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Dividers in Chief

I saw a reference to Donald Trump as the “Divider in Chief” recently, and the comment made me laugh. The context was that of the pandemic and response to it, and how to frame the response: the model most people take is that of motorcycle helmets, and the model the poster preferred was that of [...]

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My Fractured Writing Process

Yesterday I mentioned using Scrivener to write, and I mentioned that I have sort of a graduated process for writing that isn’t very efficient. I wanted to actually write down how I write, just to sort of collect what I do; maybe the documentation process will help me see it for what it is (“a [...]

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Scrivener 3.2 Compile Issue

I’m a big fan of Literature and Latte’s Scrivener product. If I’m writing “for real,” it’s typically in Scrivener, although I think my process there could still use a lot of work. (I use a graduated system for writing, which … now that I think about it, isn’t very efficient for organization or promotional purposes.) [...]

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Programming is also Teaching

Programming can be thought of as something that takes place as part of interacting with a culture – a culture with two very different audiences. One “audience” is the CPU, and the other audience is made of other programmers – and those other programmers are typically the ones who get ignored, or at least mistreated. [...]

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Big Sur and Homebrew

I converted to a mostly-Apple home office over the past couple of years. I still have different platforms hanging out – I have a Windows laptop for games (which is currently gathering a lot of dust), a few Linux embedded devices lurking about… but my primary tools are all running OSX. I typically keep them [...]

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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 [...]

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My Thoughts on Vapor Trails

This is my response to “What does everyone like about Vapor Trails?“ To me, Vapor Trails is an amazing album. When I first heard it, it was a revelation: “Rush is back!” — and I didn’t even realize how much I’d lowered my expectations after T4E, which was a good album but lacked a certain [...]

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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 [...]

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I migrated an account to GSuite and it was trivial.

I recently migrated my wife’s email to GSuite after an unconscionable delay – delayed mostly because the documentation for GSuite left some questions that I wasn’t sure I could easily answer – and the delay was entirely unjustified. It was easy. The History I had my own email server back in the day. There were [...]

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What Makes Rush Special?

I’ve been a Rush fan for close to four decades now – since 1983 or so. In that time I’ve probably absorbed every lyric multiple times, and hundreds of musical nuances (with thousands to go, with my luck and attention spa- hey, look, a squirrel!), and despite what I think is a pretty absurd level [...]

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