Merry Festivus!

Submitted by kyle on December 23, 2005 - 3:35pm.

Why? Because it's a festivus for the rest of us!

It's 1984

Submitted by kyle on December 20, 2005 - 3:23am.

Big brother is watching.

Wonder if the FBI has a file on me?

Open Source Commandment #1

Submitted by kyle on December 15, 2005 - 12:31am.

This guy gets it.

There are other recent open source examples that are attracting a lot of attention in the Web 2.0 world. My personal favorites are the Ruby on Rails web application framework and theRadRails IDE.

Two elements are powering the success of these open-source projects. First, an emergent environment has been created, with motivated independent agents driving innovation. Second, there is a well designed, clearly thought out and highly structured platform that supports the innovation creators. Without this platform, open-source software would not be the force it is today.

In open source it really does "take two." Rails is that emergent environment and we (RadRails) are the platform to support Rails innovators. I believe this should become some sort of open source commandment. The seperation of these two critical concerns, both necessary, are vital to successful open source endeavours.

Bill Clinton to visit RIT Computing College tomorrow!

Submitted by kyle on December 13, 2005 - 5:28pm.

This is the building I essentially live in at RIT...

President Clinton Plans Visit to RIT Tomorrow
B. Thomas Golisano to accompany former president on tour of university’s computing college

BREAKING NEWS:

Rochester Institute of Technology will play host to President Clinton tomorrow afternoon, Dec. 14, at the invitation of B. Thomas Golisano, RIT trustee and the founder and chairman of Paychex Inc.

Golisano will accompany Clinton on a tour of RIT’s B. Thomas Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences, the largest comprehensive computing college in the nation. The college resulted from a $14 million gift to the university by Golisano in 2001.

Following the tour, Clinton will make an invitation-only presentation to RIT students, faculty, staff and trustees in the Golisano College auditorium.

That Scoop to Drupal script...

Submitted by kyle on December 12, 2005 - 9:45pm.

I still have it somewhere. I think I've gotten a few dozen emails requesting it over the past few months so the demand seems to be there. Let me finally attempt to find, post and describe the thing.

The funny thing is that while I still work on a few scoop sites and this blog remains in drupal (for now) I've pretty much abandoned both in favor of my skunk works rails cms project. The Rubish framework and community will unleash new power to web developers everywhere. Yeah, that seems bold and general but just wait until you see what I've got brewing...

Bubble Boy

Submitted by kyle on December 12, 2005 - 9:43pm.

Bush says he does not live in a bubble

EclipseCon

Submitted by kyle on December 12, 2005 - 10:21am.

Our RadRails proposal to EclipseCon has been accepted. There is also a good chance that I will be doing another presentation on "Testing Eclipse." So potentially two presentations at EclipseCon; wewt. EclipseCon takes place from March 20-23 in Santa Clara,CA. I should also be doing something at RailsConf in June.

So basically, whether you like it or not I'll probably be presenting on something in a town near you :)

Russia sells missiles to Iran

Submitted by kyle on December 5, 2005 - 11:10am.

Again, not sure what make of Iran. All things considered Iran presents more of a threat than Iraq did in 2003. So why haven't we invaded Iran? Because they actually have some firepower; Iraq didn't. It's like the bully in the schoolyard that beats up only those that can't fight back. North Korea falls in the same boat as Iran. Again you have to ask yourself if Iraq didn't even have WMD then how the fuck are North Korea and Iran not occupied by American forces right now. Such is the ass backwards logic of the schoolyard bully, er, Bush administration. Why does George Bush not care about WMD anymore?

Ford Motor Company embraces bigotry

Submitted by kyle on December 5, 2005 - 10:31am.

Looks like John has a new campaign...

and check this out:


Henry Ford: Hilter lover

I get listed as Liberal Loser

Submitted by kyle on December 1, 2005 - 6:53pm.

Finally. It took so long but finally a conservative blogger has put me on a list.

I am listed under "Liberal Losers."

So... I guess I must be doing something right?

Thoughts on American vs. British democracy

Submitted by kyle on December 1, 2005 - 12:57pm.

In a discussion today about the two systems a few points came to mind:

  • The executive branch does not endure continuous accountability. The executive is only really held accountable every four years and even then it's out of context. During an election voters are supposed to hold their leaders accountable but the decision really comes down to which candidate is the lesser of two evils. The Bush presidency has shown a calculated circumventing of any and all accountability. I wonder if the founding fathers ever considered the executive to become what it is today.
  • Can you imagine Bush having to defend himself in Congress just as Tony Blair must do every Wednesday?
  • We like to think our system is the best in the world but in fact we are quite unique and alone in our decision to run things this way. The rest of the world implements a parlimentary style democracy.
  • When discussing which system is more democratic i brought up the fact that every house member on average represents 690,000 citizens. In most countries that number is around 90,000 and in Britian it is apparently 65,000. Britian also has nearly 650 members of parliament compared to our 435. While we are supposedly the beacon for everyone to follow our biggest reason for not progressing within our own democracy is probably because the extra members won't fit into the capitol. It's pathetic. As an aside, my professor informed me that small congressional districts is something George Washington pushed for. He thought the limit should have been 40,000 and I agree.

I get an ad

Submitted by kyle on December 1, 2005 - 12:48pm.

I think conservatives will look past the content and get all excited about a hot chick with a gun.

Give it a click to find out what the song is about ---->

The pipe dream

Submitted by kyle on December 1, 2005 - 1:17am.

I think I have stumbled upon a killer app of an idea. I'm not going to say much other than it will be running on Rails and will soon be inviting beta testers in.

I'm impatient but this project has to happen now. Tonight the first bits of code were written and ideas are hitting me left and right. The possiblities of this service really are endless.

It is by far going to be my most ambitious project ever (even more so than RadRails).

Intel PowerBooks in January?

Submitted by kyle on November 30, 2005 - 2:24pm.

Please!

I'd be quite surprised if Apple was able to pull this off...

On the spot

Submitted by kyle on November 29, 2005 - 5:29pm.

In the first day of a class titled "The American Presidency" I was asked what I thought of President Bush. I quickly thought of the most succinct way to put things. My tempered and dimplomatic response boiled down to three items:

  1. Blundered foreign policy
  2. Complete lack of focus on domestic issues
  3. Pushing the government into financial crisis

Interesting when someone puts you on the spot in a classroom setting about that subject in particular...