Archive for the ‘insights’ Category

a simple restructuring of elections

In close follow-up with my desire to see political parties abolished, we also need to rethink how voting is done. In the United States, you can only vote for a single candidate for most positions (town councils are an exception). You do not have the opportunity to say anything more than a binary yes|no to a […]

May 19, 2015 · antipaucity · 4 Comments
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vision for lexington

Over the past 5 years, I have witnessed some of the growth Lexington KY has started to undergo. From a population in the city proper of about 260,000 in 2000 to 295,000 in 2010 to an estimated 315,000 in 2015, While there seems to be something of a plan/vision for the downtown area, the majority of […]

May 8, 2015 · antipaucity · No Comments
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traveling consultant cheat sheet

“Join the Navy and See the World!”* Perhaps one of the most famous recruitment phrases ever established in the United States. And it’s not at all dissimilar form what a lot of budding consultants think they are going to do when either joining a services organization, or starting their own business. I have been fortunate in […]

May 6, 2015 · antipaucity · 4 Comments
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what level of abstraction is appropriate?

Every day we all work at multiple levels of abstraction. Perhaps this XKCD comic sums it up best: But unless you’re weird and think about these kinds of things (like I do), you probably just run through your life happily interacting at whatever level seems most appropriate at the time. Most drivers, for example, don’t […]

May 5, 2015 · antipaucity · No Comments
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owncloud vs pydio – more diy cloud storage

Last week I wrote a how-to on using Pydio as a front-end to a MooseFS distributed data storage cluster. The big complaint I had while writing that was that I wanted to use ownCloud, but it doesn’t Just Work™ on CentOS 6*. After finishing the tutorial, I decided to do some more digging – because […]

April 30, 2015 · antipaucity · One Comment
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jump start your brain by doug hall

I’m happy I didn’t pay for this copy of Jump Start Your Brain. I’m saddened someone else did in order to give it to me. The core of Doug Hall’s creative self-help book from 1996 is decent: get outside yourself, remember what it’s like to be a kid, have fun, don’t take yourself too seriously, and […]

April 29, 2015 · antipaucity · No Comments
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charge for carry-on luggage

Airlines over the past several years have begun charging for all kinds of things that used to be “free” (they weren’t ever “free”, they just hid the cost in your ticket price). One of the worst offenders to this list of fees, though, is the inane charge for your first checked bag whereas carry-on baggage […]

November 20, 2014 · antipaucity · 2 Comments
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apps on the network

{This started as a Disqus reply to Eric’s post. Then I realized blog comments shouldn’t be longer than the original post } The app-on-network concept is fascinating: and one I think I’ve thought about previously, too. Hypothetically, all “social networks” should have the same connections: yet there’s dozens upon dozens (I use at least 4 […]

July 14, 2014 · antipaucity · 3 Comments
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what to automate

I have been in the world of automation for quite a while. Specifically in the realms of server, datacenter, and cloud automation – but I’ve been interested and/or involved in other tasks that tend towards automation (even for a short period of time) for far longer than just my post-college time in the world of […]

May 6, 2014 · antipaucity · No Comments
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first experiment follow-up

I’ve been attempting a “reactive”/”consumptive” reading experiment recently. The first book I tried it on was the Henry Petroski’s horrid To Engineer is Human (my review). That turned into a failure as I couldn’t stomach his writing, and so “reacting” to it was going to pretty much be an exercise in futility. So I’ve ditched […]

May 3, 2014 · antipaucity · 4 Comments
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