Birch Street Computing -

about me

John M is a Linux fan in Lowell, MA.

I work at at a company writing software. I fool around with Free and Open Source software for fun & profit.

I was big into and you can still see some of what I listen to there. I can also be found using github and recently sourcehut as well as bitbucket (historically). I don't care for most popular social media sites. If I have an account on one or the other it's probably either old and unused or was created just for tinkering.


Links to things I like, use, or otherwise feel is worth sharing. Things I'd like to see get more popular.


I've taken the week off. It's not company policy, I don't have to, but I always feel idle at work when coming in during these odd short weeks. The worst is the day after Christmas, I've done it before and didn't enjoy it. If I was deep into a project where I could work independently for a while it would be different, I think. Anyway, with a free week I can catch up on some reading... I haven't read a whole book since this summer.

Since I don't feel like doing anything difficult, I will very briefly rate the CDs I received as Xmas gifts:

  • Made Out of Babies - The Ruiner [4.5/5] - The vocals are both frightening and inviting at the same time. :-) Favorite tracks: Cooker, The Major.

  • Dillinger Escape Plan - Ire Works [4/5] - I love the pseudo-pop and Patton-esque parts... of course I like Patton's music so I guess that seems to make sense. Favorite tracks: Black Bubblegum, When Acting as a Particle.

  • Deadbird - Twilight Ritual [3.5/5] - I haven't listened to it enough to make a solid decision, but its pretty decent. Got it on a whim, due to Amazon recommendations.

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