October 2011

Pressed by application deadlines for doctoral programs in the United States, I have booked myself to write the Graduate Record Examination on November 16th. In an ideal world, I would have more time to prepare for the GRE. As it is, American programs require complete applications including GRE scores between December 1st for the earliest […]

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Yesterday, I participated in the novel, engaging, and pleasantly pagan festivities at Toronto’s Night of Dread. Put on by the Clay and Paper Theatre Company (whose work I have photographed before), the evening involved both small and gigantic representations of fears including ‘corruption’, ‘nuclear war’, ‘selfish leadership’, and ‘lack of stability’. Accompanied by drummers and […]

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British journalist George Monbiot has turned the ‘about me’ page on his blog into a sort of mini-autobiography. It is an interesting read. For instance, he describes some of the time he spent in West Papua, traveling with forged papers: We were as reckless and foolish as only young men can be – this is […]

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In the epic media event that is an American presidential election, the ongoing segment is the selection of a candidate by the opposition party. What do readers think of the current crop? How are their policies? What are their chances against Barack Obama in 2012?

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When writing lists, there are two different conventions for what to do before the final item: Lions, tigers and bears are charging toward us from all directions. To fend them off we will need rifles, pepper spray, and dynamite. I strongly prefer the second approach, where the final item is set off with a comma, […]

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Sorry for the recent lack of photos and content generally. In addition to full-time work and three hours a day spent commuting, I am working on job applications, apartment hunting, preparing applications to doctoral programs, and getting ready to write the GRE ASAP. Despite the many highly valid objections against doctoral programs, they are looking […]

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While the interface changes in Mac OS X Lion are confusing, the whole-disk encryption provided by FileVault is a definite step forward. People who have their laptops stolen and then find their confidential documents posted all over the internet really have no excuse. If it is sensitive, it should be encrypted – especially if it […]

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Spammers are getting especially annoying these days, with targeted messages. I have been striking back, though. My honey pot has recently caught a few of them red-handed, to be reported to such authorities as there are for such things. If you run a web server and you want to help combat the scourge of spam, […]

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