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Jabbering In Facebook

I’ve been learning Smack and have been testing connections with different services. A couple that took a little figuring out:

  • Facebook:

    • User: wjholcomb@chat.facebook.com
    • Server: chat.facebook.com:5222
    • Encryption: None
  • Google Apps:

    • User: will@dhappy.org
    • Server: talk.google.com:5222
    • Encryption: None

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New OpenID

OpenID is a federated login service. That means I create one account and then I can log into any site that supports openid. This works fine unless your provider stops providing (like mine has).

OpenID

Google to the rescue, pills apoplectic your Google profile is also an openid provider.

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Playing with Javascript

I’ve been playing with John Resig‘s Learning Advanced Javascript and wanted to make a few notes…

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Using GitHub

I’ve been playing around with git for a while and today I hit a problem with the new release of jQuery. Version 1.3.2 could be loaded into svgs, but v.1.4 dies.

To check it out, I thought I’d give GitHub a try.

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Testing SVGWeb

I like to use SVGs in my posts. They’re easy to create in Inkscape, scriptable and anyone who wants to can download and edit them. The problem is that though the specification is seven years old, IE still lacks SVG support.


SVG support

The SVGWeb plugin fixes IE by inserting a flash applet to render the image.

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Putting Sites In Git

For years, I have version controlled my websites, first using CVS and then subversion. As part of my masters thesis, I am moving to git for versioning.

This requires figuring out how to handle my basic use case of allowing me to pull parts of the site and edit them from various locations on the net and push changes to the web server for publication.

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Contact Info

If anyone should want to contact me, my phone # is 202-309-3482. (Text messages cost me money, so don’t send lots.) My e-mail is will@dhappy.org.

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Tats

About a year ago I was in Asheville for my little brother’s birthday. To celebrate the day, his wife gave him one of the cooler presents I’ve seen: she got him tattooed.

Apparently, years ago Matt came up with an idea for a tattoo — a series of marks at one inch intervals from wrist to bicep, and equidistant to each of pair of those marks, a smaller mark.

My brother is an avid fisherman and the marks are positioned relative to the tips of his fingers so whenever he makes a catch, he just lays it down his arm and knows exactly how long it is.

Matt with the tattoo artist

While waiting on Matt, I spent about an hour sitting in the lobby of the tattoo parlor chatting with the folks looking to get their bodies decorated. I’d always thought of tattooing in terms of tribal bands and tramps stamps — as a way to fit in and try to be cool. After talking to a half dozen people, I started to see tattooing for the personal art it most frequently is.

It was on that night I decided to get a tattoo, but it has taken me a couple years to figure out what I want.

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Breathing

My biggest problem with lucid dreaming is recognizing that I am dreaming. Lots of the time I wake up and I’ll remember my dream, but I didn’t realizing I was dreaming while it was going on.

One of the ways you’re supposed to check if you’re dreaming is to hold your breath. In a dream, theoretically, you just hang out without breathing.

So far I’ve not had much luck with it. In my dreams I feel like I have to breathe, so eventually I do and wake up pissed that my dreams tricked me.

The funny thing is now, every so often I’m doing something and I ask myself, “am I asleep?” After all, my dreams seem natural enough when they’re going on, so this doesn’t feel like a dream, but that’s not proof.

I figure worst case scenario is I hold my breath till I black out. To date my curiosity hasn’t lasted more than about fifteen seconds. ☺

Not Breathing

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Ramping Up The Economy

It seems strange to me as we’re attempting to ramp up the economy that in this age of a focus on sustainability I hear almost no one saying, “If people can get by with less stuff, wouldn’t that be better for the world?”

Maybe the solution isn’t upping how much stuff we consume, but downgrading how hard we work. Why can’t Obama just ramp down production by upping the minimum wage and lowering the work week to 32 hours a week? Three day weekends for everyone every week!

(A: Obama can’t try to ramp down because it will exacerbate the problem of our products costing more than the same stuff made by someone making less per hour. So long as cost is the only purchasing determinate, there’s always going to be an incentive to cut corners.)

In seriousness though, it is going to have to happen. There are twice as many people on the planet as they were when we decided everyone would work 40 hours a week. Modern technology and automation make that doubled workforce far more than twice as effective.

It’s a really twisted irony that people sacrifice so much of their lives to produce stuff that the world would be better off without.

Rat Race

(I really like this cartoon. Sometimes, I want to ask people, “Are you sure the ladder you’re so intent on climbing is actually going somewhere? Stop and look at the people who’ve been doing it for a while, are they happy?” The answer for academia was a solid, “No.” Your reward for all your hard work is more work.)

Ultimately, I think the solution isn’t going to be governmental. Regulation will never adapt as quickly as a market and rules keep people from developing an internalized sense of the real costs of their actions.

What we need are market systems that drive toward simplicity rather than excess.

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