Littera Nova

I write things sometimes.

Mental Hypervisors

Word count: 868 (~5 minutes), Last modified: Wed, 12 Feb 2020 19:45:30 GMT

Epistemic effort: this is metaphor and introspection, and narrativization at that. Little has been done to verify that this works beyond n=1 besides throwing the metaphor at others and seeing some small progress.

Re: On Mental Frameworks

Word count: 930 (~6 minutes), Last modified: Sun, 29 Dec 2019 01:05:05 GMT

Epistemic Effort: Drafted, slept on it, revised. Low citation count due to avoidance of concept contamination by reading others' experience.

Stepping Forward

Word count: 210 (~2 minutes), Last modified: Sun, 29 Dec 2019 01:05:05 GMT

The more that I look at the discourse on Facebook, the less I like it. It is in general superficial and error-prone, and there is little keeping it going besides a network effect - it's where the people are. This is the sort of benefit that is hard to combat en masse, and is a problem that I'm going to leave for people who are smarter than me. One notable exception is the proliferation in the instant messaging space of Discord for creating small servers, and decentralizing (or at least fragmenting) the Messenger IM monoculture.

phpBB 3.0 and PHP 7 Compatability

Word count: 324 (~2 minutes), Last modified: Sun, 29 Dec 2019 01:05:05 GMT

So, your webhost finally upgraded to PHP 7. Your site might runs faster (and more securely), but your ├╝ber-customized phpBB 3.0 forum which has served you and your pals so well all these years is complaining about preg_replace_callback. What 's up with that? As it turns out, the method that phpBB used to implement BBCode for a long time required a language feature called eval. eval lets a program inject additional code at runtime, which while powerful, is slow and often causes security vulnerabilities. After nine whole years of having the particular eval technique used in phpBB deprecated, PHP 7 finally lowered the /e flag on preg_replace function, to the consternation of upgrade-averse forum owners everywhere: this broke BBcode and links for your forum, rendering history unreachable!. So, how do you fix your broken forum? I can't say that this is the safest option, nor the cleanest, but it's one that worked for me.

Cherish the Heme Worm

Word count: 655 (~4 minutes), Last modified: Sun, 29 Dec 2019 01:05:05 GMT

Epistemic effort: metaphor seems intuitive, thought about language for a few weeks, did some research to see if this was original.

Committing To Change

Word count: 1019 (~6 minutes), Last modified: Sun, 29 Dec 2019 01:05:05 GMT

I am privileged and blessed to be attending a school in the University System of Maryland. Not only is there a well-deserved reputation for excellence in undergraduate teaching, but unlike many colleges and universities throughout the country (especially those with research as part of their mission), my campus of the USM - UMBC - has demonstrated the desire to engage with the growing concern around "inclusion and diversity" as Chair of the Board of Regents Brady put it at today's Symposium on Diversifying the Faculty. A few notes follow on things I thought were important from those discussions.