December 30, 2009
Adding my voice along to my brother from another mother's on this one.
DeviantART had it's 100 millionth art submission, or "deviation" in DA-ese. Deviations are normally digital paintings or photo manipulations, but they also have a large collection of prose and poetry. First, disclaimer, my wife, Melissa has a DA gallery, wherein you can view, and if you like, buy prints of her artwork. So yes, I'm biased. Sue me.
I can also admit, that like everything else, a huge chunk of DA's content is, to me at least, crap. Sturgeon's law, or more correctly, Sturgeon's Revelation, applies just as well to DA as everything else on the planet. But even the worst of it is someone's work. Slash, fanfic, (Before you bag too much on fanfic, keep in mind that every Star Trek, Star Wars, D&D, or any other writing involving someone else's characters are fanfic. Fanfic produces some pretty amazing work), bad photoshop brushes, all the way to some pretty damned brilliant writing and top-notch artwork is on DA, and it's all someone trying to do something creative. They start, work on, and finish their art, regardless of form, and release it into the world. Even if it sucks, it's still cool that they're trying.
So, because DA is a pretty popular site, and because the shitcocks at TechCrunch can't admit that their one attempt to actually do something failed SPECTACULARLY, (some bad Joo Joo over there), they of course have to bag on DA. Jesus, how fucking sad can you get. Even worse, there's no attempt to even write something decent, (after all, this is TechCrunch), it's just lame bagging on other people's work. If you're going to bag on someone, at least put some fucking effort in it. (I know bagging on people. Doing it well is actually kind of hard.) This shit?
I’m sure there’s some great art on deviantART among the 100 million submissions of drawings, photos, videos, and stories, but they are hard to find among the 99.9 million pieces of mediocrity which seem to fill up the site. It’s as though every kid from your high school art class who dropped out to draw dragons is on the site, telling the other drop-outs how amazing their art is. Some of it is so bad that it’s given rise to parody blog divineART, whose slogan is, “When art becomes visual pollution!”
That's just lame. I can't draw a fucking stick figure, so even the worst on DA is still gobs better than what I can do, even if I think it's crap. Erick Schonfeld however, is in a psuedo-ironic douchebag hipster groove, so he says this about someone's painting:
I could quote from it, but it is more of a deviation from good writing than anything else. I might as well just show the “Blizzard” drawing above featuring some sort of black unicorn frolicking in the snow with an arctic fox. How should I put this? There are some creations which are better left in a drawer and maybe shouldn’t be shared with the world. Seriously, would you pay $150 for a print of this drawing?
First Erick, if you're writing for TechCrunch, you completely, completely lose any moral high ground for criticizing writing. Even the most execrable Princess Peach/Bowser slash is still better than anything TC will ever do. Second, Fuck you dickhead, what have you ever created. Good bad or indifferent, what have you actually created, even if it's as insignificant as a shell or AppleScript? Well, lets look at his fucking bio for TechCrunch:
Erick Schonfeld is the Co-Editor of TechCrunch. He has been covering startups and technology news since 1993.
Prior to TechCrunch, he was Editor-at-Large for Business 2.0 magazine, where he wrote feature stories and ran their main blog, Next Net, which had nearly 50,000 RSS subscribers. He also does a lot of video work and hosts regular panels of industry luminaries.
Schonfeld started his career at Fortune magazine. In 1999, he won the prize for best information technology submission at London’s Business Journalist of the Year Awards, and in 2001 he won the prize for best space submission at the Aerospace Journalist of the Year Awards in Paris. In 1996 and 1997, Schonfeld was recognized in the TJFR Business News Reporter’s list of the “best and brightest financial journalists under the age of 30.” He appears regularly on CNBC, CNN, and NY1, and is a frequent speaker at industry conferences.
Schonfeld graduated magna cum laude from Cornell University in 1993.
Yeah. He's not created a fucking thing since he graduated college, and given his degree was in government, his creative output there approaches zero too. He's just another New Media Douchebag in fuckwad hipster glasses thinking that his lame attempts at irony or dry humor turn him into the next Ambrose Bierce. Shit, the most I've ever actually created have been some rather lame AppleScripts on Versiontracker, but at least I fucking created something. Erick's entire life is waiting for someone to try to actually do something, then, if said someone doesn't properly fellate him and/or TC, to shred them.
That's the thing with assholes like Erick. They've never actually done anything. Him, Arrington, Scoble, all of them. If they'd been born a thousand years ago, they'd have been shoveling shit in a stable because that way, they'd not be fucking up something important. If TechCrunch was erased from human memory tomorrow, nothing bad would happen. They've contributed nothing, and never will. That's why dicksnots like Erick have to bag on DA, because not only can they not stand a community that has produced 100 million *anything*, (Compare DA's record to TC's. The reason for the envy is pretty obvious), but the worst offense is that they have a thriving, supportive, albeit overly dramatic community of artists merrily doing their own thing, and they don't need TechCrunch.
That's the part that really burns the hide of fucksticks like Schonfeld. The idea that a website could be successful without Arrington and Schonfeld, especially one that's been around for twice as long as TechCrunch, oh, that burns their precious little hipster douchebag egos, because it's yet another reminder that outside of their little New Media Douchebag circlejerk, TechCrunch has neither meaning nor relevancy, and never will.
If you want to know a prime reason for the existence of Angry Mac Bastards, the kind of shit that morons like Schonfeld perpetuate is the prime reason.
However, if you want to see another reason why DA kicks the shit out of TC, I'll give you a fanfic webcomic that I absolutely adore: Girls Next Door. Yes, it's Labyrinth fanfic, (along with Good Omens, The Phantom of the Opera, LOTR, Legend, and anyone else Pika feels like putting in there), but the artwork is fantastic, the writing is even better, and in 90 strips, Pika has managed to do something that is far better, and ultimately more meaningful than anything Erick Fucking Schonfeld will ever do.
So yeah Erick. You go on with your hipster douchebag self. But TC lost to DA five years before TC even existed. Hope that keeps you warm at night.
New Media Douchebags
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December 16, 2009
Does anyone out there have some pictures of B-1Bs that were stationed at Grand Forks I could get a copy of? If they show the 3-Bay or the GF livery on the vertical stab, that would be totally cool. Trying to show my son some of what I did, and I never had any pics from then.
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I Love Preview.app
Every time I'm able to show someone a feature of Preview that lets them avoid the abomination that is Acrobat Pro, I feel good for two reasons:
- They get more use out of a tool they already have and are familiar with, resulting in higher productivity at lower cost, always a good thing
Seriously, Preview fucking rocks, and unlike Acrobat with shit like Portfolios, the PDF files I create in Preview aren't proprietary to that application.
Ever since it first came out, Preview has consistently rocked. It doesn't have a UI that looks like it was designed by ex-Notes engineers. Seriously, look at the difference. Here's Preview in Mac OS X 10.6:
Same PDF in Adobe Reader 9:
Not having an overly complicated UI is one thing, but for fuck's sake, your icons are not all that. Even if I turn on "all" labels for toolbars, which is itself a fucking adventure compared to Preview. In Reader:
and in Preview:
However, while turning on text for the icons in the toolbar in Preview creates the respected results:
In Adobe Reader, it's a bit...not what you expected:
Where's my labels? Well, there's a secret. To see all the labels, you either have to undock the toolbars from the window:
or you have to ensure you don't have "too many" toolbars docked:
or you can use multiple rows of toolbars:
But if you have "too many" items, evidently, Adobe decided that labels can never go underneath an icon:
So yeah. Go Acrobat UI Team!
Secondly, Preview, as a lightweight PDF reader, kicks Adobe ass, for file size if nothing else. Adobe Reader is over 220 MB in size. As a comparison, OpenOffice 3.1.0 is not even 2X that size, yet does a lot more. Preview? 34.9 MB. Now, of course, the Acrobat people will start arguing about how Reader does so much more than Preview, and that's true. But that doesn't make it better. That just makes it bigger, and if you're going to be that big, then why not just call it Acrobat Essentials, and stop pretending it's a reader.
I don't think that Adobe understands that there is a market for a lightweight application that does a minimum beyond viewing, and does so with a clean UI.
It's not like all Preview does is let you view. You can do annotations, notes, add links, simple shapes, bookmarks, etc. You can combine PDFs or add pages from another file, (something you can't do in Adobe Reader) delete pages, (can't in Reader), etc. You can even add files in other formats that Preview supports, such as PNG, JPEG, etc., again, something Reader doesn't support. (At least not in a generic not-tied-to-an-Adobe-server-farm configuration. You know. The way normal people would use it.)
Preview doesn't support the collaboration or Adobe server tricks that Reader does, but again, if you're that big of an Adobe customer, why aren't you just licensing Pro or Standard? (On Windows at least. Mac users only get Acrobat Pro.) Preview doesn't support PDF portfolios, but so what? For one thing, PDF Portfolios are rather counter to the idea that PDF should be a universal format. Right now, even the 'big' alternative to Acrobat, FoxIt, is still working on integrating Portfolio support, so if you use Portfolios, you're requiring everyone who wants to read your work to ONLY use Adobe Reader 9.
So much for PDF as a pseudo open standard. So much for Adobe not trying to make PDF an Adobe-only standard. Pull the other one guys.
At this point, if there's something I need to do with a PDF that Preview won't handle, I just use Acrobat Pro. Reader's about as necessary as a 73-wheeled bicycle, and less fun to ride. I don't expect Pro to be lightweight, or just a viewer, so my expectations are properly set for using the application. Reader? That shit's just lying to me.
Besides, considering the way the Acrobat team has shat upon their Mac customers since before Acrobat 5, exactly why the fuck do I want to use their product anyway?
So tl;dr: Fuck you Adobe Reader, call me when you aren't a fucking mess. In the meantime, Preview FTW.| Comments ()
December 3, 2009
If you're not going to allow anything but total agreement on your blog
Then just fucking say so. Or better yet, turn off comments. But spare the internet namby-pamby tripe like this:
fwiw, comments somehow assuming that my point in this essay was "Gears is dead, HTML5 droolz" will not get through the moderation queue. (Strawmen eat undue attention.)
Um sparky? If you don't want people getting the wrong idea from your posts, learn how to find a point and stay on it. Also, for you to bag on the LA Times about the quality of THEIR sources, when you pull this one:
Maybe the story isn't accurate -- I haven't found any source link in the first few retellings I've read [!!], so it could be just another blogospheric falsehood. But if the story is accurate, then that translates to "We'll be dropping support for the majority of the world -- people who use Microsoft browsers or older browsers -- in order to reduce our development costs for the people who buy Apple's hardware." Sounds strange!
COMPLETELY out of your ass, (Ray Comfort's Banana Story has more proof behind it)?
I have to assume you're an atheist, because no one who's even vaguely afraid there's a hell could be as much of a fucking hypocrite as you are.
I hope you get a bonus from your masters on the Flash team, because lord knows, you're one of the blindest little soldiers I've ever seen.| Comments ()
December 1, 2009
Just in case
So once again, the Great Flash Fellator himself, John Dowdell has yet another post up, the latest in an unending series of "Must mindlessly bag on HTML 5 because it poses a threat to Flash." I've given up on him actually knowing fuck all about anything outside of what his boss tells him as he climbs out from under said boss's desk after swallowing another load...er...his yearly bonus. Honestly, a brain-damaged medium could pull better accuracy during a seance. However, JD does indeed stroke Flash fast and furious, so he's probably got great job security.
I put a longish comment up, but since ol' JD likes to edit or delete comments that don't give him a satisfactory stroke, I've no confidence it will ever see the light of day. (I like to bag on Nack for his occasional hissy fits, but fucking Dowdell is ten times the whining douchecrumpet Nack ever dreamed of being. Also, Nack's not a fucking coward about comments.) So I figured, what the fuck, I'll put it here too:
IIRC, Google's been de-emphasizing gears in favor of HTML 5 local storage for some time now. Gears' implementation has always been...ugly. On the Mac, it was an input manager, which are pretty much nightmares to deal with, since they can inject into about any running application.
However, your conclusions from that, namely:
"But if the story is accurate, then that translates to "We'll be dropping support for the majority of the world -- people who use Microsoft browsers or older browsers -- in order to reduce our development costs for the people who buy Apple's hardware." Sounds strange!"
is bunk. it's not just some weird Apple-controlling-google thing, but a sign that for most browser vendors, all but one really, HTML 5 is where you want to go.
It's not just Safari/Webkit, it's also Firefox. Oh, and contrary to wherever you get your information, Webkit is *not* an apple only trick. Take a look at smartphone browsers, Webkit's bloody everywhere.
In fact, there's really only one browser manufacturer that *isn't* moving to HTML 5 support at full speed, and that's Microsoft. but then again, as ActiveX becomes less and less of a need in even corporate america, who cares. If IE wants to relive the glory days of the late 90s, that's their option, but those days, and the plugin lock-in they brought, are gone, and good riddance.
I may be wrong about Google de-emphasizing Gears, at least for storage, but that's what I remember.| Comments ()