Monthly Archives: April 2011

Let me tell you something about your skills.

Just trying to learn some web programming stuff here.. specifically RESTful programming and I come across this framework that says this helpful bit:

web2py includes a Database Abstraction Layer (DAL) that writes SQL3 dynamically so that you, the developer, don’t have to. 

My translation:

Instead of the SQL you know and have been using for years, you will have to learn our completely new, and unique to us, API.

And while I’m on about RESTful… I imagine somewhere this conversation took place:

Programmer A:  hey about all that XML-RPC, SOAP crap…

Programmer B:  yeah, that was stupid…. hey.. why don’t we just use HTTP GET and POST because you know they look like ways to send data to servers and get responses.

Programmer A: Oh that is so, like, totally cool.. we could totally do that, its what they were for anyway!

Programmer B: Dude, we will get totally lynched if we just go tell everyone to stop all that complicated crap we’ve been pushing for years and use a 16 year old protocol.

Programmer A: We’re totally boned.

Programmer B: No wait! I have an idea… this will be easier than all that other stuff… we won’t spend as much time on it…

Programmer A: .. yeah.. we’ll have more free time to…

Together: REST!

Anyway, that’s how I figured it happened. Guess I’ll have to buy the white album again.

Sign

Fight the power! (NSFW)

(Warning: Video contains mucho profanity)

Funny that the things he mentions are from the Bush administration. People want Hope and Change so Obama gets elected. And where are we now? Rollins could replace Rove with Reid, Hannity with Chris Mathews, and Bush with Obama and his rant would still be 100% accurate. Its nothing to do with party, race, or religion. It is to do with statism.

Politicians of all stripes want more power. Government wants more of itself. Corporations want more profits and less competition. The only check on all that is the U.S. Constitution, but politicians took a shotgun to that in the ’30s and a frightened population let them do it.

When Government dominates the market.

The Department of Health and Human Services this month notified Howard Solomon of Forest Laboratories Inc. that it intends to exclude him from doing business with the federal government. This, in turn, could prevent Forest from selling its drugs to Medicare, Medicaid and the Veterans Administration. If the government implements its ban, Forest would have to dump Mr. Solomon, now 83 years old, in order to protect its corporate revenue. No drug company, large or small, can afford to lose out on sales to the federal government, a major customer.

via WSJ.com.

I have no expertise in the drug industry. I have no idea if Forest Laboratories is some sort of evil empire and Howard Solomon it’s Sith Lord. But read this line again:

“No drug company, large or small, can afford to lose out on sales to the federal government, a major customer.”

How can this be a good thing? Other than making the market on aircraft carrier parts, how should the federal government be the market maker in any private enterprise? Through bureaucratic fiat, the government has said that a particular man cannot work for a company. One guy. They get to say whether he can work or not. If he works, the company will fold because they won’t be able to sell to a major customer.

The government shouldn’t be a major customer in a market. The government can’t actually participate in a market because the government is not on equal footing with the rest of the participants. We’ve taken a small defined set of powers and because we (and when I say we, I mean other people, some who probably aren’t alive any more, but not me because I am against all this) were lazy or scared, pushed way too much responsibility and control onto the government.

This can’t be what the founders intended.

QOTD: Looking Good

“Show me a guy who’s afraid to look bad, and I’ll show you a guy you can beat every time.” — Lou Brock

Slammer jammer

“Those kids were saying things to him. I finally said enough is enough. I told him to handle his business.

“The only way they will learn is put hands on them. But all I did was stand there and watch. I did not egg him on.”

via NewsOK.com.

This is only one side of the story, but if mom is “telling it as it is” then I’d probably be in the slammer too. It would take a lot of verbal abuse before I would encourage my kids to fight. I’ve told them many times though that if they get suspended for fighting and they were defending themselves or their siblings, then that would be the best 3 days of their lives.

Verbal abuse is a little different. Tolerable for a longer period of time. But if none of the adults who are supposed to be looking out for the kids will do anything to stop the abuse… well, abuse is abuse either way and sometimes “the only way they will learn is put hands on them.” In Oklahoma we like trucks, and truck metaphors and we would “tune them up.”

On your own

Go ahead, call the police. Hope the people around you will help protect you. Maybe you won’t end up lying a pool of your own blood having a seizure from the beating.

QOTD: #winning

“Winners never quit and quitters never win! I choose to win!” — Premier Martial Arts Creed.

Kids

Wife: I’m tired, lets take a nap.

Me: It’s 3pm, who will pick up the kids from school?

Wife: DHS?

 

911 is my backup plan

Read this story and then ask yourself what good calling the cops was if these guys had decided to go all slasher at the mall?

You are your own first responder.