The Blog of Beckley


Few things annoy this foodie more than fanatics raving about/loving pizza from a roach-infested pizza dive claiming it’s “the best ever”. Oh your poor taste buds and sorely neglected expectations and digestive system! Scorched, under-cooked thin slabs of doughy ickyness with red circles floating in grease on top is not pizza!

An Untold Danger of Ditching Religion

moments of clarity on the Blog of Beckley

It sounds much more dramatic that what it actually is, but yes, I’ve ditched religion/dogma/spirituality completely. A variety of things led to it, and I’m not yet comfortable enough writing about that yet to discuss it, except to admit that it’s happened. It’s only been a short time officially, but it’s been several years in…

Never Forget, and Never Again


Dear Internet, I assure you, and you should really trust me on this, we will never forget. If for no other reason that all the internet equivalent of bumper stickers reminding us to “never forget”. Permit me to propose an addendum to this sound-byte wisdom: “, and never again”. I’m sure that immediately appeals to…


It’s exhausting constantly waiting for someone to finally figure out that when you said you didn’t want to ever see or speak to them again, that you honestly meant ‘ever’ in the very literal sense.

Obama Comes Out in Favor of Net Neutrality


Yesterday President Obama directly came out in favor of “net neutrality”, letting the FCC know that their plans for the future of the internet are not only wrong, but against the wishes of the American public: “I personally, the position of my administration… is that you don’t want to start getting a differentiation in how…

Dropbox + Calibre for the rest of us

Dropbox and Calibre

I have a lot of eBooks. So many, that I may in fact have a problem and need to attend some kind of meetings. Seriously. I love books, I love to read them, and I used to have shelves upon shelves of them before the greatest downsizing in the history of the world. Now I…

Do Not Track Me vs Disconnect

Lifehacker just released its 2014 lists of essential extensions for Firefox, and notably missing was Do Not Track Me (DNTM) from Abine. The anti-tracking solution they recommend is Disconnect, of which I’d not heard until I read their article. I’m always on the look out for a better solution to general privacy when using the…