Oh … and under the weather.
Spring cold knocked me off my feet Friday night. Recovering now. Hopefully.
A List Apart: WYSIWTF.
“If we want true separation of content from form, it has to start in the CMS.” And in the mind of the designer/programmer.
The Verge: I’m still here: back online after a year without the internet.
Tech or no tech, you can’t escape yourself.
Zarias.tumblr.com: Best way to light up a car or motorcycle … ?
“My gut reaction tells you to go HDR. Whoa. Whoa. I know. HDR - Hell Doth Reign. Horrible Digital Renditions. I’m not talking about that nasty ‘old truck in a field’ sort of HDR. Sidenote - Did you know that God shoots a kitten every time one of those photos is uploaded to the Internet? True story. I know. I load the gun.” I love Zach’s commentary, always.
USA Today: GOP presses its agenda on ‘mommy blog’ sites.
“The $20,000 ad buy, running on sites including Ikeafans.com and MarthaStewart.com through Friday …” Those are ‘mommyblogs’?
‘Tis getting to be warmer and sunnier.
My attention to this blog will begin to wane on weekends. Just a warning - don’t want my readers to waste a click unnecessarily. Those who access by RSS don’t need to concern themselves.
Big data on DM.
Just happened to notice, I’m approaching 20 million pages served in my EE install since the middle of 2007. I probably double that if I include my older HTML/PHP archives. It’s beyond my comprehension. Others get more attention faster, but … this is my stuff. The reason I went with Expression Engine over MT and WP was because Moveable Type was unstable with 15,000 posts, and WP was too unreliable (at the time) and I feared losing my archives to a database or security issue. EE’s handling more than 36,000 posts and nearly 14,000 comments as of tonight, without a glitch (other than an occasional corrupted DB table, easily fixed).
Invited to post in Medium.
Finally. Anyone else get an invite?
Naked Capitalism: Beware Bait and Switching WP Engine! A Case Study in Devolution.
Very busy today.
Links later, if at all. Sorry! Tootle along elsewhere. You’ll see me when you see me.
Project of How: Methods
A weblog of creative methods.
Guardian.UK: Rolf Dobelli’s ideas about not needing news are dangerous.
After years of multitasking and skimming, I find I retain readily-available detailed information on certain ‘crux’ subjects … bugbears? hobgoblins? … information that either bolsters or slays long-held beliefs. The bolstering information gets prioritized by recency, the slaying information gets shoved into a different mental drawer for casual research. What about the mundane, or simply interesting trivia? My mind retains a pattern, perhaps an image, or a particular era, or a hint of a word … enough to make a Google search quick and easy. So I’d say my brain’s adjusted to (expects to have) access to Google.
Come to think of it, it’s the same modus operandi I use with my personal library at home. I have certain favorite books, always at my fingertips … but the others … I retain enough to be able to find and reference them when needed. [Example: “I remember a quote questioning whether a democratic society can revert to dictatorship or monarchism within a single generation. White book, small bookcase is the last place I saw it. Ah yes. There it is. De Tocqueville! That’s right.” Of course I folded the corner of the page, too.] The problem with my physical library is … many of the books I’d like to reference are in boxes in the garage, without organization. Google has no such limitations. When I get on a tear, you’ll see me repeatedly skimming my shelves for a remembered book, to no avail, with a tragic look upon my countenance.
For more challenging, off-the-cuff information, I rely on the method of loci. I’ve successfully remembered some incredibly arcane and precise information for over a decade using this technique. Takes a bit of practice at the start, but ultimately pays off. I find it’s best to use buildings I used to know, not current buildings of my experience. New changes interrupt (because they’re novel, perhaps removing a reference point) and can overwrite stored memories.
Economist, Buttonwood: Investing—Rotation schmotation.
“It would be nice to pretend that your blogger has the answer in the form of a 26-point plan to solve the world’s problems but he doesn’t; it’s his job to ask questions.” Pulled specifically for that beautiful quote. I am chastened.
Delicious Brains: WP Migrate DB Pro.
Needed. Nice match for Git control of WP dev.
CJR: The other side of reporting a tragedy.
“Even though we’re all writing and tweeting mainly for an audience that’s not directly invested—people who didn’t have family members at the finish line—before you hit send in the immediate wake of a tragedy, try to read each tweet as if you do have loved ones at the scene. Think about whether you’re adding practical information and amplifying news that’s been vetted, or whether you’re adding to the noise. You can always opine later. ” Good advice. Noone will pay attention to it, but good advice.
Busy this week! Postings will be very variable.
I’ve got a lot of work to plow through this week, so the weblog’s going to get ignored at times. Just a forewarning.
VentureBeat: Why I broke up with Kickstarter.
Backend issues you may not have considered. A great read.
Golden Hill Software: CloudPull.
Backs up your Google account … but … for Reader: “CloudPull can export articles you have Starred, Shared, Liked, or Tagged into an HTML Bookmarks file suitable for importing into Safari, Chrome, Firefox, and Pinboard.” And more.
Sucuri Blog: WordPress Plugin Social Media Widget Hiding Spam – Remove it now.
Twitter RSS: Read twitter on RSS.
Get tweets via RSS.
Stuff an RSS feed in here, see what happens.
The Next Web: Brute force attacks against WordPress and Joomla sites have tripled.
I just checked the stats on some WP I administer, and holy cow, it’s gotten ridiculous. I never use ‘admin’ or ‘administrator’, but it’s time to get my WP clients to use a service like Sucuri. I don’t want this crap on MY servers, thankyouverymuch. Another reason why I’ve used Expression Engine since 2003 …
Later: More on this.
vowe dot net: Mixed Tape #50 is out.
Volker always keeps me supplied with new music … much appreciated, V.