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  1. Sentinel objects and mypy type checking - 2021 July 16

    There's a few annoying edge cases with using sentinel objects with mypy. Since I think both sentinel objects are useful and mypy is useful I want to be able to use both.


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  2. Javascript support in this blog - 2021 July 05

    I've finally got around to supporting javascript in this blog.


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  3. 2021 mid year update - 2021 July 04

    People I know in Canada are telling me it's Canada day so I guess that means its now more than half way through 2021. Given this arbitrary day of national celebrations marks another arbitrary point in time I figured it was a good time for making an arbitrary post about what's been going on with me lately since it's been a while since I was writing.


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  4. Australian open tennis 2021 - 2021 June 10

    The Australian Open Tennis tournament offered a number of interesting insights into life in 2021 and I've finally got around to writing about it during the French Open.


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  5. WordPress enumerations - 2021 June 09

    While looking through my server logs the other day I saw a bunch of suspicious requests looking to scan/exploit WordPress installs.


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  6. Hard rubbish day 2021 - 2021 June 02

    The recent intersection of a Covid lockdown that was introduced in Melbourne recently coincided with the hard rubbish collection day. The lockdown gave me time to both think about waste in modern society and the time to write about it.


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  7. Geoclue and other annoyances - 2021 June 01

    I'm not a fan of some of some apps that "call home" being both installed by default in certain versions of Ubuntu but also keeping open sockets. Some of these changes have happened quietly in software updates with the result that some software that didn't used to call home now does.


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  8. Politics of unproductive debt - 2021 May 16

    Right now we have a large economic debt crisis brewing and THIS DEBT CRISIS STARTED LONG BEFORE THE COVID PANDEMIC. Specifically unproductive debt is at extreme levels and is now starting to create a rather acute debt crisis. The pandemic exposed how much of a problem this really was before making it much worse. Unfortunately everyone is blaming everything on the pandemic when this is an issue that goes back at least an entire decade to the events of the GFC, if not earlier. A massive shift has been seen in political attitudes towards debt in the last few decades. One thing that is for sure is that the answer to resolving the debt trap is not going to be by creating more debt but that seems to be the consensus political position these days, at least for now... But things weren't always like this.


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  9. PFOF and Bernie Madoff - 2021 May 13

    Recently I found out that Bernie Madoff was one of the pioneers of the practice known as Payment For Order Flow.


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