Long Correspondence with Stripe To augment our income for our church, I decided I’d start selling some of my used books through my website. Stripe is who we used as a church credit card payment processor, so I figured they would work just as well for used books. After giving them a lot of what I felt to be a bit intrusive information about the nature of my business, I got the following email from them:
The Web BeforeTime Back in the early days of the web, there was an effort to make online communities. They called them “dungeons” and since there were usually more than one person involved in the server, they added multi-user on the front of it. Put together, you had a multiuser dungeon or a MUD. These dungeons hosted programmed content that created a virtual world. This was rather like a primitive version of Second Life with no graphics.
Remember the Eiggghtiiiess? Growing up in the eighties, most of the images of Russia in my world were limited to submarines, hammers and sickles, and many, many spies. The word “comrade” was meant to make you perk up your ears, and the word “revolution” when it came to Russia was about the same as referring to Nazi Germany. In other words, we were mostly taught the USSR was over there, and was most often unfriendly.
The Words of Solon In the ancient world, stories were told as parables and aphorisms. Whether or not the subject matter was literally true, it was true in the eyes of wisdom, and so was true nonetheless. In some ways, one could argue that these stories were “truer than truth”. One such story concerns a King and a person who was usually accorded the quality of wisdom–Solon. I will quote the story below:
I did not write the following article. Rather, this was an article that was featured in Rolling Stone magazine on July 1, 1976. I believe that this is the “correct” theory about the Lincoln assassination. I also believe the confirming evidence of this theory is still available and suspect the time is ripe for this evidence to have itself be made known.–JB
The infuriating thing about nut theories is there’s always that million-to-one shot that an irrefutable piece of evidence is out there somewhere, half-buried, as it were, just waiting for someone to stoop down and dig it up.
Lincoln: Circa 2019 After what seems to be an unacceptably long time, I was finally able to finish the book on Lincoln that I got back in 2019 by Goodwin. I was not sure where to post this review as in the past I have used Goodreads, but I a sick of everyone else owning the information I write, so I figured that the best spot would be here on my website.
Github of Yore Human beings are inherently social creatures, for better or worse. When they are NOT being social, it is most often the case that there was some reason that led inexorably to their new default unsocial state. Github, then, the version-controlled codebase which is social, would seem to be the most prosocial network ever invented for a usually inherently anti-social people–computer programmers.
My Github Entry I came into Github back when their structure was officially this:
Once Upon A Time When I was about 16, I was elected as the state representative of Kentucky to go to Whitewater, Wisconsin and discuss World Affairs. I was one of two people selected to go, and it was, among other things, a very memorable experience. The time period of this journey was during the Clinton years, and there were two large things going on as far as regional concerns/competitions at that time.
Some Days It Feels Like You Wake Up In The Twilight Zone Today, one of the first things brought to my attention are various articles about how HIPPA does not prevent a business from asking about your Covid vaccination. The first thing that I thought about that was “Well, duh, HIPAA is mostly law about how hospitals and medical places have to handle your medical data.” In other words, if you transfer medical information around, how are places that get that data to handle the info?
Those That Build Before I even begin writing this post, there is necessary background. It comes from Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Yes, the classics.
With this deep viewing follows a necessary axiom: Your users will never want nor be satisfied with what you build. Ever. Here is the next one: You are going to rebuild a tower over and over and over and each time you are going to convince yourself the software or solution is better.