Clausewitz – On War

Clausewitz’s Vom Krige (On War or Sodankäynnistä) is a military and strategy treatise written by a prussian general Carl von Clausewitz in the beginning of the 19th century. My copy is from the first printing and 5th printing is out of print, so keep this in mind while reading this review (although I don’t expect big revisions between printings in this book).

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Podcasts while painting

I recently dug out some old toy soldiers (15mm later carthagians and early imperial romans from Corvus Belli to be specific) and started cleaning and painting them. As such, I’m going to spend hours and hours sitting in one spot, doing pretty mechanical things. Last time I was doing this, I listened audio book version of the History of the Decline and Fall of Roman Empire (that took a better part of the summer). This time I wanted something different and was happy to hear that Aleks, an online contact of mine, had started a new actual play podcast Underworld Blues and Other Stories. They’re using own system that seems pretty interesting. The setting is mix of fantasy and steampunk, thus right up on my alley.

The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage by Sydney Padua

Being somewhat fan of both the difference and analytical engines, The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage by Sydney Padua sounded like a book I definitely should read. It tells a story of polymath Charles Babbage, mathematician-writer Countess of Lovelace (better known as Ada Lovelace) and their ingenious analytical engine in graphical novel format. Since analytical engine was never built, the story is set in the alternative universe.

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New writing project

I haven’t been writing much here recently. Partly due to starting a new job (after busy day I just want to relax) and partly due to playing lots and lots of Crusader Kings 2 (not quite sure if this is that relaxing game though). But I have been tinkering with some code and other stuff on my spare time still.

One of those other stuff – projects is Hy Files. As far as I know, there hasn’t been an attempt to write a book about Hy before. Initially I wanted this to be a neatly laid out pdf or even physical book, but quickly realized that by the time I would get around finishing it, the Hy would be really different language. So I decided to publish what little I had gotten written and make it a living book. Sources are available at GitHub and I plan to keep on chipping this on my spare time.

Dear Microsoft: absolutely not.

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And it has nothing to do with your software. It has to do with your new ad campaign, which I happened to see while I was at the gym last week. Here’s the gist: brilliant young girls express their ambitions to cure cancer and explore outer space and play with the latest in virtual reality tech. Then—gotcha!—they’re shown a statistic that only 6.7% of women graduate with STEM degrees. They look crushed. The tagline? “Change the world. Stay in STEM.”

Are you fucking kidding me?

Microsoft, where’s your ad campaign telling adult male scientists not to rape their colleagues in the field? Where’s the campaign telling them not to steal or take credit for women’s work? Or not to seriallysexuallyharasstheirstudents? Not to discriminate against them? Not to ignoredismiss, or fail to promote them at the same rate as men? Not to publish their work at a statistically…

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