How reality caught up with paranoid delusions

… Cautionary tales for an age in which our experience of reality is manicured and customised in subtle and insidious ways, and everything from our junk mail to our online searches discreetly encourages us in the assumption that we are the centre of the universe.

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Ready for Test by Luke Mancini

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Ready for Test by Luke Mancini

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The Self-Driving Car and the Auto Industry

Random thinking — what happens when you have a self-driving car?  When everyone does?  We would all go the same speed.  We would basically be in buses that have more flexible routes.  What happens then to the auto industry in this scenario?  Will you be taking out three year leases on your self-driving car?  Why is it you and everyone else updates your cars every few years now (and I know there’s all sorts of sane financial answers that state “you shouldn’t, that’s just dumb” but humor me)?  To have the fastest car?  Improved handling?  The best interior or UI or features?  The most prestige?  Would this matter at all if you’ve just got a personal bus with driver parked out in your garage?  What would be the point of constantly updating your driven-by-computer bus?

More likely your car upgrades will be to have italian leather in your seats and a bigger screen like your living room.  Premier sound system perhaps?  How often then do you replace or have reupholstered your sofas at home?  Or your home audio equipment?  
Upgrades are more likely to be to the software of the car.  Costs are more likely to be related to the web services you subscribe to for your car (though really, you should just have it all running through your personal network device…  we call them phones now but it’s already a gross misnomer).
So then what happens to the auto industry?  Throw in electric cars — fewer moving parts, longer life — and the question is even more relevant.  Someone still needs to build these cars, but what would differentiate them enough that we’d want to buy a new one every few years?  It may just be that the technology in them advances rapidly enough making the cost of ownership lower (more efficient batteries and engines?  revolutionary jump in wheel and brake technology?), but I can’t imagine it would be as it is now: car as status symbol.
Back to work. 

Chef Windows Perf — Disabling Ohai Plugins

From Doug Ireton’s chefconf slides — here’s a code snippet for disabling underperforming or irrelevant Ohai plugins on your windows chef node.

Ohai::Config::disabled_plugins= [ # # add to client.rb file -- c:\chef\client.rb # # ref:…

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Idempotency, Chef, Powershell, Windows

Here are some notes on writing idempotent recipes in Chef using Powershell on Windows

- make powershell fully functional as standalone script on windows first (and second, and third)
- are you sure you got the first thing done properly? y/n?

Here’s a…

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Getting started with Windows and Chef

Start here https://learnchef.opscode.com/quickstart/workstation-setup/ and work through the following sections

- workstation setup
- ignore vagrant/virtualbox for now
- set up your workstation

# confirm that you’ve got git installed
$ which git
$ curl -L h…

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"Is this the real life? Or is it cgi? Staging a nosepick, boogers are a harsh reality"

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VIKING LEGO

so many different kinds of awesome. wish I had these (or had thought) to make these when growing up.

I guess there is still time, right?viking leg

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theres not a single thing i dislike about this photo

pokemayne:

theres not a single thing i dislike about this photo

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