Wonderful Window Wizards

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

The face I make when watching an argument between a self proclaimed “IT guy” and others in tech, where the “IT guy” insists that he’s an authority on what is and isn’t user friendly with <insert distribution here> Linux.

The lack of wizards to help you accomplish technical tasks must be maddening, my friend. My heart bleeds. Hopefully someday you’ll get beyond 2003.


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It’s Only a Scratch

Sunday, August 3, 2014

This should put DC Comics on notice.


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Secretary – Better Than 50

Thursday, July 31, 2014

I hear they’re remaking this film with less talented actors, and removing the interesting parts of the story.

I heard it’s going to be called “Fifty Stages of Lame” or something like that. trollface


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It’s a Big Conspiracy

Wednesday, July 16, 2014


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Living With Giant Dogs

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Have you ever seen three Irish wolfhounds and a greyhound suddenly shift to territorial mode? You should… it’s impressive.

It was even funnier because I’ve been marathon-watching Supernatural and the first thing I thought when we all went outside was “I wouldn’t want to be any monster with bad intentions in this yard tonight.”

(update: turns out there’s either a momma possum or a really masculine sounding cat in an old shed in the yard next door. I just hope it stays over there)

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Profiles of Cool People in Tech – Parisa Tabriz

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Quotable quote:

It’s more that she prefers not to suffer fools. “Some people in other parts of the industry, they introduce themselves as, like, ‘vice president,’ with all of these certifications,” she says, amused. “I couldn’t give a shit. You could be Code Monkey Number 507, but if you’re doing cool stuff, I’m much more interested in talking to you than to whoever’s senior vice president.”

Well said. The article just gets better from there.

Meet Google’s Security Princess

As Google’s top hacker, Parisa Tabriz thinks like a criminal—and manages the brilliant, wonky guys on her team with the courage and calm of a hostage negotiator.


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Medical Information and Big Data

Sunday, July 6, 2014

I disagree with the degree to which +Larry Page feels HIPAA makes a comprehensive medical database difficult, but having to deal with the requirements for HIPAA compliance does raise the hurdle higher than some startups can manage. But Google isn’t such a startup, and the opt-in / need to know access nature of what HIPAA provides shouldn’t be as large a hurdle for Google.

The problem is one of transparency and informed consent. User agreement lengths these days make transparency a joke, and the overabundance of legalese makes informed consent ridiculously difficult.

There’s other cool stuff +Sergey Brin and +Larry Page discuss in this talk, and they’re worth giving a listen just for hearing their point of view. There’s some pretty interesting perspectives, in my opinion.


Fireside chat with Google co-founders, Larry Page and Sergey Brin with Vinod Khosla


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True Story – Aliens

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Did I ever tell you about the time I was abducted by aliens and they forced me to slow dance with them?


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James S.A.Corey: Authors at Google

Friday, July 4, 2014

Hey, here’s a video of a couple of pretty cool guys hanging out and chatting at Google.


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Hardest Places to Live in the US

Sunday, June 29, 2014

I can’t say my experience is scientifically significant, but moving from an orange to a green has been beneficial for me.


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The last map I offered (earlier today) ticked off folks on the left.  Here’s a reality splash for the other side. A composite ranking (map) of counties where Americans are healthy and wealthy, educated and thin, versus where they are struggling, poor and obese… and take more from the government than they give, or choose to admit.

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/26/upshot/where-are-the-hardest-places-to-live-in-the-us.html?_r=0

There are various ways to evaluate living standards, but by many of them, eastern Kentucky comes out at or near the bottom.


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