Sunday, September 15, 2013

Guest Starring Pruitt Taylor Vince

My Twilight Zone Netflix Moment

This happened a couple of weeks ago, and I wanted to share this moment over Facebook, and Twitter the instant it happened, but I was too freaked out to pick up my phone or tablet and type out the words that would describe it. Even now, I am uncertain if I should share this event with you because it is a little like seeing The Sixth Sense for the first time. I am talking about that evening I entered the Twilight Zone with Pruitt Taylor Vince while watching Netflix.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Linux Trip: Disunity

If you have been following my saga with Linux you know that in the 13 years I was Mac OS X, not much had changed. Installing Linux meant making some extra finger configurations on the keyboard and adding some extra switches on the command line. After that, the new modern Linux desktops that were "better" than their alternatives, had much to be desired.

After a couple of weeks of installs and re-installs, I had decided that Ubuntu with its Unity desktop was going to be my best choice. It felt familiar enough and, if nothing else, looked modern and not like a relic from the last century.

Disunity is the best description I can offer for what followed. First, was the attempt to sell me something from Amazon every time I opened the HUD. When you think of the definition of dickass, you can now imagine whoever thought of putting search results next to your application suggestions. Second, was the crashes. I mean crash, after crash, after crash. I have not rebooted a computer this many times since the last century. No really, it was worse than Windows 3.0.

Friday, June 7, 2013

Linux Trip: The Motive

With my geek out weekend ending I had a working installation of Linux Mint with the MATE desktop, and I was unhappy with it. My reasons for looking at Linux are simple, I am tired of the increasingly closed garden Apple is creating. I came to Apple because I knew the new OS X was a solid OS built on a fine pedigree of open source software.
I stayed because projects like Fink and MacPorts made grabbing the latest open source projects ridiculously easy. It was a good mix of stable, working, programs that let me get my day-today tasks finished without any headaches or maintenance, yet dive deep into geekdom when I wanted to.
When the iPod became a huge hit, I looked like a genius to my friends and family for making the move to Apple when everyone else thought they were dead.

Monday, May 27, 2013

Linux Trip, Introduction

How I almost didn't try Linux again.

April was winding down, and Cinco de Mayo was right around the corner. In Kansas the weather can go from bitter cold to hot during the months of spring, and this year was no exception. I had been learning a Yang style Taijiquan form that is new to me, and was looking for another distraction. (Even in martial arts training there is procrastination). I looked through my long Someday list in my planner and decided that it was time to try Ubuntu Linux.

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Steady State?

The reports are in on the European Space Agency's Planck observations, and the evidence is .... not as decisive as most of the reports would lead you to believe.

I am not an astrophysicists, so take that previous statement with a grain a salt. The view of the science, so far, is that the Universe is about 800 million years older then the last time we looked. But, the two big anomalies from the previous observations remain.

You see, the theory is that if there was a big bang that created the Universe at a certain point in time, then there would be some radiation of this event and it would be distributed evenly across the Universe. Problem is the southern hemisphere of the Planck observatories image is hotter then the the northern region, and there is a big dark blue (cold) spot in the south as well.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Effectiveness of Drones

If your business had a program with a less than 2% accuracy rate, and cost you billions a year what would you do with it?

Well, if your a weapons manufacturer you make a lot of press about how awesome and safe this new program is. Never mind those dead children in a foreign country.

North Korean Gun Policy

With the North Korean's threatening an assault on America's Pacific assets, I think this little bit of satire from the Borowitz Report is worth another look.

From the article:
In the immortal words of my dad, the glorious Kim Jong-il: “The only thing that stops a bad guy with a nuke is a good guy with a nuke.”