I have updated one of my TiddlySpot wiki's to use TiddlyWiki5. I've started collecting random bits of info there in my ZemoxWiki.


Hello, again!

I have been inactive for far too long. I think it's time I do something about that1.

I have been chatting up Twitter quite a bit. But, let's face it; I'm way too wordy for 140 characters. Then, there are all the #hashtags and @mentions and image URLs. The sacrifices to grammar alone makes me cringe!

From there, all my posts are forwarded to Facebook to family and friends. Twitter is enough of a time suck; Facebook is doubly so. The posts are longer, the threads are endless, and my comment thread responses sometimes turn into unfinished epic essays. It's enough to make a grown man weep. (Believe me, I don't need any more encouragement2.)

Then, once I decide to forward a post to Twitter, all that gets sent is a freakin' shortened link! It doesn't even have a description or an embedded image from the post. Who's going to want to click that? It could be anything: a click bait slide show ad campaign, an infinite redirect loop, malware infested porn, or an actual Facebook post... Not worth the risk, if you ask me3. I avoid those tweets like the proverbial plague!

Anyway, there's always the chance I'll get back to blogging. At the very least, I can post my tl;dr tweets here. That's something right?

P.S. I know I've been away from Blogger for quite some time. When I first wrote this post, I tried using the Blogger app. I added some HTML links to my parenthetical comments below. There's no HTML mode and no preview. I didn't want to publish without checking if the HTML was entered correctly.

So, I went to the site and looked at it in the HTML editor. As I thought, all my added code was escaped and useless. To make matters worse, all of the text was on a single line and a whole shipload of CSS span tags had been inserted. WTF? Has Google never heard of a style sheet?

So, I copied the whole mess to the Notes app and hand edited the crap out. Hopefully this will be an improvement. I need a better iPad Blogger solution.

1 Yes, that really is an oblique Doctor Who reference.
2 I've survived three decades of moderate to severe depression. You don't want to see my tweets when I get really down about life.
3 Yes, I've taken some trips to the dark side of the web. Some of it's interesting. An amazing amount is down right scary.


I found Bejeweled for Niambi!

I Finally found Qix for Mom!


I'm addicted to the Smurfs on the iPad!

Beware of the games you down load...


I'm having a bad bad day....

At least I had a fun song playing in my head at the time.

Depression is a long slow

Depression is a long slow death of the soul.

Or, at least I was feeling that way for a while.  Then I thought of this to replace it.

A little better
today and forever.
If not, it's OK
tomorrow is another day.

I like that a bit better.


RealClimate: The uncertainty prayer

I saw this recently at RealClimate.  I thought is was really cool and I thought that I'd share it.

Grant us…
The ability to reduce the uncertainties we can;
The willingness to work with the uncertainties we cannot;
And the scientific knowledge to know the difference.

From whence came the Zemox...

I had a short discussion with my eldest yesterday. It went something like this.

She asked me why I like Zemox so much on the web.

I told her that it was a word I created for an imaginary universe when I was about 9 or 10.  It was a place where you could design what ever laws of space and time you desired.

She said, so you have been using it all this time on the internet?

I said, no the the internet was created around the time I was born, like 1969-70.  But, the web wasn't created until around 1991, so I didn't get online much until after that, like around '93-94*.

You mean that you didn't have the web when you were a kid?


What about Google?

No, I think that wasn't around until the the early 2000's**.

Where did they come up with the name Google***?

Well, some kid made it up when he was about 9 or 10...

Well, she is turning 10 in October, I wonder what she will come up with?

* I first used USENET in 1989 at Bellcore, but didn't have much access until later.  I also used Gopher for a while until I discovered the Mosaic browser...
** Actually, it was founded in 1998. I didn't switch loyalties from Yahoo! until sometime later.
*** Google is actually a misspelling of googol.

Wocka: Joke of the Day

I always like a good quote. Here are a few amusing ones to ponder upon...
"There is a theory which states that if ever anybody discovers exactly
what the universe is for and why it is here, it will instantly disappear
and be replaced by something even more bizarre and inexplicable. There
is another theory which states that this has already happened."
 - Douglas Adams.

"I'm astounded by people who want to `know' the universe when it's hard
enough to find your way around Chinatown."
 - Woody Allen.

"Duct tape is like the Force. It has a light side, a dark side, and it
holds the universe together...."
 - Carl Zwanzig.

"Computer programming is a race between software engineers striving to
build bigger and better idiot-proof programs, and the universe trying to
produce bigger and better idiots. So far, the universe is winning."
 - Rich Cook.

"The surest sign that intelligent life exists elsewhere in the universe
is that it has never tried to contact us."
 - Bill Watterson (Calvin and Hobbes).

From Wocka.com
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