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The personal web log of Brian Enigma

I share a few observations and personal experiences at XOXO, mostly revolving around stickers, buttons, and anxiety — and how I'll take my new wisdom with me to help ease personal struggle at future conferences.

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I’m going to a few conferences this summer, just for fun, not for work, representing myself. In social situations, I’ve always had “calling cards” or personal-life “business” cards with some basic internet contact info. Does anyone remember the Moo.com mini-cards that were popular back when LiveJournal was

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The 90s are back. A few examples that came up yesterday in an office Slack channel: AOL and Yahoo are in the news. Pokemon is a new fad. People are wearing digital watches. New Blink 182 and new-ish The Prodigy. People are preordering Harry Potter. The Hi-C Ecto-Cooler is available in stores. And fi

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A few months back I picked up an Amazon Fire TV. I’ve had an Apple-centric household for many years and have been a strong supporter of the Apple ecosystem, but a couple of things changed that caused me to evaluate the Fire TV. First, iTunes is where all my media lived. This used to be great. Everything …

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At my workplace, we have all-company Friday lunches. Often we will have a speaker giving a presentation — either someone from within the company or someone from the local community. Once, we had a silly game show. It was successful enough that we brought it back a second time, but this time with a little more …

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I have used a few of Amazon’s more popular web services, both on the job and on my own. I’ve deployed code to EC2 and Lambda. I’ve synced files and stored backups on S3 and Glacier. I’ve experimented with a few others. But what is WAF? SNS? CloudTrail? I wasn’t even sure I could tell you what t

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Every so often I visit OMSI After Dark. These are occasional adults-only evenings that the local science museum puts on. A few months ago the specific After Dark event was about the history of video games. They had (and still do have, for a little while longer) a full exhibit, including some free-play games from Ground

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In the AI wars, Alexa has won. “What do dragonflies eat?”   Posted in: ✽ Write Comment ✽ Read Comments

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I got a new Amazon Alexa a few weeks ago. [Full disclosure: I work for a company that’s owned by Amazon Web Services.] I find the technology a fun novelty, but I’m not sure it’s mature enough to be promoted to a central part of my home life beyond a music player and todo-list maker. That …

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You may recall my in-real-life trolling stickers and signs — the voice activated paper towel dispenser, the fake power outlet, and the baby changing station — from a previous blog post: I have some new stickers now that are less of a troll and more of a chuckle. Like the previous stickers, I cannot take credit R

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Several years ago, a local Portland organization — I think they were called the Portland Pedestrian Coalition at the time but are now Oregon Walks — put together a Walk to Work day. They designated meetup spots in each of the quadrants of town, each about three or four miles from downtown. You’d walk, drive, or &

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I have friends who recently took a trip to Paris. When talking about their trip, they had some wonderful photos of an afternoon, on cobblestone streets and at monuments, taken by a professional photographer. It turns out that there’s a service called Flytographer that works as a sort of broker between people vacation

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While on our Amsterdam vacation, we dropped by The Rijksmuseum. Although there was a ton of stuff to see, and I took numerous pictures, I’m sharing only a small subset of them here. Weapons There was some great stuff in the weapons section. Below, you can see a powerful crossbow. It has a stirrup on …

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Back in the day, some friends and I would hang out at the late night coffee shop, coming up with all kinds of amazing ideas. Great ideas that could get us rich. There was the TV show idea that later became MTV’s Road Rules. There was the arcade-coffee-shop-bar that doesn’t seem too different from Ground …

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One of the first historic landmarks we visited on our Amsterdam vacation was the Oude Kerk, the old church. This is an impressive 800 year old piece of amazing and gigantic architecture. Like, real big. Vaulted ceilings that make you feel like an ant. They’d taken out any artificial light sources, which had

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One of the first stops on our Amsterdam vacation was De Poezenboot — the cat boat. It’s a houseboat. It’s an animal shelter. It’s been around since 1966 and is now a tourist destination. When Kim was last in Amsterdam, about 10-15 years ago, the Poezenboot was more of a houseboat-home plus cats and a …

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As you might have seen in a previous blog post, the first leg of my sabbatical vacation was to Disneyland. The second leg was Amsterdam. I had just over a week there, and it wasn’t nearly enough. Between jetlag, a headcold, and the sheer amount of stuff to do, I didn’t have nearly enough time. …

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There are a lot of online repositories to download video game ROM images. Whether it’s from a website or BitTorrent, you end up with a collection of binary files, each file corresponding to the code stored on a cartridge or an arcade machine’s internal chips, which you can then load into a console or arcade …

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I am over half-way through my two month sabbatical. I am extremely fortunate that I work somewhere that the founders, 10 years ago, first came up with what seemed like a ludicrous sabbatical policy (6 weeks of time off after 5 years of employment), and second, founded a tech company that’s still a great place to R

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In less than a week, I’ll be traveling the world, living out of a backpack. I’m going light on the tech this trip. My “laptop” will be the iPad, probably living in the location’s base of operations (hotel or hostel), with the phone as my everyday-carry communicator. Although I have both iPad and iPhone with …

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Last year I started a tradition of keeping a mason jar of good thoughts. The recipe is simple. First, keep an open mason jar on top of the refrigerator. It’s a location that I see nearly every day but is also out of the way. Second, keep a magnetic notepad on the fridge. Third: throughout …

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Recently I found myself in the position to say “my laptop, well, my other laptop.” You see, at work I shifted around my development environment. I write embedded Linux code, I’ve worked at a Linux desktop for the past few jobs — for over a decade. My personal laptop has been a Mac for as long …

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Recently I found myself in the position to say “my laptop, well, my other laptop.” You see, at work I shifted around my development environment. I write embedded Linux code, I’ve worked at a Linux desktop for the past few jobs — for over a decade. My personal laptop has been a Mac for as long …

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There is a relatively new feminist hacker magazine out called The Recompiler. The first issue is out, with a second on the way. It’s a great magazine that I highly recommend. I bought a subscription before the magazine even existed. I suppose I could invoke some sort of hipsterism and say that last sentence in a R

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There is a relatively new feminist hacker magazine out called The Recompiler. The first issue is out, with a second on the way. It’s a great magazine that I highly recommend. I bought a subscription before the magazine even existed. I suppose I could invoke some sort of hipsterism and say that last sentence in a …

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I recently learned about a classic game emulator for the Apple TV called Provenance. I’ve toyed around with emulators attached to the TV before, for instance see my post on the RetroPie. One thing that particularly interested me about Provenance was its ease-of-access. Instead of hooking up the RetroPie, fl

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I recently learned about a classic game emulator for the Apple TV called Provenance. I’ve toyed around with emulators attached to the TV before, for instance see my post on the RetroPie. One thing that particularly interested me about Provenance was its ease-of-access. Instead of hooking up the RetroPie, flipping the T

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In the week leading up to halloween, @destroyed4com4t introduced me to the amazing movie Evilspeak. This film, made in 1981, is about an outcast boy in military school who comes across a book. This book — the diary of a Spanish satanist (Esteban) from centuries before — is written in Latin. It is also, of course, &

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In the week leading up to halloween, @destroyed4com4t introduced me to the amazing movie Evilspeak. This film, made in 1981, is about an outcast boy in military school who comes across a book. This book — the diary of a Spanish satanist (Esteban) from centuries before — is written in Latin. It is also, of course, ̷

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A couple of weeks ago, a funny image of prank paper towel dispenser stickers made the rounds on Twitter. I searched the internet for those stickers, but couldn’t find any. Because I couldn’t find them, I did the next best thing: ordered custom stickers from Sticker Mule. I drafted up something similar in Illustrato

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