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Journal: Hello 2010

Journal by rdewald

This my annual slashdot JE. I am still blogging and such at Multiply. I think just about everyone who was connected to me here has also connected over there, or at Facebook.

I still read slashdot, but I don't comment or moderate much. See you next year.

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Journal: My annual Slashdot journal entry 11

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Greetings.

Wow, it's been two years since I abandoned this platform for Internet publishing.

I notice that I am currently moving from Multiply to Facebook, but I honestly don't know how quickly and/or completely I am going to migrate. Ultimately, I see this will all become one big XML matrix and it won't matter, everything will be possible everywhere, and be visible to everyone else, and you'll be able to drive using Twitter.

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Researchers Claim To Be Able To Determine Political Leaning By How Messy You Are 592 Screenshot-sm

Posted by samzenpus
from the dirty-liberal dept.
According to a study to be published in The Journal of Political Psychology, you can tell someone's political affiliation by looking at the condition of their offices and bedrooms. Conservatives tend to be neat and liberals love a mess. Researchers found that the bedrooms and offices of liberals tend to be colorful and full of books about travel, ethnicity, feminism and music, along with music CDs covering folk, classic and modern rock, as well as art supplies, movie tickets and travel memorabilia. Their conservative contemporaries, on the other hand, tend to surround themselves with calendars, postage stamps, laundry baskets, irons and sewing materials. Their bedrooms and offices are well lit and decorated with sports paraphernalia and flags — especially American ones. Sam Gosling, an associate professor of psychology at the University of Texas at Austin, says these room cues are "behavioral residue." The findings are just the latest in a series of recent attempts to unearth politics in personality, the brain and DNA. I, for one, support a woman's right to clean.
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Journal: Ask Slashdot: Open-source Help Desk software 6

Journal by rdewald

I am about to become the manager of the help-desk for a company with about 200 users. I want to implement help-desk management software from day 1, and I want to keep it open-source and free (as in speech). I have a LAMP (Linux/Apache/MySQL/PHP5) server available to me (Debian etch stable). Any recommendations?

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Journal: Take this job and shove it. 13

Journal by rdewald

I experienced the most hideously reprehensible episode of personal and professional disrespent I have ever been through at work today. I mean since I was 14 years old and working on a camper shell assembly line no employer has ever stooped this low. I received more professional courtesy as a delivery driver at Domino's.

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Journal: Bush 41, Clinton 42 and Viagra

Journal by rdewald

Joke attribtued to Rich Little via the New Yorker, cf.

Bill Clinton and his pal George Bush senior were sitting around, and Clinton says "George, have you ever tried Viagra?'

"I can't say," George H. W. Bush answers. "I don't even know what the hell it is."

"Mr. President," Clinton says, "it gives you great staying power."

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Journal: The objects of my desires. 19

Journal by rdewald

The objects of my desires will never satisfy my desires.

Having sex will not end the desire to have sex.

Food does not extinguish hunger, it always returns.

Is one ever pretty enough, smart enough, or strong enough to extingush the desire to be pretty, smart and strong?

Yet isn't the extinguishment of desire what compels and attaches us to our objects of desire?

We seek those objects as sacrificial offerings to our desires.

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Journal: iPod/iTunes/iTMS saga: you won't believe this.... 2

Journal by rdewald

Thanks for the effort. Another uninstall/reinstall didn't help. A reset didn't help.

I have not yet done the erase and re-install but it might still be necessary.

Guess what? If I log into the iBook with a different user name, it just works.

Yes, get your jaw back up off the floor. It is something in my user account that is causing the problem.

Many thanks to an applecare phone support tech for that suggestion.

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Journal: My MacHead Friends - Help! Big problems.... 10

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First, I have a recent backup.

This summer, I bought a new iPod for a friend as a birthday present -- the U2 video model. I used my iBook to initalize it for her and transfer her music library to it, using an account I created for this purpose, not my account.

Then, iTunes 7 comes out, I install, and it immediately tells me I need to do the iPod updater. I do this.

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Journal: No comment required 3

Journal by rdewald

Scene: CNN's Situation Room, 12/28/2006 - Transcript.

Players: Ed Henry, CNN Whitehouse Correspondent - Fran Townsend, Homeland Security Advisor

HENRY: You know, going back to September 2001, the president said, dead or alive, we're going to get him. Still don't have him. I know you are saying there's successes on the war on terror, and there have been. That's a failure.

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Journal: Bistecca alla Fiorentina: Steak Florentine 2

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Steak Florentine does not involve spinach.

This was among the most impressive of dishes I discovered in Tuscany last fall. Everything and nothing about this dish is about the region itself. Classically it involves a special cut of beef, analogous to the American porterhouse, dry-aged, from a special breed of cattle, the Chianina, prepared as one should prepare a $25-$50 piece of meat, skillfully and carefully.

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