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.

Wishlist 2007

  • Juggler of Worlds [SY]

    Novel by Larry Niven, Edward Lerner

  • The Legacy of Heorot

    Novel by Larry Niven

  • The System of the World

    Novel by Neal Stephenson

  • Economic Facts and Fallacies

    Book by Thomas Sowell

  • The Mind of the Market: Compassionate Apes, Competitive Humans, and Other Tales from Evolutionary Economics

    Book by Michael Shermer

  • The Drunkard's Walk: How Randomness Rules Our Lives [SY]

    Book by Leonard Mlodinow

  • Iron Man

    DVD (2008)

  • Gravity X

    CD by Truckfighters

  • Mirrored

    CD by Battles

  • The Sense Apparatus

    CD by Frantic Bleep

  • Ithyphallic

    CD by Nile

  • Dead Mountain Mouth

    CD by Genghis Tron

  • Palace Of Mirrors [SY]

    CD by Estradasphere

  • Wii Points Card

  • Conan - The Complete Quest [Y]

    DVD starring Arnnold Schwarzenegger (aka The Governator)

  • The Maltese Falcon [Y]


  • Super Mario Galaxy [Y]

    Wii Game

  • Childhood's End [Y]

    Novel by Arthur C. Clarke

  • Ire Works [Y]

    CD by The Dillinger Escape Plan

  • The Ruiner [Y]

    CD by Made Out Of Babies

  • Twilight Ritual [Y]

    CD by Deadbird

  • The Road to Serfdom: Text and Documents [Y]

    Book by F. A. Hayek

  • Prophet of Innovation: Joseph Schumpeter and Creative Destruction [Y]

    Book by Thomas K. McCraw

  • On The Wealth of Nations [Y]

    Book by P. J. O'Rourke

  • Understanding Linux Network Internals [Y]

    Book by Christian Benvenuti

  • The Color of Magic [Y]

    Novel by Terry Pratchett

  • Old Man's War [Y]

    Novel by John Scalzi

  • The Door into Summer [Y]

    Novel by Robert Heinlein

  • Star Trek The Animated Series [Y]


  • Futurama: The Beast with a Billion Backs [Y]


Important note on clothing:

As I have changed jobs, I no longer work at company that has any real sort of dress code. I now have far more dress shirts and ties than I need. Thanks :-)

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