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Plot Debt

“Plot Debt” consists of unexplained or nonsensical events, especially character choices, which an audience is led to believe will be justified later on. It is most prevalent in “puzzle-box” long-form media, such as TV shows. (“Lost”, q.v.) It can also … Continue reading

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Pushing the Boundaries of Stupid

If you’re lucky enough to live in a state that hasn’t, say, lost its mind, learn from our example and don’t make our mistakes.

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The Big Con: Chapter 5

Chapter 5 of David Maurer’s “The Big Con: The Story of the Confidence Man” (TBC) consists of a discussion of “The Mob”. This chapter describes the internal organization (such as it was) of a big-con mob in the early 1900’s. … Continue reading

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Philip K. Dick

Philip K. Dick was a great SF writer. I think his short fiction, in particular, is extraordinary. Don’t be mislead by the mediocre movie adaptations of his stories. (E.g. “Total Recall”, “Screamers”, “Impostor”, “Minority Report”, “Paycheck”, and possibly one or … Continue reading

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Boxing Day

Since it’s a holiday week, I’m just going to do a quick followup to a loose end from last week. In that post, I hypothesized that the function located at CS:3A30 in my run-time copy of the Neuromancer executable existed … Continue reading

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Quickie – Pythonic “if” statements

In reference to my previous post, a reader writes: You don’t need parens around your if conditions in Python – and it’s more Pythonic not to have them… if size

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