Weekend "Check it out" List

One of the best last minute winning drives in all of American Football – Russell Wilson for league MVP! Check out some of the best from the Sonic Youth. The Stooges get one-upped. Just because I never pass up an opportunity to use the word "Smilodon" in a sentence – the latest…

Online Dystopia

Why the Internet is Broken and How it Breaks Everything ElseIt's election season in the USA and thinking people are raising an alarm. Social Dilemma, the Netflix documentary, is getting lots of attention. Online disinformation is pervasive. No one seems to agree on the facts. Polarization is at an all…

Mysticism at the Keyboard

I read a beautifully written post by Seph, "Home is where the bits flow" The first lines drew me in: Most of our day exists outside our body. Our minds slip out through our eyes, out into our screens. We become a different kind of organism, living in a weird…

How To Run a Server From Home

During the Covid shutdown many people tackled their newly housebound boredom with "projects". Mine was to resurrect my old blog occamsmachete.com and tie the site to some other projects I work on at ActionML. To do this I wanted to run it all from my closet server over residential…

Planet 9

Pluto was demoted and then there were 8. But why is the Kuiper Belt's mean orbit so tilted from the ecliptic? Some suggest a Planet 9 out there causing orbits to skew. Now some even suggest it might be a small planet mass Black Hole. This is one of those…

The Road to Divisiveness

Looking back on the last 20 years it seems we got here on diverging roads leading to the same place – divisiveness. How do we talk ourselves out of this self-laid trap?…