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Jaybird is Birdmojo on Xbox Live and Jaybirdmojo on Playstation's network. He's been playing consoles since the Atari 2600 and it was Zork that taught him how to touch-type. If you've got a song for Wednesday, a commercial for Saturday, a recommendation for Tuesday, an essay for Monday, or, heck, just a handful a questions, fire off an email to AskJaybird-at-gmail.com

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  1. Avatar pillsy says:

    The New York Times featured a reminiscence about Alistair MacLean, who wrote (IMO) some really great thrillers that have now been largely and unjustly forgotten. I read a bunch of them when I at about the age that the author of the Times article encountered them, though being a boy I didn’t much pick up on the romance angle.

    I noticed that most of his books had made their way to Kindle about a year or so ago and re-read Ice Station Zebra, and found that I enjoyed it every bit as much as I did when I was twelve.Report

    • Avatar Michael Cain in reply to pillsy says:

      I read Ice Station Zebra at about that age, much of it while I was babysitting, after the kids were in bed. The outside temp was about -20 °F. The house was old and drafty. I don’t know that I’ve ever felt quite so cold in my life.Report

  2. Avatar Michael Cain says:

    Reading my own writing and watching little video clips I generated. Still playing with the idea of having a cartogram site and open-sourcing the code I’ve written. A page with an example of a generated video clip morphing a flat map into a seriously-distorted cartogram is here.

    There’s at least a dozen cartogram projects on GitHub, some current and some apparently abandoned. Everything seems to be R, JavaScript, or Python; and most seem to be concerned with implementing the core algorithm rather than use. ScapeToad in Java at Source Forge is relatively well known, but hasn’t been updated for almost five years. WorldMapper has neat cartograms at the world level, but their tools aren’t available and the project is defunct. I haven’t found any place that has both tools as well as any “Look at the neat cartograms we’ve made!”Report

  3. Avatar Mike Schilling says:

    Did you know there was a book-length parody (probably longer than the original) about a Jewish chicken named Jonathan Siegel who thought there must be more to life than winding up as soup?Report