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“My wife and I checked in to a hotel in Moscow. Our host showed us to our room, and began switching on the lights. As he turned on one by the door, a great tongue of flame issued forth from a light fitting in the ceiling. He calmly switched it off and said, ‘Don’t use that one.’”

“My wife and I checked in to a hotel in Moscow. Our host showed us to our room, and began switching on the lights. As he turned on one by the door, a great tongue of flame issued forth from a light fitting in the ceiling. He calmly switched it off and said, ‘Don’t use […]
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1 Million Webmentions

We’re celebrating 1 million webmentions successfully sent in the wild! We’re still narrowing down the exact number and when we crossed the threshold, but we estimate sometime in December 2017 or January 2018. Join us for the party, Wed 1/24 at your local Homebrew Website Club! Counting isn’t easy, since webmentions are distributed and peer […]
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Iceland

I just got back from a bachelor party in Reykjavik, Iceland. Like Prague, Reykjavik is a popular destination for European “stag dos,” and it didn’t disappoint. Icelandair picked us up from all over the US and Europe and delivered us to KEF. We grabbed coffees and SIM cards, started a group WhatsApp chat – “Viking […]
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The unquantified self

One of my favorite runs is the Mayfield Slough loop, which winds through the heart of the wetlands above Shoreline Amphitheatre. It’s often deserted at sunset, devoid of anything man-made, and the bruised light makes the marsh land bridges feel haunted, desolate, post-apocalyptic. It’s a hell of an escape, one I’ve never quite been able […]
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Mac OS X

After 12 years on Linux, I’m grudgingly switching to Mac OS X. I wasn’t excited about it, but it’s better than I expected. It’s not news any more, but yes, OS X is a usable, pretty skin on top of a real POSIX OS. Darwin is definitely different from Linux, but it’s close enough to […]
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ATV accident

Artist’s rendition. Not my actual wreck. I was in an unexpected accident over the holiday break. Like last year, Gina and I went out with her brother and father to ride ATVs and shoot guns. Unlike last year, I rolled one of the ATVs and landed upside down, on my head, with the ATV on […]
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New York trip

My team at work has a few people in New York, and we’re adding more fast, so I went out there last week to work with them in person. My last visit to New York was 12 years ago, and I spent most of that upstate, so I was looking forward to exploring Manhattan and […]
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Health stuff

My dad says you know you’re old when all you talk about is the weather and your health. Well, maybe I’m getting old, but it’s hot here, and I’m about to write about my health. Don’t worry! I’m fine. I’ve been lucky to be healthy my whole life. I’ve never had surgery or any other […]
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sync_wordpress.sh

sync_wordpress.sh syncs WordPress, files, plugins, themes, and options stored in the database from one WordPress instance to another. The database options are also checked into a Subversion repository. It uses rsync to synchronize files, including WordPress itself, themes, plugins, and config files. It then uses mysqldump to dump non-transient options in the wp_options table, diffs […]
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Windsurfing in Venezuela

Update: pictures are up! I spent the last week and a half on vacation on the island of Margarita, off the coast of Venezuela. We went for a wedding – the bride grew up there – and stayed to windsurf at El Yaque, a beach that’s famous for windsurfing and kitesurfing. It was a great […]
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CodeCon 2005 notes

I went to CodeCon 2005, and I had a great time. I’ve posted a short description. I also went to Codecon 2004; feel free to check out the description and pictures. Here are my rough, incomplete, unedited notes on the projects presented this year. Contents: Aura (reputation library) Arx (distributed version control) ApacheCA (PGP-based certificate […]
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