Author Archives: MXH

Want a Job?

I can’t recall if I mentioned it or not, but I spent a good bit of time looking for work when I was in Colombia … not there, but here. Between the Internet and Skype you can do 80% of … Continue reading

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So, Britain’s GCHQ (the UK’s equivalent of the NSA) has put up a programming contest to attract coders. (The punchline is that the gig only pays $39,000, so good luck with that, chaps.) There are several parts, and the only … Continue reading

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Alfonso Cano is Dead

The FARCs top dog just got killed. Couldn’t happen to a nicer guy. Peace The funniest thing about this story is the following comment from the link: Five Decades and the fighting’s still on? With all the killings and maimings … Continue reading

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The Internet, Summarized

Too good not to quote: The Internet has a lot about it that is admirable, but it is also a completely open book which is mostly filled with mindless, narcissistic drivel, pornography, bigotry, self-delusion, paranoia, redundant nonsense, and spam. Love … Continue reading

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For some reason, I’m inordinately fond of claiming that a particular song belongs to the “my-dog-left-me-and-my-wife-got-run-over-by-a-truck” genre. Speaking of which: Take it away Roy Clark

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What a Coincidence!

I like to drop by Yahoo’s Colombia site every now and then. Although I like to joke that they only run three stories (Shakira, floods, and extradition) you do, in fact, see some interesting stuff. Today, for instance, there were … Continue reading

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Pushing the Boundaries of Stupid

If you’re lucky enough to live in a state that hasn’t, say, lost its mind, learn from our example and don’t make our mistakes.

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My Pet

People sometimes ask me if I have any pets. My usual response is: “No, but I have a houseplant I’m very proud of.” As it turns out, however, I do have a pet. Well, sort of. The adorable little guy … Continue reading

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A reader writes: Can you add option to print in larger print? I print puzzles, and need larger squares for possible choices, mostly 8’s and 9’s. As it turns out, this was pretty easy to do. If you visit my … Continue reading

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UISplitViewController (Quickie)

I’ve been working on porting Taipan! to the iPad, so I recently installed a UISplitViewController as the root of my controller hierarchy. There was a somewhat non-obvious trick to getting it working (spoiler warning: orientations), so I thought I’d write … Continue reading

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