My third Thingamonth project: a 90-second video showing off what BarcampICR, which I helped to organize, was like. I should have brought a tripod with me, and I should have done better interviews, but I don’t hate it, which is something, at least.
Nothing like a trip to the movies to remind you how much you hate most of your fellow humans.
My last night in poverty
Tomorrow I will win the lottery. I’m sure of it this time, as I’ve saved six months of Chinese food fortunes, added up the lucky numbers, averaged them together, and bought my ticket. It’s foolproof, I think. My ticket is safe, tucked into a folder that’s in a fire-proof box. When I lay down tonight, I’ll think myself to sleep and imagine sending huge...
Why is it that people respect someone’s expertise until they disagree with it?
YLNT pack suggestions
In chronological order: Known for His Reach: The origin of musical jokes and worth it for no other reason than we find out the name of Scott’s non-secular rock band. Sacks-Minnelli Disease: If this isn’t on your list, you need to tighten up. (sorry. Really, I’m sorry.) Tux Age: Have your baby butler bring you a drink as you perfect your old-timey radio voice Man School: Hold...
Just got my evaluations from the business writing...
They were surprisingly good, since I thought the class went terribly, but one of the students thought I was absolute bullshit. That might not be wrong.
Thus, starting on next Monday–and, going forward, on the 2nd of every month–we...– A Sextodecimestrial Letter to YLNT Shareholders | You Look Nice Today This made my 2012.
Walking through my office building just now
Random stranger in the hall: "'Scuse me, sir. 'Scuse me. Lemme ask you. Like, a plant like that? How much water you think that would take?"
Me: "I'm sorry?"
Stranger: "Like, how much water for a plant like that?"
Me: "I'm not sure what you mean. Are you asking what volume of water the pot would hold?"
Stranger: "No, like, how much water would you give that plant. Like, a day."
Me: "That plant isn't real."
Stranger: "For real?"
Stranger: "OK, but, like, if it was real. How much water?"
Me: "I have no idea."
Stranger: "You don't know?"
Stranger: "You never watered a plant?"
Me: "I'm not real, either."
Stranger: "You're freakin' me out, brother man."
Nephew: Do we have to read?
Me: No. You can also go right to sleep, or sit quietly, or twiddle your thumbs. Do you know how to twiddle your thumbs?
Finally out of the hell hole
Parents, I am so sorry if you have to take your children to such places. It was all flashing lights, loud noises and things designed to disorient and cause bad decisions.
So Geraldo and others are arguing the Trayvon Martin’s hoodie is to blame for his death and not George Zimmerman’s racial profiling and insane gun-lust?
In which I ask for help
I’m asking you to do my job for me for help with a class I’m teaching this week. I’m teaching a continuing ed class about using and personalizing iOS. I think I’m a pretty fair hand using iOS, and I’ve been doing a lot of research, but I have a favor to ask of you all: Do you have any tips, tricks, secrets, etc. that you know about everyone’s favorite mobile...
claviusrobinsky replied to your photo: My landlord distributed a passive-aggressive note… The last sentence of the first paragraph makes my head hurt. Yeah, he’s nearly as bad as his mother, who’s the property manager. The only thing I agree with on that note is that it’s bullshit to leave the gate unlocked. He’s complaining about people who, as far as I can tell,...
In light of recent events:
fancycwabs: essdogg: fancycwabs replied to your link: Are there electronics companies who offer “sweatshop-free” products? My sister informs me that Mike Daisey is such an primadonna entitled dick in real life that stage crews at his shows despise him. I can definitely see that. And while it’s no excuse, he’s pretty damn good at what he does. Sounds a lot like the guy his latest monologue is...
makearoo: Just wrote this in an email to a friend, and realized it needed a wider audience: “In my work on Makearoo, I have really come to believe that we each have a calling, and yet are so often socialized to not pursue that calling. “It’s too risky,” “Your salary will be half what you’re making now,” “That’s not practical.” “You can’t make any money doing that.” “Do you know how many small...
Well, Kirk Cameron, here’s the thing. You are correct when you say you should be...– John Scalzi, Speech and Kirk Cameron (via redcloud) That’s the beauty of speech you don’t like: The cure is more speech. Also, fuck Kirk Cameron. He’s been riding out the fact he was a teen idol 30 years ago for too damn long.
These values are well documented in Zuckerberg’s letter: “Done is better than...– Rands In Repose: Hacking is Important 1) This is a great read 2) I would love to spend some time thinking about that first statement. Done IS better than perfect, but what about quality? Where is the “good enough” line?
Obvious point is obvious
Sweating the details is hard work.
One of my co-workers has discovered the "Annoy the...
My kingdom for a box of earplugs.
The Mountain Goats: Letters from Belgium ...
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I’m assuming a lot of you have seen this already, but it’s an interesting solution to the problem of Web attribution.