September 30, 2008
Linger lovingly on this part:
In fact, some of the most basic details, including the $700 billion figure Treasury would use to buy up bad debt, are fuzzy.Let me emphasize that last part...
"It's not based on any particular data point," a Treasury spokeswoman told Forbes.com Tuesday. "We just wanted to choose a really large number."
In fact, some of the most basic details, including the $700 billion figure Treasury would use to buy up bad debt, are fuzzy.For fuck's sake...they can't even be assed to actually come up with a real number. Oh no. "We just wanted to choose a really large number."
"It's not based on any particular data point," a Treasury spokeswoman told Forbes.com Tuesday. "We just wanted to choose a really large number."
You know what? Everyone who voted against that shit? Regardless of reason, good on you. How the fuck do you try to commit almost a trillion dollars on a number you picked because it sounded nice and big. Holy fuck, they're not even pretending anymore, they're just saying "We think you're too stupid to notice shit, even when we tell you were putting one over on you."| Comments ()
I bet if it happened in a church fulla white people, it'd be ALL over the news
Guess what folks? We had a terror attack on U.S. soil!
Let's see what happened:
DAYTON — Baboucarr Njie was preparing for his prayer session Friday night, Sept. 26, when he heard children in the Islamic Society of Greater Dayton coughing. Soon, Njie himself was overcome with fits of coughing and, like the rest of those in the building, headed for the doors.and
"I would stay outside for a minute, then go back in, there were a lot of kids," Njie said. "My throat is still itchy, I need to get some milk."
Njie was one of several affected when a suspected chemical irritant was sprayed into the mosque at 26 Josie St., bringing Dayton police, fire and hazardous material personnel to the building at 9:48 p.m.
According to fire dispatch communications, a child reported seeing two men with a white can spraying something into a window. That child was brought to the supervising firefighter at the scene.
Let's take a look at the money quotes:
Njie was one of several affected when a suspected chemical irritant was sprayed into the mosque at 26 Josie St., bringing Dayton police, fire and hazardous material personnel to the building at 9:48 p.m....and...
According to fire dispatch communications, a child reported seeing two men with a white can spraying something into a window.
So someone sprayed a "suspected chemical irritant" into a room in a mosque in sufficient quantities that 300 people had to leave due to tearing, coughing, and shortness of breath. Not everyone was affected, but enough that a prayer session was shut down.
Now, what's another word for a chemical irritant that is sprayed...hmm...a...gas perhaps?
Yeah...that's about right. So let's not tiptoe around this. Someone ran a gas attack on a mosque celebrating the Muslim holy period of Ramadan.
Is this on CNN? No.
Is this in the Washington Post? No.
Fox News? BWAAHAHAA...er...um...No.
Note: This happened on Friday, 26 Sept., and was initially reported on Sat., 27 Sept. Yet no one outside of Dayton and the Daily Kos knows about it? Da fuck?
This was a terrorist attack. You don't gas a house of worship for any other reason than to scare them. But, hey, it was a buncha muslims, right? So it's okay, right?
It's not like they gassed a REAL church, with REAL people in it. Just a buncha towelheads, and they don't count.
Because we all know, if that had been a white folks church full of christians or catholics, or a jewish temple, that shit would be all over the front page: "TERRORISTS ATTACK LOCAL CHURCH!"
I really hate people a little more every day.| Comments ()
September 28, 2008
Why do we need this?
So the more I learn about Photoshop CS4, (and helping edit a book on it, you learn a LOT), I start wondering something. What's the fucking point of all the image adjustment bullshit on a DSLR, or even a P&S?
Seriously...if you're using one, you have a computer or access to one. You have the ability to view and adjust your photos on a big screen, that's bright and easy to view, probably not washed out by the sun. You have actual input devices that don't suck donkey cock.
Yet people are absolutely convinced that you need all that shit on the camera. So you can do image adjustments on a screen smaller, and usually shittier than an iPod Touch/iPhone. It reminds me of all the objections raised to the iPod. "Oh, it's too simple. You NEED equalizers, and all the rest on the device."
Looking at the sales history of the iPod, no, in fact you really don't. So why are we so convinced that you need it on the camera? If I need it on the camera, why the fuck do I pay for the various versions of Photoshop, iPhoto, et al? I have all that on the camera. Other than organization, if I don't need anything more than some basic adjustments, and the camera does it, why do I need software to do it?
Oh wait, because camera UIs suck balls, and the screens blow and THAT'S WHAT THE COMPUTER YOU DUMP THE FUCKING PHOTO INTO IS FOR.
Christ, what's next, "Photoshop, Nikon Edition?" It's all that's missing. Maybe a wee Cintiq for the LCD display. With a solid state RAID array, GigE, and 802.11n on the camera too.
I mean, if you're going to shove all that shit in, don't be a pussy about it, shove ALLLLL that shit in.| Comments ()
September 27, 2008
You know what I think when I hear the mouth breathers calling Obama an "elitist"?
I think "thank fucking god, it's about time". See, I like over-intelligent elitists, especially for jobs that require a great deal of intelligence, thought, and poise. I don't want some fucking frat-boy in charge because "you can go drink beer with him". Fuck that.
You know what I want for a president? I want someone whose brain is so fucking big it deforms their skull. I want them to be the smartest motherfucker in every room they walk in. I want other world leaders so convinced they can read their puny minds that they don't dare try to pull shit on them. When you ask them about the history of some country, I want them to smile at me and say "I'll try to put it in small words for you", and I'm not stupid.
See, I want a smart president, who's not afraid to say "Yeah, I did graduate from Harvard law, and I do teach constitutional law at the national level, and I did use my fucking monstrous brain to help out people without getting paid for it, and I can say "nuclear" correctly every fucking time, and when I'm bored, I calculate PI in fucking Sanskrit." What is it with people that they want fucking idiots in charge? I want to feel like an idiot next to my President, because I want my President to be THAT FUCKING SMART.
Fuck that. Gimme the guy who can stand in front of Google, (GOOGLE!) and talk about situations where you wouldn't use a bubble sort. Dude, the fact that he even knows what a bubble sort is puts him far above Mr. "I never sent an email".
Also, don't give me that bullshit about "He can't type". Speech Recognition bitches. I bet if you showed a high end speech recognition setup to McCain, he'd scream WITCHCRAFT! and run out of the room. Yeah, he got tortured in Vietnam, and that sucked, and no, I don't blame him for cracking. Lemme jam a bamboo shoot up your fucking fingernails, and you'll do anything I ask with a fucking smile as long as I never do that again. You waterboard me? I'm your fucking slut for life, just don't ever do that again.
However, having a physical disability, regardless of cause does not get you out of being aware of what the fuck is going on around you. It just means you might not be as quick at things as someone else. What, if there's a crises, McCain would say "I was tortured, I can't deal with this?" Da Fuck?
Besides, fucking Roosevelt had fucking POLIO, needed a wheelchair, and he used some of the most advanced technology of the time. If FDR could keep up with the times, so can John Fucking McCain.
So in conclusion: GO ELITIST ASSHOLES!| Comments ()
September 24, 2008
Dear Photoshop/Adobe Remora sites...
I know that O'Reilly's press release said that the upcoming Photoshop CS4 Missing Manual was written by Lesa Snider King and David Pogue.
That's not correct. O'Reilly sent out a bad release. Pogue is only writing the foreward.
Normally I wouldn't care. Photoshop books are kindling in my world. But, Lesa's a good friend of mine. I was at her wedding, and I've known her...crap, what almost ten years now? This is her book. It's a part of Pogue's series, but this is her book. She's writing every.single.fucking.word herself. She's spent months working on it. She's given up a lot for this book, in particular her riding. She loves her motorcycle, and she loves riding it with her husband, Shawn. If I had to point at one thing they do together that is a major part of their marriage and relationship, it's riding.
She's stopped that so she can get this book done, and it's going to be a kick-ass book.
But it's her book. I know it's so much work to change "by Lesa Snider King & David Pogue" to "by Lesa Snider King, foreword by David Pogue", but that's the truth, and that matters. Yes, even on the Internet.
No, O'Reilly probably won't fix that press release. They probably think that it's more important to bullshit people into thinking that David Pogue wrote it, because they think that will sell books. Outside of the MacMac fanatics, I doubt it. I'm not deep into the Photoshop world, but Lesa's name has more than a little recognition there. For the n00bs, the fact that it says "Missing Manual" will sell it. In the Photoshop world, the fact that Lesa is recognized as a top-flight Photoshop Jock and educator/teacher will sell more copies to Photoshop people than Pogue's name could even dream of.
So not changing the press release? It's kinda petty when you think about it.
Again...Lesa wrote it, not Pogue. Regardless of personal opinion, respect for simple accuracy should count here.| Comments ()
September 23, 2008
More on the bailout
It's amusing how the party that supposedly rejects socialism and handouts will graft itself to big government cock like a hooker that's part lamprey when the alternative is their trust funds and stocks having less worth than an incontinent hobo's drawers.
I really am loving this spectacle.| Comments ()
Big fucking deal.
However, if anyone has the actual release, can they check and see if Photoshop et al still have that fucking retarded "phantom window border" around the document windows? You know, the one they had to create because they decided to shoehorn fucking Windows UI paradigms onto the Mac, in keeping with EVERYTHING MUST BE THE SAME.
Oh, and is that full copy of Opera that they sneak into Bridge still way out of date?
It's like they're going out of their way to make you work harder to like it.| Comments ()
WRT the App Store:
Stop bein' Dicks about it.| Comments ()
September 22, 2008
Someone explain this
Also, I think that we have got to be—we on the left have got to be thinking big and learn a little bit from our right-wing friends who are able to pivot on a dime. For years now, they’ve told us that we can’t afford—that the government providing healthcare to all people is just unimaginable; it can’t be done. We don’t have the money to rebuild our infrastructure. We don’t have the money to wipe out poverty. We can’t do it. But all of a sudden, yeah, we do have $700 billion for a bailout of Wall Street.
Something tells me the "We can't afford to provide healthcare and pay teachers well" shit just got a bullet in the skull.| Comments ()
Mac OS X 10.5 Server Wikis on Open Directory Replicas
From what I can tell, you can't get this to work. On OD Member servers, yes, (at least the base Wiki & Blog stuff. The Web Calendar part, not so well.)
You can turn it on, but from what I can see, the ServicesLocator information & plist never is created on the replica, so while the wiki may be running, and it is, you can't assign it to a group.
Obviously, if someone has a way to fix this, let me know. I did file a bug report with Apple on it.| Comments ()
September 17, 2008
Fundamentals of U.S. Government in less than a paragraph
Dear Idiots who think one party is supposed to run it all:
GRIDLOCK IS A SIGN THE SYSTEM IS WORKING PROPERLY
The Constitution set our Federal government so that passing any law would require a lot of time, work and compromise. So that shit like Terry Schaivo could.not.happen. This whole "passing laws fast" thing? That's bad. Taking forever to get even minor laws passed? That's good.| Comments ()
September 16, 2008
A plea to the sane
If you read Roughly Drafted, you will eventually go insane from the stupid. I'm not even linking to that shitpile of a site, because if they sucked Apple cock any harder, it would qualify as gay porn.
Only not the kind that you'd want to watch, even if you were gay.
At this point, if Dilger release a goatse film that involved him storing the entire iPod line in his colon while he chanted Steve's name, I'd not even blink.
I'm serious here.
Reading that crap will destroy your ability to think normally.
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September 15, 2008
Normally, I don't post a lot of photos of mine here. It's not that I don't take them, it's that I tend to be fussy about them. Unlike the modern trend of "let the camera do all the work, and you push the button", I was taught to look for the picture, and the camera just happens to capture what's already there.
It's possibly a harder way to learn, because there's fewer tricks. No "rule of thirds", that's more of a guideline than a rule. You just look at something from different angles until the voice in your head says "THAT is the picture". Sometimes you have a lot of time to do it, sometimes you don't. Both of these pictures were of the "you have some time" variety, and both are multi-shot panoramas. No, I didn't let the camera stitch them together. My lovely, and far more talented than I am wife Melissa did that. Mostly because I'm a klutz with Photoshop, and she's not.
For those who care about gear, I took both of these with a 3-4 year old Canon PowerShot G5. 5.0 Megapixels, with a little built-in 7.2-28.8mm zoom lens. Since it's not an SLR, I let it stay in auto mode, as the manual focus controls really suck. They're exactly as bad as the autofocus, only with me controlling the button, instead of it. Since there's no way that doesn't blow, I leave it in auto. Then again, it cost me like $200 bucks, and it takes better pictures than any P&S with 2X the MP and 10X the feature count I've bought since.
The first one is of the St. Louis Arch. To take the pick I sat as directly underneath the center of the Arch as I could and just took a series of pictures. For the "down" side, I just lay on my back and took the last two shots upside down. I wanted to capture the really interesting way the Arch is built, and the fact that while most pictures almost make it look like it's made of concrete, it's really nice shiny steel, and reflects the sun nicely. I'm very happy with how the reflections turned out, both of the sun from the west, and the foliage at the bottom of one side. What you see is pretty much what I saw in my head when I took it, and that was the idea:
If I had to put an exact time on it, I'd say around 4pm in late spring.
The second image was taken during my honeymoon. (Same camera as the first.) This was taken during the tale end of sunset from the Duval street docks, pretty much right at the end of Duval street. It had been raining hard, (iirc, it was still raining), but I hadn't gotten a single pic of the sunset. So I went down and hoped I'd get lucky with the pic. As it turns out, I got really lucky. The clouds obscured the sun directly, but I got a really nice bit of glow from the clouds to the southwest, and the streetlights just coming on reflected nicely off the wet brickwork and pavement on the ground. I like the feel it gives, of both the calm after the literal storm, and the calm before the figurative storm of tourists and locals drinking themselves into a coma. The distortion from the panorama makes things look a lot bigger than they really are. There wasn't a lot of wind, so while the water wasn't glass-calm, there wasn't any kind of chop or whitecaps either, so I get the same feeling of calm from the picture as I did while taking it. It was sauna-warm, and just enough breeze to make you think that if you had to spend the night, the Duval street docks would not be a bad place to do so.
It also shows the other side of Key West that I love, namely, that even with all the drinking, partying and commercialization, it is still, in many ways, this odd little town that's quite content to be, well, itself, and to not be in a particular hurry to change whatever that is. If I ever "retire", this is where I plan to be when I do:
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September 14, 2008
Dear Andy's Mom
Dear Andy's Mom,
You don't know me at all, but I'm one of the very odd people your son has met over the years from his writing and speaking at Macworld Expo and many other places. I learned about your passing this afternoon, and having lost both of my parents, one to Cancer, (funny how that word needs capitalization), I have a vague idea of what Andy's experience is like. For what it's worth, there's a lot of people sending him some real nice thoughts right now. Again, I don't know you, I never met you, but as a parent, I know that one thing we always worry about is "did we do the job right".
Did we somehow, in spite of our stumbling about, our imperfections, our at times monstrous idiocy, did we manage to do the job right? Did we raise children we're proud of, good kids, who will, and do good things, and are the kinds of people we wanted them to be? Like all parents, we are proud of, and love our children deeply, but there's always a bit of curiosity:
Do my son's friends see the person I do? Do they know him as the same person that I've raised?
It's not that we need the approval of others, but it's nice to know that other folks agree with you, whether about the car you drive, the movies you watch, or the kids you've raised. It's nice to hear nice things from people who don't have to say them. Somehow, the approval of strangers can often be more genuine than that of family.
Well ma'am, allow me to say sans any qualifications: Ya did the job right.
I've known Andy in that odd "internet/macworld friends" way for coming up on ten years, and in all that time, I've never had anything other than the highest respect for him. Obviously, you know how good a writer he is, and how funny he is, but every time I see him, I'm blown away at how good he really is. I've been on panels with him, watched him give talks, even watched him officiate at a wedding, and every time, I'm astounded at how effortless it seems, his ability to reach out to a room full of a hundred people and wrap them all around his finger. Unlike a lot of folks, I'm also only too aware of how much work that kind of effortlessness takes. He works his ass off and it shows.
More than that, he's also been, at least in all the time I've known him, a genuinely decent guy. Not a pushover. He doesn't take a lotta undeserved crap from people. I've seen him mad enough that we thought we were going to be removing a guitar from places it shouldn't oughta be on the guy he was mad at. Andy does mad really well, by the way. Most folks just fume or yell. Andy does it with style. I don't want him mad at me, but it's pretty cool to watch. But even when he's mad at someone, I've never seen him mean or vindictive. I've never seen him do mean stuff to someone just because they did mean stuff to him. From what I can tell, if he really dislikes someone, he'll just avoid them. If he can't, he's always polite and professional to them. That's not real common, and it says a lot about you, and Andy's Dad, and what it says is all good.
I've also learned over the years that Andy is honestly one of the smartest guys I've ever met, and he's got more talents than every banker in ancient Greece combined. If someone said Andy was demonstrating fire-breathing while riding a unicycle, I'd not blink. Singing, magic, programming, robotics, writing, speaking, cuisine, and an encyclopedic memory of cinema. That's not the kind of thing you pick up because you're bored. It speaks of being raised in an environment where learning new things and trying new things was respected and encouraged. (Although at some point, he needs to calm down about "Family Guy". Really, he scared me and Shawn King dry in one of the most amazing rants I've ever heard. Both Shawn and I were about to jump out of the van. We were going 70mph at the time. What I said about not wanting Andy mad at me? Yeah.) It speaks of the kind of family that everyone should have, and too few people end up with.
Like I said before, ya did the job right, and on behalf of the many, many people who have been lucky enough to listen to your son charm us out of our socks at a talk, or enjoy his expertise with the written word, or have been luckier still to have a chance to sit down and talk with him about, well, whatever...
Thanks| Comments ()
September 12, 2008
I need a taser that shoots razorwire...
Okay, first of all, when someone calls their site "i drank the kool-aid clutching my dixie cup of apple goodness", you know two things:
- They're a MacMac
- They don't know a fucking thing about Jonestown. It was Flavor-Aid you idiot.
So, the New Media Douchebag MacMac in charge of this infected zit on the ass of the internet, Dee Dee Warren, is all butthurt. (Aside: How the fuck can you go through life named Dee Dee. Even worse if it's not your real name and it's what you call yourself. Dee Dee is a name for someone...who thinks Dee Dee is a good name. Fuck, circular logic works here. That's how fucked up calling yourself Dee Dee is, you make circular logic work.)
Why is Dee Dee ButtHurt? Well, let's check out her "post", UPDATED!!! IDG (company that holds MacWorld) are blatantly price gouging. Yeah, price-gouging. Now why would Dee Dee say this?
Is it because a Platinum Pass costs almost two grand?
Is it because even just a User's Conference pass is still $250-$350?
Is it because Dee Dee thought that she'd not be in the same room as Steve during the keynote, and therefore Macworld was RUINED FOR HER???
<hongkongphooey>Hmmm....COULD FUCKING BE!</hongkongphooey>
Not just here. Dee Dee cried about it on the Macworld Community Ning site. And multiple times in the AppleInsider Forums. Dee Dee even wrote a long, OMGBUTTHURT email to Paul Kent, containing such gems as:
I am writing to express my concern about IDG's sudden and unexplainable change in policy that only Platinum Pass holders, press (which is limited), and VIPs can see the KeyNote live. Everyone else MUST go to an overflow room. This is ridiculous and is causing many first-timers, such as myself, to consider canceling their plans. I am coming from quite a distance with my husband and have already expended 4K for those plans.
MY BUTT IS HURTY! IF I CAN'T BE IN THE ROOM WITH STEVE, MY LIFE SUCKS! I CAN'T SAY "SPENT" BECAUSE I'M TRYING TO SOUND LIKE I'M THE MOST SMARTEST BY USING WORDS LIKE "EXPENDED"
In the past, if you got in line early enough, even us "lowlies" had at least a CHANCE of getting in the main hall with the knowledge that we MIGHT have to go to overflow. Now we are told (and people have confirmed this with IDG) that there is no chance at all for anyone else to get in. From what I understand the answer was given, then "let them buy $1800 tickets." This is akin to "let them eat cake," the community feels, quite frankly, screwed and that IDG is engaging in price-gouging.
Yes. Because not going to a keynote is the same as starving and being told to fuck off by the absolute monarch of your country. Only if you're a complete fucking idiot.
If IDG thinks they are going to sell more Plat Passes this way, they are sorely mistaken. Even if they sell a few more, everyone else who would have bought the $200 pass will now simply buy the $25 one, or not go at all, which is something I have to consider even though everything is already painstakingly planned and very eagerly awaited. My disappointment cannot be expressed deeply enough.
It is times like this I thank fucking Cthulu that morons like her never venture near the fucking IT conference. My ignorance of MacMacs like her is fucking bliss. Getting a rimjob from Catherine Zeta Jones-level bliss.
From my understandings of discussions that have already taken place with IDG representatives, it appears that IDG is simply ignorant of the Mac community, as odd as that might sound. Being in an overflow room and seeing it real-time is NOT the same as having a chance to be there. IDG apparently has no idea of the devotion of Apple fans to at least have one chance to get to see Steve work his magic live IN PERSON and take pictures for their various blogs. Even though IDG doesn't consider blogs as press (unfortunately anachronistic IMHO), a lot of these blogs are part of the livelihood of the owners, but don't generate enough to warrant a $1,800.00 fee. I say this because again, the answers given so far have been ignorant and cold to the community.
Based on Dee Dee's crying, I'd say IDG's opinion on blogs is too high.
I would really like to discuss this with you. I am a writer at several Apple oriented blogs and am starting a podcast. I am also the owner of a forum that gets millions of hits a month that has a vocal Mac base. I really think this whole thing is going to be a public relations nightmare for IDG, and unfortunately, for Apple as well since most people mistakenly think that this is run by Apple. I have also written Apple just so that you know (as I am cc'ing them on this email - though I doubt Steve gets these emails, later today I am going to forward them all to the public relations department). I will write a letter to the editor of the local newspaper since the businesses in the area that count on revenue from this event might suffer if less people come or the people who do come are pissed off. This year Apple has made some slip-ups, and this is just going to make them look greedy - and IDG will be directly responsible for that. I don't know what kind of agreement you guys have with Apple, but my understanding is that they attend at their pleasure, and can pull out at any time (obviously not after they have committed for this year - but who's to say about next year) just as they did with the East Coast Conference. After all, they have the WWDC.
Ah, the ultimate New Media Douchebag Scobleian gambit: YOU BETTER DO WHAT I SAY OR I'LL WRITE MEAN THINGS ABOUT YOU! I HAVE A BLOG! I HAVE A PODCAST! PEOPLE LISTEN TO ME!
I may be wrong, but I think there is going to be a tremendous backlash in blogs and podcasts and in MUGs (Mac User Groups) over this. Those who are in the elite clique will likely not say a word, but obviously they are few, and the first-timer unwashed masses feel screwed over. I am hoping that those who have been before and had the opportunity will stand behind those of us who haven't.
I am so fucking delusional that I think I really matter.
Yeah Dee Dee...see, you were wrong. Why? Because it was a web site error.
See, that's why blogs aren't journalism. Instead of emailing Paul and saying "Dude, is this correct?", Dee Dee hears third-hand accounts, (and I'm being generous), and then, (in her delusional world where people give a fuck about her opinion), drops the nuclear option by emailing Paul, Steve Jobs, et al, this pile of whining fecal spray.
Oh, of course, now she's saying "See, it was an error, it's the way it's always been." Is she going to apologize for saying it was price-gouging et al?
Of-fucking-COURSE NOT. Go shake your head if you really thought someone like Dee Dee would apologize. In her world, she's probably taking credit for "fixing the problem". Hell, they're bitching that SIX THOUSAND SEATS PLUS OVERFLOW ISN'T ENOUGH. They want it held in fucking Candlestick, (or whatever the hell it's called now).
Get fucking real. MacMacs bitch that they have to walk two blocks from a fucking hotel, and they want the keynote held like two miles away? Yeah, like that wouldn't set off a firestorm. Oh wait, of course, they'd expect buses. FOR THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE.
People wonder why I'm a misanthrope? Because people like Dee Dee exist in my world.
You know, the fact that Paul and the rest of the IDG Macworld staff aren't doing pure heroin, and stabbing people at random is an example of just how strong they really are. Because if I got the numbers of emails from such self-centered shitheads like Dee Dee that Paul got? Flames and ruin baby, flames and ruin.
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September 11, 2008
Can we have a break today?
I know it's going to be politicized. I know if nothing else, Rudy will use today to try and get people to think that he is the sole source of smartness in the universe. It's inevitable. But amongst all the yelling and screaming:
Seven years ago, a lot of people died because someone who worships a slightly different god and was crazy had decided to teach the infidels a lesson.
Seven years ago, we lost two iconic buildings we thought we'd have forever.
Seven years ago, a lot of families were shredded.
Seven years ago, it all started for me with Schoun Regan saying HOLY SHIT in a Mac OS X Server class.
Seven years ago, some people on a plane, realizing what was going on decided that no, they weren't going to go gently into that good night, and in their sacrifice, saved a lot of lives.
Seven years ago, if an Apple Mac OS X Server class had started a day later, I might have been on one of those planes.
So could we not politicize 9/11? Just for today? The rest of it is still all open game. But lets leave that one alone. Just for today, okay?
September 7, 2008
But...But...that's what he DOES
So a guy I respect, Matt Johnston, is peeved at Scoble for shitting on 70 startups solely because he doesn't like their web sites. No, really:
UPDATE: I just visited every one of these companies. Boy do they almost all suck (at least their Web sites and if their sites suck, I can’t believe their products are going to do much better).Rich is, unsurprisingly, pissed:
Who the hell are you, Robert? You’re not an investor, you’ve no idea what it takes to make a successful startup company. You’re not running one, there’s not much sign of you ever having run one from your Wikipedia entry. You studied part of your Journalism degree - did you miss the ‘ideal’ that you’re meant to espouseHell, even Pat Phelan agrees with him and has a good point about why what Scoble said is particularly insulting, (and folks, Pat and I do NOT get along):
It isn’t about winning or loosing or which conference they made it to, its about them and their product, wives and loved ones have been left behind, Kids haven’t seen Dad’s for months, credit cards are massively overdrawn and careers are being risked.Guys, guys, guys: that's what Le Scoble does. There's a reason they're called "New Media Douchebags" and there's a reason why the last word is DOUCHEBAG. Out of all of them, Winer may be the only person to create anything other than a fucking web site and maybe a conference (and god knows he'll tell you about it ad nauseum. Like Stallman with better hygiene and work habits he is). What has Scoble ever done in his career that wasn't vampiring off of someone's work?
Robert this is insulting, its insulting to them, its insulting to me as an entrepreneur, I always had you down as the guy in our corner, helping the start-ups, giving us a little bit of that Scoble shine.
You lost that for me tonight buddy.
Other than being a shitty sysadmin and a camera salesman? Nothing
He can't even write half-assed tech articles that contribute to the great Google database. He has never come close to creating anything, and his entire rep is based on LOOK AT ME. That's right. A career that parallels a four year old's need for attention. What's the best way to piss him off? Not give him a rimjob if he's upset with your company or product. Fucking princess two-stepping his way through life.
I get why you're pissed too. It's not like Scoble could be arsed to find out fuck-all about those companies. No, he didn't like their web sites, so the company must suck. Please. But that's what a New Media Douchebag does. You don't do what they want, how they want it? You suck.
Both of y'all have actually DONE stuff, far more than Scoble ever will. Probably more than me, I'm lazy. So have every single one of those 70 startups and the people who are killing themselves to make it work. But unfortunately, the web and the New Media circle jerk have decided to give Scoble some actual pull in the world. So you get shit like this. There's an easy answer: Stop giving a fuck what he says. He's not representative of anyone but NMDs, and if NMDs hate you, you're probably on the right track.
But don't expect more from NMDs or their high priests. You'll be disappointed.
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September 5, 2008
That New Media Douchebag's are about as intelligent as the fake dog shit on iJustine's chest. (She's into Cleveland Steamers! Who knew?) Le Scoble has one of his Douchetard rants about THE POLITICAL TOPIC THAT MUST NOT BE DISCUSSED IN USA. Yes, that's how he wrote it. When you're a "new media" nimrod, "articles" not required. Where Food?
ANYway, he has this fucking precious paragraph:
But what’s not being discussed? How about our nation’s policies toward innovation? I’ve watched a lot of the two political conventions. I’ve heard a few words about support for technology and science — quickly are forgotten in the noise about McCain’s vice presidential pick — but I’ve heard nary a word about how we’re going to ensure that the United States continues to be a place where innovation happens. Increasingly I’m hearing from industry leaders that our innovation leadership is under major attack for a whole lot of reasons. Immigration policy. Education system quality. Taxation and regulation. And on and on.You know, for someone whose career is based on sucking web cock, you'd think he'd be better at The Google. Here's Obama's reply:
Yet we don’t openly discuss it. We’d rather talk about some 17-year-old’s sex life or download the latest shiny object from Google. Question: how did that shiny object get here?
1. Innovation. Science and technology have been responsible for half of the growth of the American economy since WWII. But several recent reports question America’s continued leadership in these vital areas. What policies will you support to ensure that America remains the world leader in innovation?Holey Fuckholey Batman! But Le Scoble just said no one was talking about it!
Ensuring that the U.S. continues to lead the world in science and technology will be a central priority for my administration. Our talent for innovation is still the envy of the world, but we face unprecedented challenges that demand new approaches. For example, the U.S. annually imports $53 billion more in advanced technology products than we export. China is now the world’s number one high technology exporter. This competitive situation may only worsen over time because the number of U.S. students pursuing technical careers is declining. The U.S. ranks 17th among developed nations in the proportion of college students receiving degrees in science or engineering; we were in third place thirty years ago.
My administration will increase funding for basic research in physical and life sciences, mathematics, and engineering at a rate that would double basic research budgets over the next decade. We will increase research grants for early-career researchers to keep young scientists entering these fields. We will increase support for high-risk, high-payoff research portfolios at our science agencies. And we will invest in the breakthrough research we need to meet our energy challenges and to transform our defense programs.
A vigorous research and development program depends on encouraging talented people to enter science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) and giving them the support they need to reach their potential. My administration will work to guarantee to students access to strong science curriculum at all grade levels so they graduate knowing how science works – using hands-on, IT-enhanced education. As president, I will launch a Service Scholarship program that pays undergraduate or graduate teaching education costs for those who commit to teaching in a high-need school, and I will prioritize math and science teachers. Additionally, my proposal to create Teacher Residency Academies will also add 30,000 new teachers to high-need schools – training thousands of science and math teachers. I will also expand access to higher education, work to draw more of these students into science and engineering, and increase National Science Foundation (NSF) graduate fellowships. My proposals for providing broadband Internet connections for all Americans across the country will help ensure that more students are able to
bolster their STEM achievement.
Progress in science and technology must be backed with programs ensuring that U.S. businesses have strong incentives to convert advances quickly into new business opportunities and jobs. To do this, my administration will make the R&D tax credit permanent.
Oh, callow youth, you forgot the first lesson of Scoblese: "If they aren't talking TO ME, they aren't talking TO ANYONE. See, that was question one from the 14 questions posed to Sen. Obama by Sciencedbate 2008. You can't possibly expect Le Scoble to go out and look at science websites, can you? I mean, after all, Science is harrrd, and besides, Microsoft's Astronomy application is all he needs. It even made him cry. That's all the science out there, right? Now you know why I call them New Media DOUCHEBAGS; because that's what they are...douchebags, and about as dumb as a rock.
Remember kids, if a New Media Douchebag says it's a sunny day, get an umbrella and a boat, 'cause it's raining like hell, and probably flooding too.
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September 4, 2008
Even worse than the Freetards
I now know a group that is an even more insufferable group of douchebag snobs than the freetards AND the MacMacs put together: DSLR snobs.
Heaven forbid you suggest that the fact of there being no such thing as a low-end, simple DSLR, (think Pentax K1000 gone digital, NO NEW FEATURES) is a bad thing. Man, I think I could shit on their rug while I bang their spouses with their dog's dick, and not offend them as much.
What I love is when some dumbass who has never even taken a picture without an assload of circuitry to do all the real work for him tells me that you need that shit to take good pics.
No, you don't. It can, in the hands of a pro, be a HUGE help. But to take good pictures? Hardly. How do I know this? My dad took pictures of cars at Elkhart Lake and Indy going VERY FAST with a Speed Graphic. He taught me the basics of focus, depth of field, and photography, then handed me a K1000 with a dippy flash and a basic 50mm lens, and said, "Stick that thing on your eye, and don't take it off for a month". Now, literally, I couldn't do that, but as much as possible, I did. What it made me do was think through the lens. To see the picture before you even grabbed the camera.
There's no autofocus/autoaperture that will do that. And no, spending a grand and setting the fucking thing on "manual" is not the answer. And please, spare the bullshit about the LCD screen helping you take better pictures. It's all a line of crap.
I think Point and Shoots are great. I think the high-end DSLRs are great too. But when you get told "those are the only options", well, that's bullshit, and honestly, cameras have not gotten easier to use. They just have more buttons to fuck with at a lower price. I think this quote, from a 2005 NYT article on David Burnett says it all:
Average consumers, of course, often have enough trouble even with that. Pressed for a tip for the birthday-party photographer, Mr. Burnett said: "The thing that bugs me the most when I see people taking pictures of their family or the Grand Canyon or whatever, is that they spend so much time fumbling with the controls that whatever real moment there might have been is inevitably lost."When I can take a picture faster with a K1000 than a P&S built over thirty years after the K1000 was introduced, and get better results more consistently, something has gone terribly wrong. | Comments ()
"Ultimately, the technology is just a tool," he said. "It's a tool that lets your eye become the picture. It's easy to get caught up with all of the gadgets and all of the technology, but the most important thing is just to get comfortable with the tools you have."
It's the platform, stupid
Right now, it wouldn't matter if Reagan came back from the dead. There are two very basic, fundamental reasons why, while I'm not a member of the Democratic Party, I can not, and will not vote Republican at any level, for the foreseeable future:
- I have family members who fall under the LGBT umbrella
- I'm not an atheist, but do completely reject all forms of organized religion, and I have many in my family with similar beliefs or who are atheists.
I have, because it was at work, (Not my current job, thank $DEITY$) had to harshly bite my tongue at coworkers talking about what "should be done with the fags" in terms that would have given Hitler a no-hands orgasm.
The Republican Party wishes to exclude me and mine, they get their wish. Including my vote and my campaign contributions. Should they change their platform on such things, I'll give them serious consideration. But as long as they feel the need to demonize my family, they can go fuck themselves on the bridge to nowhere with Palin's moose gun.| Comments ()
September 3, 2008
I Luv him, he just hits me when he gets mad
Every time I see a statement from the Log Cabin Republicans, I keep thinking of women on "Cops". Beaten emotionally and physically, yet always able to justify staying with a man who only thinks of them as a cock sheath, and softer than a wall for the punching.
Either that, or they remind me of a phrase my dad told me about many, many years ago; the old school name for the black guy hired so a company could say they didn't discriminate: Store-Front Nigger.
I wonder how much vomit you have to swallow, as a Log Cabin Republican, so that you don't eat a bullet. I just wonder how much you have to drink so that you can go out and pay lip service to a group of people who would not even bat an eye if every "homerseckshual" was put in an American version of say, Dachau, and gassed? How much cock can you possibly suck before you realize it's never your turn?
I'll put this simply: No matter what the GOP says in its press release, the only thing it wants from American Gay People is their money and their nodding heads when the choke chain is pulled. Then you get yo' ass back in that field house, and keep that foul mouth shut until the next convention.
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September 2, 2008
Innocence is so cute
On InformationWeek, (Disclaimer: I do write for them from time to time, and not for free either), Serdar Yegulalp has an interesting article about the FSF being well, a tad annoyed that people don't insist only on Stallman-Approved software. Serdar quotes an GNU article by the Holy One Himself, Why “Open Source” misses the point of Free Software.
Now, I don't care what Stallman thinks of things. Honestly, he had a few great ideas over two decades ago, and since then, has made damned sure you know it, and that if you disagree with his views, you're a bad person. He's still bitching about people not calling it "GNU/Linux". Fuck that. I don't drive a Snap-On/Chevy, I don't own a Makita/Toyota. My wife owns a Chevy, I own a Honda, and it's fucking "Linux". The toolmakers get respect, but if you want your name up in lights Richard...I'm sorry, Dick, how about you spend less time trying to steal Linux PR and more time FINISHING FUCKING HURD? You know, your "original" OS that still can't support > 2GB Drive partitions, (Item 2.6 on the HURD FAQ. If that's wrong, that's even worse. If you can't keep your FAQ straight, then why the FUCK am I going to trust your OS code?) Nor does Hurd support APM. Tell me again why this shit is better than Linux without any political bullshit?
However, the part where I just want to hug Serdar, and give him some cookies and juice is this bit:
Honestly, I don't like to speak ill of the very people who've made possible so much of what I write about in this column. The FSF started something incredibly important, revolutionary, remarkable -- you pick the adjective; it would be hard to overstate their importance and impact.
But the FSF also needs to accept that other people have taken their ideas and gone in different directions -- directions that to them are every bit as fruitful -- and that not everyone can spare the energy to be a politician.
That's so innocent, ignorant and just full of a lack of awareness that Stallman doesn't give a fuck about anyone's voice but his own, and if you want your lips to count in his world, you best be puttin' them straight on his bunghole.
It's kind of like a Care Bear asking a shark and a seal why they can't just be friends.
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