This week’s internet cruising:
Down to six hundred sixteen unread Google Reader items! Here are some of the coolest of the nearly 200 I’ve read in the last couple of weeks (as well as random surfing, of course):
I had one task last night: get sender and recipient addresses onto 35-ish non-standard envelopes. This turned into an exhausting, stressful 2-hour task.
My initial thought was to hand write them for a personal touch, but then Greg (or I? Are we blurring?) reminded me that we should be able to print them. …And there went an hour and a half of my evening.
The envelopes were an unusual size–about 4.125 inches by 8.125 inches–and my printer just couldn’t figure it out. I could set a custom size in Word and in the printer settings, but it didn’t seem to matter a fig. Gutters, margins, nothing was behaving right and stuff was all cut off. What’s the point of having a fancy printer if it doesn’t do fancy things?
I was on my last usage of the evaluation copy of MS Word that came with my netbook, so I couldn’t easily close and open documents to retry the mail merge, and I’d be damned if I tried to do the whole thing again in OpenOffice. I spent 45 minutes alone reformatting addresses from the master guest list into a mail mergeable form.
I feel like there’s a teaching moment here. A grumpy, sleep deprived one, but here it is:
Continue reading 3:25 per Envelope
For two weeks’ worth of links, there aren’t very many. Then again, I do still have 173 unread items in Google Reader.
- glenscott.net » Restore an Eee PC 701 back to factory Xandros from a USB stick with no ASUS Support DVD – This proved quite handy last night in restoring ol' Tammy to defaults for Greg.
- The legend of the superprogrammer – "Caper Jones, in an unpublished 1977 study for IBM, found that the very best developers are much more productive than the worst programmer — when working on small projects. The best developer will complete a 1k line of code (LOC) effort 6 times faster than the lousiest. The productivity delta falls to 2x on a 64k LOC project. Beyond a few hundred thousand LOC both sorts of people perform equally well. Or equally poorly."
- Skepticblog » The Reasonableness of Weird Things – "Many people have quite good reasons for believing in the paranormal. […] In my experience, the top reasons people believe weird things are not only understandable, but identical to the reasons most skeptics believe things: they are persuaded by personal experiences (or by the experiences of a loved one); or, they are persuaded by the sources they have consulted."
Thank you, thank you, thank you. I get so sick of elitist, skeptic douchebags with their holier-than-thou lock on critical thinking that I — despite having the same desires to protect people against fraudulent untruths — won't put the label of "skeptic" on myself. It's a movement that has a rude, pushy face in far too many of the cases I've seen. I hope more folks take articles like this to heart.
- Think Progress » Racist New Hampshire State House Candidate Advises Tea Party To Be More Open With Its Racism – "For far too long white Americans have been told that diversity is something beneficial to their existence. Statistics prove that the opposite is true."
- Because Blacks are not American | Prometheus 6 – Too bad I didn't teach a "fuzzy" subject like history. Then I could have had the opportunity to really screw with people's heads.
- Buttersafe » The Essence of Being Human – Mmm, cat videos.
- 10 New High-Quality Fonts for Your Designs | Freebies – I always love things like this, even if — for the web — it means slicing and dicing text as images. To that end, if sites could consistently and easily push fonts out to users, would that be a good thing?
- Is It Time To Quit Your Day Job? – One of those nice "get off your butt and do your passion job" articles. 🙂
- High Test Coverage Ratio is a good thing, Anyway! – Patrick Smacchia [MVP C#] – CodeBetter.Com – Stuff you need to Code Better! – Patrick uses the broken window argument to conclude that 100% test coverage from the start will encourage developers to maintain 100% coverage in code as they refactor. I'm not sure I buy that for cases where rapidly-developed prototypes are refactored and developed into deployed applications.
- 70 Unique Examples Of 404 Error Pages For Your Inspiration – These are gorgeous and helpful. And inspiring.
- How the Old Spice Videos Are Being Made – Don't know about you, but I can't get enough of Mustafa.
- Rules For Games: Do & Don’t #1 | Rock, Paper, Shotgun – "Don’t: leave diary entries by one person scattered over miles of corridors, buildings and countries. That’s not how a diary works."
- The Dawn Chapel – Firefox has crashed – I like cookies. And cuteness.
- Siobhan – “they were going to strip search me … this feeling, this experience, is the hardest for me to reconcile and one of the times in my life I have felt the most powerless” | G20Inquiry.org – I've evidently been sleeping on some serious shit going on.
- Arab guilty of rape after consensual sex with Jew | World news | The Guardian – Leaving aside the crazy Israeli politics and the legal side — is deliberately lying about something to get sex with someone rape if you know the thing you're lying about would make the other person say "no"? As of this moment, I think so.