Cocktail Experiment: Round 1

Posted on June 25th, 2017

Inspired by a tale of a Bruderhof recipe (see here), I’ve been sampling different scotch & port combinations. The cocktail is simple: 2 parts scotch1 part tawny port This cocktail is a precursor in flavor to the now-common technique of aging scotch in ruby port barrels or sherry casks. Many of those finished scotches can be very pricey, so one advantage of this cocktail is you can make a very affordable version, if you wish. To test that idea, I asked my wife to help me with a blind taste t...

Food for Thought: 2017-06-12

Posted on June 6th, 2017

Here are some of the reads & comics I’ve found thought-provoking over the last week. Ranked in priority-reading order:Experimental Theology suggests the rainbow is theodicy: https://experimentaltheology.blogspot.com/2017/06/the-rainbow-as-theodicy.htmlSMBC asks “Do you think we should acknowledge the difference between ‘should’ and ‘can’?": https://www.smbc-comics.com/comic/pressPictures of awesome Australian spiders: https://www.theguardian.com/environment/gallery/2017/jun/06/close-encounter...

Food for Thought: 2017-06-05

Posted on May 31st, 2017

Here are some of the reads & comics I’ve found thought-provoking over the last week. Ranked in priority-reading order:The Intercept reminds us that war is hideous, and Memorial Day tries to make us feel better about it: https://theintercept.com/2017/05/29/we-need-memorial-day-to-obscure-the-unbearable-truth-about-war/Cory Doctorow advertises for his latest book, but also talks about how technology can both aid and combat inequality: https://www.theguardian.com/inequality/2017/may/31/technolog...

Food for Thought: 2017-05-29

Posted on May 23rd, 2017

Here are some of the reads & comics I’ve found thought-provoking over the last week. Ranked in priority-reading order:One step closer to duress modes for software: 1Password introduces travel mode: https://blog.agilebits.com/2017/05/18/introducing-travel-mode-protect-your-data-when-crossing-borders/Susan J. Fowler takes on workplace discrimination in tech companies from an unusual-but-critically-important angle: https://www.susanjfowler.com/blog/2017/5/20/five-things-tech-companies-can-do-bet...

Top Links for 2017-05-22

Posted on May 16th, 2017

Here are some of the reads & comics I’ve found thought-provoking over the last week. Ranked in priority-reading order:The Restorative Justice movement is key (see my recommendation of Changing Lenses) to a more just society. This detailed essay gets into some of the political considerations and implications: https://abolitionjournal.org/revolution-restorative-justice-anarchist-perspective/Related: Slate Star Codex talks about the tactic of focusing on Bail Reform: http://slatestarcodex.com/20...

Top Links for 2017-05-15

Posted on May 9th, 2017

Waging Nonviolence discusses the tactics and principles of nonviolence: https://wagingnonviolence.org/feature/moral-nonviolence-healing-king/Major online companies are engaging in Internet colonialism: https://twitter.com/Pinboard/status/862990067073265664Poorly Drawn Lines reminds us of one of the troubles of immortality: https://www.poorlydrawnlines.com/comic/everyone-lives-forever/Reminder: task-switching and interruptions are very expensive: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/05/opinion/sunda...

Top Links for 2017-05-08

Posted on May 4th, 2017

'Melinda Gates and Fei-Fei Li Want to Liberate AI from “Guys With Hoodies"’: https://backchannel.com/melinda-gates-and-fei-fei-li-want-to-liberate-ai-from-guys-with-hoodies-17f058889a4cEdited to add: https://www.nytimes.com/2016/06/26/opinion/sunday/artificial-intelligences-white-guy-problem.htmlSURJ has a really solid Values document: http://www.showingupforracialjustice.org/aboutExistential Comics had good twitter comments about biases: https://twitter.com/existentialcoms/status/86018857281...

Book Review: Jesus Untangled

Posted on April 23rd, 2017

“Are we willing to lay aside our lust for political power and influence in order to humble ourselves and take up the cross of Jesus?" This is the question Keith Giles asks in Jesus Untangled: Crucifying Our Politics to Pledge Allegiance to the Lamb. This was a good book that I would encourage anyone to read. Like those who have written on the topic before (such as Brian Zahnd or the foreword author Greg Boyd), Keith demonstrates how easy it is to make an idol of our country of residence, pl...

Duress Modes

Posted on March 3rd, 2017

I have written about “Duress Modes" before (here and elsewhere). They are an important safety protection that I believe system and software developers need to be building into their products. When a user is being coerced, a Duress Mode gives them an option to comply, while limiting their risk. Maciej Ceglowski has brought up a specific version of this with his recent post entitled “Social Media needs a Travel Mode." Take a read!

The Key Ingredient Is Violent Power

Posted on January 30th, 2017

Reminder: the key ingredient is violent power. People are often jerks. People sometimes have frightening opinions. People do things we dislike. People can be ignorant, sometimes willfully so. People are frequently selfish. These are problematic, so we seek empathy and enlightenment. And it is good that we do. But the above are not truly damaging unless they are attached to violent power. Without violent power, these issues are an opportunity for discussion and learning. But when backed by the...

Todd Grotenhuis

Professionally an Information Security Specialist, Politically an Abolitionist, Theologically an Anabaptist