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Rob Friesel

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Rob Friesel is software jack-of-all-trades by day, and a science fiction writer by night. (Also a weekend homebrewer.) He blogs about and presents on a variety of technologies, but his first love is the front-end. He has contributed as a credited reviewer to several books on JavaScript and one on Clojure.
He tweets at @founddrama and blogs at

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On episode #24 of the Test Talks podcast this week, Joe Colantonio interviews me (Rob Friesel) about front-end testing in general and the PhantomJS Cookbook in particular. Go check it out!PhantomJS Cookbook

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PhantomJS Cookbook

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A Maybe Slightly More Realistic Rendition of "Bear Snores On" (Humor)
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“A man can be destroyed but not defeated.”
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“I think I'd probably tell you that it's easier to desire and pursue the attention of tens of millions of total strangers than it is to accept the love and loyalty of the people closest to us.”
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“For here, the moment all the spaces along the road between here and there - which the young know are infinite and all others know are not - get used up, that's it.”
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“but it is also true, if this brings her any consolation, that if, before every action, we were to begin weighing up the consequences, thinking about them in earnest, first the immediate consequences, then the probably, then the possible, then the imaginable ones, we should never move beyond the point where our first thought brought us to a halt.”
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“If you are bored and disgusted by politics and don't bother to vote, you are in effect voting for the entrenched Establishments of the two major parties, who please rest assured are not dumb, and who are keenly aware that it is in their interests to keep you disgusted and bored and cynical and to give you every possible reason to stay at home doing one-hitters and watching MTV on primary day. By all means stay home if you want, but don't bullshit yourself that you're not voting. In reality, there is no such thing as not voting: you either vote by voting, or you vote by staying home and tacitly doubling the value of some Diehard's vote.”
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message 11: by Richard

Richard Hey, Rob, check out the fine NY Times review of a newish Feynmann biography: Richard Feynman, the Thinker (the book is Quantum Man: Richard Feynman's Life in Science).

message 10: by Marissa

Marissa Barbieri I'm trying to find some sort of "suggest books to Rob" button (unsuccessfully, though this may well be the result of my observational failings and not those of this website) to recommend to you Mo Willem's Pigeon books for your with-holden reading time. There are board books and bigger picture books in the series and they're all HIlarious - just the look on Pigeon's face is enough to crack me up most of the time!

message 9: by Selena (last edited Feb 25, 2009 02:08AM)

Selena Signed personalized copy. I went to his reading of Anathem in Seattle. :) I didn't get Anathem signed though - just Snow Crash

It won't let me insert this so here is the link:

message 8: by Noran

Noran Miss Pumkin Just wanted to stop in and wish you the best of the holiday season! Merry Christmas!-Noran
Hammond,IN :)

Andersen Prunty Hi Rob,

Thanks for your interest in JACK AND MR. GRIN. It is NOW AVAILABLE from AMAZON !


message 6: by Chris

Chris I personally think your reviews are absolutely badass.

Sorry it took a few days to reply, I wanted to read some of your reviews first and I am truly blown away. Teach me, I beseech you.

Kind of on a weird note, I saw someone reading Hyperion about two weeks ago on the train and decided to dust off my old copy and read it (although I put it back down almost immediately).

I thought I'd let you know that my novel “Vacation” has been nominated for the best Horror Novel for 2007 in the Preditors & Editors Readers' Poll.

In case you'd like to do me the honor of voting, here’s the website:

Also, here are some other categories where I’ve been nominated:


Short stories:

Thanks for the support!

-Jeremy :)

PS—if you do decide to vote, you should know that you need to validate the vote by clicking on the link in the email they send you.

Jeremy Here’s wishing you a nifty New Year filled with noiseless noses, neato nicknames, noble Nebraskans, gnarly narcoleptic nebulas, and novel novels about nut-eating narwhals and novercaphobic gnats.

-Jeremy :)

P.S.—I’m currently offering autographed/personally-inscribed copies of my novel, Vacation, with free shipping for those in the US. If there’s anything you could do to help me spread the word about this, I’d really appreciate it. Feel free to click here for details:

Jeremy Hi Rob!

Here’s wishing you a yippee-filled Yuletime overflowing with yard-long yams, yapping yoyo-yanking yetis, yak-milk yeast-cakes, and yellow yarn-yielding year-end yard-gnomes.

-Jeremy :)

message 2: by Jeremy (last edited Aug 25, 2016 01:55PM)

Jeremy Hi Rob!

If you don't mind sharing--I was wondering, what's your favorite book of all time?

Here’s wishing you a weekend filled with wacky whims, wonderful weirdness, and well-disposed werecats.

-Jeremy :)

PS--I'm happy to see that you gave Choke five stars. That's one of my favorites.

message 1: by Jeremy (last edited Aug 25, 2016 01:53PM)

Jeremy Thanks for the friendship, Rob! Here’s wishing you a fantastic day filled with fabulous fates, fanciful festivities, and frolicking phantom footstools. :)

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