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the world is ending, and nobody noticed

Some sales manager for an LLC knocked me off the top Google hit for my legal name. As such, I figure I should link to me. If you also link to me, I would be pleased. Spread my online resume linkage to the world at large so that I will gain increased Google fame and millions of job offers with six- and seven-figure salaries.

I am Chad Perrin. Thanks for your time.
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Simulation Of Brilliance

I've got an entry at SOB about two things related to software development that I'd like to bring to the attention of some of my LJ readership:
  1. users as programmers

  2. web browser development spec


(note: all of the following links lead to the same page)

users as programmers is actually the title of the entry. I address the matter of the value of having your target end user population as your software developers, for purposes of producing quality software. I think it's a reasonably interesting discussion of the topic.

web browser development spec: I also brought up the idea of developing a new web browser built on the Gecko rendering engine. While I still use Firefox, I think the Firefox dev team has seriously lost the plot, and I would like to have a browser that actually delivers on the promises Firefox (or, actually, Phoenix originally, then Firebird) made. After quite a bit of hunting around and punishing myself by experimenting with other browsers that suck, I've come to the conclusion that to get such a browser, I'd have to develop it myself (with others, of course). I'm hoping any of you with some interest in the subject of a Better Browser will surf over to that entry and have a look at the initial proposed specification as it evolves. Input, from non-techies as well as programmers, is quite welcome. What do you want in a browser? Let me (us) know.

While I'm at it, I'm also considering the possibility of an easier to use, more sanely implemented encryption scheme for secure and private web browsing than SSL. Ideas on that are solicited.
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I've never done one of these before.

I sorta ganked this from mata_hari_, but modified it slightly to suit my purposes (the number five just seemed a better fit than four).

FIVE JOBS YOU'VE HAD IN YOUR LIFE:

  1. Comic Book Shop Cashier

  2. US Army Airborne Infantry

  3. Fencing Instructor at Renaissance Faire

  4. Datacenter Technician for the Wikimedia Foundation

  5. Professional Writer



FIVE MOVIES YOU COULD (AND DO!) WATCH OVER AND OVER:

  1. Bladerunner

  2. Duel on Genryu Island

  3. Equilibrium

  4. Grosse Pointe Blank

  5. To Have And Have Not



FIVE CITIES YOU'VE LIVED IN:

  1. Kahului, Maui, HI

  2. Rivercide, CA

  3. Vicenza, Italy

  4. Tampa, FL

  5. Fort Collins, CO



FIVE TV SHOWS YOU LOVE TO WATCH:

  1. Battlestar Galactica

  2. Stargate SG-1

  3. Profit

  4. Firefly

  5. Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Project



FIVE PLACES YOU'VE BEEN ON VACATION:

  1. Firenze, Italia

  2. London, England

  3. Muenchen, Deutschland

  4. San Juan, Puerto Rico

  5. Glamis, CA, USA



FIVE WEBSITES YOU VISIT DAILY (besides LJ):

  1. SOB

  2. PerlMonks

  3. TechRepublic

  4. Wikinews

  5. either Paul Graham or ESR



FIVE OF YOUR FAVORITE FOODS:

  1. Buffalo Stirrup Steak

  2. Gnocchi con Crema

  3. Pancakes at Mollywhop

  4. Strawberry Waffles at Norm's

  5. Teriyaki Chicken and Rice



FIVE PLACES YOU'D RATHER BE RIGHT NOW:

  1. With Friends I Miss (though I'd rather they come here than me go there — this place rules)

  2. Libertopia

  3. Mars (Planetforge version)

  4. Mars (Messiah version)

  5. Right Here, but With More Money

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holy crap

The expisode of X Files in which I was an extra is on TV! It just started on TNT. (Mountain Standard Time)

The title of the episode is "The Unnatural", and I have a copy of the script signed by David Duchovny (who wrote and directed the episode). I remember his wife was thoroughly pregnant and impatient for him to leave while he was signing autographs that night.
  • Current Music
    X Files (The Unnatural)
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Seriously Overbearing Blog

As some of you are already aware, I have a weblog I call SOB, which I have been known to describe as "recursive extropian linguistic therapy" or, in layman's terms, "talking to myself for purposes of improving things" (or something like that). I've decided to create a subdomain redirect to it, so in about 24-48 hours (once it's propagated through Internet DNS) you'll be able to reach it at http://sob.apotheon.org as well as http://apotheon.org/sob (not a huge difference, but it looks nicer). The old /sob URL (as opposed to the new sob. URL) will still work, however — never fear for your old links.

As for the weblog itself, I've been doing some writing there. Today, I added a just-completed bit about the effects of corporate law on individual liberty. If you find that too politicized for you, though, feel free to stick your fingers in your ears and repeat the word puppy over and over again to block out the bad thoughts. Cuteness shall overcome.
  • Current Music
    X Files
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yes, finally, the truth comes out

In an episode of Family Guy, Peter Griffin commented on TV censorship by the FCC. He said (and I'm paraphrasing here) "What the hell? They let Sarah Jessica Parker on TV, and she has a face like a foot!"

It's nice to finally hear someone else say what I've thought for years.
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trackback

Hey, Ratha, I linked to you. I just thought you might wanna know. It's in reference to that discussion we had way back when we met and you questioned the validity of arguments in favor of intellectual property law. Yea, verily, you've had a profound effect on my opinions on some matters.

Hopefully this new entry will influence my Google ads to stop showing a bunch of evangelical Christian marketing materials that nobody visiting SOB is likely to buy.
  • Current Music
    Tool - Sober
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a gun under the pillow

The words "sleeps with a gun under his pillow" are sort of a common indictment of someone's sanity. If someone says "He sleeps with a gun under his pillow," what that person is really saying is "He's a paranoid nutcase."

What's crazy about it, exactly? I'm not disputing it (yet — I haven't formed an opinion of the actual practice of sleeping with a gun under the pillow). I'm just curious about it.

I, personally, wouldn't sleep with a gun under my pillow on a regular basis, if for no other reason than the simple fact that it would probably cause me to wake up with a sore ear and a stiff neck in the morning. I'm not sure that I see any "craziness" in the idea to a degree that justifies the colloquial meaning of the term, though. Maybe I just haven't thought about it enough.
  • Current Music
    Placebo - 20th Century Boy
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Hey, Anatol . . .

Hey, Anatol, I tried responding to your email about information regarding database administration, et cetera. The first email I sent bounced. I expect the second will do the same. Just so's ya know, I didn't ignore or forget about you.