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Fri, 02 Jan 2015

As you might have noticed, I haven't posted here in a while, and what with various things going on, I don't expect to be posting again for a while. Everything that's here now will stay, but I won't be adding any new posts for an indefinite period. I hope you've enjoyed what I've posted here, and thanks for reading!

Posted at 23:07   |   Category: general   |   Tags: info   |   Permalink
Wed, 19 Jun 2013

This is just a quick link to a hilarious response to a cease and desist letter (hat tip: Hacker News). If you ever need a lawyer, hopefully you will find one with a sense of humor like the one that wrote this response.

Posted at 23:25   |   Category: general   |   Tags: info   |   Permalink
Mon, 10 Sep 2012

Well, it's happened: I have yielded to the temptation to write my own blogging system, and I am now using it to write and publish this blog. It's called simpleblog, and you can find the release version on the Python Package Index here, or look at the bleeding-edge development git repository here.


Posted at 18:55   |   Category: general   |   Tags: computers, info   |   Permalink
Wed, 14 Sep 2011

This is a culture interlude, not a nerd interlude, although of course the kind of culture I'm about to focus on might well be called nerdish. A new production of Le Carre's classic spy novel, Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy is out. A short video of the cast at the premiere in Britain is here.


Posted at 21:29   |   Category: general   |   Tags: info, movies   |   Permalink
Fri, 29 Jul 2011

In the interest of keeping the record honest following my last post, it's only fair to report that I have now been pleasantly surprised.


Posted at 17:44   |   Category: rants   |   Tags: info   |   Permalink
Wed, 27 Jul 2011

Today I had one of those experiences that make you wonder how anything ever gets accomplished in our society.


Posted at 23:10   |   Category: rants   |   Tags: info   |   Permalink
Tue, 19 Jul 2011

My alma mater, MIT, has always been in the forefront of Internet presence (since the Internet was, after all, largely developed there). Quite a few years ago now, the Open Courseware site was launched, which contains free online lecture notes, readings, past problem sets, and past exams for just about all of MIT's courses. To anyone who believes in the free sharing of knowledge, this is a great thing. But I found out today that MIT has gone one better; it also has DSpace, a site that makes MIT research materials freely available online.

When I got to the site and read the description, I immediately wondered: do they have theses posted? And of course the answer is yes; so here, for your reading pleasure, are my MIT theses, now available to the world courtesy of DSpace!



Posted at 21:10   |   Category: general   |   Tags: info   |   Permalink
Mon, 13 Jun 2011

I've started this blog as an easier way to get my thoughts actually posted to the web, instead of languishing in the "pending" area on my home machine waiting to be put into the form of an actual "article" that could be added to my old site. I will still post full-blown articles from time to time, but I intend for this to be a place where I can just post quick thoughts as they strike me, without having to worry so much about how they're organized. We'll see how it goes.

NOTE: Right now there are no comments here, because that takes more work to set up, and the whole point of this is to minimize work for me. If you have comments, questions, suggestions, etc., please feel free to email me. I can't promise that I'll answer, but I try to be open to interesting discussions.

Posted at 23:07   |   Category: general   |   Tags: info   |   Permalink
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