Monthly Archives: December 2018

Best Practices for Time Travelers

Maciej Cegłowski:

When John Titor first showed up on IRC chat in October of 2000, he was enjoying a neat kind of double billing – as his 38-year-old self sat downstairs in the kitchen, typing away, a two-year-old version of himself lay sound asleep upstairs in bed. The elder Titor had been sent back in time by the U.S. Army, which needed him to fetch some legacy computer hardware from the 1970’s, and he had a sort of layover in the year 2000. So like anyone with time to kill, he went online.

Titor arrived in Florida in a 2036 model Corvette (later sold off) outfitted with a 500 pound military-grade time travel device that he photographed and posted online, complete with manual. The reason for his visit was utilitarian – he had been sent back to the 1970’s to fetch a model IBM 5100 computer, “because Unix has problems in 2038”, and the 5100 had an undocumented feature that made it highly desirable to programmers working on the Unix bug. Apparently the Army of 2036 knew enough to build a time machine, but wasn’t able to fix a word-size error in a legacy operating system.

That bit actually made the whole story sound plausible to me.

https://idlewords.com/2003/09/best_practices_for_time_travelers.htm

Russia arrests American citizen on suspicion of spying

MOSCOW — An American citizen has been arrested in Moscow on suspicion of espionage, Russia’s domestic security service, the FSB, said on Monday.

The agency identified the man as Paul Whelan. A criminal case has been opened against him.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/russia-arrests-american-citizen-on-suspicion-of-spying/2018/12/31/ba8ef51c-0ce9–11e9–831f-3aa2c2be4cbd_story.html?utm_term=.a872c01d9833

Tit for tat to get back at US for arresting Russian gun rights activist Maria Butina?

“The African Queen” restored Humphrey Bogart, Katharine Hepburn and John Huston’s public images after speaking out against the House Un-American Activities Committee

You Must Remember This podcast

“Far below the Antarctic circle, I watch a woman cry real tears because she can’t get gluten-free toast.”

Maciej Cegłowski takes readers on a culinary tour of Antarctica.

Cegłowski’s latest essay, “Gluten Free Antarctica,” is part of an occasional series on his adventure cruise to the southernmost continent. It’s brilliant: dryly humorous and insightful, like all of his writing.

Cegłowski is a multiple threat: Talented speaker, writer, software developer and entrepreneur. He developed the social bookmarking service Pinboard.in (motto: “Social Bookmarking for Introverts”). It’s a lean, high-performance clone of the del.icio.us bookmarking site from the 2000s, which was acquired by Yahoo and got bloated and slow. Eventually, Pinboard acquired the Delicious (as it was then called).

If There’s a Crisis on The Border, Why Is San Diego So Safe?

Despite rumors of a border crisis, San Diego has both the lowest murder rate and overall violent crime rate of the 30 largest American cities in 2018. And other border cities are nearly as safe.

It’s as if the border crisis is a colossal lie told by a President whose previous career was as a con man.

Opinion: If There’s a Crisis on The Border, Why Is San Diego So Safe?

Women’s March in California canceled over concerns it would be ‘overwhelmingly white’

A Women’s March group is canceling its January rally in Humboldt County, Calif., over concerns that its participants would be “overwhelmingly white.”

The decision comes amid division and tension in the broader Women’s March movement, which has unified millions of women and men in protest in the past two years.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/dc-md-va/2018/12/30/california-womens-march-rally-canceled-over-concerns-that-it-would-be-overwhelmingly-white/?utm_term=.cecd4709f7ad

I’ve been concerned about reports of anti-Semitism in Women’s March Inc. — which is only one of several groups organizing women’s marches, although I think it was the main organizer of the big one on the past.

I’ve looked into it and it appears that the local San Diego organization is not affiliated with Women’s March Inc.

Still, I’ll probably just sit out the women’s march this year. I’m not making a huge deal out of this because anti-Semitism isn’t my only reason for sitting out the march. It’s not even the main reason. I’m just not a marcher.

Reframing: The Secret Tool for Loving Exercise [Lose It blog: The Secret Ingredient]

You can get more exercise and get healthier by training yourself to think about exercise as something you enjoy.

This sounds like hippie bullshit but it works. I stumbled on it (so to speak!). I used to hate exercise; somewhere along the past 10 years — after I started my exercise program — I began to enjoy it.

If we get a few packages, great, I get to go up and down the stairs a few times! Hotel’s three-quarters of a mile from the convention center? Great, I get to have a nice walk twice a day!

Indeed, a couple of months ago I decided I was spending too much time exercising, and gave myself permission to skip the after-dinner walk, and also skip my daytime walk up to 2-3 times a week. I have stopped walking after dinner entirely. But I’ve only skipped the daytime walk two or three times in that time. And I think every one of those times I skipped was because it was either raining cold and hard, or I was recovering from a bad cold, or both. I seem to really like that daily walk, and find the time to do it no matter how busy I am otherwise. This would have been alien to me 10+ years ago.