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Ten Years

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It’s hard to believe that I started my blog almost 10 years ago (it came online January of 2009). In that time I’ve written 7,878 posts on a lot of different topics.

Looking back at my decade of blogging I can say that it has been a good use of time. Writing, like all other activities, is improved with practice and regularly blogging gives a lot of writing practice. Moreover, writing about topics requires more thinking than one might otherwise do. It’s also interesting for me to look back at how my interests and beliefs have changed over the last decade.

While I find that blogging has been greatly beneficial to me it has also be time consuming. In order to focus on other projects, I’m planning to do quite a bit less blogging in the coming years. I don’t plan to stop completely but I can’t keep up this pace while also keeping up with everything else. You’ll see new content here in 2019 but not as much. When the other projects I’m focusing on are further along, I’ll post about them here.

Anyways, here’s another the end of 2018 and the beginning of 2019. Hopefully the new year ends up being as absurd as the last year (I would hate to be bored in 2019).

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January 1st, 2019 at 10:00 am

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Potential Service Interruptions Tomorrow

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Comcast, my ISP simply because there are no other ISPs in my area, has informed me that they are planning to “upgrade” equipment in my area so my Internet may go down more frequently than it usually does. If you can’t reach this site tomorrow, blame Comcast.

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October 29th, 2018 at 10:30 am

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Getting Married

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My wedding is this weekend so my time is focused on that. Regular updates will resume beginning next week.

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September 26th, 2018 at 10:00 am

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Nothing to See Here

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I was attending the Reddit Moderator Roadshow last night and didn’t have an opportunity to get any posts written.

If you have the opportunity to attend one of their other events, take it. It was a ton of fun.

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August 8th, 2018 at 10:00 am

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Nothing to See Here

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The concert I was at last night lasted until 01:00. Needless to say, I didn’t have time to write anything.

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September 20th, 2017 at 10:00 am

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Going to AgoraFest

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I’ll be celebrating Agorism at AgoraFest for the rest of the week. Blogging will resume next week.

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September 6th, 2017 at 11:00 am

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Nothing to See Here

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I spent last night breathing new life into an old Mac Mini. It ended up being more of a hassle than I expected since Amazon sent me a 250GB solid state drive (SSD) instead of the 500GB SSD I ordered. When I returned the drive the replacement they sent was, once again, a 250GB SSD. Thank the gods for Microcenter.

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August 8th, 2017 at 10:00 am

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Nothing to See Here

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I was at the Sabaton concert last night so I didn’t get anything written for today. If anybody is wondering, Sabaton put on a great show. Battle Beast, another band I enjoy, was one of the opening acts and also put on a good show. In fact, I wish Battle Beast would have had some additional stage time.

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May 3rd, 2017 at 10:00 am

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Nothing to See Here

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I was busy with shit last night. But, hey, you get what you pay for.

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March 17th, 2017 at 10:00 am

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Let’s Encrypt

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Most of you probably didn’t notice but over the weekend I changed this blog over to Let’s Encrypt. There really aren’t any changes for you but this is a project that I’ve been planning to do for a while now.

Since I changed this site over to HTTPS only, I’ve been using StartSSL certificates. However, when it was announced that StartCom, the owner of StartSSL, was bought by WoSign I was wary to renew my certificates through them. When it was later announced that StartCom and WoSign were backdating certificates to get around the SHA-1 depreciation deadline I knew it was time to move on. The good news is that Let’s Encrypt is far easier than StartSSL was. Setting it up took a bit of time because Nginx support in Let’s Encrypt is still experimental and the other options for pulling certificates without shutting down the server required some server customizations. But once everything was setup it was simple to pull certificates.

While I was changing over my certificates I also took the opportunity to implement a Content Security Policy (CSP). Now when you load my page your browser is given a whitelist of locations content can come from. This reduces the threat of potential code injection attacks. Unfortunately, due to WordPress, I had to enable some unsafe options such as executing inline JavaScript and eval() statements. I’ll be looking for ways to get rid of those in the future though.

So you can breathe easy knowing that you browsing experience is even safer now than it was before.

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March 10th, 2017 at 11:00 am

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