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WELCOME TO THE NICKSPHERE!

I'm Nicholas Johnson, the sole maintainer and writer for the Nicksphere, my online journal where I write about computing, philosophy, privacy, society, spirituality, and other things. Sometimes I write about other people's ideas and I don't avoid topics that are considered taboo or "far out" by the mainstream.


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5 Aug 2022 - 2 minute read

Comparing Multi-Factor Authentication Methods


30 Jul 2022 - 2 minute read

[Website] Chat Control


20 Jul 2022 - 8 minute read

Autism and Memory


6 Jul 2022 - 5 minute read

The Dream of Life


4 Jul 2022 - 4 minute read

[Website] Wait Until 8th


3 Jul 2022 - 2 minute read

Why Biden Should Expand The Supreme Court


2 Jul 2022 - 11 minute read

Identifying And Processing Emotions With Alexithymia


29 Jun 2022 - 3 minute read

Lock Him Up


23 Jun 2022 - 5 minute read

How to Proselytize Free Software


19 Jun 2022 - 5 minute read

The Power of Convenience


18 Jun 2022 - 14 minute read

Extreme Capitalism Ruins Everything


8 Jun 2022 - 3 minute read

[Video] Jordan Klepper Debunks The "Good Guy with a Gun" Argument


7 Jun 2022 - 7 minute read

Why Autistic People Are Targets of Manipulation and How to Avoid Becoming a Victim


27 May 2022 - 4 minute read

What is Sensory Overload Like?


26 May 2022 - 3 minute read

Don't Fly The Thin Blue Line Flag


23 May 2022 - 2 minute read

The Best Way to Proselytize Mindfulness


22 May 2022 - 2 minute read

Anybody Can Solve a Rubik's Cube Blindfolded


21 May 2022 - 4 minute read

On Cultural Appropriation


20 May 2022 - 5 minute read

Don't Rely Exclusively on a VPN For Online Privacy and Security


16 May 2022 - 39 minute read

Coming Out as Autistic


11 May 2022 - 1 minute read

[Video] The Current Plot to Rig U.S. Elections


8 May 2022 - 2 minute read

Why You Cannot Get Rid of Your Ego


4 May 2022 - 17 minute read

Thoughts on Spirituality


1 May 2022 - 2 minute read

Journal Update 020


1 May 2022 - 4 minute read

Get an Eco-Friendly Burial


29 Apr 2022 - 3 minute read

Consider Death


26 Apr 2022 - 8 minute read

Gemini Appreciation Entry


24 Apr 2022 - 6 minute read

Implications of Synthetic Media


22 Apr 2022 - 4 minute read

Businesses Should be Required to Accept Cash


21 Apr 2022 - 2 minute read

Free International Texting Without a Phone Number


18 Apr 2022 - 3 minute read

How Extreme Wealth Inequality Harms The Wealthy


18 Apr 2022 - 5 minute read

Is Beastiality Immoral?


12 Apr 2022 - 8 minute read

It's Not Necessarily Irrational to Believe Things You Can't Justify to Others


11 Apr 2022 - 2 minute read

GPL vs Permissive Licenses


11 Apr 2022 - 5 minute read

On The Intellectual Dark Web


8 Apr 2022 - 1 minute read

Taking Back The Web With Haketilo


6 Apr 2022 - 8 minute read

[Organization] Let Grow


27 Mar 2022 - 2 minute read

Don't Call People Homophobic, Transphobic, or Islamophobic


27 Mar 2022 - 3 minute read

On Transgender Athletes


27 Mar 2022 - 2 minute read

Language Shouldn't Be Exclusive


26 Mar 2022 - 4 minute read

Fighting The War On Drugs With Jury Nullification


23 Mar 2022 - 3 minute read

Encryption is a Timer, Not a Lock


15 Mar 2022 - 10 minute read

[Documentary] Line Goes Up - The Problem With NFTs


14 Mar 2022 - 2 minute read

PSA: You Can Remove Your Property From Street View Services


14 Mar 2022 - 2 minute read

Come Watch Me Present at LibrePlanet 2022!


14 Mar 2022 - 2 minute read

Journal Update 019


5 Mar 2022 - 1 minute read

[Website] Visualizing Wealth Inequality And Mass Incarceration


3 Mar 2022 - 2 minute read

Journal Update 018


28 Feb 2022 - 5 minute read

Why I Don't Use a Pseudonym


28 Feb 2022 - 3 minute read

Psychedelics Are a Rite of Passage


25 Feb 2022 - 2 minute read

Git Is Not Github. Git Is Not Github. Git Is Not Github.


24 Feb 2022 - 5 minute read

How to Transfer Large Files From One Computer to Another


5 Feb 2022 - 11 minute read

Paying Close Attention to Experience


31 Jan 2022 - 5 minute read

Start Fresh In Every Moment


22 Jan 2022 - 15 minute read

Automation, Bullshit Jobs, And Work


20 Jan 2022 - 2 minute read

On Drug Checking Tools


16 Jan 2022 - 4 minute read

Always Use Tor


9 Jan 2022 - 2 minute read

You Don't Need An Antivirus


9 Jan 2022 - 2 minute read

Use a Password Manager


9 Jan 2022 - 4 minute read

Toll Roads Should Be Illegal


3 Jan 2022 - 10 minute read

Goodbye PGP


30 Dec 2021 - 1 minute read

Statement of GPG Key Transition


26 Dec 2021 - 7 minute read

Why I Don't Have a Smartphone


16 Dec 2021 - 3 minute read

There Is Nothing Wrong With Incest


13 Dec 2021 - 2 minute read

Warning to Monero Users


13 Dec 2021 - 4 minute read

Debugging Neomutt


12 Dec 2021 - 7 minute read

The Narrative Self


2 Dec 2021 - 2 minute read

Journal Update 017


2 Dec 2021 - 3 minute read

I Wish I Could Endorse the Waking Up App


2 Dec 2021 - 2 minute read

Breaking My Promise


26 Nov 2021 - 5 minute read

"If You Don't Like It Then Just Leave"


25 Nov 2021 - 1 minute read

Turn Off Surveillance Devices


19 Nov 2021 - 7 minute read

A Nation of Temporarily Embarrassed Millionaires


13 Nov 2021 - 7 minute read

Future-Proof Digital Timestamping


10 Nov 2021 - 10 minute read

The Privacy Implications of Weak AI


4 Nov 2021 - 4 minute read

Leak All the Data


19 Oct 2021 - 16 minute read

On Compassion


11 Oct 2021 - 5 minute read

Why I Don't Trust Police and Neither Should You


9 Oct 2021 - 1 minute read

Journal Update 016


6 Oct 2021 - 2 minute read

Don't Let Cannabis Dispensaries Scan Your ID


2 Oct 2021 - 21 minute read

Struggle to Graduate Without Nonfree Software


28 Sep 2021 - 2 minute read

Oxen Security Fail


16 Sep 2021 - 5 minute read

Shouting Into the Void


10 Sep 2021 - 3 minute read

Journal Update 015


5 Sep 2021 - 20 minute read

Antinatalism


28 Aug 2021 - 2 minute read

Site Update 014


28 Aug 2021 - 14 minute read

Dealing With Close-Minded People


21 Aug 2021 - 13 minute read

Manufacturing Agreement


19 Aug 2021 - 2 minute read

Disgustingly Rich


25 Jul 2021 - 6 minute read

Flygskam


18 Jul 2021 - 12 minute read

Avoid Using Cryptocurrency


9 Jul 2021 - 2 minute read

Site Update 013


30 Jun 2021 - 6 minute read

Integrated Activism


28 Jun 2021 - 4 minute read

Get the Vaccine


16 Jun 2021 - 23 minute read

My Career Path


10 Jun 2021 - 1 minute read

Site Update 012


31 May 2021 - 3 minute read

Don't Use Github


30 May 2021 - 7 minute read

Banning Facial Recognition Isn't Enough


21 May 2021 - 7 minute read

The Cult of Productivity


12 May 2021 - 11 minute read

Private Online Shopping


6 May 2021 - 13 minute read

Mourning the Loss of Privacy


2 May 2021 - 3 minute read

Site Update 011


9 Apr 2021 - 1 minute read

[Video] Car Surveillance: an Unregulated Privacy Disaster


8 Apr 2021 - 1 minute read

[Book] The Selfish Gene


7 Apr 2021 - 2 minute read

Site Update 010


7 Apr 2021 - 2 minute read

Cover Your Cameras


29 Mar 2021 - 9 minute read

Don't Record Others Without Permission


19 Mar 2021 - 4 minute read

Git Privacy


18 Mar 2021 - 1 minute read

[Video] Monero: More Anonymous Than Cash


12 Mar 2021 - 5 minute read

On Malware


9 Mar 2021 - 3 minute read

[Video] Is Your Keyboard Spying on You?


4 Mar 2021 - 8 minute read

The Meaning of Life


1 Mar 2021 - 1 minute read

[Video] Don't Talk to the Police


21 Feb 2021 - 2 minute read

Site Update 009


7 Feb 2021 - 1 minute read

[Video] You Should Delete Your Whatsapp ASAP


6 Feb 2021 - 8 minute read

The Addiction to Thinking


3 Feb 2021 - 12 minute read

[Documentary] The Norden: Prison


31 Jan 2021 - 1 minute read

Site Update 008


29 Jan 2021 - 3 minute read

[Book] Waking Up


27 Jan 2021 - 10 minute read

Dead Man's Switch


22 Jan 2021 - 6 minute read

[Article] You Should Be Using an Old Computer


19 Jan 2021 - 4 minute read

[Documentary] Sicko


18 Jan 2021 - 4 minute read

Consumer Data Protection is a Distraction


17 Jan 2021 - 8 minute read

On Spirituality


16 Jan 2021 - 1 minute read

[Video] Atheist Debates - Supernatural Causation


16 Jan 2021 - 1 minute read

[Video] Atheist Debates - Pascal's Wager


16 Jan 2021 - 1 minute read

[Video] Atheist Debates - Argument From Design, Part 2: What Are the Odds?


16 Jan 2021 - 1 minute read

[Video] Atheist Debates - Argument From Design, Part 1: Order and Purpose


14 Jan 2021 - 3 minute read

[Video] Fixing Social Media for Good


11 Jan 2021 - 2 minute read

[Video] TikTok - a Trojan Horse into China's Dystopia


9 Jan 2021 - 1 minute read

Site Update 007


9 Jan 2021 - 3 minute read

[Fable] The Fable of the Dragon Tyrant


7 Jan 2021 - 1 minute read

[Podcast] Why Trump is Unfit For Office


7 Jan 2021 - 3 minute read

[Podcast] The Key to Trump's Appeal


6 Jan 2021 - 16 minute read

On Blockchain


30 Dec 2020 - 1 minute read

[Essay] The Simulation Argument


30 Dec 2020 - 1 minute read

[Book] Lying


29 Dec 2020 - 1 minute read

[Video] Vengeance


28 Dec 2020 - 5 minute read

The Privacy Paradox


27 Dec 2020 - 1 minute read

Site Update 006


25 Dec 2020 - 5 minute read

IPv6 Adoption


24 Dec 2020 - 2 minute read

Site Update 005


20 Dec 2020 - 2 minute read

Social Media Alternatives


17 Dec 2020 - 5 minute read

Atom and RSS


16 Dec 2020 - 9 minute read

Avoiding Automobile Surveillance


13 Dec 2020 - 1 minute read

Site Update 004


12 Dec 2020 - 11 minute read

The Nonlinearity of Intelligence


9 Dec 2020 - 2 minute read

Site Update 003


7 Dec 2020 - 6 minute read

The Pledge of Allegiance


4 Dec 2020 - 2 minute read

Shining Light on the Dark Side of Law Enforcement


1 Dec 2020 - 7 minute read

Bringing Civility to Public Discourse With the Steel Man Technique


28 Nov 2020 - 9 minute read

Newcomb's Paradox Resolved


26 Nov 2020 - 5 minute read

Why Superman Isn't Brave


25 Nov 2020 - 17 minute read

Thoughts on Logic


21 Nov 2020 - 7 minute read

Get an Anonymous Phone Number with DTMF.io


20 Nov 2020 - 1 minute read

Stop Amazon's Police State


19 Nov 2020 - 9 minute read

Remote Fair Coin Flipping with Friends


16 Nov 2020 - 9 minute read

Avoiding Consumer Surveillance


14 Nov 2020 - 3 minute read

Raising the Bar on Privacy


13 Nov 2020 - 1 minute read

Site Update 002


8 Nov 2020 - 17 minute read

Legalize All Drugs


2 Nov 2020 - 6 minute read

The Eternal Here and Now


30 Oct 2020 - 2 minute read

Site Update 001


29 Oct 2020 - 14 minute read

Using Email


20 Oct 2020 - 12 minute read

Use Free Software


11 Oct 2020 - 22 minute read

Metaethics


22 Sep 2020 - 7 minute read

Thoughts on Blogging


21 Sep 2020 - 2 minute read

SIUe Unauthenticated SMTP Server


9 Sep 2020 - 7 minute read

Networked EV Charging Stations


22 Aug 2020 - 15 minute read

Free Will is Incoherent - Part 2


2 Aug 2020 - 9 minute read

Ego Traps


26 Jul 2020 - 11 minute read

Back Up Your Data


2 Jul 2020 - 7 minute read

Why I Left ITS


19 Jun 2020 - 10 minute read

Free Will is Incoherent - Part 1


14 Jun 2020 - 16 minute read

Doublethink


10 Jun 2020 - 8 minute read

SIUe e-ID Creation and Maintenance Problems


6 Jun 2020 - 1 minute read

SIUe Cyberstalking Feature


23 May 2020 - 21 minute read

Exposing Zoom


2 May 2020 - 11 minute read

The Self


30 Apr 2020 - 11 minute read

Rejecting Visual Studio


10 Apr 2020 - 14 minute read

The Victim Mentality Versus Individual Responsibility


30 Mar 2020 - 8 minute read

The Tipping Point - Rejecting Windows, Zoom, Lockdown Browser, and the Lockdown Monitor


30 Mar 2020 - 5 minute read

Rejecting Discord and Google Colab


30 Mar 2020 - 11 minute read

Inception - Rejecting Discord, Draw.io, and Visual Studio



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