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Taking a Sabbatical

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Port of Auckland

The American Banking System is Still in the 1990s

Technology
Notes of various currency
When I lived in Australia, sending money to an individual or business was as simple as knowing their Bank State Branch (BSB) number and account number. I could go through a web interface, or a phone app, and send $50 to a friend. It would show up the next morning in their account (or potentially the same day if we used the same bank). This ...
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Behind a Concrete Bunker on Rangitoto Island

America and the Mexican Drug Trade

Politics
Border between United States and Mexico
Norte, a Mexican newspaper that has been publishing for nearly 30 years, announced that it was shutting down, after three journalists from various news agencies were killed last month. The effects of violence and gangs in parts of Mexico have led to this news organization’s concern over the safety of its reporters. Advocates for the removal of ...
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Foliage on Rangitoto Island

Returning to America and the (Un)Affordable Care Act

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Photo: Hoshino Ai - CC0
I worked in the American health insurance industry during the original Affordable Health Care (ACA) debates back around 2009. I watched a lot of money spent on completely wasteful projects as the entire industry lobbied against a public single-payer option. In January of 2016, I returned to the States after being outside the country for four ...
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Volcanic Breakdown

At Rest

Philosophy
Purple Flower in a Pond
When people die, we tend to say they are at rest. Headstones on burial mounds sometimes etch the words, “Rest in peace.” This euphemism isn’t limited to English. It exists word for word as the German phrase, “Ruhe in Frieden,” or the Spanish saying, “que descanse en paz.” In the conscious, living mind of an individual, rest is an action we take to ...
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Thin Strip of Houses

All Trump, All The Time

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Sunset on a Street in Auckland

H.R. 170 Will Allow Large Companies to Consolidate Talent in the Tech Industry

Politics
US Passport
Congress is considering a bill that will increase the minimum wage for H-1B visa holders to $100,000 per year. This is an attempt to discourage businesses from hiring immigrants who require sponsorship, instead of hiring American workers. At least that’s what congress says H.R. 170 will do. However, I think what we’ll actually see are large ...
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What was once Lava

The Fallout of American Anger

Politics
Anti-Trump Graffiti on a Bus Stop
In January of 2017, three black eighteen year old males and one black eighteen year old female abducted a white, mentally handicapped man of the same age. The four of them abused him for somewhere between one and two days. They made him drink toilet water while yelling, “fuck trump” and “fuck white people.” They broadcast this on Facebook’s live ...
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Light in a Cave

Self Driving Cars Will Not Solve the Transportation Problem

Technology
Tesla Model S
For the past couple of years, we’ve seen a substantial amount of research committed by the tech and auto industry into self driving vehicles. Billions of dollars are being spent on a solved problem; depending on how you view the problem. If the domain of the problem is transportation and increasing populations within metropolitan areas, automated ...
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The Bay and Rangitoto

Developer Workstation PC Build

Technology
Unopened boxes of parts
Earlier this year, I decided to build a development desktop. It’s the first PC I’ve fully built in at least four years. While I was backpacking, I relied solely on my laptop for development work. Prior to that I had used desktops people were giving away, or systems I had build years ago and had just continually upgraded. Since this would be a ...
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Auckland from a Boat

Installing Mesosphere DC/OS on Small Digital Ocean Droplets

Technology
DC/OS Logo
Mesosphere DC/OS is a data center operating system, based on Apache Mesos and Marathon. It’s designed to run tasks and containers on a distributed architecture. It can be provisioned either on bare metal machines, within virtual machines or on a hosting provider (what some people like to call “the cloud.”). I wanted to see what was involved in ...
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She Probably Smokes Weed

Does Voting Make a Difference?

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Yellow Boat in the Harbour