Like a YoYo

Like a YoYo

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I bought a ticket. The steam liner is in dry dock. Sometimes you have a good idea. An idea that will, in the long run at least, save you time. That idea makes so much sense you can explain it to other people and they shout "Yes! I get it! You should totally build a steam liner!" But you shouldn't. There are ways to get across the ocean. You can buy a boat. You can build a boat. You can even design your own boat from scratch, smelt all the metal for the hull and concoct a bespoke engine out of recycled lawn mower parts you got for cheap on Craigslist from some guy named Sal who said they fell off the back of a truck. Or you can buy…
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Ctrl-Alt-Delete – Rebooting Me

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I sit here staring at a blank screen, a blinking cursor, and I wonder what I'm going to write about. There are a great many topics to choose from over the last year. Technical topics, personal topics, gadget topics, relationship topics, job topics the list seems almost endless. In a way that's been part of the challenge for me getting content to post. Every time I come up with what seems like a good topic idea, I come up with 10 more that seem more important, or better in some way. Ultimately, if I'm going to write, I need to write; I need to put the fingers to the keyboard and [make the clackety noise](http://www.kungfugrippe.com/post/169873399/clackity-noise). ### Reboot? I've been lazy. There's no other way to look at it. I've been…
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Bloggers – Get an Editor!

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*I started this post with the intention of publishing it on Grammar Day. Unfortunately I missed my deadline. Regardless I present for you a rant.* You need an editor. If you publish your writing, you need an editor. Let me be crystal clear, when I say “publish” I don’t mean books or magazines, at least not exclusively. I mean: if you put your written words in front of the eyes of other human beings (or intelligent animals) you need to have somebody edit it – and that somebody can be you. I am not asking for the world, your writing does not have to be perfect, but it should be free of glaring errors that make your writing difficult to understand and painful to read. ### Typographical Errors (typos) One…
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The Future of Short Order Code

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The future of Short Order code is very much up in the air right now. With a baby on the way in the near future and what seems like no time to work on things for the podcast already There's a good chance that there won't be another episode of Short Order code for at least another few months. I have been considering using the SOC blog as more of a blog and posting all of my programming related posts there and leaving this one as more of a general blog. I have some posts coming soon for programming related things and I'm trying to figure out what makes more sense: posting them here where they'll get a few more eyeballs, or posting them on SOC where the site is…
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No More Ads!

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Until such time as I can find a viable (read: worthwhile) ad service to help offset the costs of the blog, I will no longer be subjecting readers to ads on the blog. After nearly 9 months of Google Adsense, I've managed $3.56.  Since Google requires $100 in your account before they will pay out, I'm on schedule to be paid out in Late 2028.  A bit too late to cover costs of blogging (though it would make a nice almost 50th birthday present.  :razz: ) The Amazon and TTZMedia affiliate programs have also had similar results with a payout from TTZ media due sometime in 2048... and that's only a $25 payout. In short, I don't get enough traffic, and my readers on average aren't the type to click on…
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Advertising on Blogs

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This is a topic I've been considering for some time now. Many of you (who don't use an ad-blocker) will have noticed that late last year I began experimenting with placing ads on the blog. The idea behind this was the "get-the-blog-to-pay-for-itself" mentality that most of us go through when we realize that there _are_ costs associated with maintaining a presence online if it's done using your own domain... and what self-respecting geek wouldn't want full control over their site?? So that led me to ads. There are four different kinds of ads on the site: the Firefox referal link (via Google), Google Adsense ads, TTZ Media ads on each post, and most recently an Amazon referal ad (left-side near the bottom). When you let an advertising company into your…
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WordPress Woes: Read the Damned Instructions!

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Recently some of you may have noticed some instability with the theme on this blog. The theme on the blog seemed to reset to the WordPress default without any rhyme or reason. I assumed it was one of the many plugins I had installed to try to provide additional content or functionality on the site. I tried enabling and disabling all of the plugins but to no avail, there didn't seem to be anything that would correct the problem outright. After several hours of frustration, I came across [an article on coderemedy.com](http://www.coderemedy.com/2007/07/27/wordpress-theme-resets-to-default/) which provided an explanation, and pointed me at [Scott Burkett's blog for a solution](http://www.scottburkett.com/index.php/misc/2006-11-15/wordpress-theme-resetting-problem-solved.html). What it boils down to is this: I use [Alex King's WP-Mobile](http://alexking.org/projects/wordpress) plugin to permit the blog to be viewed on small mobile devices…
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EPIC 2014 – The reign of Googlezon

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This presentation was put together by a couple of university students at Georgia Tech. It tells an orwellian tale about the demise of what we would call “modern media”. The clip is narrated and runs 8 minutes. It packs a lot of thinking into those 8 short minutes. This project has caused me to do a lot of thinking since I saw it. It is based partly in reality, and partly in conjecture. The presentation shows us a world that _could_ be, some say it is the world that _will_ be. The first link below contains a written version with some added details that aren't in the flash movie. The second link is the flash movie itself. This was originally published several months ago, so it may be old news…
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