America's reaction to weather is costing them

From a New York Times article on disasters which strike America, their frequency, location and financial impacts. Only about 4 percent of all hurricanes that make landfall globally hit the United States, said Robert Mendelsohn, an economist at Yale University who studies the damage caused by hurricanes. Yet 60 percent of worldwide damage from hurricanes happens in the United States. Dr. Mendelsohn attributed this partly to federal government programs that discourage citizens and local governments from building walls to protect housing near the coast. [Read More]


Tank, a short by Stu Maschwitz created entirely in Adobe After Effects. The way I made TANK is a little crazy. I made it entirely in Adobe After Effects, with equal parts animation elbow grease and nerdy expressions madness. This video is part behind-the-scenes, part After Effects tutorial, and part therapy session. Well worth checking out - the video is 80’s gamer porn - but the making of is just incredible. [Read More]

No headline

This was the front page of the New York Daily News, 19th March 2018. With yesterday’s Texas massace, there have now been more students or teachers killed by guns in U.S. schools than active-duty military deaths in 2018. No headline can do this justice. [Read More]

Brother Hl-L3850CDW with CUPS

Just a quick note - the recommended “Generic PCL 6/PCL XL LF Printer - CUPS+Gutenprint v5.2.13” settings worked fine for me on Debian/Kali. The only tweak I had to do was to set the IP address instead of the local hostname - but that was more about our network than CUPS. [Read More]

If you don't like it, change it

The first time I saw this ad, I couldn’t look away, nor did I want to. It’s powerful in its message and presentation, and spectacularly well done. [Read More]


A delightful tale of a stop-motion artist. Well worth your time to check out. [Read More]

Wil Wheaton on Depression

I’ve never found it particularly tough to talk about my ongoing journey through the fun of having a bent brain. The journey itself’s the hard part, and to read another person’s story reminds me that there’s a lot of people out there, and they too have wonderful people to help them. Hi, I’m Wil Wheaton. I’m 45 years-old, I have a wonderful wife, two adult children who make me proud every day, and a daughter in-law who I love like she’s my own child. [Read More]

wpad on pfSense with lighttpd

Setting up proxy auto-configuration on pfSense has a handy documentation page, but sadly the first thing they say is that you have to run the webConfigurator GUI in HTTP mode, which is kind of annoying. Given the auto-config of nginx (which runs the pfSense GUI) will likely blat any changes I make, I decided to use lighttpd instead. In short, we’re going to: install a web server make a pac file make it available at a couple of different URLs via that web server have cake Here’s how I did it… [Read More]

pfSense VPN for Road Warriors

This is current for v2.4.1, and is by no means a configuration I’d stand behind as far as being terribly secure for anything you should care about! :) I’ve got a static IP address, so I have a DNS entry that points at my router. If you’ve got a dynamic address, it’d be worth configuring Dynamic DNS to make connecting to your VPN possible. Here we go… it’s all done in the pfSense webUI of course. [Read More]

Internode IPv6 configuration for pfSense

After running a mikrotik router for a long time and fighting with the IPv6 configuration, I gave up this week and started using pfSense as a test. Within about half an hour (after figuring out the USB boot option wasn’t possible with my machine) I was up and running better than ever! WAN interface config General Configuration IPv6 Configuration Type: DHCP6 DHCP6 Client Configuration section Advanced Configuration: not needed Use IPv4 connectivity as parent interface: enabled Request only an IPv6 prefix: enabled DHCPv6 Prefix Delegation size: 56 Send IPv6 prefix hint: enabled Debug: disabled Do not wait for a RA: disabled Do not allow PD/Address release: disabled LAN Interface Configuration General Configuration IPv6 Configuration Type: Track Interface [Read More]