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What is the sound of a billion souls crying out in the dark "how did I get here?"
What does it mean to get "Slashdotted"?
If you have been online for a decent amount of time, you probably know about the news site for geeks called Slashdot.
From this, you may surmise that getting "Slashdotted" involves getting your site linked to in an article on Slashdot, resulting in a significant increase in your site traffic.
You would be correct. Very correct.
You may also surmise that this increase in traffic results in a corresponding increase in sales/leads/etc.
Just when we thought that the nation was finally headed in the right direction, California no longer supports gay marriage. California.
Apparently, while everyone else was focused on making sure that Obama got elected, the religious right used the shift in focus to as a sabotage opportunity:
"Yes side sent certified letters to major donors threatening to "out" them in a press release unless they also contributed to the marriage ban."
In retribution, the "No" side is fighting back, and they are slinging the "Yes" side's own tactics right back at them. I guess nobody told the fundamentalists anything about living in "glass houses" should they decide to throw stones...
FF3 FTW. Usually...
I was trying to look up the original video of Steve Ballmer going off about developers and sueting through his shirt in the process, but YouTube is featuring an ad for it's own new "Live" service that is poorly deployed and redirects my FF3 to a page with just that ad on it.
Way to go YouTube; I was looking for a reason to choose between you and Googles video search. Now I have one. =P
After spending over a year on the drawing-board, Quantum-Adventure is finally realized. At some point early last year, a group of us were discussing ways to provide a collaborative online medium for writing stories. The resulting digital architectural schematics implicitly included features that would allow writing a range of story types, from standard one-shot short stories to Choose-Your-Own-Adventures to story webs that allow readers to follow particular characters into and out of the main story line, or even into other story lines.
The concept was beautiful in it's simplicity, but was left wanting for lack of investors. Paying projects get prioritized, of course. After trying, unsuccessfully, to get another developer to collaborate on development of the idea, I finally rolled up my sleeves and got started, Fountainhead-style.
Now, after a couple months of development, solicitation and implementation of an attractive design, and many hours of debugging, Quantum-Adventure.com is live and working.
Over the years, various people have scoffed at my aspirations of political involvement. Astrologically, I am a Leo, and I fulfill that stereotype quite well, if I do say so. Leo's are typically attributed with leadership skills and a strong inclination to use them. I am no exception. I was a supervisor almost as soon as I was hired on in many of the jobs that I have held over the years. Let's say that I just... have a tendency to take over.
As of this month, I am now officially a member of the Xaraya PMC (Project Management Committee), the body responsible for maintaining and supporting the Xaraya platform and it's developer communitee. Together with Marty Vance and Chris Powis, we will be responsible for ensuring that Xaraya continues to be the most viable web platform available.
Stay tuned for details about the Xaraya PMC and what it will be doing to start building the community. Not all of the developers have to work on the code; some of them have to work on the bigger picture.
It is my privilege and pleasure to serve alongside my fellow committee members. I look forward to posting here about my many successes with inspiring other leadership within the Xaraya community. This incredible tool is available to give web developers what they will find missing in any other FOSS platform on the market today. Welcome home and thank you for voting!
You could build a truck that ran on biodiesel, contained biodiesel processing equipment, pulled a biodiesel tank, and also sold coffee. It could drive around collecting grounds until it was full, at which point it would drive to a biodiesel consumer community to sell it all before going on another round.
Custom built coffee ground collection containers could be dropped off at each cafe on an established route.
I found an incredibly cool graph illustrating the anticipated future trend of computing, gaming, movies and artificial intelligence. They graph things between Best, Worst and Base Case scenarios, showing a range of just how pleasant or unpleasant things could become. Regardless, it is all inspiring from a technology perspective. Some truly great ideas are listed across the graph; things that I had not previously considered and that the industries affected may not have either. Virtual cinema attendance was one idea that struck me as obvious in retrospect, but predicting the last human produced film and game on such short notice (10 years from now?) is not something that ever occurred to me.
No matter who you are, there is bound to be a few things that spark your interest. I will be using the graph as a repeated inspirational exercise going forward; it's just that cool.
I normally respond to questions about who I'm voting for by snidely explaining that I was preparing to vote with my feet. I have long felt that my one single vote was of zero consequence and that the process was pointless. This was all before I had a chance to see things like the movie Recount, which is geared to point out that we do indeed have idiots in charge. The smart people all operate behind the scenes.
And now, as if to prove that the story told in Recount was most definitely not fiction, CNN brings us news of voting mismanagement both recent and historic.
So, now you have proof that your vote really doesn't count anymore.
In a bold move by the Church of England, a public apology to Charles Darwin (posthumous, of course) has been drafted and will be included on a website that they are putting together to promote his views. The Church. Promoting the views of Darwin.
This is what I would like to refer to as the writing on the wall for Christians, as in "did ya get the memo?"
In a rare show of insight, the Church also reflected: "Hey! This is just like that whole Galileo thing that blew up in our face!"