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Hardware...

Thu Feb 23 2017 19:46:31 GMT-0800 (Pacific Standard Time)

tags: hardware film cyberpunk

Still one of the greats.

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WTF Forbes and Shutterstock

Sat Feb 18 2017 23:19:02 GMT-0800 (Pacific Standard Time)

tags: mario stockimages shutterstock software garbage farce hahahaha

I clicked on some Forbes clickbait about surprising jobs and their amazing salaries and came across this hilarious image for "Software Engineer Intern":

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So many things wrong here, I can't even believe it. Even if this image is outdated, it's still just wrong, wrong, wrong...and Forbes chose to use it. Grade: F. Just gaze in amazement at:

  • Dusty/dirty monitor (looks like somebody maybe even tried to write something in the dust, though it's illegibile)
  • Monitor viewing angle is wrong (tilted down so much that's it's probably not even viewable)
  • Sweet VGA connector.
  • Fake intern's left pinky finger is at least 2 but maybe 3 keys away from the 'A' key.
  • Fake intern's wrist appears to be infected with 1-3 botfly larvae. WTF!! Maybe it's a HR corporate special intern-tracking implant device?
  • Mario cosplayer is mashing his left hand down on the keyboard while fake intern is trying to hack the Gibson
  • Mario cosplayer is scraping a screwdriver across the top of the monitor. Not even using the tip, just the shank.
  • Keyboard is at a 45° angle to the front of the desk. Who works like that?
  • Mario cosplayer (senior developer/mentor) is happily working on this challenging refactoring task, but still refuses to take off his uncomfortable shoulder satchel...
  • Both eye gazes are on the spot where the screwdriver meets the monitor. Yeah, fuck that code anyway.
  • No mouse on the desk. Maybe Yoshi ate it?
  • Is this supposed to be pair programming?

At least they seem to be happy.

Software interns of the world: If you show up at your internship to find a dusty VGA monitor with a tower case on the desk and no mouse, just so some Mario cosplayer can scrape his screwdriver back and forth across your monitor while mashing your keyboard with his other hand....please quit. Trust me, there are better gigs.

Presidential blues...

Fri Jan 20 2017 19:37:03 GMT-0800 (Pacific Standard Time)

tags: politics trump horseshit comics renatojones

Presidential blues got you down? That ceremony today sure was something! How about settling down and decompressing with a nice comic book?

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https://imagecomics.com/comics/releases/renato-jones-the-one-1

Renato Jones? He's a 1%er that has the funds, access, skills, and motivation to undertake a killing spree to make the motherfuckers pay. American revenge comic pulp doesn't get any better than this...absolutely cathartic. Recommended!

Disqus 404 page

Sun Jan 08 2017 08:07:09 GMT-0800 (Pacific Standard Time)

tags: html 404 disqus

I rather like the disqus 404 page:

https://disqus.com/by/23y4580234/

(also if you refresh it, you'll get different backgrounds)

sub-zero synth

Mon Jan 02 2017 10:19:26 GMT-0800 (Pacific Standard Time)

tags: eurorack synth synthesizer noise sound audio

I made some textures with a synthesizer in sub-zero temperatures. Pretty fun, even with just a small number of starter modules...

amazing spam

Fri Dec 09 2016 23:07:22 GMT-0800 (Pacific Standard Time)

tags: spam email

Seems legit...

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this gif

Thu Nov 17 2016 22:06:48 GMT-0800 (Pacific Standard Time)

tags: gif coil johnbalance

Trek horror

Fri Sep 30 2016 23:18:37 GMT-0700 (Pacific Daylight Time)

tags: trek startrek horror

I had forgotten just how dark and horrifying this show could be at times...

Building a bicycle...

Sat Jun 25 2016 00:14:02 GMT-0700 (Pacific Daylight Time)

tags: bike bicycles building

So my lovely 40+ year old Raleigh Record finally gave up and died a couple weeks ago. :(

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The fork developed a crack and probably caused the bend in the down tube. Pretty unfixable. FAREWELL to my first commuter in Portland...that $90 investment served me well over the last decade or so.

And now comes the time to figure out a new ride. With the help of a friend, I've decided to do a custom build.

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It's quite far from done...but what strikes me most is just how much this process feels exactly like the first time I built a computer from components! Spending hours flipping thru parts guides, reading reviews, comparing specs, comparing vendor prices, trying to squeeze everything into some unrealistic/imaginary budget, stressing about forgetting some critical minutiae, discovering what parts are compatible with other parts (or not)...dreaming about what the finished thing will look like and fantasizing about how it may perform...

The process is so similar...and surprisingly rewarding.

I have lots to learn about the build itself, and it's exciting to be out of my element (and a little scary).

Lath and plaster...

Sat Mar 12 2016 16:29:07 GMT-0800 (Pacific Standard Time)

tags: lath plaster pain-in-the-ass homestuff

What's not to love about lath and plaster wall work? Cut a simple hole and get all kinds of surprises...

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