How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives.
Beautiful science: The Falkirk Wheel
(thanks to Joe H. for the link!)
Tramp The Dirt Down 2006
Fantastic news over at kottke.org: "Microsoft to retire pile-of-crap web design program FrontPage."
Let's have a poll in the comments - what's the best drink to hoist to celebrate this brightening of the future of web development?
Please read this news story aloud and raise a glass - while not dressed as a tree - to Steve Rubenstein for writing the funniest article I've seen in ages.
(Thanks to Joel for the link!)
Just to annoy Gordonzola with another stupid quiz result on his friends page 2006
[originally posted to metagrrrl.livejournal.com]
|Your Candy Heart Says "First Kiss"|
You're a true romantic who brings an innocent hope to each new relationship.
You see the good in every person you date, and you relish each step of falling in love.
Your ideal Valentine's Day date: a romantic dinner your sweetie cooks for you
Your flirting style: friendly and sweet
What turns you off: cynics who don't believe in romance
Why you're hot: you always keep the romance alive
Current Mood: flirty
I blame B.J. for getting me to do this 2006
[originally posted metagrrrl.livejournal.com]
Even though my results were most indecisive statistically, I fear the oracle has picked a reasonable result:
You are Chekov
|Brash, rash and hasty,
but everyone loves you.
Click here to take the "Which Star Trek character are you?" quiz...
Now keep that damn thing away from my ear.
Current Mood: amused
Current Music: Tanzanian local band from the last night of safari
I just got a call from my old pal and one-time next door neighbor Jun. He'd just gotten a call from someone who found a strange little map book with lots of markings in it and his number among others on the front page (the only blank paper I'd had one time when I was changing mobile phones and needed to document my contact list). My number and "if found, contact..." had been on the inside of the cover which had just come off and been left at home on the fateful day.
Two things found: a old friend and the book. Yay!
Now I just need to meet up with the finder and get the book back to do a little data backup.
Filtering SPAM in Gmail 2006
Am I missing something here?
Gmail now puts my email arriving in Gmail now has "***SPAM***" in the subject line of junk mail which makes it very visually identifiable to a human. It seems to be entirely accurate so far in what it marks in that fashion really being crap.
However when I decide to trust it and set up a filter to fling all those messages into my SPAM folder so I never have to look at them, it appears that the asterisks are some sort of wildcard and I can't make a query to identify those messages without grabbing everything that has "spam" in the subject (e.g. "Re: your question about spam filtering").
Was someone at Google just not thinking? Or being too obscurely clever for the rest of us to follow? Tips appreciated.
Kevin set me straight. (Thanks!) It must be coming from the TextDrive mail handler, so it's a case of incompatibility between their flagging and Gmail's search functions. I'll put in a request for a change for a different typographic treatment when the flag gets added.
[Thanks to Uncle Larry for the link]
Lessons Were Learned 2006
- If you're asking your users to change the format of something (e.g. from A Record to CNAME addressing), make certain that you know if the continued presence of the old method will prevent the new method from working.
- If it will, be very sure to tell your users to delete the old method as well as telling them to add the new one.
- If you send out alerts requiring your users to take a technical action, users will reply to those emails. Answer those replies. Route them to new support tickets if need be.
- If you change support URLs (and systems), make sure that you disable not only the ability to open new calls but also the ability to reopen calls in the old system. (This has now been done, I see).
- Also make sure that any replies to messages in the old system are forwarded to the new system or are being watched by someone.
- Also, black text on the old system's home page with a link to the new system is probably insufficient. Large red letters are more effective. Automatic redirects are better still. (And that last has indeed now been done as well).
- Vendors make mistakes sometimes or provide incomplete information. Doublecheck the details.
- Even if you don't quite know what they are or how they work, now you know that an A Record trumps CNAME addressing.
- All kinds of crappy stuff can happen to not only the path to your data, but to the data itself. Do backups. Now. Today. Really. No shit. Now.
Update July 13, 2009: other lessons FINALLY learned.
Normal service is expected to resume shortly.
Turns out that having both an A Record and a C Name entry with my DNS host, TextDrive, is not what it takes to weather TypePad's IP address change without incident. I guess you have to delete the A Record or something...
Anil has written an absolutely dead on criticism of an annoying recent editorial in the San Francisco Bay Guardian.
I was startled by this phenomenally wrong-headed editorial in the San Francisco Bay Guardian. Tim Redmond exposes his insecurities by arguing that Craig Newmark's work in Craigslist doesn't build communities because it threatens the business models of alt weeklies. I don't want to put too fine a point on it, but this is a blatant example of scapegoating horseshit.
he's profoundly wrong. Craigslist builds communities in the cities where it has a presence by providing a home for the gift economy and information trading that is often difficult in contemporary urban society. In short, Craigslist lets people act like neighbors
Read more of Alt Weeklies, San Francisco, Curiosity, and Bullshit.
There'll be no pumping.
- Derek Powazek, October 26, 2001
[Context for this has been lost to the mists of time]
One San Francisco cross-street directory, heavily marked with 3 and a half years of walking routes. Dropped somewhere on Haight Street yesterday.