chrisaldrich / Chris Aldrich

I’m a Johns Hopkins trained biomedical and electrical engineer with a variety of interests in information theory, biology, big history, abstract and theoretical mathematics, evolution, genetics, microbiology, transgenetics, translational medicine, mnemonics, and the entertainment industry including: finance, distribution, representation.

There are forty-three people in chrisaldrich’s collective.

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  1. The Case for Reparations - The Atlantic - Ta-Nehisi Coates

    Two hundred fifty years of slavery. Ninety years of Jim Crow. Sixty years of separate but equal. Thirty-five years of racist housing policy. Until we reckon with our compounding moral debts, America will never be whole.

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  2. Learn Morse Code from a Memory Champ (in 15 minutes)

    This is a video I’ve been wanting to do for a while (in part because I’ve wanted to learn Morse Code myself, for years!) and I’ve also had many requests for it.

    In my mind, there are 2 ways to go about learning Morse Code. So here are both ways!

    It’s one of my lengthier videos, but hopefully it will help anyone who watches this, to learn Morse Code completely in just 15 minutes, with a little bit of help from some mnemonics.

    Here is the standard International Morse Code pdf I reference in the video:

    And also, all of the silly phrases for all the letters in the alphabet (lowercase signifies a dot, caps signifies a dash):

    (other options can be found here:

    A: a - PART B: BOB - is - the - man C: CO - ca - CO - la D: DOG - did - it E: eh? F: fetch - a - FIRE - man G: GOOD - GRAV - y H: hip - i - ty - hop I: i - bid J: in - JAWS - JAWS - JAWS K: KANG - a - ROO L: los - AN - ge - les M: MMMM - MMMM N: NU - dist O: OH - MY - GOD P: a - POOP - Y - smell Q: GOD - SAVE - the - QUEEN R: ro -TAT - ion S: si - si - si T: TALL U: u - ni - FORM V: vic - tor - y - VEE W: the - WORLD - WAR X: X - marks - the - SPOT Y: YOU’RE - a - COOL - DUDE Z: ZINC - ZOO - kee - per

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  3. Politics and the English Language by George Orwell

    "Politics and the English Language" (1946) is an essay by George Orwell that criticised the "ugly and inaccurate" written English of his time and examines the connection between political orthodoxies and the debasement of language.

    The essay focuses on political language, which, according to Orwell, "is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind". Orwell believed that the language used was necessarily vague or meaningless because it was intended to hide the truth rather than express it. This unclear prose was a "contagion" which had spread to those who did not intend to hide the truth, and it concealed a writer’s thoughts from himself and others. Orwell encourages concreteness and clarity instead of vagueness, and individuality over political conformity.

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  4. Micro Monday 81: Chris Aldrich, aka @c

    Chris Aldrich is a modern-day cyberneticist, a trained biomedical and electrical engineer, and a talent manager/producer who has a “horrible IndieWeb hobby that probably takes up more time than it should.”

    We talk about how he got into the entertainment business by building a 3D heart, and how he came to the IndieWeb via one of Leo Laporte’s shows on TWiT. We commiserate about the difficulty of getting people to move from Facebook to the IndieWeb, especially our parents.

    Chris’s About page

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  5. American Nations, American Union: Interview with Colin Woodard

    Few books have influenced my view of American history and politics more than Colin Woodard’s American Nations: A History of the Eleven Rival Regional Cultures of North America. We’ve been divided since the beginning, Woodard argues, and this has influenced every aspect of American history, not to mention its future. He has a new book coming out in May, Union, which expands this thesis further.

    Get American Nations here.

    And get Colin’s new book, Union: The Struggle to Forge the Story of United States Nationhood, here.

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  6. 26-minute podcast

    I have a bunch of things on my mind ready to go this morning, including the next in a series of voicemailcasts with Doc Searls, a defense of XML when used as an object serializer, and the awful tendency of techies, esp those who work at Google, to have little respect for stuff that works, always wanting to reinvent without using their supposedly brilliant minds to evaluate their approach, and thereby burning decades of knowhow on a bonfire of geek vanity. Probably a few other things I’m not remembering at the moment. #

    Okay first up is the 26-minute podcast that follows Doc’s kickoff of our nascent series. You will feel like you’re eavesdropping on a conversation between two old friends, which is totally what it is. I remember the first time I met Doc, in Buck’s restaurant in Woodside, CA. I also remember very clearly the day in 1999 I was at his house in Redwood City, helping him get going with his Manila blog, he was one of the very first, and understood blogging in an instant. Doc looks like Wilford Brimley. He got the name Doc because he was a radio personality in North Carolina in the 1970s. He has a radio voice. In this voicemail I talk about Fargo, the masterful FX series. I just watched season 2 and am now working my way through season 3. I talk about my development process for the last decade or so. Very different from the previous 30 years. That’s just the beginning. It’s a content-rich podcast. Hope you listen and enjoy. Looking forward to Doc’s rebut.#

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  7. Scripting News: Friday, January 10, 2020

    I’ve been wanting to bootstrap a podcast with Doc Searls for the longest time. When we get together, our conversations are fluid, and full of ideas and stories. In the last few years we’ve started to exchange voicemails using the iPhone voice memo app. A few days ago I said to Doc, in a voicemail of course, that we should try to do a podcast that was just a series of voicemails. Nothing more fancy than that. So here’s Doc’s first podcast, to kick things off. He talks about what I call future-safe archives. Ideas follow. I think we should retire domains the way sports teams retire numbers. We should have a plan for how to preserve the web, not a photograph of the web (that’s what does). BTW, since this podcast is part of, it is backed up every night. The original is on Amazon S3, which I think it is the most stable and affordable publicly available storage system. If it didn’t exist, I’d be begging them to create it. #

    An interesting idea in Doc’s voicemailcast, apparently Google doesn’t crawl the web these days, they use the addresses of pages that Chrome users visit. Makes total sense. It’s why his pages don’t show up in Google search until he goes there. Hadn’t thought of this. #

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