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Programming Minimalism

I'm fundamentally a minimalist at heart. This carries through in my programming, aka coding. What's the simplest way to develop this code? I aim for the minimum dependencies in every project. I investigate which modules,…

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All of humanity's problems...

...stem from man's inability to sit quietly in a room alone. - Blaise Pascal The direct quote is, I have discovered that all the unhappiness of men arises from one single fact, that they cannot…

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History Repeats: Apple M1 Thoughts

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By Henriok - Own work, CC0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=96026688 In case you haven't heard in the last five minutes, Apple released their new macbooks based on Apple's own cpu, the M1. Here's a fine writeup as…

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Tor, Hidden Services, and Failed Technologies

Great opinion piece by two professors at UMASS-Amherst. https://www.lawfareblog.com/tor-hidden-services-are-failed-technology-harming-children-dissidents-and-journalists And include his USENIX talk: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=6&v=A6v4xI7yqFs&feature=emb_logo I'll think about merging many of my public and private lectures and put up my thoughts on this topic. My…

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The Internet is overrun with child abuse images.

Great, yet depressing, summary of the current situation from the New York Times, https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2019/09/28/us/child-sex-abuse.html. More can always be done to combat the problem. Most of my time is spent helping companies investigate thefts of property…

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20 years of Internet Relay Chat

20 years ago, I decided to stop hacking around, join an IRC network, and make friends. I chose SlashNet because I was reading Slashdot regularly. Since I was already on their IRC server, I figured…

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Serendipity & Tillie

Through a bit of serendipity, I came across Tillie Andersen's website, http://tillieanderson.com/tillie/. The more I read, the more curious I was about women's bicycle racing in the late 1800s. On a long flight, I read…

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Chirality

Learning to Play the Violin While writing about my own musical cambrian explosion, it reminded me of my first year learning the viola and violin. In primary school, around grade 4, we were asked to…

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Jaffa/يَافَا‎

Many shots from the old town of Jaffa. Archaeological evidence shows that the site of Jaffa was inhabited around 7500 BCE. Learn more about Jaffa. [gallery ids="28215,28214,28213,28212,28211,28210,28209,28208,28207,28206,28205,28204,28203,28202,28201,28200,28199,28197,28196,28195,28194,28192,28191,28189,28187,28186,28185,28183,28182,28180,28179,28178,28176,28175,28174,28172,28171,28169,28168,28166,28165,28164,28162,28161,28159,28158,28157,28155,28154,28152,28151,28149,28148,28146,28145,28144,28142,28141,28139,28138,28137,28135,28134,28133,28131,28130,28129,28127,28126,28124,28123,28121,28120,28119,28117,28116,28114,28113,28111,28110,28109,28107,28106,28104,28103,28101,28100" type="rectangular" link="file" orderby="rand"]

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History of Asciifun.com

Many, many years ago I owned and ran asciifun.com. Mostly it was created as a way to paste figlet output into code comments and other random stupidity happening on irc networks. Back in 1999, this…

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