Friday May 24th, 2013
Some interesting notes by an American living in Ireland, a set of notes on the perils of grocery delivery, the desirability of the automobile, and kitchen gadgets.
So, this I-5 bridge collapse: If we can't afford to maintain our sprawl, tell me again how building more will benefit us economically?
Hypothesis: Remaining land lines provide a rough approximation of the economic and societal cost of phone solicitation.
Thursday May 23rd, 2013
What to do with all that spare retail space in the new age of internet commerce? Sears Holdings has formed a new unit to convert unused Sears & K-Mart stores to data centers. Part of the thought is that food courts mean you've already got the amenities on-site for workers.
There are compelling reasons why this is a great model, said Farney. It used to be the business continuity centers were located in an industrial park. The customer has evolved to the point where they want a sexier location, where they can have access to a Starbucks and other retail, because its possible they may be there for weeks or months. Sears and Kmart stores are located in just such retail locations in major malls.
Fascinating that as we start to realize how bad the planning decisions were that led to the creation of business parks, the market may be repurposing malls to fix some of those issues.
Discussion this morning about cycling & drivers with cell phones. Hypothesis: distracted drivers are less likely to deliberately run us down
Person in cube on one side of me is talking to person on speakerphone in office on other side. Reverb is like talking tech in a stadium.
Dear Google+: No (twice), I don't want a tour of new features, or other obscuring pop-ups, I want to read the article I clicked on.
Friend needs help keeping a circa 1996 Filemaker Pro database running for 2 more years. Anyone want a consulting gig?
The E-Cat is back, and people are still falling for it!. Tearing apart the most recent "cold fusion will save the world" headlines.
Nepalese man Min Bahadur Sherchan is 81 and is going to try for the summit next week.
What have you done recently?
Wednesday May 22nd, 2013
Square danced with the beginning class, and we were short girls. I'm getting better at that, but everyone thinks I'm hilarious when I swish.
If we, each doing our own part, if we do good to others, if we meet there, doing good, and we go slowly, gently, little by little, we will make that culture of encounter: we need that so much. We must meet one another doing good. But I dont believe, Father, I am an atheist! But do good: we will meet one another there.
Pope goes all out for works over faith. I kinda like this guy.
Via Huffington Post: Pope Francis Says Atheists Who Do Good Are Redeemed, Not Just Catholics, which I think is going further than that mass went, but I still think this is a fascinating turn in Catholicism...
I'm declaring May 23rd "Verify your backup(s) day!" - I just found a backup script that was failing to mount the backup drive, and was making a huge file where the mount (share) was supposed to be mounted, so it did not error.
The good news is this was only one of several backup schemes, I like doing backups several different ways to different targets. Sometimes they need raw human verification as well.
Time to rewrite this one.. Please go verify yours as well before the holiday weekend.
Interesting: Consumers urge brands to boycott Facebook over domestic violence. Indeed, the combination of the offensive (and it is) user content with the ads shown is not a corporate image I'd want to be a part of projecting, but this does not bode well for advertiser supported person-to-person conversation spaces.
Some interesting notes on how we shape stories, and how stories shape our views.
Over the last few years, Ive watched as teens have given up on controlling access to content. Its too hard, too frustrating, and technology simply cant fix the power issues. Instead, what theyve been doing is focusing on controlling access to meaning. ...
Interesting thoughts on steganography and the social contexts of language.
A Twitter exchange has me reading Jaron Lanier interviewed in Salon Magazine on how the Internet destroyed the middle class. And, yeah, I think this was part of the lesson of A Farewell To Alms: Humans will reproduce to Malthusian limits. If you don't do it, your neighbors will. Any productivity gains are going to get lost in that population swell.
And we're in the process of replacing a whole lot of human labor with mechanization.
I'm going to wait for a little more to flow in about how insightful the book is before I read it, I never found Lanier foresightful in a useful way, but it matches with my current thinking of how productivity flows.
Tuesday May 21st, 2013
But that's not atypical of the former "Freedom Rider" who served two months of jail time in Mississippi during the early years of the Civil Rights Era.
"This is way overdoing it when local laws, state laws allow compassionate use of medical marijuana, Filner told reporters at the downtown U.S. District Court complex Monday. Someone should not be going through this stage of prosecution for trying to help people to have access to medical marijuana."
Village Voice: Bail is Busted: How Jail Really Works. More on the asymmetry of the justice system, and how trial is for people who can both afford to and manage to get there:
But the really shocking revelation of the Freedom Fund experiment was this: More than half of the fund's clients eventually saw their cases either completely dismissed or knocked down to some noncriminal disposition. Not a single one ever went back to jail on the charges for which they were bailed out.
Without access to a bail fund, defendants in similar positions pleaded guilty to criminal charges 95 percent of the time. The fund's numbers made wincingly clear what everyone had already vaguely known: The current bail system has the direct effect of slapping criminal convictions on poor people who would otherwise win their cases.
Monday May 20th, 2013
So far as I can tell from my social media feed, Yahoo bought Ray Manzarek and a giant tornado wiped out Tumblr and Flickr.
How to back up your (adult) Tumblr blog: http://www.erosblog.com/2013/05/20/how-to-back-up-your-tumblr/
While replacing radiator in my truck yesterday, I ended up making a special wrench to remove the lower transmission cooler line easier. I ground the profile down so it would clear plastic mounting nubs around the fitting. Then I cut off the handle and welded it it at a 45 degree angle about in inch from the head. I'm sure there is a special socket/wrench doohicky at the Ford factory that does the same thing.
While doing this on a Sunday afternoon, grinding away, I was musing about the recent arguments about 3D printers, intellectual property, design, patent, copyright, "printing" guns and anything/everything else.
What I briefly laughed at was the idea of a constitutional amendment. Something like:
Congress shall make no law abridging the freedom to create, build, modify, tune, tinker any device or intellectual property withing our possession and ability.
Once upon a time, such a thing may have been possible. We are Americans and part of our culture and history has been the ability to create, improve (and sometimes destroy) "things" and "ideas".
I think it's going to end up more like:
SHOP TAX PAID and LICENSE GRANTED: 2013-05-01 # 910181816211 for 30 days, for the tools and equipment located at _________ until the next inspection due by 2013-06-15 to ensure no illegal items were manufactured, original manufacturer intellectual property rights violated, copyrighted designs copied or modified without the original owners permission....
Please log all tool and equipment use, consumables used in your logbook. Photographs of any item produced or modified with an estimated value over $20 USD required.
Consider using our "Global License" program, simple install one or more (depending on the size and layout of your shop) cameras and reduce the need for monthly visits and audits.
Sunday May 19th, 2013
Due to the possibility of confusion, apparently "posse" is not a collective noun to use in groups of lesbians. I've been told...
Gay square dancing and I only get my ass grabbed once: Impressed with finely tuned gaydar, or disappointed that I'm not hot?
Of the participants in our study sample, 579 were current marijuana users and 1975 were past users. In multivariable adjusted models, current marijuana use was associated with 16% lower fasting insulin levels (95% confidence interval [CI], −26, −6) and 17% lower HOMA-IR (95% CI, −27, −6). We found significant associations between marijuana use and smaller waist circumferences. Among current users, we found no significant dose-response.
News reports say the board of Yahoo will meet Sunday night to ratify the purchase of Tumblr for some $1.1 billion. However, the signs were already out. Over on Erosblog they've been noting that all adult Tumblr sites have disappeared from Google and other search engines. Apparently tumblr inserted a script in all such sites to shoo off search indexing robots and make them harder to find. Speculation is that they were starting to clean out the property before Yahoo showed up. If you have NSFW material over yonder, back it up before Yahoo erases it.
Friday May 17th, 2013
I think that I can muster up a little soft shoe gentle sway, 'cause I feel like dancin'. All weekend. Off to Stumptown Stomp in Guerneville.
"We're portrayed by Republicans as either being lying or idiots," said one Obama administration official who was part of the Benghazi response. "It's actually closer to us being idiots."
Because the study design is observational and the data are cross-sectional, no strong causal conclusions can be drawn. However, there is evidence of lower marijuana use in the presence of SDT, and evidence of higher use of illicit drugs other than marijuana. Until further research can clarify the apparent opposing associations, schools should approach SDT with caution.
Sounds to me like if kids think they may get caught, they figure why not get caught for the hard stuff?
Ah, the past, when elevated bicycle superhighways were the future of commuting: http://motherboard.vice.com/bl...the-future-of-california-transit
Thursday May 16th, 2013
Asked "other side programmer" regardiing XML samples for a SOAP/XML interface.
He emailed back:
public errorObject ReadingChangedNotification(meterReading changedMeterReads, string transactionID) public errorObject CDStatesChangedNotification (CDStateChange stateChanges, string transactionID)
The say part is, I understand what he really means is part of this:
this but he doesn't differentiate the XML from the code that he uses to generate it.
And, yes, on our list is tearing out the concrete patio in the back and replacing it with flagstone so that we have a more water permeable surface treatment in that space. Also something to think about as cities pursue higher densities...
Wednesday May 15th, 2013
Auto-correct of the moment: ductaping became dictating. Yeah, that kind of works...
That's an F3, right? Bets on whether anyone ever is actually charged with that felony?
Later addendum: Take video? Upload it ASAP.
Fair warning so you can re-watch the first two: Before Midnight opens on the 31st at the Smith Ranch Road theater http://sonyclassics.com/beforemidnight/dates.html
RESULTS: Complete remission (a CDAI score <150) was achieved by 5/11 subjects in the cannabis group (45%) and 1/10 in the placebo group (10%; P=.43). A clinical response (a decrease in CDAI score of >100) was observed in 10/11 subjects in the cannabis group (90%; from 330±105 to 152±109) and 4/10 in the placebo group (40%; from 373±94 to 306±143; P=.028). Three patients in the cannabis group were weaned from steroid dependency. Subjects receiving cannabis reported improved appetite and sleep, with no significant side effects.
Between 1982 and 2005, the pole drifted southeast towards northern Labrador, Canada, at a rate of about 2 milliarcseconds or roughly 6 centimetres per year. But in 2005, the pole changed course and began galloping east towards Greenland at a rate of more than 7 milliarcseconds per year.
Two things I think are interesting here: The first is that GPS is now becoming the reference system by which earth's rotational axis is measured. The second: 6 centimeters. That's gonna get tossed in the face of the next person who claims to me that somehow more accurate location systems are the enabling technology for autonomous vehicles or local mapping.
Whoah. Facebook is telling me [married person you know] used Zoosk. I suspect it's exaggerating, but: careful out there, people...
A 160x120px thermographic camera runs over 10k Euros, this uses a pyrometer and a couple of R/C/ servos to create an 80x80px low frame-rate thermographic camera for about a hundred Euros.
Tuesday May 14th, 2013
I'm a little pissed because I'm reading a narrative that I trust a whole lot about some pretty amazing police misconduct, when what should pop across my social media feed but cops two towns up kickin' down doors and tazing people.
Yay for more cameras recording!
The Guardian has a rather average interview with Bill Gates, where he talks about his philanthropies and his relationship with Steve Jobs. What is interesting is the comments section, where the OS wars are still as hot as they were in 1999. One extremely long one considers Gates' attempts at curing malaria to be false, since he really should have been fixing Windows. Its rather amazing that these folks still talk about Bill in the same way they talk about Andrew Carnagie or John D. Rockefeller as complete predators, when Bill never had a striker shot, never evicted a widow from the company shack, or bribed a senator with watered stock. But I guess offending the fanboys is crime enough.
So wait, was the infiltrator also the bomber (again)? Is this what the DOJ is pissed at the AP for revealing?
This is fucking brilliant: Special Guest Edition: The Hawkeye Initiative IRL!:
I love my job. Our company in particular is great. Firstly, our game (HAWKEN) is beautiful and people love it. Secondly, half of our executive branch is female. Half of them are punk rock, and all of them are badassed. Our gender awareness standards, compared to the industry at large, are top shelf. We are talking Amelia Earhart in Atlantis, at a five star resort, getting a mani-pedi from Jensen Ackles. I have it good.
Except that the CEO has a framed piece of game promotion art, and... well... gets and graciously accepts a brilliant education in sexism.
Toll records can be used in civil court cases, like divorce cases.
In four of the 12 states, including New Jersey and Pennsylvania, highway authorities release E-ZPass records only in criminal cases. West Virginia parkways authority has no policy.
Which means that the remaining 7 are happy to offer up your travel records for civil actions.