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I believe crash reports should be worth reading (8)

So, like, I’m a Gemini too, right? Which is totally cosmic, because, you know, twins! And so I totally get when you say “Something went wrong” because something is, like, ALWAYS going wrong. But why don’t we have error boxes that say “Something went right”? Wouldn’t that just be AWESOME? Every time a function returned anything that wasn’t an error, up would pop the “Something went right” box, and it would ask you what you were doing at the time, and then say, “Okay, so do more of that, cuz it’s obvs working.”

So, like, I’m a Gemini too, right? Which is totally cosmic, because, you know, twins! And so I totally get when you say “Something went wrong” because something is, like, ALWAYS going wrong. But why don’t we have error boxes that say “Something went right”? Wouldn’t that just be AWESOME? Every time a function returned anything that wasn’t an error, up would pop the “Something went right” box, and it would ask you what you were doing at the time, and then say, “Okay, so do more of that, cuz it’s obvs working.”

I believe crash reports should be worth reading (7)

I must have been doing 120, 125 when I started to feel the wheel fight me. Snarling, I pulled too hard. The wheels bit into gravel and the rubber screamed its fury—and then the sky spun under the wheels, and I realized that if I died at this moment, my only real regret wasn't Binofsky escaping along with the last surviving evidence of the conspiracy; it was that Niles would never know I didn't hate him for his betrayal, that I understood what pushed him into it.  And then came the impact.“I must have been doing 120, 125 when I started to feel the wheel fight me. Snarling, I pulled too hard. The wheels bit into gravel and the rubber screamed its fury—and then the sky spun under the wheels, and I realized that if I died at this moment, my only real regret wasn’t Binofsky escaping along with the last surviving evidence of the conspiracy; it was that Niles would never know I didn’t hate him for his betrayal, that I understood what pushed him into it.

“And then came the impact.”

See also IBCRSBWR 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

Morgan Brayton and other people

We all have to subscribe to OutTV. Right freakin’ now.

Let’s do this in an orderly fashion:

If… …then…
You’ve seen Morgan Brayton perform… … you know she’s one of the funniest women on the planet.
You read this blog… … you know I’ve seen her perform, and I think she’s one of the funniest women on the planet
You haven’t seen Morgan perform, and you’re new to this blog… … you’re in for a real treat.

See, Morgan’s not just funny: she’s smart as hell, warm, compassionate and avidly curious about people. And if you’re anything like me, that just screams “ideal panel show host” to you.

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Plaque: The Prominent Expert in Information Technology

Did you know I’m the prominent expert in the field of Information Technology?

I get a boilerplate invitation now and then from someone purporting to represent China-based “BIT Congress“. The latest one goes like this:

Dear Rob Cottingham,

This is [redacted], the program coordinator of BIT’s 4th Annual World Congress of Emerging InfoTech-2015. On behalf of the organizing committee, I sent you a formal Invitation Letter several weeks ago, which is regarding inviting you to participate our congress as the Speaker of Module 2: Cloud Computing. But we haven’t received any reply from you. In case of your missing this grant event, I am writing again to extend to you our sincere invitation. (More program details at http://www.bitcongress.com/infotech2015/ScientificProgram.asp)

BIT’s 4th Annual World Congress of Emerging InfoTech-2015 will be held at Shenzhen Convention & Exhibition Center, China during April 18-20, 2015. Since you are the prominent expert in the relevant field of Information Technology, your unique and inspirational message will highlight the congress.

I KNOW, right? Finally, my expertise in cloud computing and the very specific field of Information Technology has been recognized! For years, my credentials have been pooh-poohed by those who point out that I don’t have any. But now, vindication.

Sorry. Let’s continue.

[Two paras that boil down to "You'll meet and talk with other people. Also, China!"]

For more information regarding InfoTech-2015, please view our congress website via http://www.bitcongress.com/infotech2015

I would be appreciated if you may reply to me regarding this issue at your earliest convenience.

Yours sincerely,

Contacts:
[redacted]
The Organizing Committee of InfoTech-2015
East Wing, 11F, Dalian Ascendas IT Park,
No. 1 Hui Xian Yuan,
Dalian Hi-tech Industrial Zone,
LN 116025, P. R. China
Tel: 0086-411-84799609-804
Fax: 0086-411-84799629
Email: [redactinified]

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Throwback Thursday: my first site

Step into this handy-dandy time machine, set to nearly two decades in the past. Courtesy of Archive.org, behold the anachronistic glory that is my first website, hosted on IslandNet.com.

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If memory serves (and there’s no guarantee that it does), I built this in 1995 using the HotDog HTML editor, with a big boost from a ZDNet introductory book on HTML which I bought at a Victoria Freenet conference… did I just hit some kind of tech nostalgia trifecta?