Apr. 22nd, 2014


Links of non-doom for today

Just for fun.

An Introduction to Objectivist-C

In Objectivist-C, there are not only properties, but also property rights. Consequently, all properties are @private; there is no @public property.

In Objectivist-C, each program is free to acquire as many resources as it can, without interference from the operating system.

The New Age Bullshit Generator

Learning is the truth of will, and of us.

The galaxy is overflowing with expanding wave functions. This life is nothing short of a maturing unifying of holistic inspiration.

We exist as a resonance cascade.

As you exist, you will enter into infinite energy that transcends understanding. You will soon be guided by a power deep within yourself — a power that is heroic, self-aware. Through acupuncture, our chakras are opened by sharing.

The Random Deepak Chopra Quote Generator

"Non-judgment creates karmic external reality"


Happy Earth Day, one day late

I just want to share this beautifully done animated map of global wind patterns that lets you check out wind patterns and direction over the whole planet. Click on "earth" and bring up the extra overlays you can use; you can get temperature and windspeed info on any spot you want by single-clicking it.

It's fascinating to click through the different levels of atmosphere and see the point where the jet streams pop into focus -- roughly between 500 and 250 hPa. (It uses atmospheric pressure, not height.) The "wobbling" of the jet streams over time is a major part of what drives our longer-term weather patterns. Global warming has caused them to slow down and wobble more, which is what causes these bizarre swings of abnormal temperatures (both hot/dry and cold/wet) that we've begun experiencing over the past few years.

The map isn't actually live real-time, though it gives an illusion of being so. The About page explains how often each overlay gets updated. Facebook page

Apr. 16th, 2014


Book giveaway, continued

Another three books!

Spirit Fox, by Mickey Zucker Reichert and Jennifer Wingert, hardcover. Fantasy novel, over-longish, with a complex backstory: nation-culture of people in which overbearing, sadistic priests rule and most people have animals spirit-bonded to them, one young woman finds herself shapeshifting into a fox. Meanwhile, another nation-culture with a (by and large) more enlightened religious culture is invading, mainly because that religion has one nasty trait: it considers bonds with mere animals to be a horrible heresy, and war against the first culture to be a holy war. A mildly interesting, slightly different take on the spirit animal/therianthrope tropes.

The Prince, by Machiavelli. Thin paperback book. Claimed!

Rebels Against the Future: The Luddites and Their War on the Industrial Revolution, by Kirkpatrick Sale, hardcover.. Excellent history and analysis of the real-life Luddite movement, marred by a mostly stupid long-winded rant in the second half of the book.

Same rules as always: if you want any of these, comment here and we'll work something out -- or email me if you happen to have my email address.

Apr. 15th, 2014


Dunno if it's funny or not . . .

FBI Uncovers Al-Qaeda Plot To Just Sit Back And Enjoy Collapse Of United States

WASHINGTON—Putting the nation on alert against what it has described as a “highly credible terrorist threat,” the FBI announced today that it has uncovered a plot by members of al-Qaeda to sit back and enjoy themselves while the United States collapses of its own accord.

Apr. 13th, 2014


More on the Heartbleed bug

xkcd explains for a non-techie audience how the Heartbleed bug works.

Certain people did a brilliant job publicizing this bug; it's hard to imagine a better name than "Heartbleed". (Since when did you see a vulnerability with its own logo?

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It may seem strange to speak of "marketing" a software bug, but it encourages people to take warnings seriously and change their passwords.

Dan Kaminsky explains to the tech community some less obvious lessons of Heartbleed. Bottom line: we need to figure out which software tech is really essential to our infrastructure, and find a better way of funding it. The OpenSSL Project code is famous for being hard to read, and there's really only a handful of people working on it. And it's so neglected that it has taken three years to discover this bug.
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Apr. 10th, 2014


But it should be, like, soooo easy to find that airplane, right? Must be a conspiracy, right?

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