Meh, guess it’s time for some spring cleaning.

Figure the time change was enough to get me up off’a my ass and do some spring cleaning around here.

You’ll probably notice that the SSL is back. I also went ahead and updated my OS. So, yah. Fun fun times.

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Well… Oddly enough.

I got accepted into the Udacity AWS Machine Learning Scholarship program. Here’s the badge that they sent out, for anyone that’s interested.

Still trying to figure out if it’s a scam to get more money out of me, or if they didn’t have enough people sign up, or what. I know that machine learning uses hella amounts of math. I sucked at math, and barely got past algebra.

I even said that they probably shouldn’t even consider me, in my application. Hmmm. Oh well, here’s to hope that it won’t be that difficult.

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This is a video I made about a year ago.

Amazing how all the cops around the country can crack skulls. As soon as it’s white people (*cough*DC riots*cough*), they’re scared little rabbits.

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Mr. Jones

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Welp, I’ve finally done it.

I’ve put in SSL.

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Stop whispering. Stop Shouting.

I think this is an extremely strong viewpoint. Not only for my generation, which is GenX, but for younger generations as well.

As Camus said,
“Don’t walk behind me, I may not lead.
Don’t walk in front of me, I may not follow.
Just walk beside me and be my friend.”

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I’ve just finished off deleting all the crap that bots have been putting on my site. Fucking stool softeners, cialis, and viagra.

I tried to have an open and honest communication with you. But, I suppose it’s just like that one girl said in The Social Dilemma. The internet is one big shopping mall.

Thanks, millennials.

Keep on protecting those IP’s which don’t make you any money. It’s a noble fight you’re fighting. And plus, it’s not like we were raping away all of their profits. I’m sorry, but it just doesn’t work that way. It’s not binary. In fact, I doubt that we were taking away 5% of their profits.

I doubt, very highly, that we were taking away 1% of their profits. But no, not you white knights. Any profit taken from a faceless, soulless corporation and that has you taken all aback.

It’s like we haven’t learned anything from the ’40’s. Great Depression? Never happened. Two world wars? Pfft, child’s play. World War II? We won it. (Actually, it was Russia that won the Eastern Theater) And it’s like none of you realize that we sent some of the greatest minds, not only of our country, but of our time, over to those countries to help them rebuild.

And look at those countries now? Germany? Free health care, and a fuckload more mandatory vacation days than we get. Japan, same thing. South Korea, same thing. Canada, and yeh, I’m including you Canadians in this. Canadians have loved our military because it has meant that they don’t have to build one of their own, at least one of consequence.

That’s one thing that pisses me off about Jordan Peterson. He keeps on speaking about “our military”. Ummm, hi? Either emigrate to our country or don’t. But stop saying “our military” and then start singing “Oh, Canada!” when the national anthem comes on. Either pay your 55% directly into the military coffers, otherwise GTFO.

I dunno, I’m probably just rambling, to be rambling. But it felt good to get it off my chest.

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TinyDB to the rescue!

I’ve been dreading doing something about my database knowledge, especially when it comes to Python. MySQL, mongo, SQLite, etc. It all just seemed so over the top, and heavy handed to me. Yah, great… So, I’m gonna be using a database that Fortune 500 companies are using? Yah, great. That’ll turn out well.

That’s until I heard about TinyDB. What it does is it uses the same base principles as some of the others, without all the overhead. In other words, you don’t want any ACID (in other words, what enterprise does) testing, but yet you still want to learn about database management? TinyDB is here for you. You don’t want to learn about multiple people trying to leach off your data? TinyDB is here for you. You want to learn and search databases? TinyDB is here for you.

Of course, if you need to have any of those things, then TinyDB falls apart. But as of right now, I’m actually having fun learning about databases, and most importantly, I’m doing searches in a database environment.

I’ve had to set up some of the bigger cousins of TinyDB to even get this website started, and let me tell you, it wasn’t fun. Just getting the initial password to reset was a major PITA. Hell, setting up SSH keys (and logging in) was much easier than this.

Some of you may call TinyDB the little database “that thought it could“. In many ways, you’re absolutely right. Hell, give it the moniker of My Little Starter DataBase. I don’t honestly give a shit. I’m learning, and that’s what matters.

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George Orwell’s six rules for writing

I am of the belief that George Orwell made me write more efficiently and succinctly. That’s not to say that there haven’t been other great writers, there have. But, I’ve always felt a connection to Orwell. Dunno why, either. Of course, I guess that’s the main point of a great writer. Get you on their side, and explain to you their point of view.

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Coding and Ego

Very interesting article. Pretty basically it says that you should remove the ego from yourself and try and stay a beginner. The article has more than that in it, just trying to give you a one sentence description.

It’s definitely something I have, and will, continue to struggle with.

I know now that, “Pros are just amateurs who know how to gracefully recover from their mistakes.” ― Kevin Kelly

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