Contradictions · Back when I was an actual Marxist, we used to talk about the “contradictions of capitalism”. It’s actually a handy phrase (alliterative too!) and recently I feel like the Internet is trying to stuff those contradictions down my throat ... [5 comments]
Prairie Spring · Most places know four seasons, but for the most intense experience of spring you really come Up North. I’m in Saskatchewan visiting my Mom, went for a short walk in the park behind her house, and came back with pictures of the experience ... [1 comment]
Spaced Paragraphs in Word · The Internet is fierce with polemics about one-space-or-two-after-the-period. Bah, lightweight stuff. What about all those poor people you see making MS Word docs look a little more spacious by inserting an extra empty line between paragraphs? There is a better way! But the Office UI (on Mac at least) is heinous, so here’s a step-by-step ... [12 comments]
Geek Career Paths · Suppose you’re doing technology, and like doing technology, and your career’s going well, and you find yourself wondering what you’re going to be doing in twenty years. I’ve been down several of the roads you might decide to take, and it occurs to me that talking them over might amuse and inform ... [18 comments]
Looking Up · Seems like everyone I know is blue and grouchy and angry; can’t say as I blame them. But it’s time to turn a corner, because the future’s just as long as ever, and we need joy to face it. Let me see if I can help ... [3 comments]
Two AWS Years · Wow, it was December 2014 when I climbed on board this train. I’m sitting in a pretty interesting place and feel I owe the world some reportage ... [5 comments]
Super Stifado · My Super Bowl Stew has become a tradition, so I should share it. With some tech magic too. [Updated again for 2017.] ... [1 comment]
Shooter as Tabula Rasa · Last night I accidentally came face to face with Twitter horror, a very pale reflection of larger real-life horror, but still jarring. What happened was, someone shot up a Québec City mosque. For a few hours nobody knew who’d done the shooting, and that absence of identity became a blank canvas which the Net’s trolls painted with their shit-colored dreams ... [2 comments]
The Women’s March · Just like everyone else I have a theory about What It Means, but I also have a story and a cool picture to illustrate ... [3 comments]
トリコ and Me · I’ve been sending fewer words out onto the Net so far this year, and one of the reasons was The Last Guardian, which I finished last night. Now I’m missing it and maybe writing about it will help ... [1 comment]
Florida Gothick Fun · I refer to Razor Girl by Carl Hiaasen, which I enjoyed more than any other single book I read this year. Not saying it’s the best book of the year; but in late 2016, reading something that makes you repeatedly laugh out loud over a span of hours is not to be sneezed at ...
Network Storage · A couple days ago in New Home Network I posted a request for advice on a home NAS box and networking hardware. Now I have the storage box, and boy was it ever easy and straightforward and anxiety-relieving. If you haven’t done this already, you might want to ... [11 comments]
Snow Studies · Vancouver’s last two winters had no snow, and never even got very cold. Just now we’ve had a week of white pre-Christmas, with lows down to -8°C. But tonight the rain starts and we’ll hit 9 above tomorrow. So I went out to take snow pictures ...
New Home Network · Holiday project: Redesign the domestic infastructure. Looking for: Network and storage gear. Got any advice? ... [22 comments]
On Loving Rock and Roll · Put another dime in the jukebox, baby. I like more or less all the music, at least all of it’s that written by humans and performed by musicians, which excludes most modern industrial. But Rock is the music of my time and tribe, and while other kinds can make me dream and weep, it’s the only one where the first guitar chord makes me smile and before long I can’t not dance ... [2 comments]
Things about re:Invent · The AWSpalooza took me to Vegas for four nights, with thirty thousand or so other cloud-heads. Herewith notes and sparkly Vegas pictures ... [2 comments]