The logical next step of my c++ shenanigans: I've taken the source of my hexdumping tool 'hxdmp' and made it invisible (aside from a bunch of defines) by abusing U+200B Zero Width Space. This is perfectly legal C++11 code. I'm sorry and you're welcome.#include <stdbool.h>
Here's one for the ages: Joe O'Donoghue, longtime political leader of the Residential Builders Association and political player in SF, is suing former Mayor Willie Brown -- because he says Brown misdirected $50,000 that O'Donoghue wanted spent on an independent campaign to elect London Breed.
The politics here are amazing: Two former allies are at odds -- and a charitable nonprofit that Brown sent the money to says it was, indeed, fulfilling O'Donoghue's wish to influence the election. [...]
O'Dononghue knew he couldn't give that money directly to Breed; that would violate campaign-finance laws. So he wanted Brown to advise him on how to spend it on an independent-expenditure effort.
Brown, Berko told me, promised that if Joe wrote a $50,000 check, it would go to an IE supporting Breed. "He said that something just needed to be set up," Berko said.
There were, at that point, at least two existing IEs supporting Breed. But Brown didn't direct the money to them. Instead, he asked O'Donoghue to make out the check to APRI -- a nonprofit with an SF chapter in the Bayview. Berko said his client had no idea who APRI was. When he learned that the cash had not gone to a Breed IE, but instead to "a favorite charity of Willie Brown," he asked for his money back. [...]
If this doesn't settle soon, the discovery is going to be really, really interesting.
- A parasite compiles buzzwords into a Google Docs text file. In response, a Hackernews apostate suggests that perhaps building a lasting business at a sustainable pace is within the realm of possibility. The Hackernews Re-education Squad parachutes into the resulting panic to firmly explain that hockey-stick growth followed by acquisition or IPO is the only acceptable path forward, and that making a low-six-figure income in an affordable community is a dangerous myth. The real question is: during your normal, necessary, not-excessive twelve-hour work day, are you more productive before dawn or after dusk? [...]
- An Internet has a hobby. Hackernews likes to watch. The hobby involves Lisp, whose evangelists are so ancient and terrifying that the Rust Evangelism Strike Force declares the entire comment thread a no-fly zone and produces new maps marking the area as lost territory, impenetrable to the faithful.
During that quarter century the "dotcom" era came and went, but for whatever reason, I held on to the domain as basically a personal home, a kind of Internet version of the little house increasingly enveloped by skyscrapers in Pixar's Up. (You kids can get off my lawn now, please.) [...]
Last month, I reached an agreement to sell the domain. I have no idea what the new owner plans to use it for beyond what I read in the trade press, and I have no financial stake in their business. The details will have to stay confidential, but I will say that I'm satisfied with the outcome and that it involved neither tulips nor international postal reply coupons.