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The personal web log of Brian Enigma

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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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 Illustrator us

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We went through some office space reshuffling at work that resulted in me being a few floors away from the kitchen. Because of this, I’ve made a conscious effort to take the stairs more often. I know that my phone has automatic counting of flights of stairs (if you have an iPhone 6, 6 Plus, …

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We went through some office space reshuffling at work that resulted in me being a few floors away from the kitchen. Because of this, I’ve made a conscious effort to take the stairs more often. I know that my phone has automatic counting of flights of stairs (if you have an iPhone 6, 6 Plus, …

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At work, we have a whiteboard in the kitchen. Previously, it was used for kitchen requests. Are we running low on something? Write it on the whiteboard. More recently, those sorts of requests seem to be automatically taken care of by little cobblers’ elves that inventory the kitchen stocks and automatically order supplies

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At work, we have a whiteboard in the kitchen. Previously, it was used for kitchen requests. Are we running low on something? Write it on the whiteboard. More recently, those sorts of requests seem to be automatically taken care of by little cobblers’ elves that inventory the kitchen stocks and automatically order supplies

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The InterPlanetary File System (IPFS) is a new Open Source project whose main goal is to turn the web into a distributed system — one that is not reliant on any one server or path. I’ve played around with it a bit this past week and would like to share my findings. My goal is …

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The InterPlanetary File System (IPFS) is a new Open Source project whose main goal is to turn the web into a distributed system — one that is not reliant on any one server or path. I’ve played around with it a bit this past week and would like to share my findings. My goal is …

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The laptop is in the shop (bad video chipset, SD card slot that fries cards, and they volunteered that the battery is subpar for its age). This has given me (nay, forced upon me) the opportunity to do a lot more with the iPad and keyboard. The iPad is certainly lighter than the laptop, but the keyboard …

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The laptop is in the shop (bad video chipset, SD card slot that fries cards, and they volunteered that the battery is subpar for its age). This has given me (nay, forced upon me) the opportunity to do a lot more with the iPad and keyboard. The iPad is certainly lighter than the laptop, but the keyboard …

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I recently agreed to a new rule in the house: with a few exceptions, such as smartphone-as-alarm-clock, no gadgets in the bedroom. I’ve always thought that the bedroom should be for sleeping, plus one other thing, but have slowly been slipping — so gradually that I didn’t notice. Twitter, texting, and generally intera

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In my last blog post, I talked about my experiments with Soylent. I’ve updated that blog post with a few minor corrections. Although my research showed me the correct scoop size for making single-servings of Soylent, it failed to reveal that the single-serving size is only about half a meal, calorie-wise: The official sco

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Soylent has been on my radar for about a year. For those not in the know, it is a meal in powder form, to be mixed into a shake. It’s not people, nor is it soy. It’s more like a breakfast shake, but not focused on weight loss. It is, instead, focused on giving you the …

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I’ve written in the past about my old-timey (possibly hipster) shaving setup. I use shaving soap, a brush to apply it, and some combination of safety razor (which takes those cheap unsafe double-edged razor blades) and cartridge razor (which uses those overpriced disposable plastic multi-blade cartridges). I like to finis

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In the last blog post, I showed you how to make a Raspberry Pi emulator using the Open Source project RetroPie. In this post, I will share with you some interesting tricks involving keyboard mapping and save states. There are many games that provide some sort of save-game functionality. Maybe that happens through a battery

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A few weeks ago I put together a RetroPie. A RetroPie is a small — smaller than a pack of cigarettes, smaller than a game controller — gaming system that emulates all of the classic consoles. There are no cartridges, only files on disk. There are disk images of each and every cartridge, with a …

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It’s not unusual for a product or service that I played some small part in designing and building to appear at an industry trade show, whether that’s CES or NAB or whathaveyou. But this year, a device in which I was a lot more integral in the hands-on design and manufacture appeared. I not only designed a …

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“Stories have changed, my dear boy,” the man in the grey suit says, his voice almost imperceptibly sad. “There are no more battles between good and evil, no monsters to slay, no maiden in need of rescue. Most maidens are perfectly capable of rescuing themselves in my experience, at least the ones worth something, in &

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The Seattle Monorail station has a set of televisions displaying a “fun facts” video loop of animated infographics. It’s an interesting fact-dump of the sorts of things you’d expect: when it was built, who built it, how much it cost to build, how much it cost to ride then-and-now, top speed, how many passengers it

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I listen to a good amount of my music “in the cloud.” At first, that meant Pandora. I’ve since dropped that in favor of Rdio, which does the Pandora radio station shuffle thing, but also lets you pick what you want to listen to, on demand. (As an aside, I have no real opinion on …

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