Free, defiant, and without a security label
James Mickens is a CS researcher (“Galactic Viceroy of Research Magnificence”) who among other things
writes wrote for the online version of Usenix’s magazine ;login: (called ;login: logout, published every other month). Here are some of his articles:
- [May 2013] The Saddest Moment
- [July 2013] Mobile Computing Research Is a Hornet’s Nest of Deception and Chicanery
- [September 2013] The Slow Winter
- [November 2013] The Night Watch
- [January 2014] This World of Ours
- [March 2014] To Wash It All Away
Reading these is an epiphany akin to one’s first encounter with Dave Barry or Airplane!
See also this video, where he answers questions like “What’s the best piece of advice you have ever received?” (Answer: “The best piece of advice was probably ‘Stay out of jail’. That came from my dad.”)
Edit [2014-03-13]: Apparently the March 2014 column is his last for the magazine; updated post.