Joe Ganley
Writing code since 1979
I have been a professional software engineer for over 10 years. I have written many kinds of software, but my particular strengths are interactive graphics applications, compilers and interpreters, and algorithms.

I also enjoy writing, woodworking, and home improvement. Also this.


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Monday, March 24, 2003

I just finished re-reading
Sewer, Gas, and Electric by Matt Ruff. This is one of my favorite novels, and I enjoyed it just as much on the second reading. His newest is finally out, entitled Set This House in Order, but I can't say I'm overly intrigued by it. I'll probably read it eventually, though, since I enjoyed SGE so very much. Similarly, Richard Dooling (author of White Man's Grave, another of my favorites) has a new one, Bet Your Life, but apparently it's kind of a turkey. Again, though, I'll probably try it eventually, just on the strength of his earlier stuff.

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Tuesday, March 04, 2003

I just discovered the Everyday Economics column on Slate, and I'm hooked. I'm always fascinated by rational explanations for why people do things, and also in the quantification of seemingly unquantifiable things (e.g. the dollar value of a human life), and this column is full of both, and is easily understood and fun to read too. I'll have to check out his books: The Armchair Economist and Fair Play.

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Monday, March 03, 2003

I was sent an advance copy of Po Bronson's What Should I Do With My Life?, and this weekend I was surprised to see that it is still on the NY Times bestseller list. I'm a big fan of Bronson's work, but I was pretty underwhelmed with this one. A big part of the problem is, as one reviewer put it, "too many rich white people." I mean, one story I simply do not want to hear again is the 32-year-old .com millionaire who now has the terrible dilemma of trying to figure out how to fill his days now. Further, while there were a few stories that really spoke to me in one way or another, there were too many that left me saying, "So what?" After all, how much courage does it take to change careers when you're 22, single, childless, and educated? Finally, too many of them were success stories, and made this sort of change seem unrealistically easy; for a counterpoint, see John Sundman's account of his career-change-in-progress.

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