They’re in the walls …

So, I’m working from home today because there’s a wildlife safari going on in my attic / walls … Like … literally wild-life.  Yesterday morning as I was getting ready for work, I heard what sounded like a rather bothered bird ‘screaming’ at something. Concerned, I looked out all of the windows but couldn’t quite make out where it was coming from.  I gave up and went on with my day and headed off to work.  When I got home…

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Ninth Circuit’s Decision on Travel Ban

The ruling of the Ninth Circuit is amazing.  I read every word, and strongly encourage everyone (of all political stripes) to do the same. It is a thorough and well thought out reasoning on many very complex arguments.   The document also does a really nice job of walking you through “how we got here” (all the court drama prior to this ruling) and explaining what each of the parties were subsequently arguing before this court. Contrary to what the…

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On to 2016

I always find these requisite year-in-review sort of posts difficult.  This year is no exception.  I have started and scrapped this entry about a dozen times already. How do I summarize a year like this? In doing so, it would be unfair to not write about some of the ways this year has been deeply transformative for me. Do I want, however, to post some deep soul-baring retrospective?  I don’t think so; besides, I’m not under the delusion that anyone…

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Winesplosion

Tonight, just before I was supposed to be going to bed I decided I would have a glass of wine. Things did not go as expected. As I was opening the bottle, the cork was being a bit of a … well a bit of a bitch, and so I put a lil’ bit more of the ol’ heave ho into its extraction. As my corkscrew hand pulled the recalcitrant cork up and out of the bottle, my bottle hand…

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Think Different

Permanent Link to Think Different

“We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them. – Albert Einstein”

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Why aren’t we encrypting our chats?

Lately the Feds have been making their case as to why they need backdoors into encryption schemes. This is problematic anyway you look at it; privacy, technology … philosophically.  Most people I talk to seem to agree that they’d rather not have a ‘back door’ evaporating any expectation of privacy.  Why then, I wonder, aren’t more people leveraging secure communication options?  In theory people want private communications but in practice it seems they can’t be bothered. I guess I should…

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Religious Freedom Indeed.

I’ve really been out of sorts the last day or so ever since Governor Pence signed into law the right for businesses to discriminate based on religious beliefs. Frankly, it’s upset me more than I expected it would (and that’s saying something, because I was deeply bothered by the bills prospect). Look, I’m not naive enough to think Indiana is a blue state; nor do I fail to realize that there are hateful people in the world.  I’m also aware…

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There’s a lot of things you need to get across this universe. Warp drive… wormhole refractors… You know the thing you need most of all? You need a hand to hold.

The Doctor

USB Type-C Connector

Finally, the USB Type-C Connector has been finalized.  YEsterday the USB 3.0 Promoter Group announced the completion of the specification. Why should you care?  Because it’s awesome.  Ok I’ll elaborate a little: The plug is reversible. It can be inserted either way/direction.  Similar to how the new iPhone charging cables work (and unlike current USB connectors), the new USB connector doesn’t need to be plugged in’correctly’.  There is no top or bottom or left or right – you just shove…

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Oh Captain, My Captain

O Captain! my Captain! our fearful trip is done, The ship has weather’d every rack, the prize we sought is won, The port is near, the bells I hear, the people all exulting, While follow eyes the steady keel, the vessel grim and daring;                          But O heart! heart! heart!                             O the bleeding drops of red,                                Where on the deck my Captain lies,                                   Fallen cold and dead. O Captain! my Captain! rise up and hear the bells;…

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