Resonant Information is what grew out of an experiment into CMS systems, and is a place for a small group of people to explore the boundary between private and public thoughts. Things of interest to the general public get promoted to the main page, more personal entries and casual thoughts or links can be found by examining all blog entries. Those looking for a specific article may wish to peruse the indexes or use the search box at the upper right.
A lot of webcams are horribly insecure by default. This doesn't mean that they should never be used; there are a lot of situations where it really doesn't matter who sees what the camera is seeing, and experts may very well get it right.
Over the last couple weeks, half of my main entries have been announcements of one technical problem or another, and the trend continues tonight. It appears that port 80 is now being blocked by my provider (Cox) on SOME connections (but not all), despite the fact that I'm on a business account that is not supposed to have any blocking whatsoever.
Those who are seeing this anyway should take note that port 443 is NOT being blocked, so you can still access the site by:
(Note the https rather than the http.)
It was a pleasant vacation, though I'm missing Lynne already and I only just left. I want to write about it, but it's too late to start writing tonight, so here are just some reminders to myself that might become links later:
Getting to know Pixel again (and yoghurt)
Oceans and sensuality
Eating out in Mexico (aka "Unseasoned Steak vs Tortured Chihuahuas", and notes on homemade soup).
Whee! I leave for the airport in two hours. It's kind of funny when the thing that lights up your life the most is a chance to flee the country for a few days.
(Having a girlfriend waiting on the other side helps, of course.)
Well, that was a nightmare. I realized only after finishing a long entry and logging out for the night that my attempt to put in per-category access controls earlier completely broke access for any unauthenticated users. It still looked fine to me, of course, since I was necessarily logged in when I activated the new module, and then seeing some errors in the logs and not wanting to deal with them immediately, deactivated the module again.
Back on the first of March, Jessica at Feministing wrote an entry on a grossly sexist contest being run by the Clear Channel radio station KDGE-FM in Texas. The name of the contest is "Pimp My Ride", in obvious reference to the MTV television show of the same name, which deals with remakes of ordinary looking vehicles into "cool-looking" status symbols in street culture.
The server is having some problems that I haven't had time to fully diagnose. I think there's a memory leak in one of the pieces of software that I upgraded recently. If you've been having problems seeing the site, or wondering why I haven't been writing much, that's part of the reason why.
There's this horrible tradeoff in camera lenses between suitability for a given purpose and inconvenience in having to carry and switch out extra glass, some of it quite heavy.
I came across an old article in the Washington Post documenting what percentage of people using different news sources believed things well known to be false. Fox News came out on top, by a large margin. I don't know whether to laugh that it got noticed, or cry that it was immediately forgotten or ignored.
The exact timing of coincidences is everything. At exactly the same moment that I clicked on a link, the computer gave a sparking sound and powered down. I glanced, bewildered for a moment, at the mouse, before my brain reasserted itself and I started going down the checklist of possible faults. Surge on the UPS unit (I keep expecting trouble because the wall socket to which it is connected doesn't have the third ground prong actually connected to anything)? No, the UPS is fine; the monitor still has power.
There's an entry over at Feministing about whether the shift in the Democratic position on abortion is a good thing, by bringing more people into the party, or a bad thing, by turning the party into "Republican-lite", leaving the US without a liberal party. The answer to that is somewhat complicated by the nature of the American two-party system, but that's not really why I'm writing. In the comments of the Feministing entry, I saw:
My objection to smoking isn't that it kills smokers; in my more irate moments, I note that this would actually be good for the gene pool if it only happened a little faster. My objection is that smokers are usually completely inconsiderate of everyone else — most smokers don't care about the harmful effects of secondary smoke, and most of them are litterers. The campus where I work, in a region where smoking is very popular, is marred by the seemingly omnipresent cigarette butts.
I was putting the finishing touches on the blog entry that was supposed to go here when I finally opened up one link too many and the system froze, taking down not only the web browser I was using to post, but the copy buffer containing the full copy of the text as well.
It's my own fault; I had been doing some game-playing before I started writing, so I was still in Microsoft Windows, and I chose to start writing from there rather than rebooting to do it. I know better.
While reviewing my logs, I spotted a bunch of SQL errors relating to the trackback system, and suddenly realized that people had been trying to ping me unsuccessfully. I think I tracked down the bug that was causing it to fail, so anyone who sent one before who wants a reciprocal link should feel free to try again.
Educated Guesswork has posted a couple entries over the last couple days about photography being stopped in public places, the first covering an incident in Chicago's Millenium park. This one is very interesting, as it cannot be disputed that this is public property, nor is there any ordinance against taking photographs while in the park.