• Configuring Iridium Browser with even more privacy than default

    Posted in Developing Software, Everything on Apr 18, 2018

    Iridium is a privacy-oriented browser based on Chromium, so it has all the advantages of Chrome without flooding Google with a continual stream of telemetry as you surf the web. From looking at it and playing with it recently, I find it to be pretty much what it advertises, and am happy using it to browse while leaving a smaller footprint in the online world than, say, the default settings for Firefox, which have grown increasingly non-private for years. However, as I went through configuration, I found that there are a few configs which could be made more secure. So I took screenshots as I ma...

  • More on the tergiversation

    Posted in Mathy Stuff, Postinfinity Tergiversation, Pre-Preprint Stuff on Apr 12, 2018

    Found this article which goes into a little more depth on this obscure mathematical comment by Winston Churchill about a moment when his life changed. I still consider it to be one of the deeper insights into the true nature of infinity.

    I had a feeling once about Mathematics, that I saw it all—Depth beyond depth was revealed to me—the Byss and the Abyss. I saw, as one might see the transit of Venus—or even the Lord Mayor’s Show, a quantity passing through infinity and changing its sign from plus to minus. I saw exactly how it happened and why the tergiversation was inevitable: and how the one...

  • A boatload of cool JavaScript animation widgets for you web designery types out there.

    Posted in Developing Software, Everything on Apr 12, 2018

    Well this is just delightful. There are enough tips and tricks on this single website to keep a web designer happy for a long time. Thoroughly enjoying trying to get impress.js working in a site that I'm working on.

    Delicious crumb here:

    https://1stwebdesigner.com/css-effects/

    https://1stwebdesigner.com/css-effects/

  • Installing FreedomBox inside VirtualBox on a Windows Virtual Machine with a dedicated IP

    Posted in Developing Software on Mar 14, 2018

    Normally when installing FreedomBox inside VirtualBox, you can use Bridged Mode and get on with things, but you can't use bridged mode when installing a VirtualBox image running on a VM with a dedicated IP address. This is because bridged mode requires DHCP which you don't have in this scenario. You can waste a lot of time like I did trying to make it work (or you can tinker with two network adapters, which I didn't want to do) or you can follow these steps, which is what finally worked for me, and I'm quite pleased with the result:

    1. Follow the canonical directions for installing FreedomBox as...

  • Kabbalah provides a clue to solving the Cosmological Constant Problem

    Posted in Everything, Mathy Stuff, Postinfinity Tergiversation on Mar 13, 2018

    A clue to resolving what is likely the most difficult problem facing physicists for the past few decades appears to be buried in the kabbalah. For those who are not entirely familiar with the Cosmological Constant Problem, here is an excellent article published today talking about it: Why the Tiny Weight of Empty Space Is Such a Huge Mystery.

    Halfway through the article is a vivid illustration of one of the things that perplexes physicists: basically, for all the math to work out nicely, something astoundingly incredibly profoundly miraculous had to happen during the early stages of the begin...

  • God is an infinite sphere, the center of which is everywhere, the circumference nowhere

    Posted in Everything, Mathy Stuff, Postinfinity Tergiversation on Feb 20, 2018

    The quotes below range from Jorge Luis Borges to the Tao Te Ching, from Joseph Campbell and Nietzsche to the ancient Greek Empedocles. I suspect there are at least as many authors and thinkers again, beyond this present listing, who can be added to the growing compendium.

    I've been following this particular idea for a few years, ever since I had a visionary experience which could hardly be put into words more concise than the title above: "God is an infinite sphere, the center of which is everywhere, the circumference nowhere."

    The vision began in a way which was similar to flying through the...

  • My 2 cents on blockchain as I slowly understand the trust bit

    Posted in Everything on Feb 16, 2018

    Blockchain is not "just another database." Or even "a decentralized database." It is more, because it enables two people to trust each other without relying on a third party.

    It took me a while to realize how important and revolutionary that is, so... here is my brief intro to the idea as it finally clicked:

    When you make a $100 credit card transaction, there's you and the shopkeeper AND the credit card company.

    Shopkeeper needs to be able to trust that the money you promise (via credit card swipe) really will be paid to him as promised. The credit card company does a quick balance check and...

  • Something from Nothing or Nothing from Something?

    Posted in Everything, Phlosphy Stuff, Postinfinity Tergiversation, Pre-Preprint Stuff on Feb 05, 2018

    Hebrew mysticism, in a typically non-binary manner, answers the question of Something from Nothing vs Nothing from Something with "Both, depending on your perspective."

    Ayin is closely associated with the Ein Sof (Hebrew אין סוף, meaning "no end", "without an end" ), which is understood as the Deity prior to His self-manifestation in the creation of the spiritual and physical realms, single Infinite unity beyond any description or limitation. From the perspective of the emanated created realms, Creation takes place "Yesh me-Ayin" ("Something from Nothing"). From the Divine perspective, Creatio...

  • On the Art of Approaching Math and Quantum Physics from a Child's Perspective

    Posted in Everything, Mathy Stuff, Postinfinity Tergiversation on Jan 18, 2018

    Originally written in fits and starts from 2015-2019

    In unexperienced infancy
    Many a sweet mistake doth lie:
    Mistake though false, intending true;
    A seeming somewhat more than view;
    That doth instruct the mind
    In things that lie behind,
    And many secrets to us show
    Which afterwards we come to know.
    -- Thomas Traherne (1637–1674)

    A Singular Decision and a Long Childhood

    There is something unique in my approach to math and physics which has to do with a curious decision I made in early teens, probably around age twelve. Having reached the height of childhood thinking, I could finally see what pre...

  • Shallow Christians don't admire Reinhold Niebuhr

    Posted in Everything on Jan 08, 2018

    I confess I had no idea what Reinhold Niebuhr's position was until I was puzzled by the following citation where Obama describes him as one of his favorite philosophers during an interview with David Brooks (it might help to know this was pre-president Obama, back when he was the idealist who hadn't yet broken any of the idealistic and inspiring promises he made on his way to the White House):

    Out of the blue I asked, "Have you ever read Reinhold Niebuhr?" Obama's tone changed. "I love him. He's one of my favorite philosophers." So I asked, "What do you take away from him?" "I take away," Obam...