Before I finished writing The Ethics of Anarcho-Capitalism, I wondered how many copies I should expect to sell. I didn’t find much data to help me level-set, so I thought it might be useful to others if I published my own data. The upshot is that I sold about 1,000 copies in the first year,Continue reading “sales data”
In an earlier post I mentioned a number of people who helped create the Ethics of Anarcho-Capitalism. Conspicuously absent was Michael Malice, who mentored me through the writing and publishing process. He is getting his own post because I thought people would enjoy a little more detail about what it was like working with him.Continue reading “working with Michael Malice”
As a software engineer, I use a program called git to track the changes I make to source code files. So, when I started writing The Ethics of Anarcho-Capitalism, it seemed natural to use git to track changes to the book as I went along. I am glad that I did, because now I canContinue reading “writing timeline for The Ethics of Anarcho-Capitalism”
I used the free, open-source layout program Scribus to design the interior of The Ethics of Anarcho-Capitalism. It took several hours to learn but, after that, it was a pleasure to use. There are already good tutorials available for how to do book layout with Scribus, but I thought it would be helpful to describeContinue reading “book layout with Scribus”
I thought it would be fun to visualize The Ethics of Anarcho-Capitalism as a word cloud, so I wrote a little script to produce one. Here is the result: I was a little disappointed that the words freedom, liberty, and capital were not more prominent, but it’s my own fault for using other words moreContinue reading “Word Cloud book visualization”
While writing The Ethics of Anarcho-Capitalism, I made heavy use of the excellent Calibre software suite to create and view ebooks. Specifically, I used the ebook-convert program to generate .mobi and .epub files. Then I used the Calbre ebook viewer to check the results. On Ubuntu you can install Calibre with the following command: sudoContinue reading “ebook file format conversion”
I spent a few years at Howie Choset‘s Biorobotics Lab working on snake robots. My research was around hardware design, kinematics, and gait design. Basically, I built snake robots and taught them to swim, roll, and climb.