My new project: create a bunch of odd, free-association Google News Alerts. That way, if one of those things comes to pass, I’ll be the first to know. I thought about this after receiveing an alert for “Council Bluffs levee break” that I had set up when last the Missouri was a couple of dozen…

The fire? It’s over here, guys

While the world rails on about the stable genius that is the current occupant of the White House, this little number seems like it should be blaring from every news channel 24/7. Chinese slowing/stopping purchase of US T-Bills The short of it? China no longer feels that US sovereign debt is a safe investment. The…

Blowing snow

Jocularity at the NWS

Have you ever read the National Weather Service Forecast Discussions? Because if you haven’t, you’re missing out on some entertaining commentary. While my (and I’m assuming everyone else’s) expectation of this sort of writing would be staid and professional, I’ve noticed a jocular sense of humour with at least some forecasters. Take the discussion of…

One regret

I regret that I have but one Friday lunch to give to Blatterday. I also regret that I did not go with the Old Rasputin on nitro right off the bat. In other news, Friday afternoon is going really slowly.

Cutting the social media cord

I’m finally doing it (again). It’s going to stick (this time). While I have enjoyed having distance-mediated contact with friends and family through sites like Facebook I am officially canning my accounts. The platform lock-in is stifling innovation. The social graph meta information is being used with malcompetence. The media filtering has magnified the destruction…

Ephemery

The universe is a fickle place. It reveals things in its own way and in its own time. We need only be patient and receptive to the clues she drops. This is today’s software support lesson.

Security theater

So what exactly is the point of running HTTP over SSL (HTTPS) on a fully fire-walled, nobody-cares-about-your-traffic, vanilla version control service? Because, right now, I think the whole point is to waste a day sweeping up after the fallout of replacing an expired cert and massaging the egos of all of the butthurt jackwagons who…