IPFS: The InterPlanetary File System

The InterPlanetary File System (IPFS) is a new Open Source project whose main goal is to turn the web into a distributed system — one that is not reliant on any one server or path. I’ve played around with it a bit this past week and would like to share my findings. My goal is … Continue reading IPFS: The InterPlanetary File System

Passwords are like underpants

I saw this tweetstorm fly by on Twitter this morning, mainly from my friend @mink_ette. I wanted to retweet all of them, but refrained from echoing them into my own tweetstorm. Instead, I’ve collated tweets below into a single blog post. It apparently started with a bad simile from Intel. “Passwords are like underpants. Change them … Continue reading Passwords are like underpants

On equality, with a digression into toys

I am going to get serious for a few paragraphs, but don’t worry. It will lighten up and there will be cats. Today, in the United States, is Martin Luther King Jr. Day. It is a federal holiday celebrating the life and work of MLK Jr. The world has changed significantly since the 60s — … Continue reading On equality, with a digression into toys

3D Printed Medieval Barbie Armor

Zheng3’s Kickstarter project is to design 3D printable medieval armor for Barbie dolls. I see this as being a great transition to help girls ease their doll play from “let’s go shopping” to a much more active and kick-ass “let’s fight that nasty dragon and save the village.”

A Thanksgiving Prayer & A Hipster Thanksgiving

Every Thanksgiving I try to point to the William S. Burroughs “A Thanksgiving Prayer” in one form or another. Thanks for the wild turkey and the passenger pigeons, destined to be shit out through wholesome American guts. Thanks for a continent to despoil and poison. Thanks for Indians to provide a modicum of challenge and … Continue reading A Thanksgiving Prayer & A Hipster Thanksgiving

The mystery of The Tragedy Series

After all the recent talk about comics on the blog, and with my love of puzzles, I thought I would shift gears only slightly and draw your attention to a webcomic I enjoy: The Tragedy Series. This is a great series from a local artist with beautiful design, a dark and twisted sense of humor, and the occasional … Continue reading The mystery of The Tragedy Series

Silencing “those” Facebook friends

We all have “those” Facebook friends.  You know — the kind that post a big flowery picture with text splattered across it that is supposed to inspire you, but it really says “I’m too much of a lemming to type anything special or personal here, so I will regurgitate re-share this hostile-to-the-sight-impaired text-image monstrosity.”  We … Continue reading Silencing “those” Facebook friends

The Flavor Flav Magritte?

Recently, I have seen two or three references to Snapseed, an iPhone/iPad photo editing app, so I thought I would give it a look.  There is an intro video of the type you would typically expect: young, photogenic hipsters taking pictures and retouching them on their iDevice.  I do not know if this is an … Continue reading The Flavor Flav Magritte?

Killing whitespace in the new “improved” Google Reader

I know that plenty of people have gripes about the new Google Reader interface.  Those gripes revolve mostly around modifications to the social and sharing components.  I tend to not use those, myself, opting to instead follow the trail of possible blogspam to the original source, then manually sharing that on social sites. No, my … Continue reading Killing whitespace in the new “improved” Google Reader