Blog Repost from June 19th, 2005

I’ve started and stopped a blog many times over the past 15+ years. I found an old trove of posts in a backup from 2004-2006. This is one of them recounting my last minute decision to fly to Malaga, Spain for a salsa congress.

Malaga Salsa - June 19th, 2005

Made a last minute decision to go to a salsa congress in Spain over the weekend. Took an EasyJet flight from Gatwick to Malaga to surprise some friends from Madrid–was great to see and dance with them all again.

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Average User Syndrome

Modern computing was kicked off through the embodied positions of many mathematicians, scientists, engineers, and designers. However, it now progresses through an iterative process by established software and hardware manufacturers, with each generation of a computing device inspired by what I have come to call average user syndrome.

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Progression Though Various Smartphones Revisited

With everything that has transpired in the smartphone world, now was a good time to revisit this post from August, 2014. This was originally posted to Google+, which I no longer frequent:

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Framework for Ethical Computing

Many frameworks, declarations, regulations, and consumer bills of rights have been put forth to help prepare and adapt society to the digital information age. Many of these have targeted privacy, security, and trust. Very few have addressed the wide gamut of ethical computing values directly. My draft proposal for an ethical computing framework is as follows:

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Goodbye, JavaScript

Why have JavaScript embedded in a web page for a simple blog? Not having it makes one less thing to maintain. I am down to one external dependency embedded in this site: Bootstrap. The site isn't backed by any database and there is no server-side processing of templates or code--just plain old HTML pre-compiled using Jekyll.

I still use JavaScript for other projects--some on the server but mostly in the browser. I go through cycles of building things up, and then simplifying by taking things away until I have what I like in the end.

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Only the free-wheeling artist-explorer

"Only the free-wheeling artist-explorer, nonacademic, scientist-philosopher, mechanic, economist-poet who has never waited for patron-starting and accrediting of his coordinate capabilities holds the prime initiative today. If man is to continue as a successful pattern-complex function in universal evolution, it will be because the next decades will have witnessed the artist-scientist’s spontaneous seizure of the prime design responsibility and his successful conversion of the total capability of tool-augmented man from killingry to advanced livingry—adequate for all humanity." -- R. Buckminster Fuller

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