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This is the current homepage of James Pearson, known as Xiong Chiamiov across the internets.

2014-05-17

Software Engineering in Systems Administration

I am a Web Operations Engineer. While this encompasses a broad spectrum of duties, it boils down to ensuring ifixit.com spends as little time in failure states as possible. Or, to be more colloquial:

Ensure shit works.

While there are obviously technical problems abounding in such a technical... more

2014-02-09

Sheet Music: Documentation for Musicians

Musicians of all sorts are constantly practicing to improve their ability to manifest the music in their heads into the instruments they play. Where there is a large split is in how that music gets into their heads in the first place.

Some people are very good at playing by... more

2013-11-01

The Myth of the Informed Consumer

One of the primary problems of unregulated capitalism (that is, of the libertarian variety[1]) is the assumption of a perfectly-informed consumer. We do not need regulatory laws, we say, because the market will regulate itself. If a merchant sells shoddy products, he will soon find himself out of business... more



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