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review 2018-12-10 17:27
when first you practice to deceive...
A Princess in Theory: Reluctant Royals - Alyssa Cole

... expect to be called on it.

 

Naledi Smith has been recently getting emails from someone who claims to be from an African country, who has a prince that she's supposed to marry.  Yeah, right.  She's too busy trying to work two jobs, fend off her co-worker that wants to give her all the work and take all the glory himself and trying to keep her friend Portia happy too.

 

Prince Thabiso is the sole heir to the throne of Thesolo and he wants to track Naledi down and convince her to do her duty, not realising that her family died when she was quite young and all of this is news.  She thinks he's a new hire in her catering job and it's easier to go with the flow..  

 

Now they're both attracted and he has no idea how to tell her the truth.  Her friend Portia forces the issue and everything starts to get more complicated.  There are people from her home village dying, as an epidemeoplogist she has a chance to save people's lives.

 

It was a fun read, you could see where the problems were coming from.

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review 2018-11-10 06:50
I Knight Thee Just Fine
A Princess in Theory: Reluctant Royals - Alyssa Cole
A Duke by Default - Alyssa Cole

I started reading Alyssa Cole sometime last year. I think I saw her name on a list of women of color writing contemporary romance, and given how tragically white much romance is, I thought I should give her a shot. I read her Off the Grid series, which, in addition to being both science fictional and post-apocalyptic (these things are not necessarily the same things, a distinction I'm happy to fight about), also include a gay romance and one with and Asian dude as the hottie. Oh, and Cole is clearly a nerd and a geek, and she is not afraid of some pop cultural jokes. Really good stuff. 

 

I didn't read more, at the time, because I'm, like, not as interested in modern day princess stories. I once went regularly to this open mic at an Irish bar run by a Welshman, and there was this woman who showed up regularly in full on tartan explosion. (Yes, I recognize that's all very Celticly confused, but this is America; deal). She tended to sit in the booth behind mine, and we were nodding acquaintances. She drove me absolutely fucking bananas with her bullshit.

 

See, she claimed to be some sort of Socttish royalty, like maybe not a duchess, exactly, but more like a countess? Honestly, I find it hard to give a fuck about titles so none of that stuff is going to track for me. Anyway, she had this younger dude who liked to do sweeping bows and a bunch of hand-kissing, probably because he spent too much time at the Ren Fest. Once, he tried to drag me into it, and I was like, sorry, I live in a representational democracy and have zero interest in kowtowing to someone because of who their grandparents are.

 

There was a record scratch noise and some people got pissed at me, but fuck royalty. Some of my people were hapless drunks, others were fleeing various wars, some just hated their hometowns. I feel neither pride nor shame about my ancestors; they were just people: good, bad, and indifferent.

 

Point being, I have something of a chip when it comes to the concept of hereditary monarchy. Sure, fine, if they're figureheads like in Denmark (though I'm still not bowing and scraping), but actual ruling dynasties like the al Saud family are monsters, as one recently brutally murdered journalist could attest if he hadn't been dismembered and murdered, not exactly in that order. 

 

Which is to say, I'm a fucking crank about a little subgenre of romance novels with lighthearted wish fulfillment about being a princess. I recognize I have issues. 

 

So, it came as something of a surprise when I actually earnestly enjoyed Duke by Default. Cole dives right into the class issues of the peerage, and doesn't cut those assholes any slack. Her Duke character is actually the child of a Scottish Duke and a refugee, raised by a step-father and with half siblings who are straight up black. He's not some ponce, and more's the better. Oh, and his love interest is coming to terms with an ADHD diagnosis, which was sensitively written. All told, well done. 

 

Princess in Theory, less so. (Note: I read these books out of order.) The main character, who has aged out of the foster care system and is struggling to make it in the STEM field as a black woman of no means, was a fucking great character. Prince what's his face from an imaginary African country, him I did not like much at all. Sure, some of this is intentional: he's to have a redemption arc from being a rich dickhead to monarch with a heart of gold. But I just couldn't get on board, though of course some of this is my aforementioned frustration. 

 

Anyway! So, one which didn't work so great, and one which knocked it out the park. I would totally read number three. 

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review 2018-11-06 09:31
{ s(Q|X) = -K SUM(p*ln(p)) }: "Symbols, Signals and Noise" by J. R. Pierce
An Introduction to Information Theory: Symbols, Signals and Noise - John Robinson Pierce



(Original Review, 1980-12-05)



Final answer to question, "How many joules to send a bit?"

The unit of information is determined by the choice of the arbitrary scale factor K in Shannon's entropy formula:

{ s(Q|X) = -K SUM(p*ln(p)) }

If K is made equal to 1/ln(2), then S is said to be measured in "bits" of information.

 

 

 

 

If you're into stuff like this, you can read the full review.

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review 2018-10-25 11:12
Infinity is -1/12: "Dreams of a Final Theory" by Steven Weinberg
Dreams of a Final Theory: The Scientist's Search for the Ultimate Laws of Nature - Steven Weinberg


(Original Review, 1992)

I wear a giant panda suit outside a Panda Burger giving out promotional leaflets. As this job is a bit easy and I can do it without too much conscious effort .....the only thing I have to watch out for is farting as it is unpleasant trapped in that panda suit .....anyhow I digress ........this gives me a LOT of time to think about serious issues such as time and the merits of having a TOE. As infinity is -1/12 it is a rather odd notion; I have come to the conclusion that it is not space and time that is curved but numbers and mathematics. Space and time is actually straight when you take this into account (as my wife would say: "I'd say that's a pretty major step up from what you're intellectually qualified for. Well done. There is an opening going for a flipper inside the joint if you are interested.")

 

 

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review 2018-10-21 13:32
Fuck-Spaces: “A Philosophical Approach to Quantum Field Theory” by Hans Christian Öttinger
A Philosophical Approach to Quantum Field Theory - Hans Christian Öttinger


“According to Henry Margenau [7], “[the epistemologist] is constantly tempted to reject all because of the difficulty of establishing any part of reality” (p. 287). But, again in the words of Margenau, “It is quite proper for us to assume that we know what a dog is even if we may not be able to define him” (p. 58). More classically, a similar idea has been expressed by David Hume: “Next to the ridicule of denying an evident truth, is that of taking much pains to defend it” (see p. 226 of [8]). In this spirit, I try to resist the temptation of raising more questions than one can possibly answer, no matter how fascinating these questions might be. Philosophy shall here serve as a practical tool for doing better physics. I try to use philosophy in a relevant and convincing way, but I am certainly not in a position to do frontier technical research in philosophy.”

In “A Philosophical Approach to Quantum Field Theory” by Hans Christian Öttinger


The way Öttinger derived his Quantum Master Equation is nothing short of masterful..."Melikes" it...

 

 

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