What I have been Tweeting

  • Only problem with the YMCA??!? TVs only show Jepordy, Matlock, and Judge Judy. #
  • Found an old desktop pic with Amarok 1.4 installed. I miss it sooo much. God I hate the Amarok! #KDE #Amarok #
  • #KDE #Amarok… I just found Clementine, installed, and Amarok 1.4 for Qt 4 took my breath away. Almost afraid to get my hopes up. #

The Sincerest Form of Flattery

Dear god in heaven, Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 has yanking and pulling!  I don’t know how long MS has had, what they call, the clipboard ring but I have a new found respect for Visual Studio (VS08.)  For those who are not familiar with this feature, yank/pull is a Unix staple (especially among EMACS users) that effectively saves a clipboard history for you.

Using a modified paste command will cycle you through your history pasting the your most recent copy to the edited text (and then highlighting it,) using the command again will paste the second most recent copy (and thus removing what was just highlighted.  Some versions of this feature will allow you to view a list of your clipboard history and arrow down to select it.  Imagine having a list of commonly pasted text instantly available to add to any document without your hands ever leaving the keyboard.

Once someone starts using this feature it because almost addictively beneficial. Trying to live without it is similar to trying to edit text without copy/past and has been one of the main reasons VS08 (or any other Windows text editor) is PAINFUL to use.  Admittedly there are a number of third party applications that give you this functionality, but really, should a user be paying for a feature that is as fundamental to using a computer as copy & paste… or virtual desktops?

Wait… oh well, back to Linux.

What I have been Tweeting

  • Anyone got a recommendation for the best value in whole beans? I need a good rich dark roast that doesn't cost a ton of money. #
  • Twitter ROCKS! Keep on tweeting folks, someone has your back. #liberty http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2011/01/twitter/ #
  • Totally crazy day of what looks to be a totally crazy week. #
  • #NPR has figured out what happened in AZ this weekend. Crazed Republican radio hosts attacked a congresswoman with automatic bazookas. #
  • At least that is what their coverage of the event seems to conclude. #NPR #
  • Anyone else notice that only like 8% of netflix disks ship on working order anymore? #
  • Another warning from Moody and Standard & Poor. Great depression is a cake walk if US rating outlooks fall. http://on.wsj.com/dGsXV3 #
  • @oushadow That's alright, the last three #SoundHound songs I looked up all pointed me to Justin Bieber in reply to oushadow #
  • @ash_leigh Love the new twitter pic! All you need is a duck face and you could be Kesha. in reply to ash_leigh #

What I have been Tweeting

  • Anyone got a recommendation for the best value in whole beans? I need a good rich dark roast that doesn't cost a ton of money. #
  • Twitter ROCKS! Keep on tweeting folks, someone has your back. #liberty http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2011/01/twitter/ #
  • Totally crazy day of what looks to be a totally crazy week. #
  • #NPR has figured out what happened in AZ this weekend. Crazed Republican radio hosts attacked a congresswoman with automatic bazookas. #
  • At least that is what their coverage of the event seems to conclude. #NPR #
  • Anyone else notice that only like 8% of netflix disks ship on working order anymore? #
  • Another warning from Moody and Standard & Poor. Great depression is a cake walk if US rating outlooks fall. http://on.wsj.com/dGsXV3 #
  • @oushadow That's alright, the last three #SoundHound songs I looked up all pointed me to Justin Bieber in reply to oushadow #
  • @ash_leigh Love the new twitter pic! All you need is a duck face and you could be Kesha. in reply to ash_leigh #

What I have been Tweeting

  • Bradford is going to loose because nobody on the St. Louis can catch a dang football #
  • First day back from a 1.5 week vacation. It took me 2.5 hours to get back to where I was when I left. THAT is a NEW RECORD! #
  • Todays unnecessarily complicated phrase, "excessive extrinsically motivated myopia." #
  • My 2010 New Years Goal was a success. I wish I had a 2011 goal that was as exciting. #
  • Stupidest Phrase Heard Today, #SPHT –Private Governments, what an #NPR segment called Corporations #
  • @ash_leigh AMEN! in reply to ash_leigh #
  • Hogs lost a great game to an Ohio team with 4 suspended players… whose suspension doesn't take effect till next year? Be PROUD OSU fans!? #
  • #SPHT — Information Terrorist, Fox News description of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange #
  • Norman, OK St. Marks Catholic Church's Council of the Knights of Columbus finally has an updated website. #kofc http://www.normankofc.org/ #
  • When did Ancient Aliens & Ice Road Truckers become history? It used to be my favorite channel… #
  • CATO: Most non-originalist jurisprudential theories offer no standard for anything, let alone for protecting people's fundamental liberties. #
  • From CATO article "The Constitution Protects Us" http://bit.ly/gH2MgR #
  • Went to the Oklahoma Geographic Information Council meeting for #Cobb today. GIS is alive and well in Oklahoma! #

What I have been Tweeting

  • Bradford is going to loose because nobody on the St. Louis can catch a dang football #
  • First day back from a 1.5 week vacation. It took me 2.5 hours to get back to where I was when I left. THAT is a NEW RECORD! #
  • Todays unnecessarily complicated phrase, "excessive extrinsically motivated myopia." #
  • My 2010 New Years Goal was a success. I wish I had a 2011 goal that was as exciting. #
  • Stupidest Phrase Heard Today, #SPHT –Private Governments, what an #NPR segment called Corporations #
  • @ash_leigh AMEN! in reply to ash_leigh #
  • Hogs lost a great game to an Ohio team with 4 suspended players… whose suspension doesn't take effect till next year? Be PROUD OSU fans!? #
  • #SPHT — Information Terrorist, Fox News description of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange #
  • Norman, OK St. Marks Catholic Church's Council of the Knights of Columbus finally has an updated website. #kofc http://www.normankofc.org/ #
  • When did Ancient Aliens & Ice Road Truckers become history? It used to be my favorite channel… #
  • CATO: Most non-originalist jurisprudential theories offer no standard for anything, let alone for protecting people's fundamental liberties. #
  • From CATO article "The Constitution Protects Us" http://bit.ly/gH2MgR #
  • Went to the Oklahoma Geographic Information Council meeting for #Cobb today. GIS is alive and well in Oklahoma! #

A Thousand Furlongs of Sea

We must learn not to disassociate the airy flower from the earthy root, for the flower that is cut off from its root fades, and its seeds are barren, whereas the root, secure in mother earth, can produce flower after flower and bring their fruit to maturity.
–Kabbalah

Generally speaking I work behind a desk eight hours a day (OK, more like 12) but once in a great while I will get to go out with a field crew to do actual physical work.  While physical labor is generally pretty scary stuff; I love getting out-of-doors.  My most recent excursion was to the western side of Oklahoma on a GIS mapping project.

I have driven through the panhandle a couple time previously but really didn’t spend any time there.  It is absolutely BEAUTIFUL.  For someone who is used to the lush green of the Ozark mountains; the naked beauty of the gypsum hills and high plains was like landing on another planet.  This trip was actually months ago, but I forgot I had taken pictures until today. You can check out the photo gallery by clicking the link below.

Oklahoma Gypsum Hills and Eastern Panhandle

To have thrust upon them

Got a couple great quotes from Drive, by Daniel H. Pink:

“Greatness and nearsightedness are incompatible.  Meaningful achievement depends on lifting one’s sights and pushing toward the horizon.”

“Rewards, we’ve seen, can limit the breadth of our thinking… They can focus our sights on only what’s immediately before us rather than what’s off in the distance.”