Arctic Wargame by Ethan Jones

Arctic Wargame by Ethan Jones My rating: 2 of 5 stars This review may contain spoilers! Since I got this book in a give-away, I really hoped I’d like it. Alas, it was not to be. First of all, the plot is thin. Thinner than a sheet of ice on a puddle. Evil Danes (or rather: a single evil Dane, being blackmailed by clichée russians) attacking Canada with a bunch of common criminals. On the other side are some non-descript Canadians (our bland hero), some noble natives (one of them constantly drunk, corrupted by the evil white men!) and a compassionate American nurse which fight the evil criminal Danes. Oh, and there’s the hero’s love interest who happens to be around for no discernible reason – she adds nothing to the story, doesn’t seem to have any useful talents and is usually just being an accessory. I’m absolutely willing to suspend my disbelief; I might even have accepted the ridiculous notion of a small country like Denmark attacking Canada, an ally, if the storytelling hadn’t been so incredibly boring. The entire story is so unbelievably predictable that only a feeling of obligation towards the author made me finish it. The characters are…

Stages – some changes
Exherbo / May 7, 2014

As most of you know from my earlier stage building post, our stages for amd64 and x86 are being built automatically using Jenkins. And that won’t change.   Recently, there has been a discussion about adding Emacs to the stages in addition to vim. The reaction was overwhelmingly negative; even more so than I had expected.   Since…   I’m the one who spends his time and actual money on building stages, deploying them to exherbo.org, dealing with fall-out from changes, etc., there’s no real argument against adding Emacs but “it’s not POSIX!” and “stages should be minimal!”, “only having Vim is a nice filter against the kind of user we don’t really want anyway”, “use the editor outside the stage”, etc. people are told to use e4r, which stands for “editor for retards” and is neither Emacs nor vim and, thus, doesn’t fix the problem,   … this is what I’ve changed effective by May, 7th 2014…   I’ve added Emacs to the stages I build unilaterally (the first stage with Emacs included will be built on May, 8th 2014), I’m not going to change the stages set because that would influence any stages not built by me, I’ve stopped deploying the stages I build to…