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The Holy Bible

Posted in Articles by Ziggy Thursday August 28, 2014 at 23:13

For a while now I’ve been looking for a nice clean digital version of the Bible that I can use for text searches or simple access. A number of websites with text search capability have come and gone, but they were never quite what I was looking for. In addition, they always seem to have way too much focus on “study aids” and way too little actual Biblical text. The search functions have always been a bit stodgy as well.

In any case, I’ve finally gotten around to making my own online Bible separated by book (with HTML ID tags for hash links to chapters) as well as the full text in one HTML file. (more…)

“Intellectual Property” is Wicked Nonsense

Posted in Articles by Ziggy Tuesday August 5, 2014 at 22:26

To people everywhere, and those especially who ponder excellence:

Ideas can’t be stolen, they can only be made real.

Herein I seek to demonstrate the idea of “intellectual property” is childish, false, and wicked.
I may also delve a bit into some implications (such as that the ideas of Copyright, Patent, and other forms of mental slavery should be universally rejected on every level). But first, a little bit of my…

Personal History with Intellectual Property


Spammers and Bots get Smarter

Posted in Articles by Ziggy Saturday August 2, 2014 at 14:38

For a while now I’ve been keeping track of my website’s error logs and banning IPs that poke around for weak points (Trying to log in to non-existent pages. Trying multiple standard address paths for the admin panel.) and until recently this has worked alright. I get about 15 queries a day from blocked IPs, so it’s manageable.

The logs often state that there was a “referer” to the page, but this can be easily faked. It’s even more obvious when the “referer” is my own site, and I know quite well that I don’t have any links to these spurious pages in my hand-crafted HTML A normal “attack” looks something like this:

[Sat Jul 19 09:29:09.634756 2014] [:error]  [client] File does not exist: /home/dudecon/public_html/minecraft/login.php, referer:
[Sat Jul 19 09:29:09.007436 2014] [:error]  [client] File does not exist: /home/dudecon/public_html/minecraft/post.php
[Sat Jul 19 09:29:08.401537 2014] [:error]  [client] File does not exist: /home/dudecon/public_html/minecraft/register.php


Delayed Laborfication

Posted in Articles by Toad Thursday July 10, 2014 at 15:37

As a bit of preamble: I’m not entirely sure what I intended this post to be, or quite how it wound up.  I suppose it’s probably something of a confessional or a testimonial, at this point; maybe a reflection upon the history of my work ethic.  Whatever else it is or isn’t, I hope it’s useful to you.

For a long time, I thought I had what people sometimes call “an addictive personality”.  And, maybe there’s some truth to it, but I think there’s a lot more truth elsewhere.  The “addictive personality” article on Wikipedia describes ”addictive personality” as “a psychological setback that makes a person more susceptible to addictions.”  That’s a pretty broad description, but for a long time, I figured that’s what was going on with me.  In college, I played MMORPGs at the expense of my grades.  First I played Dark Age of Camelot, then I played World of Warcraft, and at the end of five years I still wound up one course shy of an actual degree.  Looking back on that, I had a lot of reasons for wanting to slow down the effort I had been pouring into educational endeavors and I do think some of them remain valid, but in general I was just glad for an opportunity to be lazy, and those games gave me some pleasure that was lacking elsewhere.


PS Cast, Childrearing

Posted in Articles,Children,Music,PSCast:S1 by Ziggy Thursday June 26, 2014 at 02:43

A few short thoughts about… Hah! Nope. Couldn’t do it.

A huge jumbled ramble (Nearly fourty minutes worth) about training children.


[Strangely Baseline Intro, ends at 3:10]

Welcome back to the Paul Spooner Podcast!

Today I want to talk about something a little more personal. Children! Specifically, my children. (more…)

PS Cast, Ocean Living

Posted in Articles,PSCast:S1 by Ziggy Wednesday June 25, 2014 at 15:09

Living on the ocean. Why we don’t do it, and why we might want to start.

Ocean Living

[Same Old Intro]

So, for a while I’ve been thinking about how we live on the land, but the ocean is practically empty. So why don’t we just live there?

And obviously there’s some reasons for this. (more…)

The PS cast, Learning and Language

Posted in Articles,Music,PSCast:S1 by Ziggy Tuesday June 24, 2014 at 07:21

This episode is devoted to religion, philosophy, the meaning of life, the purpose of pain, and how you probably shouldn’t be listening to me ramble so much. Learning and Sloppy Language

Transcript below:

[Marginally Musical Intro]

I sometimes feel I’m protected from bad things. Or maybe I’ve just accepted things that other people think are bad? So I don’t need to experience them? This is getting really, meta, out there kind of, uh, philosophical religious, but… well here it goes! (more…)

The PS cast, Nested Feelings

Posted in Articles,Music,Podcasts,PSCast:S1 by Ziggy Sunday June 22, 2014 at 18:58

Wherin I talk about my feelings.

Nested Feelings specifically.

Transcript below:

[Marginally Musical Intro]

Do you ever get that feeling of an overhanging mass? Kind of like being underneath something? But it’s not claustrophobia. A combination of claustrophobia and acrophobia I guess. But it’s not necessarily fear! It’s more a thrill, an anticipation, a kind of joy! It’s this… (more…)

PS Podcast, Populace and Wealth

Posted in Articles,Music,Podcasts,PSCast:S0 by Ziggy Monday June 2, 2014 at 23:29

This is even more of a ramble than usual…

Populace and Wealth

Transcript below:

[Marginally Musical Intro]

That’s right folks, it’s the Paul Spooner Podcast!

The other day I was thinking about how different countries base their laws off of the “standard” population and not necessarily off of the whole population. For example, we pride ourselves in America (In A Marrrca!) we pride ourselves of being inclusive of minorities. We include minorities in the political process, we want to make everyone feel included…

But that’s not really true! We DO have to make our laws to serve someone, and generally those laws are made to serve the majority. (more…)

Manic Laughter

Posted in Articles,Podcasts by Ziggy Thursday May 29, 2014 at 21:20

So, what’s the deal with maniac laughter? My theory is that the body is exhausted before the intellect. This is in contrast to “normal” laughter, where the mind bores of the idea before the body runs out of energy.

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