January 31, 2007
You know, for an OS that talks about how great its device support is, you shouldn't see this kind of thing:
If you use Windows XP, install the software first following the directions below. Do NOT connect the Fast Track USB to your computer until
instructed to do so.
- Place the Fast Track USB CD into your CD-ROM drive. Do NOT connect the Fast Track USB to your computer’s USB port at this time. A menu will automatically appear. If Autoplay is disabled, browse the CD content and double click the Fast Track USB folder. Then double click the Fast Track USB Installer Icon.
- The M-Audio Fast Track USB Installer screen will appear, asking you to confirm that you wish to install Fast Track USB. Click “Next” to continue.
- The installer will begin to copy the Fast Track USB files to your computer’s hard drive.
- In Windows XP, The Software Installation window may appear one or more times, warning you that the driver software has not passed the Windows Logo testing. Click the “Continue Anyway” button.
- Upon rebooting, the M-Audio Fast Track USB Control Panel icon will appear in the system tray. Connect the Fast Track USB to your computer’s USB port. Windows will display the Found New Hardware dialog and will open the New Hardware Wizard.
- Choose the default selection, “Install the software automatically,” and click “Next.”
- The New Hardware Wizard will write the remaining files to your system. You may once again see the warning that the driver software has not passed the Windows Logo testing; click “Continue Anyway” and allow the installation to complete. Click “Finish.”
- After the installation is complete, you may double-click on the M-Audio Fast Track USB Control Panel icon to open the Fast Track USB Control Panel. See the section “Fast Track USB Control Panel” for more information on the Control Panel’s features and functions.
- Plug the Fast Track USB in to your computers USB port.
- Go to “System Preferences” in the Apple Menu. Select the “Sound” preference panel, and click the “Output” tab. Select “M-Audio Fast Track USB” to choose the Fast Track USB as your default output device.
This is for an M-Audio FastTrack USB box, NOT a complicated bit of gear. It's a good thing Windows boots fast, you do enough of it.
January 30, 2007
Okay, this is just cool
I have an entry in the Library of Congress Authorities!
January 28, 2007
A short post...
Then off to Mecca* I go:
That is all.
*their main distribution warehouse/outlet store is less than 5 miles from my house
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January 23, 2007
On this anniversary...
...of Roe v. Wade, there are some things that I have to say.
I'm Pro-Choice, always have been, and it looks like I always will be Pro-Choice. I'm not Pro-Choice because I think abortion is some shining great thing. Quite the contrary, I'm continually saddened that it's still necessary for any reason.
But we as a country have failed to make it, as Clinton once said, safe, legal, and unnecessary. Because we have failed to make abortion an anachronism, we still need it, and I am still Pro-Choice
We have failed to teach our children how their bodies work. Not the morality in when to use the naughty bits. That is something that only individuals and families can decide. I mean the biology, the function of the plumbing. The fact that kids graduate from high school without knowledge of the interaction between tab a and slot b is appalling, and unforgivable. Even worse, we have allowed politics and religious belief to override scientific fact. So even worse than teaching nothing, some programs in some schools require that kids be taught inaccuracies about condoms and birth control, all in the name of scaring them into abstinence.
There is nothing wrong with abstinence, but to attempt to force people onto that path via fear-mongering and religious fervor is wrong. Not "misguided". Wrong.
Because we cannot be bothered to properly teach our children the correct facts about their own bodies, free of personal and religious bias, they enter the world of sexual activity without the basic knowledge to keep from having children until they are ready for them. Because we won't teach our children, I am Pro-Choice.
It is quite common to have Viagra and other erectile dysfunction treatments be covered on our insurance plans, yet birth control is still a spotty issue. Easy access to birth control is such a no-brainer when it comes to preventing abortion. Yet, the anti-choice side continually opposes not just abortion, but birth control. They create pseudo-science to cover religious conviction that the only purpose for a family, and on a deeper level, the only purpose of a woman's life is to make babies. So they oppose current contraception, and funding of contraceptive research. They even oppose things like the HPV vaccine, because in their eyes, sex should have consequences, and if one of them is cervical cancer, well, that's your fault for not being chaste.
Because I don't view children as a consequence or a punishment, I am Pro-Choice.
I have a child, he's a new teenager. I love my son, I have loved every day of being a father. Watching him grow into the kind, smart, funny, caring person he is becoming is, above any other accomplishment, the one thing I can feel I've truly done right. But I know the life an unwanted kid, or an "oops" kid can have. Look at the news. See what happens to kids in foster homes, or in homes where they are viewed as a consequence. I look at my son, and think of the possibility of such things happening to him...and I am even more Pro-Choice. "Hell is for Children" should be an anachronism, not an anthem. The anti-choice protesters line the roads, yet where are the legions adopting kids? We publicize movie stars adopting kids from other countries, where are the articles on how every kid without a family has been adopted. Surely all the "Adoption not abortion" crowd has done that right?
No, no they haven't. In fact, in all my dealings with the anti-choice crowd, I have met exactly one person who not only adopted a kid, but had fostered several. Her, I never give any guff about that sign. She walked the walk. If only more were like her. The irony is that I have met far more folks on the Pro-Choice side who have adopted. I find that interesting and sad.
Because "Adoption not abortion" is just a political slogan used by the anti-choice crowd, instead of the call to action it should be, because those who scream it at worried, frightened women will not make it a way of life, I am Pro-Choice.
Because we still bring harm to each other. Because rape and incest are a reality, not just a scary story. Because there are women who have been so terribly hurt by these crimes, and forcing them to give birth to the kid who would be a result of that crime would be an unimaginable cruelty, I am Pro-Choice.
Finally, pregnancy is not a low risk option. There are too many times when a woman is not able to give birth without losing her life. I can only speak for myself, and that as of 2003, me becoming a father was made as medically impossible as possible, I am speaking in the past tense. But when my ex was pregnant with my son, we discussed this, and I said, "I'm selfish. I'm not willing to lose you for anyone else, not even our child." I love my child, but I'm unable to let someone I love in the here and now die for someone else in the future. It's how I'm wired. If I had a daughter, I'd be unable to allow her to die just to have a kid. Because of that, I am pro choice. If for some reason the vasectomy failed, and Melissa became pregnant, and we were told that pregnancy or that delivery would definitely, or even had a high chance of killing her, my choice would be clear. I love her, and I will never have had enough time with her to trade her life for another's, even if that other life is one we created. I'm selfish. I need her in my life far more than some future person. She always wins.
When factual, correct, bias-free sex education is the law, not the edge case, when birth control is free, and a well-funded line of medical research, when kids are viewed as something more than a consequence, when we as a country, (to paraphrase the Rev. Jesse Jackson), care as much, if not more about our own people from birth to death as we care about them from conception to birth, when every kid in this country is in a loving family, and foster programs are shut down due to lack of use, then, only then, will I consider opposing abortion. When we no longer harm each other, when rape and incest are things of the past, only then will I consider opposing abortion. When pregnancy no longer kills women, nor even has the chance to, only then will I consider opposing abortion.
Pro-Choice, it's my only choice.
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January 22, 2007
An Official Statement on Retrospect from EMC Insignia
Larry Zulch of EMC Insignia posted this to the Retro-Talk list, and has graciously allowed me to repost his statement in its entirety here:
Greetings, Retro-talk list:
I wanted to address some of the changes in EMC Insignia that have recently been discussed in this forum. Before I do, though, I want to thank each of you for your use and support of Retrospect. It has been more than 22 years since my brother Richard and I founded Dantz.
For the last couple of years, we've used the Dantz / Retrospect team's expertise to broaden EMC's presence in small and medium business. We've helped develop and sell storage array hardware and storage resource management, replication, and collaboration software. They are good products and will now be supported by the original teams that owned them. I look at that as incubation work that is now complete.
Pulled out of that much larger team is a core group that has recently been assembled to focus exclusively on Retrospect. In that team are some of the very best people we had at Dantz, such as Laurie Gill, an engineer and 18-year veteran who knows every nook and cranny of Retrospect and kept the Macintosh version going when we neglected it; Greg Wang, in QA and hardware support since 1999; Matt Johnson, who has been driving sales through more changes than you can imagine; Robin Mayoff, who joined Dantz in 1994, running tech support and keeping a presence online; Julie Heck, in charge of marketing, and a host of others, all under John Palmer, who was head of operations for EMC Insignia and someone that I came to trust, and more, to admire.
These people, this team, is highly motivated and completely dedicated to your and Retrospect's success. They have something to prove, and I hope you'll give them a chance to do so. Out of that could come their and my fondest wish, which is a revitalized Retrospect setting the agenda for data protection software.
Don't take any comments about offices changing for more than they are. The team is moving to existing facilities in Pleasanton and have kept a great attitude through disruption and change.
I'm not Steve, for better or worse, but I still believe like him in not talking about future releases, but I will say that new versions are coming.
Again, thank you for your support of Retrospect.
Larry Zulch | EMC Insignia | (925) 948-9048
I'd like to thank Larry for allowing me to repost this here.
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January 21, 2007
Okay, so now the fourth quarter of Colts - Patriots?
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Well, now that's a first
So you know that $DEITY$ has a sense of humor, when someone on an sysadmin list threatens to kick your ass.
Yes, that's right, schoolyard fight-level calling out and everything. It's fucking beautiful man, because I cannot imagine the level of...immaturity it takes for anyone to get so worked up about a mailing list that you are now telling someone to "watch your step buddy".
Oh, you want to know what was said, and by whom?
Sure, because I'm that kind of guy asshole. Here's the pertinent paragraph from the email:
if you think i'm out of line, and you want to set me straight, we can settle this face to face the next time i'm in california or the next time you're in nyc. in a gym or on the street, you pick. your ongoing personal attacks are taxing my patience. maybe you don't realize it...or maybe you're just using these lists to vent? watch your step, buddy.
Who said it? Why Don Montalvo, of http://donmontalvo.com/. I'll be nice and leave off his phone number which he included in the email for some reason. I mean, I'm willing to be an ass about things, but I do in fact draw the line at publicizing phone numbers like that.
I guess Don is taking his little "I'm a Tech Superhero" cartoon a wee bit too seriously. A LOT too seriously. And no, it's not the NYC thing. In fact, I find the people who are most able to handle the level of asshole you see on mailing lists et al are from NYC, because they don't tend to take such things seriously. So, no, people of NYC, no one thinks that you're all a bunch of insecure whiny babies. It's just Don being a prat. We still think NYC fuckin' rocks.
When you're so worked up over some jackass on the internet that you're all "Yeah, let's settle this in the gym or on the street", it's time for a vacation. A long one. Preferably without computer gear. Because Don, when you start playing that game, well, since you're not, (in theory), 12 any more, you look kinda well, silly.
What's next, you gonna say shit about my mom? Tell me I'm ugly and my mother dresses me funny? Wait, I know, you're going to call me a stupid poopy-head!
I have to say, this is indeed the first time anyone has ever threatened to kick my ass over a Mailing List. Even the people I argue with, or legitimately dislike, and who feel the same way still have more maturity than that. Go Don, you're leading the pack.
January 17, 2007
A meeting of the...mind?
Me und der Scobleizer at the top of the Marriot in S.F.
January 16, 2007
Sometimes, you really can't say it better yourself.
Luckily, Maryam said it for me about Melissa:
At one point when we were sitting at the bar on top of Marriott, the gold hues of the setting sun were lighting up her face and her gorgous blonde hair and Robert said, you look like an angel. She does, but she is also very sharp.
Thank you Maryam for helping me find the words to tell her what I see every time I look at her.
A well-deserved "Outstanding Job" to the IDG Macworld Expo Staff
When you talk about a show on the scale of Macworld Conference & Expo, it is normal and natural to talk about the things you see. The show floor, the exhibitors, the conferences, etc.
However, all of that stuff is the top of the duck. As busy as it is, it floats serenely on top of the water, as though the Almighty is personally shepherding it along. It is entirely too easy to miss the other part, that's paddling like mad, and making 22098452390475 course corrections that you will never know about, and are absolutely critical to the smiles of everyone who goes to Macworld. I've been speaking at Macworld since 1999, and I'm going to take some time here to talk about the folks who put forth a herculean effort to make sure that every Macworld is as good as humanly possible.
However, one thing needs to be said:
In spite of any feelings people had about Apple's Keynote, or the lack of big Apple announcements, from my point of view, and that of a lot of other people, this was, without doubt, or qualification, the best-run, easiest, most enjoyable Macworld Conference and Expo ever.
When you speak at a conference like Macworld on a regular basis, you start seeing a lot more of the people who make it work. You start getting a vague idea of the amount of back-breaking, sanity-quesitoning work it takes to do a Macworld. As I said, I've been speaking at Macworld for eight years now, (and I'm still a pup at this), and even the infinitesimal slice I see is always impressive. Every year, the IDG World Expo staff just delivers.
This year, they blew it all out of the water. They didn't raise the bar, they burnt it down, because "raising the bar" doesn't begin to cover how well things worked. I know that everyone at IDG shares credit for this, but I'm going to single out four people for some extra kudos: Paul Kent, IDG World Expo's Brand VP in charge of Macworld Conference & Expo, Sarah Hindmarsh, Audience Development Manager, Macworld Conference & Expo, and Kristen Margulis, Conference Specialist, and Schoun Regan, MacIT Conference Chair.
While I know Paul will happily, and consistently deflect all praise down his chain of command, the truth is, you cannot have an excellent conference without excellent leadership, and that's what Paul provided. This Macworld was the first one he had from start to finish, and his experience, skill and ability showed in everything. Dealing with Paul has always been something I look forward to every year. He's professional, friendly, and really listens, not just to VIPs or company presidents, but to everyone involved with Expo. Those qualities were reflected throughout the entire IDG organization at Macworld. I have sat here for a few days, and in discussion with others, and we simply can't come up with anything Paul and his people did that wasn't, well, excellent. (Yes, I'm using that word a lot, but then, it's been earned.) Paul assembled a top-notch team, then did what a lot of people in his position would have been unable to do: He let them do their jobs. No micromanaging. You didn't see him trying to do everything himself. Instead, you saw his people doing their jobs, and it was well understood that when anyone from IDG spoke, it was with Paul's voice. Paul will again, do his best to deflect this effusive praise, but in this case, I'll not let him. He earned every bit of it, and I hope that his bosses take notice of this small web site, and hopefully many others, and give him even more resources to work with for 2008.
Sarah Hindmarsh has, over the years, moved from "one of the IDG people" to one of my close friends. However, she also knows from experience over those same years, that I'll not hesitate to let her know, in excruciating detail, about anything that I think is wrong/pisses me off. This year? Nothing but love for Sarah and the work she and her people did. While "Audience Development Manager" sounds like a non-title, it means that she's the one trying to figure out new ways to get even more people to come to Macworld. Meetings with Macintosh User Groups, (MUGs), email, signs on cabs, dealing with fussy exhibitors, people who think they should be sitting on stage with Steve at the keynote, you name a headache, she's the one trying to make it go away. Again, this year, there was nothing wrong. I couldn't even carp about the aisles being too narrow in the South Hall. Everything just worked, which is, after all, what the Mac is all about. If you think I'm overstating this, take a look at the maps of the exhibit halls. Look at the event schedule. Ponder the logistics of getting exhibitors not just in and out of the halls, but in making sure that everyone's booth had the proper amount of space, and resources. Then remember that one of those booths is Apple's and another one is Adobe's. Think of all the things that happened to get people to come to expo, and help them get to the places they wanted to be. That's the kind of thing that Sarah was handling, and handling well. Again, more excellence from the Macworld folks.
Kristen Margulis was new to Macworld, and tasked with running the speakers to boot. If you think MacMacs are entitlement queens, let me tell you, speakers can be farrrrrrrr worse. There's more ego in the speaker room on any day during expo than the entire U.S. Congress. Even if you've been dealing with speakers for a while, it can be hard. As a first-timer? Getting out with her sanity would have been a sign of a good job, but Kristen did far more than that. The speaker gifts this year were...dude, I felt like I was presenting at the Academy Awards when I saw them. However, that's just swag. Really, really, REALLY COOL SWAG, but swag nonetheless. Swag's just toys. It was the smoothness of getting things done that showed just how right Kristin is for this job. There was nothing, from chairs, to mics, to water, to network connections that wasn't smooth. She handled most problems before they became major, and even when hit with a rather major well, temper tantrum by someone who felt that being an abusive jackass was the proper technique to get his way, (Yeah dude, you know who you are, and you were being a total jerk. The only thing the name - dropping you were doing accomplished was making those people look bad for associating with you. I sincerely hope you get your karma payback tenfold for that little performance.), she dealt with the problem, and him, with grace, aplomb, and professionalism, all the while letting Mr. Cranky know that no, in fact, she was in charge, and if he wanted rules bent for him, he needed to start behaving in a proper manner. She's far more patient than I am, I don't react well to whining. Kristen handled it perfectly. Everyone who saw was absolutely impressed by her grace under fire.
Schoun Regan ran the MacIT track for the first time this year, and were I to say, which I am, that he hit it out of the park, I'd be understating it. Scheduling that many sessions, when everyone wants to be at three different ones in addition to the ones they are already in is a logistical nightmare, but he did as good a job as I've ever seen done. In addition to handling the standard conference issues, along with teaching in quite a few of them, Schoun managed to pull in speakers who really elevated the level of the MacIT conference, especially such luminaries as Amit Singh. It is not easy finding technical people who can stand up in front of a room full of really smart people and do well, but Schoun pulled it off and then some. Paul used to have exclusive ownership over this domain, and always did a top - notch job, so I'm happy to say that he couldn't have picked a better person to fill those shoes.
Yeah, I know, this is a little gushy, but it's earned. It's hard to pull off even a competent conference on this scale. To run one that was as outstanding as the 2007 Macworld was?
I have run out of superlatives.
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January 13, 2007
Hmm...it's still here
All week, (when I wasn't sick as a dog), I've been telling people at Macworld Expo that if the universe was sucked into a vortex on Saturday about 1:30, well, it would be my fault, sorry about that.
It appears that didn't happen.
No one was shot, no stab wounds, no real yelling. Well sort of.
I know I rag on him about how it sounds like braying in the middle of his interviews, but it is impossible to really appreciate the...aural qualities of Robert's laugh unless you've experienced it in person. It is...it's really almost a separate entity. It's loud. I mean, when Scoble laughs, you know it. It takes over his entire face, and the room. It's not as...obnoxious as it sounds on camera either. It's an honest laugh, in that it doesn't have any of the tags of a faked or forced laugh. For better or worse folks, that is really how Scoble laughs. But damn, the boy just dominates the room when he laughs. It's really quite incredible.
In a lot of ways, Robert and Maryam are the most fascinating study in opposites. Where Robert, (one thing to say here...both had just been on the CES whirlwind and they both looked tired, especially Robert, who was looking real ragged around the edges, so take my descriptions with that grain of salt) is just a dominating personality, (not a bad thing in his line of work mind you), Maryam is...
In every conceivable way, she is cute. Look in the dictionary, and in the definition of the word "cute", you should see her picture. Robert's a fairly big guy, she's rather tiny. His laugh explodes across a room like fresh nitro, hers (literally) bubbles up. She giggles really, rather a lot. Makes you want to buy her candy. He bulls his way through things, she simply smiles and every heart in a 20' sphere breaks, women want to adopt her, and men will do anything the pretty lil' darlin' wants. Robert has this...well, almost buffoonish cast to his voice, she has this delicate pitch with the barest trace of an accent.
They are also quite smart. It may be easy to, at first glance, assume they're kind of well...not that sharp. That would be kinda dumb. They're both really sharp. I think where Robert comes across as being a bit thick is that he's spent a lot of time in a specific kind of lifestyle, and it's kind of warped his thinking. (The smarter readers will realize this describes everyone. We're all warped by life in our own ways. I think that the Podtech thing and maybe talking to more people outside the technobubble will be good for him.) But he is very much into his world, and he sometimes doesn't do well when faced with points of view that are either completely contrary to that, or even stranger, don't care. Him and Buzz trying to convince me that HDTV will change my life was funny. I don't think I can correctly explain to him why it doesn't really matter to me. Maybe when there's better content for HD that non-HD simply can't show, I'll care. But for now, it's just better TV. (
"Buzz" would be Buzz Bruggeman of Activeword Systems. Interesting guy. Very into HDTV. Yeah, it's not a lot, gimme a break, my experience with him is a couple of hours, maybe. However, he is from International Falls, MN, so that's neat.)
Maryam can catch you off guard because she comes across as tiny and delicate. There's a lot of iron behind that, and an active brain. She's really quite good at letting Robert be the Scobelizer, and then watching everyone else while he is the center of attention. I'll hazard it's one of the reasons she's so good with people. She's able to observe them for a good long while while they're all watching him. It's not just Robert, she's really good at picking things up about people anyway, but when you have such a great distraction, well, booyah. In any event, anyone thinking Maryam is just "Scoble's Wife" is not seeing things correctly.
The two of them are also stupidly in love. They are rarely out of touching range. They sit down, and if they aren't shoulder to shoulder, one of them, usually Robert, will find a way to re-establish contact. It's really quite sweet to see. It's also really quite funny to watch her when he starts Scobelizing a bit too much. "Robert, you're going to be cranky in the morning" to which he just starts grumping back. I almost wish I owned a video camera for it. But, for all the opposites you see in them, you see the love, and the affection, and the complete lack of hesitation in showing that love to each other.
We (obviously) talked about tech stuff. However, here's the cool parts. Robert talking about the places to go on cheap/free dates in San Francisco. The fact that he used to race sailboats in the bay. That was really neat, because that takes more than just a little physical skill, and it's something I wouldn't have thought of him. (He's really quite tall, and not nearly as dumpy as he looks in pictures. Dude, really, get a better pic on your site. It's doing you no favors.) He talked about why he likes tablets, (he tracks people in meetings in a way that works really well for a tablet, and it's one that while it wouldn't work for me, would make a tablet quite useful to him. I told him that instead of trying to come up with reasons why others would/should use a tablet, that he should talk more about why he does. When he talks about his workflow, his love for a tablet makes FAR more sense than when he's on about why everyone else should.) He was, once he started talking about the Bay area, and other "softer" topics, a hell of a lot more interesting, because he became a person, not an image.
We met at the Pickwick, and wandered over to Union Square, and the Cheesecake Factory. Maryam gave Melissa some solid wedding advice, which was basically, "It won't go the way you want, so don't sweat it. It's only going to happen once, so don't worry about the flowers, don't waste time with a big ceremony. Have a big, fun party, because that's the part everyone will remember anyway." Robert mentioned at one point how I was being quiet, and not like I am in his blog. It was funny, because it brings up something I said once about such things:
You only see, at best, a slice of someone on a blog, or in a comment, and it's a pretty damned thin slice at that. There's no way you really know someone based on some text.
I replied back with something to the effect of "Well, you haven't said anything stupid yet. Say something stupid and I'll let you know". I mean, really, if the conversation is pleasant, why would I attack someone? That'd be silly. I did rag on him about his issues with accuracy. He'll never change, but the Ferris Beuhler sourcing is annoying. The other reason would be that I was observing them, and to observe, you have to be a tad more quiet. I'm usually a lot more quiet on a first meeting, because I'm picking up on body language/kinesics, and other nuances of their personalities. It's what I do so that I know how to better deal with people, and admittedly, a bit of a defensive tactic. But that's a lot of why I was perhaps quieter than I would normally be.
After lunch, we wandered over to the bar at the top of the Marriot, where Melissa got to see San Francisco in a truly glorious sunset. The sky was unusually clear, so she got some great pics and views. She also took a very scary pic of me and Robert, which I'm sure will make it up on to one of our four sites at some point.
So, all in all, it was really quite fun.
Am I going to stop ragging on Robert? Well, if he stops catching The Dumb, then sure. Other than that, nah, Imagonna rag on his ass.
Am I more impressed with him as a person?
I got to talk to him about things that aren't of tech, or by tech, or tech anything. He told me about racing sailboats, I told him about watching hyrdroplane races in Miami from the middle of the course. He was, for the first time, far more of a person, and that will always make someone more interesting than any image can ever manage.
In the end, Robert is much more interesting and fun than the Scobelizer, and I hope he perhaps thinks about being Robert more, even on-line.
January 9, 2007
For those of you wondering why I left the keynote
So, I have this really odd food allergy. Not a peanut thing with the Epi-Pens and the swelling and the dying, but a pain in the...stomach nonetheless. There are four veggies that I can't eat:
Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Asparagus, and Cauliflower.
If I am foolish and consume them, then I am having deep conversations with Mr. Toilet Bowl on the joys of peristalsis. Usually for a day or so.
Last night, Melissa, Shawn, Lesa, and Sly all went to the Smile On My Mac gathering, at a really lovely house in the North Beach area. Melissa got her first encounter with walking S.F. hills, and we had a lovely time.
Mel and I then caught a cab to the Mac-Mgrs get together at Beale Street. Had a lot of fun. She was starting to run down, so I walked her back to the room, and then walked over to Dave's to sit and talk with some folks in relative quiet. Chuck and I closed the place.
So, now remember the food allergies? And the first gathering? Normally, I'm really good at spotting the bad food. However, there was a wee fact I was not aware of.
Quiche Has Broccoli
Who Knew? Well, everyone but me. So I have some convos with Mr. Toilet Bowl, truly a lovely man, and get some sleep. Wake up, and discover that Sprite is not in fact a substitute for Ginger Ale, to date the ONLY thing that can counter the effects of the Bad Food on me. I would like to say that this is in no way the fault of the Smile On My Mac people. I just didn't know that Quiche was something I should avoid. Sorry guys.
I get to the Moscone West at 7, and I'm in the holding pen. Waiting. Waiting. Everyone is commenting that I rather look like shit. They were being kind, at least from my end. My entire conversational output the last 30 minutes was: "Food Allergy. Bad. Quiche has Broccoli. Who Knew?"
You know how when you're standing around throughout the day and you produce saliva? You don't want to be a rude SOB, so you swallow it instead of spitting. You know how I said that Ginger Ale is the ONLY thing I can keep down in these situations? That is a set of one. Not "Ginger Ale and..." One.
So the spasms in my stomach are getting worse. I steal a chair and try every meditative trick in the book. To no avail, my stomach is PISSED at me. I realize two things:
- I will not make it through a keynote, unless that includes me curled into a ball in the back of the room on the floor
- I have a really wonderful woman back in the room who just might be of some help with the ginger ale situation
I've a lot of voicemail.
So, if I had to meet with anyone, I'm sorry, but I think you prefer my choice here.
January 2, 2007
Screw due process of law...
...and that whole "innocent until proven guilty" shit. Trials and evidence are just inconvenient anyway, right? After all, accused and guilty are pretty much the same, right?
Well, if you think that way, then Ohio is the place for you.
It's brilliant really. The state of Ohio has found a way to get rid of all undesireables. Gays, bisexuals, transgendered, punks, you name it. You piss off your neighbor then ten minutes with a quavering voice, and congratulations, you're a sex offender! No more waiting for silly things like proof, or evidence. Now the accusation and a willing public official is all you need. Who's going to argue with the accusation?
Better Safe Than Sorry they'll say, or
We're Doing It for the Children, or
No One would falsely accuse someone of THAT. Yeah, you read about what people pull in divorce cases, and tell me about that last one. Right now, that kind of accusation is all it takes to ruin someone's life, and they're going to make it so that the accusation becomes the crime.
Oh, way to go Ohio...
Of course, they have a "six year petition to be removed from the rolls" option. Great. So you get accused, and for six years, you can't get a job, (who the hell is going to hire, or retain a sex offender? No one will put up with that kind of PR), spend time with your kids, or any kids in your family, you probably will not be able to find a place to live. At the end of that time, the state may say "Oh, okay, you're safe, there you go, no longer a sex offender". Great. Will they purge Google of all the places your name shows up? Will they give you back over half a decade of your life? No. You're just free to explain a six - year gap in your life. "Well, I was on the sex offender role, but Ohio decided that I'm really not a risk to society, so it's all good."
Can someone show me the fantasy world where this doesn't ruin your life for good? Because I'm not seeing it.
Here's an idea, why stop there? Why not jail them for those six years, or better yet, to reflect what this will do to their life, just have the person singing the declaration of guilt take them out back and have them dig their own grave, then put a bullet in their skull. It's no less permanent, and probably a lot kinder in the long run.
Let's hope that even that great "What the government wants, the government gets" fellatio master himself, Justice Scalia is willing to agree that this is just bullshit.
Because if it passes SCOTUS muster, well, at least to me, the USA will have only 49 states that I'd be willing to live in or even visit.
The Out-Of-Office message stupidity continues
What, do I have to start an OOF "Hall of Shame?"
Hmm...maybe that's the answer. Every time I see an out of office message on a mailing list, I post that out of office message with email address here.
Since thinking ahead and wisdom aren't happening, maybe some harshly taught experience is the answer?
It could be quite amusing.
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January 1, 2007
Can someone explain to me...
Why, while I'm playing a game, and I accidently hit the Windows key, is the GAME is stopped so I can SEE THE FUCKING START MENU?
Jesus, I fat - fingered a key, that doesn't mean I want to HAVE MY GAME HALTED, so I can SEE THE GODDAMNED MENU! What kind of idiot decided this was a good idea, and what kind of fucking crack were their superiors smoking to approve it.
Fucking idiots. This is why I hate Windows. Shit like that. It just sucks to use.
A new addition...
A while back, I was talking to Shawn King, from Your Mac Life, and asked him if he thought it would be cool if my fiancee, Melissa, posted her thoughts on her first Macworld. Since she's not a MacMac, he said, hell yeah, it would be pretty cool.
So, I asked her, and she agreed. The blog, and the first entry for the blog, So I'm Marrying a Mac Geek..., is up. As you may be able to tell by the title, it will eventually morph into her wedding blog, if she feels like it.
Or not, it's up to her.
Anyway, if you want a bit of insight into this wonderful woman, go and read.