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There is More to Hookah Than You Think!

Hookah has been a long lasting "hobby" of mine. hookah played a decent part in my upbringing. Growing up in Cairo, Egypt literally everybody smoked hookah, sheesha as we call it, at least once in their life.

The variety of flavors is not only astonishing, but it also have a decent amount to say about the smoker. However, while the variety of flavors seems to be the obviously distinguishing factor in a person's choice in hookah, it's not! A person can have a usual, but still go out of their norm occasionally. However, a person usually only likes a certain pattern.

By pattern and holes I mean the way in which the holes are punctures through the foil that is under the coal. The pattern and the size of the holes can determine the draw and harshness of a person's hookah, as well as how well the tobacco burns. My personal preferred style is the "Arabic" style. This has one bigger hole in the center and then plenty off holes all around. It burns all of the tobacco in the bowl very well until it blacks.

Switching to Linux

On Tynan

I was eating in Chipotle, browsing Hacker News on my phone when I read some outdated article about how the NSA may or may not have backdoor access to some cryptographic function of Windows.

Considering that the NSA's interest in my computer is probably around zero, and that I don't even use windows cryptography, this backdoor probably wouldn't ever affect me. But the sentiment of it did, and it was just enough to push me over the edge.

I'm not new to Linux. In 1998 my friend Phil and I drove across town to a shabby computer store to by Slackware Linux on CD. He sideswiped a lady as we approached the parking lot, so I ran into the store to buy the CDs while he swapped insurance cards.

We ran Linux for the summer, or at least dual-booted it, but eventually practicality made way and Windows was installed again. Diablo II just wouldn't run in Linux.

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