A blog of rants, screeds, and other nonsense

…hastily written with love…

  • ISPs Against Fast Internet

    This is my webpage for tracking teleco executives trying to ruin the internet.

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  • My Connection to Alexander Hamilton

    Thanks to my MIL’s exhaustive genealogy research, I can now say with certainty that my house was built by Alexander Hamilton’s wife’s third cousin twice removed.

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  • Dear Sen. Joe Manchin

    Dear Senator Joe Manchin,

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  • Should I run for Governor?

    Here’s my thinking…

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  • My response to the anti-Brexit people

    To the person on Redit who called the Brexit plan obviously poorly concocted.

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  • What Is Yak Shaving?

    What Is Yak Shaving?

    What is yak shaving?

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  • GOP attempt to add a 'January Exception' to the constitution fails

    An attempt to add a “January Exception” to the U.S. constitution failed yesterday as GOP leaders could not muster enough votes to pass their bill. The 44-to-56 vote was a major victory for constitutional originalism, law and order, and other concepts that the GOP used to believe in. “I’m disappointed in the result.” said Joe Embez, “How could I be convicted of stealing from my employer when I don’t work there any more? read more

  • How should SaaS providers charge for training?

    The other day a vendor added $6k of “training” to my quote. Here’s how insulting that is.

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  • Bimodal Politics

    Politics in the U.S. is bimodal.

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  • Prepare for the worst: Part 1, WW1 and Germany

    Copied from Facebook. Not written by me. I’ll have commentary later this week.

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  • It Was Trump, Not Antifa

    Dear friends of mine who support Trump:

    Your “it was Antifa” claims have all been disproven, but it did buy you an additional 12-24 hours to come up with some other cover.

    Good job! Your strategy worked! …but not for long!

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  • PowerShell and NAPTR DNS records: Part 2

    I think I’ve identified the bug in PowerShell’s handling of NAPTR records.

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  • PowerShell and NAPTR DNS records. Help!

    I can’t figure out how to Add- or Remove- an NAPTR record using PowerShell’s DnsServer module. Can you?

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  • Canon Imageclass Scanning to Gmail

    Configuring my new Canon printer to scan to gmail was a bit tricky.

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  • Schools should teach more statistics, less calculus

    Why don’t (most) public schools teach statistics?

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  • Die Hard is anti-American propaganda

    [NOTE: This is a rough draft of a rant.]

    Is “Die Hard” a Christmas film? Who cares!

    Die Hard is anti-American propaganda. It is full of lies that give people the impression that the U.S. government can’t do anything right. Anyone raised seeing that movie will grow up with misconceptions about the government that are harmful to our society.

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  • Lauren Gunderson's advice to actors

    When I read this acting advice by Lauren Gunderson it dawned on me how powerful it would be if every tech conference speaker applied it to their talks. Change her word “scene” to “slide” (or section) and it mostly fits.

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  • The long road to publishing a scientific paper

    Here’s an infographic from Kathryn M. Everson.

    I didn’t write it, but I want to make it available outside of social media where it is hard to surface. (I hope she doesn’t mind.)

    What I love about this is that it explains that real science is slow and takes time. Hollywood movies portray science as a series of overnight miracles; Star Trek shows Jordi inventing entire new categories of science by the end of a 60-minute episode. Real science takes years. Real science is boring 99.99 percent of the time, punctuated by amazing discoveries. Real scientists are underpaid and over-worked.

    Having a youtube channel is unrelated to someone’s qualifications.

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  • Billionaires Shouldn't Exist

    Here’s a meme that I collected from social media. I didn’t write it, but I thought I’d make it accessible here.

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  • Evading or leveraging macOS's DNS mucking

    There are times when macOS mucks with DNS lookups. For example, a corporate VPN client might tell macOS that DNS lookups for certain domains (i.e. domains inside the company) are to be handled differently.

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  • Refactoring a Loop That Was Trying Too Hard

    I fixed bug last night.

    The bug was difficult to fix because the code was so complex. I wasn’t really able to fix it until I simplified the code. Once the code was simplified the bug was easy to fix. While doing this I found an anti-pattern that I now call “One loop trying too hard”.

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  • Biden Has a Mandate!

    Biden has a mandate.

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  • Google GSuite (nee Workplace) Secrets!

    Here are some of my favorite secrets about Google Docs, Google Sheets, Gmail, etc.

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  • The First Amendment tells a story

    Did you know that buried in the U.S. Constitution is a story? It’s in the first amendment!

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  • Trump's COVID-19 Test

    I learned that President Reagan was shot while walking home from school. I was about a block away from my house and I remember running the whole way home.

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  • Which option to pick?

    If you have zero knowledge and need to make a decision, here’s some advice.

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  • Shipping used to be 6-8 weeks

    Remember back in the old days when if you ordered anything from a company, delivery was “6 to 8 weeks”?

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  • Trump's Virus, Trump's Pandemic, Trump's Fault!

    According to The Red Cross, there are fewer house fires in December and January.

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  • The Linux 'cal' command

    Five things you should know about the Linux cal command. There are many, many, more features listed in the man page but these are the ones you should know.

    The Unix cal command appeared in 1973 in what was called “Version 5 AT&T UNIX”. Linux and macOS (and all *BSD systems) have very different clones. Check the man page for details.

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  • The Best Personal Financial Advice I've Ever Gotten!

    The best financial advice I ever got:

    Pretend you didn’t get that raise.

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