On Beckett – Krapp and Databases

Relational databases have been rationalized and implemented since the 1970s as the successor to traditional navigational based databases that computers originally used. Relational systems initially depended on content within the database rather than standard links. Within these relational systems would exist a key, or rather a piece of content that would exist across all tables within the database to string tables together. These relations would loop together when information is to be queried by a database navigator. This loop functions much like the tapes that Krapp uses to tap into his memories, rendering his collection a database, and his querying of information a search through tables or sound bytes to relay desired information.


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Book Review: Strange Gourmets: Sophistication, Theory and the Novel


Joseph Litvak’s Strange Gourmets: Sophistication, Theory and the Novel looks to relay the true value of sophistication, and reconstruct the bridge between the class distinctions of sophistication and sexual politics. The definition of sophistication has changed throughout the years with the constant metamorphosis of cultural structures.  Sophistication is taken out of its current context of engendering “worldliness,” and re-framed to show how it originally was taken: as a sort of perversion. Throughout the book, Litvak provides a close reading of two of Jane Austen’s novels, Vanity Fair, In Search of Lost Time, and both Adorno and Barthes in relation to Litvak’s conception of this new (and old) definition of sophistication. The problem with this book is that it gets caught in defining its own criticism throughout the pages. If his angle of argument was more properly defined in the introduction (or his passage on the cultural critics was placed earlier), it would have allowed the reader to better focus on and understand his critique of the content.

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WPTip – How to Install WordPress Locally with XAMPP

Recently, one thing I find myself doing more often is building local WordPress environments on my computer for clients. Unfortunately, I’ve run my database cap on my own hosting, so I can’t host working versions of their sites online. To get around this, I turned my computer into a local WordPress environment through the help of XAMPP, or the LAMP environment. When you do this, you not only have the ability to just host a multitude of sites on your computer, but you’re also able to play around with themes, theme modifications, and styling.


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The Future Pitfall of an Evolving Digital Landscape

As I was scrolling through my usual feed this morning consisting of ten different platforms with ten similarly guarded accounts, I came across the news that a recent malware exploit, dubbed “gooligan” compromised 1 million Google accounts. The exploit roots your phone (if it is running any flavor of android 4 or 5) and compromises authentication tokens. The process continues by installing unwanted apps to your phone linked to the malware, and rates them to raise the app’s reputation. People (not including myself thankfully because I run the latest OS [Nexus and Pixel users get special treatment]), then flocked to usual safe havens like haveibeenpwned.com or checkpoint.com to see if their details were compromised. If details were compromised, users have to evaluate their situation with a list of questions:

  • How many accounts was my Google account linked to?
  • Do I use the same information for multiple outlets?
  • Why haven’t I changed my password in over two years?
  • Did I feed my dog this morning?

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Twitter Bots: Useful, Dangerous, or Both

The world of tomorrow is a terrifying place – looks like we have some tidying-up to do.

Recently I was asked to take a look at two articles related to Twitter bots. Rob Dubbin’s The Rise of Twitter Bots was a more relaxed take on the subject: Twitter bots represent a long spanning gamut between wasting time and a reminder of surveillance. The other, Mark Sample’s piece on protest bots, looked to take a deeper look into how to effectively create protest on the internet by arming bots with more than just simple repetitions, but rather intricate creations of an uncanny environment that captures attention. Twitter has graciously opened their API for development which made all of these creative and powerful ventures possible, but we should rather look towards the future of Twitter bots, specifically how artificial intelligence will affect a platform like this.

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