Messaging with MQTT and Javascript

I do a lot with messaging architectures, and because I work on embedded systems so much lately, my main broker protocol has been MQTT, used with Javascript. I learned something that surprised me this morning, even though it really shouldn’t have, given some thought. MQTT is a common protocol used in IoT. It stands for… Continue reading Messaging with MQTT and Javascript →

God Bless the United States of America.

I was having a conversation a few days ago – just before the Fourth of July – and someone said they’d opened up Facebook and been frightened by all of the people posting American flags, thinking it was related to a conservative social media platform being launched. Given the timing, no. It’s the Fourth of… Continue reading God Bless the United States of America. →

How To Fix Our Culture in Forty Years

American culture is broken, and badly. It’s broken to the point where there’s a civil war going on – thankfully, still at the “civil” part, mostly – and that civil war is going to break the national identity and bring chaos into America, first, and spread to the rest of the world, to humanity’s detriment.… Continue reading How To Fix Our Culture in Forty Years →

Trying Elementor Out

If you can’t guess by using your eyes or whatever, I’m not exactly visually inclined when it comes to design. I use WordPress and simple themes, because any time I try to get into visuals I end up with monstrosities that just Should Not Be. I just don’t do UI. For WordPress, itself chosen because… Continue reading Trying Elementor Out →

Fiction: Unmoored

I liked watching the planes fly. They just seemed so magical, like they were suspended by wires nobody could see, even though I knew the magic was called “physics.” At first I imagined them held up by the wires, then held down by the wires, like their natural expression was to be set free, to… Continue reading Fiction: Unmoored →

Everything exists.

One of the things I’ve had to learn over time – and that I’ve learned poorly, I should add – is that everything, everything, exists. It might not exist in the sense of being real, I suppose; it might exist only in the imagination. It might not even exist in the “real world” in the… Continue reading Everything exists. →

Migrating WordPress to a New Server

I recently set up a new VPS, because there was a sale on an instance large enough to serve my needs (and then some) at a price point that I couldn’t ignore. My old host was RamNode, and make no mistake, I’ve never ever had any qualms with RamNode – the customer service has always… Continue reading Migrating WordPress to a New Server →

New Network Router!

I’ve been running TomatoUSB on my router (an Asus RT86) for years, but I’ve been noticing some flakiness lately, primarily in network devices just acting oddly on connection, poor connection throughput for a few specific devices, and a few other oddities. It just so happened that a few of the devices that were struggling were,… Continue reading New Network Router! →

G-Force’s OB-E Looks AWESOME

Yesterday, G-Force Software introduced the OB-E synthesizer emulation. It’s another OB-8 emulation – sort of – except it has some features that make it look really compelling. Oberheim has some absolutely iconic synths. They were originally built around the SEM, the Synthesizer Expander Module, which was a monophonic synth; it was pretty simple, although it… Continue reading G-Force’s OB-E Looks AWESOME →

Transactions in Relationships

I recently offered some advice on relationships to someone, with the preface that I knew it was unasked-for and based on my own experience. I don’t know how good the advice actually is, but it has the ring of value – and given my own interactions, it’s clear how it governs how I relate to… Continue reading Transactions in Relationships →