Status Update - April 2022
April always starts with a joke.
What This Is
This section contains a number of subheadings where I can archive and organize the various things I’m studying/working on from a month-to-month basis. It’s essentially a long list of tersely formatted status updates that I collect and maintain along with some commentary.
I Am A Cat - Natsume Sōseki. (9780804832656) (in p.)
Glimpses of Unfamiliar Japan: First Series - Lafcadio Hearn. (gutenberg) (in p.)
Programming Ruby 1.9 & 2.0 - Dave Thomas & Chad Fowler, Andy Hunt. (9781937785499) (in p.)
Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion, Revised Edition - Robert B. Cialdini PhD. (9780061241895) (in p.)
Agile Application Security, 1st Edition - Laura Bell, Michael Brunton-Spall, Rich Smith, Jim Bird. (9781491938843) (fin)
Yokohama Kaidashi Kikō - Hitoshi Ashinano. (fin)
Undercurrent - Tetsuya Toyoda. (fin)
Computers Are Bad - Bomb Alarm System - A technical analysis of the BAS, an early computer-controlled nuclear blast detection system deployed throughout the continental US in 1962.
Ted Gup - The Ultimate Congressional Hideaway - In the 1950s, the US government commissioned the construction of a massive nuclear bunker under the Greenbrier resort. The project was secret until 1992, when it was publicly outed in the Washington Post.
Topic - The Silver Currency of Cannabis County - In which a community of anarchists, living agrarian lifestyles in a remote corner of California, briefly minted and adopted their own Silver-based currency.
- If you are interested in economics and all things related to the advent of currency and its historical role in Human society, check out The History of Money by Jack Weatherford (9780609801727).
Squeak Records: a small, independent record label/media company based in St. Petersburg, Florida. Squeak’s incredibly talented graphic design team is currently in the process of creating our brand. A sneak peek of the logo is shown below.
Squeak’s first artists are called Big Huge Giant, who are very close friends of mine and extraordinarily talented musicians. Their first show will be later this month.
I am currently in the process of getting apparel manufactured for BHG. This is a complex process involving a lot of back and forth with shirt manufacturers, learning the limitations of various printing processes, etc. But it is nonetheless an interesting challenge.
I recently purchased a Brompton folding bicycle. It’s a seriously impressive piece of engineering, and one of the best-designed personal transportation solutions I’ve encountered to date.
- See last.fm.
- The Bunker At The Greenbrier - A tour of the Greenbrier bunker.
I’ve been attending CigarCitySec and DC813 meetings, which are each a lot of fun! I’ll also be attending BSides Tampa later this month.
I am now a member of Tampa Hackerspace.
Some friends and I are going to experiment with Godot engine.
Now that the station is open again, I have resumed my volunteering activities with 88.5 WMNF. I’m assisting with some IT operational improvements along with the ongoing implementation of security enhancements I spearheaded two years ago (in light of a breach).
- Bass Guitar
- Persona 4 Golden