Archive for February 2005

wordpress remove curly quotes

ahhhhhhhhh Thank you!!

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Jef Raskin

The Joy of Tech has a great panel on Jef Raskin. Thank you Jef.

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our cat exists for our entertainment

no, but… this sure is cute:

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Nooked Wants to be Yahoo for RSS

Nooked Wants to be Yahoo for RSS: “

Moonwatcher reports:

Nooked Wants to be Yahoo for RSS

Feed discovery goes old-school, eschewing search for the tried-and-true directory approach.

PR RSS service provider Nooked has introduced a new resource for finding corporate RSS feeds. Although it’s a bit sparse at the moment, the company hopes that corporations will add their own feeds to the directory, located at http://dir.nooked.com/home.dir.

While I applaud the efforts to get corporations blogging, I’m not sure I want yet another search engine for a specific category of content…

(Via musings.)

*I’M* interested if I can find content in categories of bangin’ techno and woodworking. A whole world full of niches.

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Simpson Strong Ties – timelapse

Hey, check out a timelapse movie of me creating a couple of work benches using some Simpson Strong Ties. These things basically turn wood into Lego. I’m thoroughly impressed. Very cool stuff. For about $130, I now have two 2’x4’x36″ workbenches, one open front, and one with a shelf. If I’d gone down the route of both being open, it would have been about $30 less. I think it would be pretty freakin’ hard to beat that price!

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We’ll Miss You, Hunter

“We have become a Nazi monster in the eyes of the whole world, a nation of bullies and bastards who would rather kill than live peacefully. We are not just Whores for power and oil, but killer whores with hate and fear in our hearts. We are human scum, and that is how history will judge us. No redeeming social value. Just whores. Get out of our way, or we’ll kill you. Who does vote for these dishonest shitheads? Who among us can be happy and proud of having all this innocent blood on our hands? Who are these swine? These flag-sucking half-wits who get fleeced and fooled by stupid little rich kids like George Bush? They are the same ones who wanted to have Muhammad Ali locked up for refusing to kill gooks. They speak for all that is cruel and stupid and vicious in the American character. They are the racists and hate mongers among us; they are the Ku Klux Klan. I piss down the throats of these Nazis. And I am too old to worry about whether they like it or not. Fuck them.”

“Fuck the South. Fuck ’em. We should have let them go when they wanted to leave. But no, we had to kill half a million people so they’d stay part of our special Union. Fighting for the right to keep slaves – yeah, those are states we want to keep. And now what do we get? We’re the fucking Arrogant Northeast Liberal Elite? How about this for arrogant: the South is the Real America? The Authentic America. Really? Cause we fucking founded this country, assholes. Those Founding Fathers you keep going on and on about? All that bullshit about what you think they meant by the Second Amendment giving you the right to keep your assault weapons in the glove compartment because you didn’t bother to read the first half of the fucking sentence? Who do you think those wig-wearing lacy-shirt sporting revolutionaries were? They were fucking blue-staters, dickhead. Boston? Philadelphia? New York? Hello? Think there might be a reason all the fucking monuments are up here in our backyard? No, No. Get the fuck out. We’re not letting you visit the Liberty Bell and fucking Plymouth Rock anymore until you get over your real American selves and start respecting those other nine amendments. Who do you think those fucking stripes on the flag are for? Nine are for fucking blue states. And it would be 10 if those Vermonters had gotten their fucking Subarus together and broken off from New York a little earlier. Get it? We started this shit, so don’t get all uppity about how real you are you Johnny-come-lately “Oooooh I’ve been a state for almost a hundred years” dickheads. Fuck off. Arrogant? You wanna talk about us Northeasterners being fucking arrogant? What’s more American than arrogance? Hmmm? Maybe horsies? I don’t think so. Arrogance is the fucking cornerstone of what it means to be American. And I wouldn’t be so fucking arrogant if I wasn’t paying for your fucking bridges, bitch. All those Federal taxes you love to hate? It all comes from us and goes to you, so shut up and enjoy your fucking Tennessee Valley Authority electricity and your fancy highways that we paid for. And the next time Florida gets hit by a hurricane you can come crying to us if you want to, but you’re the ones who built on a fucking swamp. “Let the Spanish keep it, it’s a shithole,” we said, but you had to have your fucking orange juice. The next dickwad who says, “It’s your money, not the government’s money” is gonna get their ass kicked. Nine of the ten states that get the most federal fucking dollars and pay the least… can you guess? Go on, guess. That’s right, motherfucker, they’re red states. And eight of the ten states that receive the least and pay the most? It’s too easy, asshole, they’re blue states. It’s not your money, assholes, it’s fucking our money. What was that Real American Value you were spouting a minute ago? Self reliance? Try this for self reliance: buy your own fucking stop signs, assholes. Let’s talk about those values for a fucking minute. You and your Southern values can bite my ass because the blue states got the values over you fucking Real Americans every day of the goddamn week. Which state do you think has the lowest divorce rate you marriage-hyping dickwads? Well? Can you guess? It’s fucking Massachusetts, the fucking center of the gay marriage universe. Yes, that’s right, the state you love to tie around the neck of anyone to the left of Strom Thurmond has the lowest divorce rate in the fucking nation. Think that’s just some aberration? How about this: 9 of the 10 lowest divorce rates are fucking blue states, asshole, and most are in the Northeast, where our values suck so bad. And where are the highest divorce rates? Care to fucking guess? 10 of the top 10 are fucking red-ass we’re-so-fucking-moral states. And while Nevada is the worst, the Bible Belt is doing its fucking part. But two guys making out is going to fucking ruin marriage for you? Yeah? Seems like you’re ruining it pretty well on your own, you little bastards. Oh, but that’s ok because you go to church, right? I mean you do, right? Cause we fucking get to hear about it every goddamn year at election time. Yes, we’re fascinated by how you get up every Sunday morning and sing, and then you’re fucking towers of moral superiority. Yeah, that’s a workable formula. Maybe us fucking Northerners don’t talk about religion as much as you because we’re not so busy sinning, hmmm? Ever think of that, you self-righteous assholes? No, you’re too busy erecting giant stone tablets of the Ten Commandments in buildings paid for by the fucking Northeast Liberal Elite. And who has the highest murder rates in the nation? It ain’t us up here in the North, assholes. Well this gravy train is fucking over. Take your liberal-bashing, federal-tax-leaching, confederate-flag-waving, holier-than-thou, hypocritical bullshit and shove it up your ass. And no, you can’t have your fucking convention in New York next time. Fuck off.”

-HST

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podcasting bangin’ techno

will someone please wake me up when there’s some good detroit/bangin’ techno on a podcast feed?

Otherwise, a podcast is an inherent content protection mechanism that reduces your interweb visibility as a contributor, unless you’re famous (in which case the inverse is true), and is currently un-indexable by any search engine… unless you have some kind of voice-transcription software going while you’re recording your program… and make that available on your site.

Is it great new technology for talk-radio kinds of content? Maybe. If the content is high-quality. For niche-market music? Yes, definitely. I think once the novelty of receiving early adopter talk-radio style content from a feed wears off, music is where podcasting will see it’s greatest application. Ok, maybe movies, someday… and tv shows. Although, the Konfabulator “new widgets feed” does send the actual widgets to me with rss attachments. That’s pretty freaking cool.

One session of Adam Curry and Dave Winer spending a couple of hours saying “Wow, this is a podcast! We have technical glitches just like a radio program! Let’s talk about podcasting some more!” … well.. that was enough for me. And, I’m sure every talk-radio-podcast will spend a couple of sessions doing that. “dude! we’re on the air! But it’s not on the air! But we’re podcasting! Dude, is it recording?”

like I said.. wake me up when the little-known musicians start finding this delivery mechanism.

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Applescript, Aggghh!!

Applescript, Aggghh!!: “

Driving Sideways reports:

Applescript, Aggghh!!

AppleScript, in case you didn’t know, is Apple’s operating system scripting language. And through some mad genius science you can now create standalone applications with it through AppleScript Studio. Great! So now I can easily create an application that will automate some of my tasks. Woo hoo!

The only problem is that the AppleScript language itself, which purports to be this laymens language, is actually a convoluted painful nightmare to work with.

For example. I was stuck for an hour on a debugging statement that I had that printing the name of a file that I got from the Open File Dialog. Time after time I tried to print this thing out but I would get some impentrable ‘NSCouldNotCreateScript’ error. What does that mean? So I Googled it and one poor bastard out in Slobovia had it once, maybe, couldn’t figure out what it meant and went on. Turns out the secret ju-ju was to add ‘as string’ on the end of the statement.

Applescript is pure ass. No other language makes a programmer feel so stupid. And what’s even more insulting is that it’s supposed to be a ‘for dummies’ type language.

I second that. AppleScript should be the magic sauce that makes Mac OS X really shine. But every single time I’ve tried to integrate two apps or create some automated workflow, I have spent way too much time on mundane things. Each app has its own ideas of nouns and verbs, and I spend too much time just trying to figure out the correct object specifications.

Then again, I am disappointed when apps don’t include any AppleScript, such as MacJournal. Go figure…

(Via musings.)

I totally, completely, absolutely agree. All I have to say is: Automator automator automator automator automator!

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One Giant Leap for Ender’s Game

http://sptimes.com/2005/02/20/Worldandnation/Did_the_Army_get_out_.shtml

Ignore the arguments about whether this was a good use of money, I really don’t think $5M is a lot of money for the army to spend on… anything, anymore, relative to their run-rate for expenditures on active combat duty. The interesting thing I find about this article is that they actually ship the army version and the commercial version on the same disc to consumers. Consumers get access to actual army training tools for $50. This just seems like a big giant leap towards Ender’s Game.

(spoiler, if you haven’t read Ender’s Game and plan to.. stop now.)

The only thing about Ender’s Game was that it was a surprise to the kids that the game was controlling real ships in a real war. In our reality, I think the new volunteer army will be people buying a $50 game and knowingly participating in warfare after school and on a lunch break. No surprises, just credit for college or, at least your name in the high-score list.

Once again, sci-fi shows us the path, eh?

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PHP Switch case behavior: ranges

Would it be so bad to have ranges for switch cases?

...
switch($var)
	{
	case < = 9:
		{
		echo "less than ten";
		break;
		}
	case 10:
		{
		echo "ten exactly";
		break;
		}
	case >10 <> <15:
		{
		echo "a range of values? why not?";
		break;
		}
	case >= 15:
		{
		echo "greater than or equal to fifteen";
		break;
		}
	default:
		{
		echo "what am I not thinking of here?"
		break;
		}
	}
...
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priceless

cnn.com

Bush also criticizes then-Vice President Al Gore for admitting marijuana use and explains why he would not do the same.

“I wouldn’t answer the marijuana questions,” he said, according to the Times. “You know why? Because I don’t want some little kid doing what I tried.”

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a fine time was had by all…


we want to thank everyone who came to our little art party and birthday shindig in Los Gatos! We had a fantastic time! The few photos I got are here… although, I don’t know how we didn’t get more photos, oh well. :) Thank you again!

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“there should be no standard [wiki] syntax”

“there should be no standard [wiki] syntax”: “

Blogging Roller reports:

‘there should be no standard [wiki] syntax’

First google result for: standard wiki syntax

Is ‘no standard syntax’ really a good thing? When the wiki itself is the user interface, perhaps it is, but if you want the user interface to be a slick WYSIWYG desktop client that edits any wiki via Atom, then having a different syntax for each wiki really sucks.

Must concur here… having no standard for wiki markup means that there will be no tools. Perhaps that’s what the wiki community wants, but then non-savvy business users will not likely use them.

(Via musings.)

I totally agree, this is why they haven’t taken off more. I think the market will decide what the standard syntax is by establishing who has the best solution. At that point, if the best solution is open, you can join the governing body community and ask for improvements and changes based on your solidly formed logic. Open source solutions that I’ve evaluated in the past have either shown their limitations quickly or have gone dormant for development, until recently. MediaWiki is the best solution I’ve seen. It’s free, runs on open source technologies (php/mysql/apache), and best of all, sets up in 2 minutes. If it’s good enough for wikiPedia, it’s definitely good enough for me. If they can just add a captcha for submissions…

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podcast from wordpress

http://wordpress.org/support/topic.php?id=22646#post-129263 … very interesting. Not polished, but worth a look.

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Do the math?

So, for the privilege of listening to the same 180 songs for a whole year, napster would charge me $180 per year. For the same songs over the course of another year, it’s another $180..

Do the math? $15 a month even if I don’t get any new music in that month. That’s stupid. $15 a month just to listen to the stuff I already like. What if I don’t want to pay $15 a month for music? Oh, all my napster music disappears. All of it. You don’t own it. If you stop paying, you have nothing to show for it.

With the iTunes music store, I get 5 computers to authorize. Any 5. And an unlimited number of iPods to download to, permanently.

itunes: No $15 per month charges. Buy what you like, and share it reasonably.

Music isn’t a consumable service, it’s more like a durable good. Don’t fall in to bait and switch sales tactics that don’t make sense over the long run.

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