Friends' Posts

A number of my friends have blogs, podcasts, photo feeds and create other content on the web. Instead of a traditional blogroll, I have created a list of links to their content. This list is updated automagically as they post to their blog. None of the content here is mine, nor is it owned by me. It does not necessarily reflect my opinion nor the opinion of my clients, employers, family, friends, or entourage. Share and Enjoy!

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I am having a discussion with an old friend. One of us says driving to Blockbuster back and forth to rent a DVD is more energy-efficient than watching the movie on Netflix. Which do you think is more efficient? Here's the Twitter survey.
15 hours 54 minutes ago

Most of the time Dropbox works, but today, sometime just after 11AM Eastern, it got flaky and basically stopped working. Usually it's something I did, so I started checking things out. I have two accounts, neither is close to out of space. One is using 178.85 GB of 2.1 TB. The other is using 11.68 GB of 2 TB. I thought perhaps my desktop computer wasn't synching. I tried creating a folder, and it
21 hours 2 minutes ago

Yesterday I posted a query about using git for code distribution. This was a new idea for me. In the past I've done it lots of different ways. Fat pages . RSS feeds, aka codecasting . One-way sync with an S3 location. They all work well and scale since they're static. I did one method that wasn't static, using XML-RPC. That method had problems as the installed base of Frontier grew. Static
1 day ago

As with previous installments, this contains spoilers. I watched the last two episodes of Breaking Bad. I think I had only watched them once, when they first came out, but I remembered almost all of it. And it's amazing that so much happens in the last episode. First I want to say that my previous report is one of the sloppiest bits of writing and editing I've ever done. It's practically
1 day ago

As with previous installments , this contains spoilers. I got up to the episode where Hank dies. A very pivotal scene. Walt loses his money to the Nazis, of course Hank dies as does his friend Gomez. Walter White comes unglued. All logic says, based on previous Walter White choices, that Hank must die. The Nazi, Jack, knows it, Hank knows it. Hank, after hearing Walter offer the Jack $80 million
1 day 21 hours ago

I'm working on a project using simple-git in Node, and have what I think should be a simple application, not sure how to do it. I have a local called myAppFolder containing the source for an application. Various JavaScript files, a package.json, folders for user data and stats. A location on GitHub, a repo called test2 with a folder whose path is helloworld/ that is meant to have the most up to
1 day 23 hours ago

I always wonder why people disclaim that they don't like me before they point to something I've written as being relevant or important. So I won't tell you what I think of David Brooks. 💥 His column in today's NYT is worth reading. He asks if it's Trump v Warren, who he, a moderate Republican, will vote for. I'll save you the suspense, it's Warren. Good, Brooks has a soul and isn't an idiot. Four
2 days ago

We Have Always Lived in the Castle is one of Shirley Jackson’s masterpieces yet it has never achieved the fame of The Haunting of Hill House or The Lottery, her over-anthologized short story that most school children in America have read, dissected, and studied. And that’s a shame because it is truly a chilling masterpiece… Continue reading We Have Always Lived in the Castle – a Review of the New
3 days 18 hours ago

Spoiler alert for everything. Sorry. I should really put this piece on spoilers.io , if it only existed. I'm on episode 8 of the final season of Breaking Bad, and I can now tell you why I cringe when people say it's the best TV show ever. I couldn't have said exactly why before. I like all kinds of crime stories. I like Goodfellas and Pulp Fiction. The Godfather is the best movie ever made. The
3 days 19 hours ago

As we all know President Trump is a spoiled rich kid. Spoiled in the worst way. So our government is that of a spoiled rich kid. The previous Repub president was also a spoiled rich kid, only diff is he discovered Christ and corporate graft. Trump went straight to the mob.
3 days 19 hours ago

A reader asks how to find posts from previous months. I explained. I've used a lot of different content management systems over the years, so the archives work differently. For example, this is the archive page for September of 2018. http://scripting.com/2018/09/ Some are in this form, for example July 2012. http://scripting.com/2012/07.html For most months it's one or the other.
5 days ago

This is Us Season 4, Episode 3“Unhinged”Posted by Shannon I’ve spent a lot of time yelling about friendship in This Is Us over the years. Almost exclusively, I’m speaking of their lack. It’s not unusual for family shows to have a tendency to dismiss or disregard the family that doesn’t come from blood. Madison and […]
5 days 19 hours ago

I've been emailing with my old friend Dave Carlick about customized searching. I've also been writing about it here. I'm not sure I've made my point, but now I have an excellent example that might shed some light. Dave, take note. I just searched Google for Old School . It came back with pointers to a 2003 movie . A Facebook group . A dictionary definition. The urban dictionary version. And on and
6 days ago

Over the weekend I tried out an idea. It's a little Node app that runs on the same server as the CMS that builds this blog. Every minute it looks at today's posts, for those that have titles (like the post your'e reading now), it checks if it changed, and if so it renders it as Markdown and uploads it to GitHub in a calendar-based structure , along-side all the other parts of the blog I maintain
6 days 1 hour ago

The relationship between the Alderson siblings forms the emotional spine of a strong episode of Mr. Robot that hints at even bigger twists to come. Mr. Robot is the sort of drama that’s always prided itself on its technical wizardry – whether that means depicting complicated, thrilling hack scenarios or crafting an episode that unfolds […] Mr. Robot season 4 episode 2 review: A family-fueled hour
6 days 2 hours ago

If I put the name of a company in a tweet with a problem with their product, in 2019 there's a pretty good chance a support rep will respond and try to help. The quality of the help varies, but they do try. But in all the years I've been blogging, or tweeting, or whatever, the only response I've gotten from a political campaign was to add me to their donor list. It happened with Obama, Hillary
6 days 23 hours ago

Batwoman star Rachel Skarsten discusses Alice’s true identity, her relationship with Kate, and her history of playing complex women during a press roundtable at NYCC. One of the most shocking twists during the series premiere of new CW drama Batwoman was the revelation that the villainous Lewis Carroll-quoting Alice is actually Kate Kane’s presumed dead twin sister […] Batwoman: Rachel Skarsten
1 week ago

News reports everything as Democrats vs Republicans. This makes me angry, because some things, like the president ignoring the Constitution, are not partisan issues. Yes, the Democrats are on the right side of this one, but so are honorable Republicans. I used to call for tech boot camps for reporters, to help them get the basic facts right, and avoiding But Her Emails type tragedies. It seems
1 week ago

The final season of Mr. Robot continues as Elliot faces off with Philip Price, and the Aldersons share an emotional moment. Here’s all the info you need to watch “Payment Required” online. The final season of Mr. Robot continues tonight and, as usual, we have no idea what to expect. After a season premiere that saw […] Mr. Robot season 4 episode 2 live stream: Watch online - Culturess - Culturess
1 week ago

Not only can Barr and Pompeo be impeached, they can also be indicted, tried, convicted and imprisoned. It has happened before to Nixon's Attorney General, John Mitchell . It's worth noting this because they know it too. Both are doubling-down on the obstruction. And they have a lot of power. However the SDNY investigation of Giuliani says Barr isn't in complete control of DoJ yet. And people from
1 week ago

For an application I'm developing I need to run it in the background, yet easily stop and relaunch it. So this is what I do. At the command line type nohup node app.js & and press Return. You can see the output of the app by pressing Ctl-C then tail -f nohup.out . It creates this file in the directory the app was run from. To kill the node process and any other node processes it might have
1 week 1 day ago

The popular Webtoon comic Lore Olympus will be developed into a YA animated series by the Jim Henson Company and we’re over the moon about it. If you have never heard of the webcomic called Lore Olympus before, prepare for this article to change your life. Rachel Smythe’s Eisner Award nominated work is both gorgeous and compelling, […] A Lore Olympus animated series is the good news the world
1 week 1 day ago

Of course I watched El Camino , the new Breaking Bad movie on Netflix . It wasn't really a movie or an episode of Breaking Bad. It was more like a few scenes from a Breaking Bad episode with brief appearances by many of the characters from the series, looking much older than they did at the end of the last episode (which aired six years ago). It was a lot like the Deadwood movie , a series that
1 week 1 day ago

A gritty magical thriller with intriguing characters,  Alexandra Christo’s Into the Crooked Place will delight fantasy fans everywhere – especially if you liked Six of Crows. Gritty heist adventures are all the rage right now in the world of YA fantasy. From Leigh Bardugo’s Six of Crows to Amanda Foody’s Ace of Shades and Roshani Chokshi’s The Gilded […] Alexandra Christo’s Into the Crooked Place
1 week 1 day ago

I was excited to get the Fire Cube , but after a short installation and exploration, I realized it was nowhere near as good as it has to be to earn a place in my living room. I'm going to return it and instead buy a current Apple TV. I'll report on that later. Re the Cube, it has to compete with the Roku user interface that's baked into my TCL screen. It clearly has this ambition, when it sets
1 week 2 days ago

I've had a long-term problem with comments on Scripting News . If I have open comments then I have to moderate them. It helps to have clearly published guidelines , which I do, that eliminates most of the emotional reactions, but some still get through, and people can hold grudges for a long time. I don't like editing other people. I already do more of this kind of work than I want to. My goal is
1 week 2 days ago

As Batwoman arrives on The CW, star Meagan Tandy shares details about Sophie’s journey  and talks about the important representation this show provides. The Arrowverse launched its sixth series last weekend, the highly anticipated small screen adaptation of Batwoman, which also happens to be the network’s first effort with an LGBT lead. If the series’ premiere […] Batwoman: Meagan Tandy talks
1 week 2 days ago

The Electric Stories Episode: A VAX in Need of a Home, The Lady of the VAX, A Very Heavy 3/280, MFM Drives, 20 Amps, Electrical Cyberpunk Nightmares, Don't Do It Again, Mainframes, Pavl, The Underside of Conferences, 220 Drop, A May December Romance. Three stories of me and electricity. This presentation by Joe Grand includes pictures (in the PDF) of the vax: http://www.grandideastudio.com
1 week 2 days ago

I wonder if anyone has Wikipedia as their default search page. It just occurred to me, with Google searches getting more cluttered with garbage all the time, if Wikipedia might not be a better choice. For example, here's a Google search for Brooklyn Nets, and here's the Wikipedia page . Which gets you a better set of links to topics related to the team? I guess the problem is there are no news ,
1 week 3 days ago

The Grace Year is a harrowing dystopian tale about female rage in a world full of male oppression. Basically, it’s exactly the story we need in 2019. It’s not an accident that some of the most affecting stories of 2019 deal with female anger and empowerment in a world that both scoffs at their pain […] The Grace Year is a dark, harrowing and extremely necessary read - Culturess - Culturess - Women
1 week 4 days ago

We need a new name for podcast-like things that have no feeds, are locked behind a paywall, can't be archived, cited or shared, and don't create any kind of record. Something like "Dead-end-cast." Or "Business-model-cast." Or "VC-friendsly-cast."
1 week 4 days ago

The final season of hacker drama Mr. Robot kicks off with an adrenaline-fueled hour that shakes up the status quo, but feels more than a little hollow inside. It’s been well over a year since last we saw USA Network hacker drama Mr. Robot on our screens, but the series comes roaring back for its fourth […] Mr. Robot season 4 premiere review: We’re in the endgame now - Culturess - Culturess - Women
1 week 5 days ago

This Is Us Season 4, Episode 2“The Pool: Part Two” Posted by Shannon I’ve been revisiting my all-time favorite novel recently (A Prayer for Owen Meany, which, for the  record, leaves the crying ratio for This Is Us out in the cold). Within said all-time favorite novel sits one of my all-time favorite lines: “You […]
1 week 5 days ago

Jack Dorsey subscribes to the email version of this blog, so I've started writing directly to him in an open format. I'd do the same for the CEOs of any other tech firm whose products I use. Free consulting. :-) Anyway, I find myself hooking into videos on Twitter more and more. Like this ridiculous annoying exasperating interview with a Bush-era Republican, shilling for Trump while trying to
1 week 5 days ago

I just posted this to the private Woodstockers Say Anything group on Facebook. I've been living here since March, but mostly have been posting pictures and questions about what's going on here. This is the first time I've talked about what I do. I thought this was a good day to do it. I haven't really introduced myself to the Woodstock group, today is a good day to do that. I am a software
1 week 5 days ago

I wrote this in a 2014 email to one of my former programming partners, Jake Savin, about how I develop today. I use the same tools five years later. It was a good design. I program in the OPML Editor. I have a suite that makes it one button to deploy all the changed objects in my outline to public spaces on S3, ready to run. It's amazingly fast. I have debugging on the client but not the server.
2 weeks ago

We've built a technological house of cards. Ever taller, no foundation. We're animals. We think we do things for reasons we understand, but we're 99% instinct-driven. We use our technology platform as if we are primates living in trees.
2 weeks ago

Marvel’s Runaways stole the show at NYCC on Friday with an action packed panel full of season 3 secrets and charming cast members. Here’s what we can tell you about it. Teen superhero series Marvel’s Runaways returns for its third season this December, and the cast and producers held a highly anticipated panel at this year’s New […] 5 things we learned at the Marvel’s Runaways NYCC panel -
2 weeks 1 day ago

This week, John and Stewart sit down with a man who has worn many hats, Steve Addabbo. Steve got his start as a musician and studio technician, but continued on to managing, producing, engineering, and mixing. He played a key role in launching the careers of Suzanne Vega and Shawn Colvin, and has owned and run the New York City recording studio Shelter Island Sound for over 30 years. Steve has
2 weeks 1 day ago

Fans of my debut novel, I Believe You, can rejoice – the wait is over! The Majeks are back in a new full- length novel. I See You offers both mystery and a hauntingly good ghost story as well as the fresh, fun characters you’ve grown to love in my previous work. A sneak peek…… Continue reading Release Date for New Majek Family Novel October 27, 2019
2 weeks 1 day ago

Low sodium tacos are possible – and delicious. The secret is finding salt-free taco shells and using only a portion of a low sodium taco seasoning package. I found no salt tacos at Dollar Tree. Low Sodium Tacos I love tacos. They’re tasty, easy to make, and filling. But the sodium in the typical taco […] The post Recipe Rehab – Low Sodium Tacos appeared first on Home Garden Joy .
2 weeks 2 days ago

Joe you need to simplify your response . "Trump you're a kook, a crook and a traitor to our country." Try that out, it's easier for everyone to understand and it has the proper level of feeling to it. It's also achingly obvious. You're in Mike Dukakis territory man.
2 weeks 2 days ago

I hate ageism. I was asked today if I still work or am I retired. It was a moment. I saw Joe Biden make a speech. Joe is not corrupt But Joe is too old to run. I'm sorry. Hillary on Maddow last night. A half-hour. She said nothing. This is why she was a bad candidate. It's not authenticity. It's a failure to connect. Basic story-telling. Warren has it. Michael Moore has oodles of it. Hillary? Nada
2 weeks 2 days ago

Sara Faring’s The Tenth Girl is an ambitious, well-written ghost story, but its twist ending will leave many readers feeling uncomfortably blindsided. Fall is here, which means it’s the season for ghost stories. And readers everywhere plan to get in the mood for spooky season by diving into appropriately themed horror tales. Sara Faring’s debut […] The Tenth Girl is an ambitious, atmospheric ghost
2 weeks 4 days ago

Need some help deciding what to read this month? We run down 14 of the most exciting YA books hitting shelves this October – just in time for spooky season! It’s the most wonderful time of the year! October is upon us, which means it’s time for cozy sweaters, pumpkin spice lattes, seeing that dancing […] 14 new YA books to read during sweater season this October - Culturess - Culturess - Women's
2 weeks 4 days ago

By coincidence today is (somehow) the official Podcast Day and I am ready to announce the refurbished original Twitter-based podcatcher, started in 2007. It's here: @podc . Podcasting keeps growing and giving and I'm proud of what we, and many others, accomplished. ;-)
2 weeks 5 days ago

I watched the last Mets game of the 2019 season yesterday. I guess alot of people did, we wanted to see the rarest of things -- a Mets home run hitter. No Met had ever had the most home runs in MLB in a season, but Pete Alonso, a rookie pulled it off. He also set the record for most home runs in a season by a rookie. And he has a flair for public relations and is a natural born leader. The game
2 weeks 6 days ago

I'm proud that Jack Dorsey , CEO of Twitter, subscribes to my blog via email. I may start a regular column here entitled Dear Jack. Somehow I don't think he would mind. The first one would recount a meeting I had with him, when Twitter was a small juggernaut, at a coffee place in downtown San Francisco. He told me of a plan he had for Twitter which, ever since, I was greedily anticipating. He
2 weeks 6 days ago

This Is Us Season 4, Episode 1“Strangers”Posted by Shannon Welcome to the halfway point of This Is Us, fam! With the three (THREE!) season renewal the show landed earlier this summer, it was all but confirmed that Dan Fogelman and friends have always planned for the show to be a six-season arc complete with a […]
2 weeks 6 days ago

The Music Tracker Episode: Carousel, Cards and Belts, Piano Rolls, Notches and Points, My Magical Amiga, Music Disks, Tiny Sizes, Spreadsheets and Waveforms, Making My Own, Tracker Battles, CDROM.COM , Making My Fastrackers, Sketch the Cow, Saving the MODs, The Time I Got Flattened. In this episode, I talk about music tracking, which has such a deep part of my life for years on end. The beautiful
2 weeks 6 days ago

Popular period drama Poldark returns for its fifth and final season with a story that’s set to take us on a pretty big detour from Winston Graham’s novels. It’s the end of an era – the final season of popular period drama Poldark begins tonight. And, as a result, we’ve got to start preparing our emotions to […] Poldark season 5 premiere live stream: Watch online - Culturess - Culturess - Women's
3 weeks ago

The @nbariver Twitter feed is flowing again. I'm also getting the @podc Twitter feed going too. It started in 2007 , when podcasting and Twitter were both pretty new. Rivers are like Twitter timelines except made out of RSS feeds, which are distributed all over the internet, not just on Twitter. So there's "nbariver.com" and @nbariver . They carry the same information, in the same order (newest
3 weeks 1 day ago

I'm returning my old Apple Watch for a $100 credit after getting a new 5th generation watch (I will write it up later). I've done this before and remember the process was easy because they designed the docs well, and took out all the unnecessary steps (something designers call factoring). But this time, instead of writing the instructions in a language I understand they use pictures with links to
3 weeks 1 day ago

In the Arrowverse, the future is female. As Arrow winds down this Fall, the CW is already working on its next superhero series: All all-female team-up spinoff lead by some of our faves. While those of us who love superhero stories have been grieving the end of Arrow for months, we’ve also been wondering, what’s next? The […] The Arrowverse is finally giving us the all-female superhero series we
3 weeks 4 days ago

Posted by Maggie I’ll be real honest with you guys, the Emmy’s snuck up on me this year. I didn’t even know which network was airing the show until a couple of hours beforehand and my body was not ready for a Fox awards show ceremony. Oof, that TikTok bit, am I right? (But at […]
3 weeks 4 days ago

Good news to fans of my first novel, I Believe You – the second book in the Majek Family Mysteries series is now edited and nearly ready for publication! I See You takes place two years after the events in I Believe You. Turquoise Daniels, the family’s quirky housekeeper and now property manager, purchases a… Continue reading New Majek Family Mystery Available October 2019
3 weeks 4 days ago

Jodie Comer took home the 2019 Lead Actress in a Drama trophy at this year’s Emmy Awards – and zero people should be surprised. Her performance in Killing Eve is that good. The Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama category at the 2019 Emmy Awards was no joke – featuring a veritable murderer’s row of talented […] It’s true: Jodie Comer’s performance on Killing Eve has no equal - Culturess -
3 weeks 5 days ago