10 PRINT "HAPPY 50TH BIRTHDAY BASIC!!! ";
20 GOTO 10
BASIC was so important to me growing up, and the whole 80s culture of encouraging kids to be proactive in their interaction with computers.
May 2, 2014Few in number, not bad in quality, last month's songs. Arranged in descending order of "I really think you should check this out"
- Lo Lo Lo Lo Lohan (Zach Anner & The Gregory Brothers) I find this song funny and inspiring, and it reminds me to be grateful for a well-functioning physical body.
- The Star-Spangled Banner (Minor Key) (Chase Holfelder) The minor key transformation blows me away.
- Throw It Down (Dominique Young Unique) The finest twerksh thing I've seen this month.
- Lorde 2Pac Beck Mashup (Pomplamoose) Really good cover/mashup.
- Beat It (Demo Version) (Michael Jackson) Unfortunately, these seems to be removed from a lot of video sites, but it's worth listening to at least once.
- Cool Jerk (The Capitols) Rollickin'
- Free Fallin' (Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers) One of those songs I kind of forgot about, but like. Especially good since I am going to do that whole zero-g thing.
- A Little Party Never Killed Nobody (All We Got) (Fergie, Q-Tip & GoonRock) One of those Great Gatsby remake style blends.
- Party Up (Up in Here) (DMX) Admittedly it's the Llama Video ("why vine exists") that reminded me of this song.
- Wobble (It) [Street] (Freak Nasty) I just realized this is NOT the song in this hilarious deadpan video...
Life is amazing and lovely.
Two endless irritations of old gaming: the PS2 only had 2 controller ports, the Wii menu NEEDS the sensor bar, even if the game doesn't/
"When citizens of this country approach their government, they do so only as Americans, not as a members of one faith or another. And that means that even in a partly legislative body, they should not confront government-sponsored worship that divides them along religious lines."
--Justice Elena Kegan, speaker for the dissenters in the Supreme Court greenlighting city council pray-to-Jeezus time...
May 6, 2014Saturday i went on a Zero G Flight -- parabolic flights over the ocean in order to get legitimate doses of zero gravity.
This is the modified 727 they use... seats are removed from everything but the back, and the rest is lined with mats, kind of like the wrestling room in gym class.
The first few arcs are acclimating Mars then Lunar low gravity. You can do one-armed or one fingered pushups with ease.
You might notice the socks. They break the group of 30 or so into 3 groups: Gold, Silver, and Blue. (I was on Team Blue.)
I was clearly very proud of my Blue Lego Astronaut T-shirt...
Each arc only last 15-30 seconds, and there are about 15 of them in all.
This kind of thing is also called "The Vomit Comet", though one of the reasons they make it a relatively short trip is so that no one gets sick.
Eventually, you come down with a bit of a thump.. (they yell "feet down, leveling out" or some such, and you have to quickly get your feet oriented correctly.)
They also have each team do a "superman" group shot, I made the series of photos into a GIF...
So overall, it was an exhilarating and amazing time. To be completely honest, If "space travel" wasn't on my bucket list (my inner child thought he was going to see casual space travel, but this plus "Gravity in IMAX 3D" is gonna have to suffice) it might not be quite worth the sorta of exorbitant cost, but still, recommended if you got the cash and the dream!
UPDATE: A Video:
My friend David H on FB said "dude! That is awesome. Describe what it felt like?"
My answer was:
"it's... short! And intense. And fun and disorienting. Suddenly the world of gravity you've known is gone, and you can push and shove and every direction is kind of like every other direction and people in jumpsuits are laughing and yelling and flying every which way and jostling and you can grab a bouncy wall and go into a fun spin like a ice skater and pull your arms in and go faster and try to find a grip again and then look for the little water blob or candy the your group leader released and then "FEET DOWN! LEVELING OUT!" and you have just a second before you come down to the floor with a thump and you lie down to wait for the heavy gravity, focus on a point on the ceiling to help prevent motion sickness, and then a minute later you do it all again...."
--Ted Chiang, The Merchant and the Alchemist's Gate
Nothing erases the past. There is repentance, there is atonement, and there is forgiveness. That is all, but that is enough.
--Ted Chiang, The Merchant and the Alchemist's Gate
May 8, 2014Like I mentioned, the other big adventure I had this weekend was meeting and holding my umm-niece, a new little girl I helped her mammas make.
Here very first photo-- I love the light in this one.
Getting to hold her...
After a while she seemed a bit skeptical of all these photos...
"Stop," Billy says, "PowerPoint?"
"It's my preferred medium," says Lucifer.
--Jeremy P. Bushnell, "The Weirdness"
"Be steady and well-ordered in your life so that you can be fierce and original in your work."
http://twentytwowords.com/what-clients-really-mean-when-they-talk-to-a-web-designer/ I always dig this kind of rule-of-thumb simplification. http://soyouregoingtodie.com/ into Italian. Recently he asked for clarification on one of my typically meandering sentences, and I really like the analogy he buttered me up with:
"Your whole writing style has this watery consistency which I find aesthetically exquisite and perfect for this comic but a p.i.t.a. to translate nevertheless."
INVENTION: Happy Mother's Day!
NECESSITY: Thanks dear.
INVENTION: I made you something!
NECESSITY: (sighs) Yes. I figured."
every-human-in-star-wars-is-really-a-humanoid-bee rambling and griping about Angular on my devblog. I guess it's a good thing that I've been posting so much there... usually that's a sign that I'm learning more at work.
"I got 99 problems and they're all red balloons."
On Mother's Day, the extended family conversation got around to the concept and tradition of "passive aggression". The canonical example for my family was my grandmother's "You've got me so worried and frustrated I'm back to smoking again!" My mom reminded me of engaging in that by exercising my disinterest in going to grad school right after college in the form of doing nothing and letting the deadline for applications slip by. I had forgotten all about that.
Sometimes I think it would be nice to have under my belt, other times I'm hard pressed to think of a justification of the expense in terms of money and time and focus.
Learning to Pole Dance: Expectation vs Reality made me laugh, out loud, twice, so I'm reposting it here.
"the planet doesnít care if we die"
My Zero G flight video:
"Let me ask you something -- do you ever get the sense that your wife feels that she could have done better?"
"God no. Nah, She's the luckiest woman on earth. I mean, if anything, I could have done better. The noises that come out of that woman at night? It's like she's that black guy from Police Academy."
[Phone Chimes] "Oh, speak of the devil... message from my wife, not the black guy from Police Academy. Oh that'd be so awesome."
"Yeah, that'd be neat."
Jolly Time 100-calorie Kettle Corn packs are much better than the Orville Redenbacher's. FWIW.
http://rampantinnovation.com/2014/05/13/design-is-about-intent/ Pretty good piece about Apple and its sense of design
Comcast as the Enron of the Information Age.
"Therefore abandon all thought of self. But since there are deeds and since deeds continue, be careful with your deeds."
--The Gospel of Buddha, as quoted by NAVMC 2616 "Unit Leaders Personal Response Handbook", a Vietnam-era publication of the US Marine Corps, now available online. It's a book about fitting in with the culture of Vietnam, and trying to win permanent allies there, emphasizing principles of common humanity- but it also covers a difference in outlook caused by an Eastern view of time as circular, with less need for hurry and less fear of missed, one-time-only opportunities. (I found the book when staying with Leonard and Sumana during my Zero-G minibreak -- they have a cool rotating stand for trade paperbacks, like you might see at a bookstore.)
Just saw an electronic billboard for the new 2015 AudiÖ They know what year and month it is, right?
There's a whole series of them.
1. Finish the "comfort food" gaming I've been playing, "Saints Row the Third"
2. Watch Godzilla in IMAX
Two Luchador-related thoughts on SR3:
1. Hulk Hogan did the voice of "Angel de la Muerte"? His flat, underacted reading is kind of perfect.
2. Eddie "Killbane" Pryor (the Luchador main villain) has multiple references to a nickname "The Walking Apocalypse" which is a great bit of poetry.
"So, I fail to see how femininity is weak when masculinity can be defeated with something as simple as painted fingernails on a dude."
http://explosm.net/comics/3557/ -- such a good thought about the "I $*@$in' Love Science" crowd...
from the NY Times -- What You Learn in Your 40s
May 20, 2014My mind seems to be wired in terms of verbs: the roles things play, versus an essentialist notion of "what they are". This is a powerful way of thinking about the things, but it can have some odd side effects. For instance, I am surprisingly slow at recognizing certain icons and associating them with the software functions they go with.
To the right is my OSX Dock at work. Most of the images are relatively associate with their function: Sourcetree looks like a file tree, Stickies looks like post-its, Terminal looks like a terminal window. A few others, like Chrome and and Vidyo (the isomorphic cube) make up for the lack of use-association with great big hunks of color. (Finder I remember because it's always at the top of the list - that's the same kind of positional memory I rely on in iOS. Again, it's not that I can't hunt and find icons, I just don't want to have to for the icons I use the most.)
This little guy has always proven problematic:
But lately, my recognition nemesis is this guy:
Obviously, there's no particularly strong natural association between my deceased father and a code editor, but in this case the other connections I have are stepping in and making me think of James Israel when I sense myself hunting for the right icon... I actually enjoy the little tribute of it, as weird and idiosyncratic as the connection is.
"I donít think you have to believe the Bryan way in order to be a strong evangelical. But this is Bryan College, and this is something thatís important to us. Itís in our DNA. Itís who we are."
--Stephen Livesay, president of Bryan College, defending its decision to double down on literalist theology by viz a viz Adam + Eve. The irony of him citing "DNA" is almost palpable.
The real issue is literalism and fundamentalism; this point is it's just a way of drawing culture war lines, you could certainly be a non-Genesis-literalist Christian.
I regretted some bad shows I did.
I regretted having hurt some people.
--Garrison Keillor, "Regrets" from "We Are Still Married", a brief essay about thoughts he had while waiting for his commercial flight to dump fuel after an engine explosion. I'm surprised I hadn't transcribed this before, because it comes to me from time to time.
The first word spoken on the moon was "Okay."
Hmm. Cleveland wins on a 13th inning, bases loaded balk, sweeping the Tigers, who just got done sweeping the Red Sox. Baseball!
Don't be a jerk, Amazon.
--Game of Thrones, "Mockingbird", when Arya and The Hound meet an older man, griveously wounded and bleeding out through his belly
"Staring into the fire was the original looking at your phone"
Believe it or don't, I dug this up looking for "Tom Traubert's Blues".
How Pop-Tarts are made:
from this fascinating series (despite the captions lamely trying to generate extra enthusiasm.) Manufacturing has gotten so good, it's difficult to remember how much thought has to go into the physical reality of the products we enjoy.
"Some find irony in the fact that a study of our brains revealed to us not the secrets of the past, but what ultimately awaits us in the future. However, I maintain that we have indeed learned something important about the past. The universe began as an enormous breath being held. Who knows why, but whatever the reason, I am glad that it did, because I owe my existence to that fact. All my desires and ruminations are no more and no less than eddy currents generated by the gradual exhalation of our universe. And until this great exhalation is finished, my thoughts live on."
----Ted Chiang's "Exhalation". He's such a good author! http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2014/05/religious-right-real-origins-107133.html So the religious right as political force came not from pro-life but pro-segregation.
http://www.zagat.com/b/50-states-50-sandwiches Man. Sandwiches are the best.
I am increasingly amazed at the Listicle-sites having great big, flat-color, inviting arrow buttons by all the ads, and little tiny "next" buttons to get through the content. The makers of those will be first against the wall when the revolution comes.
So some companies have N.I.H. syndrom, "Not Invented Here", a reluctance to use pre-existing code from outside groups. I certainly suffer from that sometimes, because coding things is fun, and generally my homebrew solutions are compact and focused and you can understand the codepath without having to know how it tries to solve 8 other dudes' problems as well. But sometimes I think my company suffers a bit from N.I.S.E...
An article supporting that view, a bit: http://prog21.dadgum.com/158.html
--Maciej Ceglowski, in this excellent piece on Internet privacy, The Internet with a Human Face. Though in weird ways I'm less uptight about privacy and more uptight about the possible "house of cards" aspect of a lot of companies I like to use or might want to work for someday...
"Now, of course, young people cross over into the land of bliss pretty much whenever they want to. There are bridges, there are islands in the river, and the water is so low that in most places you can just wade across, but back then the river was wide and deep and fast and the church owned the boats. The church ferried you across to the land of bliss and you stayed there for the rest of your life with the one you went across with, or so we believed. Marriage was a fact, immense."
"When you're a little kid, your heart is open and tender and a harsh word can go straight in and become part of your life."