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2017: The Year of Reconnection

2017 has been an interesting year for me. It’s been a hard year, a difficult year indeed. There have been some challenges that I have not been able to meet head-on yet; there have been choices and events that have been or could still be devastating. This post is not about those challenges. There will [...]

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Roy Moore

The Republican Party has decided to back Roy Moore for Congress in Alabama. I am very conflicted by this, for a few different reasons. I’m conflicted because I can understand why the support has been granted – in a few different ways – and yet I also struggle with the idea that such a person [...]

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About “Two Wishes”

This is a post of liner notes, sort of, about “Two Wishes,” a story I posted a couple of months ago. I normally enjoy such author’s notes myself, but I also understand that they sometimes erode what magic a story has, so I wanted to keep these in a separate post. “Two Wishes” is basically [...]

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I have a podcast now.

A few weeks ago, I started a Java-oriented podcast. It’s not actually solely my content – it’s actually based on user-submitted data from an channel on the Freenode IRC network. If you’re wondering, IRC is what Slack and Hipchat were before they decided to spawn clients that looked pretty and took up four gigabytes of [...]

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Multidimensional

I was thinking fairly shallow thoughts about perception this morning, in the context of an old friend and how our relationship has changed over the years, and a pattern occurred to me about how I see people. I see individuals as a sort of web of relationships to other people and concepts, such that every [...]

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Alabama-FSU, 24-7

Disappointed that FSU lost against Alabama. Alabama played a good game, and FSU obviously struggled mightily on special teams – shades of the nightmares of the 80s there. I hope Deondre Francois is okay – and I also hope ALL of the injured players are okay. (Alabama had four players injured, none of them as [...]

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Journalists: No adverbs, no adjectives, please

I’m not a journalist; I’ve never taken journalism classes. I’m sure there’s a world of journalism out there about which I am completely ignorant. But if I had one piece of advice for journalists, it would be this: please avoid adverbs and adjectives. Please. I don’t want to hear how Trump went to Texas. I [...]

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Trump might be my new favorite President

I really do think Trump is working hard to become my favorite President — his position is solidifying every day. This august position used to be Bill Clinton’s. Bill snatched it from such luminaries as Washington and Lincoln, something made possible only in the modern era where the common man had a chance to observe and admire [...]

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Fiction: Two Wishes

I have lived two lives. In my first life, when I was old, I wandered through a shop of antiques looking for a lampstand. My cat had finally knocked over my wife’s light; it was a gift for her from years before, given by one of my sons, and while I couldn’t repair or replace [...]

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Five Laws of Open Source

In order to work effectively, open source as a paradigm has a set of rules. There are a few examples of rules out there, but I think I can help, because I’ve got no problem flouting the rules when I feel like it. (Guess which ones I’m flouting!) Be thou not a jerk. Conserve not [...]

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