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Doctor Who, Series 5
In reverse chronological order:
- C. S. Lewis on intelligence in Christianity
- Programming Pearls
- Steve Jobs “never had any designs. He has not designed a single project”
- Another challenge: can you write a correct selection sort
- Still hatin’ on git: now with added Actual Reasons!
- The long-overdue serious attempt at The Silmarillion, part 1: what it isn’t and what it is
- Writing correct code, part 1: invariants
- Only 10% of programmers can write a binary search
- The long-overdue serious attempt at Lisp, part 2: is Lisp just too hard?
- The C Programming Language
- The eleventh Doctor: first impressions
- A brief, yet helpful, lesson on elementary resource-locking strategy
- The hacker, the architect and the superhero
- Programming the Commodore 64
- Where Dijkstra went wrong
- The Elements of Programming Style
- Whatever happened to programming?, redux
- Whatever happened to programming?
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This is from T. H. White’s absolutely brilliant book The Once and Future King – Book III (The Ill-made Knight), chapter XII (page 374 in my edition):
There is a thing called knowledge of the world, which people do not have until they are middle-aged. It is something which cannot be taught to younger people, because it is not logical and does not obey laws which are constant. It has no rules. Only, in the long years which bring women to the middle of life, a sense of balance develops. You can’t teach a baby to walk by explaining the matter to her logically — she has to learn the strange poise of walking by experience. In some way like that, you cannot teach a young woman to have knowledge of the world. She has to be left to the experience of the years. Continue reading
It came through the door this morning!
My book The Eleventh Doctor: a critical ramble through Matt Smith’s tenure in Doctor Who has been available in electronic form for more than a week now [amazon.com, amazon.co.uk, others]
The paperback edition of The Eleventh Doctor is now ready to go, after a lot of heavy-duty LibreOffice-wrangling (which I might write about some time) and some great work on the cover by Anna Nordling.
At this point, the only thing that’s holding me up from hitting the Publish button is that I wanted to include a couple of quotes on the back cover. You know the kind of thing: “Once I had put it down, I couldn’t pick it up again”, “Taylor exhibits exactly the level of cultural insight you’d expect from a professional programmer”, “At least the fonts are nice”.
I’m actually a fortnight late, but I just noticed that Andrew Hickey’s Doctor Who book is out. It’s available as in paperback, hardback, Kindle (US and UK) and other e-book formats. I just bought my copy: paperback for £10, with free shipping using the “FREESHIP” coupon code.
In putting together the Doctor Who book, I’ve used proper heading styles rather than manually bolding and resizing the headings of the various sections. By using Heading 1, Heading 2 and Heading 3 styles, I’m then able to automatically generate a table of contents (which I’ll append below as a taster).
My book The Eleventh Doctor will soon be complete as regards reviews — containing everything I’ve written up to and including the 50th anniversary special. I have only one episode to back-fill before that’s complete, The Name of the Doctor, which I plan to watch tonight and write about tomorrow.
Regulars will remember from earlier this month that I’m writing a book about the Eleventh Doctor. I’m really happy with the way the cover turned out, and also with this illustration that I put together for the introduction to the Series 6 section: