Sure, CDs are toast, but DVDs?

Came across an interesting (though old) Facebook meme today that listed all the things people supposedly don’t keep around today:

I have all five, and I can make a case for all of them …

DVDs: Look, Netflix doesn’t have everything. Maybe you can just rent from Redbox, but why throw something out if you’re just going to want to rent it again? I just re-watched This Is Spinal Tap with the band doing commentary in character. Not sure you can even find that anywhere today.

CDs: OK, this is the least essential today, but there are still a handful of songs you can’t find anywhere online.

File cabinets: Where else would you keep owner’s manuals and tax documents?

Wall calendars: It’s just art today. No, you don’t really need it to know what day it is. (Unless the power goes out.)

Take Out Menus: We have some, but we could probably do without them. The apps and sites are more likely to be up to date. But print menus are easier to browse.

So I have all five. And I’m not that old.


The Internet — a global force for go- … OK, evil

In 1995, a perceptive astronomer named Clifford Stoll warned that the Internet was going to open a gateway to a flood of misinformation and hostility.

In 2010, Stoll hopped into a conversation about his supposed error. The Mission’s Rob Howard summed up what happened:

Everyone appears to have missed the irony that a bunch of anonymous Internet commenters were trolling a renowned scientist, 15 years after the fact, for accurately predicting the proliferation of anonymous Internet trolls.

(Reminder: In 2000, some hack grad student at Duke said roughly the same thing, only not as brilliantly.)



Guardian: Is Tinder really creating a ‘dating apocalypse’?

Short answer: Yes.

After that Vanity Fair article about dating apps and the “hookup culture” that surrounds them, an unknown Tinder employee tweeted out a storm of protestations, including: “Our data tells us that the vast majority of Tinder users are looking for meaningful connections.” Now as anyone who has ever used the app can tell you, that’s just not true. Tinder is for finding casual sex, and everything about it is casual and its unique selling point is a parade of noncommittal sex partners to be pursued, or disregarded, by such a lackadaisical, non-committal gesture as a swipe.

via Is Tinder really creating a ‘dating apocalypse’? | Technology | The Guardian.


How I got W3 Total Cache and WPTouch to co-exist

Years ago, I was ahead of the new media curve. Now, I’m not. I confess that I did not have a mobile-friendly theme for SportsMyriad.com until Google sent me the notice that I needed to do that or my site would be buried under 10,000,000 porn sites or something like that.

So I installed WPTouch, and … it didn’t work. After some research, I found that the issue was that I also have W3 Total Cache, which I believe I installed when my 2012 medal projections crashed the site.

After some painful searching (um, Google, shouldn’t we get the most useful stuff first?), I wound up on WPTouch’s page for working with caching plugins:

That might have done the job on its own. But I also found another little trick buried in the otherwise useless support forums:

Check your W3 Total Cache settings:

In WordPress admin, go to Performance-> Page Cache -> Advanced -> Never cache the following pages.

Add mobile-detect\.php

So there you have it, one way to make W3 Total Cache and WPTouch work. It’s not at all guaranteed, and it’s being passed along by a guy who has no intention of researching this any further. Back to the stuff I actually do.

If this works for you, great. If it doesn’t, please feel free to comment on what’s supposed to be done instead. I’m just writing this in the hopes that other people will find ways to do this more quickly than I did. Maybe people will find this post and get the solution, or maybe my links will help boost these pages’ search ranking. Whatever. Peace out.


Misadventures in ebook publishing

As you may know from reading my other blog or my Twitter feed or from bumping into me any time in the past six months, I’m writing an ebook on the Washington Spirit.

I’ve just about finished the editing phase, so now I’m looking into ebook formatting and distribution. It all seems so easy, and everyone recommends two major services: Smashwords and calibre (yes, it follows e.e. cummings lowercase style).

Smashwords referred me to a 90-page style guide. Page 12 offers two examples of perfectly formatted files. The first veers wildly between regular text and allcaps. Then if you happen to read a bit of it, you’ll be surprised to learn you’re reading an erotic novel.

calibre’s site has ads that look like part of the site. They’re offering … downloads of calibre! Which, unfortunately, come with all sorts of malware.

Maybe I’ll just email this thing to people who pay me through Paypal.

(UPDATE: calibre’s users guide says you can’t use it for editing, and you should use either Sigil or Book Designer. I followed the link to the Book Designer site. It’s in Russian.)


Your marriage is just distracting us from the real issues!

rageaholEver find comments on the Internet that are so delusional, so full of unfocused rage, so wacked-out that you simply have to share them with the world?

Welcome to Rageahol, inspired by the great Homer Simpson line: “Ohhhh, it’s true, I’m a rageaholic! I just can’t live without rageahol!!”

Our first entry comes from a Bruce Sims of Pensacola, Fla. (or someone who hacked into his Twitter account), who reacts to the news of Duke hoopster Ryan Kelly’s engagement to Bill Cowher’s daugher thusly:

So….when I married the love of my life, It never got on the news, because it was not news! what makes people think this is news when we have all that is going on in this country, and the Homosexual mess in the scouts and the govt going rampant etc and this is news! Yeah news that will take peoples sights off the danger to come! Oh will it come!

Full story and surely a few more rageaholic comments: Former Duke hoops player is engaged to Bill Cowher’s daughter | For The Win.