- Character Questionnaire
- An Introduction to E-Cigarettes
- Why I Hate DRM
- Debugging The Manuscript
- On Being Stuck
- Writing and Roleplay
- Murphy's Law
- Apocryphal Tales
- Are mobile phone masts bad for health?
- Rebuilding the Garden Pond
- About Me
- Pictures Of Cats
- Cosmology for the Layman
- Magnatune Demo
- Ambercon UK
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Diceless role-playing in four-star luxury.
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This is a collection of the personal recommendations you will see on various pages throughout the site. These are all excellent books that I thoroughly recommend. I have them all and wouldn't be without them. Some are free downloads and some are physical books. In the case of physical books clicking on them will take you to the amazon.co.uk site. If you buy them through that link then I get 5% (It costs you no more.)
A very useful introduction to the $35game-changing small computer designed for education but used for countless other projects. This is the book written by the Man with the vision behind the Raspberry Pi Foundation.
Two novels for the price of one. The second may be a little weaker than the first, but Larry Niven does not produce any bad writing. In common with the rest of his work, these contain rock hard science. Take a neutron star, put a planet round it and you have the recipe for a gas torus — a vast volume of micro-gravity with breathable air. These books bring orbital mechanics to life, if you notice it amidst the riveting story.
This is the series of books (here in one volume) that the Amber Diceless Roleplaying Game is based on. It's a great read even if you don't end up playing the game.
This is a seminal book on structured programming. As such it is showing its age; all the examples are in PL/1 and FORTRAN, and Amazon is only showing second-hand copies, but it is well worth getting and reading. It's recommendations are as true today as they were in 1978.
This is an open source book, so you can download it free. It is based on the very popular How To Think Like A Computer Scientist: Learning With Python, which is also free, but to my mind at least it starts off much easier. Instead of jumping headlong into programming, it starts out discussing what a computer is and what programming is. A perfect introduction to programming.
Against a backdrop of the story of computing at the end of the twentieth century, this huge essay asks deep and meaningful questions about life the universe and everything. It is a fascinating, entertaining and thought-provoking read; I thoroughly recommend it.