Create an OpenStack machine image inside an OpenStack environment
Sitting on your ass is killing you
Better living through chemistry
1984, surveillance framework and your permanent record
Now THIS one definitely sounds appropriate for a blog with "conspiracy" in the title! I've been collecting a bunch of related stories for several months now with the intention of turning it into a blog post. Sadly I've had way too much other stuff to do lately, so I thought …read more
Best home-made play-doh EVER
If you have kids, you probably love playing with them and making things together. One of the best things you can do for them is to encourage imaginative play, and few things enable imagination in a young mind better than a nice lump of play-doh.
After experimenting with several different …read more
Google voice, Asterisk, and free US phone service
[EDIT 20120-05-13: You can follow these steps (though by now they're already fairly outdated), and end up with a mostly functional home phone system connected to a free Google Voice number. It will break often, as Google makes changes, and your Asterisk box needs updating, and who knows what else …read more
All the pieces matter
This David Foster Wallace speech (read here, or watch here) is one of the most inspirational things I've ever read. It's great to be reminded to be mindful, to be aware of those knee-jerk reactions and consider whether or not they're completely off base.
"The point is that petty, frustrating …
Don't trust the marketing!
The harder someone tries to sell you something, the more suspicious you should be. Why don't more people realize that? When something is truly great it sells itself. When it doesn't, throw marketing at it! Got milk? Seen a McDonalds add lately?
If you've ever wondered why food makers switched …read more
Use your brain; lose your religion
Those who know me well will not be surprised to see me share a few articles on this topic. I've said for years that the most dangerous thing about leading a "faith based" life is that it dulls critical thinking. In order to live that way, you need to actively …read more
If you have a job, you need to read this.
"Although some meetings are inevitable, even necessary, the principle he's advocating here is an important one. Meetings should be viewed skeptically from the outset, as risks to productivity. We have meetings because we think we need them, but all too …