Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Monday, December 22, 2008

Apple hacks #1

Apple's World Clock dashboard widget doesn't have a GMT setting, which is a pain when you're working with partners' partners and you have no idea where they are.

An easy fix is to create a second clock on your dashboard and set the time to Africa/Dakar. The capital of Senegal is on GMT and, unlike London, does not observe DST.

Friday, December 05, 2008

creative correspondence in daily life: Can I borrow your hack saw?

Dearest Ms. Lacasse,

It is with the Utmost Regret that I Respond to your recent Correspondence. Although I do Specialize in having a Wide Assortment of Fine and Generously Warranted Hand Tools available for Disbursement to Fine, Upstanding Young Ladies such as you must certainly be, I must nonetheless Refuse your Eloquent Request due to the fact that I simply do not have in my possession, nor do I expect to soon acquire, the Article you Desire; namely, a

Hack Saw.
An omission of this Magnitude bears Explanation, which I will happily furnish. A recent run on Fur Hats has necessitated a Substantial Increase in Pelt Exports, requiring the construction of many Artificial Beaver Habitats. Though one might surmise that this would simply be a matter of felling trees, the Unfortunate Fact is that the Beaver tends to behave in a Most Un-Neighborly Fashion towards its Companions, should they find themselves in Close Quarters; the resulting Injuries do not bear mentioning to someone of your Delicate Sensibilities, suffice it to say that their Natural Rodent Fecundity is Substantially Curtailed. Thus, all providers of Fur Hats have found themselves in need of Fine Carpentry in order to construct Individual Accommodations for Beavers, displaying Great Verisimilitude to a Genuine Lodge, yet still keeping the animals Humanely Separated. It is unlikely that any Furrier who is also a Distributor of Fine and Generously Warranted Hand Tools for the Discerning Individual has any Quality Hack Saws yet remaining in his possession, owing to their recent disposal in exchanges of Goods In Lieu of Payment for Fine Carpentry Services Rendered.

We have likewise been without a Fine Thesaurus since the Great Boll Weevil Migration of 1838, and since an Unfortunate Climbing Accident on Kilimanjaro I am unable to Recall Unaided, nor Retain for any Significant Interval, any synonym for "Fine" other than "Quality".

Should you, in your Future Endeavors, have further need of Quality Hardware and Hand Tools, I shall be sure to either have the item On Hand, or be sure to Commence my Response in a substantially more Modern Type Face to avoid Unseeming Delays while I solicit the proper Anachronistic Turns of Phrase and Capitalization, and Cockamamie Back Story, from my Exceedingly Disordered Mentality.

Yours faithfully,

J. M. Bowes
Outfitter, Furrier and Distributor of Fine and Generously Warranted Hand Tools for the Discerning Individual

Thursday, October 09, 2008

An Original Thought

Today, my friend said "they be full of shit."

I congratulated him on his "nice use of the pirate infinitive."

I wondered. I Googled.

Zero hits for "pirate infinitive."

Just sayin'.

Monday, May 05, 2008

CNN versus adequate web development knowledge

As somebody who spends quite a bit of time thinking about the security and integrity of http parameters, and the consequences of various redirection schemes, I saw CNN's new T-Shirt service and thought, "I wonder..."

It sure looked good. Hash in, a date encoding to use as salt, and some kind of secret key on their end. But just to be sure, I replaced their headline with my own.

And though I was sure it wouldn't work, I saw a flash of something, just for a moment...
Actual screenshot. Go on, make your own!

This could probably be construed as reverse engineering and thus contrary to the DMCA if I lived in the US. I don't.