Rating systems

I’ve been thinking a lot about rating systems lately. People like to categorize things in neat little boxes.  It helps us keep track of things, especially when there are a lot of them, or when they’re complicated.  When I was around 10 years old, I had a big plastic box full of Legos.  When I… Read More »

Software Patents

Software patents are something of a sore spot for me, both as a software developer and as a generally intelligent human being.  I read an opinion article on Ars Technica several days ago on the subject, and they pointed out why the software patent system is fundamentally broken: Nathan Myhrvold, the Microsoft veteran who founded the… Read More »

Mormon Proxy Baptism

There’s been a lot of fuss made on the internet about a cartoon by Matt Bors. It’s been widely published, and commented on by a large number of people who have no idea what they’re talking about. It is my intention to rectify some of the misconceptions that have become apparent as a result of… Read More »

Some LDS people may need reform, but not the LDS Church.

I read an opinion article by Carrie Sheffield in the Washington Post today that was somewhat disturbing. In it, the author calls for reform in the LDS Church (a.k.a. the “Mormon” Church), based largely on some of her own experiences. While her experiences with some members the Church are unfortunate, most of the information she presents… Read More »

Stop SOPA/PIPA

This is a cause that’s rather important for everyone to know about. [edit: removed SOPA widget.]