Category Archives: Life

Wuhan Coronavirus COVID-19

This bothers me: if people can test negative and then go into quarantine for 8 days, and only then test positive, that argues for continued extreme social distancing until better treatment and/or a vaccine is developed. But this also bothers … Continue reading

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Configuring Useful CLI Utilities

This is a sort of directory to help me remember what I want to install on new machines (or new operating systems) ★★★ Cowboy’s dotfiles (like the init.d files but for a regular user) Hackernoon’s Favorite CLI Utilities BKuhlmann’s Mac … Continue reading

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Heinlein’s Juveniles — Silly Book Challenge, #2

The second book in this very occasional series is … well, any of Heinlein’s juveniles. The cover is from the final book in the series, Have Space Suit, Will Travel (1958). It features bug-eyed monsters, space pirates, and a plucky … Continue reading

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The Moon is a Harsh Mistress — Silly Book Challenge, Part 1

I’ve been challenged by a friend on one of the walled garden social media sites to list seven (?) books so that identity thieves can get started figuring out the answers to my security questions. Maybe he’s getting a cut … Continue reading

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Knives Out

We saw Knives Out last night and I enjoyed it. I figured out who did it as soon as he or she made their entrance, but I did waver in my confidence briefly near the end, only to have it … Continue reading

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Spiderman Far From Home

I just saw it. It’s the best superhero movie I’ve seen in years, probably since Wonder Woman. The third act was only okay, but even so, it was significantly better than Avengers Endgame or Infinity War, Thor Ragnarok, or Guardians … Continue reading

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More of those CLI Utilities

I’ve found some more CLI utilities (via this thread) that look like they’re worth further investigation. Zola, a static site generator fd (a/k/a fd-find), an “80% replacement” for find; see also fselect xsv, a tool for working with CSV files … Continue reading

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Rust Command-Line Utilities

I’ve been learning (or maybe beginning to learn) the Rust programming language. (It was a toss-up between that and Go, and I probably picked wrong, but I won’t know until I know a lot more than I do now.) Tokei … Continue reading

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What I did after installing Linux

I had a hard drive fail on my laptop, so I put the best parts of several broken machines together into a sum-greater-than-the-whole new machine. Right now, I’m installing Ubuntu Linux 19.04. And, since it’s been a long time since … Continue reading

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Linux on Old Macs

I was recently given a second 20″ iMac 2007 to go along with the first. They’re beautiful machines, but Apple doesn’t want me to keep using it, so they’re making all their software not work on it anymore. So I’ve … Continue reading

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