Poor reporting on millions

Ξ June 28th, 2007 | → 0 Comments | ∇ Basic Investment |

Even the best reporters covering issues of money and the economy do a poor job covering wealth. For example, take a listen to a segment from today’s Marketplace. The segment is on a report out today about the growing number of millionaires in the world. The report says that there are 9.5 million millionaires and that the number of new millionaires is growing fairly rapidly. From this, Marketplace says that the number of wealthy people around the world is increasing. However, there is no discussion about whether people are actually becoming wealthier (ie if they have more spending power) or whether they just have more dollars that aren’t worth as much. In other words, there is no discussion about how inflation has affected the number of millionaires.

Original post by dram


It’s 10:10am

Ξ June 21st, 2007 | → 0 Comments | ∇ WindEngine, My Other Junk |

Yeah, Yeah, Yeah, I know I said I’d have a playable demo a few months ago but in the interim I got a temporary job where I work 40 hours a week, applied and interviewed at a ton of places, which was soaking up the one day per week I get off as well as my free time on workdays. So please forgive me… it’s not like I’ve been in Malibu having fun. Anyways, I start a new job in a couple weeks and then I will have much more time to hack on WindEngine. Speaking of which, it’s moved over to the GNU autotools stuff, so you can probably just ‘./configure; make; make install’ it on all POSIX systems. The funny thing about autotools is how cryptic getting everything set up is, but it’s done.
Also, I work dairy next week since the guy who usually […]

Original post by Brad


The most insane jdate girl ever

Ξ June 13th, 2007 | → 0 Comments | ∇ um yeah |

Yeah, she really is
kansasgirly: lets make out though
kansasgirly: you’ll like it
Jewberg: come to LA
kansasgirly: too far
kansasgirly: what is half way
Jewberg: which part of SD are you in?
kansasgirly: 2 hrs is too far for just a make out
kansasgirly: but its ok for sex
kansasgirly: and pizza
kansasgirly: pb
kansasgirly: i want some pizza right now
Jewberg: oh so you are only an hour and a half from me
Jewberg: me
Jewberg: have you been to rockys ?
kansasgirly: no
kansasgirly: what is rockys
kansasgirly: a club in hillcrest
kansasgirly: hahaha
Jewberg: its a bar that has the best burgers
kansasgirly: oh i may have been there
kansasgirly: i’m naked right ow
kansasgirly: just in case you were wondering
kansasgirly: pervert
Jewberg: haha
kansasgirly: lets date
Jewberg: so what are you really doing down there?
kansasgirly: you’re my new boyfriend
Jewberg: ok come spend […]

Original post by Heebus


superhappyfuntime weekend

Ξ June 11th, 2007 | → 0 Comments | ∇ Uncategorized |

Got pretty drunk at Shindig a la Rico on Friday. I don’t remember much that happened before midnight.
I do remember Rico made some damn good pasta and red sauce. Who would’ve thought to use bratwurst with pasta?
There was lots of Wendy saying I wasn’t drunk, and lots of me asking Greg (and others? Don’t remember) if I was drunk, while pointing a very not-steady finger at him. (I was totally drunk. Silly non-believer)

My admittedly superbly horribly planned (Sorry, Amanda!) drunk vs. sober bowling actually ended up working in the end. I’m never planning another event ever, btw. ocs getting tanked and bowling through the legs, falling on his ass and getting a strike would be the highlight of that night, I think. That or all of us singing along to I Like Big Butts. Maybe Troy falling down all the time, too. A few of my fellow bowlers ended up having to sleep in my living room. ocs was subjected to the ‘unholy abomination’ that is Greg’s drunken snoring. His drunken fit concerning same was extremely funny.

And then, to top the weekend off, we did Gruul’s Lair and downed Maulgar! All hail teamslack!

Original post by logikal


Mouse speed in Linux

Ξ June 11th, 2007 | → 0 Comments | ∇ Programs |

do: xset m 1/4 10 // 1/4 = speed 1/2 or 3 up to like 7
in this fodler: /usr/X11R6/bin
Worked for me, we'll see if it stick after reboot.

Original post by Extreme


Playing to Their Weakness

Ξ June 9th, 2007 | → 0 Comments | ∇ Ode to the Magazine |

Common wisdom is that magazines are suffering. Sales are down, relevance is decreased. Instead, people have turned to the internet for the type of information and entertainment once reserved for magazine. To combat this, many magazines are changing their formatting to resemble blogs and websites. In so doing, they play to their weaknesses, a lack of speed.
Magazines, even weeklies, are hopelessly out of date. The breaking news they report on is no longer breaking by the time they hit the newsstands. The snippets and margin notes that many magazines are featuring are out of date long before they hit the page. Wired, Tired, Expired itself is sadly expired.
In making magazines less substantial and more transient, publishers destroy the one advantage they have, hindsight. And in so doing, they will surely continue their long decline.

Original post by dram



Ξ June 8th, 2007 | → 0 Comments | ∇ um yeah |

This is what she wrote that makes me want to date her………. NOT
I’m that cute and sexy girl walking up Rodeo Drive, holding her Louis Vuitton purse on one side and her Prince Charming on the other…who will her Prince Charming be? That’s for me to decide…

Original post by Heebus


Ear Worm

Ξ June 8th, 2007 | → 0 Comments | ∇ special |


Original post by dram


Canon EOS Rebel XTi (400D) with Digikam

Ξ June 7th, 2007 | → 0 Comments | ∇ Programs |

Problem: Canon EOS 400D / Rebel XTI is not supported after install.
Open a terminal and redirect output to a text file:
for dev in `ls /sys/bus/usb/devices`; do udevinfo -ap /sys/bus/usb/devices/$dev; done > /home/yourusername/udevinfo.txt
Open the udevinfo.txt and search for canon
It will look like this:
looking at device '/devices/pci0000:00/0000:00:1d.7/usb5/5-5':
SYSFS{product}=="Canon Digital Camera"
SYSFS{manufacturer}=="Canon Inc."
SYSFS{version}==" 2.00"
SYSFS{idProduct}=="3110" <——–
SYSFS{idVendor}=="04a9" <——–
SYSFS{bMaxPower}==" 2mA"
SYSFS{bNumInterfaces}==" 1"
Open /etc/udev/rules.d/45-libgphoto2.rules
sudo nano -w /etc/udev/rules.d/45-libgphoto2.rules
Add the following lines at the bottom of the file, just before LABEL="libgphoto2_rules_end"
SYSFS{idVendor}=="YOURIDVENDOR", SYSFS{idProduct}=="YOURIDPRODUCT", MODE="0660", GROUP="plugdev"
For me it was:
SYSFS{idVendor}=="04a9", SYSFS{idProduct}=="3110", MODE="0660", GROUP="plugdev"
Restart udev
sudo /etc/init.d/udev restart
via: http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php? … hlight=xti
i got sick of searching for it over and over again.

Original post by Extreme



Ξ June 7th, 2007 | → 0 Comments | ∇ Meta |

I’ve set some long-term goals for myself, related to this blog, you can see them there to the right. There are five of them, five topics I would like to focus on and think about. Each of them involves an end-state of publishing some type of document. I’ve never been published anywhere, and here I am talking about publishing on five disparate topics. A high hurdle, I suppose.

Original post by The Weblog of Grant Henninger


Transient Ideas

Ξ June 7th, 2007 | → 0 Comments | ∇ Ode to the Magazine |

In my last post, the first of this new, reimaged blog, I mentioned something about the transient nature of blogs. The internet is interesting, it is both permanent and transient simultaneously. Sure, things get archived and saved, but once something is said it is quickly forgotten. There is not point in bringing back my archives because nobody cares what I had said, I don’t even care. Nobody will read them.
In this world with cable television and constantly updated websites, the news has developed the same transient characteristic. What is said today is forgotten by tomorrow. Errors and omissions are passed over, never to be corrected because the story has changed or gotten old. News no longer builds upon itself, there is no overarching storyline, no reference to what has happened in the past or our trajectory into the future. There is just […]

Original post by The Weblog of Grant Henninger


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