It has been a truly remarkable couple of days when it comes to clouds.
During my most recent excursion to Yachats, C and I had planned to do some tinkering on Futility Now. Unfortunately, I forgot my laptop’s power cable, which put us at something of a disadvantage. I did some hacking right on The Gibson (which is to say, the deeply unsanitary WordPress theme editing panes that live right in its control panel,) but the thrill didn’t last for as long as I might have hoped.
I went back to Cloud 9, which I had signed up for early in the year (in fact, I think I did it the last time I was at Ocean Haven), but hadn’t gotten much satisfaction from. In a lot of ways it seems much cooler, but it still doesn’t work in Safari or Chrome on the iPad. This is also true of Ace (the editor used by Cloud 9), so I guess the problem is deeply rooted. It seems like a shame, since Cloud 9 and the iPad seem like an obvious match. I was, however, able to make more complicated changes using C’s work computer which would have been very difficult to set up for useful work, as it’s a high school IT department-maintained Windows machine.
I poked around at some other online IDEs, but a lot of them use Ace. The only one that seems to accommodate the iPad is Eclipse’s Orion, but to really get it to do stuff it seems like they want you to host a copy. I guess in theory I could do something to that effect, but it wasn’t within the scope of my vacation.
This is what a guy who comes home from a beach vacation and talks about online IDEs looks like.
Here is the Cloud-to-Butt Chrome extension.
Here is the greatest commit in the history of version control.
After like fucking months of not doing anything about it for no apparent reason, I got a little kit and fixed my sunglasses.
I got a shirt from American Giant. It’s amazing.
I did not end up buying this hat. Perhaps this was a mistake.
So I got up really early (for me) this morning, and decided to head straight to the Albino Press. Here’s what I saw as I left the house.
And here’s the lovely reservoir.
Between these two sights, there was this which is pretty hilarious. I mean, I sort of sympathize with the tragedy of a lost pet, but maybe you shouldn’t have brought your fucking chicken to the park, genius.
I am not generally one to endorse collections and “greatest hits” record, but “Countdown” is really pretty wonderful. If you, like me, love the three albums of Pulp’s haute-pop phase the best, this stuff is great but you only very rarely want to do something like listening to one of those records in its entirety. My internal pedagogue says that’s lazy, but his taste in music isn’t as good as mine, so whatever.
Here is a picture about isolation and man’s inhumanity to man.
Here’s a picture about the ephemeral nature of progress and man’s inhumanity to man.
People love to latch on to particular words, and once that latching has occurred there seems to be a real conspiracy to make sure that nobody ever uses that word appropriately ever again. Leaving aside the white elephant of this phenomenon, I am particularly annoyed by the conflation of algorithm and program. Here is some New Aesthetic jagoff claiming that Ada Lovelace wrote the first algorithm, when the very text he quotes explains that she wrote the first program.
I’m not sure why I find this so frustrating. I think a big part of it is having semi-technical people using technical terms that they don’t understand to make themselves look like they have some kind of deep understanding of the world that technology has created. I think it also creates a tendency to look the wrong way for solutions, which is to say that it looks for technical solutions to problems created by power-imbalances of which one is certainly a beneficiary if one has the luxury to abuse the idea of algorithms so thoroughly.
I think this is also why I have always loathed the institution of TED Talks. It seems like the whole institution is aimed at finding creative solutions in order to avoid investigating the root causes of problems. These are always precisely the wrong people to address important issues.