Dec 2021 - links, etc.

20211201 The American Prison System’s War on Reading • Protean Magazine you know, cause of that whole, smuggling in books thing that is trivial to work around. oh, and there’s a grip of cash to be made on charging prisoners MSRP for books. 20211203 Could Covid Lead to Progress? - The New York Times i’m hopeful, but probably not. just in case you forgot you were owned....

December 31, 2021 · steve ulrich

breaking (n)vim changes

overview over the course of the past year i’ve more or less been forced to move off of emacs and onto nvim. the positive impact on my fingers and hands has been huge. but the retraining of years of muscle memory has been more than a little painful. i’m still getting my vim mojo, but i think i’m more or less 80% as productive as i was previously. recently, i noticed that with the move to nvim 0....

December 24, 2021 · steve ulrich

Nov 2021 - links, etc.

20211102 ‘Dune’ Has a Desert Problem don’t quite know how i landed on this article. but i found it a fascinating read on the influences and whitewashing of dune over its various incarnations. research!rsc: Lessons from the Debian/OpenSSL Fiasco - great read; passed along to me during a crypto discussion at $DAYJOB. 20211106 Who Controls the Internet? And should they? - Bert Hubert’s writings...

November 30, 2021 · steve ulrich

reading: termination shock

reading: termination shock termination shock author: neal stephenson ISBN: 0063028050 personal rating: 4/5 misc. notes i burned through this about as quickly as a grown-ass man with other responsibilities is able to. it’s a pretty solid and fun stephenson ride. as far as fiction goes, i enjoyed it immensely. there’s quite a bit to dig into. but frustratingly, for me, it falls a bit short on the range of impacts and options out there....

November 27, 2021 · steve ulrich

reading notes: we are bellingcat

we are bellingcat author: eliot higgins ISBN: 978-1526615756 overview higgins provides a nice and reasonably chronological account of what led to the creation of bellingcat. from his days lurking on the guardian and various message boards while working a standard office job to the creation of his brown moses blog and eventually the creation of the bellingcat project. notable escapades/investigations include: detailing the acquisition of expertise in identifying war crimes during the civil war in syria as well as chemical attacks on the part of the assad regime....

November 14, 2021 · steve ulrich

Oct 2021 - links, etc.

20211001 Opinion | Our constitutional crisis is already here - The Washington Post They put their trust in family, tribe, religion and race. Although zealous in defense of their own rights and freedoms, they are less concerned about the rights and freedoms of those who are not like them. That, too, is not unusual. What is unnatural is to value the rights of others who are unlike you as much as you value your own....

October 31, 2021 · steve ulrich

Sep 2021 - links, etc.

20210902 modern tools (xkcd) this is totally worth it for the alt-text. 20210903 Oh My Fucking God, Get the Fucking Vaccine Already, You Fucking Fucks - McSweeney’s Internet Tendency appropriately captures my feelings on the topic. 20210904 States That Cut Unemployment Benefits Saw Limited Impact on Job Growth - WSJ will the DFL hang this around the necks of the GOP in these states?...

September 30, 2021 · steve ulrich

Aug 2021 - links, etc.

20210801 A Warning Ignored | by Jelani Cobb | The New York Review of Books What the US Could Learn About College Admissions from the USSR | by Anastasia Edel | The New York Review of Books The Color Line | by Annette Gordon-Reed | The New York Review of Books COVID Anti-Vaxxers Aren’t a MAGA Death Cult — It’s Worse Than That | by Tim Wise | Aug, 2021 | Medium...

August 30, 2021 · steve ulrich