I like lots of stuff

And I'm gonna put links to it.

Go to school abroad


Tell that kid you know about UWC, especially if they're 16 years old, talented, and will probably become a leader in their community or a CEO of some sorts. They'll get a really good education, make lots of friends, and later when they grow up they hopefully won't think their country needs a taller wall built around it, or that they've made it where they are all by themselves.

Internet is beautiful

Personal pages and blogs

Imagine the Internet based around content created on a voluntary basis: the equivalent of a social network would be people's personal sites linking to stuff they want others to see. Everyone would, apart from a place for themselves, have a place for their favourite friends and strangers. What if I told you that you can go there.

Noteable bloggers I've met

Carl Baatz

I wanted to work for the guy when I tried to become a Haskell programmer. He came to Oxford's job fair and advertised his startup, just at a bare desk with plain printouts. I got to an interview- with, incidentally, this guy - didn't do quite well enough, was given an option to contact them in half a year if I learn some more, but something else happened. Carl has really good thoughts, the blog is prescriptive in nature - I think you should live your life like this - and original. Go read the one where he explains why an out of place object, like a cottage in a like, is bad art.

Zhigang, a bioinformatician by day web developer by night

I work with Zhigang and I was googling his paper. It turns out he likes web development as a hobby, sometimes wants to do it in his spare time, and has a fun personal page.

Stijn, a nice guy and really good at Go

His page is at a level of idiosyncrasy that I can only aspire to.

Some internet guys

Moxie Marlinspike

My favourite anarchist, sailor, cryptographer, and the creator of Signal

Everything Shii knows

I don't know who Shii is, but they decided to make a wiki page about every interest and piece of knowledge of theirs, presumably because they want others to know it too. Very decentralised in spirit, much like Internet should be.

Command line utilities

You don't really need to code to use these, you just have to like reading text instead of looking at pictures. Protip, if you don't know how something works, then just run it, or run it with a flag -h or --help, there's a tradition that creators of such tools follow to make their tools print usage instructions when ran like that.


Command line youtube client Excellent, because the search results are clear and nice, there's a history of stuff I listened to, no recommendations, and no ads. Everything else works: videos play if you want to, summaries of search results can be accessed, probably comments too but I wasn't really missing them so I haven't verified.


There is a command line client, but it's limited to what an app accessing your facebook can do (actually when logging in you create your own app and give it permissions to your account). Has lists of all photos, friends, and events in your calendar (so you could maybe export them to a different calendar) but doesn't let you do much. If you want bulk access to your Facebook data, they let you download it, then you can pack it up in a folder, delete the whole thing, and come back to your data when you get nostalgic about our society's "Everyone's on Facebook" days.


Lets you record stuff you do on command line. "Start", "stop", then you can watch a replay.


The criminal-catching robot

Source Once upon a time, a man with a dirty lab coat and long, uncombed hair showed up at the town police station, demanding to see the chief of police. "I've done it!" he exclaimed. "I've built the perfect criminal-catching robot!"

The police chief was skeptical, but decided that it might be worth the time to see what the man had invented. Also, he secretly thought, it might be a somewhat unwise move to completely alienate the mad scientist and his army of hunter robots.

So, the man explained to the police chief how his invention could tell the difference between a criminal and law-abiding citizen using a series of heuristics. "It's especially good at spotting recently escaped prisoners!" he said. "Guaranteed non-lethal restraints!"

Frowning and increasingly skeptical, the police chief nevertheless allowed the man to demonstrate one robot for a week. They decided that the robot should patrol around the jail. Sure enough, there was a jailbreak a few days later, and an inmate digging up through the ground outside of the prison facility was grabbed by the robot and carried back inside the prison.

The surprised police chief allowed the robot to patrol a wider area. The next day, the chief received an angry call from the zookeeper. It seems the robot had cut through the bars of one of the animal cages, grabbed the animal, and delivered it to the prison.

The chief confronted the robot's inventor, who asked what animal it was. "A zebra," replied the police chief. The man slapped his head and exclaimed, "Curses! It was fooled by the black and white stripes! I shall have to recalibrate!" And so the man set about rewriting the robot's code. Black and white stripes would indicate an escaped inmate UNLESS the inmate had more than two legs. Then it should be left alone.

The robot was redeployed with the updated code, and seemed to be operating well enough for a few days. Then on Saturday, a mob of children in soccer clothing, followed by their parents, descended on the police station. After the chaos subsided, the chief was told that the robot had absconded with the referee right in the middle of a soccer game.

Scowling, the chief reported this to the scientist, who performed a second calibration. Black and white stripes would indicate an escaped inmate UNLESS the inmate had more than two legs OR had a whistle on a necklace.

Despite the second calibration, the police chief declared that the robot would no longer be allowed to operate in his town. However, the news of the robot had spread, and requests from many larger cities were pouring in. The inventor made dozens more robots, and shipped them off to eager police stations around the nation. Every time a robot grabbed something that wasn't an escaped inmate, the scientist was consulted, and the robot was recalibrated.

Unfortunately, the inventor was just one man, and he didn't have the time or the resources to recalibrate EVERY robot whenever one of them went awry. The robot in Shangri-La was recalibrated not to grab a grave-digger working on a cold winter night while wearing a ski mask, and the robot in Xanadu was recalibrated not to capture a black and white television set that showed a movie about a prison break, and so on. But the robot in Xanadu would still grab grave-diggers with ski masks (which it turns out was not common due to Xanadu's warmer climate), and the robot in Shangri-La was still a menace to old televisions (of which there were very few, the people of Shangri-La being on the average more wealthy than those of Xanadu).

So, after a few years, there were different revisions of the criminal-catching robot in most of the major cities. In some places, a clever criminal could avoid capture by wearing a whistle on a string around the neck. In others, one would be well-advised not to wear orange clothing in certain rural areas, no matter how close to the Harvest Festival it was, unless one also wore the traditional black triangular eye-paint of the Pumpkin King.

Many people thought, "This is lunacy!" But others thought the robots did more good than harm, all things considered, and so in some places the robots are used, while in other places they are shunned.