My upcoming & recent presentations.

How to build a neural network from scratch to recognize handwritten numbers with excellent accuracy.

How to get started with Nerves by building a home security system running on a Raspberry Pi.

An examination of some force multipliers to reduce the cognitive load of polyglot programming.

An introduction to the Nerves embedded framework based on a live-action wargame involving drones.


My scribblings on various topics.


Here follows a brief history of the little-known subarctic origins of the Molotov cocktail in the epic Russo-Finnish Winter War of …

This is a transcript of Prof. Joseph Peden’s 50-minute lecture “Inflation and the Fall of the Roman Empire” given at …

My Road to Lisp survey response, which lays out, in some detail, how I came to be a smug Lisp weenie.


My book reviews.

⭑⭑⭒⭒⭒ More a product of its environment than a root cause analysis that will stand the test of time.

⭑⭑⭒⭒⭒ An encomium to empire, deliberately and carefully selective with its facts.

⭑⭑⭑⭑⭑ A roller-coaster of a cyberpunk thriller, and a compelling vision of hackable wetware.

⭑⭑⭑⭑⭑ Near-future hard science fiction at its finest, this is the ultimate marooned-on-an-island yarn.