ShopSimple 1.1

I just released ShopSimple 1.1 on the App Store — tell your friends, neighbors, co-workers, pets, SOs, mail carriers.

Even if I say so myself, it’s a great little shopping list application.

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Why ShopSimple?

  • Why do I need to tell my shopping list what brand of toothpaste I buy?

  • Why do I need to tell my shopping list when I’m done shopping?

  • Why do I need I need to add things one. item. at. a. time.?

  • Why does my list have to look so complicated?

  • Why would I want to take photos of the dog food I buy?

The answer: you don’t! ShopSimple: simpler shopping lists because life is already too busy.

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Remember how the “left” is unbalanced and the right isn’t about hate…

Report: Unprecedented Number Of Death Threats Against Obama — And Secret Service Overwhelmed | TPM LiveWire

“But the election of Barack Obama has increased threats against the president’s life by 400 percent from his predecessor, according to ‘In the President’s Secret Service,’ Ronald Kessler’s account of presidential security. “

All those Liberals that hated Bush, etc., etc. At least we weren’t threatening to kill him in such numbers.

Really sad.

Comcast’s on-line billing system… not so much

I just saved a negative half-hour trying to make Comcast’s dumb-arse online system recognize me. They just upgraded to a new, better, easier, system (that sounds like OpenID though why Comcast thinks I’d trust them… I don’t know).

Anyway, it requires lots of waiting for little progress bars to march across the screen and answering dumb questions.

All I want to do is pay my bill.

Paper would be faster, easier and cheaper (stamps are sill only 40 something cents.

Aggravated in Amherst (or maybe Peeved in Pelham).

Closed Border, closed economy, closing opportunities | eaves.ca

I’ve been worried about this for ages.

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“All this may sound unfortunate but it has significant implications, political and economic implications. International travel to the United States is down 10% in the first quarter of 2009 – a big part of this is likely related to the economy, but I suspect that fewer and fewer people are choosing the United States as a destination. But vacationers are minor in comparison to the impact on innovation and economic development. Today, it is harder and harder for the best minds in the world to work for American companies and to do graduate work at American Universities. This means America’s elite will interact less and less with leading thinkers from elsewhere and its companies will have to rely on American talent, and not international talent, to succeed. 

Already the cracks are showing. Google has employees who are forced to work in Canada since they can’t work in the United States. And Microsoft recently opened a software development facility in Vancouver because US immigration laws made it too difficult to bring in top talent. Indeed, I’m increasingly persuaded that the new convention centre in Vancouver was a smart investment. If you are hosting a conference with Americans and internationals in attendance there is no way you are going to host it in the United States.”

Franklin is sad

Philadelphia Library – Closing

“We deeply regret to inform you that without the necessary budgetary legislation by the State Legislature in Harrisburg, the City of Philadelphia will not have the funds to operate our neighborhood branch libraries, regional libraries, or the Parkway Central Library after October 2, 2009.”

If someone tried to invent libraries today, they’d be laughed up the whazoo.

Everyone should know how easily we’re fooled

Study Reveals How Magic Works | LiveScience

“As we are looking at the world, we have this impression that what we see is the real world. What this tells us is the way we see the world is more strongly dominated by how we perceive it to be rather than what it actually is,’ Kuhn added. ‘Even though the ball never left the hand, the reason people saw it leave is because they expected the ball to leave the hand. It’s the beliefs about what should happen that override the actual visual input.’

iPhone haiku

Two days ago

fell into water
with iphone in my pocket
sometimes things get wet

This morning

with my fingers crossed
tremulous, phone cased in rice
power on. it works.

Whew!

pushd, I hardly knew you

From a tech/geeky point of view, this is embarrassing enough that I probably shouldn’t mention it. There is hope, however, that some other soul will benefit from my pain.

If you use the *nix (or OS X) command line, you probably know about pushd. It and its companion popd let you push and pop (duh!) a stack of directories so that you can jump from place A to place B and then quickly jump back. Cool.

The embarrassing part is the way in which I was using pushd. I thought that I had to push the directory I wanted to come back to before I went there. So I would:

> pushd .
> cd /someplace
> ... do stuff ...
> popd

This works, but it (obviously) looks sort of, well, dumb. Somehow, when I learned about pushd, I never learned that it acts just like the change directory (cd) command. I.e., that the argument to pushd was the directory to which you want to move and that it saves your current directory automatically. Thus, the correct (more efficient) way to use pushd is:

> pushd /someplace
> ... do stuff ...
> popd

It only eight fewer keystrokes but it’s conceptually much cleaner. The morass of the story: use pushd but use it correctly. Alternately, keep reading the manual, you’ll probably still learn something!