Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Monday, October 19, 2009

Obama™ Tweets about Healthcare

http://twitter.com/BarackObama/status/4997613990

"Health insurers are trying to mislead you—but their smoke and mirrors won't work this time. Watch: http://bit.ly/1qtBtn #hc09"
from @barackobama

This is a strange tweet to come from a President of the United States. I'm all for new forms of communication, but can we keep a hint of professionalism? This almost sounds like it's snipped from a Cartoon. There's nearly an audible "bwahahaaaa" after it. Evidence that most broad communication panders to morons. Not that what it's saying is necessarily wrong. Or that only morons watch cartoons.

Wednesday, October 07, 2009

Pumpkin Head



A lot of people asked me how I made my Facebook profile picture, so I thought I'd give a quick rundown of the process. Both of the programs I used are free and legal downloads, so feel free to take a stab at it yourself:

  • I put this picture in Inkscape (http://www.inkscape.org/) and traced the bitmap image so I had a single tone vector representation of the picture.






  • Then I essentially inverted the color (actually I cut the image out of another color so I had just one blob of my face).




  • Next, I did a Google image search to find a suitable picture of a pumpkin and pumpkin innards.










  • Then I basically punched the face out of the pumpkin innards using Inkscape.




  • Lastly, I overlaid the face on the pumpkin, added a little shadow with some Inkscape magic and tada!


Browser Choice




There's been a lot of buzz recently about choice in browsers. People seem to come down hard on Microsoft for packaging Internet Explorer with Windows, and I really don't see why. Here's an article describing how Windows 7 will be sold in Europe without a browser:




I don't agree with this at all. Microsoft has every right to bundle IE with Windows, whatever your opinion of IE may be. Just as they can bundle Paint, Notepad, and anything else they want to give away. They spend millions on the engineering of Internet Explorer, and if they want to hand it out with the OS, more power to them. Actually, if they want to throw in Word and Excel too, I'd be happy as a clam.


Honda isn't legally forced to give you the option of a Chevy radio. They give you their standard sound system and if you want to swap it out for something else, that's your choice.


Now, would I suggest using Internet Explorer as your default browser? Absolutely not. Just as I would not use a factory sound system in a car. The reasons are many and range from safety to taste. If you're happy with IE and you keep up on all your Windows security updates, then knock yourself out and use it.


The problem is, people don't know there are options in browsers. If they do, they don't know why there are options, and what those options are. I think Google did a great job of putting together a website to help explain what browsers are and what the popular options are:




It appears to be informative and lacking any bias to Google's own browser (Chrome).


So, Microsoft, feel free to package any free software you want with your operating system, and I'll go ahead and replace anything that sucks on my own.