Monthly Archives: January 2013

Rewriting the Declaration of Independence using only the 1000 most common words

I’ve rewritten the introduction to the US Declaration of Independence using the “Up Goer Five” text editor that only allows the 1000 most commonly used words (inspired by this new classic XKCD comic). Here you go: When in the course of things that happen to humans one group of people needs to break away from […]

Writing the Prince symbol in Unicode

In the early 90s, the musician Prince dropped his name and started going by an unpronounceable symbol. He called it “The Love Symbol,” and it’s a combination of the traditional male (♂) and female (♀) symbols. Apparently (at least according to Wikipedia) Warner Bros had to send out floppy disks with a custom font to […]

Viral Betamax tweet

I never know when the things I’m interested in around copyright policy have general appeal, and I definitely thought this vague joke — on the occasion of the 29th anniversary of the Supreme Court’s decision in Sony v. Universal (the Betamax case) — was a bit obscure. 29 years ago today, the Supreme Court ruled […]

Kicking off year two of Iron Blogger SF

I’ve just completed the wrap-up of the first week of Iron Blogger SF, year two, and man am I excited this time around. By almost every measure, Iron Blogger SF has been a success for me: I’ve written many more posts, been much happier with the way my writing has developed, and as a side […]

Goodbye Aaron Swartz, 1986-2013

The world is poorer place today without Aaron Swartz, an extraordinary hacker and activist who took his own life on Friday. It’s been a roller coaster of a few days as I and the people I know try to process this news, sadness and anger turning to grief and resolve. There have been many thoughtful […]