La Serena Driving: Notes from Chile

Between the high-revving manual transmission, the shave-the-door lanes, and the staccato “Turn left” instructions issuing from my iPhone GPS, driving here has a very XBox-ian feel to it. If you pretend the randomly located speed bumps are power-ups, the illusion is nearly perfect. … There are an astonishing number of taxis, small black Chevies. To […]

WinRT is as much about manycore processing as it is about the UI.

The long-term success of every operating system is tied to the progress of hardware, which has taken a 90-degree turn from “faster every generation” to “more parallel every generation.” For the better part of a decade, the chips in new machines have run no faster, but there have been more processors living side-by-side. Many of […]

Birds: Notes From Chile

As the sun falls, the seagulls, which have been the only birds I’ve seen, are joined by some swifts darting into the facade of nearby buildings and a trio of hawks or maybe kites: rather drab, but with that athletic sharp-banked twisting flight. … The wide beach has a cold-looking tumbling surf but there are […]

A Game of Thrones: My Review

A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin My rating: 4 of 5 stars Dynamite, the most compellingly complete “world” I’ve read in I-can’t-remember. The world is brilliant, a gritty and “realistic” medieval-ish place with slowly-introduced fantastical elements — summers and winters last for years (and even decades), there were once dragons, there are zombies […]