Freaking Facebook

Well, I finally caved in and started posting stuff on Facebook rather than here.  So, don't expect anything new to be posted here anymore.  *sigh* I'm also slowly moving all my existing posts to my Facebook account to keep it all in one place.  So, eventually this site will disappear.

Five Days To Go

On Friday - just 5 days from now - I will set foot in the Pacific Crest Trail at the Mexican border near Campo, CA.  I will then begin a 200 mile walk North towards Idyllwild, CA that will take me about twelve or fourteen days.  I will walk through a desert and up a mountain.

My Budding Photography Career

So, my photography career just got a boost.  I took a photo of Holger Schmidt, one of the faculty at UCSC, and the photo was used for the cover of an Engineering journal that contains an article about Holger. EEWeb Pulse Magazine, Issue 21, 2011 That's pretty cool, if you ask me.

Bruce Schneier on Harms of Post-9/11 Airline Security

A Simple LWJGL Interleaved VBO Example

After hunting around on Google for what seemed like ages for a good, fully working example of how to use interleaved Vertex Buffer Objects with LWJGL, I decided to make my own and share it with everyone.  This example draws a simple cube using vertex buffer objects.  The cube rotates on all three axes, and has a different color on each side so that you can better visualize the relationship between the code and the visual display.  On my laptop, I was able to get about 1,700 FPS.  If you want to see

Henry David Thoreau

"I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived." - Henry David Thoreau

Good News About Hard Drive Encryption

There's some good news out this week about a court's decision that forcing a suspect to decrypt  the contents of a hard drive would violate their fifth amendment, and therefore is unconstitutional. Eleventh Circuit Finds Fifth Amendment Right Against Self Incrimination Protects Against Being Forced to Decrypt Hard Drive Contents

John Nash's Letter to the NSA

Bruce Schneier has linked to a fascinating blog post about a recently declassified letter that John Nash sent to the NSA regarding cryptography in 1955.  Nash's letter is fascinating and show just how brilliant he actually is.  It's interesting to me how he has to try to convince the recipient th

No Wonder I'm So Tired All The Time

Apparently, I've been living a double life, and the other "me" is up to no good:
Upset man suspected of smashing car windows in Santa Cruz By JESSICA M. PASKO - Santa Cruz Sentinel Posted: 02/03/2012 02:49:05 PM PST SANTA CRUZ - A man who was apparently upset about his life used a horseshoe tied to the end of a ribbon to smash the windows of two cars, Santa Cruz police said.

Another Epic Ride

On Saturday this past weekend, I was scheduled to go camping but it turned out to be cold and raining at Henry W Coe Park, so I decided to go for an epic ride up Highway 101 instead.  The weather was perfect and the route was beautiful.  I can't wait to go even further up 101!

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