April 2017

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Both contain a lot of self-loathing. Maybe the first line of Pretty Hate Machine’s first track, Head Like a Hole, should now be “God sugar, I’ll do anything for you…”

And while we’re on the topic of Head Like a Hole

Thanks to Sean Montgomery for the find!

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There are two ways to interpret this picture

by Joey deVilla on April 20, 2017

Because this is the real world in 2017, this picture says “Here’s Joey, who spoke at last night’s GDG Sun Coast Meetup about Android and Augmented Reality, with John, who attended and won the draw for the new Kotlin in Action book.”

(Thanks for attending my presentation, John, and enjoy the book! Kotlin’s a pretty nice programming language.)

If this were the TV world in 1977, this picture would say “We just started our own detective agency…in Hawaii!

This post also appears in Global Nerdy.

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This isn’t the future we expected

by Joey deVilla on April 17, 2017

And in case you needed some background information, read the Daily Beast article Neo-Nazis Are Tearing the Furry World Apart.

Based on a tweet by @Takahata101.

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This is ALMOST the perfect Florida truck accessory

by Joey deVilla on April 17, 2017

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Once you’ve equipped your truck with extra roll bar lights and winch, and need extra power plugs to charge your phone and your vape device (a.k.a. “mouth mullet”), you could with a basic vanilla set of switches, but where would be the fun in that? If you’ve asked yourself this very question, here’s the answer: the Iztoss blue led 3 gang rocker switch panel with power socket, available right now at Amazon for $26.99.

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I’m pretty sure that the market research on this product was limited to a gut check and maybe a show of hands at a bar, but I can see this thing selling reasonably well. I can also imagine the guy in the Chinese factory taking a look at the purchase order to produce these things, “Damn, Americans are weird, man,” but shrugging his shoulders and assigning the lines to manufacture these panels.

This panel needs a single change to make it truly “Florida” — “Sasquatch” needs to be changed to the local term for “Bigfoot”: “Skunk Ape”:

I may have to get one of these for my Rogue. It doesn’t have a winch, but maybe I could use the “Wench Power” switch to open a special trunk containing a ready-to-deploy accordion.

Thanks to Becca Collins for the find!

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I spent today — and will be spending tomorrow — at one of my favorite places in St. Pete: The Dali Museum. I’m participating in a workshop to help a local business come up with new ideas. It’s a wonderful opportunity to:

There were posters featuring inspiring quotes about imagination and creativity at the workshop, and they were too good to not share. Enjoy — I hope they inspire you!

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This was actually broadcast earlier today in response to White House Press Secretary / village idiot Sean Spicer’s statement that Hitler didn’t use chemical weapons.

There are physics and philosophical arguments pointing to why we might be living in some kind of simulation, but let me present the gamer’s argument.

Have you ever hit that point in a game when you’re not getting anywhere, and in a fit of boredom, do something that causes all sorts of mayhem and destruction in that game’s world? I’ve done this in Grand Theft Auto, by unleashing hell in the busiest part of the city with a grenade launcher or starting a firefight inside a police station or military base. There are enough people who do this with The Sims that there are online guides and articles for this sort of thing.

Looking at the news, you could argue that the people running our simulation got bored and said “Hey, let’s turn some of the controls for crazy up to maximum and see what happens.”

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Update (April 11, 2017, 6:20 p.m. EDT): That beeping sound you’re hearing? That’s the sound of the Courier-Journal backing up and changing their story to be less of a hit piece. Read this post to the end for the update.

A screenshot of the Courier-Journal’s homepage, taken around 1:00 p.m. EDT today. They’ve since changed the headline.

For those of you who aren’t familiar with the news story arc that takes place when people of color are hurt or killed by police or security forces, here’s a quick refresher:

  1. The story breaks,
  2. public outcry ensues, and…
  3. after a little dirt-digging, an often unrelated “victim was no angel” story arises.

We just hit part 3 of the arc thanks to the Louisville, Kentucky newspaper, the Courier-Journal, who published a hit piece titled David Dao, passenger removed from United flight, a doctor with a troubled past [They’ve since updated the story; I’m linking to a PDF of the original version]:

A screenshot of the Courier-Journal’s hit piece, taken around 1:00 p.m. EDT today. They’ve since changed it.

The first third of the article covers the original story: the unnecessary, cruel, and brutal “re-accommodation” of Dr. Dao, who refused to volunteer to leave his seat and take a flight the following afternoon in order to allow airline employees to deadhead to their scheduled work flight at the destination airport.

However, the following two thirds of the article is devoted to drug-related offenses for which the victim was convicted in 2004.

He lost his license to practice medicine in 2005 for being “involved in fraudulent prescriptions for controlled substances and was sexually involved with a patient who used to work for his practice and assisted police in building a case against him”. He was placed on 5 years of supervised probation in 2005, and in 2015, was allowed to resume practicing medicine under certain conditions.

His debt to society has been paid, and for those of you not doing the math, those debts are for a conviction dating back 13 years. Or if you prefer, during Dubya’s first term as president. Or three years before the iPhone was announced, when the Motorola RAZR v3 was the hottest phone on the market. Or the year that Mark Zuckerberg launched Facebook from his dorm room. Or when the series finale for Friends aired. That long ago.

His past has nothing to do with the beating, nor does it justify it, nor does it add any useful information to the story about the incident. But since Dao isn’t a Default Human Being, it was inevitable that someone would eventually bring up the “they’re no angel” defense.

The Courier-Journal changes its tune

They’ve revised the headline on their front page…

…and the story has a new title, and a less hit piece-like tone:

…but the Courier-Journal’s editor defended the decision to bring up Dao’s “troubled past”. To quote my friend Becca, “When people plant their flag on Asshole Hill, they seem really intent to die on it too.”

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