Author Archives: andrew

Polyps A-Plenty

I spent quite a while this weekend talking to Fritz, Will, and Candy about my tiny corals and, more generally, the complicated symbiotic relationships that allow lots of sea creatures to be mostly solar-powered rather than gut powered. So, mostly … Continue reading

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Flying Foxes at Wolli Creek

I showed up in Sydney wanting to see the flying foxes that lived in the Botanical Gardens, but it turns out that they’ve been driven out in recent years (I guess because all of those tiny feet were wearing out … Continue reading

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Bugs!

Here, without warning, are some insect photos from the Brule River and Lake Nebagamon. Most of these just showed up at random, but we spent a while stalking the last one, an Ebony Jewelwing Damselfly. They like to hang out … Continue reading

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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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