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We’re Supposed to be Flying More by 2000

tcr! · Oct 27, 2011 at 6:34 am

Flying Police

World in 2000 as Predicted in 1910

Illustrations by French artist Villemard in 1910 of how he imagined the future to be in the year 2000.

11 years past due, and I still don’t have my own set of wings.

Also, take care when using your motorized roller skates.

#science

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Television Preoccupation and a Curious Phrase

tcr! · Oct 25, 2011 at 8:01 pm

My sleep and after-hours work schedule has been throw off thanks to Boardwalk Empire and this might explain the lack of updates. We have the latest Walking Dead to get out of the way and then things should get back to normal.

In unrelated medical news… Today I was updating a surgery website for the day-job and ran across something weirdly bizarre. Most days my “subconscious ignore filter” kicks in for any gory photos, I’ve just kinda gotten numb to them.

For this particular assignment I needed to resize an image with embedded text so I actually needed to pay attention.

Brace yourself – the caption for the photo was “Rectal Stump.” I’ve never seen those two words side by side.

What the hell does this phrase mean? I’ve held off searching since I really don’t wanna know but I have brought it up 3 or 4 times since. It’s a great ice breaker and/or conversation piece.

For the curious, it looked like a peeled tomato constricted midway by an umbilical cord of some sort. I won’t write anymore except that the period goes inside of the quotation marks. Logic does not enter that equation.

#worknews

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edox edox · Oct 25, 2011 at 9:10 pm

*Shudder*

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World Misses October 21 Apocalypse

tcr! · Oct 23, 2011 at 9:47 am

Harold Camping Prediction: World Survives Doomsday (Again)

The world refused to end yet again on Friday, despite another prediction from Family Radio network owner Harold Camping that it would.

[…]

That day too passed without incident and now the Daily Mail is having a tough time getting Camping or anyone else from Family Radio to explain why the Earth is still turning.

I completely forgot that the world was to end this past Friday! Guess I was wrapped up in work, living life, doing all the things people do when they’re not brainwashed by nut jobs who’ve gotten dates wrong since the late 1970s.

Still not sure how Camping’s radio show keeps listeners.


Elsewhere:

#religion

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Next Version of tcrbang.com

tcr! · Oct 21, 2011 at 10:42 pm

I like the current design of tcrbang.com but after using it for the last three months I’ve come to the realization that it’s not near functional enough. Too much of something that I don’t like, maybe it’s the clicking.

So I put pencil to paper and sketched out a preliminary drawing of a new “interface” since the goal of this is to make it more web-appy.

Screenshot of WI5

It’s a crappy photo, I know. My phone has a crappy camera so I don’t got that going for me. And no, it’s not a Twitter rip-off but rather a rip-off of a “vertical view” email client.

All my web developments start out with pencil and paper, then move to Photoshop and finally to HTML work. It’s much easier for me to get a good feel for the layout when I’m not pushing CSS pixels. Plus, I like the feel of paper and the smell of graphite.

#tcr

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edox edox · Oct 21, 2011 at 11:02 pm

I like it. Yeah that is a great way to start a design. Nothing like some graphite and paper.

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tcr! tcr! · Oct 23, 2011 at 9:55 am

Definitely, computers aren't near organic enough.

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I Shouldn’t Have Upgraded to Xubuntu 11.10

tcr! · Oct 21, 2011 at 7:01 pm

Unity is the end of Ubuntu

To be perfectly clear, I am not complaining that Unity is different from traditional GNOME. I can deal with things being in a different place. I can deal with improvements that are hard to adjust to. What I can’t deal with is extra actions that make me think too much about the software; I can’t have these kinds of distractions. I’ve lost productivity because the Ubuntu UI was redesigned for the utterly stupid, leaving experienced experts like me to rot.

Similar to the author, I started the update for Xubuntu 11.10 yesterday afternoon when I got home from work, thinking nothing about it since all previous upgrades have gone without a hitch. Typically only Samba gives a peep of resistance. Again, similar to the author, installation borked near completion.

Fortunately an act of some Linux god pushed the machine to reboot and I was able to get everything back to stable state using apt-get upgrade -f afterward.

Unfortunately the default desktop is living in a weird mid-90s-Windows state where the background is a light blue. No matter what I set the background image and/or color to, it won’t stick. The various application windows seem torn between showing themselves in that fresh install Win95 theme and Xubuntu’s default.

Worse still, Thunar opens up my home directory on login and there’s this stupid on-screen keyboard pops up. I can find ZERO setting that will turn either off.

Any System Settings app changes seem to be completely ignored by whatever under-the-hood thing that went afoul. I’m about ready to just power down the machine completely and move the rsync dumps to the MacMini.

I know that I can fix these if I Google and tinker but the thing is, I’m older now and I actually want to use my computers. Gone are the days when I reformatted my HP with Win95 every six months because I had nothing else to do.


Elsewhere (and a couple weeks old):

Has Gnome 3 decided that people shouldn’t want screen savers?

#linux

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edox edox · Oct 21, 2011 at 9:42 pm

Wheew. Glad I saw this before I looked at my ubuntu server and upgraded it.

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tcr! tcr! · Oct 21, 2011 at 9:58 pm

DON'T DO IT!

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edox edox · Oct 21, 2011 at 10:54 pm

Oh I wont. It has been running awesome for over a year so I don't want to mess up a good thing.

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Jonathan Ive - Industrial Designer

tcr! · Oct 20, 2011 at 8:29 pm

Jonathan Ive and his stare I bet he could bend steel just with his mind or maybe even with that glance. A few years back, he had one look at a slab of aluminum and molded it into the MacBook Air chassis.

He really stands out on Apple’s Executive Profiles with all the other “smilies” on the page. It sort of reminds me of the “there’s one thing not like the others.”

Come to think of it, the executives aren’t really the best example of “diversity” I’ve ever seen.

#apple

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True Stories - Parents on Facebook

tcr! · Oct 19, 2011 at 7:50 pm

respect_you_as_a_person

Oh Crap. My Parents Joined Facebook.

So, you finally caved. You’ve accepted a friend request from your Mom, Dad, crazy Aunt Ida, and your college roommate’s newly divorced mother. Well here’s your chance to get back at them for taking away your public privacy.

Funnier than funny. My personal favorites.

#facebook

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J u n k i e

tcr! · Oct 19, 2011 at 6:15 am

inertia writes:

And I thought,
There wasn’t anything left to say.

***
Why do I feel like every turn-on
Is a string - that just ends up being - attached?
[That it’s a privilege just to be the trailing in your wake]

But fumbling for your smile has left me with nothing but bruised knees.

***
At one point I thought you were only to be taken as prescribed
But you’re only a complication to the disease-

[an unethical remedy]

-and maybe for that reason…

…it’s purely self indulgent [inflicted] that I dote
On this compliment fishing - but we’ll save that for another day.
I can already feel the let down.

***
I have watched you under a magnifying glass and noticed:
That even the imperfections in your pores
Are products of something transcendent of my own.

***
I wait.
Feeling the air cascade beneath
My outstretched fingers
As you pass
In the hall
Without noticing
My fading countenance.

***
Knowing that if you falter it will only send me crashing.

[adieu]

#writtenword

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People really don’t care if you have problems

tcr! · Oct 18, 2011 at 11:53 am

Nobody Cares

In his very first season as coach, Parcell’s team, The New York Giants, was hit with a rash of injuries. He worried incessantly about the impact of the injuries on the team’s fortunes, as it is difficult enough to win with your best players let alone a bunch of substitutes. When his friend and mentor Raiders owner Al Davis called Parcells to check in, Parcells relayed his injury issues. Parcell’s: “Al, I am just not sure how we can win without so many of our best players. What should I do?” Davis replied…

This is good CEO, coach and just life in general advice.

#rememberthis

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Google Will Keep Your Secrets If You Log In

tcr! · Oct 18, 2011 at 11:49 am

Google To Begin Encrypting Searches & Outbound Clicks By Default

In Google’s new system, referrer data will be blocked.

This will not be the case for ads. Google told me they feel advertisers need to have this additional data, and that they felt passing along the referrer data in that case was important but still meeting the balancing.

Personally, I find this confusing. If you’re going to improve privacy, don’t leave an out for your paid advertisers. Improve it for your users. But the ability to allow advertisers to still perform landing page targeting was perhaps seen as too important to drop, for now.

I just quoted the parts that I found interesting of course. 10 to 1 odds that Google will never cut their customers (advertisers) off from the referer data. That’s their revenue butter after all.

In related news: After we learned that Facebook cookies always track us, I’ve taken a harder stance with cookies in general. All are now blocked by default and I only whitelist sites that I need an account for.

#google

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edox edox · Oct 19, 2011 at 3:56 pm

Yeah I am a little dis-concerned by Google and bubbling/tracking. (http://dontbubble.us/) So I am going to start using duckduckgo.com for searching for a while and see what happens. Google has become a utility almost like Electricity or Natural Gas. People use it constantly for stuff from dictionary to medical help.

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tcr! tcr! · Oct 19, 2011 at 4:39 pm

I hadn't heard of http://duckduckgo.com before - thanks for the head's up. I had been using bing.com since their Privacy Policy is a bit better than Google's.

But I just set Chromium's default search to DuckDuckGo so I'm all good now.>

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