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rolling your own and getting pwned

It’s been a banner couple of weeks for exploits on the web. At the end of March it was reported that was exploited by a blind sql injection. The results of that attack included the revelation that the dude

Posted in Digital History, Panic and Terror, Teaching

how to index a book manuscript

Just yesterday I finished preparing the index for my forthcoming first book. For some reason, maybe because it’s my first book, I felt like I needed to do the index. In the end, I guess I’m glad I did it,

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Posted in Books, Panic and Terror, Processes, Research and Writing

que bestia!

I wrote recently about a case of bestiality brought against poor, unfortunate Geronimo Berveran, a 15 year old kid accused having sex with an unbroken mare (yegua). Luckily for both of them, their case was overturned on appeal and the

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Posted in Miscellaneous, Panic and Terror

some aha reflections

I’m back from San Diego and the AHA and have a few simple reflections to my conference experience this year. This is my fourth AHA, and the first to meet in a place where the weather was positively excellent. And

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Posted in Conference Reports, Digital History, Latin American History, Panic and Terror

UNM History Dept Commencement

But, in the current set of circumstances in which this world finds itself, I’d like to suggest to you today that the cultures of New Mexico, their endurance, and the historical consciousness they can provide are of real import indeed. … And yet, for decades now, the financial and political leadership of our country increasingly have dedicated their actions to an ahistorical audaciousness that minimized its inherent riskiness in obfuscation— in fulfillment of the hubris of a freemarket fundamentalism obsessed with what they saw as the beauty of the violent erasure of the structures of sociability in the name of profit and freedom. … So, what I want to say to you today is that we, as a country, as a human community, need above all else people like you with the capacity for critical historical thought not only to help find solutions to our current crises, but to the see the next ones coming— not in form of Isaac Assimov’s psychohistorians, but as citizens of the world continually engaged in the judicious study of reality. … As you leave here today, and immerse yourselves in the next of a number of moments of self- reinvention, promise me that you will hold on to the capacity for critical historical thought, that you will evangelize that consciousness, and that you will bring it to bear on your own corners of the world.

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Posted in Graduation Speeches, Miscellaneous, Panic and Terror

Back-up your data!

UPDATE: After three days of drying under a constant fan, I’m happy to report that my MacBook rebooted! Things seem relatively stable– the keyboard works, the trackpad works, and nothing has crashed since the reboot. I repaired all disc permissions, and

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Posted in Panic and Terror, Processes

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Chad Black

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