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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Will & Grace Season 2, Episode 15“Bad Blood”Posted by Sarah If we have learned anything from this season of Will & Grace, it’s that the show has mastered the art of balance. To be able to touch on these important issues as a sitcom is no easy feat. To be able to put those issues […]
3 hours 20 minutes ago

To be updated vague on purpose I am slowly / casually looking at jobs right now, not really in a rush as I am busy but I would like a return to stability for the right role and right company. Company A I applied through their website Feb 1 as many people raved about the product and after reading a little about them they seemed a neat place. That Monday I get an email to respond to some specific
18 hours 48 minutes ago

I've had this problem for a few days in Signal and finally have a workaround. Warning you'll lose local copies of all the messages on your desktop only. They'll still be present on your phone. In the Finder choose Go to Folder from the Go menu. Enter ~/Library/Application Support/ Click the Go button. Delete the Signal folder. Re-launch the Signal app. It'll ask you to pair it with your phone. Do
21 hours 52 minutes ago

What do Japanese beetle grubs look like? And how do you control them? Here’s everything you ever wanted to know (but were afraid to ask) about the plague of gardeners everywhere: Japanese beetles. Japanese Beetle Grubs Japanese beetle grubs emerge now from their winter sojourn under the lawn. They are part of the insect’s lifecycle. … Continue reading The post Japanese Beetle Grubs: Identify and
22 hours 1 minute ago

This Is Us Season 3, Episode 15“The Waiting Room” Posted by Shannon A well timed, well executed bottle episode is a thing of beauty. They can’t be overused, and you shouldn’t necessarily see one coming, but if a bottle episode hits it out of the park it immediately becomes one of the most memorable, affecting […]
1 day 1 hour ago

Tom Watson, who I have never met , is a fellow New Yorker whose political opinions, until recently, track my own pretty closely. Tom just posted his list of tiers of presidential candidates for 2020. I find it very provocative. Here are my comments on his list. Please, just go away Bernie First, there's one thing we agree on. Bernie should retire. We're saying goodbye to Hillary, even those of us
2 days 1 hour ago

I was reminded of a story from Living Videotext in the 80s. We had a rule that every desk had to have a PC on it, which was somewhat radical for the 80s. That included our receptionist, Tammy, who was like my officemate, since my room was adjacent to the front entrance. We put a Toshiba desktop on the table next to her desk, and put a copy of ThinkTank on it, for notetaking, but she never used it.
2 days 20 hours ago

I don’t know what impetus pushed me out the door last night. Boredom, the arch-enemy of creativity, crept into my work, and thus I found myself seeking any excuse to drive from my farm into town. I love my farm. I love the life that I live, the quiet, the solitude, the peace. But six… Continue reading The Jewels in Our Midst: In Praise of Local Arts and Culture
5 days 1 hour ago

Whether its lying about being a charity or using charity laws to deraud fans, issuing phony stock for real money … Continue reading →
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Two days of the Daily podcast have got me blowing my top. They have a scenario about the Mueller report that is unhinged , no other word for it. They need to be shaken, someone throw a pie in their faces, they need to read the Constitution, and think about what kind of country they want to live in, and then re-think their approach to the ongoing crisis that is the Trump presidency. First, the
6 days 19 hours ago

Crystal Smith’s debut novel, Bloodleaf, blends predictable tropes with a ghostly mystery, compelling politics and a likable heroine to create something that still feels fresh. In YA fiction, the idea of a young princess forced out of her birthright who most work to reclaim her throne isn’t exactly new. So when an author actually manages […] Crystal Smith’s Bloodleaf should top your fantasy must
6 days 22 hours ago

David Hewitt was the first to put a world-class recording studio on wheels as the director of remote services for New York’s legendary Record Plant studios. Over his career Dave has recorded and broadcast thousands of live events from 1973’s Watkins Glen Summer Jam to Live Aid, and has earned multiple awards including Grammys, Emmys and TEC Awards. He has recorded shows by nearly every major act
6 days 22 hours ago

I like the way they implemented TBL's first web browser written in JS presumably and running in a modern browser like Safari or Chrome. To go to a specific page, choose Open from full document reference in the Document menu and enter the URL. I tried loading the home page of my blog in the app. It looks pretty good, but clicking links doesn't work at least in Chrome and Safari (the two browsers I
6 days 22 hours ago

Will & Grace Season 2, Episode 13“Supreme Courtship” Posted by Sarah Here’s the deal: I still hate Noah. I will never be able to get past things like “Tex and the City,” which basically had him calling Grace neurotic while he was trying to convince her to have sex with him, and then in the […]
1 week ago

This Is Us Season 3, Episode 14“The Graduates” Posted by Shannon Generally speaking, this is not a family that handles large-scale transitions well. Without their patriarch, without their self-declared center, big life changes tend to throw everyone out of their grove. So a graduation theme was bound to be heavy, bound to involve a whole […]
1 week 1 day ago

I appreciate what Elizabeth Warren is proposing re tech companies. But we need to do more, and do it very soon. They are destroying natural resources the way oil giants did before the government stepped in. However our political leaders, like most users, don’t understand. The natural resource they are destroying is the World Wide Web, an open, unowned resource that has fostered the innovative
1 week 2 days ago

I've been working on a project where I use a private Facebook group to gather info from experts, and a public blog to report on what I learn. It's proven a very good way to do (dare I say it) journalism, even though of course I have no training as a journalist. :-) So I have to say I'm only beginning to use Facebook to its full potential. Who knows what comes next. But for all the asshole things
1 week 4 days ago

Marvel Studios is about to drop its first female-led superhero film. The journey to Captain Marvel has been a long one, and up ahead, the future of superhero films is very much female. Superman was the very first superhero blockbuster. It’s tagline? “You’ll believe a man can fly.” I guess no one really thought to […] The journey to Captain Marvel: How women became the future of superhero films -
1 week 5 days ago

Last time I spoke to the news industry in the US, blogging was booming, there was no Twitter, and podcasting was still very much in bootstrap mode. So I'm thinking that what I propose now, while it's basically the same idea as I was promoting then, that we, the sources, the editors, and independent developers (not the big tech companies), work together to create a great open news publishing system
1 week 5 days ago

Good morning sports fans! I went skiing yesterday for the first time in let's say five years. The last time was at Deer Valley in Park City, Utah. I remember being in extreme pain and skiing badly, and not being happy. But this time I was less than 30 minutes from a nice easy ski area (or so I thought) in the Catskills, on the day after five inches had fallen overnight, and I sucked up my courage
2 weeks ago

Will & Grace Season 2, Episode 12“The Real McCoy” Posted by Sarah Remember last week, when I said Will deserved to be with someone worthy of him? Yeah…I’m not entirely sure that someone is McCoy Whitman. But at least the guy is trying? And maybe now that he’s gotten the creepy Google Earth His Mom’s House phase out of him, […]
2 weeks ago

What a pleasure it was to discuss my book Health Care: Meet the American Dream with Jeremy Corr, host of the New Books in Medicine podcast. Please check out the link here to listen to the show. Alternatively, you can find the New Books in Medicine podcast on all the major podcasting outlets. The post My Interview with New Books in Medicine appeared first on Janis Powers .
2 weeks ago

This Is Us Season 3, Episode 13“Our Little Island Girl” Posted by Shannon In hindsight, it’s a crime how little we’ve known about Beth Pearson. I don’t fully disagree with the slow burn of her career change leading us to this, the first full hour she’s had to her name. But I still resent that […]
2 weeks 1 day ago

Maybe it's time to do some work on Podcatch.com , to make it possible for anyone to turn a list of podcast feeds into a reverse chronologic river of new shows. Help the open network push back against the VC-backed silos. The diff betw podcasts and Netflix, btw is this. Movies and TV shows are almost all licensed, because they are very expensive to produce. Podcasts are not expensive, yes I know
2 weeks 1 day ago

The Christopher March and Heimdall Episode: Losing Chris March, Getting Hired For Doing The Wrong Thing, Scripting and Scripting Languages, The Boundaries of Scripting, DUMPTRUCK, Heimdall, Heimdall's Secret, A Memorial Moment with Pat. An episode about Chris March, who I worked with at the beginning of my UNIX Career, and whose masterpiece, Heimdall, I'm worried may be gone forever. I hope not!
2 weeks 2 days ago

Well sooner or later it was going to come front and center in media coverage and this week it seems … Continue reading →
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The web is showing me lots of furniture ads these days. Here's an example of an ad for a simple convertible couch that looks really nice imho. Here's the thing I don't understand. How can you buy furniture online? I can't get a feel for it. This little couch is very cheap. It must feel cheap, right? But it doesn't look cheap. How can people buy something like this without sitting on it first? How
2 weeks 3 days ago

The Cowicature Episode: I Needed the Money, Two Pens and Paper, Sketch the Cow, Harvard Square, Territories, No Woman No Cry, What Caricatures Are, Very Little Udder Assault, The Clown, Street Vendor Shutdown. I spent a couple summers doing caricatures for money out as a street performer. Here's my thoughts on that. Before anybody asks, this sort of skill atrophies incredibly quickly, so I can't
2 weeks 4 days ago

I remember as a college student in New Orleans I felt lost. I was pretty unhappy. I had a pain in my stomach most of the time. New Orleans was not a great choice for a kid from the northeast in the early 70s. New Orleans, partly an international city and partly the Deep South, was a really strange culture for a Queens kid, a culture that I never really adjusted to. Even so, when I called home
2 weeks 4 days ago

I know, it's all I'm updating about right now... but at least I'm updating? The final episode is tonight, so I'll have to start coming up with other topics before too long! Anyway, I figured I'd better do another quick wrap up of last week's thoughts before they're no longer relevant. Going into last week, I was really expecting it would be the Monster who was unmasked... but in a bit of a
2 weeks 5 days ago

Posted by Maggie Did everyone else think the Oscars were going to be a lot messier this year? After a lead-up filled with controversies, that was a surprisingly tame night – right down to the many understated gowns on the red carpet. (And so many of those gowns were pink, I was living, let me […]
2 weeks 6 days ago

One of the best things about having a blog is that I can put this here and no one gets to complain. 💥
2 weeks 6 days ago

Will & Grace Season 2, Episode 12“The Pursuit of Happiness” Posted by Sarah Ohhhh, kids…you have no idea how much I wanted to just write one big “NO” and be done with this episode. But that’s not much of a recap, is it? (Actually, in this case, maybe it is…) What is the deal with setting up the women of […]
3 weeks ago

I stepped back, studying the lattice of branches arcing overhead. My husband stood across from me and a few feet away, studying the apple tree in our orchard. “Here?” I asked, using the long-handled pruners to tap on the offending branch. “That one,” he nodded. It took every bit of strength in my upper arms… Continue reading Pruning Away the Dead Wood
3 weeks ago

What are these brown spots on succulent plants? When you have a Master Gardener in the family, you get questions like this. It’s sort of like having a doctor in the family. They get asked medical questions. I get the plant diagnosis! My brother emailed me pictures of his succulent plants and asked, “Why is … Continue reading The post Brown Spots on Succulent Plants appeared first on Home Garden
3 weeks ago

I cross-posted the item about 25 years of news development on the web, and its ridiculously sad state. I was able to cross-post it easily on Twitter , Facebook , Medium and WordPress . I also would have posted it to the NYT site and the New Yorker and Wired and any other news site that allowed source postings. None do. I believe that if news is to right itself and get on a strong foundation on the
3 weeks 1 day ago

Spoilers, sweetie: The idea that Alex Kingston’s iconic River Song might return to Doctor Who one day isn’t as far-fetched as it seems. When Jodie Whittaker was first cast as the first female Doctor on Doctor Who, people had a lot of questions. What sort of companions would she have? Could Thirteen battle Daleks or […] Doctor Who: Alex Kingston and Jodie Whittaker have discussed River Song’s
3 weeks 2 days ago

This Is Us Season 3, Episode 12“Songbird Road: Part Two” Posted by Shannon There must be something in the air on Songbird Road that brings the Pearson men down. For all the sadness of Part One, as dire as Nicky and Jack’s estrangement and as complicated as the Pearson brother’s service in Vietnam, the first half of […]
3 weeks 2 days ago

Klobuchar’s comb was a bridge too far. She's going to be asked about the comb in every interview from now on. Every time they talk about her, the analysts on TV will ask if she can overcome the comb factor. When she tries to get past it, they'll say she is uncomfortable or unlikeable. That is, if it goes like other trash scandals the NYT has started. I was paying them $15 a month. I had been a
3 weeks 3 days ago

Today, the world learned of the passing of Peter Tork. The oldest member of the Monkees, Tork was the sad, puppy-dog-eyed member of the group clowning around in the background of many shots. He had sandy brown hair that seemed to fall over his eyes continually. I imagine teenage girls, sighing over the Monkees, wishing… Continue reading Goodbye, Peter Tork
3 weeks 4 days ago

I responded to a tweet by Sarah Kenzdior re normalcy bias, which was right on, with an observation that we feel disempowered. We don't think we can do anything to change, so we don't do anything. I forwarded this to my file for the ISOJ conference, with a comment. Bottom line -- paying $100 a year to the NYT doesn't do it for me. I have to do more. And the NYT is totally part of the problem. They
3 weeks 4 days ago

Since 2004, Paul White has served as Editor in Chief of Sound on Sound magazine. But, you may have been reading his articles & reviews since 1984 when he was writing for Home Recording Magazine. Over the decades, his articles have introduced us to new products & ideas, and have taught us not only what gear to use but why, where, when and how to use it. In this episode, you’ll meet the man behind
3 weeks 4 days ago

Many Doctor Who fans saw sparks between the Thirteenth Doctor and her companion Yaz during season 11. Could something really happen there? Should it? Doctor Who season 11 has a lot to recommend it. The series’ first female Doctor, a trio of new and interesting companions, and a series of standalone adventures that made getting […] Mandip Gill seems open to a Yaz/Thirteen relationship on Doctor Who
3 weeks 5 days ago

When a link goes to a paywall site, indicate that clearly on the tweet. Even better, give me a filter so I don’t have to see them. Then, a couple of interesting observations... David Teicher: "Or, let me pay like $.25 to access that one article directly thru twitter. Split the revenue with the publisher" This is an interesting idea. Not sure I'd go for it. But Twitter might have the Netflix-for
3 weeks 5 days ago

I have been horrible about updating, even though I promised myself I'd try to keep up. I figured I'd do a quick Masked Singer update before the new episode airs tonight... especially since I missed updating earlier with some of the changes in my guesses. Alien - I'd been sort of lukewarm about her possibly being a Kardashian, then in her second to last appearance, I actually changed my guess to
3 weeks 5 days ago

Symponia – the Compassion Project launches today. It is my passion project. It’s something that’s been brewing here for many years now but recent events inspired me to get it done. So here I go… Several months ago, I stumbled across a phrase in the back of a cookbook. One of the chefs called herself… Continue reading Symponia – the Compassion Project
3 weeks 5 days ago

source: platypus-quacks-too Will & Grace Season 2, Episode 11“The Scales of Justice” Posted by Sarah Kids, I’ve been your faithful Will & Grace recapper for nearly two seasons, and I feel like you know me pretty well by now. So I feel like you know how thrilled I was to see that we got an […]
3 weeks 6 days ago

This has been a puzzle for a while, since I reprovisioned one of my servers on Digital Ocean. It had been on AWS. One of the apps on the server is set to run at midnight but it was running at 7PM. It had been working properly on the other server. To find out why, I logged on the server in the Terminal app, and ran the date command. It responded that it was 4PM, with the timezone as Z, which stands
3 weeks 6 days ago

I was recently asked what I would do if I were in charge of a major news org like the NY Times. This is a game I love to play. (I've done it before , in 1996, with Apple.) Here's what I would do. I would start a blog hosting service, with NYT branding, it would be carefully designed so that people knew this was blog space and not editorial space. The Times editorial people do not control what's
3 weeks 6 days ago

Well I finally took the plunge and monetized my blog and 1 year later I WILL NOT be renewing. Why … Continue reading →
3 weeks 6 days ago

Killing Eve’s second season is coming soon and we’re ready to have this dark, twisty drama back on our screens. Here are a few things we’re looking forward to seeing. Killing Eve season 2 is here, and so far, the series’ return looks like everything we could have wanted it to be. Dark? Check. Messy? […] 6 expectations we have for Killing Eve’s second season - Culturess - Culturess - Women's Pop
1 month ago

Are you interested in backyard vegetable gardening? I thought readers would enjoy a brief video tour of my garden and some tips on starting your organic vegetable garden this year. Backyard Vegetable Gardening – How to Start an Organic Vegetable Garden I started thinking today about how close we are to spring – just under … Continue reading The post Backyard Vegetable Gardening – a Video of My
1 month ago

The trailer for Killing Eve season 2 is here and it’s everything we could have wanted and more. But we still have a lot of questions about what comes next. Prepare yourselves, folks. Killing Eve season 2 is coming, and it looks like it will be every bit as dark, twisted and utterly addictive as […] Killing Eve: What we want to know after that insane season 2 trailer - Culturess - Culturess - Women
1 month ago

Note: I am keynoting the ISOJ conference in Austin in April, and am gathering my thoughts in advance in the form of blog posts (of course). Here's the first nugget. Journalism should ask itself this question -- why is Facebook making billions in profit every year and growing at such a huge rate, when journalism is stuck in the mud on the verge of collapse. If this were tech, the CEOs of the
1 month ago

Is it bad news that Amazon has decided not to grow in Queens? As someone who was raised in Queens, I think it's not bad news. There are considerations other than jobs -- primary among them is affordable housing. Manhattan is out of reach for most, and Brooklyn is getting gentrified at a huge rate, and it's now moving into Queens in exactly the area Amazon wants to build. Having been through the
1 month ago

These are heirloom beans. The variety is Jacob’s Cattle. Notice something? They’re funky looking, funny looking, with different colors, odd sizes and shapes. They’re beautiful, tasty, and unique. And that’s how food should be. I spent today cooking, dashing from my upstairs office, where I also wrote blog posts for two clients today, down to … Continue reading The post Heirloom Beans, Going
1 month ago

Will & Grace Season 2, Episode 10“Dead Man Texting”Posted by Sarah This week, we got to learn a lot about our Fab Four. We learned just how far Will would go to keep a job he’s passionate about. We learned that we should maybe keep the kitchen shears and melon ballers away from Grace in […]
1 month 1 week ago

Russian Spy and NRA Activist Maria Butina is definitely lying about not being a Kremlin Asset. The Government’s story isn’t … Continue reading →
1 month 1 week ago

  Well I didn’t really ever foresee myself being in any way excited by the E Warren rollout, but I … Continue reading →
1 month 1 week ago

While Shelley Sackier’s The Antidote boasts an intriguing story that’s full of twists, the underdeveloped characters make it difficult to care about its resolution. Every so often, you come across a novel that has a great story. Maybe an author puts a particularly good spin on something that you feel like you’ve seen before. Perhaps […] The Antidote has an intriguing plot, but sadly underdeveloped
1 month 1 week ago

In a long and rambling speech focused mostly on World War 2 Trump spent more time calling American Woman murderers … Continue reading →
1 month 1 week ago

“Discussing the brutal concepts in healthcare that we hide from” is an hour-long conversation I had with Dr. Jeannette Gallagher on Wellness Radio with Dr. J. Dr. Jeanette shares in casual conversation, topics of health, wellness and spirituality to transform your life. In this talk, we hit on many of the issues driving fear in […] The post My conversation with Dr. Jeannette Gallagher – Health
1 month 2 weeks ago

Joe Chiccarelli is a producer and engineer whose career spans almost 4 decades. Refusing to be tied down in any one genre, Joe’s skill, versatility, and eclectic taste has put him in rooms with Frank Zappa, Tori Amos, Oingo Boingo, The Bangles, The Strokes, Morrissey, Dwight Yoakam, The Bee Gees, The White Stripes and many, many more.
1 month 2 weeks ago

  source: platypus-quacks-too Will & Grace Season 2, Episode 9“Family Trip” Posted by Sarah Welcome back, kids! You know how sometimes you don’t realize how much you’ve missed something until you get it back? This week, it was like everyone at Will & Grace recognized that feeling and decided to take it up about 5,000 notches. Good lord, this episode did […]
1 month 2 weeks ago

While its only just so shocking any white person who grew up in the Old Confederacy under age 50 has … Continue reading →
1 month 2 weeks ago

The Time Episode. Was it all worth it?
1 month 2 weeks ago

Is it worth it being a fan of sports? Yesterday in NYC we learned first that Kristaps Porzingas, our young star, was not convinced that the culture of the Knicks had changed. Then minutes later, rumors of a trade to Dallas, a move that just clears cap space, that doesn't get the Knicks a star that's comparable in any way to the one we're giving up. A few minutes later the deal is confirmed. It was
1 month 2 weeks ago

In 2015 a friend was going through a tough time. The bottom had dropped out of his tech industry life. It had happened to me. I gave him the advice that worked for me, that helped me go on after my dreams of grandeur had been revealed to be foolish. I posted it on Facebook for some reason, which proves I guess that despite what so many say, it has or at least had a purpose. I have a friend who's
1 month 2 weeks ago

The Postal Zine Episode: National Lampoon, Adult Comics, Fooled Them, Forbidden Mail, Forbidden Subjects, Catalogs, Books, Power and Revenge, Factsheet Five, Gunderloy, Anarchy, Factsheet Five's Big Party, Internet, Zines, PDFs. Also: The Tax Treadmill. An episode about my relationship (and others) to postal-based forbidden things, including access to the Factsheet Five magazine, one of the best
1 month 2 weeks ago

We need to revise The American Dream because Howard Shultz seems to think he is the model of it. Fact is that most of the money he has is of no use to him. It can't buy him more time, he's still just one person. He can buy good health care, but he can't buy good health. I reject that The American Dream is creating soul-crushing wealth, the expectation that wealth entitles you to anything you want
1 month 2 weeks ago

The Robert Hoquim Extra Episode: A Small Homework Assignment, A Fascinating Story, The Man in the FBI Hat, What Stories Change in Us, The Story I Won't Tell, A Book Yet Unwritten I Want to Read. This episode is a little different in that it has a homework assignment: I ask folks to go listen to Episode 30 of Reply All, which I appear in and which is based on a story I brought to them. A link to
1 month 2 weeks ago

The EsnesnoN Episode: High School Reboot, Humor Magazines, Nonsense, A Fun and Saturated Publication Landscape, John, 30 Mile Commute, Humor Column, Ripoff Photo, EsnesnoN, Janitor, Ed Barlow, Printing With a 3 Day Delay, 3 Issues, Beyond Highschool, 10th Anniversary, Collaboration's Shadow. The first issue of EsnesnoN is here: https://archive.org/details/1987-esnesnon You'd think I'd have all the
1 month 2 weeks ago

Posted by Maggie After Sunday night’s PeopleTV livestream of the SAG Awards red carpet, I’m almost ready to take back all the things I’ve said about E! being the worst. (Almost.) Real talk, for the first half hour or so, I didn’t think I’d be able to pull a post together. That’s how bad it was. Amateur […]
1 month 2 weeks ago

This weekend, my gardening fun was replanting an amaryllis bulb. Longtime readers of Home Garden Joy may remember my series detailing my amaryllis’ growth and bloom. The parent bulb is still growing strong…and from that $5 Walmart bulb I now have 10 plants! Here’s how […] The post Dividing and Replanting an Amaryllis Bulb appeared first on Home Garden Joy .
1 month 3 weeks ago

“Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor.” It’s a commandment. Not a suggestion. It’s a Commandment, Not a Suggestion Over the weekend, I watched as gossip flowed about the disappearance of “A” and her baby “C.’ “A”, as you may recall, is an internet acquaintance, someone I met via social media. I followed… Continue reading The Pain We Cause by Gossiping
1 month 3 weeks ago

This Is Us Season 3, Episode 11“Songbird Road: Part One” Posted by Shannon One of the only true and tangible signs of growth, in this writer’s humble opinion, is the ability to learn from mistakes. It’s a theme throughout the episode, but I’m beginning to think it’s also a theme for season three. This Is […]
1 month 3 weeks ago

This is how you start from scratch with MySQL on the Mac, assuming all you want is the same experience as what you have on Linux. Download and install the package from mysql.com. In the process you will choose a password for the root user. This is important. In the Mac system settings app, there should be a new panel for MySQL. Open it and be sure MySQL is started. In a new Terminal window: cd
1 month 3 weeks ago

We are living in an age when calumny is king. It is becoming difficult to live as a flesh and blood being in a virtual world. The Collision Between Reality and Narrative This week, two stories captured my every waking moment. One story may be familiar to you: teenagers waiting for a bus at the… Continue reading Living as Flesh and Blood in a Virtual World
1 month 3 weeks ago

My novella, It Was Mine, is receiving pure 5-star ratings on both Amazon and Goodreads – the top rating you can give a book. Shortly after Christmas, I found out that the blogger over at Franciscan Mom had awarded It Was Mine the title of “Best Novella” of 2018. I’m thrilled. It’s not a Pulitzer,… Continue reading It Was Mine Selected as Top Novella, Receives Great Reviews
1 month 3 weeks ago

I’m a writer and a photographer. We had an ice storm two weekends ago and I wanted to capture the breathtaking spectacles of light dancing through ice prisms, crystals sparkling on snow, ruby red crabapples encased in thick layers of glass. Photography (c) by Jeanne Grunert I license my work through Morguefile.com under user name… Continue reading Photography by Jeanne Grunert
1 month 3 weeks ago

Earlier this week, the local morning news show that I watch had a segment on the new show "The Masked Singer" and I was... intrigued. So, I went looking online and found the first three episodes. Started watching, but after the first singer took the stage, I stopped, because I realized this was something rackham would probably enjoy as well. And I was right! It is such a wacky and weird premise...
1 month 3 weeks ago

I hate paywalls. I pay to get through two of them, the NY Times and the Washington Post. If I were going to pay for others, I would certainly add New York Magazine, primarily for one columnist, Jonathan Chait, who writes a large number of (imho) must-read columns. Like the one he wrote today about the Republican way of hostage-taking, and how you just can't give into it. I remember very well how,
1 month 3 weeks ago

I made a couple of tweaks today on the Scripting News home page. The diaglog that confirms you want to connect to Twitter so you can Like items didn't work well on phones. Added a bit of CSS and now it does . I noticed that the background of text on day archives and story pages didn't match that on the home page.
1 month 3 weeks ago

This Is Us Season 3, Episode 10“The Last Seven Weeks” Posted by Shannon A fundamental truth about my media taste is that I am a massive sucker for a story told backwards. (Fiddling with time structures in general is a win for me, which is why This Is Us wormed its way into my heart […]
1 month 4 weeks ago

If you recall, I asked Flickr for the archive of my photos. I got most of them. Spent some time trying to understand the connection between the JSON bits and the JPEG bits. Finally found the correlation. Then I spent a day building a static site from all that info, and uploaded it to a folder on scripting.com, which is a bucket on Amazon S3. The result is 5815 pages like this . I like to hit the
1 month 4 weeks ago

I took a longish walk this morning up to Zabar's and back, and listened to two podcasts on the way, Friday's Daily and last week's Radio Open Source. The Daily was about the splintering of the Women's March along racial lines. They discussed the issues that the march stood for, all of them women's issues, but they didn't get my perspective, and I marched, so I feel I'm entitled to an opinion. I
1 month 4 weeks ago

Having a weird name and coming from Hawaii is not an obstacle to the presidency. Hatespeech, on the other hand? … Continue reading →
2 months ago

Posted by Kim & Sage Did you think we DIDN’T have something to say about this year’s performances? Yeah, yeah, we’re late, but we’re here. Because 2018 brought us so much great work, from stage to screen, that deserves to be shouted out. These are the people who made us laugh, cry, scream, and/or sit […]
2 months ago

Alex U. Case is an Associate Professor of Sound Recording Technology at the University of Massachusetts Lowell and, as you’ll discover in this episode, the audio world’s foremost sleuth - the Sherlock Holmes of audio techniques. Professor Case’s research and professional activities focus on the technical foundations, creative motivations, and aesthetic merits of recording and signal processing
2 months ago

A bunch of comments... When I heard about the commercial my first reaction was why are they doing this. If their products mostly sell to men this will hurt them in sales. It's hard for men (and women too) to defend the gender without invoking the ire of others, so mostly people stay silent and let the myth that men are responsible for the problems in our society go unchallenged. But you can push
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I made this recipe for stir fry tofu and cabbage on Sunday…in the dark because we lost power in an ice storm…and it was so good we finished the whole thing! It’s low calorie, plant-based goodness that’s deceptively easy to make once you plan ahead […] The post Stir Fry Tofu and Napa Cabbage appeared first on Home Garden Joy .
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The new year is here and with them, several changes to Home Garden Joy. We’re celebrating our 11th year and it’s time to unveil some new content and some changes just for you! Home Garden Joy Celebrates 11 Years In September 2007, I wrote my first blog post on what was then called the Seven … Continue reading "Home Garden Joy Announcements and Changes for 2019" The post Home Garden Joy
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It’s Peak TV basically all the time now, but some real heavy hitters are headed back to the small screen in 2019. Here are our picks for 10 of the biggest. It’s honestly Peak TV all the time now. Literally every week there’s some new premiere, as the major networks, premium cable outlets, and streaming […] 10 biggest TV returns of 2019 you need to watch out for - Culturess - Culturess - Women's
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Maybe now's a good time for a protest? Remember how we marched on Inauguration Day in 2017. Maybe a big push right now would have an even bigger effect. An idea: Cancel all trips that involve air travel until the shutdown is over.
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First, I am not a Democrat. I'm an independent but these days I vote straight Democrat because what the Republicans have become is so abhorrent to me. We're at the very baseline of governance in the US. Do you or do you not stand for the Constitution? Today only the Dems do. The Repubs do not. Anyway, if Pelosi and Schumer give the president "the wall" which I put in quotes because we have no clue
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I requested to download all the info Flickr has about me on Tuesday , got the data on Wednesday , and yesterday I spent a couple of hours trying to figure out what I got. There were 14 zip files, each containing one folder. Total of 6.59GB. 12,729 files 13 of the folders contain JPG images. One folder, named 72157704082859561_da410b4a23fb_part1, contained only JSON files, 36.8MB, 6366 files. The
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Making dinner based on what was in the fridge and googling https://github.com/NicoleSchwartz/Food/blob/master/Dinner/KOREAN_GROUND_BEEF_BOWLS https://github.com/NicoleSchwartz/Food/blob/master/Sides/Ginger_Apples I suggest watching the video at at least 2x speed
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Well things hit a new low for Star Trek fans today as the last rotting vestiges of the Kelvin continuity … Continue reading →
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