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    Have been trying to revise thesis.

    Not getting anywhere.

    Had an idea for ‘little side project’ I wanted to do. So I started working on that.

    Project ends up several hours and a bunch more involved than I thought. Shell scripts and Hazel recipes and all sorts of complicated intricacies.

    But maybe I can write it up, since other people are interested.

    Writing it up is complicated, explaining it takes way longer than I thought it would, and I’m still not sure that anyone could follow them even if they survived reading it all.

    When I finished I have a completely unusable *4600 words plus 2 Github repositories and a new Gmail account.

    "Well," I think, "Maybe it would possible be worth posting on TUAW."

    So I send them the link, realizing that it would need major editing to be usable, meaning more time, but at least I’ll feel like I made something that was useful and worthwhile.

    One of the editors emails me back ~2 minutes later and says “You know…There’s an app that does this.”

    The app is $0.99.

    Or free if you don’t mind ads.

    And 1,000 times easier than my hacked-together disaster of incomprehensible instructions.

    So there go two days of my life spent on something that wasn’t what I wanted to be working on or needed to be working on, but thought would at least be worth it in the end.

    I’m so angry I could punch a kitten.

  2. openareas:

    “Gun control supporters have the blood of little children on their hands. Federal and state laws combined to insure that no teacher, no administrator, no adult had a gun at the Newtown school where the children were murdered. This tragedy underscores the urgency of getting rid of gun bans in school zones.”

    Larry Pratt, executive director of Gun Owners of America, responding to Friday’s tragedy. (via motherjones)


    (via synecdoche)


    Listening to Zealot Gun Owners on the issue of gun control is the equivalent of trying to solve the problem of drunk driving by asking alcoholics to determine reasonable blood alcohol content limits.

    The experiment with unfettered access to guns is a failure. It’s time to try something else.

    And if you think your guns are going to be a defense against the government, it’s time to stop watching “Red Dawn” and recognize that the biggest threat to the life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness of an average citizen is not the government, it is a deranged white male with access to guns.

    We need protection from you. Not more guns.

    (via lnthefade)