Weekly Picks - The Kingkiller Chronicle

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It's been a while since the last picks! This round includes the first two books in The Kingkiller Chronicle which is a planned trilogy of fantasy novels telling the life story of one of the most famous/infamous characters in their world, Kvothe. Author Patrick Rothfuss has done something truly special in these books. His story is unique yet familiar and masterfully crafted. My quick blurbs below won't do these books justice. If you are …

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Weekly Picks - A Strange Trio

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The picks this week all involve a group of friends dealing with a supernatural foe. While the premise of each is different, they share similar tones and pay homage to 80's era horror.

Games:

  • Oxenfree - A group of friends are tormented by a supernatural presence on an abandoned island. Fun, engaging, and only takes a few hours to play through.

Movies:

  • It Follows - A girl is hunted by an unstoppable shape-shifting creature. Good execution of …
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Weekly Picks - Jesse Schell

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This week's pick is a legend of the video game industry: Jesse Schell.

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Weekly Picks - Podcasts

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Couple of random podcast episodes for this round of picks.

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Weekly Picks - Foreign Language Learning

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Ciao friends! Been a while since the last "weekly" picks but here are some to help you learn a new (spoken) language.

Software:

  • Anki - Great flashcard application! Lots of pre-made decks available to help build vocab.

Websites:

  • Duolingo - Free and amazing language learning site. The mobile app is quite good too.
  • Forvo - Not sure how a word is supposed to be pronounce? Forvo's got your back!
  • Google Translate - Essential for those unknown words!
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Weekly Picks - Soft Skills

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Just a single pick this time but it is quite exceptional.

Podcasts:

  • Talk Python To Me, Episode 71, Soft Skills - This episode has everything: solid advice for entrepreneurs, info on being a good employee, tips for interviewing. This podcast is excellent well worth a listen. I have not read John Sonmez's book yet but can't wait to after listening to this podcast.
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Weekly Picks - Software Developer Showcase

Something a little different this week. Picking a single software developer this week and showcasing a few of his/her projects.

The developer this week is Lu Wang, coolwanglu on GitHub.

Software:

  • pdf2htmlEX - Fantastic PDF to HTML converter. I've tried a few similar utilities and this one produces the best results by far.
  • neovim-e - Electron-based GUI for Neovim.
  • vim.js - Port of VIM to JavaScript. Looks like Emscripten is being used for the transpilation.
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Weekly Picks - Video Games

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Couple of video game related picks for this week.

Games:

  • Salt and Santuary - I recently finished this on PC but it is available on PS4 also. This game is basically 2D Dark Souls and does not shy away from that fact. It is well made and quite fun!

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Hi, I am Jeff Rimko!
A computer engineer and software developer in the greater Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania area.