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Bee Hive

Posted in Articles by Ziggy Sunday May 3, 2015 at 17:51

A couple years ago, my wife and I defeated a wasp nest. A year after buying our house, we discovered another wasp nest up under the attic vents. They can’t get into the attic itself, and they are pretty far from the doors, so I let them live. Anna was stung a few weeks ago, but it seems like an isolated incident. The wasps are on probation.

Today we had lunch outside. (more…)

How to Change My Mind

Posted in Articles by Ziggy Saturday January 24, 2015 at 18:20

Our mind is one of our most valuable posessions (right up there with our heart, our soul, and our body). As such, it is also kept the most private and secret.

Communication is the process of exchanging mind-stuff. People usually call this stuff “ideas” so let’s go with that. Because ideas are, basically, what your mind is made of, communication is a risky business. You wouldn’t want someone to take control of your body, or put stuff in there that you didn’t want, right? The same is true of the mind.

A lot of people have told me that I’m stubborn. They tell me that I refuse to change, and won’t admit when I’m wrong. This has unfortunately been true fairly often in the past. I’m trying to improve in this area, and one of the ways I’m hoping to do that is to give people help doing so in a way that is easy for me. This is it! The key that will allow you to mind control me! I’ll bet you’ve always wanted to do this right?

Oh, and while I can’t promise it will work on other people, but I rather suspect that it will, so this might just be the general solution to mind control. (more…)

Swarm Technology

Posted in Articles by Ziggy Friday September 5, 2014 at 18:10

So, I’ve been thinking about laser trackers and large envelope precision manufacturing recently. Mostly because I’ve been working in an aircraft factory for the past five months.

Here are a few of my conclusions. Swarm Technology (1.3MB pdf file)

I’m convinced the concept is sound, so now it’s just a matter of practice and inertia catching up to the realities of the capability of our current technology. And yes, I’m mostly posting this so that no one can patent the idea.

The Holy Bible

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

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. It’s KJV with verse breaks removed (because they seem to detract from the reading experience). The full text is 4MB, so I suggest downloading it to your local device instead of re-loading it every time you want access. I have really enjoyed having the full text to do searches on (mostly just using Ctrl+F in Chrome).


“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…)

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