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A half-finished essay about ‘Ex Machina’

First of all: nothing in Ex Machina resembles a Turing test. Here’s how a Turing test works: There are three participants: Human A, Human B, and an AI. Human A interacts with Human B for a while and the AI … Continue reading

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Keystone, Horizon, and multi-factor auth (part 2/2: Horizon)

Now that Keystone accepts and checks auth requests with user/password/otp, we have to get all three from the user and get them properly packed into Horizon’s login request. Taking advantage of Horizon being backwards-compatibility, I upgraded our Horizon install to … Continue reading

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Keystone, Horizon, and multi-factor auth (part 1/2: Keystone)

Fair warning: This post documents a recent work project — it contains neither lush landscape photos nor close-ups of underwater creatures. — For a couple of years now the Wikimedia Labs team has had ambitions to deprecate our homemade OpenStack … Continue reading

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Why I am still here

Practically everything we do, from eating an ice to crossing the Atlantic, and from baking a loaf to writing a novel, involves the use of coal, directly or indirectly. For all the arts of peace coal is needed; if war … Continue reading

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California Carnivores

We finally made it to California Carnovores in Sebastopol today, and it was much bigger and better than I expected. It also turns out that sundews are incredibly photogenic. The guys who run this place are very serious about their … Continue reading

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Neutrality 2015

(what follows is an email I just sent to my tenants. In theory I should send this every year; in practice I forget to email most years, but at least I typically remember to buy the offsets.) Hello! This is … Continue reading

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Ghost

Some days you just want to sit on a beach and shoot video of ghost crabs. For roughly my whole life I’ve wondered why white-sand beaches only have white crabs and black-sand beaches only have black crabs. I figured that … Continue reading

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El Yunque

At the tail-end of a series of meetings in Puerto Rico, my work department took a tour of El Yunque National Forest. I was extremely excited to find the shrimp along the edge of our swimming hole and spent a … Continue reading

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Lysmata, 30 days

A month later all 7 little Lysmata shrimp are doing fine. Three of them had a netbox to themselves, and two of them were paired up. I didn’t have any trouble with cannibalism, and the shrimp grow slowly but visibly. … Continue reading

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