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Between the hate mobs, anti-terror laws, and the us-centric bent of the interesting bits of the web, I think my future web use will be increasingly based on business transactions and less on having fun or casual communication.

All these new borders feel like a return to a pre-global mindset. Ifmore people feel like this, I expect increased irl social conflict, as local issues get the newly released surplus attention.

Today I'm at the "Electricity Grid in Evolution" conference, sunspec.org/sunspec-alliance-c

giving a software demo and speaking on a panel about data standards for interoperability in the solar power industry. I have open-sourced a Python library for converting data into "Orange Button", the standard format we're trying to push.

Unix will give you enough rope to shoot yourself in the foot. If you didn’t think rope would do that, you should have read the man page.

From the perspective of a superhuman intelligence that finds your behavior boringly predictable:

You're the machine.

Also accurate with regards to being an indie game dev:

Fun etymology fact: the word Autism comes from the Greek word “auto”, which means “self” or “same”.

Homework: compare Autism to the other kind of self-ism known as Narcissism.


Hey here is something that is not standard practice but should be: ISCA has all papers papers for Interspeech 2018 (for every Interspeech, in fact) on the web, publicly accessible. For example, I’m currently in this session: isca-speech.org/archive/Inters #interspeech #interspeech2018 #OpenAccess

Check it out if you’re curious what is going on in speech processing research!

for some reason this hotel's wifi only lasts a day at a time so every night around this time of night i had to figure out how to generate an HTTP 200 not over TLS so i could reactivate it

i wound up using neverssl.com

"There is a subtle affliction that causes one to believe their detail poor business ideas are in fact solid business plans. I like to think of this affliction as Spherical Cow Mindset. The Spherical Cow Mindset is characterized by a tendency to go mapmaking without the territory."


Before today, I knew: the reason Twitter was originally limited to 140 characters was so it could be transmitted over SMS (which was limited to 1120 bits, or 160 7-bit characters).

TIL: the reason SMS is limited to 160 7-bit characters is because Friedhelm Hillebrand, who was the chairman of the non-voice services committee within the Global System for Mobile Communications (GSM), found that a) the average sentence was <160 characters, and b) that matched the average postcard.

I'm beginning to worry that the social justice movements of the American Left are beginning to exhibit the same thirst for vengeance and punishment that underlie the American Right's approach to law enforcement and prisons.

I'm currently writing some forum software and every so often get to bask in the glory of a completed feature:

Going through the logs for my website and I found some strange traffic.

- GET 123cha.com/
- GET boxun.com/
- GET epochtimes.com/
- GET wujieliulan.com/

The requests were from chinese ips to chinese websites and my server returned 200(OK status code) .

My guess is that people are using my web server as some sort of proxy to circumvent chinese firewall but I don't know how or why that would work.

Excellent post on how you can get infrastructure rot in important sectors of the economy:


If your 8 year old self would find you boring and wouldn't want to hang out with you then you might have a problem on your hands.

Excerpt from the *Aerial Attack Study* by Colonel John Boyd; 1964 edition:

A thing almost every science fiction story gets wrong:

Any usefully fast spaceship would essentially be a guided nuclear missile of large yield. The idea that you will be going anywhere near an inhabited planet with a spaceship without getting shot down or going through ridiculous customs rituals is pure fantasy.

In particular, the insurance you would need to get past customs with a spaceship would far outstrip the cost of the ship itself. Resources are cheap, trust is expensive. ;)

"There is nothing quite like seeing a modestly talented person crumple when they think an opportunity has been snatched from them when they have to go and drive for Uber or take a factory job. Even worse is the modestly talented person who persists (and persists) and is paid nothing at all while churning out content for Huffington Post."


This is actually a good editorial.