Stephen King’s alcohol and drug abuse

Stephen King reveals how wasted he was in the past:

In his 2000 memoir, On Writing, King revealed that he’d been so shattered by his alcohol and drug abuse in the 1980s that, even today, he cannot remember working on many of the books he wrote back then. There were times when he’d been doing so much blow that he wrote with cotton wads stuffed in his nostrils, to prevent blood dripping on his typewriter. (Source: Life)

The Django Book going second edition

The Django Book is now going second edition. It’s in the writing process and not much has been written yet.

The Django Book is one of the more interesting initiatives where the public can contribute comments to the contents of the book before it is published. It’s a great way to discover errata and fix sections which are ambiguous. Books are usually written be experts and there are times they don’t see the difficulty the same way the readers do. Ultimate, The Django Book is aimed for beginners.

As of now, 3 chapters are written.

Taleb: Present economy worse than depression

PBS NEWS HOUR Interview with Nassim Nicholas Taleb, famous economist and author of “The Black Swan” and Dr. Mandelbrot, professor of Mathematics. Both say that the present economy more serious than the Great Depression, and the economy during the American Revolution.

The REAL Maverick: Present Economy worse than Depression

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Author of Jurassic Park “died unexpectedly”

AUTHOR MICHAEL CRICHTON HAS ‘DIED UNEXPECTEDLY’

Prolific novelist and “ER” creator Michael Crichton has passed away. He was 66.

Perhaps best known for being the author of Jurassic Park and its sequel The Lost World, which were turned into a hugely successful movie franchise, his numerous books have sold over 150 million copies worldwide.

In what his family calls an unexpected death, it was revealed that he was waging a private battle against cancer.

“While the world knew him as a great storyteller that challenged our preconceived notions about the world around us — and entertained us all while doing so — his wife Sherri, daughter Taylor, family and friends knew Michael Crichton as a devoted husband, loving father and generous friend who inspired each of us to strive to see the wonders of our world through new eyes,” his family tells ET. “He did this with a wry sense of humor that those who were privileged to know him personally will never forget.” (Source: ET)