Patrick Porter, over at OxBlog, writes us a very thoughtful essay about what sort of society we live in — post-heroic, or…? Not to mention, the implications thereof, which spill over into Hollywood.
POST-HEROIC? I’ve always been a little uneasy with the notion that we in the West wage post-heroic war because we live in post-heroic societies.
Much as I have grown to love and revere BBEdit as both a program and way of life, and have become an actual card-carrying member of its license holders, I still go to TextMate for my blogly-writing needs. As in all other life, that which you admire is different from that which you use. BBedit may be the grande dame of Macintosh text editors, but it doesn’t have native tools with which I can hack these posts out via a third party package, and publish the post with all the necessary trimmings, like keywords and track-backs as I see fit.
Sure you could make such a thing with BBEdit, but why? I already have what I need in TextMate, and it was installed with the rest of the program. Therefore I use TextMate: it does what I need it to do, and it did so first. So there.
One lesson you have to learn: don’t re-invent the wheel if it’s already been done.
On other fronts, Other Patti and Our Friend Sally have just been over for their accustomed movie night on Sunday nights. I’m glad we have kept this up over the past year, even though I told them that I was healthy at last, at least enough so that they could resume their regular evening lives, and not have to watch TV with me every evening.
We do so now every Sunday evening, because during the process of my recovery, we got to liking the camaraderie of it all, and didn’t want to lose that part. So tonight, we watched Peter Lorre play Mr. Moto. It wouldn’t have occurred to them all to hire an actual Japanese actor to play a Japanese character, though, would it? :/
Microsoft Tries to Polish Vista – Bits – Technology – New York Times Blog
After spending $500 million, Microsoft might be able to convince people that Windows Vista is not awful. But just because you can show the earth is not flat, doesn’t mean you will rule the new world.
What shows up now on the Party Mix in iTunes…
Sorry about having it rotated. My window here on the blog is much narrower than my real life is. Idea via the Blog d’Elisson.
What just now showed up on the party mix...
Please stop by Leroy’s blog and send him some cheer…
NPR: The Disease Has Exploded
We try to steel ourselves to be ready for bad news. We should be pretty good at it by now, because so much of the news in cancer world is bad. Still, when it comes, it can hit like a sledgehammer.
I couldn’t resist this one…
News of the Weird Daily
A woman in Utah was in her car when the battery died, and she didn’t know how to manually unlock the door; police arrived but had to call her on her cell phone to tell her where the lock was
I have myself noted the ever-growing prevalence of comparisons of certain politicians to Hitler, and the idiocy thereof. But Orac does it much better.
Respectful Insolence: Far, far, sooner than expected, the monster returns to invade the Presidential campaign
“So powerful was the illogic and tenuous nature of that comparison, comparing speeches just for cadences (given that they weren’t even in the same language) that it shut me down. I had to reboot. It has been a long time since the monster produced a Hitler analogy that unbelievably idiotic.”