It’s time, once again. Anyone had problems with the Yosemite upgrade?
Not so much interested in the upgrade *process*, but have you seen any app incompatibilities? Particularly concerned about Adobe Creative Cloud, Coda 2, other programming bits and bobs. If you’ve run into any issues, I’d appreciate a comment. THANKS.
Developer Drive: Introducing Page Parts for WordPress.
Of interest. Sort of like “Pages” in EE, but sounds more flexible.
Guardian.UK: High time Lance Armstrong realised that only humility earns redemption.
He must accept his scarlet letter at some point, and act accordingly. Showing up in France just prior to the TdF, will do nothing to help his reputation. Notoriety, yes. Reputation, no. Notoriety will not boost rehabilitation.
NY Times: Richard III Gets a Kingly Burial, on Second Try.
Royal funeral, bargain-basement style. Perhaps it is time to pull the bones of the ‘two princes’ out of the wall of Westminster, and see if they’re actually DNA matches. ‘Tis the season. And the poem’s not bad.
Later: The Tomb, finished.
Got my camera back from service.
Only took two tries to get all the crap off the sensor. Nice to have that blotch gone from the top-left of my frames (requiring constant spotting). A second, closer view.
PS Mag: ‘You Wouldn’t Drill for Oil in the Sistine Chapel’.
I’m afraid that argument doesn’t work. You’ve got to load your oppositional scattergun with every bit of counterargument you’ve got and shoot like you mean it to stop these bandits.
Muut Blog: Switching from Disqus to Muut.
Ah, Disqus has some competition.
iPad Air bizarreness.
Since the last update to the system, my iPad has displayed a very curious anomaly. At random times, I’ll hear music playing. iTunes Radio has started itself, and it begins to play Jason Mraz. Now, I don’t ever open iTunes Radio. And I don’t own any Jason Mraz, nor have him selected. Every time this happens, it’s iTunes Radio, and it’s Jason Mraz.
This usually happens randomly after watching a video during lunch, or checking out some Youtube selections. I habitually close the application (drag upwards), tap to return to the home screen, and shut off the iPad (quick click of the power switch). I’m an old-school Mac user ... single task to maximize RAM. Old habits die hard.
You should see me start running around the office trying to find the rogue sound - I’ve not grokked that it’s always the iPad. I start turning off sound on my computers, then start checking devices.
Later: I swear I don’t do this. I SWEAR. But it’s the most likely explanation. I’m going to come off as one of those thick-fingered dolts who can’t operate mobile devices. In the bottom menu (the drag-up menu) on iPad, there’s a music controller over on the left. I SWEAR I don’t touch it. But, I think that when I poke the iPad to return to the Home screen after drag-closing my last-used app, I somehow press too close to the bottom, and the iPad reads it as a “play iTunes Radio” command. I’ve apologized to my iPad.
So now I’ll go into iTunes Radio and choose some Heavy Metal, for the next time I do this.
I have it set on Jeff Beck Radio, starting the original version of “Superstition.” Now I’ll instantly know where the noise is coming from, if I do this again.
Youtube: AAA video analysis provides shocking results among teen drivers.
Ouch. Important to watch this; you’ll drive all the more defensively now. The way I used to cure this, was to have kids learn to drive a stick shift. No automatics until good driving skills are ingrained. The eye/hand/foot coordination required by shifting relieved boredom, and served to keep handheld distractions at a minimum. Not to mention that being able to disengage the engine via clutch in emergency situations saves lives. Via Cam Barrett on FB.
NY Times: Germanwings Co-Pilot, Andreas Lubitz, Deliberately Crashed Plane, Prosecutor Says.
I join with the rest of the world, in being horrified.
Daily Beast: Ted Cruz at Princeton - Creepy, Sometimes Well-Liked, and Exactly the Same.
@#^&^@#$%@!! Constipated thinking usually can’t withstand Princeton. My apologies to all.
The Fully Intended: Therapeutic people.
Mollie shares a bit of happiness.
NY Times: ‘Downton Abbey’ Will End After Next Season.
“Never doubt Maggie Smith.” I never do.
Popular Archaeology: Archaeologist Discovers Mysterious Ancient Maya Citadel.
Let’s hope it’s undisturbed.
Guardian.UK: Richard III DNA tests uncover evidence of further royal scandal.
“... before we raise questions about the legitimacy of the Yorkist kings and the Lancastrian kings, there are questions higher up the line, raising doubts about nearly all of the Plantagenets.” Sewing the seeds of familial discord in the Plantagenets. You may quote me.
Vox: Here’s how incredible computer word processing seemed in 1982.
“And the comically underpowered computers people bought in 1982 were expensive.” Underpowered but not incapable. The dedicated word processors could churn out formatted text faster than today’s overaccessorized word processing software because they had *dedicated keyboards*. Indent? Press a clearly labelled button. Columns? Press a clearly-labelled button. It was the PC and WordStar that started us on the standard keyboard three- and four-finger keyboard commands (that so few people actually learn to use beyond the basics). Those of us using dedicated machines used to make terrible fun of the bargain-basement PC folks (PCs were cheaper than dedicated systems by a long chalk, and WordStar was trying to offer the same capabilities as the highest end dedicated setups. Trivia: Doing columns easily was a big deal back then, a litmus test of sorts.).
Granted, the output was limited by daisywheel printers. But you could switch fonts by snapping in and out different daisywheels. You know, working around a daisywheel could be why my left ear seems to not be as sensitive as my right anymore (that, and driving with the window open). And sheetfeed tractor-feed paper! Ah, the memories. How many forests we burned through.
WordPerfect, I think, is still the closest thing to living history you can experience. Do they still have the ‘codes page’ - access to the source code of documents?
The Economist: America - A flagging [education] model.
“The country that has given the world so many ideas about how to run higher education could do with some new ones itself.” Note also that for-profit colleges are swiftly going the way of the dodo ... and rightfully so. Every ‘graduate’ of these schools I’ve run across has been unqualified. One in particular, the only skill s/he seemed to have acquired was an ability to make dreadful graphics in Powerpoint ... something Lynda.com could remedy for $25/mo, a significant savings over one of those ‘colleges’. Employers need to loosen up on their degree requirements and look at actual skills; I’m reminded of when airlines began requiring degrees of pilots. They lost a generation of some of the best stick-and-rudder flyers in history. Wouldn’t you rather have a Chuck Yeager flying you to your destination? No degree, likely no HS diploma either; unimpeachable skills.
DP Review: Amazon launches unlimited cloud photo storage for $11.99 per year.
Oh, interesting. For $11.99, they might be sorry I saw this (85,000+ RAW files and growing constantly).
OpenCulture: Quentin Tarantino Lists His 20 Favorite Spaghetti Westerns.
And they’re so good. They know when not to fill a movie-moment with blather.
New Scientist: Should we thank god for civilisation?
“The most important is Göbekli Tepe in Turkey: a cluster of 11,000-year-old buildings with spectacular statues and other monumental architecture. The archaeologists who found it interpreted these as having a ceremonial purpose: a “cathedral on a hill”, as one put it. Yet the people who built them were nomads, not farmers. So the radical suggestion now is that it was not agriculture that drove the revolution, but religion.” Chaco research would seem to indicate that settled farming appeared alongside ceremony; big, dramatic to-dos to guarantee crop success. Drought threw them back to nomadic lifestyles. In fact, they were so p-d off at the failure of religion and its trappings in the face of drought, they burned the buildings, carried out the contents and broke everything in the middens piles. But this is only one of many theories. Thought it worth mentioning. As climate change settles in, who’d want to be a minister?
Italian Ways: The Iso Grifo A3C and Giotto Bizzarrini’s challenge against himself.
Too hippy for me; sunken in the middle. Iconic, but the styling cues leave me cold.
Logitech: MX Master Wireless Mouse.
The thumbwheel interests me. I’m a born sucker for this kind of tech ... yet in use, it ends up being less than the fine photography and sales copy. I’ll wait to actually get my hands on one.
Youtube: Cate Blanchett loses her patience in awkward Cinderella interview.
Later: They’ve released the whole video.
Pecos National Historical Park: Civil War Weekend 2015.
Oooh, if’n I get my camera back from service, I may have to stop over.
Mashable: ISIS is keeping tourists from ‘Tatooine’
In the midst of Yazidi women being kidnapped and raped, innocents having their throats cut, more ... this matters?