Book Review: The Big Nowhere – James Ellroy

Book Review: The Big Nowhere – James Ellroy

Great prose and planning don’t quite overcome very poor pacing. I enjoyed the description and the characters were decent. The grimdark world building was well written but too much to the point of being very unrealistic. Not everybody in this world is a heroin abusing pimp or racist wifebeater. Most of the narrative happens in the first 50 pages and the last 50 pages. The pacing is just abysmal. It really drags this book into the gutter unfortunately. I’m giving…

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My First Successful Bike Tire Change

My First Successful Bike Tire Change

Many times have I popped a tube or used up a bike tyre. Every time I have managed to fail to fix the issue myself. My complaints of my failure have always been met with an irritating chorus of “but it is really easy”. It is easy which only compounds my annoyance at taking it to a bike store. I’ve never truly found out why I suck at this admittedly basic task. I feel that perhaps I pinch the tube…

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Social Networks Will Die Soon

Social Networks Will Die Soon

Social networks seem like they are stronger than ever but in ten years they will be as little used as the web directories from ten years ago. In the future it will seem a dusty old experiment and here is why: AI chatbots will only get more advanced and able to simulate human conversation more realistically. Imagine one that can engage in the average trolly conversation on reddit, it isn’t the highest bar to reach. Now imagine thousands of them each…

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