Author Archives: John Olinda

Thanks Ted

I think what frustrates me most about the whole “banning assault rifles makes it harder for law-abiding citizens to defend themselves” is that we live in a country – a pretty good one – not a post-apocalyptic hellscape. It should not be expected that in order to not die, I should have an assault rifle handy to defend myself while I pick up a bottle of ketchup. Stop blaming the victims for not being armed and consider how much harder it would be for mass-murderers to do this without assault weapons, or guns altogether. Maybe Ted Cruz can just permanently relocate to Mexico so we can stop having to listen to his ideas?

Speak screen

I feel like I must be the last person to hear about this, but Siri can read whatever is on the screen to you. In practice what I can do is swipe down from the top edge of the screen and have her read a web page or Instapaper article to me. Much more natural sounding than the reader in Instapaper. Unfortunately you can’t start and stop playback with a tap on your earbud though. But it’s a small price to pay when you have an infant that loves to be walked a lot or manual labor to do.

It’s begun

I’ve been using my Ergodox EZ at work this school year and slowly but surely improving my touch typing on it. Tonight I went to take a quick typing test on my laptop and realized that I’m starting to mentally default to the columnar layout and have to slow down on a traditional QWERTY.

The Forgotten Socialist History of Martin Luther King Jr.

Especially in light of the turmoil of the last four years, and the outright chaos of the last year, it’s important to remember that Martin Luther King Jr. saw the ultimate realization of equality in democratic socialism. It’s popular to divorce his (now palatable) views on racial equality from his views on economic equality. But that’s not so. The man was a socialist. And that’s a good thing.