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Using Custom CSS with Mastodon

Technology
14 November, 2018
Multi-color Mastodon Elephants
Mastodon has an option for applying custom CSS from within its administration panel. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find any examples of what this CSS should look like, even after asking in the Mastodon Fourms. I did discover how tricky modifying Mastodon CSS can be. I couldn’t figure out why changes to the body element wouldn’t affect anything, and ...
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Houses and the Treeline

Outrage and Distractions: The Case of Kavanaugh and Ford

Politics
19 October, 2018
Supreme Court by Claire Anderson (CC0)
There are a lot of people with opinions about Christine Blasey Ford and Brett Kavanaugh, yet the majority of those people didn’t actually watch the congressional hearings where both of them testified. They watched highlights and excerpts from their favorite news networks, which filtered that information to match the narrative their audience wanted ...
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A Wall, a Bay and an Island

The Decline of OpenID

Technology
11 October, 2018
OpenID Logo
In July of 2018, StackExchange ended support for allowing people to login via OpenID. One tenth of one percent of their users were logging in using OpenID, and I was one of those last remaining people. In an era where every website allows people to create accounts and login using other websites (e.g. Facebook, Twitter, Google, Github, et. al.), ...
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Sunset on the Ocean

I paid $180 for Headphones that only lasted Two Years

Technology
9 October, 2018
Jaybird F5 Freedom Earbuds
On July 12th, 2016, I purchased a pair of Jaybird Freedom F5 earbuds for $180 from an eBay vendor. I really liked these headphones. They had clear audio, good sound reproduction and I used them to listen to music and podcasts on my morning and evening train commutes. They refused to power on recently, and I discovered that this was a common ...
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Croatian Sunset

This is Just a Simulation

Philosophy
28 September, 2018
Screenshot from The Sims
Are we in a simulation? What some may perceive as a trope used in science fiction is a serious topic for some researchers. Bostrom’s 2003 paper on simulation theory postulates that if humanity continues on our currently trend of increasing technological development, we will reach a state where we could eventually be able to, at least partially, ...
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Cage with a View

Does Love Really Conquer All, or is Love a Finite Resource?

Philosophy
17 September, 2018
Photo by Tyler Nix
Love conquers all. It’s a cliché and trope that’s been used in stories for as long as humans have been telling stories, but is it true? If love could truly move us past any boundary, then why can’t it overcome spousal abuse, infidelity, suicide or poverty. Are these things a result of a lack of love, by either individuals, families or society, or ...
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Island outside Dubrovnik

Exclusive Inclusivity

Philosophy
14 September, 2018
Photo by Kane Reinholdtsen
A friend of mine recently invited me to an Asian & Pacific Islanders Open Mic, hosted by Luya Poetry in Chicago. The event billed itself as “…a welcoming space for poets of color, with an emphasis on Asian, South Asian, Middle Eastern, and Pacific Islanders to express themselves, [and] share their stories…“. The open mic was part of a larger ...
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The Bay and the City of Dubrovnik

My Love Hate Relationship with Docker and Container Orchestration Systems

Technology
4 September, 2018
Fenced Consumerism - Journey of Khan
Docker was first getting big while I was working for an open source shop in New Zealand. At work we’d joke about containers, mostly because of our misconceptions. “Aren’t they based on LXC containers, which are full of security holes?” a co-worker and I would ask. When CoreOS was released, initially we laughed but also realized people were taking ...
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Where Dubrovnik Meets the Ocean

Bee2 In Production: IPv6, HAProxy and Docker

Technology
2 September, 2018
Airwhale
Over the past few months, I’ve been working on Bee2. It’s a provisioning system for automating the process of building, running and maintaining my own websites and web applications. In previous tutorials, I had gone over provisioning servers using APIs, configuring those servers for remote Docker administration via a VPN, and automating ...
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Walls of Dubrovnik

OpenBSD, SpamPD and the Startup Bug

Technology
14 August, 2018
OpenBSD Logo
Recently I added e-mail support to Bee2, a tool I use to provision servers and services for personal projects. My existing e-mail server ran on an openSUSE 13.2 box which stopped receiving security updates in January of 2017. I’ve been building Ansible roles to provision a replacement running on OpenBSD, and I found an interesting bug with a proxy ...
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Rays Through the Clouds to the Ocean Floor

Upgrading the SSD on an MSI GS60 Laptop

Technology
19 May, 2018

Lighting Up the night in Dubrovnik

Facebook, Politics and Orwell's 24/7 Hate

Politics
22 April, 2018
Photo by Thought Catalog
During the 2008 financial crisis, Rod Blagojevich, the governor of Illinois, took on Bank of America by suspending all state accounts with the bank and publicly criticizing them for their role in the subprime mortgage crisis. In 2009, he was convicted for corruption charges, including his attempt to exchange Obama’s former senate seat for ...
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An Indian, an Asian and a Ginger walk into a Bar