Some Consumerism

August 29, 2021

I bitch about consumerism a lot, yet, I like things. So that’s what this post is about. Things. Things I’ve bought over the last few years and what things fall into “OhMyGod This is Life Changing”, “A Bit of a Mixed Bag” and “How Did You Fuck This Up?”. Because I know not everyone cares about all these products, I’m going to skip right to the juicy bit- the thinking about what lessons come from this thinking: ...

Low Bandwidth Images

August 7, 2021
technical, art

So, you’ve got a website that you want to make use less bandwidth. Maybe you’re paying by the byte for content delivery, maybe you’re worried about the environment, either way, let’s assume you want to make your images as small as possible. The obvious place to start is just shrinking your images. Here, this is a 4032x2268 .jpg shrunk down to a 1008x567 .jpg - 25% of the original quality. ...

Why did I pay to go to college?

May 25, 2021
personal, school

Post originally published March 22 of 2021, date above represents most recent edit The Nebraska Union at UNL, photo by ensign_beedrill, CC BY-SA 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons I am currently a student at the University of Nebraska - Lincoln, where I study Computer and Electrical Engineering as a dual major. I have a serious passion for both of these subjects, which is why I am so incredibly frustrated at how negative my experience at UNL has been, especially in the classes that directly relate to my major. ...

I'm Not a Digital Native, and Neither Are You

May 14, 2021

The term digital native describes a young person who has grown up in the digital age, in close contact with computers, the Internet, and video game consoles, and later mobile phones, social media, and tablets. The term is often used to refer to millennials, Generation Z, and Generation Alpha; the latter two are sometimes described as distinct “neo-digital natives”, “true” digital natives, or “digital integrators”. ‘Digital Native’ on Wikipedia You know how every headline about Millennials or Gen Z is “Gen ___ has killed ___” and it makes everyone from those generations want collectively bang their heads into a desk? ...

Nebraksa LR107 - Stupdity Abound

May 9, 2021

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE MEMBERS OF THE ONE HUNDRED SEVENTH LEGISLATURE OF NEBRASKA, FIRST SESSION: That we hereby reaffirm our solemn oaths of office by expressing a firm resolution to maintain and defend the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of Nebraska against every act of aggression whether foreign or domestic, including every act of unconstitutional abuse of power arising from the state or federal government. ...

Ternary Logic

May 7, 2021
technical, school

This paper was written for CSCE-430, Computer Architecture at University Of Nebraska - Lincoln in Spring of 2021. This in-page view isn’t all that great, so feel free to download the pdf directly. If you would like to read the refrenced papers, I reccomend using Sci-Hub with a VPN on, as the academic publishers putting up paywalls as barriers to science can go fuck themselves. #the-canvas { border: 1px solid black; direction: ltr; width: 100%; height: auto; } #paginator{ text-align: center; margin-bottom: 10px; } Previous Next     Page: / window. ...

10 Products I Wish Existed

March 23, 2021

Most of these things probably exist. For many, it’s just that they don’t exist at a practical price point. Without further ado, In no particular order A not garbage, not phone based, IR camera that doesn’t cost a bajillion dollars Yes. I know the FLIR and SEEK Thermal cameras are a thing, but both have their share of software problems or hardware incompatibilities. Most of all, I don’t want to have to hope that their app keeps working with my phone at risk of a $250 paper weight. ...


March 12, 2021

My name is Vega. I have to tell myself that a lot, reminding myself of who I am. I know that may sound weird, but, if it wen’t already obvious, it isn’t my legal name. (yet.) Despite my best efforts, my parents still call me by my ‘old’ name. I’m hesitant to call it a dead name, as I’m not trans. I don’t think it’s the same or that it’s fair to claim that it is. ...

Mirrors of Opal

March 2, 2021

When I looked into the mirror this morning, I wasn’t sure who I was looking at. Is that me? Is that really what I look like now? Has this years long separation from reality caused me to not recognize my own face, or would it have happened anyway- a side effect of growing older. If you saw me, would you even recognize me? Or am I the ship of Theseus, digested by the carnivore that we call time, now fertilizer for someone you’ve never met? ...

How I Make OpGuides

February 7, 2021

History # Before I can get into how OpGuides works now, I need to provide some history so that you can learn from my mistakes. The first iteration of OpGuides was A single markdown file so long that the scroll bar was hard to grab. It was meant to be viewed and distributed not as a website, but as a file to be opened with (so that the html and everything rendered- though in theory any markdown editor would do) ...

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