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 … Read More

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.

G20 Coverage Comparison

Just a quick and dirty update… you can use Google to look up the relevant clips if you’d like 🙂 The other day, I heard a brief piece on NPR describing the G20 protests in Toronto. The correspondent described the protests as having turned violent due to the smashing of some corporate shop windows (Starbucks, … Read More

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, … Read More

Processed Food as Poison

Every couple of years I seem to read a book that is really influential to my thinking and my life. A couple of examples from the past six years or so are Understanding Power: The Indispensable Chomsky and Expect Resistance. I read another book recently that also falls into this category for me: In Defense … Read More

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 … Read More

Who Wants to Go Camping?

Mags and I want to go camping, and I had a fresh desire to do so just this morning. I really want to see the stars clearly, snuggle up in my sleeping bag, sit by the fire, go hiking, you know, all that good stuff. Anyone want to join?

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 … Read More

My Picks for the Western Conference All-Star Team

In a just world, this would be the Western Conference All-Star team: Deron Williams Brandon Roy Kevin Durant Carmelo Anthony Dirk Nowitzki Tim Duncan Kobe Bryant Steve Nash Pau Gasol Chris Paul Tyreke Evans Amare Stoudemire The Western Conference was much harder to pick than the Eastern Conference. The following players really deserve to play … Read More

My Picks for the Eastern Conference All-Stars

In a just world, here is who would be selected for the Eastern Conference All-Star team: Dwight Howard Lebron James Chris Bosh Dwayne Wade Joe Johnson Antawn Jamison Rajon Rondo Gerald Wallace Danny Granger Derrick Rose Brook Lopez David Lee