Monthly Archives: September 2012

Building A Computer, Part Two

The Motherboard In many ways, the motherboard is the most important choice you will make. All of your other hardware plugs into your motherboard, one way or another, and so it determines almost everything you’ll eventually be able to do … Continue reading

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Building a Computer, Part One

Why do this anyway? I admit it. I’m a geek. I’m so geeky, I build my own computers. I even built one for my ex-wife. It turns out that this isn’t as hard as it used to be. Now-a-days, the … Continue reading

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The Turing Test

Will computers ever become more human?  How smart are computers, anyway? I don’t know about yours, but mine computer’s pretty dumb.  I mean, if I want to count something, like the balance in my checkbook or the scores in my … Continue reading

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The Master

This weekend, we saw the movie The Master. It’s a painful movie to experience.  The characters are uniformly unlikable.  In fact, I found it impossible to identify with a single one of them.  They do unbelievable deeds, have faith in … Continue reading

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Revising and Mid-Book Doldrums

I just finished a day of making revisions to Seeking Hyde, due for release on October 22. This novel is a high-tech thriller that uses some cutting-edge ideas from genetics and epigenetics to drive the plot.  The plot frame includes … Continue reading

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Sociopaths and Morality

Psychologists do interesting things.  Pair them with neuroscientists, and we begin to get an inkling of how we think and how our brains work. Here’s an experiment.  Describe the following scenario to a group of subjects.  You are standing on … Continue reading

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Temptation

I’m sitting here in the living room, and that apple crisp that Gene made this afternoon is in the kitchen.  It’s calling to me, tempting me.  I can hear it.  I know I should resist temptation, but today it’s so … Continue reading

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Release date

Woo-Hoo!  I have  a release date for my most recent novel, “Seeking Hyde.”  It will be available on October 22 from Dreamspinner Press. From the book’s cover: When Brent Hyde arrives home from college to find his parents missing from … Continue reading

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Gotta code…

Sometimes I’m sort of like Gene Kelly.  He’s “gotta dance,” and I “gotta code.” This is a follow-on to my last two posts.  I wrote some javascript code that lets you input the number of trials, the length of the … Continue reading

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The Hot Hand

Every basketball fan knows the scenario.  Some player has a “hot hand.”  He–or she–makes what seems like an extraordinary string of three-point shots.  The coaches and players change their offensive and defensive strategies, convinced that a player in the midst … Continue reading

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