Archive for November, 2009

"Inserted Left Margin" Browser Bug in IE 6 and 7

I found a weird IE 6 and IE 7 CSS bug a few weeks ago at work. I forget the exact way I found the solution (in other words, it was probably dumb luck), but I haven’t found it described anywhere else on the web. I call it the “inserted left margin” bug for lack […]

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Book Review: "Out of Our Heads: Why You Are Not Your Brain, and Other Lessons from the Biology of Consciousness" by Alva Noe

Interesting, but ultimately disappointing and unconvincing. (2 out of 5 stars)

Noe avoids mystical explanations and the supernatural. He doesn’t put forth souls or the vague appeals to quantum mechanics that are the hallmarks of new age quackery. And while he skates close, he doesn’t present consciousness as just merely a postmodern social construction. “Out of […]

Lessons Learned from Writing a Technical Book to Teach Programming

From 2008 to 2009, I wrote a book called “Invent Your Own Computer Games with Python” ( http://inventwithpython.com ) which guides young adults and complete beginners through learning how to program in the Python language. I’ve just completed the second edition of the book, which has been an exhausting amount of work. Looking back over […]

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