'advocacy' Archive

Why I’m Really Not That Bugged About PRISM

16 June 2013, 5:59 am
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I’ve been thinking about this a lot, and the conclusion I eventually came to really startled me.
TLDR: The more communications data is recorded, the less scrutiny any of it gets.
Disclaimer: I have a longstanding amateur interest in cryptography and cryptanalysis; I’ve read a few books. I’ve never held a security clearance nor worked in intelligence. […]

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giving up for lent

18 February 2010, 6:39 am
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verbally expressing my displeasure with cyclists/motorists who do not actively threaten or actually injure me

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Open letter to Senator-Elect Brown

21 January 2010, 5:46 am
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Dear Senator-Elect Brown,
I am writing to urge you to reconsider your support of the pending health care reform legislation.
My experience has afforded me some insights which you might find useful in considering this matter.
First, I’ve experienced directly how badly our current system fails us. I went several years without the benefit of regular health care. […]

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goodbye bike #5

25 May 2009, 5:54 am
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what got me

The end of a strut that holds the fender on wrapped around a spoke.

The bend of the front tube is obvious, but of course you can’t bend just one side of a triangle. Toward the left you can see that the top tube is actually somewhat flattened — its cross section changed.

From above […]

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happy to be here

6 May 2009, 7:35 am
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Solo bike accident last Friday left me with a broken wrist, so updates may be (even more) infrequent for a little bit. I am so, so glad I was wearing a helmet, I really hope you do too if you ride. And I am enormously grateful to the person or persons unknown who called 911 […]

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DIY bike lock bracket

15 March 2009, 3:10 pm
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My new U-lock came with a bracket, but it didn’t work very well. I was inspired by this DIY Bike Lock Holder at instructables.com, but this mount would not work for my lock — the key is inserted into the crosspiece. With a little thought I came up with an inexpensive variation that holds […]

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omg omg omg omg

22 November 2008, 11:38 am
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I knew there was a reason I voted for that man.
Goodness knows, I have no problem with using energy consumption as the axe to grind DST away on. But I would also love to see more attention paid to accident rates in the month after each switch, and an assessment of […]

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Callie Shell photographs of Obama

7 November 2008, 9:10 am
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I really did not have time today to look at all of these beautiful and insightful photographs of Barack Obama. But I did anyway. (The one in the ice cream shop is particularly magnificent).
(Thanks to SimpleBits for the pointer.)

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