Monthly Archives: December 2013

Die-hards dying off

By | December 31, 2013

Even for the die-hards who deny global warming despite all the evidence, it’s getting more difficult to keep their addled pates buried in the sand. I have firsthand (albeit anecdotal) evidence that climate change is occurring. I grew up in North Florida, an area that sits right at the border of the northern hardwood forests… Read More »

Of course

By | December 31, 2013

Of course this is the case as even the worst civilian mass murderer does not represent any sort of existential threat to large corporations and their power, while The Pirate Bay and that entire ethos very much does.

Mozfaila

By | December 30, 2013

Go here to tell Mozilla how horrible and worthless the new Australis interface is, and to protest them removing all features that are useful to power users. They think they will increase adoption of the browser by removing everything useful, but in reality what will happen is that people like me who others look to… Read More »

Wallet feeling the pain

By | December 30, 2013

I shelled out for a 13” Macbook Pro with Retina Display tonight for the project we’ve been working on. We plan to leave Mavericks on there. It’s been a long time since I’ve used Mac OS so that will take some getting used to. But having such a nice screen will be great. Since I… Read More »

The plurality of the real

By | December 29, 2013

There is some weird cult on a photo site I visit where people post uncropped “unaltered” images from their cameras, insisting that what their cameras captured is “how it really looked.” There is no “how it really looked.” It does not exist. I cannot stress this enough. The how it really looked does not exist.… Read More »

Personhood

By | December 29, 2013

There is no one who is “who they really are.” We are all different people to one another, and to ourselves. Personalities are adaptable, and adaptive – because they have to be. Humans are social animals by necessity and by evolution. A single human sans society is a cipher and nearly helpless as even the… Read More »

Wisdom

By | December 28, 2013

What have I learned in this life? A lot, and a lot of it early. Perhaps too early. But I think this is the most important lesson. A small kindness from you may completely change someone else’s life. I’m largely asocial, and reflexively pugnacious due to my past, but I try to remember that as… Read More »

Disappointing

By | December 26, 2013

Although I was a very precocious child, one thing I learned only as an adult is that propaganda is extremely effective and nearly impossible to combat. The efficacy of propaganda and how it pervades all aspects of society – primarily these days coming from corporations in the US, not government – is probably the most… Read More »

Another terrible argument

By | December 26, 2013

It’s a truly terrible argument that because children can use Windows 8 more easily than a start menu-based or similar more complex OS that that somehow makes it a good OS for me to use. Children can also drive a Big Wheel more easily than a full-size vehicle. That doesn’t mean I should start commuting… Read More »