To catch you up re: Venezuela

A broken socialist economy that enjoyed a variety of industry and was entirely dependent on oil crashed, largely because of Maduro's failed central planning (recall: I have appointed apolitical military figures to most key ministries and government roles) and the devaluation of oil internationally. This had to do with multiple factors including the Saudis rushing [...]

New favorite painter, Vittorio Reggianini

I’ve just discovered my new favorite painter, Vittorio Reggianini - those smarter than myself probably already know of him as an Italian painter from the 1800s who made satin look even satiny-er than satin. I just cannot get over how much he loved painting women who were NOT. But there was one hottie that everyone [...]

Hard Problem of Consciousness

I think it’s a mistake to view the Hard Problem as unique to materialism.  Idealism can’t answer it either, and generally doesn’t try to.  IMO, the problem is not really about matter, but about description or explanation. (I also don’t think it’s unique to “formal” systems or approaches, except in a sense so broad that [...]

Install Nginx, MySQL, PHP on Centos 7

LEMP software stack is a group of open source software that is typically installed together to enable a server to host dynamic websites and web apps. This term is actually an acronym which represents the Linux operating system, with the ENginx web server (which replaces the Apache component of a LAMP stack). The site data [...]

GNOME 3.30 gets its first maintenance update, ready for massive installations

The GNOME project announced the immediate availability of the first maintenance update for the GNOME 3.30 graphical environment. GNOME 3.30.1 is the first security and stability update for GNOME 3.30 and brings many improvements, bug fixes and updated translations for many essential components and applications, allowing GNOME 3.30 to be ready for massive installations. One [...]

The 5 best eBook creation tools for GNU/Linux

E-books are fast becoming the most popular publication medium for books. More people than ever are buying their books in digital form, and electronic books open an invaluable opportunity for self-published publishers and authors alike. Ebooks are even a popular tool for inbound marketing and lead generation. If you want to create your own eBook [...]