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English to live by.

Saturday, March 15th, 2014

I finally found an example of how ending a sentence with a preposition in English is not only not wrong, but is sometimes the best way to avoid ambiguity: Make sure your facility’s storage room is clearly organized, so that people will know how to fit in their boxes. vs Make sure your facility’s storage […]

Support Snowden all the way, New York Times.

Thursday, January 2nd, 2014

In an unsigned editorial today, “Edward Snowden, Whistle Blower”, the New York Times is needlessly weak: … Considering the enormous value of the information he has revealed, and the abuses he has exposed, Mr. Snowden deserves better than a life of permanent exile, fear and flight. He may have committed a crime to do so, […]

Lucky in 2013.

Tuesday, December 31st, 2013

It’s the last day of 2013. I’ve thought a lot this year about how lucky I am: I get to work on freedom full-time, among other places at OTS, OpenITP, QCO, and the OSI. I don’t want anything different for 2014, except for more people to be so lucky. Free Clarendon! Speaking of freedom… The […], why do you taunt me so?

Sunday, December 22nd, 2013

The new web site sure looks great. Under the hood, though, it’s apparently implemented with Bronze Age web development technology :-(. I tried to sign up today. After dutifully filling out my name, state of residence, and email address, then choosing a username and password, then answering three required security questions, I got this […]

IRC away messages.

Tuesday, December 10th, 2013

I set my IRC client to keep logs. Among other things, that means I have a record of all my away messages from the past couple of centuries or so… Some themes emerge, notably a nostalgia for an imagined Paleolithic past: kfogel is away: kfogel is away: slowly leaching toxins from bloodstream while in […]

My Contempt Knows No Bounds: The Starbucks “Come Together” Petition.

Sunday, October 13th, 2013

This petition was on a table by the doorway at a Starbucks near my house, and the top sheet had even collected a lot of signatures. I wonder what those people thought they were accomplishing. You can click on the photo to get an enlarged version, but here’s what the text says: To our leaders […]

Eben Moglen talks in New York City: “Snowden and the Future”

Thursday, October 3rd, 2013

Arrgh, I wish I could go to this! Eben Moglen is giving a series of talks entitled “Snowden and the Future” on four Wednesday nights, spread across October, November, and December. I’d even fly into New York to attend some of them, but I have choir rehearsal on Wednesday nights (and I’ve already missed rehearsals […]

Dear Lazyweb: How long will it take you to fix the LOVEINT problem?

Sunday, September 8th, 2013

Just for the record, I know I could have created the English-language wikipedia entry for LOVEINT myself. But I wanted to see how long it would take from tweeting (and denting) it until someone else creates the entry :-). Embarrassing — German Wikipedia has an entry for "LOVEINT" but English doesn't. (Yet?) — Karl […]

My favorite RSS reader,, goes open source!

Tuesday, August 27th, 2013

I’d been waiting for this! (N.b.: had inside information it was coming.) The code behind my favorite RSS reader,, has been open sourced. See the announcement, or grab the code from Feedbin is the RSS reader I use every day now. The minimal design is a pleasure: nothing gets between me and the […]


Wednesday, July 31st, 2013

I’m taking a vacation from email for a few weeks, so please don’t worry if you don’t get a response — just resend in late August.