Why? seriously, why not?
Why? seriously, why not?
Guess what? I made some new shirts for my Zazzle store last night.
Check them out and let me know what you think. Here is a brief description of each as they came into my head:
Another in an apparently LONG line of ‘My Other T-Shirt’ shirts. I couldn’t find anything exactly the same, but only mildly different already on the nets, so we’ll see if I have blatantly ripped off someone else when the DMCA notice lands in my inbox.
I get a LOT of help desk tickets daily. Approximately 2/3 (ish) of them are so vague, i have to wonder if these people even know what the real issue is. I’ve wanted to start answering all emails and phone calls with a paraphrase from Star Trek: Please State The Nature of your IT EMERGENCY (because they are ALL emergencies, right?) now i have a t-shirt that says it for me!
A couple more one-offs, because t-shirts get boring sometimes. You need a hoodie and a mug of coffee on a cold day in Seattle to do the deep thinking required to under stand the #NSA…
The last thing is just a self-indulgent crap-shoot. Like MC Front’s glasses, I don’t actually expect anyone to BUY this, but just knowing that i can put it up for sale makes me feel good about myself:
So, heres the thing that pisses me, and a bunch of others, off. The DMCA can be used to stifle free speech, but it is almost never enforced on bogus take-down requests. Why should we respect the law when the law doesn’t respect us?
This is exactly how NOT to do your comments section.
See the problem there?
Does this local news site (Verde Independent) really get that much spam that their built in filters can’t catch them that they NEED a capacha? And really, a captcha would be fine. A little annoying, but fine. Lots of sites have them.
BUT to then add insult to injury: REQUIRE EVERY FIELD AVAILABLE!
I don’t like giving out my FULL NAME to begin with, and email… well, that’s actually understandable. But, you do NOT need my phone number. I never gave my real phone number to Radio Shack, I’m certainly not giving it to you.
Look, newspaper guys… do you want to know how to make MORE money, get more hits on your website and let the community you are supposed to be serving engage in a CONVERSATION? make it easier for them to engage you and comment on stories.
For the first time in the history of my writing to my congressmen, Jon Kyl actually wrote me back!!! but his letter is basically just an admission that hes not even going to try because hes retiring:
Dear Reverend David:
Thank you for contacting me in support of the Internet Radio Fairness Act (H.R. 6480/S. 3609). That legislation was introduced in the House of Representatives and the Senate shortly before both bodies adjourned last month, and thus the committees of jurisdiction have not yet had time to act on either measure.
When Congress reconvenes in mid-November for a lame-duck session, it is only likely to take up certain must-pass legislation – including bills to deal with the looming threat of across-the-board spending cuts and massive tax increases, as well as funding for federal government operations for the remainder of the fiscal year. That means action on the Internet Radio Fairness Act is likely to be deferred until 2013.
Since I will be retiring from the Senate when my term ends later this year, I hope you will share your views with my successor after he is seated in January.
Thank you again for caring enough to contact me about this issue. Please let me know if there is any other way that I might be of service during the next few months.
United States Senator
P.S. If you wish to share additional comments about this or any other matter, please visit my website at: http://www.kyl.senate.gov/contact.cfm. Do not reply to this email.
From the: CAN-YOU-READ-? Dept.
Along with millions of other people back on January 18th, I wrote letters to my Congressmen, Senators John McCain and Jon Kyle, and ‘Representative’ Paul Gossar. To date, one has responded. Mr McCain (or, more accuratly a computerized form-letter-machine) has written to address my fear of Internet Regulation, censorship, and my growing distaste for a private industry buying politicians with money and favors.
Well, kind of. It doesn’t really address anything from my letter except maybe some of the censorship stuff, but if you actually READ my letter (MCCAIN! I’m talking to YOU buddy!), you’ll see that the argument goes much deeper:
I will rebuild you. You will be stronger, faster, smarter… BETTER!
[See: Reorg. Part 1: DEMOLISH for prequel info]
Well, it’s done. Mostly. I took the box apart last week or so, reconfigured some stuff, removed and re-seated the CPU, added an older 500 gig HDD… and then, installed Mythbuntu. er… 3 times actually. Yeah, took me 3 install attempts to get it working right. Not sure exactly HOW I screwed up the first 2, but #3 was the winner by far. Here’s a sample of my progression:
Install FAILED miserably due to selecting the wrong drive. Yes folks. Instead of simply setting up a fresh install on the new 500gig HDD, for some reason i told the installer to put it on the original 750gig drive. I dunno exactly why. Something about how SATA was set up in the bios and I got a little confused. I’m really lucky that I didn’t over-wright the entire disc. Seriously, could have lost 1000 episodes of Charmed that I’ve been saving for my *ahem* daughter.
Install FTW!! yay! OS installed without a hitch [Mythbuntu 11.04], although it did hog some bandwidth with updates and such. Dylan got a little pissed because he was trying to watch something on Netflix at this time, and it kept losing the connection. 2 things got screwy on this install which is why I had to try, try again: 1) I did …something… to LIRC. Still not exactly sure, but it worked at first, except that it was reading each buttonpress twice. I checked the usual sites and forums for the answer and edited some config files, and then it completely broke, and I couldn’t get it working again. I probably could have fixed it eventually if it weren’t for 2) Frakking BOXEE. Apparently, every time Ubuntu gets upgraded to a new version something happens that breaks Boxee. The reason is almost always that Boxee is behind the times. This time around it’s a dependancie issue. Some little media player’s library was updated and most major OSs went with the NEW version, effectively dropping the OLD version from all repositories. Unfortunatly, Boxee depended on the OLD library. There was a long and convoluted way to edit the .deb file so that it would use the NEW library, but there was also something about it messing up HULU and some other stuff, so it became painfully obvious that the only solution was to:
Beautimus. Downloaded and installed Mythbuntu 10.10. Slightly older version, sure. whatev. BUT, everything fucking works out of the BOX YO! LIRC didn’t have the same duplicate button press issue, Boxee and Hulu Desktop installed without a hitch, and with 2 small copy-paste codes into the main menu file, I had a nice *working* interface. There was one little issue with the sound being incredibly low. But that was fixed easily with some careful adjustments to ALSA mixer (EVERYTHINGGOESUPTOTHEMAXIMUM!).
Yeah baby! now everything WORKS, and functions and is pretty awesome. Now I just need to find a nice, cheap little dual PCI (not e) tuner card and we’re golden. Anyways, that was over a week ago, so I’ll try to get some screen shots of the new system one of these days… maybe. Working VER HARD on secret project#2 right now.
piece, we’re OUT!