We just had a quake within 50 miles of Oakland: http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/eventpage/nc72282711. We are fine, Clover slept through it. How is everyone else?

Warby Parker

August 23, 2014 — Leave a comment

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I have a pair of Warby Parker glasses call Thompson, in the Crystal Matte variety (as seen in the fashionable image above). That is no longer an option, unfortunately, and I need a new pair. A while ago, Clover bit my lenses… as kids do. It was a tiny scratch that has since gotten worse.

So I ordered the Thompson in Revolver Black, so everyone will know that I prefer the shade of black similar to a gun, none of that midnight or sable nonsense! But I still like my clear frames, so once I receive the new pair, I am gonna send this pair in to have the lens repaired, for just $50.

A new pair with no extra considerations (my prescription is kinda low, anyhow) is $95. So it is quite affordable enough for me to have two pairs. I think that Warby Parker kinda presumes that people buy glasses as accessories. I won’t do that, but I am pretty jazzed I can afford a backup pair! This is a great example of better manufacturing practices being used to improve quality of life. ^_^

Prudence

August 23, 2014 — Leave a comment

I needed a domain to run some management and monitoring plugins for my WordPress sites (see T124). I wanted to get global.international, because that is hilarious, and I could be able to make it useful as an essentially non-public service site for guild use, but alas, someone else registered it. (; ̄д ̄)

Then I was thinking I would go for an Eye of Sauron motif, so I looked up “all seeing eye” and found the Eye of Providence. I don’t really like using religious iconography, even ironically, and especially this, because it feeds into that “sysops are god” complex (so I guess I wasn’t really going after that motif after all…). But the entry for divine providence is a good read, especially the differen between general and special providence (sometimes Wikipedia articles on religion read like a D&D campaign/world guide!).

Anyhow, “providence” comes from providentia, which means “foresight, prudence”, which accurately describes what I am looking for in monitoring system. Also, prudence is a pretty cool idea, and I don’t hear folks referring to others are prudent very often. I’d like to highlight that as a virture, and hope to model it for others.

It won’t contribute to such modelling, but I did register prudence.io! It won’t be much of a service to the general public, but for folks that have me manage their hosting, they will get a dashboard overview of all their sites (though maybe I will be able to offer it as a service once I get comfortable with how it works). And of course all the warez I use will be in the aforementioned component repo. ( ・ㅂ・)و ̑̑

Kraken Con

August 23, 2014 — Leave a comment

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Not going to Japan Expo reminded me to register for Kraken Con, which is about five weeks out. I went ahead and got Susan a two-day pass as well, so we can come and go as we want.

I wanted to point out that if you are attending, or thinking of attending, there are plenty of things around the Oakland Convention Center to do and see (and eat). Off the top of my head, there is Old Oakland (where Ratto’s is located), Chinatown, and just across the street from the center is End Game, many patrons of whom I suspect will be attending the con.

If you are attending and have questions about the area, ask in the comments or shoot me a message. If you are a local, and want to see what a relatively small, local animationan, comics and gaming convention is like, I encourage you to attend. This is actually a really great time to attend this, and should be a good introductory con. If folks want to get a cup of tea there, let me know! ^_^

I was considering going to Japan Expo, but I think it would take me around 1.5 hours to get there via transit, and I am not sure what I’d do there, since I no longer buy massive piles of stuff at cons. Definitely planning on attending Kraken Con, since it is a five minute bus ride away! ^_^

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Digital Ocean knows language is hard. ^_^

WPEngine has some fundamental problems, including an inability to create support issues. I pay them $300 a month, and I expect more from them. So I am migrating my 60+ sites away from them.

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The image that appears at the top of the article Hands Up, Don’t Shoot: Ferguson on Center Stage broke me:

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I live in a country that not only has systemic bias built into its structure, but also systematically takes away life and freedom from black men.

I don’t know how to fight racism, it intersects with so many other issues. But I do know that we need to stop incarcerating people at the level that we do, and we need to demilitarize police forces. Those are two areas that have a tremendous amount of research and methods already developed, but lack the political will.

Change will come, but I don’t want more people to gunned down to get the privileged to pay attention.

I often wonder if I would have joined John Brown‘s raid, or if I would have ridden on a bus to an American South that terrorized Black folks. I want to think I would, but I have a family with a child, and I am not sure if I could overcome the fear of losing them. But such thought exercises are ended in the relief that I don’t have to make a difficult decision, because the terror of oppression is over for minorities.

But it isn’t, and my heart is broken because we have people dying, not on a different continent across a large body of water on the other side of the planet, but here, right here in our communities. And for no reason besides our privilege and lack of will.

Fuck.

For Gautham

August 19, 2014 — Leave a comment

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For Gautham. Imagine Frank Sinatra singing it. ^_^

Taking a break from normal work, and instead gonna put together a site to help my brain function. I’ve been developing an internal taxonomy for what my personal desires are, but even though I initially called them buckets, I don’t want to have a site called my “bucket list“, so I am going with channels, instead.

The basic concept is that I have an feeds (ideas, cultural artifacts [like movies and music, or the written word], trends, conversations, etc.), an inbox (my brain), and various outputs (blog posts, servers, networks, games, worlds, commentary, podcasts, tasks, archives, tucked away text files, etc.). Also, some of those outputs become feeds immediately.

This conceptual model is not unlike how I read aggregated feeds on the web, where I collect and then process them. Right now I use a tablet for this, where I pull in feeds, either read them or save them for later, and then put aside a dedicated time to figure out what I want to do with them, such as sharing, responding, or documenting somewhere.

The concept of a bucket comes from how I parse worlds, which I break down into component parts and then reassemble into other worlds. This is the basis of my paracosm. The bucket part is that to talk about a world I feel I need a high-level overview of it, but the building blocks alone don’t give me enough to go on. So each potential world is a bucket, and when it gets filled, I can look inside and see what it is. Not sure which came first, but at this point in my life, my process for world-building and my process for problem-solving are neatly merged (which is why I encourage people to role-play, since it is an activity made of various helpful skills).

Anyhow, the project for this weekend is to build a prototype website that helps me organize these channels. I plan to use WordPress + Pods to build related items, so I can output useful views to both see what I’ve done, but also to check off a list and say, “hey, this thing is deconstructed and documented, I can let it go and think about something else.”

Hypermetawebcrafting. ^_^