Overpowered Tools

Have you ever used a powerful tool for something so mundane you almost feel guilty for using it? That’s my relationship with Visual Studio Code, a lightweight source code editor from Microsoft. This program can do a lot of things, but I only use it as a color picker for CSS.

I didn’t use it in the case of this image because even I know all I have to do is type red, but hopefully, you get the point.

Trump Taj Mahal Casino in Atlantic City is shutting down – The Atlantic

Another Trump failure.

I want to like this or laugh at the thought of another Trump property going down, but there are going to be 3,000 people who will directly lose their jobs because of this. That doesn’t include all of the vendors who will lose income because of this or the surrounding businesses who might get less foot traffic because of  the closure*, not to mention the fact there will be a huge empty building just sitting there. Nothing funny about this at all. 
 http://www.theatlantic.com/news/archive/2016/08/donald-trump-taj-mahal/494381/

*-I freely admit that I don’t know if there are any surrounding businesses that benefit from foot traffic. Let me know in the comments if I am making bad assumptions. 

Six Things Everyone Should Know About Quantum Physics – Forbes

When I was in high school, I made the decision to take business courses in the last two years I was trapped there. As a result, I didn’t have to take any advanced mathematics or science classes. Most of the time, I don’t regret that choice. Every now and then I come across an article I wish I understood better. This is one of those articles. I’m not sure if it’s written for beginners and I don’t get it or the writer thinks it’s written for beginners and he’s overestimating the audience.

http://www.forbes.com/sites/chadorzel/2015/07/08/six-things-everyone-should-know-about-quantum-physics/

A few things I Find Funny

A few things I do I will always find funny (at least when it comes to entertaining myself):

1) Saying “and you’re boring” when my kids say “I’m bored”.

2) Saying “Aw man, I’m sorry to see someone wrote all over it” when someone shows me autographed memorabilia.

3) Saying “Wow, your camera takes great pictures” when my professional photographer friends show me something they shot.

Like I said, I find them funny.

photographer
photographer

The Supreme Court Finds Same Sex Marriage Legal – The Washington Post

I have never understood why people want to get in between two people who love each other. Unless you are a cockblocker who wants to fuck one of them. Then I understand completely. If you aren’t, shouldn’t you find better things to do with your time and energy?

http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/gay-marriage-and-other-major-rulings-at-the-supreme-court/2015/06/25/ef75a120-1b6d-11e5-bd7f-4611a60dd8e5_story.html

You Have Been Warned

Dear Friend of mine who likes to spoil things because you don’t think it’s a big deal,

I know you’re a huge Star Wars fan. You better go see it the very first second it comes out because I plan on seeing it as soon as I possibly can and I will send nothing but a series of spoilers designed to suck as much enjoyment out of the experience for you as I can. Why will I do that? So that you aren’t the only total asshole in our relationship. You have been warned.

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Star Wars The Force Awakens

By the way, this is aimed at one particular person. They may have forgotten what I can be like but they have one year to mull it over.

My Prejudice

As far as I can remember, I have never refuse to be bothered with a person because of their ethnicity or gender. However, I am biased as well against those who I consider ‘dumb’ but I know that is mostly because I know my level of frustration acceptance. If I think I’m going to get frustrated with trying to explain something to you, then chances are great that I will prefer to avoid interacting with you altogether and since that’s not always possible, I just make it as unpleasant for you as possible. It’s a personal shortcoming, I know.

Outdated Recommendations

Podcast directories can be a good thing. Podcatcher programs can be a good thing. Working together, the combination of a podcatcher that connects to a podcast directory can be a great thing for the serious podcast listeners. You have the ability to find and listen to new podcasts immediately. When the podcatcher has a recommendation engine that takes a look at your current subscription list and finds similar podcasts that you aren’t subscribe to in the connected podcast directory, you have reached Podcast Nirvana.

Unfortunately, the weak point in the scenario is the podcast directory. Most directories want to be able to boast having the largest number of listings and therefore don’t do regular pruning. The only entity that I can recall going through a regularly scheduled pruning process was the late lamented Amigofish, which was more of a recommendation engine and not really a directory. (The last time I went to Amigofish, the website returned nothing but an error code and what seemed to be a dump of all of the Ruby on Rails settings.)

Recently, I was using my podcatcher of choice on my Kindle Fire to find new potential subscriptions. For some reason, I had never noticed the Recommended tab, but decided to give it a try. Three of the first ten were Book Review Noise (a show I stopped doing last year and doesn’t have a working feed), Noise Talk (a show which I haven’t updated since August 2010), and Mosai Noise (a show I put on hold in February 2011). Another one was Kryptographik, which I know for a fact had a dead feed and show hosts who have moves on to other realms of creative endeavor.

I can understand keeping old shows that still have working feeds because you never know when the show host will revive things, but keeping dead feeds is just a combination of laziness and padding your numbers. I hope that the recommendation engine will find a way to remove the dead links so that their recommendations actually mean something.