Saturday, January 20, 2007
Learn RegEx, Save the World
Earlier in the week I needed to parse a rather large section of text to pull out some values (this is for part of the work I'm doing with ICE at the moment - and a post for another time). The work reminded me of a comic I'd seen a week or two earlier. It pretty much summed up how I felt:
Wednesday, January 17, 2007
Non Sequitur Desk Calendar
Thursday, January 04, 2007
Just Read: 2006
According to my ratings at the time, my favourite book of 2006 was Cryptonomicon (with a rating of 6/5) and my least favourite was Timeline (2/5). January saw me finish the most books (4), with both March and October seeing me not finish any. The longest book I read was Cryptonomicon (1168 pages) and the shortest was Murder Unprompted (164).
According to the Amazon page count, I read a total of 8390 pages of fiction novels, which averages to 699 pages per month, or 23 pages a day. I gave an average rating of 3.5, and the average length of each book was 441 pages. Just under half the books I ready were by authors I'd not read before and Neal Stephenson was the only author I read two books by this year. Interview with the Vampire was the only book I had read before, although I had attempted to read Name of the Rose.
And just 'cause I felt like it, here's the number of pages I read each month (generated using my super-secret formula)
Just Read: December
Discovered: I figured after nearly 15 years, I'd give it another read
About it: Louis is a vampire. And he's a bit bored of it. So he decides to tell some guy with a tape recorder all about it. It was a great story when I first read it, but I was an angsty teenager at the beginning of a massive vampire kick. This time around, it was tired and annoying. For most of the book I just kept thinking about Lestat's final line in the movie:
Oh, Louis, Louis. Still whining, Louis. Have you heard enough? I've had to listen to that for centuries....My Rating: 2.5/5
Timeline by Michael Crichton
Discovered: A wondering book at the Crisp Cafe
About it: A big company has invented a time machine. The sent back a historian and loose him, so then send back his grad students. Of course, they don't actually get to that bit until half way through the book. Here's a hint - if your book is called "Timeline", and you talk about going back in time in the blurb, you don't need to spend half the book building up to the amazing revelation that the Mysterious Big Company has a time machine. 'Cause really, we kind of saw it coming...
My Rating: 2/5
Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk
Discovered: Post-Christmas sales
About it: Rather then sum up the plot of Fight Club, I'd rather just comment on my awesome copy of it. But I've already done that.
My Rating: 4/5
Wednesday, January 03, 2007
Project Mayhem Strikes!
The Fightclub part ends at a pretty perfect moment - the big "twist" is revealed, and you can fill in most of the remaining blanks. And it's a pretty brilliant Project Mayhem thing to do.
But no, it turns out I just managed to get the most excellent printing error ever. The other book is called The Undomestic Goddess, and I would recommend not reading any more then what's on the scan below.
I'm now trying to decide if I should return it, keep it or sell it...