Author Archives: Jacques Chester

An Introduction to Object Oriented Programming, 3rd ed

I’ve had Timothy Budd’s textbook on object-oriented programming on my bookshelf for some time. It was a textbook in one of my undergraduate courses and, at the time, it only received a fairly cursory inspection (though not before becoming the … Continue reading

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Collected Fictions of Jorge Luis Borges

Sometimes, when I think nobody is looking, I like to indulge in the pleasant daydream that I am intelligent. In order to conceal the truth I must occasionally read more deeply into things than any smart person would have to … Continue reading

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From Dawn to Decadence

In Greek mythology, Cassandra was a prophetess with a particular curse. Her prophecies of tragedy are inerrant, but they are never believed. She is forever doomed to see each tragedy twice, knowing that without the curse, her prophecies could have … Continue reading

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Notes towards a set-objective language.

Discovered while searching for something else on my computer is this jibber-jabber from 2009.

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To Engineer is Human: The Role of Failure in Successful Design

So, it’s been a while since I wrote a book review. And I have, in fact, been reading the odd book here and there. I read everyone’s favourite late-noughties manifesto The Lean Startup, which was a few good insights smothered … Continue reading

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You are correct: westerners care more about Boston than Baghdad

There’s two reasons why. The first is novelty. Bombings in Boston don’t happen very often. In countries torn by sectarian violence and in which each sect has bottomless supplies of suicide bombers, bombings are common. So as time goes on … Continue reading

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Why the law is slow, impersonal and obsessed with details

About a decade ago, as part of a long period of depression, I took up the study of law. Eventually I gave it away in favour of programming computers. But law can be fascinating in its own right. Software development … Continue reading

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Anatomy of Movement

Anatomy of Movement by Blandine Calais-Germain, is a damn good book. Some time ago I bought, read and reviewed Lon Kilgore’s Anatomy Without a Scalpel. It’s a decent book, helpfully focused on strength trainees, and the chatty text makes it … Continue reading

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The Psychology of Computer Programming: Silver Anniversary Edition

I’ve had a Kindle DX for about 3 or 4 years now. In fact I’ve had two, I broke the first one by dropping it from a bench top. And I’ve been very happy with it. But it’s funny that … Continue reading

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“Dear Northern Territorians …”

“… fuck you”. This is the essence of today’s announcement by the Prime Minister that she is going to parachute Nova Peris into the #1 spot on the ALP’s Senate ticket. The electoral calculus means that this will guarantee a … Continue reading

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