Monday, May 9, 2016
In "No Exit", Jean-Paul Sartre's seminal work on the ontological paradox of ascribing to another's world view in a meaningless universe of indifference, he writes: "Anything, anything would be better than this agony of mind, this [Minions Movie] that gnaws and fumbles ... and never hurts quite enough." I might be paraphrasing, but Sartre's inability to reconcile a world that would produce The Minions Movie with a true and living God seems on the face of it, a bit harsh.
Sunday, May 31, 2015
I have a dream
In 2012 I had a dream. A dream that I could feign interest in my friends without actually doing anything. And not just my friends. Colleagues. Acquaintances. That lady my mom said was at my wedding. In short, everyone I'm Facebook friends with. "But", I thought, "how can I do this without expending any energy? I know, I'll put weeks and weeks into developing an app to do it. Then I can just sit back and reap the sweet sweet benefits of ... something ..." And with that solid plan, I set off to work.
It's a stupid dream
My plan was to develop an app that would automatically send birthday messages to my Facebook Friends without my having to do anything. My first problem was
Sunday, August 10, 2014
Replacing a CPU fan is probably the most fun thing you can do with your computer. Ok, maybe not, but it is an occasional maintenance task that there doesn't seem to be too much detailed information about on the internet. I recently had to replace one and here are the steps I took.
Sunday, February 9, 2014
Declaration of IndependenceWhen in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one baby to dissolve the umbilical bands which have connected him with his mother, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle him, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that he should wait exactly 40 weeks and one day and then cause his mama’s water to break at 9pm so as to make known that which impels him to the separation.
Tuesday, August 28, 2012
Wednesday, May 23, 2012
knockout.js and was totally blown away. It does a great job of removing the need for (most) DOM manipulations which lets you focus on your data model and get complex UIs running with a minimal amount of code. That said, those complex UIs are by default made up of simple widgets (input boxes, buttons, etc) and if you want more complex widgets (date pickers, inline editors, etc) you need to either find them elsewhere or roll your own. Ryan Niemeyer gives a great explanation of how to create a date picker (or any custom binding) and I quickly incorporated it into my own site. Since I also needed an inline editor I figured I would post my results so others could reuse and improve upon them. The following code is very much based on the Custom Bindings article referenced above and the Jeditable inline editor.