A response to "A short critique of Stallmanism"

As always, I am writing these entries in order to solidify and formulate my opinions. I may end up reversing opinions of what I write. I hope that by writing this out I may have a better understanding then the general mutterings which pass through my brain on occasion. Let …

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Modern Mayan Temples

Aboard a bus departing the Cancun airport I notice a small stepped-pyramid adjacent to the on-ramp of the high-way. It stands the height of a single story, too close to the roadway to have been constructed afterwards, but oddly prominent. Is this pyramid a lesser, forgotten Tulum or Chitzen Itza …

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Keep this in Mind

Here is a list of things to keep in mind for the next time you use an ATM.

  • In July 2016, State Street Bank reached a $382 million settlement with DOJ for rigging foreign currency exchanges.

  • In June 2014, the French bank BNP Paribas was ordered to pay $8.9 …

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Star Charts, a first round review

This summer I deployed star charts in hopes of gaining skills and acquiring better habits. The star charts started on the 13th of July and ended whenever I realized they were no longer working. In this post I will try to identify why.

This qualitative review of my progress will …

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Geolocating

Finding the location of photos and paintings of real places around the world.

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Summary of Brain Drain by Ward et al.

You can find the paper here

I frequently make the mistake of reading HN comments. Many of the comments on this study had nothing to do with the study. The top comment makes a reference to arcahic bards and the detrimental effects of writing information down. But the paper doesn't …

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What makes what Wes Anderson makes?

I discovered a new subreddit today. Take a look at r/AccidentalWesAnderson. Wes Anderson directed the award winning Grand Budapest Hotel as well as Moonrise Kingdom. Both of these films are among my favorites.

So what makes a Wes Anderson film?

  • pastel
  • symmetry
  • 60s decor
  • backgrounds that intentionally look like …
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A look into statements by Matt Perault, FB Global Policy

Today Matt Perault visited the Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs. Matt has been the head of Facebook's Global Policy Division for the past five years. Here I provide some commentary on his comments today.

Snowden

Perault claims that the Snowden revelations were wrong. Specifically he pointed to an …

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Age of Reason by Thomas Paine

First, That the idea or belief of a word of God existing in print, or in writing, or in speech is inconsistent in itself for the reasons already assigned. These reasons, among many others, are the want of an universal language; the mutability of language; the errors to which translations …

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