I'm Alex Kearney, a PhD student studying Computer Science at the University of Alberta. I focus on Artificial Intelligence and Epistemology.


I'd love to see the distribution of random seeds chosen for ML experiments. I bet 42 is over-represented.


Losing power during the winter is an eerie thing. Really reminds you how much our way of life depends on utilities.


A socially distant visit


closing tabs is self-care


Everyone is talking about finding gray hairs from the stress of 2020.

I just found a white beard hair, so maybe I’ll age into a wizard instead.


Behold the loaf


  • took a mini holiday
  • added unit-testing to my indieblog
  • small typesetting and UX changes
  • made it possible to post multiple photos quickly
  • generated PGP and SSH keys
  • made my first batch of eggnog


Check what your key id is:

gpg --list-keys

The output will display: rsaXXXX/your_key_id_here

The key fingerprint will also be listed below.


Check a key fingerprint:

gpg --with-fingerprint <public_key.asc>


Let's say that you have a secret key on a card device (e.g., a yubikey) and you don't want it on the device anymore.

gpg --delete-secret-keys <key-id>

You can verify the key has been removed by running

gpg --card-status

which will display all the info about the card. Under general info sec# should now be listed instead of sec> this means that the secret key is now stored offline and not on the device.


If you're using MacOS, add this to your bash configuration, typically ~/.bash_profile.

 # Restart the GPG agent
 gpg-connect-agent KILLAGENT /bye
 gpg-connect-agent /bye 
 gpg-connect-agent updatestartuptty /bye > /dev/null

 # SSH authentication managed by GPG
 if [ -S $(gpgconf --list-dirs agent-ssh-socket) ]; then
   export SSH_AUTH_SOCK=$(gpgconf --list-dirs agent-ssh-socket)
 else
   echo "$(gpgconf --list-dirs agent-ssh-socket) doesn't exist. Is gpg-agent running ?"
 fi 


I took some cuttings before the frost and they just rooted. I feel like a plant magician.


I unit-tested a personal project and now I feel like I deserve a gold star or a cookie