"I Wasn't Hungry Anyway"

I have done all that I could
To see the evil and the good without hiding
You must help me if you can

Doctor My Eyes, Jackson Browne

The Anti-concept of "Race" was Invented only to Make Racism Possible

so much talk these last few days about racism. turns out there's a monster behind that door: there's no such thing as race in the first place; it's a concept that was shoved into vogue specifically in order to make racism possible.

i could use about a million shares on this, if you please.

No Such Thing As Race (Newsweek) sample:

london town, sort of

So I'm walking on your streets again
Feeling now as I did then
I've since become a different man

--James Taylor, London Town

in fact i was in london this week, on this my second round the world (eastward) trip of 2017. but the message is i think placeless as well as timeless. tonight i'm leaving istanbul after a 30 hour layover between bologna and beijing. i had one dead day between europe and asia and i got to choose where to spend it and i naturally chose to spend it here.

my statement to united airlines customer support, 2017-04-11

my statement to united airlines customer support, 2017-04-11 was:

you guys have always been good to me. i like your flight and ground crews; i like your web server team and your customer service teams (both on the phone and online). i've complained about stuff and you've always made it right.

Archive, destroy, measure, or otherwise mangle your Maildir, using this simple /bin/sh script

IMAP is great, until you have to lasso 4000 messages in a GUI client, so that you can move them to a new folder that's been organized by date. For that, shell tools are necessary, that can work directly on Maildir. And there are some great Maildir archiving utilities out there, but they each make assumptions about what I want to do. What I really want is a Maildir system that works like MH, but until then, there's maildirfind.sh.

Fear-Mongering Knuckle-Draggers

I don't actually support everyone in every bathroom

this is from a distant facebook friend whose heart is in the right place and was making a better point on a different topic, but it got me to thinking.

let's say you're a teenager encountering puberty hormones and like all other such teenagers at that point in time you found everything quite confusing. and at some point you realize -- possibly with guilt or shock or revulsion or panic -- either that your sexual preferences are not heterosexual, or that you self-identify as opposite from your birth sex.

my open letter to amazon.com, concerning audible.com

here is my open letter to amazon.com, concerning audible.com, sent in response to a survey i received after finishing a chat session with a customer service representative:

your chat-rep was excellent. professional, courteous, helpful, informed. i could not ask for a better online customer experience.

My Remarks to the California Commonwealth Club on May 10, 2006

I was invited to address the Business and Leadership Forum of the California Commonwealth Club on May 10, 2006. I spoke of serfs and lords and explored the changing nature of property and property rights in the digital era.


Good evening and thank you for inviting me to speak to you tonight. I'm a technology geek, and it's rare that I'm allowed to address a mainstream audience. Tonight I'll share some observations on the impact of digital technology on society, with a special focus on individual liberties like property rights.

The Internet

One Kitten in Bangkok

I met a kitten in Bangkok who changed my life.

spammer northbridge.com

today i received spam from a private equity firm. details below for the search engines.

From: Steve Isom [mailto:smi@northbridge.com]
Sent: Thursday, July 17, 2014 5:40 AM
To: several-addresses@my-dayjob
Subject: North Bridge Introduction




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