How many chess games are possible?

July 30, 2015
How many chess games are possible?

Squarespace (10% off): http://squarespace.com/numberphile Dr James Grime talking about the Shannon N

"Feel like a character in a William Gibson book because you're using a $10 Chinese logic analyzer"

July 29, 2015
"Feel like a character in a William Gibson book because you're using a $10 Chinese logic analyzer"

"Feel like a character in a William Gibson book because you're using a $10 Chinese logic analyzer"

Zachtronics not only makes great games like TIS-100 they also work up the methods for turning older tech into something wonderful. Firmly placed on the pile of Some Day. 

When we moved into our current office over two years ago I found an old electronic typewriter and immediately claimed it so that I could hack it to do something fun. I then proceeded to literally leave it in a corner, largely because I kept forgetting to bring the right sized Torx bit to our …

As told to me by many, I am truly full of hot air.

July 24, 2015
As told to me by many, I am truly full of hot air.

As told to me by many, I am truly full of hot air.

Despite society’s obsession with weight loss, a study has revealed that, surprisingly, most health professionals don’t actually know what happens to fat when we “lose it”. The research conducted by a team at UNSW Science in Sydney calculated…

How Things Really Work

July 12, 2015
How Things Really Work

How Things Really Work

Bunnie H is amazing. Maker of the Chumby, an open source laptop and a score of other gadgets he is able to pick apart the ways things are put together and explain the real world sausage making in a manner  that never talks down and always educates. This article is a must read for anyone with a device in their pocket.

How phones are becoming modular, upgradable — and open-source

The Forrest

July 11, 2015
The Forrest

The Forrest

Still holds up today as the foundation book it has always been. Wave it around like your own little red book….Mims Mims Mims

Forrest Mims Engineer’s Mini Notebook Formulas Tables Basic Circuits (Radio Shack Electronics)

Keeping A Linux Kosher House with Gamers.

July 10, 2015
Keeping A Linux Kosher House with Gamers.

Keeping A Linux Kosher House with Gamers.

This is one take on how to keep your home net free of  boxes that die every third day and  are the time sink of upkeep but still be able to play games that are not ported to Linux or run well under Wine. This fella set up a windows game box remotely on Amazon's EC2 cloud, With Steam able to stream games between clients this makes a lot of sense.

Datait

July 9, 2015
Datait

Datait

Years of Reddit comment data …bam. 

(Here is the original Reddit comment announcing this collection of data and what the processes were.) This is an archive of Reddit comments from October of…

Declaration Updated

July 5, 2015

Declaration Updated

" You are an old man who thinks in terms of nations and peoples. There are no nations. There are no peoples. There are no Russians. There are no Arabs. There are no Third Worlds. There is no West. There is only one holistic system of systems. One vast and immane, interwoven, interacting, multi-varied, multi-national dominion of dollars. Petro-dollars, electro-dollars, multi-dollars, reichmarks, rands, rubles, pounds and shekels.

It is the international system of currency which determines the totality of life on this planet. That is the natural order of things today. That is the atomic, and sub-atomic and galactic structure of things today."
Sidney Aaron Chayefsky

Readit Myself

July 4, 2015

Readit Myself

Are we now ready to get federated/distributed forums going ….again.
We are of an age and experience such that these sorts of issues should be far back in our rear veiw mirror.
Instead most folks trade button bevel for communication. All dressed up and unable to go go go and mostly unaware. feh.

Providence

July 2, 2015

Providence

Hivemind Question Time. My Verizon contract will soon be dead and the options on my radar so far are Ting,Projectfi, Rebuplic and Blackphone. They each have pros and cons.

Thoughts, additions, comments?

900 Mhz Missing Link

July 2, 2015
900 Mhz Missing Link

900 Mhz Missing Link

(grab your old scanners )

It’s designed to use a radio connection to add a physical layer of obfuscation to an internet user’s location.

Fishy Codes: Bletchley’s Other Secret – Computerphile

July 1, 2015
Fishy Codes: Bletchley’s Other Secret – Computerphile

Hitler’s High Command didn’t use Enigma, they used a faster system called Lorenz, but when Allied fo

Another Historically Black Church in South Carolina Burns – NBC News

July 1, 2015
Another Historically Black Church in South Carolina Burns – NBC News

Another black church in South Carolina went up in flames Tuesday night — 20 years after it was burned down by the KKK.

A Walk Around Chernobyl

June 29, 2015
A Walk Around Chernobyl

This is what a nuclear disaster area looks like. Check out Audible: http://bit.ly/AudibleVe Broadcas

He She or It Cocktails…..

June 25, 2015
He She or It Cocktails…..

He She or It Cocktails…..

I regularly meet up with speaking partners who help me learn their languages in exchange for my helping them learn English. Even though they usually speak much better English already than I speak Korean, Spanish, Japanese, or what have you, I often feel like I’ve got the heavier end of the job.

John Lydon: ‘Russell Brand’s revolution is idiotic’

June 21, 2015
John Lydon: ‘Russell Brand’s revolution is idiotic’

Former Sex Pistol John Lydon, aka Johnny Rotten, tells Polly Toynbee that comedian Russell Brand’s c

Byzantine Empire: Justinian and Theodora I – From Swineherd to Emperor

June 20, 2015
Byzantine Empire: Justinian and Theodora I – From Swineherd to Emperor

Byzantine Empire: Justinian and Theodora I – From Swineherd to Emperor

Support us on Patreon! http://bit.ly/EHPatreon Watch the Justinian and Theodora series! http://bit.l

Letter From a Freedman to His Old Master

June 20, 2015

Letter From a Freedman to His Old Master

"We trust the good Maker has opened your eyes to the wrongs which you and your fathers have done to me and my fathers, in making us toil for you for generations without recompense. Here I draw my wages every Saturday night; but in Tennessee there was never any pay-day for the negroes any more than for the horses and cows. Surely there will be a day of reckoning for those who defraud the laborer of his hire.

Say howdy to George Carter, and thank him for taking the pistol from you when you were shooting at me."

Jourdon Anderson. 1865


OPENING I am A Man of Letters. I’ve been reading lately, and I have found some words I would like to share. Today, “Letter From a Freedman to His Old Master” by Jourdon Anderson. Anderson was born in 1825 and died in 1907. He was a former slave. “Letter From a Freedman to His Old Master” was …

Editorial cartoon: Charleston shooting – Opinion – The Boston Globe

June 19, 2015
Editorial cartoon: Charleston shooting – Opinion – The Boston Globe

Kids first node. Now to see how he handles the Greeners wrexing it.

June 17, 2015

Kids first node. Now to see how he handles the Greeners wrexing it. 

The world around you is not what it seems. Our future is at stake and you must choose a side. Join my faction in Ingress – a global game of mystery, intrigue and conquest.

100+ Years of Communication

June 17, 2015
100+ Years of Communication

100+ Years of Communication

We found this while Ingresing…if your in the area go experience. http://www.lakewood.org/Heritagecenter/

Why the UK Election Results are the Worst in History.

June 16, 2015
Why the UK Election Results are the Worst in History.

Discuss this video: http://www.reddit.com/r/CGPGrey/comments/3a23po/why_the_uk_election_results_are_

Which Came First – Flowers or Bees?

June 15, 2015
Which Came First – Flowers or Bees?

Stop and smell the flowers… and watch this video Subscribe: http://bit.ly/iotbs_sub Twitter: @jtot