The Places I’ve Been

There are few things in this world I’m passionate about, but traveling is certainly one.  Over my three decades on Earth, I’ve been fortunate enough to visit some amazing places.  I compiled a list of said places along with some brief blurbs. I may consider writing more in-depth blogs in the future focusing on why…

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The 900th Time is the Charm

Unbelievable — a word I’ve used more than a few times since my book launched on October 31st of last year.  After five months, I uploaded my final print-ready copy of The Lives of Dogs: An Average Soldier’s Tale to Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing paperback creation app.  I was so sure I did everything correctly.  Well, I…

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Halt and Catch Fire Shows Us How to Develop Characters

Christopher Cantwell and Christopher C. Rogers know their stuff.  Though you may have never heard of them, they write a little show on AMC called Halt and Catch Fire.  Well, friends, HACF is doing more than catching fire—it’s going nuclear. Set in the 1980s, Halt and Catch Fire is about a group of tech sector professionals trying to…

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Lab 11: Mat Talks to Bots

Artificial intelligence has improved quite a bit over the years.  However, the mechanical nature of AI makes it very difficult to have a relaxed, open-ended discussion.  For this lab, I tested 3 AI programs: Eliza, ALICE, and Jabberwacky.  All three are heavily dependent on logic and user-input.  However, some of the responses I received surprised…

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