PAPER

Paper is a wondrous, magical, and sometimes dangerous medium. Folded by the hands of a master, life itself may flow from the transformed sheet. But remember, "Honi soi qui mal y pense." Evil be to him who evil thinks. You can get PAPER in epub or mobi format from your favourite eBook retailer for $1.29 at Kobo or Amazon. Just follow yon friendly links. Get your copy in DRM-free epub format from Kobo here. You can pick up a DRM-free mobi format from Amazon here. Alternatively, you can buy it directly from here, right here, and get both the epub and …

DEBT

If the sons must bear the sins of the father, must also the grandsons, and great-grandsons? How many generations must pass before the debt is paid? You can get DEBT in epub or mobi format from your favourite eBook retailer for $1.29 at Kobo or Amazon. Just follow yon friendly links. Get your copy in DRM-free epub format from Kobo here. You can pick up a DRM-free mobi format from Amazon here. Alternatively, you can buy it directly from me, right here, and get both the epub and mobi versions.

Super Spectacular Day!

Way back, a long time ago, when dinosaurs still roamed the Earth, in the late 1970s to early 1980s, I subscribed to a particular cerebral publication called "MAD Magazine". I also read Naional Lampoon and Heavy Metal magazines, but this post is about MAD. MAD Magazine included many diversions to train the young mind in the ways of advanced logic and reasoning. The highlight of this was a complex fold-out at the back of the magazine that demanded accurate folds and excrutiating attention to detail. The reward was a hidden glimmer of truth, laid bare to those who could master …

Nigerian Skype Spam

Cool! I just received your classic Nigerian scam message, this one purportedly  Mr.David MENSAH (not sure why he capitalizes his name), a banker from Ghana, so maybe it's a Ghanaese scam. Anyhow, he is purportedly taking care of the estate of the departed M. Daniel GAGNE (what's with the fargin capitalization?) who wants to make sure that I take care of US $ 18,400,000.00 American dollars. Yeah, baby! Bring it on! I'm going to be RICH! See I can play this capital letter game too, icehole! What's cool about this particular scam email is that it came via Skype! My …

I am vi, the great and powerful . . .

The Linux world is home to some unusual controversy. None is greater than the phylosophical battles regarding text editors. Some will tell you emacs is the best, while others will argue for vi as the supreme editor. I happen to like vi though I will tell you about emacs in a later article. The vi editor holds an almost mythical place in tech lore, with jokes like "vivivi, the editor of the beast" (think Roman numerals). You can almost hear this fearsome voice echoing eerily across the walls of your office or home; "I am vi, the Great and Powerful!"  Yes, …