Wild Wild Web – Berners-Lee and Poli-Ad Regulation

It’s interesting how opinions can be shaped from a simple title and a seemingly well-meaning article. The Guardian ran a headline yesterday saying Tim Berners-Lee calls for tighter regulation of online political advertising. The article was carefully framed so as to pointedly remark on Trump’s victory via the influence of “fake news”. They kindly included the link to the article, hoping you, the dope, wouldn’t bother reading it. Of course, if you actually clicked on the link to the article, you’d find the “regulation” call was a possibly-but-not-really implied suggestion buried under the heading Political advertising online needs transparency and understanding. And there was no mention of political elections. None. Big difference. No misquotes, just misrepresentation. But on that topic…

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Programming meme homework

Fun homework from codeinfig. There’s more…

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According to the Label…


I don’t know about you, but when I sign up for a mailing list or some subscription, paying for it or not, I expect that they will send me content as they labeled it. I don’t expect to see news about dog shows in mailing list about electronics. I don’t expect to see endorsements for drugs in a magazine about what’s happening in the field of aviation. (And of course, when you read this blog, you can expect anything, because it’s freestyle.) I understand ads are necessary to support magazines and website hosting, but it seems when it comes to politics, people take exception. Not only that, they may employ the most round-about ways of tying it in to the labeled subject matter. Believe me, I can relate the price of tea in China to anything, but we need to draw the line somewhere. I guess people like Grant Faulkner, Executive Director of NanoWrimo thinks he can stretch it.

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Homemade Cellphone Satellites

cellphone satellite rocket

If you look up “cell phone satellite”, what you get is a telecommunications satellite or comparisons between cell phones and satellite phones. This blog post is about neither. Instead, I’m musing on the concept of building satellites.

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Shimeji and Your Friendly Desktop Characters


It probably doesn’t cross people’s minds to have some strange character sitting (or even moving) on their computer desktop. You don’t need it. It’s purely for entertainment. If you ever want it though, it’s hard to find.

The idea of desktop characters is a cute one. Naturally, then the Japanese must have this. They call them “shimeji” (though if you try to look up that word, you will find it refers to mushrooms).

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Installing Gitless from source code

Git receives a lot of flack for having a poorly created UI on top of a technological monster. Underneath the hood, it may be a beast of an engine, but the user gets to use a 5-in-1 for its keys. Gitless is a convenient hood, but there’s only one catch: all the binaries you can download are 64-bit which means… compiling from source for those of us running 32-bit Linux operating systems.

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Circus of Ethics – Concerning Animal Treatment

This topic deserves a far longer and more thorough post than what I’m going to make today, but in this case, I’d like to comment more on the supporting perspective of ethical animal treatment – especially in the future – than rehash the news. This will be a long post.

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Japanese Vertical Text … in Libre Office

While I don’t particularly have a preference for how words are written, I thought it would be nice to write Japanese vertically, for the sake of feeling authentic if nothing else. The real trick is actually finding an editor that supports vertical text, but it turns out LibreOffice allows it.

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Tweaking Fractals Example – “Three Styles”

Sometimes it’s nice to see how a fractal is tweaked from start to finish. Below is an example of one of my own fractals that started with a simple idea, looked like junk at one point, and with some tweaking came out really nice. How do you tweak a fractal? That deserves a full length feature (which I may do later), but the gist of it is knowing balance. Fractal flames are created with points that are sent from variation to variation to be modified. The best-looking fractals are those that perform a balancing act: sending points to the places they are mots needed while still supporting the finer details of the fractal. Remember: even invisible transforms receive points and it is important that they are provided them depending on what role they perform (usually some intermediate transform). The balancing is all done by the Xaos (notably: JWildfire 1 labeled these as “Rel. Weights”, which is more descriptive but not common terminology).

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Language Processing for Humans with Relation to Programming Languages

Every man has his own language. He should speak it. Programming is similar. If you don’t have a language you like, keep looking. Something out there will have most of what you want out of a language, and maybe one day, someone will invent a similar one that has even more of what you want. But please don’t believe all programming has to be like C.

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