How Windows Users are Conditioned: Tom Negrino sums up: “It was like a tire puncture or something; just one of those things that
happen. And that’s what I find so pernicious about Windows. It’s
conditioned tens of millions of people to the idea that computers are
unreliable and a huge pain in the ass. And that things that go wrong
just can’t be helped.”
Ernie & Royce on Working From Home
Ben Brown on why he quit Facebook: “I don’t want the Internet to be the bastard child of basic cable and
Walmart. I want the Internet to be something better, where control of
the media really is democratized and where I can truly find content and
services that are crafted with me and people like me in mind.” (Ms. Jen says – Preach it, brother!)
10 New Year’s Resolutions for the Freelance Developer
Best bird sighting of the Week: An owl sitting on a big bough of an old oak tree at Irvine Regional Park.
Landscape meets Sci-Fi : BLDGBLOG interviews Kim Stanley Robinson
Sun. 12.16.07 – Unique Bird Seen Today: Male common yellowthroat warbler bipbopping about the bird of paradise across from my front door. Lovely.
Top Ten Astronomy Photos of 2007 : (via Backup Brain)
Static on the Dream Phone : Tim O’Reilly on Verizon and open mobile networks in the NY Times editorial section (via atmaspheric)
Hi all, I have many blog post ideas for your reading pleasure, but I promised myself that I would finish (at least iteration #1) my Ruby on Rails app before I blogged several of the big posts living in my head. In the meantime, I present TidBits:
1) Yes, I am working on my first real live Ruby on Rails app. It is an art / image management system that will blog and manage both images and text. I am doing it specifically for artists Dan Callis and Ryan Callis, but we will see if it will be useful for other artists and photographers. I also finally made the decision about what hosting company to deploy my rails app on, the aptly named: Railsplayground.com.
2) NY Times has an excellent article on Gluten-Free dining: For the Gluten-Averse, a Menu That Works
3) Struggling… Since January, I have been struggling with the return of migraine headaches. I have had them in cyclical bursts in the past, but changes in allergy diet or environmental factors have chased them away. But instead of going away with the elimination of chocolate, caffeine, fluorescent lights, and other triggers, the migraines have stepped up frequency to every week or two. I have brought my art table and chair out of storage, as both are very adjustable, for the best ergonomic set up while working. All efforts to no avail. The headaches keep showing up.
I went to my primary care physician at Kaiser and she just put me on Maxalt but did not have the time nor interest to help me figure out what the new triggers could be. Maxalt works great and will clear the pain away in less than 30 minutes, but I can’t drive or really work on my computer for a day or two upon taking it, as it makes me dreamy and unfocused. Being dreamy and unfocused when trying to code does not really work.
In the past my headaches go away and stay away for years, if I eliminate allergen foods out of my diet. To that end, I have an appointment with Dr. Lena Kian N.D. tomorrow.
4) If you are out and about and need to calculate a tip, Aaron Gustafson has created a great little mobile app: Tipr
Somehow I surfed / researched from the BBC’s 100 things we didn’t know last year item #32* to Behind the Name.
At Behind the Name, I have discovered that the good, solid, stoic, old fashioned name of Alfred, means Elf Counsel in Old English. This makes my day.
Furthermore, Algar means elf spear, Alvar means elf army, and Alvin (or Alwyn) is elf friend. Please name your boy children accordingly.