Footprints in the Sand

Footprints in the Sand

…the Discordian version

I dreamed that I was walking down the beach with the Goddess. And
I looked back and saw footprints in the sand. But sometimes there
were two pairs of footprints and sometimes there was only one.
And the times there was only one set of footprints, those were my
times of greatest trouble. So I asked the Goddess,

“Why in my greatest need did you abandon me?”

She replied, “I never left you. Those were the times we both
hopped on one foot.”

And I was really embarassed for bothering Her with such a stupid
question.

Social Aspects of Scaling Web Applications

Sometimes you have to kill the sacred cows in the room to get the job done. Some times the cows kill you.

I think that we have moved past “ruby does not scale” or “rails does not scale”. However the feedback that I have gotten over the last few months is more along the lines of “Rails is just kids, hackers and rockstars. It’s not a serious contender”.

We (as a community) have done fantastic work getting rails to scale, and showing the world that it does. Our next challenge is to show that we are grown up. We need to “scale” the community if we want to continue our growth and penetrate more and more markets.

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Privacy vs. Anonymity

One of the perceived issues with the increased use of social networks and pervasive online activities is eroding of personal privacy. Some would have us believe that there will be no privacy in the future, and we just need to accept that fact.

I feel very differently. What is eroding is personal anonymity, which is very different then privacy.

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Insomina

So, I’ve had this curse since I was a kid. I just cannot sleep sometimes. I’m still really tired and groggy, I just can’t sleep.

It’s really times like this that get the mind running into some of it’s darker corners. This is that mystical point, where good ideas flow, and right when I get a head of steam up on an idea, I fall asleep.

With Clouds, Come a Chance of Rain

One of the interesting paradigms in the technology field now days is “cloud”. I think that I have seen it bandied about more then “web 2.0” a few years ago. It’s hit required buzz word compliance status in market-speak. I believe that is it over used, misunderstood and used to mislead. Let’s cut through the hyperbole and see what is really going on.
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Theater – fun to see, not fun to be

Unfortunately for politicians, the security measures that work are largely invisible. Such measures include enhancing the intelligence-gathering abilities of the secret services, hiring cultural experts and Arabic translators, building bridges with Islamic communities both nationally and internationally, funding police capabilities — both investigative arms to prevent terrorist attacks, and emergency communications systems for after attacks occur — and arresting terrorist plotters without media fanfare. They do not include expansive new police or spying laws. Our police don’t need any new laws to deal with terrorism; rather, they need apolitical funding. These security measures don’t make good television, and they don’t help, come re-election time. But they work, addressing the reality of security instead of the feeling.

Bruce is echoing what I have been saying for a long time — new laws, new powers, new technology is not needed to combat terrorism. We have had the tools for a very long time, and we have successfully used them in the past. These are criminals – not soldiers. Next, we’ll be saying the mafia is a “non-state actor” and shipping them off for a secret military tribunal?

Seriously – read the article.

Sacred Cows and Stressed Farmers

Several things have happened over the last few months that gave me pause. Pause is a great time to practice mindfulness.

A few days ago, Les Paul left us. Walter Cronkite too. I was laid off from my job, and I got an exciting opportunity presented to me. Change has been pretty rampant. However the curious case of a hacker named _why has hit me closest to home.

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