WordPress.com Integration

Sometime between the last time I regularly updated this blog and now, Red Sweater upgraded MarsEdit to a new version, and WordPress.com got their act together with JetPack and made their desktop client work.

The worst sentence on the internet, but here it goes: “I hope to blog more”. This site was super updated for a bit, and now nothing. Sad. Talk to you soon!

Update – The worst kind of update

The worst kind of update… the “sorry i haven’t updated this blog and I promise its not going to be like this forever, baby I can change”.

We have Quincy, a foster that is a super duper velcro dog. I don’t post things about dogs I’m fostering until they get adopted so STAY TUNED for that one. 

The pump machine is running ~amazingly~ and I have it up for sale but I’m not sure I’m actually going to sell it. Life is hard.

Might try to book a trip to Chicago this summer. 

I’ll leave you with a quote I found about the loyalty of dogs:

George Graham Vest – Tribute to Dogs (c. 1855) after winning a case against a man who killed a dog:

Gentlemen of the Jury: The best friend a man has in the world may turn against him and become his enemy. His son or daughter that he has reared with loving care may prove ungrateful. Those who are nearest and dearest to us, those whom we trust with our happiness and our good name may become traitors to their faith. The money that a man has, he may lose. It flies away from him, perhaps when he needs it most. A man’s reputation may be sacrificed in a moment of ill-considered action. The people who are prone to fall on their knees to do us honor when success is with us, may be the first to throw the stone of malice when failure settles its cloud upon our heads. 

The one absolutely unselfish friend that man can have in this selfish world, the one that never deserts him, the one that never proves ungrateful or treacherous is his dog. A man’s dog stands by him in prosperity and in poverty, in health and in sickness. He will sleep on the cold ground, where the wintry winds blow and the snow drives fiercely, if only he may be near his master’s side. He will kiss the hand that has no food to offer. He will lick the wounds and sores that come in encounters with the roughness of the world. He guards the sleep of his pauper master as if he were a prince. When all other friends desert, he remains. When riches take wings, and reputation falls to pieces, he is as constant in his love as the sun in its journey through the heavens. 

If fortune drives the master forth, an outcast in the world, friendless and homeless, the faithful dog asks no higher privilege than that of accompanying him, to guard him against danger, to fight against his enemies. And when the last scene of all comes, and death takes his master in its embrace and his body is laid away in the cold ground, no matter if all other friends pursue their way, there by the graveside will the noble dog be found, his head between his paws, his eyes sad, but open in alert watchfulness, faithful and true even in death. 

Pens

This could possibly be considered the most boring blog post of all time, but the Zebra G-301 is an awesome pen that lasts for like 2 whole weeks. I’m going back to Sharpie pens, these can be considered a failed experiment. I’ve used them for a month and gone through 4 refills. No thanks!

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The Art of Social Media

Social media has taken over our lives, replacing traditional correspondence, news delivery, photo albums, music recommendations, and even high school reunions. There are basically 4 types of post that any given person posts on any given social network, and its important to talk about them before we figure out whats WRONG with them.

1. The Cry for Help

Social media is nothing, if it is not a support net. In times of great crisis, it is helpful, calming, and even healing to know that your friends are there with you. The usefulness of this is based on the amount of credit you instill in a +1 or “Like,” of course, but, regardless, its there. And the term “Let me know if there is anything we can do” is a bit of a throwaway, since, there usually isn’t anything that needs to be done. Just wait and see what happens.

The other sort of cry for help is a bit more attention-grabby, which is the purposefully passive-aggressive, vague statement that gullible people respond to with “What’s wrong?” and “Wanna talk about it?”

2. Nonsense

These are posts that don’t make sense, have no hooks towards reality, and aren’t there to generate a response from anyone. They are like a doodle in a notebook… Might have meant something to you, but means NOTHING to the rest of the world.

3. Stuff no one cares about

Gross things. Overly personal things. Criminal things.

I don’t want to know about how heavy your period is, or how much you vomited or how dinner last night gave you massive diarrhea. I don’t want to know about sexual escapades. I don’t want to know that you’re breaking the law. Some people do, though.

4. Boast Post

Closely related to the “Stuff no one cares about” is the Boast Post. If your post is bragging about something, you shouldn’t post it.

If your post is highlighting your upper-middle-class lifestyle, you shouldn’t post it. Generally, any post that covers gratitude is bragging like crazy. Some of your friends are having a bad day, week, month, or year, and by bragging like this, you’re making yourself feel better, and them feel worse.

All this not to say that you aren’t allowed to post whatever you want on your own social media feed. If you don’t see someone for a while, and all they see is your social feed, think about how other people’s opinion will be formed around the bits of info you post online. Its important to consider the ramifications.

How to train circus elephants

I heard a story on a podcast this weekend that I really liked, so I think I’ll share it!

The way you train a circus elephant…

If you understand that, for the rest of your life, you can challenge yourself when you get stuck.

Because what they do is, when a baby elephant is brought into the circus, its still wild and untrained, of course, and they drive a big, metal, iron stake deep into the dirt. And they put a big chain on that. And they put that big chain around that baby elephant’s ankle. And that little elephant has an elephant hissy-fit, and he’s trying to get away, and he’s pulling and he’s jerking and he’s doing everything he can to get loose.

And he can’t get loose, and so finally he gives up.

Fast forward twenty years later, we can visit that baby elephant as an adult elephant, and do you know how they restrain adult elephants?

They drive a small stake into the ground, and put a tiny little rope on the stake, and tie it around his ankle tight enough that he can feel the pressure on his ankle.

And that massive, unbelievably powerful elephant, who, at any moment could just walk away, who could just shake his leg a little bit and pull that stake out, without any trouble at all, chooses to not move.

Because inside of his brain, theres a baby elephant that couldn’t get away.

And because of his past, because of the way he was taught (wrong), he now believes that he can’t get away.

The only thing holding him there is his belief in mythology. He believes a lie. And thats the only thing holding him there.

So, its important to know circus elephants are trained. Sometimes the only thing hold me back? I believe a lie.

Truecrypt is Dead?

I’ll throw this here, just as a reactionary post. 

  • Truecrypt is no longer a thing, as announced by their site. There are a lot of theories swirling around, and I can’t tell which I like best. Most involved tinfoil hats. Some theories are:
  • MBR / GPT: Truecrypt can’t do full disk encryption past 2.2 TB
  • NSA sent an NSL and the developers threw the kill switch
  • Internal power struggle in the development team
  • Exploit found making it insecure
  • Truecrypt is actually made by the NSA, and they’re scared of the independent audit finding a backdoor that they’ve used in another product
  • Death of a developer making the project impossible

I have no idea what to believe. I am watching anxiously, not because I actively use Truecrypt, but because I don’t like when things that are very public disappear in a way that is… fishy, to say the least.

Per usual, normal news is very slow, and twitter is buzzing with updates. Check it out:

https://twitter.com/search?q=truecrypt&src=typd