Books that Shaped You

What books helped shape your political and moral opinions? A lot has gone into my reading list. Here’s a list of the things I think were most important, with a focus on fiction: Starship Troopers. Often derided as fascist, this book... isn’t fascist. It’s not a complicated book, but it does contain a lot of… Continue reading Books that Shaped You

Education in 2021

Education is going to have to change in the world of COVID-19. Here's what I think it should look like when things have stabilized. It's not really COVID-19 that's the motivator; it's just the proof that we should have changed education a long time ago. And I'm not an educator, unless you count my experience… Continue reading Education in 2021

“People are stupid; get over it”

One of the things I tell my kids all the time, in an attempt to help them cope, is “people are stupid; get over it.” For a long time they saw this as being cynical; in some ways they still do, but they’ve also matured enough to see it for what it is: coping with… Continue reading “People are stupid; get over it”

Newsblur; Fricassee; old friends – 14/Feb/2019

Things I'm thinking about: RSS Feeds I've started using Newsblur again. I shut off Facebook a while back for various reasons (nothing drastic, just... tired, mostly), so my news has been supplied by a fairly limited set of channels. Newsblur fixes that. It's not just Newsblur, of course; you can use any of a number… Continue reading Newsblur; Fricassee; old friends – 14/Feb/2019

Impressions

Things I think about sometimes: I love the idea of being someone who might be described like "He only cares about the things that matter," except loving that particular idea means that I... care about things that don't matter. Darn it.My DJ name is rather obvious: "43rd to the Q."Finally got a new phone! I'm… Continue reading Impressions

Blogging, getting wordpress running properly on Ubuntu

Things I'm thinking and feeling: I really don't "blog" all that much. I record, I guess, and that's sort of a "web log," but I really don't expose much of my innermost feelings - it's like observations with a mirror in the way. I've always been that way when I write. Always.Today I'm going to… Continue reading Blogging, getting wordpress running properly on Ubuntu

Lorelai, Maven changelog plugin, the government shutdown

Things I have travelled across: github-issues-maven-plugin generates a markdown file with a list of closed issues for a target milestone. Useful for creating release notes.The death of a child is always heart-wrenching. 🙁 Rest in peace, little one, even though I only knew you through friends of friends.Bless social media for bringing people together... except… Continue reading Lorelai, Maven changelog plugin, the government shutdown

More Peter Gabriel, The Upside, Police, CSS

Things I'm thinking about wondering: One of the reasons I like Peter Gabriel so much is that, as a lyricist, he's willing to ignore rules that I try to, like, pay attention to. In "Big Time," for example, there's a line: "And my heaven will be a big heaven, and I will walk through the… Continue reading More Peter Gabriel, The Upside, Police, CSS

NCAA Football, accents, free will

Things I'm thinking about Monday: Tonight's the last NCAA football game of the season. Thank goodness. I hope it's a good one.I want to pronounce "Monday" with a Scottish accent, but it turns out I have no idea how to make it sound like it's a Scottish accent. It's not my accent, whatever it is,… Continue reading NCAA Football, accents, free will