Archive for May, 2007

A Brief Update

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2007

I’m going on vacation at the end of this week, and I’ve spent the past week getting ready for the occasion. I plan on sampling lots of great scotch and catching up on my reading while trying not to get sunburnt. I won’t be back until the 2nd.

Filesharing is not why CD sales are tanking

Thursday, May 10th, 2007

I am the bane of the RIAA’s existence, yet I’m one of their best customers. Why? I download music. I also buy several times more music than the average consumer. It’s clear that I’m not at fault for tanking album sales, because I buy so much, yet the approach the RIAA takes is to try and scare me out of downloading, not convince me to buy more.

I do not believe music is public domain and that I have a right to it. I do believe musicians should be compensated for their work, and the majority of them aren’t compensated enough. This is why I also believe it’s extremely wrong to profit by exploiting their work, which is why I would never buy or sell a bootlegged copy of an album. Artists have families to feed too.

It’s painfully obvious, however, that the RIAA threatening to sue their best customers, and in actuality suing children and old people and sending them into horrendous debt, is not going to solve this problem, because the problem isn’t downloading. The music industry can do some simple things right now to fix their profits.

Columbus and Peter Bjorn and John

Wednesday, May 9th, 2007

I’ve been absent for a few days, as I took some time to visit old friends in Columbus and go see Peter Bjorn and John. I had a great time, and it’s weird to see how much the city has changed since I lived there, mostly for the better but definitely gentrified.

We ate at a few new (to me) places, Surly Girl for late night tex-mex and Northstar (Clintonville) for organic foodie fare. Surly Girl has a great selection of beers on tap, and they highlight which were women brewed and which are organic. Something like 99% of of the food served at Northstar is organic and anything you order looks like it could’ve popped off the pages of Gastronomica. Did I mention they also sell Gastronomica? In addition to uber-modern digs they have an awesome magazine selection available for sale.

Will Microsoft Ever Be Taken Seriously by Web Professionals?

Friday, May 4th, 2007

Microsoft has always had two big strikes against them:

  1. Microsoft builds everything in their own crippled formats.
  2. It’s appearing that Microsoft will never really embrace web standards, which means approximately 90% of web users must suffer as a result.

At my first job I worked in-house in an enterprise level environment where we were forced to rely on Microsoft’s mostly unreliable junk. IIS would always inexplicably serve users the wrong image. As a designer, trying to build a website in the Visual Studio IDE is like trying to decipher hieroglyphics. We were slowed down by the constant MSDN and licensing issues.

At my previous job we had a partnership with a web hosting company using Windows servers. It was a huge, crippling burden. We were constantly developing solutions that were already available in the open source community. Essentially we were passing this cost on to our clients in more expensive hosting, and longer development times with more bugs in a language that simply didn’t offer as much documentation. And let me tell you, .Net is practically inapproachable if you don’t come from a development background, it’s like building in the dark.

Who knew there was science to papercuts?

Thursday, May 3rd, 2007

Today I managed to get a paper cut in my eyeball. If anyone could do this, it would of course be me. I was talking with someone and turned around to grab some papers. In my rush a bunch of the papers went flying and one chunk managed to slip its way under my glasses and poke me right in the eye. There wasn’t any blood thankfully, just a lot of water and now my eye feels like there’s a giant cat hair stuck in it.

If you’ve ever wondered why paper cuts hurt so much more than regular cuts, here’s what Wikipedia has to say, I was surprised to find a lengthy article:

Cupcakes and World Domination

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2007

I haven’t been vegan for a while now, but that still doesn’t stop me from making most of my baked goods vegan. While some foods are probably never healthy, making something like meatloaf vegan is a fun challenge and usually healthier than it’s non-veg analog.

I’ve been hearing a lot about a book called Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World, I’m hoping to pick it up this weekend.

I’ve been interested in spending more time baking, and maybe creating some non traditional varieties of cupcakes. Any suggestions are welcome. Not so long ago I made vegan chocolate raspberry liqueur cupcakes, pictured below. (The recipe either came from Sinfully Vegan, or a I veganized a Martha Stewart or Ina Garten recipe, though the sprinkles and raspberries on top were all me.) They tasted great, but I was a little disappointed with the wrappers. I bought them at Target, and they were pretty thin so once the cupcakes were actually baked all the white became translucent.

We put human beings in prison not criminals

Tuesday, May 1st, 2007

At her majesty’s pleasure, an article on Salon today, reveals a lot about the human condition.

Last year author Peter Kurth was imprisoned for essentially being obnoxious on an airplane. It’s strange to think we’re living in a time where simply being a rude customer is enough to get you thrown into jail. The laws in place allowing such a thing are meant to address terrorism, and even though Kurth is clearly not a terrorist, we’re willing to mold and adjust these laws for the sake of teaching him a lesson. Well really who knows why it was decided he should go to jail, because obviously this seems like the most difficult possible way to handle such a solution.