by Jake Jacobs
15 April 2019
Marc Brockmann Olsen is certainly ambitious. His previous book promised to take the reader from "basics to badass;" his new one wants to teach us how to "think like a neural net." After reading both you can be on the toughest bar in town, and take on the toughest rolls, mowing them down by firing your eXtreme synapses! Or so one hopes.
I heard when I bought my copy that feedback was generally favorable, but ... English is Marc's second language, and for those obsessive about grammar and spelling the writing may be distracting. I won't join the chorus. His English is so much better than my Korean I wouldn't dream of criticizing it. He gets his ideas across, which is better than some who deploy their English as natives. And I found his frequent references to a "Rule of Thump" rather endearing, especially since it nearly always involved hitting.
I did find a recurring error that belongs not to him but to XG! Here is an example from page 40.
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