As my life is reorienting significantly, so this blog has also changed its template and its subject matter. I may disclose some other, more personal stuff. As I wrote on Facebook it feels weird to finally resign — 7 years is a huge chunk of my life. Here’s my last email. From: Papesch, Robert Sent: […]
Today I created a handy tool for Watir script developers: iehook.rb
The general idea is:
- user loads iehook.rb
- a list of IE sessions is returned
- user enters session number required
- $ie global variable is now available
The Watir developer can now use the IRB session to interact with page elements in real-time, via watir commands applied to the $ie object. Here’s a IRB session using iehook:
Continue reading “Ruby, Watir: Attach IRB to existing IE”
This is a wonderful Kiwi short story I read over the Christmas break. Darwin visited Paihia and Waimate in his voyage aboard the Beagle. This lively tale shows a schoolboy’s perspective of evolution and history. Books: Waimate by Dave Armstrong | New Zealand Listener “At Waimate there are three large houses, where the missionary gentlemen, […]
From comments at DailyKos:
Teeny-tiny blue bar = subprime loans
Red bar = derivatives
Green bar = ECONOMY OF THE ENTIRE FRIKKIN’ WORLD
The banks have failed, and cannot possibly turn themselves around with any amount of capital injection..
CDO : collateralized debt obligation
SEC: Securities Exchange Commission
FDIC: Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation
FUBAR: the global financial outlook
Continue reading “Financial Acronyms, with Diagrams”
The Long Now Blog » Blog Archive » Dmitry Orlov, “Social Collapse Best Practices” With vintage Russian black humor, Orlov described the social collapse he witnessed in Russia in the 1990s and spelled out its practical lessons for the American social collapse he sees as inevitable. The American economy in the 1990s described itself as […]
Unquestionably, science and technology have brought unprecedented wealth and luxury to our civilization, but “progress” has a heavy price: spiritually, socially, ecologically. 9/11 was a powerful symbol heralding a sea change in the machinations of Wall Street and a realignment of the global economy.
Some luminous thinkers have beautifully expressed their thoughts about the downside of Western materialism, in the following quotes (originals here).
Joe Bageant :
“As we have known at least since the Sixties, the core issue of our existence is consciousness, which our corporate state is compelled to control at all times. That’s why drugs are illegal; that’s why we have hundreds of television channels; and that’s why you will never find anything much resembling the truth in U.S. newspapers and magazines.
But there are still those of us who remember our consciousness experiments in the Sixties. Remember what it is like to peer into other realities, not to mention observe the inherent folly and frequent horror of our own war-profit-driven, animal murdering, death-and-sex-without-love obsessed culture. There are those of us who know that when a thrush cries out from the branch it echoes throughout the galaxy. All things are connected and ownership of things is meaningless. The purpose of life is to know this. Lao-tsu knew it, just like Einstein knew it. But you and I are not allowed to. It would shatter our revered hologram, the one that threatens to shatter the world.”
The New Zealand Internet Blackout is a protest against the Guilt Upon Accusation law ‘Section 92A’ that calls for internet disconnection based on accusations of copyright infringement — without a trial and without any evidence held up to court scrutiny. This is due to come into effect on February 28th unless immediate action is taken […]