I’ve been wanting to do more writing, but have had trouble getting in the habit. I got some inspiration recently, though, from a podcast series done by Mike Nelson of MST3K and Rifftrax fame, where he and a friend read and discussed Ready Player One, the best-selling book that’s being made into a movie. I haven’t read it, but based on the excerpts they shared, it sounds as if Tommy Wiseau (The Room) and James Nguyen (Birdemic: Shock and Horror) co-wrote a sci-fi novel.
I’ve decided to revamp this site from scratch. I had built a very simple CMS based on Dancer, and it was fine, but I’ve been looking at static site generators and the possibility of creating my content in org-mode. I don’t really need dynamic content generation on the back-end, and I do everything else in org-mode anyway, so that seems like a better way to go. I’ll write more about it as I get familiar with it.
I quit using Facebook a few months ago, when I wiped the app off my phone because it kept moving itself back to main memory and hogging it all. Normally I don’t announce when I’m going to stop using an online forum; I just stop. But in this case, it occurred to me that people might comment or post stuff on my timeline, and think I’m ignoring them. I’m not, I’m just not seeing it.
Cold morning to start the year, -11 degrees when I went out to feed and water the beasts. Fired up both furnaces for a while to get things comfy for the day.
A summary of the recent events at Google, with the firing of James Damore and their crack-down on dissenting opinions by both employees and content providers. 36:23. Click to listen or download: What’s Up with Google? (32.6MB high quality audio) Click to listen or download: What’s Up with Google? (11.2MB low quality audio) If the YouTube video above ever fails, you can also find it at Vidme in two parts: Part 1 and Part 2.
My wrap-up of the political happenings of July 27th and leading up to that. 40 minutes. Click to listen or download: Happening Status, It’s (36MB high quality audio) Click to listen or download: Happening Status, It’s (13MB low quality audio)
I talk about hot weather, chickens and eggs, hot weather, and the county fair coming up this week. 22 minutes. Click to listen or download: Going to the Fair (21MB high quality audio) Click to listen or download: Going to the Fair (7MB low quality audio)
A bit of a tutorial on how DNS works to let computers find each other on the Internet, how that and some other clues told me Salon’s October Surprise article about a Trump/Russia server connection was bogus at first glance, new info that’s coming to light now, and what I think might really have happened to prompt that article. 31 minutes. Click to listen or download: DNS, Malware, Russia, Oh My (34MB high quality audio)
I ramble about work, and how to market web hosting and other online services to small businesses and individuals in a way that’s more accessible than the current offerings. 23 minutes. Click to listen or download: Web Hosting Musings (20MB high quality audio) Click to listen or download: Web Hosting Musings (6.6MB low quality audio)
I’ve added a page containing many Latin Mass propers to the St. Rose web site, so I thought I’d link to it here as well. I’ve been making the propers for St. Rose since it opened, so I’ve gradually accumulated a decent collection that covers all the Sundays, Holy Days, and some other feasts. (A “proper” is the prayers and readings in the Mass that change from day to day.) Haven’t needed to do a new one in a while.