Your sci-fi character name!

Here’s a fun game you can play with all your friends. It’s your sci-fi movie character name! Here’s how it’s done:

Take your mother’s maiden name. That’s your character’s first name. Then for the last name take your online banking password and stick the last four digits of your Social Security number on the end.

I am Tanaka Sycamore7599!1

Wasn’t that fun?2

Caffeine underdose

In case anyone is curious what it looks like when I try to get something done and my full focus isn’t on the task:

sanctum splicer$ sudo chown -R g+x .
Sorry, try again.
chown: g+x: illegal user name
sanctum splicer$ sudo chgrp -R g+x .
chgrp: g+x: illegal group name
sanctum splicer$ sudo chmod -R g+x .
sanctum splicer$

Political discourse in three easy steps

  1. See an article or video critical of a political party you dislike.
  2. Since you already disagree with that party, anything negative about them must be accurate. Fact-checking, researching of issues, or any other form of verification is not necessary.
  3. Repost to your favorite social media site(s) to be seen by all your friends.

Bitcoin: worth the electrons it's printed on?

I recall reading even before I had any interest in Bitcoin or Bitcoin mining that the cost of electricity was probably higher than the yield one could get by mining. So I never expected to set up a mining operation on my personal computer and get rich quick. I did what I recommend anyone do if they are interested in getting to know how Bitcoin works: I set up a mining operation to learn.


To dissipate or distill by percolation.

Mr Lanier strikes again.

When I came across the sentence, «The strangeness is being leached away by the mush-making process» in You Are Not A Gadget I thought at first that I’d stumbled across a typo that had escaped the editor’s eye. I expected that he meant leeched as in, sucked away as though by a parasite. While this would have made enough sense, Lanier’s choice indeed seems more appropriate.


The area of knowledge about death

Another one found in Jaron Lanier’s You Are Not A Gadget. Lanier is earning points with me for teaching me words. This one in particular I am surprised not to have encountered before, as it is a field of great interest to me. I suppose the matter is probably of great interest to everyone, but even so.


To become objectified or depersonalized.

Found in Jaron Lanier’s You Are Not A Gadget. I haven’t read enough of the book to tell much about it, but it should be clear from the title that reification is the kind of word one would likely find in its pages.


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