Bold Type: Short Story by Maxine Swann

Ξ March 31st, 2009 | → 0 Comments | ∇ Uncategorized |

    ... Around the house there are briar patches with berries and thorns. There are gnarled apple trees with puckered gray skins. The windows are all open--the wasps are flying in. The clothes on the line are jumping like children with no heads but hysterical limbs. Who will drown the fresh new kitties? Who will chain-saw the trees and cut the firewood in winter and haul that firewood in? Who will do away with all these animals, or tend them, or sell them, kill them one by one? Who will say to her in the evening that it all means nothing, that tomorrow will be different, that the heart gets tired after all? And where are the children? When will they come home? She has burnt all her diaries. She has told the man in the barn to go away. Who will remind her again that the heart has its own misunderstandings? And the heart often loses its way and can be found hours later wandering down passageways with unexplained bruises on its skin. On the roof, there was a child standing one day years ago, his arms waving free, but one foot turned inward, weakly-- When will it be evening? When will it be night? The tree frogs are beginning to sing ...


Home & Kohana: Swift, Secure, and Small PHP 5 Framework

Ξ March 31st, 2009 | → 0 Comments | ∇ Uncategorized |

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Like (and originally based on) CodeIgniter, but with many more awesomes.

It removes some of the klunks and bumps (including the PHP 4 compatability), and, so far (I've semi-converted one CI project I was working on to use it), seems more elegant in terms of its fundamental approach. I particularly like the pimped-up benchmarking/profiler and stack trace for errors (with automatic dumps of any objects involved); cuts out a lot of the time between "WTF?" and "Oh, DOH!".

And now, to try plugging Zend into it, a la [] for those jubbly API modules.


Twitter switch for Guardian, after 188 years of ink |…

Ξ March 31st, 2009 | → 0 Comments | ∇ Uncategorized |

    Consolidating its position at the cutting edge of new media technology, the Guardian today announces that it will become the first newspaper in the world to be published exclusively via Twitter, the sensationally popular social networking service that has transformed online communication.


    A mammoth project is also under way to rewrite the whole of the newspaper's archive, stretching back to 1821, in the form of tweets. Major stories already completed include "1832 Reform Act gives voting rights to one in five adult males yay!!!"; "OMG Hitler invades Poland, allies declare war see for more"; and "JFK assassin8d @ Dallas, def. heard second gunshot from grassy knoll WTF?"


Dalai Lama (OHHDLInfo) on Twitter

Ξ March 29th, 2009 | → 0 Comments | ∇ Uncategorized |

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Daily Dalai on the Way.


Antarctic Fox – Day 3: Gentoo Cute

Ξ March 24th, 2009 | → 0 Comments | ∇ Uncategorized |

"To penguins, pebbles are happiness."


Flickr: Slates Shoot the Recession Project

Ξ March 24th, 2009 | → 0 Comments | ∇ Photography |

The Recession Will Be Flickrized


HACK MONEY, HACK BANKING: Rushkoff on the economy | ARTHUR MAGAZINE -…

Ξ March 23rd, 2009 | → 0 Comments | ∇ Uncategorized |

    The banking bailout is a fiasco because it is taking money from future generations to restore the lending-based economy. I believe it would be cheaper and better to use a tiny fraction of the money to actually employ people, and to educate communities in how to rebuild local economies.

    This doesn't necessarily mean the global economy has to go away--just that it be balanced by local activity. This doesn't necessarily mean computers go away, or that we lose our internet. We can still work in big groups making really complex stuff. We can still enjoy cities and farms, Radiohead and Britney. We can still ship refrigerators from South Korea to Australia.

    It's just that this activity would be based less on the requirements of corporate debt structures than it would on actual supply and demand. It would be a much more efficient economy, by virtue of being one that would require people to create real value. I think it's that final part that scares people so much at the mere mention of such reforms: they think the last time people actually created value was back in the Middle Ages, when folks made shoes or raised chickens.

    Well, there are many different things people can do to create value for one another. And a few people can still be bankers and brokers. Just not so many of them.


YouTube – Huun Huur Tu & Angelite – Fly, Fly My Sadness

Ξ March 21st, 2009 | → 0 Comments | ∇ Music |


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Ξ March 21st, 2009 | → 0 Comments | ∇ Uncategorized |

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    As I was walking today I noticed from a distance a number of colorful diamonds in the sky, kites. I decided that it might be fun to travel to the place from which they were flown. It took me some time, but eventually I found them, the kite flyers.

    I expected kinship, but when I came upon them I was appalled to see the children who held the strings, also held on to the basest of human attitudes, mockery and contempt. For as their kites were flying in the winds above, their eyes were trained upon a man who had attempted and failed to set himself sail as a kite. He had done this in a crude and haphazard fashion, but he had done it none the less.

    I reprimanded one of the children.

    "You should leave this poor man and his dreams alone."

    "He deserves nothing but scorn," the child replied.

    "I long to sail in the sky," the man screamed into the winds.

    "We have nothing but contempt for you!" The children all shouted.

    "Rest assured," I told the children, "this man has already flown higher than your kites will ever go. His visions alone are worth far more than the lot of you."

    Just then a strong wind ripped across the hillside dislodging the childrens' kites from their hands. In the ensuing panic and scramble for their prized possessions, not one of them realized that the man they held in contempt had flown away.

Ξ March 20th, 2009 | → 0 Comments | ∇ Uncategorized |

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