trust yourself?
Three hostile alien races have united against humanity, determined to halt our expansion into space. The mastermind behind this lethal alliance is a traitor – Charles Boutin. He was a Colonial Defence Force scientist, with access to their biggest military secrets. Now the CDF’s only hope is to discover Boutin’s plan. Trouble is, Boutin’s dead.
As a super-soldier created from Boutin’s own DNA, Jared Dirac may have answers. However, when Dirac fails to access the scientist’s memories, he’s transferred to the Ghost Brigades for training. These elite troops are also cloned from the dead, so he might fit in. But will Dirac’s memory return as the enemy plots the fate of humankind? And whose side is Dirac really on?
The Last Colony
Old Man’s War, Book 3
By: John Scalzi
Narrated by: William Dufris
Length: 9 hrs and 51 mins
Retired from his fighting days, John Perry is now village ombudsman for a human colony on distant Huckleberry. With his wife, former Special Forces warrior Jane Sagan, he farms several acres, adjudicates local disputes, and enjoys watching his adopted daughter grow up.
That is, until his and Jane’s past reaches out to bring them back into the game – as leaders of a new human colony, to be peopled by settlers from all the major human worlds, for a deep political purpose that will put Perry and Sagan back in the thick of interstellar politics, betrayal, and war.
Old Man’s War, Book 4
By: John Scalzi
Narrated by: Tavia Gilbert
Length: 10 hrs
Zoe’s Tale is a parallel retelling of Scalzi’s third Old Man’s War novel, The Last Colony*, written as a first-person narrative from the viewpoint of Zoë Boutin Perry. It follows up on several plot points that were underrepresented in the original novel.
“How do you tell your part in the biggest tale in history?
“I ask because it’s what I have to do. I’m Zoe Boutin Perry: A colonist stranded on a deadly pioneer world. Holy icon to a race of aliens. A player (and a pawn) in a interstellar chess match to save humanity, or to see it fall. Witness to history. Friend. Daughter. Human. Seventeen years old.
“Everyone on Earth knows the tale I am part of. But you don’t know my tale: How I did what I did – how I did what I had to do – not just to stay alive but to keep you alive, too. All of you. I’m going to tell it to you now, the only way I know how: not straight but true, the whole thing, to try make you feel what I felt: the joy and terror and uncertainty, panic and wonder, despair and hope. Everything that happened, bringing us to Earth, and Earth out of its captivity. All through my eyes.
“It’s a story you know. But you don’t know it all.”
- it is very fast
- Since this is a technical blog, I needed to be able to embed rmarkdown documents easily. Hugo is great for this.
- It has a large collection of templates. There are so many I actually spent over eight hours before I settled on casper-two
- [Switching the lights on: Hugo vs Hugo config files] (https://codewithhugo.com/switching-the-lights-on-hugo-vs-hugo-config-files/)
- A tiny case study about migrating to Netlify when disaster strikes at GitHub, featuring Cloudflare
estebanmoro.org has a very detailed setup guide for hugo, Rstudio and markdown
- Part I about to setup the blog using Hugo, RStudio and blogdown
- Part II explains my workflow of creating new posts.
- Part III how to modify the theme
The other themes I looked at were:
- an example hyde site
In the long run I might choose the Academic theme
A good Academic sample site is https://lbusett.netlify.com
- Getting started with the Academic framework for Hugo
- Tips for using the Hugo academic theme
A full list of themes can be seen at https://themes.gohugo.io/tags/blog/
Mac OS X links
- dark mode utility
- windows management
- A floating browser window for OS X, good for videos
- Plug, a app to listen to music from https://hypem.com/popular
- encrypto – Protect files with AES-256 encryption on Mac and windows
- The Ultimate List of Data Science Podcasts
- Rweekly: A greet list of R resources updated daily.
- Data Visualization: A Practical Introduction
- Working with ABS data in R
- Working with iCal files in R
- A Tidy Text Analysis of My Google Search History
- Extracting data from news articles: Australian pollution by postcode
- Summarizing rstudio::conf 2019 Summaries with Tidy Text Techniques
- Tidylog provides feedback about basic dplyr operations. It provides simple wrapper functions for the most common functions, such as filter, mutate, select, and group_by.
Books on R, Stats, and Graphics
- R for Data Science and the R for Data Science: Exercise Solutions are very useful.
- R Markdown: The Definitive Guide
- blogdown: Creating Websites with R Markdown
- Text Mining with R
- 21 Recipes for Mining Twitter Data with rtweet
- Efficient R programming
- Practical R for Mass Communication and Journalism
- ModernDive: Statistical Inference via Data Science
- Advanced R
- R packages
- Hands-On Programming with R
- The tidyverse style guide
- Dr Drang put me onto this:
“I’m … interested in learning R and ggplot (to that end, Kieran Healy’s Data Visualization a Practical Introduction was recent Christmas gift to myself).” So I purchased it from amazon for AUD $60 The book can be found online at Data Visualization: A practical introduction
- Fundamentals of Data Visualization
- R Graphics Cookbook
- How the BBC Visual and Data Journalism team works with graphics in R
- BBC Visual and Data Journalism cookbook for R graphics
I am studying data science. I have chosen to learn R first (before Python) because of its excellent visualisation capabilities.
I have just finished the first unit
– Introduction to the Tidyverse Course
This week I noticed Datacamp had a half price special, only$200 AUD for a years subscription. So I have cut down on playing games (sorry Battlefield V) and used that time to learn the tidyverse on datacamp.
According to Datacamp’s website it is “the smartest way to learn Data Science Online. The skills people and businesses need to succeed are changing. No matter where you are in your career or what field you work in, you will need to understand the language of data. With DataCamp, you learn data science today and apply it tomorrow.“
Battlefield 5 is being released next Tuesday (November 20, 2018)
I couldn’t wait for it, so I signed up for a month of premium access
Now I am downloading Battlefield 5, but at 44gb it’s going to take over 13 hours
Another reason to download it now is, I imagine next Tuesday the servers will be really busy.
Mr Brother shared his Netflix account with me.
So I am not very productive at the moment.
This is my first post on this blog.
Its running on WordPress on an Australian Cpanel setup for $6.48 AUD for the first year at zuver.net.au
After breaking my last chair (is someone telling me I am too fat?) I decided to buy a new chair.
It seems there is an official standard for chairs if you want a government or corporate contract. My chair meets it and has a seven year warranty compared with the standard one year warranty.
At time like this I wish I had a car. To get my chair I cycled 15km into the city and wheeled the chair and bicycle to the train station, took the train back home and then walked another kilometre back to my house.
Fully ergonomic office chair.
Moulded back and seat
7 Year Warranty
When I was shopping for the chair yesterday I decided to have lunch at my favourite Korean restaurant. It had gone out of business, the inside was gutted … it felt a little demoralizing.
So I went to my favourite computer shop, the usual guys weren’t there and I was talking with salesman about business. He said the rent for the small shop was over AUD $200,000 per year.
That’s highway robbery, so wandered down another few doors to an old chinese restaurant I really liked near RMIT … it had bloody closed, in its place another Korean restaurant 🙁
In disgust I wander back down the street and ate at the big Korean restaurant .. yummy