Right points, wrong issue

The ever-reliable Facebook points me to this stupid article on Gawker that’s trying to put me in black people’s shoes so that I’ll be more empathetic. It’s the same condescending bullshit every. damn. time. Some people make some legitimate points about a current event, those points challenge PC orthodoxy, and rather than a thoughtful response…

Moving

Not that there are many/any readers, but heads up to any regulars out there: this blog will be moving to theonlywinningmove.net in a couple of days. There will likely be issues with links to old entries not working; please bear with me.

Google Site Verification in Drupal 7

For a freelance project I recently had to verify a Google Apps subscription. You see, Google needs to know that you actually own, or at least have full access to, the domain name you’re attempting to create an account for, and one way to “prove” this is to put a meta tag in the headers…

Mountains out of Molehills: Confederacy Edition

There’s been a lot of gleeful handrubbing in Libertarian circles recently as we all solemnly agree that the Confederacy Was a Very Bad Thing, Mkay You Guys? And, sure, it was a bad thing. Draconian central government dedicated to preserving slavery? There’s nothing for a libertarian to agree with there. Nevertheless, I have a couple…

STTOS – Space Seed

The question about Space Seed will always be: what brought it to the attention of the producers of Star Trek II as the episode on which to base the movie that saved the franchise? I don’t know whether this episode was a particular fan favorite before that movie, but it certainly is today – and…

It’s Totally All the South’s Fault

As a Southerner, I’m endlessly fascinated with the rest of the country’s apparent need to beleive that the South is some kind of horrible, regressive place that’s somehow the source of all the nation’s problems. It isn’t everyone, of course – but for a disturbingly large number of people in the US, some Southern but…

Mcrypt on OS X for PHP 5.3.15

I’m trying to put together a web application in either Slim or Laravel. Unfortunately, both require (well, Slim only if you want to use encrypted cookies – which of course I do) mcrypt, which isn’t compiled into PHP on Mac. So my choices are either recompile PHP with mcrypt support on my laptop, or develop…

Lies No One Ever Told

If ever there were a feminist campaign in need of parody it’s SAVE(Sexual Assault Voices of Edmonton)’s Don’t be that Guy poster campaign. It’s mostly a Canadian thing, so I’m not sure how visible they’ve been on the internet down here, but they’re posters that show picture of, say, a girl passed out on the…