My life has generally been devoted to the pursuit of technical ambitions, being a graduate of Software Engineering and working for a financial services company as a software developer. However, I have many interests in humanities - history and politics mainly - providing fuel for my creative outlet of writing. I try and integrate equal parts of bleak and almost brutal analysis together with sardonic comedy to produce works that I hope will offer new perspectives and reflect actual social issues in the real world.
Examines capitalism as a definable concept, in the absence of the various social definitions that encumbers it, detailing it's main successes and failings. Proposes that while capitalism is a powerful and positive mechanism, it should not be applied without due consideration of factors as a general curative for every kind of economic problem.
A synopsis of the most important things I have understood during a decade in the software development industry. Essential attitudes and skills to becoming a highly effective software developer in a variety of organisational environments.
Examines the fundamental causes of brutality, atrocities and extremism in the world in both a historical and contemporary context. Purports the theory that all causes of extremism stem from two main contributing factors - the desire for purity or the desire for revenge.
The first book analyzed the early parts of the book within the context of logical deconstruction. This second book continues to consider the work of Hitler but this time on a physiological level. The book described Hitler's main theories and driving ideas which led to the rise of the NAZI regime surrounding the second world war.
Deals with my personal journey with the illness and what I have learnt from a personal perspective to be effective practical and philosophical strategies in dealing with the illness. It can give others suffering from the disease and well as people who have been around them with some insight into the illness.
Examines the application of genetic algorithms in order to solve technical problems. Provides a working case study of a robotic spider and how it can learn to walk without being instructed in physics or explicitly programmed to perform that function.
A scientific theory about the possibility of an afterlife from an atheist perspective. This short and concise document deals within the realm of observable science and basic mathematics to argue that all humans are inherantly immortal.
A futuristic dystopia where two polarized societies representing the ultimate ends of libertarianism vs theocracy battle for survival. While both sides have strong ideology, the law of pragmatism reigns supreme...
Gravity, Restraint, and the Reason Icarus Fell
on June 15, 2012
I really wanted to give this story a 3.5 - as a short story it was quite enjoyable. I think deep down everybody wants to abandon their logical beliefs, thats have been proven time and time to be correct, to experience a situation that simply can't be explained - uplifting!
Shady Hazy and the Subliminal Criminal
on June 16, 2012
It was a good read although I but the ending was not very clear - it took me a while to realize that the number was being implanted into his mind as opposed to that he was reading it... interesting!
on July 21, 2012
This is an excellent read. I think the premise is a very cogent one and even a very real risk in the modern world. There is aleady a movement that is originating from America and infecting globally whereby people are being persuaded to believe that (as the coin termed "big government") is not in their interests and that the regulatory capacity of governments should be privatized. It is the ultimate grizzly end to the death of 1-human-1-vote representation towards the unfair and lopsided form of representation that can be bought by money. My word for it is "capitocracy" and your book highlights the truth that this is just another form of feudalism. The book is entertaining and concise but my only criticism is that the action sequences seemed a little bit one-dimensional (ie. the fight sequences.) The ending is brutal and fully demonstrates the destitution of the human spirit where protective self-interest is the primary motivating factor. Carla, I am also a writer of dystopia works and I would love it if you read "War of Civlar" which deals in another great peril facing our world which is the polarization of cultures. Thanks for writing this book!
on Aug. 19, 2012
My first impression was that the writing style was simplistic but then I realized that the perception was that of a child. Nevertheless, with the limited vocabulary of the protagonist you have still managed to create a very realistic and charged atmosphere in this short story and it was compelling right towards the end.
on Aug. 19, 2012
This is actually very good. I think what it is trying to say is regardless of all injustice in the world, be it the desperate circumstance of poverty or being wrongfully accused of a crime, a person who masters their own mind has the ability to manifest their own destiny - thus - "God is just". I think the idea of "Perfect Visualization" is explored well in this book and I find it interesting to note that you don't explain if the protagonist get's released because the victim survives and testifies for him, which emphasizes the theme in a way but also makes it feel a little bit unfinished from a human perspective.
This Thing Called Sex
on Aug. 19, 2012
This book lists homosexuality as a sexual deviation and then claims that in a 'healthy' society people with sexual deviations are classified as phychologically sick. You point out that the book is written for Christians, so I will phrase my criticism within those confines. The New Testament does not detail homosexuality as a sin and Jesus himself said that the New Testament "overrides" the old testament. This is why Christians are allowed to eat pork and go uncircumsized.
What's Wrong With Outsourcing?
on Nov. 29, 2012
A good short read. I think the main theme is the question of fitness-for-purpose which is often sidelined when corporate fads are introduced into the culture. It was also a good primer on the basic attitudes of the industry towards this activity. I think the book it pretty short in it's present form, would have been nicer if this was part of a broader fittness-for-purpose discussion concerning the IT industry paradigms.