Category Archives: documentation

Looking Skyward

Faint Signal

It’s been a little over a decade since I first saw Clay Shirky lay out his argument about what he called the “cognitive surplus”, but it’s been on my mind recently as I start to see more and more people curtail or sever their investments in always-on social media, and turn their attentions to… something. […]

Tunnels

Toronto’s oldest subway line, and the newest. This the view east from the Bloor Station platform: … and this is the view north from York University:

A Summer Of Code Question

This is a lightly edited response to a question we got on IRC about how to best apply to participate in Google’s “Summer Of Code” program. this isn’t company policy, but I’ve been the one turning the crank on our GSOC application process for the last while, so maybe it counts as helpful guidance. We’re […]

Quality Speakings

Unfortunately my suite of annoying verbal tics – um right um right um, which I continue to treat like Victor Borge’s phonetic punctuation – are on full display here, but I guess we’ll have to live with that. Here’s a talk I gave at the GTA Linux User Group on “The State Of Mozilla”, split […]

Time Dilation

[ https://www.youtube.com/embed/JEpsKnWZrJ8 ] I riffed on this a bit over at twitter some time ago; this has been sitting in the drafts folder for too long, and it’s incomplete, but I might as well get it out the door. Feel free to suggest additions or corrections if you’re so inclined. You may have seen this […]

Licensing Edgecases

While I’m not a lawyer – and I’m definitely not your lawyer – licensing questions are on my plate these days. As I’ve been digging into one, I’ve come across what looks like a strange edge case in GPL licensing compliance that I’ve been trying to understand. Unfortunately it looks like it’s one of those […]

The Last Days Of 20A0

Science International – What Will They Think Of Next At first blush this is a statement on the crude reproductive character of mass culture. But it also serves as a warning about the psychohistorical destruction to come, the stagnation after revolution, the failure to remix. I need to write this down, because I forget things […]

Thirty-Five Minutes Ago

Well, that’s done. mhoye@ANGLACHEL:~/src/planet-content/branches/planet$ git diff | grep “^-name” | wc -l 401 mhoye@ANGLACHEL:~/src/planet-content/branches/planet$ git commit -am “The Great Purge of 2017” Purging the Planet blogroll felt a lot like being sent to exorcise the ghosts of my own family estate. There were a lot of old names, old memories and more than a few […]

Durable Design

It seems like small thing, but it’s an engineering detail I’ve always had a lot of respect for. That picture is of a Flip video camera with the lid off, a product from about nine years ago. It was a decent little video camera at a time that phones weren’t up to it, storing a […]