Carl T. Holscher is a compiler, writer, tinkerer, coder, designer, thinker living in Bethesda, MD.

 

 

On Hacking

Stop caring and worrying about breaking things and start hacking at them — just make sure you have a good backup in place first. Remember that for many of us it is more about learning than anything else.

Hello, and welcome to “Yes, I Remember and I Don’t Need to Relive It” day

New Post - Hello, and welcome to “Yes, I Remember and I Don’t Need to Relive It” day

Cut to Carl, bleary-eyed, on the 6th (top) floor of the Department of Labor.

Walking to the café there, I glanced out the window to see the Washington Monument in the distance. With a plane flying across the horizon line. The sun was hidden by clouds but desperately trying to come out.

I noticed of the half-dozen flags flying atop nearby building. They were all at half mast. And I was confused.

I…

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The Strange Tale of the North Pond Hermit

"What I miss most," he eventually continued, "is somewhere between quiet and solitude. What I miss most is stillness." He said he’d watched for years as a shelf mushroom grew on the trunk of a Douglas fir in his camp. I’d noticed the mushroom when I visited—it was enormous—and he asked me with evident concern if anyone had knocked it down. I assured him it was still there. In the height of summer, he said, he’d sometimes sneak down to the lake at night. "I’d stretch out in the water, float on my back, and look at the stars."

Tiny: A Review About Living Small

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Tiny: A Story About Living Small

Rating: ★

I’m interested in the tiny house movement. I think the idea of casting away most of the junk that fills our homes and storage units is admirable and pleasant. This may be taking it to an extreme but I thought this would be a good intro and look into the world.

It wasn’t.

I enjoyed hearing about the motivations and desires of the tiny house dwellers…

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Mark Down will make you a great deal on formatted text

New Post - Mark Down is guaranteed to get you the best deal on plain text formatting!

New Rule For the Internet: Let’s not get overly worked up over things that won’t matter in 24 hours.

It’s a rule I’m trying to live by more. It is very easy to get pulled into the Internet Outrage Machine™. Everyday there is something absurd to get all worked up over. Then, the next day, it won’t matter to anyone. This is also why I do not cover tech newson this site. There is no point in…

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Dispatch from the Trenches #8

New Post - Dispatch from the Trenches #8 has comics and pictures and babies. OH MY!

XKCD is the only web comic I’ve managed to be continually challenged and delighted by every single time I read it. Today’s is no exception.

Seven

When you’re finished reading, hold your mouse over the screen and wait for the alt text to appear. It adds to the comic.

Read the Alt Text.

Josh Ginter’s reviews are like tasty roast chicken for the eyes. The photography is beautiful and the writing thoughtful. His latest…

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New Post - Chrome Quick Tip - Pull multiple tabs into a new window

If you’ve ever used the Google Chrome browser, you know all about tabs and how you can drag a tab into a new window.

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Behind The Scenes: A full 22-minute preview of FOX’s “Mulaney”
Lots of clips and interviews to whet your appetite for the next month until John Mulaney, Martin Short, Nasim Pedrad, Seaton Smith, Elliott Gould and Zach Pearlman show up on your FOX TV screens each Sunday.


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thecomicscomic:

Behind The Scenes: A full 22-minute preview of FOX’s “Mulaney”

Lots of clips and interviews to whet your appetite for the next month until John Mulaney, Martin Short, Nasim Pedrad, Seaton Smith, Elliott Gould and Zach Pearlman show up on your FOX TV screens each Sunday.

Please be good. Please be good. Please be good. Please be good. Please be good. Please be good. Please be good. Please be good. Please be good. Please be good. Please be good. Please be good. Please be good. Please be good. Please be good. Please be good. Please be good. Please be good. Please be good. Please be good. Please be good. Please be good. Please be good. Please be good.

Nine Inch Nails

Trent Reznor spoke to Chaos Control about the making of Broken & The Downward Spiral. In 1992. http://t.co/1syJaSkzUk

It’s dangerous to go alone

New Post - Gaming in the 21st Century. Take this. It’s dangerous to go alone.

Steve Lubitz, of the wonderful Isometric Podcast tweeted something that caught my attention this morning.

This is the best explanation I’ve read yet about what’s driving the current ugliness in games. Worth your time. http://t.co/By0fxsTNfm— Steve Lubitz (@WickedGood) September 2, 2014

He’s right. It’s very much worth your time.

For people who have never been real outsiders, who have never known…

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