July 24, 2009
So I think by now, most everyone has seen the JK Wedding Entrance Dance on YouTube. If not, go, watch it now. Turn the volume up loud. I'll wait here. Fuckit, I'll watch it again too.
So watching that, I can say that I've seen stately weddings, odd weddings, small weddings, large weddings, outside, inside, formal, casual, hideously expensive, modest, you name it...
But I have never seen a wedding, or a marriage start with that much unashamed, unadulterated joy. If Jill & Kevin put half as much effort into the rest of their marriage as they did in that one moment, they'll do fine.
I also think that if the rest of us spent less time on ceremony and pomp, and a bit more time on joy, we'd all do better.
Finally, a modern version of Flash on a phone
Adobe: Just install a Flash Blocker
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July 15, 2009
"in a heartbeat"
Tomorrow is the 40th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission to the moon. I look at the pictures here, and think:
"Even knowing how risky, dangerous, and how much hard work is involved with going into space, even just to the ISS, would I take that risk, all to see the Earth from that angle? To float outside a ship, in a frail suit, a separate body, moving through the universe under rules that have existed for billions of years? To be able to see the universe without the derangement of the atmosphere?
In a hearbeat. It is still my best, longest-lived, most favorite dream, and I would risk so very much to make it come true."
July 12, 2009
Okay, so you can now comment through disqus. You still have to auth to comment, fucking spammers, but there's a few options there for people, so you don't have to create a new identity, or rather, the odds of you having to are kinda low.
Older comments seem to have been disappeared, a common issue with Disqus and newer versions of MT, and i'll see what I can do to fix that. (They're still there, you just can't see them, and I did a full site and DB backup first anyway.)
I'll fix that as I can. Anyway, comments are back, have a party.| Comments ()
moving comments to Disqus, things could get weird for a few.| Comments ()
July 10, 2009
It gets better. Try to check out Microsoft Advertising? adCenter?
The current browser is not supported. To see a list of supported browsers, see About System Requirements.
What are supported?
Operating system and web browser
- Microsoft Windows XP, Microsoft Windows 2000, or Microsoft Windows 98; use with Microsoft Internet Explorer 6 or Mozilla Firefox 1.5.
- Microsoft Windows Vista; use with Windows Internet Explorer 8, Windows Internet Explorer 7, or Mozilla Firefox 2.0.
Enable cookies in Mozilla Firefox
- Microsoft adCenter does not support Safari.
- Microsoft adCenter does not support MAC or Virtual PC.
Not only does Microsoft not want you unless you're on Windows, but they can't fucking capitalize "Mac" correctly, and they won't support their OWN FUCKING PRODUCT!
Once again showing that no one can out-stupid Microsoft.
I suppose Yahoo! is up next. I'm not sure how they could fuck up worse than the other two stooges.| Comments ()
Worse than installing CS3
Yes. I have found something:
Getting help from Google. People can talk all the shit they want about Microsoft and Apple being uncaring, they can talk until the cows come home, but neither of those companies can hold a candle, not a fucking candle to the absolute evil apathy that is Google support, especially for Adsense.
For example, let's say that you want to transfer your adsense account to a different email account. First, fuck, are you stupid? You can't do that. So you think "Considering in two years, Adsense hasn't even paid for a good bottle of wine, fuck, i'll kill the old account, and then set it up under the new one." You kill the old account and wait a bit. Then you go back and try to create the account under the new email address. Should work? Nah. Fuck that.
Okay, fine, you get the "your application is unapproved, read the email why". Well, you didn't get one. No really, you didn't. Okay, so you (ironically) google for it, and get a link.
Yay! A link!
In that link, it has another link for you to resubmit your application. Sweet! So you go and sign into adsense with the account you want to resubmit with. What do you get?
Well, it's more polite:
An AdSense account does not exist for this login, as it is associated with an unapproved application. For more information about your application, please review the message we sent to the email address you provided with your application.
I know WHY it was unapproved, it was associated with a different adsense account. I CANCELLED, PERMANENTLY, THAT ACCOUNT. I now wish to resubmit. Evidently, THAT CAN NEVER FUCKING HAPPEN.
Oh wait, there's a support link, let's try that. Okay, fill out the questionnaire, only two questions, so short and sweet. Excellent. Hit submit. Oh look, I can pick my specific problem. Great, and here's the solution:
An AdSense account does not exist for this username, as it is associated with an unapproved application. Please search your inbox to find the message you received from us, and review it for more details.
Fuck you Google. Fuck you in the ass with a rusty sawzall and a broken blade.
Right now, if Google starts losing market share, I'm going to hold a fucking party that involves a photoshopped pic. Two items: Sergey Brin, Goatse. Yeah. I feel warm just thinking about it.
I cannot wait, can.not.fucking.WAIT for all the ChromeOS morons who are all vibrating with joy to discover the fun of OS support from a company that will not.ever.talk.to.you.
Compared to Google, Apple looks like an overcommunicative tween.| Comments ()
He forgot one
In his article "Four Essential Members of a Great Design Team", Michael Roller does a decent job of describing...well, personality types/skill sets that every design team should have. It's a decent article, but I think he forgot one: The Assassin.
Every design team, every TEAM for that matter, needs an Assassin, whose job is it is to seek out holes and problems in the idea, or find those elements that fall into "It would be nice if...", but don't actually do anything for the project as a whole, other than filling out someone's bingo card.
Michael shows an example of this in the article: It's really about five members of a great design team, but the last one, "The Jack of All Trades" is one that even Michael can't decide on. Maybe he's essential, maybe he's not, but if you have one, he's essential. That's almost circular logic, and shows the need for an assassin: "Is Jack essential? No? <Bang>. He's gone."
Basically, the Assassin is someone who understands the power, and value of "No". Steve Jobs would be the best known example of the Assassin. One of his most controversial decisions, upon taking back control of Apple was killing the Newton. Sure, people loved it. Sure, it was cool. But it made no money, and at that time, Apple could not afford an expensive product that needed a ton of money and time to get where it would start to make money. So Steve took it out back, gave it a kind word, and put one through its head.
Now, I'm not talking about being a dick. If the only input a self-styled assassin brings is "That idea sucks", regardless of how they say it, they're not an Assassin, they're a pain in the ass. An Assassin understands the design and the ideas behind it, but pushes to make sure that every single element, every pixel, has a purpose. They understand that designs that aren't properly thought out create an immediate timeline for a redesign to fix things. The Assassin is obsessed with doing things right the first time, because they know that doing it wrong, even for good reasons, just wastes time and money. They can also articulate, sometimes in excruciating detail, why they don't like something, in a way that can help the team make the design work.
The Assassin is going to be the person who asks "How cool is that web site design the tenth time you visit it? How is this going to look on one of these? <waves smartphone> An Assassin is the dork who is testing load times in the real world, not just on a local network. Everything works at GigE speeds. On EDGE? Not so much.
Even more importantly, the Assassin is the person who provides the laugh test. The Assassin is what prevents copy leads full of really dirty double entendre. The Assassin is what should have prevented "Add & Remove Programs" from morphing into "Programs and Features", because the Assassin knows that name changes which remove clarity and purpose just so they can be different need to be shot in the head. Remorselessly.
The "real world" version of the Assassin is that last friend between you and the "Twilight" tattoo.
Basically, the Assassin is the way you prevent getting a dose of "Make My Logo Bigger Cream"
If your team doesn't have an Assassin, your results probably show it.| Comments ()
July 7, 2009
BSD vs. GPL
The entire philosophical argument comes down to this:
You either think freedom, real freedom is a matter of trust and optimism, or you think you can only have freedom, real freedom at the end of a gun.
Having been a part of the "gun" in a real, geopolitical sense, I simply cannot agree, on any level with the latter point of view.| Comments ()