Rants and Opinions

This is just whatever happens to be on my mind at a given moment.

Even More Dusty Old Recordings
In working on the new blog, I discovered even more old MP3 recordings of my college bands. The band was a one-gig-wonder we called The Motor Boys.
Moving From Wordpress to S3
After many years running WordPress, I have finally given up. I really don't need a server or a content management software. I'm doing a simple static blog with Hugo and CloudFront. Here's how.
Content Metadata for Social Media (e.g., Mastodon)
I’ve been thinking about how to make social media practical and usable by kids. Back when I was experimenting with app.net, I wrote a blog on how it could be used safely with kids. Well, app.net died. But maybe Mastodon will succeed where it failed. No social platform yet has made a decent set of tools for being kid-friendly but Mastodon could create one. This blog post is a rewrite of my old one, edited to account for things that are different in the ‘fediverse’. [legal note: The ideas expressed in this blog post are hereby, without limitation, donated to the public domain. All copyright, intellectual property right, and/or ownership rights are hereby explicitly waived. In other words: someone should take this idea and go make a business out of it, and don't worry about paying me a cent.] ......
My favourite bash prompt
I was working on my bash prompt recently. I think I've settled on some defaults that I quite like. I figured I'd share it with the world.
Cosmic Rays Did Not Change Election Results
In 2003 a Belgian election anomaly investigation shrugged. In 2017 it's described as cosmic rays hacking our elections. Ridiculous.