I'm a citizen of Lexington, Kentucky, the United States, the world, and the digital sphere. Politically, I care about equality (and changing structures to support it), elections (that is, making them more fair and representative), and electronics (or, rather, their impact on society).

I am a believing agnostic in Community of Christ with a (mostly) cherished past as a (mostly) literalist Mormon.

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🔗 linkblog: my thoughts on 'Walmart buying TV-brand Vizio for its ad-fueling customer data'

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We live in a dumb timeline. Why are we turning TVs into surveillance machines? link to “Walmart buying TV-brand Vizio for its ad-fueling customer data”

🔗 linkblog: my thoughts on 'Reddit Signs $60 Million Deal to Scrape Your Online Community for AI Parts: Report'

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Look, I’ve never been really into Reddit, but I’m still really disappointed in the company. This sucks. link to “Reddit Signs $60 Million Deal to Scrape Your Online Community for AI Parts: Report”

🔗 linkblog: my thoughts on 'Despite ‘mass fraud’ claims, data shows few Kentuckians use student IDs to vote'

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I’ve never voted for Michael Adams, but I appreciate his being a voice of reason within his own party. link to “Despite ‘mass fraud’ claims, data shows few Kentuckians use student IDs to vote”

🔗 linkblog: my thoughts on 'Christian Man Persecuted Simply For Driving 90 Miles Per Hour In School Zone'

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I recently started following The Onion again, and it’s already paying off. link to “Christian Man Persecuted Simply For Driving 90 Miles Per Hour In School Zone”

🔗 linkblog: my thoughts on 'Reddit sells training data to unnamed AI company ahead of IPO'

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C’mon, Reddit. link to “Reddit sells training data to unnamed AI company ahead of IPO”

🔗 linkblog: my thoughts on 'Mort d'Alexeï Navalny : propos racistes, nationalisme et positions conservatrices… L'autre visage de l'opposant russe'

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On peut pleurer la mort de quelqu’un sans oublier ses problèmes. Je ne savais pas tout cela, et j’avoue que je vois Navalny différemment maintenant. C’est toujours quelqu’un qui a mené une lutte importante, mais on ne peut pas ignorer ces propos non plus. link to “Mort d’Alexeï Navalny : propos racistes, nationalisme et positions conservatrices… L’autre visage de l’opposant russe”

🔗 linkblog: my thoughts on 'Air Canada must honor refund policy invented by airline’s chatbot'

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Very interesting case. link to “Air Canada must honor refund policy invented by airline’s chatbot”

🔗 linkblog: my thoughts on 'How the Kansas City shooting proves the 'good guy with a gun' idea is a fallacy'

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Depressing but important read. link to “How the Kansas City shooting proves the “good guy with a gun” idea is a fallacy”

🔗 linkblog: my thoughts on 'Don’t Fall for the Latest Changes to the Dangerous Kids Online Safety Act '

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Look, it’s hard to oppose legislation that purports to be “for the kids,” but with the EFF, Mike Masnick, and other voices I respect still firmly against this, I’ll be calling my reps—and encouraging others to do the same. link to “Don’t Fall for the Latest Changes to the Dangerous Kids Online Safety Act “

🔗 linkblog: my thoughts on 'Russia Hides Its War Toll. We Pieced Together the Clues.'

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Russia is in the wrong in this conflict, but that also means that Russians are among those being wronged. link to “Russia Hides Its War Toll. We Pieced Together the Clues.”

🔗 linkblog: my thoughts on 'Future data centres may have built-in nuclear reactors'

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You know, instead of assuming that we must grow AI data centers and asking how we should power them, we could look at the costs in terms of power and ask whether we should grow AI data centers. link to “Future data centres may have built-in nuclear reactors”

🔗 linkblog: my thoughts on 'Backdoors that let cops decrypt messages violate human rights, EU court says'

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Heck yes. link to “Backdoors that let cops decrypt messages violate human rights, EU court says”

🔗 linkblog: my thoughts on 'Microsoft and OpenAI say hackers are using ChatGPT to improve cyberattacks'

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Hmm. Unsurprising but all the more frustrating for it. link to “Microsoft and OpenAI say hackers are using ChatGPT to improve cyberattacks”

🔗 linkblog: my thoughts on 'The rise and fall of robots.txt'

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Fascinating read on web crawlers and robots.txt link to “The rise and fall of robots.txt”

🔗 linkblog: my thoughts on 'Sell lab-grown meat in Tennessee, pay a $1 million fine'

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Good article on some dumb fearmongering. link to “Sell lab-grown meat in Tennessee, pay a $1 million fine”

🔗 linkblog: my thoughts on 'Bill Ackman: Nazis On ExTwitter Are Just The Price Of Free Speech; But Marxist Theory Or Anti-Israel Claims On Campus Are Beyond The Pale'

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Masnick’s perspectives on free speech are always helpful. link to “Bill Ackman: Nazis On ExTwitter Are Just The Price Of Free Speech; But Marxist Theory Or Anti-Israel Claims On Campus Are Beyond The Pale”

🔗 linkblog: my thoughts on 'The ‘queer.af’ Mastodon instance disappeared because of the Taliban'

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Domain name infrastructure plays a bigger role than we might think. link to “The ‘queer.af’ Mastodon instance disappeared because of the Taliban”

📚 bookblog: ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ for Accidental Saints: Finding God in All the Wrong People, by Nadia Bolz-Weber

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I bought this book with a gift card and to thumb my nose at an obnoxious visiting authority at a Latter-day Saint stake conference from over four years ago. This guy spent the Saturday evening session of the conference complaining about young adults who supported gay marriage and parents who pushed back against school discipline instead of giving their kids a whuppin’ (his words, not mine) and then still had the gall to talk about how great Mormonism is because it doesn’t believe in a fire and brimstone angry God.

🔗 linkblog: my thoughts on 'Hungary's president resigns over a pardon to a man convicted in a child sexual abuse case'

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Wondering how long it will be until implicit praise of her family values gets taken down from the LDS and BYU websites. link to “Hungary’s president resigns over a pardon to a man convicted in a child sexual abuse case”

🔗 linkblog: my thoughts on 'Big Pharma spends billions more on executives and stockholders than on R&D'

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Bookmarking for later reference. I get that there are some complicated factors at play here, but this still seems wrong to me. link to “Big Pharma spends billions more on executives and stockholders than on R&D”

🔗 linkblog: my thoughts on 'Taylor Swift joins Elon Musk in trying to silence student who tracks celebrity jets'

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Hate to see Swift taking a page out of Musk’s book here. link to “Taylor Swift joins Elon Musk in trying to silence student who tracks celebrity jets”

🔗 linkblog: my thoughts on 'Pluralistic: How I got scammed (05 Feb 2024) – Pluralistic: Daily links from Cory Doctorow'

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Fascinating post. Grateful for Doctorow’s honesty at his being scammed and interested in the idea that lowering quality of services through AI trains us to accept fraud. link to “Pluralistic: How I got scammed (05 Feb 2024) – Pluralistic: Daily links from Cory Doctorow”

🔗 linkblog: my thoughts on 'Internet : les moteurs de recherche veulent remplacer la liste de sites par une réponse synthétisée'

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Une très mauvaise idée, celle-ci. link to “Internet : les moteurs de recherche veulent remplacer la liste de sites par une réponse synthétisée”

the weakness of the Bible as an argument for an expanded canon

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A week and a half ago, I wrote a post arguing that the Bible is actually more of a weak point than the Book of Mormon for fundamentalist, literalist attitudes toward Latter-day Saint scripture. That post—like this one—was inspired by an Introduction to Scripture class that I’m currently taking through Community of Christ’s Temple School. The first lesson did a lot of work to play up the Bible as the main scriptural foundation of Community of Christ and is doing some respectful but firm downplaying of the Book of Mormon and Doctrine and Covenants.

📚 bookblog: ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ for The Mirage, by Matt Ruff

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I first read this book a few years ago, making my way through Ruff’s books after enjoying Lovecraft Country. I might like this one just as much—it’s bizarre to the point of absurdity but in a way that gets you to think. This reread was inspired by picking up a copy of my own from the clearance section of my favorite independent bookstore, and I’m really glad I own it.

📚 bookblog: ❤️❤️❤️🖤🖤 for Practical Anarchism: A Guide for Daily Life, by Scott Branson

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I defined myself for a long time as a moderate or centrist, and despite my leftward march in recent years, it still feels weird to be aspirationally reading a book on anarchism. As Branson points out early in this book, there are plenty of people who would never identify with the word but agree with anarchist ideas in science fiction, and I guess that’s how I got here. Twice in 2023, I read Cory Doctorow’s Walkaway, and on the second read, I realized that there were some strong anarchist themes in that book.

📚 bookblog: ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ for Curveball: When Your Faith Takes Turns You Never Saw Coming, by Peter Enns

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I owe Pete Enns a lot. Reading his books in the years before I hit a faith crisis helped that experience go a lot more smoothly, as did continuing to read his stuff and listen to his podcasts during the process of faith transition. Around the time this book was coming out, though, I needed a break. I felt like I knew most of his stuff, his media efforts felt like they were getting bigger and more corporate, and as much as I owed him, I wasn’t feeling it anymore.

📚 bookblog: ❤️❤️❤️❤️🖤 for A City on Mars: Can We Settle Space, Should We Settle Space, and Have We Really Thought This Through?, by Kelly and Zach Weinersmith

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This is a fascinating book written by two authors who began the project wanting to write about how cool it would be to settle space… but after consulting all the evidence, concluded that it might not be a great idea. It’s kind of a downer book in a way—I’ve always been excited about space, and it’s a bummer to think of it as an awful place where we might not have a future.

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I’d love to complete a seminary degree one day, but I’m also having to convert the ten hours of video lectures for the non-credit church class I’m taking to audio so I can squeeze them in at 2x speed while I do dishes, so I doubt I’ll get to that part of my bucket list anytime soon.

🔗 linkblog: my thoughts on 'Why does Nephi keep the sword? | By Common Consent, a Mormon Blog'

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Interesting Book of Mormon reading here. link to “Why does Nephi keep the sword? | By Common Consent, a Mormon Blog”

🔗 linkblog: my thoughts on 'Spotify accuses Apple of ‘extortion’ with new App Store tax - The Verge'

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I don’t like Spotify, but they’re not wrong here. link to “Spotify accuses Apple of ‘extortion’ with new App Store tax - The Verge”

🔗 linkblog: my thoughts on 'Mozilla says Apple’s new browser rules are ‘as painful as possible’ for Firefox - The Verge'

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C’mon Apple. link to “Mozilla says Apple’s new browser rules are ‘as painful as possible’ for Firefox - The Verge”

text for recent Beyond the Walls sermon

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Last Sunday, I gave a sermon on the Temptation of Jesus for a Beyond the Walls service by the Toronto Congregation of Community of Christ. The whole service was great, and I was happy to make my small contribution to it. It’s been recorded and archived here: As I did the last time that I gave a sermon, though, I wanted to share the text I preached from: This week, as we follow Jesus into the wilderness, we might wonder what the purpose of this journey is.

🔗 linkblog: my thoughts on 'The Taylor Swift deepfakes are a warning'

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Good thoughts from Newton here. “Who could have predicted this?” indeed. link to “The Taylor Swift deepfakes are a warning”

🔗 linkblog: my thoughts on 'N.S.A. Buys Americans’ Internet Data Without Warrants, Letter Says - The New York Times'

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Well, this sucks. Appreciate Ron Wyden’s diligence in this area. Gift link. link to “N.S.A. Buys Americans’ Internet Data Without Warrants, Letter Says - The New York Times”

🔗 linkblog: my thoughts on 'Apple is bringing sideloading and alternate app stores to the iPhone - The Verge'

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Sideloading for Americans, too, please. link to “Apple is bringing sideloading and alternate app stores to the iPhone - The Verge”