Warren Meyer has an interesting and fair point about the so-called “settled science” of Anthropogenic Global Warming (AGW), The Thought Experiment That First Made Me A Climate Skeptic.
Via MacRumors: Some Early Mac Pro Orders Won't See Promised February Delivery.
Making professionals wait over two months after they spend upwards of $3000 for an essential professional tool is decidedly unprofessional. Whatever the cause, Apple needs to do something about this, and soon.
Why can’t Apple treat its professional customers with the same speed and level of service it provides to average consumers?
This is disgraceful. I expect more from Apple.
It can now be revealed: Here is the 2014 Bloomsday Poster. This is the fourth poster in this series, and the ninth overall Bloomsday poster conceived and illustrated by yours truly.
It’s interesting to see a side by side comparison between the new Mac Pro and an older model. In this video, the older model is actually the same model I currently own, so the video is of great interest to me.
There are some remarkable speed differences between these computers.
While I cannot justify a new computer purchase right now, having this information at hand will make the eventual decision much easier.
I saw most of the Beatles tribute last night on CBS. The music included one of my favorite Beatles tunes, George Harrison’s “While My Guitar Gently Weeps”. It was nice and very well done, of course, but it wasn’t anything close to this version from 2004 with Tom Petty, Jeff Lynne, Steve Winwood, and Prince, along with George’s son, Dhani.
I don’t know anything about guitar playing, but it appears to me that Prince pretty much tore up the place at the end of that tune.
After over 20 hours of work on a major piece of artwork for a client, I got the final approval yesterday. The file was to be sent to the printer today by noon. Yesterday around 5:30, I was looking at the artwork for any final adjustments when suddenly a major error jumped out at me.
I couldn’t believe I had been so dumb. I can’t show you anything yet because the project is not yet public, but it’s enough to say that seeing such a stupid, rookie mistake on a project that had taken so long to create was enough to throw me into a panic.
I felt like I was back in college and I just realized I had written a term paper in crayon. How could I do something so stupid!
I stared at it for about 15 minutes, trying to come to grips with my idiocy, and wondering if there was an easy way to fix it – and it had to be fixed. Like I said, the project is not yet public so I can’t show it. I can say that the image is a scene and the problem was a basic perspective error. Ordinarily, that would not present too much trouble, but this involved the central object, one which I had spent many hours carefully painting (but not carefully enough, it would seem).
There was no way I was letting this error out into the wild with my name on it.
In the end there was only one way to fix it, and that was by re-doing it. I worked late into the night until I couldn’t concentrate. I went to bed for a few hours sleep (tossing and turning mostly – beating myself up for the mistake). In the morning I got working on it with a somewhat fresh eye.
So basically six or seven hours of work later, I fixed the problem. The time was 11:20 a.m. I sent the file to the printer at 11:30. A half hour under the wire.
Geez! I think I’m going to treat myself to a nice lunch.
In an article on Ars Technica, Ham on Nye: The high cost of “winning” an evolution/creation debate Nate Anderson presents the case that debating with Young Earth Creationists (YEC’s) is a losing strategy.
It appears the greatest fear of mainstream scientists is that by appearing with YEC’s they will somehow legitimize that worldview.
To make this point, Anderson presents several arguments by scientists and science writers, like the following:
“Scientists should not debate creationists. Period,” wrote Dan Arel in a piece published on the Richard Dawkins Foundation website last month. “Creationism is a worthless and uneducated position to hold in our modern society and Nye is about to treat it as an equal, debatable ‘controversy’.”
I don’t agree.
I agree it is true that Creationism is not a scientific viewpoint, but the fact remains that a large percentage of people believe it. If one ever hopes to improve scientific literacy, one must be willing to “evangelize” the great unwashed. Arel’s position reeks of arrogance. Looking down your nose in condescension is utterly useless as a means of changing the viewpoints of those holding a “worthless and uneducated” position.
To fear “legitimizing” ridiculous viewpoints by talking to those who hold them is irrational. Ignorance is defeated by intelligence; and that can only happen through dialogue. Silence does nothing except highlight the scientific community’s inability to educate regular people.
True, you’ll probably never convince the committed advocates of the opposition. But winning is not the point. Getting the message to those on the fence, or willing to fairly consider alternatives should be the focus.
I think of all the people who watched the debate between Bill Nye and Ken Ham, there were undoubtedly some who were (or will eventually be) swayed towards the naturalist position. It was to those people that Nye was reaching out.
In religious circles, it’s called “planting seeds.” Nye may never see his arguments take root, but by interacting with creationists, he has most certainly placed ideas in some minds that will someday flower into nascent critical thinking. Who knows where that will lead?
One thing is certain. By ignoring what we think are ridiculous ideas, we give them freedom to grow.
We need more Bill Nye’s reaching out to the world without condescension or arrogance; and enlightening the masses through respectful and creative dialogue.
Then I read this: Cop Shoots Service Dog During Kid's Birthday Party.
I hate these “cop kills dog” stories because they are so easily avoidable.
Jimmy Fallon does a good Bruce Springsteen.
About this time every year, we get a combination of high pressure, high humidity, and below freezing temperatures. This usually creates fog that lasts all day and night. With the high humidity (it’s right around 90%) droplets would usually form on every available surface; but because it’s below freezing, instead of droplets, ice crystals form. Within days, the whole forest is covered in ice crystals.
Today was one of those days.
This morning I took my camera with me as I walked the dogs. Here are some photos I took.
Here’s an interesting story of how QuarkXPress went from the pinnacle of success as the absolute leader in publishing software, to… uh… well, wherever it happens to be right now.
For those of us who remember the Quark vs. Pagemaker wars, it’s interesting to note how neither software is even remotely relevant anymore.
Now it’s all InDesign. And sadly, Adobe seems to be following Quark’s example in some respects now.
I take pride in my ability to insulate myself from the slobbering rabble. High up in my mountaintop compound, I feel safe from the viral infections and secure from whatever ailment is currently infecting the Hoi Polloi down in their concrete fever swamps. From the dizzying heights of SIGMADOG World Headquarters, where the air is pure, having been thoroughly irradiated in its proximity to the sun, I look down on the huddled masses with a mixture of pity and loathing, thankful that I dwell in sterile seclusion at the top of this corner of the world. I am a recluse, yes. Just like Howard Hughes. Except for the money; the aircraft; the Wonder Bra; the Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. I do, however, store my urine in mayonnaise jars.
So perhaps you can understand the dire ramifications of introducing a foreign contagion into this aseptic environment. Like an agent on a mission of chaos and disaster, a terrorist pathogen on jihad, a secret snot bomb smuggled into a fertile garden, such a foe could potentially wreak havoc upon the stillness and tranquility which I have so fiercely sought to maintain. The glorious silence of each new dawn will be drowned in a hail of sneezes and wheezes. Coughs and farts (it happens more than you know). Work will suffer. Things that would normally be put off due to sloth will be put off due to illness instead. Tissue futures will rise. There will be panic in the trees. Dogs and cats! Sleeping together!
All this because delivery men brought a new mattress today.
One of them was obviously sick. He was coughing and hacking. It is of course possible that he was simply unused to clean fresh air, and his system, so accustomed to the thick, syrupy murk of the lowlands constantly pumping in and out of his cankered lungs, simply could not handle the purity of real oxygen unencumbered with grease. Maybe he had spent so long in the foggy, smoggy, festering bogs that he was beginning to swoon and run short of breath with the realization that there was indeed a blue sky above and that trees had tops.
Whatever. If I die in the coming weeks I lay it at my own feet: I should have never allowed them up here without a thorough disinfecting. If I survive, I will be much more stringent in the future.
I’d apologize for the nerdiness of this post, but nobody reads this stuff anyway.
My Mac Pro is almost 5 years old. I bought it in April, 2009. The model is a 2008 2.8GHz Dual Quad Core (Xeon) with 14GB RAM. It’s a solid machine and still purring along just fine. But the fact is that it is definitely showing it’s age, especially when compared to the newest Mac Pro.
When I first bought this computer, I committed myself to keeping it for at least six years. And even though I envy the new models, I’m sticking to that timeline. In fact, I may even keep it a bit longer, especially if my latest upgrade performs as expected…
I’ve been looking at Solid State Drives (SSD) for a couple weeks, and I decided to add a couple to my setup. Specifically, I’m buying a Sonnet Tempo Pro PCIe card that holds two SSD’s, and I’m going to use the drives as RAID1 storage for my operating system and applications. I expect this to significantly speed up the performance of my applications and the system in general.
Because SSD’s access data significantly faster than spinning hard drives, using them as the boot and application disc should bring big improvements to those functions. If all goes as planned, it will seem like a brand new computer.
The only drawback is that SSDs can be faulty at times, and when they go, they take all the data with them. There are ways to set up the RAID that provide solutions in the event of SSD failure, but the trade off is a reduction in overall RAID performance. I’m not interested in slower performance, so those options aren’t attractive to me.
What is attractive to me is an automatic backup system that will copy my OS and Apps to a secondary hard drive on a regular basis (which right now means every other day, but could just as easily be done daily). Using a copy program like SuperDuper which has a built-in scheduler, I can maintain a consistent and up-to-date copy of my OS and Apps that can easily be used as a replacement should the SSD’s crap out.
I’m also considering adding more RAM. The max for my model is 32GB. Right now I’ve got 14GB. I may boost it up to 24GB, which should really help with RAM-intensive applications like Photoshop, Painter, and Illustrator. RAM is very expensive for this machine, otherwise I’d go ahead and take to the maximum.
I’m excited at the prospect of speeding up my aging computer so that I can squeeze a couple more years out of it. It’s been a fine machine. The plan is to spend a little now; reap the benefits of increased performance; and in the process keep my satisfaction level high for the system I’ve got; and save up for what will no doubt be a serious investment down the road. And when I finally do upgrade to the latest model, it’s going to be an absolute screamer of a system.
Thus endeth the nerd post.
I found it amazing to watch the spread of Nazi Germany throughout Europe. It was like a cancer. Then the slow beginnings of the Allied counteroffensives began to roll it all back. It was a very interesting seven minutes.
Here’s a quick illustration I’ve been working on in my spare time. It’s not entirely finished. It needs a little finessing on the characters.
This concept came about because I really like walking with my dogs out in the woods, and in the process, my mind tends to wander, thinking all kinds of odd thoughts. Being outside with these two rascals gives me great pleasure, and I remember thinking one day while we were climbing up a steep hill that if the world ended right then, it wouldn’t be so bad because I was with my favorite companions doing what we loved.
Weird, I know.
Anyway, one thought led to another and I came up with this simple composition right then and there. It ain’t no earth-shaking idea, but I like the way it works as an illustration, and conveys the idea of inevitability and a sort of acceptance.