Technology Smorgasborg

I’m trying to find the right medium to write on. First I started a blog that I thought was anonymous but it followed me around the web based on my email address. Then I tried to write a career-related post on LinkedIn but it limited me to 700 characters. Screw that. A recent interview of […]

The Coming Robot Revolution, Part One: Driverless Cars

It is time to start writing on this blog again. All of my blogging energy has gone into stuandmags.net, and now that Mags and I have decided to settle down in Nevada City, California, it is time to do more writing, which is more what this blog is about. Lately, I have been thinking more […]

How Your Electronics Are Made

I just listened to a This American Life episode about the working conditions in which all of our electronic crap is made in China. It is really quite eye-opening, and it is amazing yet totally predictable that pieces like this are not more common. Our economic model (capitalism) guarantees that these atrocious working conditions will […]

Got My Gaming PC!

Computer games used to be just a waste of time for me. Sure, they were fun, but they did me more harm than good. When I heard that Civilization V was coming out in September 2010, I knew I had to play it. But these days, the only computers I have are a Macbook and […]

mysqldumpslow on FreeBSD

Because it took me 15 minutes to figure it out, and because Google was no help… to get the mysqldumpslow command installed on FreeBSD, use the databases/mysql51-scripts port.

Call of the Wild and Stanza

I just finished reading Call of the Wild by Jack London. I had been wanting to read something by Jack London for a while because, of course, he is regarded as a great writer, but also because he was a radical leftist. Call of the Wild was a somewhat enjoyable read. I’ve definitely read better, […]

My New Super-Secret Blog

I realized some time ago that there are a lot of things that I needed to write down, and that I wasn’t doing it. I wasn’t doing it mostly because they were things that I didn’t necessarily want my whole Twitter feed reading. So, I started a new blog and Twitter feed that will probably […]

Ruby on Rails and databases

I’ve decided to start messing around with Ruby on Rails a little bit recently. I am reading Learning Rails from O’Reilly Press. I like this quote (page 178): Because Rails works hard at staying independent of any given database implementation, migrations also offer you a convenient technique for creating your application using one database for […]

Still Waiting for Video on the Web to Work

It is 2010 and video on the web is in a sorry state. – It is choppy on all OS X web browsers, no matter the video source. It is better on Chrome and Safari, worse on Firefox, but definitely choppy on all three. – It doesn’t work on the iPhone. – There is too […]

Google Maps Walking Directions

I am excited – Google Maps now has walking directions. For instance, here is my run from yesterday.