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"The Deuce" Stinks. A Rant.

I’m a hair’s-breadth away from declaring that “The Deuce,” HBO’s Sunday night “prestige drama” about flesh-peddling and pornos in Times Square and 42nd Street in the mid-70s, is an exercise in trolling, some kind of meta-level commentary on the lack of drama, characterization, or stakes in, y …

Broken Links resulting from WordPress Conversion

Pretty much every link on my site was rewritten by Das Blog for logging purposes. The conversion to Word Press has broken all of those. I am going to have to write a utility to convert them and I won't be able to get to that for several days at …

Star Party on Mauna Kea

m42My just-purchased SV102ED is my first "real" telescope and is a purchase I've put off for decades (ever since I realized what a huge \$ gap there was between a mall-store telescope and a decent one). After a lot of research, I went for the SV102ED "clearance special" with the M1 …

Politically Correct

This from a reader of a newsletter sent out by one of my publishers:

First, quit being political by having garbage like this:

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In the spirit of new U.S. President Barack Obama's call for service 
in our communities, we offer up this e-mail from SPTechReport reader …

Awesome pilot, no miracle

I'm as thankful as anyone that everyone got off the plane that went down in the Hudson, but I'm kind of ticked that all the news sites are calling it "The Miracle on the Hudson," or "Miracle Landing." That cheapens the tens of thousands of hours the pilot spent flying …

2009: Slow Boot

For much of the past week, I've been doing a bunch of accounting stuff. I am incorporating (as "Faster Programmer LLC" ? as in "Faster can mean both higher productivity and higher performance," but actually as in "Faster, Programmer! Code! Code!") and trying to get monetary things (new bank account, credit …

A Word To Big Island Bloggers

I've been writing this blog since 2002, which I'm fairly sure makes me the graybeard among the Big Island's small blogging family. For what it's worth, I also was a magazine editor for 7 years (and won a few awards). So I'm going to shake my finger at the trio …