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Matthew’s Blog
If I’m going to write for exposure, it’ll damn well be on my own website.

Essays, rants, stories, etc — all written to scratch an itch. Maybe they’ll scratch yours, too. More fiction is available on starbreaker.org. I also reply to other people’s blog posts here; replies are prefixed with “Re:” as in email. You’re welcome to do the same with anything I post here.

Re: Thoughts on Silly Hats

The operator of memex.marginalia.nu has an interesting post about silly hats today.

Literature Ain’t Burger King

The story I wanted to read wasn’t getting written. If somebody had written it, it had not been published. If it had been published, nobody thought to tell me about it. Who would I have asked, anyway? An underpaid and overworked bookstore clerk or librarian with more pressing concerns than my dissatisfaction with the selection?

Mail from SEO Spammers

I hate getting email from SEO spammers, but it’s a self-inflicted First World problem. This is what I get for having a website in the first place. They’re just trying to make a living, after all. Nevertheless, I don’t feel obligated to refrain from playing with them a little. I’ll be documenting amusing or egregious examples here.

Hearing Rainfall

I can’t speak for anybody else, but remote work since March 2020 has been good for me. I haven’t spent as much money on gasoline, fast food, snacks, or soft drinks. I’ve lost almost a hundred pounds. I’ve improved my diet. I get more exercise. I sleep better. I’m still productive at my day job. Why would I give up a good thing?

XTerm: Because Worse Is Better

Ever since I started using OpenBSD back in 2017, I’ve used XTerm whenever I needed a shell prompt. It’s not that I can’t use other terminal emulators; there are plenty packaged for OpenBSD. There’s also Kitty. I could even build my own version of the simple terminal. I just can’t be bothered.

I Voted By Mail in 2020

I just got back from dropping off my 2020 election ballot in the neighborhood postbox. While I’m not convinced voting actually helps make things better for working-class people like me, I did it anyway because I might be wrong.

I Want My BSD!

I’m a novelist you probably haven’t read, I code for a living (using mainly Microsoft tech, for my sins), and I’ve been running OpenBSD on my personal computers since 2017. If you’re familiar with the various BSD operating systems you might raise an eyebrow at my choice, since OpenBSD is the preferred OS of security-conscious system administrators.

Limited Liability: a Starbreaker story

Michael Chapman is about to launch the biggest venture of his life. Whether he succeeds or fails, the consequences will be earth-shattering, but there’s one person would rather not see the earth shattered…

The Milgram Battery: a Starbreaker story

Before Morgan Cooper can take his oath as an Adversary sworn to uphold individual rights, he must face a final ordeal: a nightmare sequenced from his own memories and the obedience experiments of Stanley Milgram.

Just Married

I married Catherine Gatt today. Looks like I get at shot at happily ever after after all. I had my doubts until the day, but I don’t regret it.