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Twitter is Trying to Erase the Past

16 August, 2019
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I recently got an e-mail saying I had violated Twitter’s rules for hateful conduct. I immediately thought my account password had been compromised, or that this was a phishing attempt. I rarely post to Twitter anymore, except to promote this website or other personal projects. The e-mail was real though, and Twitter locked my account for a Tweet I ...
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Houses and the Treeline

The Death of the Mom and Pop e-Store

25 July, 2019
Small wooden manikin toy pushing a shopping car with packages in front of a laptop with the word e-commerce on it screen, blurred in the background
Back before I first left the United States in 2012, I’d often use price comparison websites when trying to find parts for computers and system builds. These sites tracked prices from hundreds of small vendors, some of which had brick and mortar stores, others wer storage warehouses, and others were simply drop shippers. Upon returning to the ...
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A Wall, a Bay and an Island

Rooting a Razer Phone Requires a USB 2.0 Link

3 June, 2019
Razer Phone
I’m not one of those people that can buy a phone and start using it. I usually root my device and flash a custom ROM not long after I first turn it on. Where normal people can start using a new device immediately, it usually takes me a day or two before I can do the same, dealing with some weird edge case of missing documentation, just to get ...
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Sunset on the Ocean

Louqe Ghost S1 Build and Review

19 December, 2018
Ghost S1 Case
I had been working off of my laptop for several months, but some performance issues and thermal throttling led me to revert back to building a desktop. I had sold my previous build before traveling across the US, so for this particular build I wanted something in an ultra small, easily transportable form factor. I decided to jump in on a ...
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Croatian Sunset

Using Custom CSS with Mastodon

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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Cage with a View

Outrage and Distractions: The Case of Kavanaugh and Ford

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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Island outside Dubrovnik

The Decline of OpenID

11 October, 2018
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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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The Bay and the City of Dubrovnik

I paid $180 for Headphones that only lasted Two Years

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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Where Dubrovnik Meets the Ocean

This is Just a Simulation

28 September, 2018
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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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Walls of Dubrovnik

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

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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Rays Through the Clouds to the Ocean Floor

Exclusive Inclusivity

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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Lighting Up the night in Dubrovnik

My Love Hate Relationship with Docker and Container Orchestration Systems

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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An Indian, an Asian and a Ginger walk into a Bar