Monthly Archives: July 2009

29 Jul 2009
My First Theme

As you may have noticed, I popped in a new theme a couple days ago. The code is based on Ian Stewart’s “How To Create a WordPress Theme: The Ultimate WordPress Theme Tutorial“, which I highly recommend. I’ve hacked up the code and had a lot of tedious fun sorting out the CSS ordering dependencies. Don’t […]

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28 Jul 2009
DRM comes to paperbacks?

A look into the future … When taking DRM and applying it to a regular book, it comes off as silly and is something we would never tolerate. —Billy Chasen, DRM-bricked paperback book I hope he’s right. image: Billy Chasen

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25 Jul 2009
Fail and Transparency

Decrepit Old Fool has a passion for studying failure. In “A brief history of Fail“, DOF makes this observation: It’s quite possible, even common to combine different kinds of Fail. For instance, you might be engaging in un-mindfulness-driven Fail, and then someone challenges you on it, add rationalization-driven Fail. As my Abnormal Psych professor used […]

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18 Jul 2009
Digital Ownership

Just what does it mean to own something? Back when anything of interest had a tangible, physical instantiation, it was pretty clear … “possession is nine tenths of the law” as the saying goes. Yet again Amazon’s Kindle has demonstrated that our “common sense” view of ownership has not kept up with the times. In […]

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16 Jul 2009
Upgrade to WordPress 2.8.1

I just upgraded Isotropic to WordPress 2.8.1 from 2.7.1. I backed up the database, rsync’d my site to my local disk, and clicked the Upgrade button. All of that took less that five minutes. Very slick.

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10 Jul 2009
Generational Manifestos

Baby Boomer, Beat, Greatest, Last, Lost, M, Me, MTV, My, Next, Our, Pepsi, That, Their, X, Y, Your, Z, … Dear Old People Who Run the World, My generation would like to break up with you. — Umair Haque, The Generation M Manifesto You wanted EVIL, we want GOOD! You wanted A SHARP STICK IN […]

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10 Jul 2009
Night Owl

I’m an extreme night owl. The image illustrates what you get if you wake me up early in the morning (if I manage to get out of zombie mode). In other words, do not wake me up early, snarl. With no constraints on my time, my sleep cycle drifts toward waking up between 2 and […]

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07 Jul 2009
Smile Police

Damned if you do, damned if you don’t. I thought it was bad enough that some US states had come out with a “no-smile” policy for driver license photographs. At least that’s just for a few minutes. But if you are unfortunate enough to work at the Keihin Electric Express Railway in Japan, well you’re […]

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05 Jul 2009
Anti-Malware Software

“A top Symantec executive has hit out at free antivirus software, including Microsoft’s Microsoft Security Essentials, warning consumers that it won’t be enough to keep them safe.” is the opening sentence of John Pospisil’s article “Symantec: it’s dangerous to rely on free antivirus” on tech.blorge.com (h/t to Slashdot). I think they’re just getting twitchy because […]

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05 Jul 2009
Advertising in eBooks

According to an article in Slashdot, Amazon wants to patent the idea of inserting advertizing into eBooks and other online generated content. One example given is that if a restaurant is described on a page, the preceeding or following page will have an advertizement related to restaurants or dining. This reminds me of the fad […]

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