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Learning AI if You Suck at Math

If you’re like me, you’re fascinated with AI. Maybe you’d love to dig deeper and get an image recognition program running in TensorFlow or Theano? Perhaps you’re a kick-ass developer or systems architect and you know computers incredibly well but there’s just one...

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Star Wars the Force Awakened Plot Predictions

First off, this post is likely full of spoilers. While I have absolutely no advanced knowledge of the plot details, I do have a history of accurate story predictions, such as predicting the ending of Breaking Bad with 100% accuracy. (Well, apparently not since they...

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The Common Sense Diet

There's a mind-boggling amount of advice out there on how to eat healthy that leaves people feeling confused and frustrated. I think it's a lot simpler than folks make it out to be. The basics of healthy eating are: Eat: Meat, fish, eggs, vegetables, fruits, nuts and...

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Writer’s Toolbox: Tropes – Black and White Insanity

The deeper I get into writing, the more I learn. There's always something new around the next corner. Learning never ends. As such I wanted to start sharing some of the bits I've picked up along the way, in the hopes that other writers might find it useful. One of the...

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Hacking Your Health

So you decided to change your diet? Good for you. Now you just have to figure out what to eat and that's when the problems start. Unfortunately, there is a lot of bad advice out there. If you're not careful you'll wind up no better off then when you started. Should we...

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Why Bungie Will Never Fix Destiny

A few months after its launch, Destiny remains the worlds hottest game, with more than 3.2 million people playing daily. Now that a flood of new games is finally coming to the market like Call of Duty Advanced Warfare, Farcry and others, those numbers may drop.  Like...

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Dominate the Crucible in Destiny

For years I have always sucked at Player vs Player (PvP) matches on first person shooters (FPS) and Halo creator Bungie's new game Destiny was no exception. I got slaughtered in the Crucible just like I always did in other games. Except this time I decided to do...

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Finding Root

More from my upcoming book on the spiritual aspects of writing: *** One of the most crucial skills you'll want to learn as an artist is what I call "finding root." The term comes to us from the engineering world. "Root cause analysis" or RCA attempts to get to the...

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Self-awareness

This is the second early excerpt from my book on the spiritual aspects of writing.  It's a little rough, but it's coming along. *** I cannot think of any trait more important to an artist than self-awareness. But what is self-awareness and how do you know if you have...

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Interview with Author Graeme Ing

I had a chance to sit down and talk with author, Graeme Ing, who just released his latest novel Necromancer. We spoke at length about writing, art and the state of publishing today. Check out his responses to my questions below. Q: You’ve got a new book out now. Tell...

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To Live

I've watched a lot of Chinese movies as of late. As I dig deep into the second draft of my new novel, a Chinese epic war saga, I wanted to immerse myself in the arts and culture of the Middle Kingdom, so I can add as much of that flavor to the stew of my story. Many...

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My China Odyssey

For the past year I've immersed myself in Chinese culture, reading biographies, histories, novels and articles, even cramming a little Mandarin. My next novel takes place in the Middle Kingdom and I wanted it to feel authentic. Luckily, I live in the age of...

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