I can't help it. I know it's a thing that Portland always complains about this, but seriously, it was true.
I like the sun, and I like the effects it has on the world. The whole world except for me. It was too much!
There are times when you know exactly where your life is going.
Other times things get a bit fuzzy.
Today I am firmly planted into Category #1, watching Antiques Roadshow.
(I cannot be faulted as the appraiser is currently wearing a plaid suit.)
You have to be careful who you give write-access to your blog, even if you are married to them.
In any case, some randomness may be good for me. We're going to go with it.
Short update! I was unemployed the other day. Now I'm not. Doing the same job that I was, with a new username. I missed my chance to actually blog about the company I work for though, I had a short window, but that time has gone. Later.
Working, schooling, and DMing a D&D game once a week. That's a new adventure, I haven't done that in YEARS. Basically, I'm booked. Calculus and D&D make a good mix though.
So, now my shame at being out-posted on my own blog can shrink back into the background it's time to get my hipster hat and do some C++ homework.
Once a year I work towards a singular goal:
Finding a goal.
When that doesn't work, I often turn to that stuff in the cupboard that looks like butter and is made of peanuts. What's that called again? It's the one thing that can wrangle my focus away from those blurry objects that just refuse to sharpen up, dammit!
One day, after all of this is over I will finally have some peace. Let's just hope that on that day we're in the kind of world where Hostess cupcakes still exist.
Once an occurrence has occurred, it occurs to me that occurrences are often... occurrent... with other occurrences.
This thought lead me to the idea that:
1. Snails sneak more than most non-marine life,
2. Wind power isn't as useful when you're trying to invigorate your local quern stone.
Well done all! Back to work.
Wow! Big deal! Hugely important! And one of the biggest "blogs" on the internet decided to talk about it!
You're one of the biggest blogs around, commanding giant respect and readership. It's great that you decide to talk about issues, but where's the "Click here to find out how to contact your representative"? Apparently you care enough to copy-paste content from another blog, (At least that's what I think you did? But you didn't link to it so I'm not sure.) but not enough to help your giant readership figure out what to do to help? I call that failure.
Let's hit that other point a bit more too. I don't know what content on this page is actually Cory Doctorow's writing and opinion and what is simply a copy-paste from someone else. I'm pretty sure that the dark background is the "block quote" style, so I think this entire article is simply a copy-pasta job.
Maybe there's a place for something like boingboing, something that's more stream-of-consciousness blather than actual blogging. Being considered one of the "big blogs" though and then doing crap like this just leeches respectability from every blog out there that's trying to be significant, newsworthy, or relevant. Not that I don't believe there's a place for stream-of-consciousness, but take a look at something like Scalzi's Whatever blog for an example how you can be a serious blogger as well as do things like post pictures of bacon taped to cats. I'm just not sure I've ever found enough redeeming value in boingboing to offset the damage I think they do. Dear boingboing: You are the reason the internet generation is ADD and apathetic. Stop it.
tl;dr: I actually stopped reading BoingBoing a long time ago. You probably should too. Now go write to your representative and save the internet!
Also, yes, I know that I didn't post a "how to take action" link either. But this post isn't a call to action for anything other than unsubscribing from boingboing so I think I get a pass. I may try and write more about saving the internet later.
This is an incredibly important article. I like that it notes that the iPad was invented in 1968, 3 years before the invention of the microprocessor.
It's a great call-out. Why are we still imagining with yesterday's technology?
Let's go and invent a light-cycle already!
Every computer I have is being a pain in my ass. Lion is buggy and requires reboots all the time, Snow Leopard eats more RAM than the computer has available, Bodhi Linux got wiped off the laptop because I really dislike being 2 versions out of date on everything, Arch Linux is an awesome idea, but if I can't even easily set up my WiFi then you're probably doing it wrong. Gentoo on my G4 is actually pretty stable and working well ironically, but it's not using wifi or X.
And, just to be fair, windows is right out too. I used it on and off on my Thinkpad for a little while. I hate the window manager, and getting it working and maintained is at least equally as complicated as Linux, so why would I bother?
I may have to go back to Ubuntu, even though I'm really sort of tired of APT package management, just because it at least works. Although previous experience tells me that it doesn't work nearly as cleanly when you like using alternative desktop environments, as I do.
DAMMIT people, how did we let it get to this?! The current state of computers being so highly polarized to one side or the other of the "Arcane <--> Appliance" scale that it's insane. Arch Linux really did sound like a good idea to me when I was looking at distros. A basic system that lets you plug in the tools you want to build the system you need. Yes please. However the state of things is just feels so broken. The fragmentation inherent in the open source community is simultaneously one of it's greatest strengths and greatest weaknesses. I shouldn't need to install 5 different tools and figure out how to get them all to work together just to get my wifi connected. (Never mind having to choose which of several options I want for any of those 5 tools.) There's been a lot of attempts at standardization over the years and these are great, but it's still a long way from being something that "just works". Ubuntu is the best distro around for this, but the cost in freedoms and ability to customize and tweak is something I had been hoping to avoid.
Here's a good example: Ubuntu at least recognizes my keyboard properly. I thought Arch was just disliking Apple keyboards, but when installing on my Thinkpad it's also kind of wonky. (Backspace not working in vim, function keys being recognized properly, etc..) Never had trouble with that on Ubuntu.
Where's the operating system that aims to provide a usable functional base, NOT have a "blue screen" based installer that makes you learn partition your disk by hand? I want a clean install that includes a working network management daemon, automatically gets uses DHCP when I plug an ethernet cable in, mounts my removable media nicely, has X configured for my video card, gives me a choice of window managers to use to suit my personal needs and taste, and provides a package management system that lets me keep my system up to date and manage source based or "outside the official tree" installs cleanly as well?
I see why the slide towards "computing appliance" is such a big push. Making software that works and gives users choices is *HARD*. Building a coherent system that works and gives users the choices they need requires focus and coordination, often things that open source unfortunately lacks.
There's gotta be some middle ground though. Even we reasonably hardcore nerds sometimes want to just sit down, join a wifi network, and write some code...
Once bitten twice shy right? I recently bemoaned having trusted the author blurb on the front cover of a book. Well, I did it again, and this time it worked out. So much for that theory.
Heinlein would have enjoyed this exciting homage to Starship Troopers... The near future Buettner paints is as believable as it is terrible. -- Joe Haldeman
Well damn. Haldeman, the author of Forever War, thinks that this is on the level of Starship Troopers? That I will believe. In fact I put off reading the first book until I had the entire series. Boy am I glad I did that. I read book one, couldn't put it down, read book two, realized I had a midterm coming up, and proceeded to painfully put book three back on the shelf until further notice. Aaaaaargh.
I could possibly see rating this series up there with Forever War, Starship Troopers, and Armor. I have a few problems with it, but it is an utterly enjoyable read. I think it lacks some of the deeper meanings are found in some of my other favorites. I would actually put this somewhere between Haldeman/Heinlein/Steakley and Webber/Ringo. It's not pure fun fluff, but it's not really that deep. At least not yet. It does have some of the things that I usually complain about, characters just falling into convenient circumstances, things so unbelievably lucky that suspension of disbelief doesn't quite work... I'm willing to let it pass though due to mitigating circumstances. The action is not only fun, but believable, the science is believable, and the concepts realistic and possible. There are perhaps some underlying messages and lessons to learn, but it just hasn't hit me as hard as Armor. I suppose not every book can be up to that level, but I really do enjoy books that encourage me to think differently or question things. I do like the worldbuilding though. Not quite post-apocalyptic yet, the mid-apocalyptic setting is realistic and interesting, although once again not terribly deep.
Whatever I may think about this series, it is indeed eminently readable. I will be undertaking to read the next three books as soon as possible. Very seldom do I find such a page-turner like this that I just can't bring myself to put down. If it keeps up I believe this series will likely earn a permanent place on my bookshelf under the "Enjoyable, could easily read again" category.
Our [lounge] had a manual Foosball table with one of the little men broken off, a tray of yesterday's mess-hall cookies, coffee, and ancient orange furniture covered in the skin of animals so extinct I'd never heard of them. Really. I read the labels. "Naugahyde."
There are books that you know you'll like, there are books you're not sure about, and then there are books that you're truly suspicious about. Now, when you come across a book with the subtitle "A zero tolerance approach to punctuation" I think it's fair to immediately move towards the "whoa there nelly, what's this?" side of the equation.
I am here to tell you that BOY HOWDY, THAT WOULD BE A MISTAKE!!!
This book is amazing. 100% first page to last page. That's 204 pages of perfect, hilarious, informative, educational fun.
I can hear your skepticism, don't worry. A book about punctuation, can it really be that good? Let me convince you:
Consider the difference between the following:
"Verily, I say unto thee, This day thou shalt be with me in Paradise."
"Verily I say unto thee this day, Thou shalt be with me in Paradise."
Now, huge doctrinal differences hang on the placing of this comma. The first version, which is how Protestants interpret the passage (Luke, xxiii, 43), lightly skips over the whole unpleasant business of Purgatory and takes the crucified thief straight to heaven with Our Lord. The second promises Paradise at some later date (to be confirmed, as it were) and leaves Purgatory nicely in the picture for the Catholics, who believe in it. Similarly, it is argued that the Authorised Version of the Bible (and by extension Handel's Messiah) misleads on the true interpretation of Isaiah xl, 3. Once again consider the difference:
"The Voice of him that crieth in the wilderness: Prepare ye the way of the Lord."
"The voice of him that crieth: In the wilderness prepare ye the way of the Lord"
"Comfort ye my people"
(Please go and comfort my people)
"Comfort ye, my people"
(Just cheer up you lot; it might never happen)
Of course, if Hebrew or any other ancient languages had included punctuation (in the case of Hebrew, a few vowels might have been nice as well), two thousand years of scriptural exegesis need never have occurred, and a lot of clever, dandruffy people could definitely have spent more time in the fresh air.
It goes on from there, and gets even better as we learn that indeed, not only did they fail to have punctuation, but that theyevenleftoutthespaces. (theybelieveddifficultyinreading (argh, I'll stop!) encouraged healthy meditation and the glorification of God. Something about how your heart lifted in praise once you figured out what the heck you were looking at.
Now, given the quote there I really shouldn't need to convince you any further. This is a book you should read. However I would like to continue to try and wax eloquent about just how much I think you should read it. Do you really know how to use a comma? I mean really know? How about actually using an ellipses correctly rather than just indicating that you're trailing off... Do you avoid semicolons because you believe that they are "middle class" or perhaps dangerously addictive? This book will solve all those problems for you.
The best part however, is that you will laugh while you learn. Really laugh. Lynne Truss is an amazing writer, and really does give you the information in a way that will stick with you. This is not dry, this is not boring, and this is very educational. I was already one of those people hates seeing quotes on signs like:
"Drivers" turn off your engines
(No kidding, this is on a sign I walk by every day. If I only had some green paint...)
Having read this book however I now recognize that not only am I not alone, but there are many other horrible grammatical errors common to signs and headlines everywhere!
This book was loaned to me and I will now have to return it, however I may need to pick up my own copy! I will leave you with the following quote, which has a handwritten exclamation point from the gentleman who loaned it to me. I couldn't agree more with that thought. I would've used a highlighter.
A woman, without her man, is nothing.
A woman: with her, man is nothing.