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Pancakes

It's Sunday morning and you don't have any plans. What do you do? Make some pancakes, of course. Making pancakes is so simple and requires so few ingredients, I am amazed that anyone buys instant pancake mix. Here is my favourite recipe; I love the flavours of vanilla and butter, and the pancakes turn out nice and fluffy.

The Disruption Machine

In the New Yorker, Jill Lepore has penned an interesting and controversial article entitled The Disruption Machine, a response to Clayton Christensen's book The Innovator’s Dilemma. Much of her criticism has already been raised by other people and isn't always well directed, but it shows the growing unease towards a culture narrowly defined in terms of innovation and disruption.

Deception on the Internet - Its Not Just for Spies

Today on the Intercept, Glenn Greenwald has published a list of the 'tools' that UK spooks can use to spread disinformation online. The list is pretty impressive but generally nothing new from a technology standpoint: rigging polls, inflating page views, getting content withdrawn by publishers, sending spam, and launching denial of service attacks. The one that really stuck out to me was code-named Changeling: ability to spoof any email address and send email under that identity.

Cable Management is Next to Godliness

As part of moving into the new house I've needed to run a bunch of network cables for everything from antique clocks to liquor serving robots. Considering the fact that I needed a bunch of cables, and they needed to be fairly long, I finally broke down and learned how to crimp my own network cables. One issue that emerged from this was a growing rats nest of cables in my basement.

The Winnipeg Folk Festival: How Times Have Changed

This year, for the first time in recent memory, I have reservations regarding my attendance at the Winnipeg Folk Festival. I love the folk festival and have attended it for many years, but a confluence of factors this year have left me very hesitant. Here is a brief exploration around the issues that have caused my support to waver and the challenges which the folk festival may be facing.

My Approach to House Hunting

At a little over one month into 2014, I am pleased to announce that I have accomplished one of my most significant new years resolutions - purchasing a house. While the purchase of the house and all the prerequisites came together incredibly quickly, this isn't something I rushed into. In fact, I've been contemplating what I wanted in a house for a long time.

2014 Resolutions and Goals

Another year has passed, and it seems like it's a good time to update the list of resolutions and goals. I accomplished a good number of my 2013 resolutions and goals, and those which I didn't accomplish are still reasonable enough that I am rolling them forward to 2014. After spending last year in a state of transition, this year holds the potential for me to settle down a bit and put down roots. While I hope to undertake lots of fun and crazy activities, I also want to start building some sustainability in my life.

The Clone Sean Project

I've now have had a presence on the Internet for well over a decade. In 2002 I published one of my first serious efforts, The Clone Sean Project. The Clone Sean Project was a blog of manipulated images with a loose story wrapped around it. It received 10 updates over the course of a year, which was a pretty good run. While I've changed domains and redesigned my website many times of the years, I've always tried to keep it online. For the sake of historical preservation, here is the Clone Sean Project:

Reflections on the Barbot

Besides being the best looking project of mine in a while, the Barbot also has some pretty neat functionality. One of the most interesting parts of a project is working out how to turn whatever I imagined into reality. I learn how to use some new hardware and software, and along the way, I get to give my problem solving skills a good workout. Here are a few things that I learned or that otherwise caught my attention while working on the Barbot:

Stopping the Digital Arms Trade

Today I found an interesting and well designed site which threatens to expose some dirty secrets of large technology companies. Stop Digital Arms Trade is a European site which aims to educate the public that the majority of technology used in repressive regimes is off the shelf components sold by large technology companies. When a country decides to electronically track/censor/suppress its citizens, these technology companies profit off of that human rights violation.

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