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Book Report: The Intel Trinity

It's a biography of Robert Noyce, Andy Grove, Gordon Moore, and the early days of Intel.

Though Moore's Law (chip processing power you get from a chip per size per cost doubles every ~18mos.) comes off as an invevitable rule. But that's not how the Intel folks saw it. They saw it as a commitment: chips would get better at that rate, and it was up to Intel to make it happen. Later, when Intel was the local "800 pound gorilla", they could kinda force it to happen: when they set a chip's price, that was the price by golly.

I was reading this back during the Nov 2016 Presidential election. Andy Grove survived the holocaust in Europe, but had a horrible time along the way; it was grim reading while American neo-Nazis cheered their candidate to victory.

Remember back when my website got zapped for a few weeks? The good news is that it was mostly backed up. The bad news is that my draft blog posts weren't backed up. Maybe I had a wordier book report prepped? Anyhow, now it's months since I read this book and I don't remember so much. Sorry!

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2017-02-21T16:10:33.820549

Game: Troubador Tour Board

I made a phone game: Troubador Tour Board. You play it by walking around with your phone, occasionally pressing a button. Nowadays, that's not so unusual for a game. This game's unusual in that you don't press a button very often; mostly, you leave your phone in your pocket for minutes at a time as you walk around. I learned some things in programming this game. I've already had a chance to use what I learned on an art project. Plus, it was an excuse to walk most of the way around the bay again back in October.

Besides myself, I never actually heard folks complaining about Pokémon Go, "this game is nice but I spend too much time fiddling with the game instead of walking around." So I guess this here Troubador Tour Board isn't going to take over the world any time soon. But for programming exercise and leg exercise, it turned out pretty well!

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2017-02-19T18:36:41.609550

Book Report: Internal Medicine

It's a book about learning to be a doctor. All I remember now is that he works at an asylum with folks who want to self-harm. They found some horribly creative ways to carry out that self-harm which I won't repeat here. I wouldn't mind forgetting those, really.

Remember back when my website got zapped for a few weeks? The good news is that it was mostly backed up. The bad news is that my draft blog posts weren't backed up. Maybe I had a wordier book report prepped? Anyhow, now it's months since I read this book and I don't remember so much. And the part that I do remember was pretty horrifying. Sorry!

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2017-02-12T17:45:19.846740

Link: Obama's Lost Army

After Obama was elected, some of his campaign folks wanted to set up tools and organization to foster grassroots civic participation. The DNC saw this as competition and shut it down. If you wonder why I want Keith Ellison to be the new head of the DNC…

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2017-02-09T19:26:35.735329

Book Report: SevenEves

It's science fiction with some marvels of engineering. The story follows the destruction of life on earth and what comes afterwards (which is more than what you'd think after the destruction of life on earth). It's a multi-generational epic, touching on a few "historic" points in the timeline. There are marvels of engineering. There are awful people (the reason we can't have nice things).

Remember back when my website got zapped for a few weeks? The good news is that it was mostly backed up. The bad news is that my draft blog posts weren't backed up. Maybe I had a wordier book report prepped? Anyhow, now it's months since I read this book and I don't remember so much. Sorry!

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2017-02-04T15:59:30.747475

USA congress-callers, bills to support/oppose

Some more bills you might be for/against to keep in mind when you call your senators/reps for things which you already heard about on 5 Calls or One Thing You Can Do or wherever:

If you're on Twitter, @editoremilye, Emily Ellsworth is pretty interesting. She used to be a Congressional staffer who took calls. She has informed advice on how to call effectively.

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2017-02-03T17:04:22.934828

USA congress-callers, interesting bills

If you're already calling your US senators and/or representatives, maybe nudge them to support: These bills say that the President can't do a nuclear first strike on a nation that Congress hasn't declared war on. If our president gets cranky while on the phone with some other nation's leader, checks and balances could help.

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2017-02-02T23:04:56.241712

USA congress-callers, you have other sites

If 5 Calls isn't working for you today, here's a similar site: The 65. It doesn't conveniently show you your senator/rep's phone # on the same screen as info about the issue… but you can find those phone numbers; I believe in you. Heck, they might be in your phone's call history by now.

I bet 5 Calls will be working again soon, though. Computer nerds looking at the problem think "oh, that's work-aroundable".

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2017-01-27T15:05:05.238610

CA congress-callers, you have 2 senators

I love reading tweets&posts from my friends calling their congress critters. The 5 Calls web site is pretty excellent for keeping track of issues to call about; and I see a lot of folks are using it. Hmm, it only seems to know about one CA senator, tho: Feinstein. I see a lot of CA folks frustrated because Senator Feinstein's lines are busy and her voice mailboxes are full.

Californians, you have another another Senator: Kamala Harris. She has contact info at her website, but I'll copy-paste it here: Washington DC office 1-(202) 224-3553, Sacramento office (916) 448 - 2787. When I called WDC just now, I couldn't speak to a human… but at least the voicemail wasn't full, hurrah. I could leave a message. Maybe you can, too.

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2017-01-26T17:58:56.191076

Question for folks who say "Don't punch Richard Spencer": Suppose I see Richard Spencer on the street giving an interview or whatever. What should I do instead? I concede that punching him probably wasn't ideal; but I doubt I would have thought of a better idea in the moment. So… What should one do?

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2017-01-23T03:51:33.786462

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