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Oil Is Not the Answer

tcr! · Nov 6, 2011 at 10:44 pm

Thousands protest at White House over pipeline

The project pits environmentalists against Republicans and many top labor groups — with both sides suggesting that the president will pay politically if he doesn’t side with them. Backers of the project say the pipeline will create thousands of jobs and help reduce U.S. dependence on Middle Eastern oil.

The U.S. could easily create hundreds of thousands of jobs by building solar/wind farms and high-speed rails across the country. Both would serve the Earth and the American people much better.


In other news:

Federal Budget for 2012

#politics

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tcrbang.com overhaul

tcr! · Nov 6, 2011 at 9:04 am

Finally. Much more functional and a bit nicer to look at, too!

Now I should plant some grass seed before winter sets in.

#webdev #tcr

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tcr! tcr! · Nov 6, 2011 at 9:05 am

I'll post some screenshots of the design process soon.

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tism tism · Nov 6, 2011 at 10:01 am

nifty!

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edox edox · Nov 6, 2011 at 3:14 pm

Looking good!

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tcr! tcr! · Nov 16, 2011 at 8:13 am

Thankies!

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tcrbang.com redesign update and shit work

tcr! · Nov 5, 2011 at 7:55 am

It’s taking much longer than I thought but the results will be well worth it. In the meantime, enjoy:

Don’t Give Your Users Shit Work

Some people still like shit work. They can spend an hour moving Twitter accounts to special Lists, and then at the end of it look back and say “Boy, I spent an hour doing this. I really accomplished a lot today!” You didn’t. You did shit work.

Simplification is zen.

#tcr

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Zombie Learning at Columbia

tcr! · Oct 29, 2011 at 7:08 am

Need an extra class for next term at Columbia College Chicago? Zombies in Popular Media will do ya just fine.

This course explores the history, significance, and representation of the zombie as a figure in horror and fantasy texts. Instruction follows an intense schedule, using critical theory and source media (literature, comics, and films) to spur discussion and exploration of the figure’s many incarnations.

More from the instructor - worth exploring this holiday season.

Also, if you have a need for a new RSS feed with gems, have a look at his blog:

I will be participating in the Canadian Broadcast Channel (CBC)’s nationally syndicated programme, The Current, on Monday morning to talk about, what else, zombies.

You can never go wrong with zombies. Speaking of, Zombieland 2 has a script.

#education #zombies

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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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