What's on TV (May 1, 2021)
For All Mankind Season Two. This season had a lot of slow moments, and more of Karen than I really wanted but holy
shit did those final two episodes deliver. If you've bought an Apple product in the last couple of years, you get this
for free, so you might as well watch it!
Babylon 5 Season Three. I'd never seen any B5 and
$SPOUSE and I decided to watch it over lockdown. It's pretty fun seeing
how much DS9 stole from this show. My main complaint is that I don't really care about any of …
On the Decline of Zipcar
I haven't owned a car in twelve years. Since I moved to San Francisco, I've exclusively relied on
public transit, taxis/Uber, and the occasional rental car to get me where I'm going when I need to
go somewhere. In general, this has worked well for me — I can get where I need to go, and most of the
time I'm not emitting 300g of CO2 per person-mile the way an individual car does. On the rare
occasions that I need to drive somewhere by myself (often to the vet, since rabbits
really aren't good at public transit), my …
The underlying principal of free-market economics is that individual
actors will, in the aggregate, make optimal choices. Why should we
believe this to be true?
I've been playing with The Gimp a bit recently, using edge-detection,
colorization, and some other filters on some of my photos to make
vaguely-abstract desktop backgrounds. I think it's worked pretty well,
so I'm posting a few of the things I made here. Well, more specifically,
over at Flickr].
Let me know what you think.
So, I working on my algs problem set just now; which is to say, I was
browsing the web and trying very hard not to think about amortized
runtime analysis. Anyhow, I found this awesome webcomic called
minus. I know, I know, I'm years behind the curve, and it's a
little… odd. But it has a persistently beautiful surrealism to it.
Anyhow, you all should go read it. And, of course, all of the other
webcomics I read are listed under "Links" above.