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Dax Murray

Book reviews, coding thoughts, feminist rants, and occasional cats.

TODO Group and the Need for Codes of Conduct


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Review: Slaying Dragons by Sasha L. Miller


I received a copy of Slaying Dragons by Sasha L. Miller from NetGalley and Less Than Three Press in exchange for an honest review.

Slaying Dragons is a novella of about 28,000 words, and each one of those words lingers. For a small story, there is a lot of world building done. The unnamed location is plagued by dragons, basilisks, wyrms, and other fantastic monsters. An organization comprised of...

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Review: Fox-Hat and Neko by August Li


I was provided a copy of this book to review by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Fox-Hat and Neko, by August Li, follows the tale of a "chosen one" born in Japan, and his journey from accepting his special powers to the final defeat of the antagonist. Along the way he befriends a fox spirit, a cat demon, a cheerful artist, a determined archer, an impoverished baker, a heartbroken antique...

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Moving From Wordpress.org to Middleman


I'm going to be moving my blog from being run on Wordpress.org to being run by middleman via GitHub pages. I started this on Wordpress.com, moved to Wordpress.org, and it's been a pretty good ride. But I like Ruby more than I like PHP, so here goes!

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Review: Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler


I decided to pick up Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler after I was recommended it by several people, and I am really glad I did. I know dystopian is all the rage now, but let me tell you, Butler had this genre down long before Katniss was even thought of. While the events of The Hunger Games seem unlikely, people recognize that some part of human nature could allow that to happen, and to continue...

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Storify: The Importance of Meet Ups in My Coding Journey


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Dell XPS 13 Developers Edition 2015 and Ubuntu Machines


You may have read my post on not needing expensive Mac’s to do development on (if not, please do!). Since that post I have done some digging on finding good Ubuntu machine’s. I wanted to get a bit of an upgrade, and I didn’t want to mess around with drivers for hours converting a window’s machine. I hear there’s ways to put Ubuntu on Mac’s, too. But, really, I hate Yosemite. It’s awful to develop...

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Review: Second Position by Katherine Locke


Disclosure: I attended college with the author of this book.

"Second Position" came out about a month ago, but sat in my "to-read" pile for a bit due to that hell known as 'moving' happening. I was finally able to get around to it, and am really glad I did. Before I go further, though. I must make appropriate trigger warnings for the book itself. It discusses recovery for alcohol addiction, and...

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Review: Alcestis by Katharine Beutner


Alcestis was recommended to me at the beginning of the year. I eagerly bought it and put it in my to-read pile. I got about 10% into it and just didn't see where it was going. I put it down for a bit to try something else. Yesterday I decided "No, I have to finish this." I have a whole list of books I want to read and review this year, and my complacency in continuing to plough through re-reads...

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In Which I Use PhotoFeeler to Find the Best Pic, Instead Find Sexism


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