Posts tagged “rant”

Rothfuss and Le Guin

I recently went through why I don’t like Rothfuss’s style and noted a disconnect between what I saw as clumsy wording and pained metaphors, and the glowing reviews from bloggers and published fantasy authors alike. Are these people on crack, or am I missing something? Shortly after posting I discovered that Ursula Le Guin has [...]

Some notes on style in Patrick Rothfuss’s The Name of the Wind

I’m attempting to read Patrick Rothfuss’s The Name of the Wind for the Liverpool One Science Fiction and Fantasy Bookclub. I’m finding it hardgoing. Perhaps some quotes from the text will help clarify why. He pulled more beer for Jake, Shep, and Old Cob, moving with an air of bustling efficiency. There’s a general overuse [...]

Notes on new Macbook Pro

So, I got a Macbook Pro from $new_company (about which more later) and, as I believe is traditional, here are some notes about the experience. Setup Very nice: no rebooting, things just work from more or less the moment you take it out of the box. (Compare with recent Samsung N140 netbook, whose Windows 7 [...]

Global state in Web Applications: Catalyst’s stash.

The Perl web framework Catalyst has, and I’m fairly sure this is in common with many such frameworks in any programming language, a concept of a store of data, scoped to the current request, called the “stash”. I’ve mentioned a few times that “I don’t like it” and the reaction I get suggests that I [...]