Those Red Profile Pics

I’ve been spending all day looking at people put red “marriage equality” pics up in place of their regular profile portraits. So, I guess it’s “gay marriage day.” In that case, let me just “come out” and say that I hope the Supreme Court upholds both Proposition 8 and DOMA. First, I don’t buy the…

Hobgoblins Aren’t What you Think

I’m frequently struck by how many famous quotes are inaccurate by omission, and in meaning-changing ways. “Money is the root of all evil,” for example. The hippies love to bander that one about, because it helps them promote their message that you should just give them free shit. But the original is in fact “the…

Scalzi’s Slice of the Pie

By now, you’ve all heard of the big “Donglegate” PyCon blowup over Adria Richards. If you haven’t, this is probably the most balanced take on it. I know what you’re thinking: opinions are like assholes, etc. etc. It’s OK, though, because mine is an opinion about someone else’s opinion. Namely, John Scalzi’s. Here is the…

Monetarism appeals to the Right for a Reason

A friend on Facebook posted this interesting – and frustrating – article from Salon: When neoliberalism exploded. It makes two claims, which I’ll call the strong claim and the weak claim. The weak claim is true. The strong claim isn’t – or at least isn’t the whole story. And so this is a prime example…

Vim and Readline

Today is a very happy day for me, and that’s because I just found out on StackOverflow that there IS a way to use vi key bindings on the MySql command interface! YAY! Seriously, this has been a major thorn in my side. At work, I maintain an aging piece of software (no worries, currently…