Category Archives: Geeking Out

A 1994 interview with John Linnell of They Might Be Giants

Much of my life has been driven by an unstoppable desire to see what I could get away with. When I was seventeen, and editor of my high-school literary magazine, I decided to see if I could get an interview with They Might Be Giants. At the time, TMBG were not yet the creators of […]

Everyone Come to HOPE!

UPDATE: Looking for a HOPE conference schedule where you can see workshop times alongside talk times? You’re in luck, I made one: HOPE X Schedule Grid Yep, it’s time once again for the Hackers On Planet Earth conference, Friday July 18–Sunday July 20 at the Hotel Pennsylvania in New York City. And it’s time for […]

Notes on Linux: Harry Potter and the System of Privilege

This is hopefully the last in a series of posts about my experiences diving deeper into Linux, the first ones being about Mac being too pretty, Linux being too buggy, and the learning curve being too steep. As I was going around a few weeks back hyperbolically screaming that open source software was a tool […]

Notes on Linux: The Learning Curve and the Command Line

This is the third in a series of posts documenting my first month or so using Linux. The first one was on Macs as “shiny jewelry;” the second was on the difficulty of relying on Linux as your day-to-day work operating system (it doesn’t work). So, OK, maybe I’m not being totally fair by saying […]

Notes on Linux: It Doesn’t Work

This is the second part of a series of thoughts of my first month trying to work in a Linux environment. The first post dealt with a theme that kept coming up as I was negotiating to use a different OS: that people want Macs because they are “pretty” and “shiny.” The “pretty” accusation is […]