Plain Text Transmissions

Smartphones and embracing boredom

Nov. 6, 2019, 10:14 p.m.

Smartphones allow us to esacpe our time and place, but why would we want to?

Raleigh Elections - Who I'm Voting For

Oct. 2, 2019, 9:26 a.m.

My choices for the 2018 Raleigh City Elections

Mayoral and At-Large City Council Forum

Sept. 19, 2019, 9:33 a.m.

An issue-based discussion about the future of Raleigh

Notes from Raleigh City Council Forum

Sept. 12, 2019, 12:28 p.m.

A lot of candidates, a small audience

Raleigh District D City Council Candidates

Sept. 8, 2019, 6:40 p.m.

Where the three city council candidates stand on the issues

On Confirmation Bias

Sept. 2, 2019, 7:11 p.m.

Why we have such a hard time changing our minds

A critique of "The Wandering Earth"

June 19, 2019, 10:35 p.m.

The first large movie adaption of a Liu Cixin story adopts all the banalities of Hollywood

The China Conundrum

May 23, 2019, 10:35 a.m.

What does the future US-China relationship look like?

The Legislative vs. Executive Branches, Round 1

May 8, 2019, 1:03 p.m.

Which branch wins this tussle will have long term consequences for the republic

On John McCain

Aug. 27, 2018, 8:28 a.m.

A politician with a backbone

I support Elon Musk

Aug. 20, 2018, 11:44 a.m.

Much too much attention has been paid to his abrasive personality than to his furthering of the public good

A look at the Requests Python package

May 28, 2018, 6:27 p.m.

This post explores what makes Requests so popular and tries to draw a few lessons from that

A Canon of Code

May 16, 2018, 8:36 p.m.

What's the Shakespeare and Austen of Code?

Marteria - Beam me up, Scotty (English translation)

Nov. 4, 2017, 12:40 p.m.

An English translation of the Marteria song: "Scotty beam mich hoch"

NASA Ames, a research facility left in the 80s.

Sept. 10, 2017, 9:05 p.m.

This research facility needs funds to be cleaned up and modernized

Changes in China

Jan. 18, 2017, noon

Observations on the most noticeable changes on a visit after eight years away


Dec. 28, 2016, 4 p.m.

Look quickly before it's gone

On a Cosmic Perspective

Jan. 14, 2016, noon

How a cosmic perspective can aid one's ability to be happy

The immigration debate is misguided

Dec. 24, 2015, noon

The anger around immigration isn't as it appears.

Effective C++ by Scott Meyers

Aug. 11, 2015, 1 p.m.

The book that started Scott Meyers' famous series on C++.

C# In Depth Third Edition by Jon Skeet

Aug. 1, 2015, 1 p.m.

An excellent overview of the evolution of the C# programming language, from versions 1 through 5.

Effective Modern C++ by Scott Meyers

July 7, 2015, 1 p.m.

My takeaway from Scott Meyers' Effective Modern C++, which covers the new features of C++ introduced in C++11 and C++14.

Atatürk - The Rebirth of a Nation by Patrick Kinross

Nov. 2, 2014, noon

This book lionizing Mustafa Kemal is an entertaining read. After reading this book you'll understand why a portrait of him is in virtually every restaurant, store, and hotel in Turkey.

Cosmos Reaction

Oct. 28, 2014, 1 p.m.

This past weekend I watched the first eight episodes of the new Cosmos. Here's what I thought.

5000 Years of Debt by David Graeber

Oct. 23, 2014, 1 p.m.

My reaction to Graeber's book examining the origins and societal attitude towards debt.

Zero to One by Peter Thiel

Oct. 17, 2014, 1 p.m.

My thoughts after reading Zero to One. TLDR - Not worth the two hours it takes to get through this simple book.

The paradox of youth and desire

Oct. 1, 2014, 1 p.m.

Paraphrasing an (unknown) chef/poet from the Ming dynasty


Sept. 5, 2014, 1 p.m.

What really is communication?


Sept. 1, 2014, 1 p.m.

After a few months of debating whether or not to make the leap to become self-employed, and all the risk that it entails, I finally made it over that cliff today.

Optmistic Assumptions

June 12, 2014, 2:09 p.m.

On the individual level, we make optimistic assumptions about the future that justify for a sacrifice in the present for future reward. The problem is, of course, that individuals are subject to the same caprice and unexpected events as societies.

Wasting Time on the Interwebs

June 10, 2014, 2:07 p.m.

Easy access to the internet has created the circumstances wherein people who are otherwise smart do not seem to be able to function without constant access to mainframes to help them make decisions in their everyday comings and goings.