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Jun 02

Had my ass saved by +Peter Kambasis​​'s old Galaxy Note today when mine suddenly…

Had my ass saved by +Peter Kambasis​​'s old Galaxy Note today when mine suddenly decided it was no longer going to transmit or receive mobile network signals. It has not been a great day for me, technologically speaking, as my reliable X60s laptop bit the dust this morning when its fan went tits up. That's going to be a massive repair job… 2000 yen part, but replacing it will likely take the better part of a day. #perfectloverblog 

Had my ass saved today by +Peter Kambasis​’s old Galaxy Note today when mine suddenly decided it was no longer going to transmit or receive mobile network signals. It has not been a great day for me, technologically speaking, as my reliable X60s laptop bit the dust this morning when its fan went tits up. That’s going to be a massive repair job… 2000 yen part, but replacing it will likely take the better part of a day. #perfectloverblog

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Mar 19

Why I'm Glad the Internet is Fairly New

http://yuki-no-monogatari.tumblr.com/post/78668722112/i-am-finally-going-to-come-out-i-am-a-transethnic

This link is making its way around teh inter-tubes this morning. It's a teenage girl who is coming out as "trans-ethnic", because she feels she is Japanese, not a white American.

I could just shrug and say "Trans-ethnic? Whatever." and pass on by, but her idea of being Japanese is so weird.

"I’m a typical Japanese girl who loves Japanese pop culture and society and the ancient traditions still manifest in Kyoto."

Very few Japanese people I know, but especially very few girls are manga-obsessed and / or care about the "ancient traditions" of Japan "still manifest in Kyoto". Whatever that means.

"I know that in Japan because of my skin color I will be looked upon as a foreigner, and that’s why I plan to live with a host family. After getting rid of the western-ness I may accidentally have acquired, I’ll be a normal Japanese in every situation, socially and culturally."

Uh-huh.

"[Japan is] as close to perfect as I’m ever going to find, and it was shocking to me that humans could create something so wonderful. Japan gave me faith in humanity while I was a depressed child who hated America and had no hope because of the meat industry." <– yeah, speaking as a vegetarian in Japan, you've got a huge eye-opening coming at the hands of your host family. Particularly if they take her out to a ホルモン restaurant.

Her idea of being Japanese is, despite her protests, not significantly different than that of any American otaku teen who's never been here. Basically, she sees it as a Disney World for otaku. Except that's not the reality, and for those who actually make it here, the reality of Japan sets in pretty quickly and depression frequently follows. Not because Japan's awful (hell, it's my favourite place to live), but because they have unrealistic expectations and they've invested so much in the fantasy.

At the end of the day, though, this girl is 15, and what I wrote above is not to take her down a peg, but to make the point that young people today have it harder than we did. (Get off my lawn, you kids!)

When I was in Canada this winter, I found a lot of my old writing, and much of it was just as dumb, if not dumber, than this. The saving grace is that pretty much anyone who came into contact with my writing of that period has forgotten it. At least back when I was 16, if I wrote something stupid, there was no internet to make sure that people would remember it forever.

However, not just coming out as "trans-ethnic", but as "trans-ethnic" to a fantasy culture that doesn't exist may end up haunting this girl for the rest of her life, especially now that it seems to have gone viral.

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I am finally going to come out: I am a transethnic Japanese woman.
I’ve noticed that on Tumblr there is a lot of ignorance and hate about us, and I’d like to civilly redress that. Unlike the LGBTQA+…

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Jan 11

Hi! My Name is Loco and I am a Racist Review

After a rather long break, I've returned to +Baye McNeil's first book, Hi, My Name is Loco and I am a Racist (http://www.amazon.co.jp/Hi-My-Name-Loco-Racist-ebook/dp/B006Y11TXG/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1389400756&sr=8-1&keywords=i+am+a+racist). I just finished reading the Aiko chapter, and my heart is broken for the night.

After reading his second book (Loco in Yokohama), I shouldn't have been surprised that his writing could be so moving. 

His work is blisteringly honest– and I mean blistering to himself. Unlike some of the more famous moral crusaders, when he puts himself front-and-centre he doesn't do so in a false glowing light. Any righteous indignation directed at Japan (or elsewhere) is tempered by the indignation he evenhandedly directs at himself, when deserved. This isn't a book that presents you with a thesis that you need to agree or disagree with; it's a book about a person working shit out. It is personal storytelling par excellence, (pardon my French).

Anyway, I haven't made it to the part of the book in which he solves racism (no spoilers, please), but that last chapter forced me to put the book down for the rest of the night (in a good way), and I wanted to write about it while it was on my mind.

Seriously, if you haven't read either of his books yet, I recommend it, whether you're in Japan or not. The e-book versions are like 500 Yen ($5-$6 CAD). There is no excuse not to shell out for them… unless you don't like reading good stuff.

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Jan 08

Someone just posted this awful article on Facebook: http://www.huffingtonpost.c…

Someone just posted this awful article on Facebook: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/matt-walsh/open-letter-to-bad-tippers_b_4549644.html

Summary: The article argues that not tipping is kind of a jerky behaviour, which I agree with. However, it then goes on to defend the practice of tipping as if THE VERY FABRIC OF OUR SOCIETY DEPENDED ON IT. THERE IS LITERALLY NO ALTERNATIVE, PEOPLE.

No alternative? Really? Could we not just force restaurants to pay their staff a living wage and be done with the barbaric practice of tipping altogether?

The article is totally BS when it deals with this, saying that prices of food will double etc. Bullshit. Japan is supposed to be one of the most expensive countries in the world. It is where I live. There is no tipping. Is the food more expensive? No. In fact, I usually spend less on an equivalent meal in Japan than I do in Ontario. The final food prices are generally the same as Canadian prices are before the tax and the tip. Sometimes a bit cheaper, sometimes a bit more expensive. ALWAYS cheaper after the tax, though, in my experience.

Okay, the portions are sometimes smaller, I suppose (although not always). But seriously, do you need a plate the size of a stereo system?

Oh, and when did 20% become the minimum tip?

I'm not cheap. I tip when I'm in Canada. Usually between 15% and 20%, mostly depending on how often my water/pop gets refilled. But I hate doing it. Not because I begrudge service workers their money, but because I think the practice is wrong: it isn't actually a motivator for anything other than forced cheeriness (which is exhausting, because then I have to be forcibly cheery in return); it forces me to guess how much my meal is going to cost ("okay, that's 8.95 plus 17.5% tip and 13% HST…"); and it is actually unfair to the servers. (Think about it: if the owner does a bad job of marketing and not very many diners show up, why should the servers suffer for that?)

This article in SLATE was pretty interesting: http://www.slate.com/articles/life/culturebox/2013/08/tipless_restaurants_the_linkery_s_owner_explains_why_abolishing_tipping.html

So for now, I will keep tipping when I'm in Canada, because that's how the wait staff make their money, but I think anyone  in favour of that system is mental.

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Now, to speak directly to a certain terrifying subset of this species. These are the lowest, most shameless sorts of customers. Their existence is a constant, chilling reminder that evil exists in the world. They are the non-tippers.

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Nov 27

JELLYBEAN!

So, I'm FINALLY on Jellybean (4.1.2) a YEAR after it got released.

DoCoMo pushed the update in August or September, and because my phone is rooted, I had to eventually kill the updater app so it would stop prompting me to upgrade every three hours.

Last time I had to reflash my phone, my backup failed and it took me days to get my phone back in working order. This time it only took about five hours total for the whole process– a vast improvement. Here's the final process (I made one and a half unsuccessful passes) (this is for future reference to me):

0. Ran a Titanium Backup and then Menu->Special features->Create Update.zip (makes a flashable zip file with the Pro version of TiB)
1. Fired up ODIN 3 v. 3.04. Yes, newer versions are out, but this is the version to use due to a brick bug with the Note and some other phones.
2. Rebooted into Odin download mode (vol down + home). Flashed the update (found on xda forums) under PDA, and allowed the auto reboot to happen.
3. After reboot, powered down and back into download mode.
4. Flashed clockworkmod recovery V6.0.1.2_r12 and allowed auto reboot
5. Held down BOTH volume buttons to boot into Clockworkmod Recovery as the device was coming back up.
6. Wiped the device.
7. Flashed SUper User .zip
8. Flashed the TiB .zip file
9. Rebooted; opened TiB, and restored all missing apps and data.
10. Futzed for a bit with apps that weren't 100% restoreable, widgets, and with system settings that needed to be adjusted to my preferences.

Luckily, I use Nova Launcher as my home screen, so restoring that restored all my icons and their positions. I only had to reset my background.

Bummers remaining: too risky to restore Wifi access points, so need to put them all in manually again as I encounter them. Boo. Also, BTsync seems to be ignoring new photo files. Will have to investigate that today.

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JELLYBEAN!

So, I’m FINALLY on Jellybean (4.1.2) a YEAR after it got released.

DoCoMo pushed the update in August or September, and because my phone is rooted, I had to eventually kill the the updater app so it would stop prompting me to upgrade every three hours.

Last time I had to reflash my phone, my backup failed and it took me days to get my phone back in working order. This time it only took about five hours total for the whole process– a vast improvement. Here’s the final process (I made one and a half unsuccessful passes) (this is for future reference to me):

0. Ran a Titanium Backup and then Menu->Special features->Create Update.zip (makes a flashable zip file with the Pro version of TiB)
1. Fired up ODIN 3 v. 3.04. Yes, newer versions are out, but this is the version to use due to a brick bug with the Note and some other phones.
2. Rebooted into Odin download mode (vol down + home). Flashed the update (found on xda forums) under PDA, and allowed the auto reboot to happen.
3. After reboot, powered down and back into download mode.
4. Flashed clockworkmod recovery V6.0.1.2_r12 and allowed auto reboot
5. Held down BOTH volume buttons to boot into Clockworkmod Recovery as the device was coming back up.
6. Wiped the device.
7. Flashed SUper User .zip
8. Flashed the TiB .zip file
9. Rebooted; opened TiB, and restored all missing apps and data.
10. Futzed for a bit with apps that weren’t 100% restoreable, widgets, and with system settings that needed to be adjusted to my preferences.

Luckily, I use Nova Launcher as my home screen, so restoring that restored all my icons and their positions. I only had to reset my background.

Bummers remaining: too risky to restore Wifi access points, so need to put them all in manually again as I encounter them. Boo. Also, BTsync seems to be ignoring new photo files. Will have to investigate that today.

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Aug 24

Doing a little experiment to see:

a) if anyone (I'm thinking more overseas) is interested in buying flea-market grade stuff from Japan

b) if doing something like this is worth the hassle

I've opened an account on bitmit and over the next few days I'm going to post odds and ends. I'm not expecting anyone following me on my blog or social networks to be interested in the kitch I'm posting online, but I think that some of you may be interested in how this pans out.

https://www.bitmit.net/en/item/53989-chinese-food-spice-set
https://www.bitmit.net/en/item/53988-o-cha-green-tea-cups

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Jul 03

Fuck me, this was supposed to be my day to get work done

I'm still in my pyjamas, and I just took two hours to do the dishes thanks to a fussy baby and a sick wife.

This is one of those days that having a home office really bites you in the ass.

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May 17

I'll have photos and a whole post up soon on the blog and the Hammy Central page,…

I'll have photos and a whole post up soon on the blog and the Hammy Central page, but until then: 19:04, May 17, 2013 is all you need to know.

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May 07

Hey Canada, WTF? Or: Wow, I Thought Getting My Passport Was a POTA!

I'm investigating registering my soon-to-be-born baby's birth with Canada so we can get the passport to visit Canada for Xmas.

Before I can do that, I need to get a certificate of citizenship (which apparently can take 6-12 months). The form that I need to fill out is… well, typical bureaucratic nonsense, but that's fine.

Here's the kicker, among the many items they require are two pieces of photo ID.

What? For a newborn? Okay, assuming I get the Japanese passport first (which I don't want to do, because we need the Canadian one to force them to use the correct Romaji), that's one piece. What the fuck other piece of ID is a newborn infant going to have? His tractor-trailer operator's license?

How would I do this if my wife wasn't Japanese and my child didn't have the potential of having a Japanese passport to travel under? Would we be stuck in Japan until Canada finished the paperwork? Am I just simply misunderstanding something?

Arg!

(This is all aggravated by the fact that I made myself a pizza tonight and then accidentally dropped it on the floor, upside down.)

Arg!

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Apr 02

An Open Letter

An open letter to the very old man who runs the Keikyu line and is always too cold.

Dear old man who runs the Keikyu line and is always too cold,

Just because your teeth chatter and you worry about catching a chill, does not mean that the train services you run need to be as hot and muggy as the Amazon basin. I am currently standing on one of your trains. It is rush hour on a rainy day, and nearly every surface is dripping with condensation and yet the air conditioning units in the ceiling of the train remain silent. I spent the better part of the ten minutes between Kamiooka and Yokohama blind as a mole rat because my glasses were fogged up. (It was too crowded for my to get a cloth from my pocket to wipe them off.)

My sense of smell was damaged a few months ago, but at the moment I'm glad, because I thankfully cannot smell the heady mix of morning breath and wet dog that surely permeates the soup that can only be called air in the loosest sense of the word.

The only brief respite comes when the doors open at a station and some fresh air blows in.

So I beg you, please consider that the rest of us, the people who ride your trains, many of us under the age of 150, are not adapted for a temperature of 32 degrees and 100 percent humidity. In fact, most of us are wearing jackets because we just came from outside, and the morning rush hour does not allow us the luxury of space in which to remove them for our 20 – 60 minute commute on your trains.

With sincerest heat stroke,

Andrew Woolner

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Mar 28

Bibs, Bibs, Everywhere

I've got some really generous friends. My friend +Kara MaruMaru gave me a stroller, a playpen, a changing pad, a baby backpack and more on Tuesday. Then, yesterday, my sister-in-law dropped off three enormous bags and one plastic box of baby clothes, including… wait for it… more than 15 bibs!

People with babies: you need to tell me, is it necessary to have more than two or three? (bibs, not babies)

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Mar 20

Fucking Facebook

So, as many of you know, I run a small Theatre company, an NPO, that also provides Theatre classes. We mostly have to rely on word-of-mouth and Google searches to find students to join our classes, but recently, after some success in the fall, we've been using Facebook's advertising options.

Initially, as I said, we had some small success with it, but there are some improvements I like to see (tied in with the way FB handles events), and there are some serious problems with it.

1) First major problem is targeting seems to be somewhat ineffective. When you create an advert on the system, you can specify a geographic area and interest keywords in order to narrow down who sees your advert. I have doubts as to whether this is working. We've recently been using FB to advertise events we've targeted to a geographic area and certain interests, and we've had people sign-up who pretty obviously don't even live in Japan, let alone the city we've specified.

2) Second major problem is that FB is crawling with what appear to be bots. They click on the advertising links and join the event, but it's pretty clear that they are not real people. Their profiles are empty and their photos are cartoons.

Which brings us to the main improvement that I want to suggest.

There should be an option that requires guests who want to say "yes" to attend an event to perform an action besides just clicking yes. Like paying a fee. It's easy to get people to click "yes" on an event invitation, but much harder to get them to follow through. An obvious solution would be to build payment into the FB event system (something similar to Meetup.com), but that isn't even necessary. There could just be a message to the user with a link to click to pay (like the event admin's website), and then the admin gets a notification to approve the guest, and can do so once he or she verifies the payment is completed. As it is right now, people can click yes, but not actually commit to coming. 

The current system works relatively well if you're just setting up a small party, but if FB is going to accept money for adverts to promote your event, then they need to find a way of increasing quality. (If one wanted to be cynical, one might even suggest that it is FB itself that plants the bots/fake accounts. What other reason would the fakes have for signing up to an event than to drive up ad dollars?)

Of course, a solution would be to stop using FB adverts. Well, that may be the course I choose, but for a small company, FB's options are very cost-effective… provided they actually work. There aren't that many options out there that let me a) target well, and b) get them out quickly.

I was thinking that I'd go back to advertising a page on my website rather than an FB event, but that still leaves the problem with the faulty targeting and the bots… only now, the problem will be invisible. The bots obviously won't click through and pay, but by visiting my site at all, they still cost me money.

Those are my thoughts. Boo, Facebook.

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Mar 19

An Open Letter

I use NotScripts and NoScript in Chrome and Firefox, respectively, to block scripts on web pages. On that note, I would like to write an

OPEN LETTER TO THOSE SITES THAT MAKE ME AUTHORIZE A DOZEN OTHER SITES IN ORDER TO VIEW ANY CONTENT

Dear sites-that-make-me-authorize-a-dozen-other-sites-in-order-to-view-any-content,

Fuck you.

Sincerely,

Me

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Mar 02

Ugh, did a limited share of this when I originally posted it, but G+ won't let…

Ugh, did a limited share of this when I originally posted it, but G+ won't let me expand it, so I need to reshare it to make it public.

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AeroFS – After Rough Start, It Rocks Nads

I was really feeling the pain when Microsoft retired Windows Live Mesh on February 13. Suddenly, my main working directory was no longer synchronized between my various machines. With 35GB to sync, Cloud storage was too costly to consider. I needed Peer-to-Peer.

The promising alternatives had proven not-so-promising: Cubby made their P2P solution available only if users paid for 100GB of cloud space; GoodSync was licensed per-machine; Gbridge's sync was a hack that I didn't trust; and Bitorrent Labs' SyncApp is only in alpha.

That left #AeroFS, the free version of which is still invite-only (beta). Five days after Live Mesh had been shut down, all my machines were out of sync and it was driving me crazy. I could no longer work on a file on my desktop and then grab my laptop and hit the road, confident that I could pick up my work later.

Luckily, thanks to +Scott Mortimer, humanitarian, I managed to get an invite for AeroFS and got it installed.

Now, normally, when you're syncing a large number of files it makes sense to do what we call "seeding". That is, to have a set of the files to be sync'd already on each machine. Then the software compares the files (which are 99% identical in my case), saving time by not having to copy all 35GB to all the machines running the sync software.

Ah, but this was apparently a major AeroFS glitch. Weird for syncing software to not be able to deal with seeding, but there you have it. For almost two weeks, I left 5 of my 7 PCs turned on 24/7 just to complete the sync. During this time, it wasn't syncing any new files, it was just updating identical version of existing files with each other, and occasionally deleting random files in certain subdirectories for no reason I could figure out.

It would also restore deleted files (removed in a mistaken attempt to speed things up by reducing the number of files) on machines on which AeroFS hadn't enumerated those same files yet.

I won't bore you with further details, but it wrapped up earlier this week. Either because all the files had finally been enumerated and everything was finally in sync, or because AeroFS developers had fixed the problem (a thread about the issue wrapped up the morning my files came into full sync, so it's hard to say).

Now it works amazingly. And unlike Live Mesh, it tells me the instant a file has been updated, just like Dropbox. I am thrilled; this is exactly what I was looking for. My single complaint is that, like Dropbox, any sync'd files or folders must be stored under the AeroFS directory itself. I have a fair amount of software that points to config files or the like in my Sync directory. Currently, I've solved the problem with a junction point, but I hope in the future that AeroFS will allow us to sync whatever folders we like no matter where they are.

So anyway… a big hurrah for AeroFS. Hopefully when they finish their beta, they won't try to screw P2P users like Cubby did. Or if they do, maybe SyncApp will be ready by then…

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Feb 14

Tech Problem: Bright Ideas Appreciated

Okay, so for the last few weeks I've been having this weird problem on my primary PC. Almost every time I wake it up from sleep, there's this crackling over the speakers, and it's been getting worse. It happens when the machine is idle, or when it is playing an audio/video file. The video is affected too, and it stutters.

After some troubleshooting, I tracked it down to one of my HDDs. When it is being accessed, that's when the crackling and video stutter happen. This is not my primary HDD, but a large 2TB drive that I use for things like video editing scratch files. There is a piece of backup software that uses it, though, and that tends to run after the machine has been in sleep mode, which explains why that was when I was noticing the problem the most. But any access to this disk (copying a large file, for instance) will cause the problem.

I am currently running a chkdsk in Windows. Interestingly, I had to unmount the drive to do this and despite the fact that the drive is thumping away as it is scanned, I am observing no problems in audio/video playback. This suggests to me that it is not an electrical (ground) problem.

Google is coming up blank on this (may not be using the right search terms), and I'm out of ideas.

Anyone?

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Jan 24

Oh fuck

Just spent ~4 hours chasing down a discrepancy between YTG's general ledger and the final budget for the last semester of classes. Finally determined that I'd overcharged a student by 6000 Yen last term.

I called her, and she was happy enough to get the money back, but I felt like a total douche. I really wish I had someone else to handle the books for me. Every time I think I'm on top of them, I screw something new up.

So much for getting it all in order today… still have a pile of receipts and invoices to plow through. Will have to be tomorrow, I guess.

I wish arts administrators were as cheap as us artists. All this gobbledygook keeps me away from MAKING STUFF. GOD DAMN. I JUST WANT TO CREATE! NNNNNNNAAAARRRRRGGGGG!

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Jan 18

ただいま! Yokohama Bound

I type this aboard the bus from Narita to YCAT with the low-hanging sun shining directly in my eyes. I am back in Japan after more than six weeks in Canada to deal with the aftermath of my father's sudden death this past November.

I was so busy that it really hadn't hit me until a couple of days ago just how eager I was getting to be in my own home once again. The family farmstead in Kitchener is a home to me, but it's still my mother's home, and while I can feel welcome there, and was quite sad to leave it after spending nearly three weeks there, it's not the same as getting back to my house. And my wife, of course.

Despite being busy, what did I actually accomplish? Along with my mother, I wrapped up a bunch of paperwork related to my father. I also scanned thousands of pages of personal papers, which I will be curating over the next few years/decades. I wrote my first serious song in nearly 10 years– about Aaron Swartz's death, of all things. I'll be releasing a rough recording of that soon.

I also finally wrote and recorded and shot the video one of the five songs I need to make videos for to finally fulfill my obligations to people who contributed to the fall indiegogo campaign for YTG. Another song is written with a rough recording made, but I'm still waiting for some photos from the person who commissioned it.

Yikes. I think that might be it. I won't list the things I didn't do (which includes two scripts I was supposed to finish drafting), because that list is endless. 

But no rest for the wicked: tonight I will be sending out personal emails to flog the YTG theatre classes that begin this Saturday.

And yet… happy to be back, even if it means a return to my obligations. (Among them, the obligation to lose the 4 kilograms I put on in Canada thanks to soft living.)

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Jan 17

Goodbye Canada

Getting ready to leave. 15 minutes until the taxi gets here. Not looking forward to being up for the next 24 or so hours (can't sleep on planes and then have to stay up when I get back to try to avoid jet-lag), but I'm ready to go. I'm super homesick and can't wait to get back to my rickety house and my wife and my Japanese family.

One day's rest, and then I will be teaching a Shakespeare class.

Masochist much?

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Jan 13

An Apology for Replication

Apologies to anyone who follows me on multiple social media feeds. I will now be cross-posting any long-winded G+ posts to my blog, which in turn (unless the recent site move has disabled it) will be auto-posted to Facebook.

I know that all my G+ posts are always available, but sometimes after posting, I would feel that they belonged with the kind of content I was writing for my blog, and I wanted to keep them together.

Also, there are still a lot of people who refuse to use G+, and giving my blog URL is just easier. So, yeah, that's what I'm doing.

So again, my deepest regrets to those of you who read what I post on here, my blog, and Facebook. Sorry.

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Jan 13

I knew of Aaron Swartz, but not by name

Here is another technologist and activist who deserves the kind of international mourning that Steve Jobs received, but outside of a relatively small niche, nobody knows who he is, or what his activism was trying to accomplish.

I believe in skirting or even breaking laws that are unjust and or silly. Before you frown at me: how many times have you J-walked? If J-walking was made into a felony with excessive penalties, do you really think people would stop doing it? (I believe that people would have an obligation to start doing it, in that case, in order to visibly assert their non-consent to that ridiculous law.)

One of the hallmarks of a police state is that it becomes impossible to live without breaking some law or another, giving the police ample pretext to silence dissent without actually having to have any laws forbidding dissent.

Enough of that…

Will Swartz's death do anything to stop the ridiculously harsh sentences demanded for certain types of cyber "crime"? What's the solution? No fucking idea.

In the meantime, I salute a fallen hero.

(The crime he was charged with involved the free distribution of JSTOR articles. JSTOR is involved with the the whole academic journal thing that +Jan Moren posts about occasionally.)

#perfectloverblog

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Aaron Swartz – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Aaron H. Swartz (November 8, 1986 – January 11, 2013) was an American computer programmer, writer, archivist, political organizer, and Internet activist. Swartz co-authored the “RSS 1.0” specification…

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