April 15, 2021

I just don’t get the, “Redoing all our pipes to get rid of lead and giving folks money to build new schools is not infrastructure,” camp.

First off, really?

Second, are you sure that’s the argument you want to bring back to your district?

Jason Becker

April 14, 2021

Interesting thought experiment– what if a government body’s power to govern flexes with the election turn out. If X% of people show up, you can’t repeal prior acts. If Y% show up, even a slim majority can exercise more power. Confidence intervals for power…

Jason Becker

April 13, 2021

My Cloudkey randomly got hosed again and I cannot get it back up even with a factory reset. Between that and the latest security crap at Ubiquiti, I’m done. Ordered 2-pack of the Asus ZenWiFi AX XT8 + 16 port unmanaged switch. Unfortunately won’t be here for 10 days.

Jason Becker

So, if you know anyone who wants a 16-port Ubiquiti powered switch, a USG, an 8 port powered switch (I have 2) and 3 AP-Lite access points… hit me up.

Jason Becker

Is my MX Master 2s dying, or is the macOS API for Mission Control unreliable as hell?

Jason Becker

April 12, 2021

Boss: why did it take 7 years to build something we talked about the first day we met? Me: so the James Webb Telescope was supposed to cost $500M and launch in 2007, but is now $10B and due up in October 2021.

Jason Becker

Because I like pain, this morning I’m re-reading Alon Levy’s explanation in Streetsblog on how the Red Line cancellation was clearly racist, and supported by a Maryland whose white middle class politics are still anti-Black and anti-urban.

Jason Becker

April 11, 2021

We have all wood floors with some small carpeted areas. I think most robot vacs/mops are not worth it for us since the house is split on many floors. But I do kind of wish our kitchen/living/dining floors would be vacuumed/mopped automatically each night…

Jason Becker

The Internet has generated one huge machine to press upon every self-doubt I have. Any small victory looks paltry when compared against the people I think are great, who are all the more greater as time goes on and it’s easier and easier to be exposed to the true Rockstars. We are all surrounded by the best of the best of the best at what they do, or at least, people who are very good at promoting that version of themselves.

Too few of us, myself included, will ever be that kind of rockstar. I am not going to be one of the top 100 or even top 10,000 people in the world at anything I try to do. There are too many people, too much brilliance to hope for that. I am old enough and exposed enough to know I don’t shine that bright. Honestly, I’m mostly fine with that, though I can imagine how much healthier my self image would be if my world was smaller, even as I would be so much poorer for not knowing what else there was.

That’s why it’s so powerful when someone else truly believes in you. I will not be a rockstar. I’m not a rockstar. I have little hope of being a rockstar. I see that completely and objectively. But having someone in your life who sees that in you, who believes that potential exists but for luck and opportunity, is still so powerful. On the surface, I might believe the are delusional or exaggerating. But in my heart, it makes me wish I could prove them right.

I am better, because I have other people who truly believe in me, people I treasure and respect. It makes me want to be who they see and pushes me farther than I could go on my own.

Jason Becker

April 10, 2021


April 8, 2021

That feeling when you just brought you car in for an oil change two weeks ago and now they decide to issue a recall.

Jason Becker

Absolutely wild report of software assuming “Miss” meant child and “Ms.” meant adult, meaning that the weight calculations were off, and take off speed and fuel needed for a flight were wrongly determined.

Jason Becker

So that I don’t have to keep searching for where this is (and the benefits of others), you can get a solid log of what’s going on with your Micro.blog site here.

Jason Becker

April 7, 2021

My favorite pay-for is to expand the IRS workforce to enforce tax compliance with a focus on earners with over $1M in income or $10M in assets.

Jason Becker

What bands do you think are underrated? What one-hit or one-album wonder do you wish more people would dig into deeper and appreciate? Not looking for an obscure group, but someone who flirted or even achieved short term dominance and unjustly faded?

Jason Becker

April 5, 2021

There are two kinds of people in this world— those who can’t wait to tear off their socks and monsters.

Yes, I’m engaged to a monster.

Jason Becker