28 November 2007

the importance of a close team

putting other benefits of a gelled, coherent team aside, i found the report on the value of workplace friends interesting. maybe that's why i like where i work. and even under deadline pressures, it's relatively stress free.

25 November 2007

for those missing Rails...

one can now download RikMigrations from CodePlex. it provides the same Up and Down pattern along with easy syntax for DDL. the downside: it currently only supports SqlServer.

24 November 2007

DRMoney

I saw this article over at Wired, and I want to draw your attention to a comment made by Ugly American, a ways down past the article.

The only way I'd pay for DRMed media is if I can pay with DRMed money.
They can only spend it on what I approve of and I can call it back at any time and at some time in the future it'll just stop working in new stores.


Hear, hear.

-- Scav

think of the children

welcome my first guest blogger

i've invited Scavinger to be a guest blogger for an indefinite period. so if you see posts that are more reasoned and [possibly] not as prone to screed, you'll know who it's from.

20 November 2007

broke the build, did you?

developers got you down? rather than lose productivity by making them sit in the corner, have them wear the poop hat for a specified duration.

18 November 2007

you wouldn't think it would be so hard

unless you have as little faith in gubmint as i do.

from a WaPo article:
In each new Congress since 1995, Rep. John Shadegg, Arizona Republican, has introduced the proposed Enumerated Powers Act (HR 1359). The bill, yet to be enacted into law, reads: "Each Act of Congress shall contain a concise and definite statement of the constitutional authority relied upon for the enactment of each portion of that Act. The failure to comply with this section shall give rise to a point of order in either House of Congress. The availability of this point of order does not affect any other available relief."
the Enumerated Powers Act has only 28 co-sponsors this time around. sad, but not surprising. in fact, i think most Americans don't give a rat's behind about limiting gubmint, common themes revolving around state militias and providing for the common good. as long as it furnishes for our pet projects, gubmint is doing what it's supposed to do.

Regarding the "general welfare" clause so often used to justify bigger government, Thomas Jefferson said, "Congress has not unlimited powers to provide for the general welfare, but only those specifically enumerated." Madison said, "If Congress can do whatever in their discretion can be done by money, and will promote the general welfare, the government is no longer a limited one possessing enumerated powers, but an indefinite one subject to particular exceptions."

Congressmen, openly refusing to live up to their oath of office, exhibit their deep contempt for our Constitution. The question I've not been able to answer satisfactorily is whether that contempt simply mirrors a similar contempt held by most of the American people.
the US constitution is now defunct except as a rhetorical tool for sound bite debates. each generation picks out the pieces it dislikes, never returning anything to the pot.

16 November 2007

quote of the day-or-so

What we don't see is that freedom is not a concept in which people can do anything they want, be anything they can be. Freedom is about authority. Freedom is about the willingness of every single human being to cede to lawful authority a great deal of discretion about what you do.

Rudy Giuliani

yikes.

update: found the text of the speech in the NYT.

double yikes.

04 November 2007

more Colbert

just read a good op-ed on the whole Colbert thing, making a strong argument that speech regulation is overreaching and bound to curtail political discourse even more.
Consider, as well, recent calls for new laws aimed squarely at political speech. The reformers -- including certain non-Colbertian presidential candidates -- have suggested reinstating the "fairness doctrine," which would dictate political content on radio and television. There have even been calls to regulate political blogs. These folks want government's hands on every bit of information we receive, whether it's from TV news, talk radio or the Internets (a series of tubes).
makes me want to run for office again.

03 November 2007

do you have a sauce emergency?

democrats reject Colbert

i had a friend tell me they were disappointed that the SC dems wouldn't let Colbert on the ballot. that's not quite true: they wouldn't let him use their party name to promote humor. what this incident truly represents is a learning opportunity for people to realize that candidates are selected for us by party bosses we don't know.

this isn't the "democracy" you've been promised, folks.

why gubmint can't solve problems

i'm stuck in a pretty nasty drought. i've been doing what i can to conserve and re-use water to flush my toilet, even refusing to flush toilets at the office so i can make up for my morning shower. what's superawesome is that i'm breakin' the law:
State law allows gray water to be used to flush toilet tanks as long as it has been filtered and disinfected.
wtf, people?! i can't use the shower water to flush my fairly nasty waste down the toilet? who comes up with this shit? so now The Man is ordering me to waste more water in a drought that has no end in sight.
"Just think of the reason you're washing your body," Grimes said. "You're washing off waste. You're washing off pathogens."
if i'm so riddled with communicable mung that i can't use water that has touched me to flush feces, maybe i shouldn't live and work among humans at all.

02 November 2007

corn syrup vs. ethanol

it took big ag to kick big fude's bag. the S&P is warning that it may downgrade Kraft Fudes as their profits are consumed by hungry cafo animals unable to fill up on wholesome F1.
Animal feed is made from corn, which has risen to record levels due to demand for the alternative fuel ethanol.
i told you the industry could regulate itself. what they really need is a subsidy.

Ron Paul's NH ad

omg

the begeniuses at SCJohnson have invented Polacks!

who's up for some golumpki or kapusta?