RIP Chris Cornell

What a blow. Chris Cornell, lead singer of Soundgarden and Audioslave, and solo artist, dead at 52.

I’ve been a huge Soundgarden/Audioslave fan since the early 90’s (wow, I feel old), when I saw their video clip for Jesus Christ Pose on Rage. The guitar was raw, the drums were thumping, and Chris’s vocals carried it directly into my heart.

Soundgarden were the headliners of one of the first concerts I saw, along with Jebediah and You Am I. It was amazing, and the experience will always stick with me.

Rock on, Chris. I hope you’ve finally at peace.

More links:

Triple J story

Alice Cooper (my personal hero) calls Chris “The best voice in Rock n Roll”

 

Human Resource Machine

Review: Human Resource Machine

I love programming, and I love games. Games about programming are either awesome, or frustrating. Thankfully, Human Resource Machine is the former. Continue reading

April Fools Day 2017 roundup

Today is April Fool’s Day. Here’s a roundup of the pranks I’ve found this year:

  • Google has announced the release of Google Gnome, a smart assistant for your yard. It can tell you the weather, wind speed and direction, and even has a ride-on lawnmower integration unit, so you can have the Gnome mow the lawn for you.
  • Stack Overflow announced a new authentication method: Dance Dance authentication.
  • Reddit announced /r/place, an interactive canvas where users can place a pixel anywhere they like, but are then locked out for a period of time before placing another. At time of writing, there were a lot of flags, video game characters (Bomberman, Link), nyan cat, quotes and plugs for other subreddits.
  • Google maps added Ms Pac Man.
  • And there are plenty more Google Jokes in this roundup.
  • Ikea are holding a pencil amnesty.

Peter Norvig’s Advent of Code solutions

Peter Norvig, Director of Research at Google, has published his solutions for Advent of Code 2016.

They are available here.

Advent of Code 2016: Final Thoughts

It’s been just over a month since the end of Advent Of Code 2016, and I’d like to jot down some final thoughts:

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Advent Of Code: Day 23-25

I’m afraid I don’t have solutions for Advent of Code days 23-25. Given that I’m writing this in early January, I don’t think it’s likely that I’ll get to them any time soon.

Advent of Code: Day 22 Solution

This year, I’m posting my solutions to the puzzles in the Advent of Code.

Click the link to view the puzzle and code, along with a link to the solution on Github.
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Advent of Code: Day 21 Solution

This year, I’m posting my solutions to the puzzles in the Advent of Code.

Click the link to view the puzzle and code, along with a link to the solution on Github.
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Advent of Code: Day 20 Solution

This year, I’m posting my solutions to the puzzles in the Advent of Code.

Click the link to view the puzzle and code, along with a link to the solution on Github.
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Advent of Code: Day 19 Solution

This year, I’m posting my solutions to the puzzles in the Advent of Code.

Click the link to view the puzzle and code, along with a link to the solution on Github.
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