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Jan 162014

I wrote this almost a decade ago when walking with dona on the streets of San Francisco; today I learned that John Dobson is dead. I remember you, john; RIP. The original link to his personal site no longer works… replaced with a wiki entry ;( This happened with a waxing moon about 88% full, according to the net…. Last night dona and I were walking along and there […]

By sheer Chance

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Jan 032014
By sheer Chance

Sometimes you’re simply struck by a phrase, a line, a feeling…. Was struck the other day by a song on the radio – Cocoa Butter Kisses, where a fast talkin’ rapper who misses his grandma’s kisses because he reeks of tobacco/weed.  Forgot about it for awhile, then ran across the album to the right on various year-end best-of lists.  Took it for a spin and there he was. What […]

Fool me once, shame on, shame on you. Fool me, you can’t get fooled again….

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Aug 152013
 Fool me once, shame on, shame on you. Fool me, you can’t get fooled again....

A letter I wrote to jeff moss, Mr. Def Con, about the last DC which I attended a day and a half of. Lots of promise… but wow. Jeff (who I’ve known over 20 years) responded and we’ll have a chat… I do hope some forward progress can be made. Various others have posted about this over the years, but I hadn’t been in a very, very long time […]

everything looks good, but….

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Aug 282012

So at first, this looks normal: The emulated hardware consists in the following devices: 32 bit x86 compatible CPU 8259 Programmble Interrupt Controller 8254 Programmble Interrupt Timer 16450 UART Real Time Clock. IDE interface and hard disk. But then… he goes on to say it’s written in… javascript.  Astonishing demo here (requires somewhat of a modern browser) :) Some people have big brains.

High Fidelity, part I/II

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Jul 262012
High Fidelity, part I/II

Splitting this into two pieces… someday I’ll say a bit about HiFi technology, but I feel compelled to write about a hifi experience I had recently.  Anyone who goes into audiophilia even a bit probably has some sad or bad stories about worthless tech, pushy salesfolks, hype, etc., etc.  Overall I chalk it up to part of the game.  And it’s been my experience that in general audiophiles are […]