OS X Tip of the Day: Twitterific and QuickSilver

There are a few tips online as to how to use Twitter and QuickSilver together, but they're lame. Particularly because they send your Twitter password over a nice non-https connection. And because I don't like to have to choose between getting prompted to grant access to my Twitter password every time I post from QuickSilver and granting all AppleScripts free access to my Twitter password. So I decided to leverage Twitterific's AppleScript support and write the following quick AppleScript:

using terms from application "Quicksilver"
    on process text t
        tell application "Twitterrific" to post update t
    end process text
end …
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New Site, Yet Again

Hello valiant readers. It's that time again. I've grown bored of what I had and moved on to something new. In this case, I've decided to migrate to WordPress, and to make it my primary website instead of being hidden away on a subdomain. I'm going to attempt to mix a "traditional" static-content website with a sort of blog idea. Roguelazer.com now includes (lambda x blog), and more. We'll see how that works. Anyhow, I've imported everything from Blogger, so we should be good to go

If you're keeping count, this makes my fifth weblog, although that's counting things …

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Site Renovations

Roguelazer.com is currently undergoing renovations due to its move from OnSmart to DreamHost. Owing to extreme business elsewhere, I am not sure when this site will be back up. Until then, you might want to read my blog on blogspot.

Another Meme

Here's the rules, as I've seen them on the Internet:

  • Grab the nearest book.
  • Open it to page 56.
  • Find the fifth sentence.
  • Post the text of the sentence in your journal along with these instructions.
  • Don’t dig for your favorite book, the cool book, or the intellectual one: pick the CLOSEST.

And my result is,

"But this concept of nature is confirmed by experience and must inevitably be presupposed if there is to be possible experience, which is coherent knowledge of the objects of sense in accordance with universal laws."

Immanuel Kant, Grounding for the Metaphysics of Morals …

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On Teaching and Value

A few minutes ago, I was reading an article from my hometown's newspaper, the Fall River Herald News. It was an article indicating that half of the schools in Fall River have been classified as "needs improvement" by the state. I'm not here to talk to you about the article so much; it was hardly good news, but nothing new for Fall River. Instead, I'd like to talk about the comments. You see, I was reading this article online, and the online edition of the Herald has a comments field. Here are two of the posted comments, reproduced for analysis' sake:

duclos
city gets what it pays for— city gives the least amount of money to education in the state-and the money they do have they misuse
1972
Thanks duclos, I knew that was the problem with our schools. We have to start paying our teachers more in order to get them to teach! I figure $80,000 to $90,000 a year might get us off the failure list.

I think that this represents an interesting divide in the perception of schools, and one which I've seen a lot, at least anecdotally. So I thought I'd do some research.

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It's a meme!

But it's okay, because reading Planet Debian totally counts as work. :-)

Machine names:

  • caveofbirds
  • seitchtabr
  • caladan
  • corrin
  • ix
  • thalim
  • kaitain

Can anybody guess the theme?