On Pulse

I will never understand how so many people can continue to find more solace in hatred and conflict than in peace and tolerance. It is such a strong toxin that it consumes your soul and your humanity to the point where you can no longer see yourself in others. Yet time...

Netflix’s New Algorithm

The news articles about this made it sound like Netflix had invented their own H.264 encoder just to optimize bitrate levels. Which would be a waste of time since x264 already has a constant quality mode that will choose bitrate based on quality rather than quality...

Why Should I Vote?

A lot of people seem to be of the opinion: Why should I vote? Nothing’s going to change anyway. This type of cynicism and pessimism is like a cancer of apathy that seems to run rampant through society today. So many people seem to have convinced themselves that...

Not in My Neighborhood

Lately I’ve been reading Not in My Neighborhood by Antero Pietila. It’s the story of how racial prejudice and legally mandated segregation led Baltimore to become more famous for its heroin and blight than its harbor and monuments. Another thing I did...