Happy Easter

Christ died to redeem us from our sins and to make it right with God the Father. It also opens up the main verse that I think more Christians should live by when it comes to how we act towards both other Christians and to Unbelievers.

This happens right after Christ reasserts Himself to Peter and tells Peter that his job is to feed His sheep and to follow Him.

John 21: 20-22
20 Peter turned and saw that the disciple whom Jesus loved was following them. (This was the one who had leaned back against Jesus at the supper and had said, “Lord, who is going to betray you?”) 21 When Peter saw him, he asked, “Lord, what about him?”

22 Jesus answered, “If I want him to remain alive until I return, what is that to you? You must follow me.”

We’ve got our work cut out for us, it’s not for us to put our noses into what other people should do or are doing.

Jappanning Stuff

I don’t know why, I just haven’t ever looked up Patent Leather. And I saw a comic strip this morning about a “new car” smell and that reminded me of patent leather which got me to thinking how I never know what that precisely means (I mean, is it leather that’s been patented? Fake leather? I never knew!) so I looked it up.

That’s not the interesting thing though…I got immediately sidetracked off the Wikipedia page for patent leather. I was sidetracked by the idea of “japanning” something. I was at first shocked that such racist nationalistic imperialist jingo had made it through the censors on wikipedia. Then I found out that this was a thing. Don’t take my word for it, Read about jappanning things here!.

Now I’m wondering if a person can’t apply that verbed noun to shows like Avatar: the Last Airbender. It’s a US show, but it obviously mimics anime. So would that be a jappanned cartoon?

I suppose not, probably due to the lack of heavy lacquer necessary for a true “jappanning” situation.

All right, I’ve learned my one thing today. I’m going to go shut down ye olde brain for the next 24 hours.

Franken will likely get my vote

I’ll admit that I was skeptical when he first ran. I thought “Oh great, another Ventura showboater” and promptly voted for the other guy.

I’ll also admit that I was wrong about Franken. The guy has lived up to what a senator should do: represent his home state and keep his head down while doing the work. He’s also one of the most tech-savvy folks in Congress (which is more and more necessary). This legislation, though, pretty much has decided me in favor of Franken:

Franken, Members of Senate Judiciary Committee Introduce Legislation To Restore Consumer Choice. Basically, the Library of Congress decided that folks can’t unlock their phones at the end of their contracts. In other words, say you were one of those unlucky saps who got an Iphone 5 on AT&T. At the end of your contract, you would not be able to take your Iphone 5 and use it on say Verizon’s network, or Virgin Mobile’s Network, or Sprint. You’d have to buy an entirely new Iphone 5 from them in order to continue to use that horrible device.

Obviously this type of thinking is very capitalist and very much in the favor of the corporations. Sure sure, I get that. Normally I would agree that the market should decide. And folks can decide with their dolla dolla bills, yo. However, considering that unlocking your phone could result in criminal penalties? That’s some straight up bullshit.

That’s why legislation like this is needed. Sure it could be seen that this is the government horning in on coprorations and telling them what to do (hell, when isn’t that the case?) but in this case the legislation protects the legal rights of the consumers to do what they want with the technology they’ve purchased…without fear of legal reprisal.

THAT’S what counts here. It’s also good to save consumers from price gouging from giant corporations, but it’s more the idea that you can use your device when you want to use it that I am in favor of. I also realize that this stance of probably voting for Franken will alienate a bunch of conservative friends of mine, but what can you do. I’d rather stand with someone who is doing something right (regardless of party) than vote a party line.

And I’ll vote for anyone who’s doing right, even if it’s a conservative (so stop cheering, democratic partiers).

Et tu, Spam?

I just received a spam comment that said my “articles” needed more “pop” by adding images or videos.

That dreaded idea of “pop” is something all designers run into, and one I’ve had to put up with far more often than I’d like. I don’t like it when paying customers say they want more pop on a web page…and spammers now using it?

It’s like they don’t want their comments to be approved and their back pain advertisements to be seen.

Solid Writing Group

One of the members got to use the ol’ whiteboard for some brainstorming, it worked really well. That’s something that Word can’t really do: contextual ideas. As more ideas bounced off of other ideas, arrows were drawn, those ides could be written close to the other ideas, or you could jump back in two steps to write another idea connected with the main header.

I’m not saying that it’s impossible to do in Word, just very difficult and nitpicky with the up and down of the document and lack of inherent, on-the-fly hierarchical organization.

I dig ye olde whiteboards.

Arcade games + beer

That’s the cobmo I’m counting on this next month. I’ve got a contract to have my games down at the Blue Ox Bar and Grill here in Bemidji.

They’ve been standing vigil in my kitchen for the last few months…and in that time I think I’ve turned them on about 5 times. I figure they may be more enjoyable for folks down at a bar. So we’ll see how it goes. I’m hoping that it will be worth it for the bar and for me to have gone through the hassle of moving them down there. Hauling those $()#&’n things around is a pretty good workout.