Travis Herrick

I like to build things

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NaPoWriMo 2017 - Day 5

 A Poem about Facebook M, a feature where an AI learns from your conversations and makes suggestions for various actions for you

Facebook M
We are proud to say
is a new feature
Where an AI tells you what to say next
Where an AI will remember your appointments and übers
Where an AI will be your silent friend

You may ask
How does this work?
You may ask
Who is able to use this and how is Facebook rolling us out?
You may ask
Wait a minute, isn’t the logical conclusion of this a horrible dystopia where not even don’t we not talk to each other in real life, but we don’t even talk to each other in virtual spaces, where we can’t tell if we are talking to our friends or a machine, where the very thing that makes us human - our ability to connect with each other - becomes commandeered by –

Whoa Whoa Whoa
Of course not
why would you think such a thing?

You are looking

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NaPoWriMo 2017 - Day 4

 Charging Bull, Fearless Girl

She’s a Fearless Girl
with a fearless heart of bronze
That ticks
more than it beats

She is even fearless
when she stands before
the Charging Bull
moneyed and regal
with the bearing of a king
The Bull charges
has always charged
onwards to some unknowable destination
carrying the weight of history
it cannot stop

Even though the bull is
stronger and faster
she is not afraid
For she is not alone
Pilgrims have come to her
priestesses and working women
rebels in long dresses
To lay their wreaths of iron upon her
until she is so heavy
no man or machine could budge her
This makes her strong

goes her bronze heart

Tick tick tick
go her thoughts
at a steady rhythm

She looks the bull in the eyes
and realizes
she does not know its name
she hopes in some far away way
that she is the immovable object
She feels this was something expected of her

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NaPoWriMo 2017 - Day 3

The only poems that
I write are aimless stories
without a clear point

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NaPoWriMo 2017 - Day 2

 Comic Sans

We leak secrets out of our pores
Dropping little pieces of our past
like extra change we have no place for
It winds up in junk drawers and under the furniture
In backpacks and purses and in corners until laundry day
Near copies of our memories in the heads of our friends and family
and strangers we will never see again
Now in the servers of Google and the NSA and Mark Zuckerberg’s Desk
who knows where else

We are being watched, of course
Don’t look now
but Men with television sets for heads
and ties made of dried leaves
their big hands with clammy skin
have fingers prodding obsessively along massive, glowing keyboards
Each key houses a dvorak letter in comic sans font
They use the internet to read our thoughts
because they are unable to come up with a creative thought of their own.
For this reason they fear the future
and look only towards the past
(our past

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NaPoWriMo 2017 - Day 1

 Dolores Park

It’s Loud here like a Where’s Waldo book on acid
I’m trying to find someone in particular but
instead I manage to find a bunch of other someones
who turn out to be just someones
Look, there is a pair of people practicing Judo!
Look, there is a couple tossing a football back and forth!
Look, there is a dog! He is meeting all the friendly people!
There is a visual smorgasbord of summer colors
Impacting my eyes like
a pie impacting a face
Scan Scan Scan where is my friend
Dolores Park is not a meeting place
it is an ocean of attractive San Franciscans
(all San Franciscans are attractive)
But to find a particular group is impossible
Like picking out a particular drop of water
from a swimming pool with a pair of tweezers
A task so daunting
It doesn’t even make sense
So many people setting up tents
Barbecue and ring toss and bean bags
Which in Ohio they call Cornhole

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Shadowrun Returns

I’ve been on a Cyberpunk Kick this year, and a Shadowrun kick as a subset of that. And Shadowrun Returns was on sale on steam, and I played it, and here we are. I would say that, going in, I don’t know too much about the setting, and haven’t played the (tabletop) game extensively, but I have read enough to know the basics, and I looked forward to it.

Shadowrun Returns is fun; I enjoyed all my time with it and would not play through it again. There is definitely a feeling at the end that I have discovered all there is to discover. This game is an experience, not a world. I don’t think it was overly difficult, and the most trouble I had was early in the game. By the time I could afford to hire the “advanced” Shadowrunners on my team, I never bothered, and I think it was the last mission that I even looked through them, and wound up not using them. As an RPG, the mechanics were new

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Reflection on 2015 Goals

I’ve been putting this off. I had a bunch of goals that I posted publicly; of course, after a year, it’s only right I say how it went. Here goes.

I will admit that I am a bit apprehensive about this; thing did not go as well as I hoped. There are things I succeeded with, and things that I did not, and I find myself in a position of admitting that I failed to basically the entire world. But I think it is always better to look at the world for what it is, rather than how I wish it worked. I will however, give myself credit when credit is due.

As a reminder, these are the goals I set; we’ll be going through them one at a time.

  • Keep Track of my Habits, and be serious about maintaining them
  • Write 750 Words every day without a single failure
  • Get a Job
  • Continue to be frugal and track my money and spending.
  • Write a novel of at least 50,000 words
  • Get through my discrete mathematics book

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Mars can change quite a bit in a mere 100 years

This blog post is about John Carter of Mars.

This blog post is actually about two men named John Carter of Mars, and they are very different men, and one of them is over a hundred years old.

I spent last night watching the first two thirds or of DIsney’s John Carter of Mars. I made the classic mistake of reading the book first.

This isn’t really going to be a long rant about how the book is better than the movie, because they are different things. Watching the movie, I can tell it is a labor of love. John Carter is from Edgar Rice Burroughs 1912 book a princes of mars, which is awesome, and then a hundred years later Disney gave us a movie after almost 80 years of trying, and the movie is awesome, as inevitable as comparisons between the two are.

The movie is awesome, and I am going to talk about that, and it made a very grave error, and I will talk about that as well.

The movie

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Free Money Hack: Coinbase just got funding and is giving away money

Hey I’m Travis, and a friend referred me to a really great deal which I want to share with all of you.

Long story short: Coinbase, the world’s leading bitcoin company, recently raised $75 million in a major funding round. To celebrate, they’re offering anyone who refers a new user that buys $101 or more in bitcoin a whopping $75 referral bonus. You can read full details here.

This is one of largest referral bonuses ever offered, period. When you buy $101 in Bitcoin, Coinbase charges you a $1 transaction fee. In return, they pay out $75 to the referring user as a thank you. You could then even immediately cash out that $100 in bitcoin back to real US dollars if you wanted to – though we are personally huge fans of Coinbase and bitcoin, and recommend keeping that $100 in bitcoin. In any case, it doesn’t take a math genius to figure out this is a net positive transaction!


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Grandma’s Boy

You know how some movies try to be serious, and are so bad, they’re good? Normally So Bad It’s Good movies are serious drama driven or genre films that slide in comedy because the execution is so poor, the actors are too hammy, and so on. This is why it’s rare to get a so bad, it’s good comedy, because when comedies are bad, it’s not funny, and you can’t laugh at something being really not funny. Grandma’s Boy is a really weird film for me to watch, because it’s a stoner comedy that slides into drama, or at least it comes off as a weird character study, albeit certainly not on purpose.

Grandma’s Boy, for reference, is a story about a loser. He’s meant to be a loser - can’t make rent, is a video game tester, 35 and doesn’t have a girlfriend, etc, your typical movie loser. Anyway, his roommate spends all the rent money on hookers, the loser has no where to live but his grandma’s

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