Back to nature

This morning the CEO of Apple, Tim Cook, tweeted the following:

Happy Earth Day! “Better can’t be better if it doesn’t consider everything”.

Really, Tim? Everything? That’s setting the bar pretty darn high for making things better. Impossibly high, actually.

After all, there’s a lot of stuff in the group “EVERYTHING”. So much stuff, in fact, that any attempt to consider it all before doing anything would doom one to a life of inaction (maybe that’s why it’s taking so long to receive the new Mac Pro’s people order).

Apple under Mr. Cook is eager to be seen as the greenest of the green. Considering their financial situation, I think that’s a race they’ve already won.

In terms of the environment, however, I can understand Mr. Cook’s desire to have Apple seen as environmentally friendly. But to be honest, Apple has been getting people back in touch with nature for years. Every day I see people with iPhones walking into trees, bushes, and dog poop.

Tsunami

You know in the disaster movies when a giant wave approaches the coast there’s always that one guy who stands there watching, waiting for the inevitable destruction to fall upon him.

I’m that guy.

The giant wave is my project list.

I have roughly 350 hours of work to do in 264 hours, so you’ll excuse me if I don’t do much in the way of blogging.

National Puppy Day

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In reality, when you’re a puppy, every day is puppy day.

Facebook is deep

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My Facebook Friends

My Facebook friends are very helpful.

My Facebook friends are very helpful.

That seems fair

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.

Bush-league

Wow! I did not expect that.

Over 2 months? Disgraceful!

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.

2014 Bloomsday Poster

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.

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The Official 2014 Bloomsday Poster

New Mac Pro versus my Mac Pro

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.

The Beatles 50 year tribute

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.

My new perspective on panic

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.

Panic 1983 style. These days I just shit my diaper.

Panic 1983 style. These days I just shit my diaper.

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.

The high cost of ignoring creationists

creationIn 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.

I was in a great mood this morning

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 and The Boss

Jimmy Fallon does a good Bruce Springsteen.

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Greetings from the Ice Forest

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.

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