Haunted House

A Homeless Halloween for Those Who Need It Most

There’s an electricity within the shelter tonight, an energy I haven’t felt in any other facility like this. Despite the rather dire environment, a different kind of mask is being worn in the halls. We’ve all come together to give the children in the shelter a Halloween trick-or-treating experience; we are each sitting in offices and rooms with bowls of candy, the children have costumes made of pyjamas and hand-made masks, and hot-dogs, hamburgers, and cupcakes are waiting in the kitchen for afterwards.

The Dorm of a Women's Shelter

Defend against the Homeless Shelter of the Mind

Life in a homeless shelter is often described as humbling by those blessed to not require its services, but humbling doesn’t seem quite right from the view inside; watching mothers with children do their best to maintain discipline and productive…

Haven’t you heard that I’m the new Cancer?

Fuck. This is the word that continued to run through my mind as I try to make sense of the chaos surrounding my situation. Initial tests confirmed malignancy in previously-remissed tumours in my neck and possibly my lungs., and now…

Google Starbucks Wifi

The Joy of Programming (while Homeless)

Programming while homeless is a feat. Software development these days is heavily dependent on an active internet connection. Need documentation? Well, it’s online. Need to grab a library to accomplish a specific task? Your package managers won’t cache those libraries from previous uses, and they’re going to attempt an HTTP GET to find them.

Constitution pamphlet

The Growing Heat of an Old, Cold Civil War

Carl Bernstein says the Russia investigation and divided news media has driven us to a cold civil war. But this ignores 60 years of evolving division. We are a nation of cold and civil war; it is through agreeing to disagree that we have become what we are today — for better or for worse.

Homeless woman sleeping on bench

Direct Message: A Return to Homelessness

When I created the Direct Messages category, I had originally meant it for personal and direct writings which do not fit my more editorial, AP style-guide formatted articles. I had no idea it would end up being the best category…

Don't be evil.

Don’t Be Evil: Google and the Government

It was at this point that I realized Eric Schmidt might not have been an emissary of Google alone. Whether officially or not, he had been keeping some company that placed him very close to Washington, DC, including a well-documented…

China and Google

Google China will Link Searches to Phone Numbers

New leaks regarding Google China and “Project Dragonfly” reveal just how much support for China’s human rights violations Google is providing. Such arrogance on the part of the single largest internet company does not bode well for anyone.

Brave Browser

Brave Files GDPR Privacy Complaint against Google

Ravi Naik of ITN Solicitors in London, the legal representation for Brave, said this case addresses a long-standing data-protection concern that “is likely to have far reaching and dramatic consequences, which may change our fundamental relationship with the Internet”.