Rants Archives

What really grinds my gears or signs that the world is coming to an end

  1. Stupid People, Stupid Questions, and the Lazyweb

    Scott Adams has a great quote: If there are no stupid questions, then what kind of questions do stupid people ask? Do they get smart just in time to ask questions? This quote came to mind as I was reading a post by Jeff Atwood on the word Lazyweb: From www.codinghorror.com: It’s hard to pin…

  2. Parallel Construction

    One of the largest concerns I have with things like the NSA listening and reading everything I do is that they would share that information without clearly establishing its legitimate source. The receiver of such information would need to have a plausible back story for how they came in to this information and that what…

  3. Convenience Fees, a Logical Fallacy

    Rachel and I are going to Portland this weekend (after we were preempted by a family emergency)! Rachel suggested we see Ovo, a Cirque du Soleil touring production, and I thought it was a great idea!1. I went to go purchase tickets2 and was about ready to check out when I noticed there was $26…

  4. Age of Ignorance

    I feel like this quote does a good job of capturing my feelings behind why I have no kill switch on awesome: From www.nybooks.com: Widespread ignorance bordering on idiocy is our new national goal. It’s no use pretending otherwise and telling us, as Thomas Friedman did in the Times a few days ago, that educated…

  5. Stop SOPA/PIPA

    I’ve been busy with work, but I’ve been keeping my eye on the news. Politics have always been a bit…screwy. I’m not sure if they’re getting more screwier or I’m becoming more aware of what’s going on. – maybe just more cynical. Representative Lamar Smith and Senator Patrick Leahy now joins the ranks of former…

  6. Passion: The Intersection of Communication and Intent

    The PNC1 nominated Jason Santos as the next YMM2 Associate Pastor. Last Tuesday (a week ago yesterday), Session allowed the nominee to proceed for a vote. Session wanted to hold the vote last Sunday (i.e. three days ago) because UPC was already having a town meeting and it would be simple enough to vote on…

  7. Using My Photos

    I’m currently getting ready to write a very sternly worded letter to a person who has, again, used by photos illegally. As I have stated numerous times (see here, here, here, here, and on practically all of my 14000 photos where it says "Some righ…

  8. More On Copyright

    My cousin Amanda ((who is, incidentally, the sister of my cousin Nick)) wants to know:

    I just finished a painting and I wanted to put it on Facebook, but I need to know about copyright stuff, if I put it on Facebook does that give the Facebook …