The Core Dump

Lower your shields and surrender your ships

Welcome to Nic’s Core Dump. Enjoy.

Putting new gaskets on the Kamado grill

Nic commits putty knife violence on his grill to replace the gaskets.

Wings of Freedom

Remembering the cost of World War II through airplanes.

The innocent feel guilty, the guilty feel nothing

Patriotism is often an arbitrary veneration of real estate above principles

The pro market, the nerds, and the vision

Apple’s neglect of the pro market is causing a lot of gnashing of teeth in Apple-nerd circles, but it’s true to Apple’s vision.

Never retreat. Never explain. Get it done and let them howl

A wet man does not fear rain

What to expect when you’re expecting a Hackintosh

There is unrest in the Mac community about Apple’s commitment to the platform. Some are turning their eyes to building a Hackintosh to get the kind of computer Apple doesn’t provide. Here’s what it’s like to run a Hackintosh.

Book roundup, part 22

Lots of fiction series in this one. Includes Grunt, 1177 B.C., Louder Than Hell, Smarter Faster Better, The Hanging Tree, Death’s End, Chains of Command, and Who Killed Sherlock Holmes?.

It’s so much easier to suggest solutions when you don't know too much about the problem

Malazan Book of the Fallen

Hey kids, you like epic fantasy? ’Cause I've got some epic fantasy for you.

The car is going digital and that’s a good thing

Car nerds are dealing with some cognitive dissonance as car technology changes.

Review: Kindle Oasis

The Oasis is Amazon’s best e-ink reader to date, but it’s not good enough for the price.

Unhappy the land that is in need of heroes

“Tea, Earl Grey, hot”

Nic buys an Amazon Echo and is indubitably happy with the fantasy star ship in his head.

Mad Max: Fury Road vs Mad Max Trilogy

When the levee breaks

The Occupy movement, the Tea Party, and now Trump. America is angry.

It’s a content blocker, not an ad blocker

The problem isn’t ads. The problem is being stalked like an animal across the internet.

Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves

Review: Synology DS416j

The DS416j is a nice NAS for light home use. Just don’t expect raw power.

Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want and deserve to get it good and hard

Know what's weird? Day by day, nothing seems to change. But pretty soon, everything's different

Just because nobody complains doesn't mean all parachutes are perfect

(Nerd Note) Moving to GitHub Pages

The Core Dump is moving to GitHub Pages. This is a good thing, most likely.

Time traveling with Friends

Tempus fugit and all that.

Hell is truth seen too late

The tire fire of democracy

Nic has never been more worried for the future of America.

Vader’s Redemption: The Imperial March in a major key

Book roundup, part 21

This installment features grimdark fantasy, peppy astronauts and the Roman Empire. Includes SPQR, And On That Bombshell, The Code Book, Schiit Happened, Beyond Redemption, The Severed Streets, The Martian and Veiled.

Space Shuttle Endeavour

Endeavour is a symbol of hope for a better future.

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