By John, 30 June, 2020
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The Black Lives Matter rally in Taipei on June 13, 2020

For the past few weeks, I've been thinking about why large numbers of white people have finally started protesting police violence against black people. It's been obvious for years now with hundreds of videos as evidence. So why now? What about George Floyd's death was so different?

A few weeks ago, I saw a suggestion from a black man on Twitter that it was because of coronavirus; white people just have more time on their hands. That struck me as very true, but it was also disheartening as it implied “white people didn’t have anything better to do”.

By John, 25 June, 2020
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A #Say Our Names protest sign: Tamir Rice, a reminder that black children can’t play outside with toy guns.

Tamir Rice’s birthday is June 25, same as mine. He was born 4 days before my son was born. My son and him are almost exactly the same age. Or they would have been if a racist system hadn’t murdered Tamir for playing with a toy gun. Tamir would have turned 18 this month. Tamir would have been leaving his parent’s home and starting out his life as an adult. My son gets to do all those things. Tamir does not.

Edit: My son, Owen, just pointed out that George Floyd was my age. Born in 1973.

How I accidentally “hacked” India’s Ministry of Defence John Sat, 04/07/2018 - 17:43
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Screenshot of the mod.gov.in website showing the Chinese character for Zen with the title "Ministry of Defence" and this error message: "The website encountered an unexpected error. Please try again later."

So…how many Drupal people know the reason why officials were afraid the Indian Ministry of Defence website was hacked by the Chinese? 😂

From the Ministry of Defence website hacked, Chinese characters spark cyberattack speculation article on the India news site, Zee News:

Ministry of Defence website hacked, Chinese characters spark cyberattack speculation

Discussing front-end automation John Wed, 06/08/2016 - 20:32
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Taipei Front-end Development Seminar

Last month, I gave the third in a series of front-end web development talks here in Taipei. The 10 attendees and I discussed style-guide-centric development and front-end development automation.

The seminar was designed to be hands-on, so we started by installing Node.js and downloading Zen 8.x-7.0-alpha8 so we could play with code while discussing the evening’s topics.