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If you like point and click adventures, Kathy Rain is free on Steam until tomorrow. Lovely pixel art and engaging mystery storyline; not a super long game but still overall pretty fun. (I found the first hour a bit frustrating, but it picks up.)

Windows/Mac, but I played it on Linux via Wine without problems (use Lutris: ).

Here's the Steam link:

Firefox extension breakage reminding me how shitty the web is with ads on it. How anyone can tolerate that garbage version of the web eludes me.

A quick review of Rob Larson's "Capitalism vs. Freedom" (⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️):

An important contribution to debunking libertarian mythology about what it means to be free.

Freedom of the Press Foundation is hiring again :)

This role has more of an administrative bent -- managing relationships with news orgs who use our services, e.g., SecureDrop support & digital security trainings -- but it also includes tier 1 support for SecureDrop, and room for technical advancement.

A great "starter" role if you want to get into tech nonprofit work, are super-organized, & are into digital security in particular. Remote -friendly (US time zones):

OK Bernie campaign, you got me. A donation in honor of defeating Joe Biden in the primary? Hell yeah.

Holy crap Firefox multi-account container extension looks useful. I suspect it'll become part of my standard kit, along w/ uBlock Origin

Any Ruby on Rails security experts looking for a small (side) gig?

In April/May, Freedom of the Press Foundation is looking for contract help (small-ish contract, think 4 digits total USD) auditing the configuration of our Redmine support portal and associated plugins, including the OpenPGP plugin (, and preparing for a release upgrade. (Redmine is built on RoR.)

No formal RfP; if this might be of interest and you have questions, please DM me :).

One of the many reasons I've been a Linux user for most of the last two decades: you (almost) always have options.

Upgraded from Ubuntu 14.04 to 18.04 on my 11-year old desktop and wasn't happy with the performance. Too lazy to debug why it was crawling, apt-get installed Lubuntu, switched to it; not only is it zippy, it's faster than before.

Finished "Paradigm" a few days ago, a fun point and click adventure by Jacob Janerka. An indie title that's also a real labor of love, worth checking out. A bit more in my review:

I wrote about how to read password breach notifications and what the heck hashing and salting mean:

Here's my review of Lutris, the Linux gaming client. Overall I like it a lot and really think it's a promising alternative to the walled garden store-centric approach (i.e. Steam).

It nicely integrates native games from stores alongside emulators and Windows games run under Wine. A few rough edges but definitely worth checking out. Full review:

Was sad to learn that Ben Daglish died back in October last year. One of the great chiptune composers for the C64 (Last Ninja, Krakout, Firelord, Auf Wiedersehen Monty, etc.) and other 8/16 bit era computers. Still heartening to see many tributes on YouTube etc., nice to know the greats won't be forgotten.

Here's a pretty epic symphonic version of the Firelord theme by Glyn R. Brown:

I'm really impressed with what is doing for Linux gaming. Basically an integrated environment for running native Linux games, Windows games (via WINE), assorted emulators, etc., with optimized "runners", hand-picked emulators, custom per-game install scripts, even GOG integration.

The Patreon for Lutris is at ; if you like Linux gaming, I'd encourage you to 1) give Lutris a try, 2) join me in supporting it. I'll write a more detailed review soon.

Love when I come across stuff like this on some random blogspot site:

Detailed fan review of the game "Champions of Krynn" (1990) as run on an Amiga with a CRT monitor, with lovingly created GIF animations, examples of hand-drawn dungeon maps on graph paper, etc.

I played that game on the Amiga back in the day, and the reviewer is right -- it was by far the best port. :)

Another review from the weekend: "Imperial Twilight" by Stephen Platt, about the period leading up to the First Opium War, fought by Britain against China on behalf of opium smugglers. Full review:

In short, I found the book very captivating and engaging, if a bit limited in its focus. If you're looking for a book to whet your appetite for learning more about the history of Sino-Western relations, I recommend it.

Recently finished Frederick Crews' "Freud: The Making of an Illusion", a highly critical work that describes S. Freud essentially as a quack, cult leader and self-interested con man.

It took me a while to organize my thoughts, but here's an attempt at a review of the book:

tl;dr: Crews collects in one place all the known evidence of fraud, incredulity & malpractice in Freud's career -- and adds a somewhat unhealthy dose of speculation. Important book w/ that caveat.

Lovely animation from the Kurzgesagt folks about Loneliness -- does a good job grounding the importance of thinking about human connection (e.g, in how we build cities, neighborhoods, homes, workplaces) in hard science.

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