Category Archives: Life

Early Impressions of the New Administration

Watching speeches by the new president reminds me so much of Star Trek (the Original Series). Specifically this episode: Note: I am not not NOT saying that anyone in the administration, much less the president, espouses the tenets of nationalism-socialism. … Continue reading

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Trump’s Exit

I don’t think what Trump said was a high crime or misdemeanor. But I do wish he would leave office. In fact, I wish he would leave office, and then Mike Pence would also leave office. I’d like Nancy Pelosi … Continue reading

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Kennedy-Johnson 1960

John F. Kennedy was elected after a campaign critical of the Eisenhower-Nixon administration’s “Missile Gap,” aided by a friendly press and voting irregularities in Chicago. As it turned out, the gap was illusory, but his campaign required Kennedy to govern … Continue reading

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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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