Monthly Archives: October 2016


By | October 31, 2016

You know something like IPv6 is a bad plan when in an afternoon you can design something that makes more sense and is easier to implement. IPv6 is the perfect example of premature optimization. It was created way back in the 1990s before the truly modern internet had even appeared, and with no thoughts to… Read More »


By | October 30, 2016

One odd thing I thought about again as I was shopping at a lavish grocery store in a rich neighborhood recently: many of those people have high incomes, probably many of them far above my own, but are also deeply in debt. While their earnings are high, they are in debt bondage essentially. A lawyer… Read More »

Net income

By | October 29, 2016

I live on about 30% of my net income (and about 18% of gross), not including trading and other activities which I do not count. Not bad. Many Americans either by poverty or lack of financial discipline and status competition live on 130% of theirs. Money in our society alas is power, and freedom. I… Read More »


By | October 28, 2016

What should be included with all new MacBook Pros. I have remarkable tolerance for Apple’s premium prices, their lack of configurability in many areas and even their walled garden apporach but now they’ve just gone beyond what I can stomach. It’s sad as I’ve been a devotee of Apple hardware and software for a while… Read More »

Try as I might

By | October 28, 2016

I can’t understand why we treat disabled people so poorly. Sure, sociologically I can read the research, understand the transition to Taylorism, the forging of everyone into an interchangeable widget, but at a basic level it’s still incomprehensible because it’d take so little comparatively to make those people feel like full members of society and… Read More »

What the hell

By | October 28, 2016

What the hell, Apple? Looks like I will never be buying another Apple device again. They have utterly lost the plot. I don’t particularly like Windows, but as soon as I get tired of my iMac or it dies, I’ll be going back to Windows for my main machine. It handles high-DPI unfortunately better than… Read More »


By | October 27, 2016

The same guy who quoted a Yeats poem a few weeks at work quoted a Mary Pickford movie from 1917 earlier today (also an earlier play). Impressed. Specifically, this line: “Here, in the forest dark and deep, I offer you eternal sleep.” I couldn’t recall the work from which it came, but I knew it… Read More »


By | October 26, 2016

One thing I really like about the company I work for is that it feels like for the most part that I do not have one of Graeber’s “bullshit jobs.” If you’ve eaten a banana or a pineapple this week, worn a work uniform, used a first aid kit, worn certain brands of shoes, gotten… Read More »

No more MacBooks

By | October 26, 2016

Also looks like I will never buy another MacBook from Apple, either. I already won’t buy any phone with no headphone jack. To make room for that, Apple completely got rid of the function keys that’ve been at the top of Mac keyboards for years. Physical esc key? Gone. No physical escape key means no… Read More »