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Amir Taaki Answers Your Questions About Bitcoin

Engdy wheresgeorge.com (262 comments)

Will I be able to play "Where's George" with bitcoin?

more than 3 years ago

St. Louis Museum Offers Thrills, Chills, and Lawsuits

Engdy Re:Scary indeed! (140 comments)

(Haven't scanned the whole comment tree, so this may be redundant) There are museums within the facility, and even the weirdest aquarium you'll ever find, so it's definitely a blend of both. There's collections of door locks and hinges, columns and arches, blown glass, and more eclectic stuff that I can't remember at the moment.

more than 4 years ago

What Was Your First Computer?

Engdy Re:KIM-1 (1485 comments)

I hope you had enough LEGO bricks to make a "brick and mortar" Wumpus maze!

I can imagine the happiness you felt, but I'm left wondering how you used this combo of KIM-1 and LEGO motors. What did you build?

more than 8 years ago


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Engdy Engdy writes  |  more than 11 years ago

I just finished reading Stel Pavlou's Decipher, as previously reviewed here on slashdot.

I am quite surprised at the reviewer's high praise for this book. I was highly disappointed in it, myself. It was full of bad or unlikely science, but I think what irked me most was the team of heroes and how they interacted with each other. They would have these conversations where something one person said triggered something unrelated in the next. Example (not a real one from the book):

Scientist 1: Hey! Blue crystals. Cool!

Scientist 2: I like blue ice cream.

Scientist 3: Cream is good for removing wrinkles.

Marine sgt: Wrinkles in time-space are gonna make the sun blow up in 15 mins!

You could tell the author has experience writing screenplays. Lots of good Hollywood action sequences, lots of good down-to-the-last-minute cliff hangers, lots of "well shoot, why didn't we notice that earlier" science revelation, lots of Bruce Willis character development.


Currently reading

Engdy Engdy writes  |  more than 11 years ago

Big Secrets, by William Poundstone. This book researches the knowledge that corporations don't want you to know. You thought there were 11 spices in KFC's chicken recipie? You'll be surprised at the truth!

Calvin's Catechism. I'm just trying to learn my purpose in life.


Currently playing

Engdy Engdy writes  |  more than 12 years ago Combat Mission: Beyond Overlord - an incredible WWII 3D simulation game. If you are a tactical nut like me, on your way to memorizing the armor thickness of a Panther tank, then this game is for you.

Baldur's Gate - I've been playing this for a while and still haven't finished the last battle.

Any of the games from Everett Kaser Software - Only runs under Win32, but I've had some success with wine. Warning - very addictive


Books on Programming

Engdy Engdy writes  |  more than 12 years ago

I get asked once in a while what books I recommend for various programming topics, and when I'm asked, I never remember. Here's a list of books I've either read and liked, or I've heard others like.

Note that I tend to shy away from those "Learn Umpity Scrunch in 20 Days" and similar books. All that I've looked at were shallow fluff.


Currently reading

Engdy Engdy writes  |  more than 12 years ago

Writing Secure Code, by M.Howard and D.LeBlanc, from Microsoft Press - I wish I would have checked user reviews of this before buying it. I've trusted M$ Press in the past for publishing good books, but this one seems to think that the M$ platform is the only one to write software for.

Centennial by James Michener - Once again I'm reminded how glad I am that I'm living now instead of 200 years ago.

The Five Love Languages by Gary Chapman - Great for enhancing your relationship with your spouse, or even learning how to relate to other people.

Soon to be reading Winter's Heart, book 9 in the Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan. The WoT is definitely a fun read. Don't let the 7,000 or so pages intimidate you. Once you get started you'll wish there were more.

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