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Monday, December 19th, 2016

Another Anniversary

A few days ago my webhost informed me that my blog may have been compromised. I did a bit of investigation and that appeared to be the case. I’ve spent some time removing the visible artifacts, upgrading the software, deleting unnecessary things etc. It also appears that most of the legitimate comments on various posts […]

Wednesday, December 19th, 2012

Anniversary Of A Sort

This is not a post about sorting algorithms; nor is it celebratory. December 10, 2012 marked the 1 year anniversary of what seems to be the worst event in my life to date (and perhaps some of the other people involved). I have resisted writing about it in the past because I felt the need […]

Friday, July 27th, 2012

Pets

As a kid I often wanted a pet [dog] that I could play with, but my parents weren’t too interested in having any (we had some freshwater fish) and I likely couldn’t handle the responsibility myself; so I went pet-less until around the age of 11. At that time, we reached an agreement that I […]

Friday, March 23rd, 2012

Royal Flush in the Family

tl;dr Last month I was part of an event 6 times rarer than winning the MEGA Millions Lotto jackpot. My grandfather played poker with a core group of friends (to my knowlegde he did not play in card rooms or casinos) and taught me the basics of the game. We played Five-card draw with penny […]

Monday, February 27th, 2012

The World of Tumblr

My Flickr account, while public, is not something that gets many views. According to the stats, my photos have been viewed 23,710 times. 10% of those views are for one photo someone decided to link to in a comment on Digg in 2009 (original post is here and someone re-posted a link to my photo […]

Tuesday, February 7th, 2012

City of Sacramento Parking Ticket Nonsense

When was the last time you put a coin into a parking meter and had to turn a knob in order to complete the transaction? I can’t remember when I last watched the red or yellow metal plates rise and fall, checked to see if the arrow indicated I had been credited the appropriate amount […]

Sunday, January 22nd, 2012

Blacking Out Your Website

On January 18, 2012 a number of websites “went dark” to protest the United States House of Representatives Stop Online Piracy Act and Senate Protect IP Act, more commonly known as SOPA and PIPA. Like many things, there are many way to go about “blacking out” one’s website. Wikipedia used JavaScript and CSS to overlay […]

Monday, January 9th, 2012

AI Class

Towards the end of last year I signed up for the “basic” track of the Stanford Engineering Introduction To Artificial Intelligence class, mainly out of curiosity, but also because the instructors (Sebastian Thrun and Peter Norvig) and I share the same employer. I intended to follow along at a leisurely pace, unsure if I would […]

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2011

The Other 99% of Halloween Candy Distributors

Here’s another 1% vs. 99% that I believe has been overlooked in the media; I posit each year 1% of the population gets to give out over 20% of the candy (and 10% of the population gets to give out more than 70% of the candy) on Halloween. In cities across America, there has been […]

Sunday, October 16th, 2011

Tarantula Hunting

For the last 5+ years I have been thinking about heading to Mt. Diablo to look for tarantulas during their October mating season (usually in November after realizing I missed it…again). Some years I had a good excuse for forgetting e.g. travelling to New York twice to watch Yankees win the ALCS and World Series […]