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One Sentence Book Reviews, 2011 May 10th, 2011

Okay, so this year I’m trying to get through 60 books, which I think it a reasonable goal that will keep me reading without getting sick of it. At year-end, I’ll throw the list up along with some graphs about what my genre tendencies tend to be, authors I read, etc., but for now ...

The Other Ending of Pulp Fiction January 01st, 2011

I keep having this same dream where there’s an alternate ending of Pulp Fiction which everyone hates and I find absolutely hilarious. The actual details of this alternate ending aren’t important, because like most dream stuff, they don’t actually make sense in the context of reality. Just imagine me laughing my ass off ...

The Total Disclosure Project May 08th, 2010

So I’ve said a couple of times on this blog that I’m not real big on privacy. Most of the time, the information that we generate every day is completely worthless, not only to people to know us, but to corporations. The only real concern is whether or not this information could be ...

Arizona Nazis April 27th, 2010

So there’s a new bill out of Arizona which (basically) requires people to carry their papers on them at all times in order to aid the police officers of that state in cracking down on illegal immigration, along with a number of other measures. Cue comparisons to the Nazis. There’s a famous quote by Ben Franklin, “They ...

Should the First Amendment Include Corporations? April 20th, 2010

Alright, so the grievously stupid invocation of the First Amendment when talking about corporations is quickly becoming a pet peeve of mine, as I seem to be finding it everywhere I look. Also, Google recently made a post about their approach to free expression. (Made just a few days after my blog post. ...

Corporations and Free Speech April 15th, 2010

So there’s recently been some murmuring about Apple and how awful it is that they block apps for political reasons. Phrases similar to “I guess Apple doesn’t care about the 1st Amendment” keep cropping up. This also gets tossed around when any online service starts to censor people for any reason. Let’s get this ...

Labor Implications of Content-Aware Fill April 14th, 2010

So I’ve been checking out a lot of the the videos and commentary on Adobe’s new Content-Aware Fill. I find several things about the online discussion to be fairly amusing. Firstly, there are the people who claim that this is fake. I can sort of understand this, as it was originally posted around April ...

Meritocracy is the new Aristocracy April 13th, 2010

It used to be that kings actually were better than everyone else. This was because of their diet; a prince or dauphin growing up would receive a lot more meat than a peasant child, not to mention how much more varied their diet was. So when they finally got to be king, they ...

What I Believe: Part 2 April 08th, 2010

Continued from Part 1. Spirituality The evidence for the existence of a god is weak. To me, of course, the question is one of proof. I think that’s almost the antithesis of what most religions would teach, which is faith. I’m not saying that religious people have “God exists” as a simple axiomatic statement ...

What I Believe: Part 1 April 08th, 2010

Okay, so I figured it’s time that I set about on a new project, besides the 652 project. The title should be pretty self-explanatory, but here are the reasons that I’m embarking on it. First, this serves as a sort of time capsule for me. In five to ten years, I’ll be ...

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