Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Nerves on a Tuesday

I don't like how my laptop complained about my 4 TB EHD this AM:


I'll just let this ride.

On a related subject and as a follow-up, I cannot use Carbonite as my strategy to back up my data. Carbonite supports a single EHD and does not support backing up the Western Digital MyCloud drive. For the EHD requirement, I have more than one I want to backup:
  1. E:
  2. T:
  3. U:
  4. Y:
  5. Z:
Even if I could back up those with Carbonite, I would not be able to back up the MyCloud drive.

Thus, I am going to use CrashPlan, which does support multiple EHDs and does support backing up the MyCloud drive. On top of that, Carbonite was $100 / year and CrashPlan is $49 / year. I do feel bad that I purchased Carbonite from my friend Jeremy, who is a Carbonite reseller, but I can't see spending $100 for a software solution that doesn't satisfy my needs regarding backing up data. There's no ill will about it - it's just not a good fit.

Per Adobe, 13 < 11

I read about a Dreamweaver extension called "emmetio" over the weekend. I thought it would be good to see if it would help me be more productive and maybe even faster in my HTML / CSS coding. I went to install it and got this message:


So, being a good technical writer, I opened up Dreamweaver and looked at the version I have installed and nearly spit out the Pepsi that was in my mouth because of what I saw:


So, yes, there is an alternate reality in which Adobe exists. I certainly do not consider myself a mathematician, but I do know with version 13 installed, I should have been able to install an extension that requires version 11.

Examples of Poorly Written Instruction Manuals

There was a thread on Techwr-L that included a link to "examples of poorly written instruction manuals" and it led to a brief excursion into the underbelly of my profession. Here are some of the links I looked at:
  1. Examples of Poorly Written Instruction Manuals
  2. http://cdn.ifixit.org/files/2012/04/comcastremote.jpg
  3. http://ifixit.org/blog/2251/5-ways-manuals-suck-more-than-root-canals/ 
  4. http://www.forbes.com/sites/nextavenue/2012/10/31/how-to-cope-with-useless-user-manuals/#62eba8983a26
  5. http://byu316.blogspot.com/2012/07/examples-of-goodbad-instructions.html 

Friday, January 13, 2017

CR Donutland Jumps on Board with Credit Card Payments

From the Cedar Rapids Gazette:

If you're picking up some doughnuts to make it through the morning, one more place now accepts plastic -- finally. Donutland at 4307 Center Point Rd. NE in Cedar Rapids has taken the leap into the world of credit cards, reports The Gazette. "The dinosaur has come out," store owner Vicki Zinkula said of the decision that's been a long time coming. The shop that has been a mainstay at that location since 1971 had been resisting the use of plastic as a form of payment because businesses pay a merchant fee when customers use a credit card as payment -- a fee that would have been passed back down to the customers. But customers who didn't have cash or time to write a check were often bypassing Donutland for nearby shops that accepted plastic. At the urging of customers, employees and even her own family, Ms. Zinkula finally bit the bullet late last year. All major credit cards are accepted and Ms. Zinkula is planning on raising prices to cover merchant fees.

I remember going to the Donutland on Center Point Road many times with Mom. It's embarrassing to say but Mom would go out for breakfast pretty much every morning, M - F. If I ate breakfast at home, it was rare. We would either go to the Spring House or to Donutland. Even into high school, I would go with my teammates after swim practice to eat breakfast at that restaurant. I think the customers who asked for the store to accept credit cards should never - ever - complain about the increase in price. How long have credit cards existed and how many years did Donutland resist their acceptance? It doesn't matter much because the reason they didn't accept credit cards is because it would cause an increase in price.

2017 Rock Fest Lineup

http://rock-fest.com/lineup/2017-rock-fest-lineup
  1. AVENGED SEVENFOLD
  2. ROB ZOMBIE
  3. SLAYER
  4. KORN
  5. SHINEDOWN
  6. VOLBEAT
  7. STONESOUR
  8. MEGADETH
  9. LAMB OF GOD
  10. ANTHRAX
  11. CLUTCH
  12. INSANE CLOWN POSSE
  13. SEVENDUST
  14. RATT
  15. HELLYEAH
  16. CINDERELLA'S TOM KEIFER
  17. LIT
  18. JACK RUSSEL'S GREAT WHITE
  19. MUSHROOMHEAD
  20. THOUSAND FOOT KRUTCH
  21. AVATAR
  22. FASTER PUSSYCAT
  23. GEMINI SYNDROME
  24. LITA FORD
  25. TEXAS HIPPIE COALITION
  26. VIMIC
  27. DEVOUR THE DAY
  28. FAILURE ANTHEM
  29. LACEY STURM
  30. BOBAFLEX
  31. BADFLOWER
  32. ONE LESS REASON
  33. CITY OF THE WEAK
  34. RACHEL LORIN
  35. SHALLOW SIDE
  36. SCATTERED HAMLET
  37. SIN 7
  38. AWAKEN THE SHADOW
  39. NUISANCE
  40. VEILSIDE
  41. SEASONS AFTER
  42. VALORA
  43. THE NEARLY DEADS
  44. THE ZEALOTS
  45. HAND OF THE TRIBE
  46. IGNESCENT
  47. EMERGENT
  48. EMPERORS AND ELEPHANTS
  49. THE 9TH PLANET OUT
  50. MATREKIS
  51. MOTLEY 2
  52. THE CROWN JEWELS
  53. KISSIN TIME
  54. COWBOYS FROM HELL
  55. ROCK N ROLL
  56. WHO'S WHO
  57. VIA
  58. OBLIVIOUS SIGNAL
  59. ANTISTAR
  60. THE GOOD BARS
  61. FALL II RISE
  62. SCARLET CANARY
  63. WRECKED
  64. 7'S CATACOMB
  65. MY MEMORY REMAINS
  66. ANTHEM
  67. STARE ACROSS
  68. PROBABLE CAUSE

In alphabetical order:
  1. 7'S CATACOMB
  2. ANTHEM
  3. ANTHRAX
  4. ANTISTAR
  5. AVATAR
  6. AVENGED SEVENFOLD
  7. AWAKEN THE SHADOW
  8. BADFLOWER
  9. BOBAFLEX
  10. CINDERELLA'S TOM KEIFER
  11. CITY OF THE WEAK
  12. CLUTCH
  13. COWBOYS FROM HELL
  14. DEVOUR THE DAY
  15. EMERGENT
  16. EMPERORS AND ELEPHANTS
  17. FAILURE ANTHEM
  18. FALL II RISE
  19. FASTER PUSSYCAT
  20. GEMINI SYNDROME
  21. HAND OF THE TRIBE
  22. HELLYEAH
  23. IGNESCENT
  24. INSANE CLOWN POSSE
  25. JACK RUSSEL'S GREAT WHITE
  26. KISSIN TIME
  27. KORN
  28. LACEY STURM
  29. LAMB OF GOD
  30. LIT
  31. LITA FORD
  32. MATREKIS
  33. MEGADETH
  34. MOTLEY 2
  35. MUSHROOMHEAD
  36. MY MEMORY REMAINS
  37. NUISANCE
  38. OBLIVIOUS SIGNAL
  39. ONE LESS REASON
  40. PROBABLE CAUSE
  41. RACHEL LORIN
  42. RATT
  43. ROB ZOMBIE
  44. ROCK N ROLL
  45. SCARLET CANARY
  46. SCATTERED HAMLET
  47. SEASONS AFTER
  48. SEVENDUST
  49. SHALLOW SIDE
  50. SHINEDOWN
  51. SIN 7
  52. SLAYER
  53. STARE ACROSS
  54. STONESOUR
  55. TEXAS HIPPIE COALITION
  56. THE 9TH PLANET OUT
  57. THE CROWN JEWELS
  58. THE GOOD BARS
  59. THE NEARLY DEADS
  60. THE ZEALOTS
  61. THOUSAND FOOT KRUTCH
  62. VALORA
  63. VEILSIDE
  64. VIA
  65. VIMIC
  66. VOLBEAT
  67. WHO'S WHO
  68. WRECKED

Think First

I saw a good reminder that I should "think first." It is a good reminder for me. I should think more. For more information, refer to Think First/.

Massive Tour Announced

While I await the announcement that Metallica is going to play in Iowa, I will celebrate another huge tour that includes a date in Iowa. I am considering making a trip on 4/24/17 (a Monday) to Des Moines, Iowa to the Wells Fargo Arena to see Poison, Def Leppard, and Tesla! I've seen all three of these bands live. 
  1. Poison
    • The last time was the festival in Des Moines that also had Cinderella, Dokken, and . . . I can't remember who the other 'main' band was. 
    • Before that, I saw them at Carver-Hawkeye Arena in Iowa City with Don Dokken & Slaughter. 
    • The first time I saw them was at the Five Seasons Center (now the US Cellular Center) in Cedar Rapids. 
  2. Def Leppard 
    • Def Leppard with Dokken (and interviewed bassist Jeff Pilson before the show and had my picture taken with him).
  3. Tesla
    • Tesla with Great White and Badlands at the Five Seasons Center (now the US Cellular Center) in Cedar Rapids.
 To celebrate, here is one favorite tune from each of them:







I do Not have a Beard

Here Comes Revenge

It was 16 days ago when the Iowa men's basketball team was decimated in West Lafayette, IN, as the Purdue Boilermakers built a 24 point lead at halftime. Last night, the two teams met again and the outcome was different as Iowa won! Yes! I thought of this Megadeth tune when it was apparent Iowa would win:



Read more about it here.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Metallica! Live! In South Korea!

Yes! I am so glad that "Halo on Fire" may evolve into one of the tunes Metallica plays in concert!
METALLICA's setlist for the show was as follows:
01. Hardwired
02. Atlas, Rise!
03. Sad But True
04. Wherever I May Roam
05. The Unforgiven
06. Now That We're Dead (live debut)
07. Moth Into Flame
08. Harvester Of Sorrow
09. Halo On Fire (live debut)
10. The Four Horsemen
11. One
12. Master Of Puppets
13. For Whom The Bell Tolls
14. Fade To Black
15. Seek & Destroy
Encore:
16. Battery
17. Nothing Else Matters <== If it were me, I'd replace "NEM" with either "Blackened" or "Creeping Death"
18. Enter Sandman

This is a comment on the article that is worth highlighting:Language warning!
Kil Xéno · Caretaker at Overlook Hotel
I guess at this point complaining about how I wish Sandman and Nothing Else Matters would fuck off is futile. It's never going to happen and--- Ah fuck it, I wish those songs would fuck off and be swapped for different songs, each time! I don't like bands who have set rules, just change it, like Opeth, Katatonia and Dream Theater are happy to do. Metallica sets aren't as annoying as Paradise Lost ones, but still. Sometimes swap Sandman and Nothing Else Matters for Blackened and Fixxer. Sometimes Phantom Lord and Frayed Ends. Sometimes Rebel of Babylon and Spit Out the Bone. Sometimes Struggle Within and Bleeding Me, etc. you get my point. Why stick with the same two shitting songs. Predictability is boring. I think that I dislike those two songs now because they're so overplayed. Nothing Else Matters isn't even bad, it's a good song (that would sound better imo if it ended on that last note of the solo) but man, overplayed! I'd like some Beyond and Death Magnetic on each tour, not too much though, one song of each (and not Cyanide or Hell & Back, those songs, along with Now that we're dead and Enter Sandman would put me to sleep). Moaning aside, Hardwired... is the best Metallica album since 88. Yup.

I wouldn't even mind if they threw "Sandman" into the third slot and got rid of "Sad But True". They did play these tunes from the new album:
  1. Hardwired
  2. Atlas, Rise
  3. Now That We're Dead
  4. Moth Into Flame
  5. Halo on Fire




For more information, refer to METALLICA Performs 'Now That We're Dead' And 'Halo On Fire' Live For First Time (Video)
Read more at http://www.blabbermouth.net/news/metallica-performs-now-that-were-dead-and-halo-on-fire-live-for-first-time-video

Save attachments from multiple selected items in Outlook (VBA)

This is likely to be the best article I read all day... unless Bayside adds a stop on their 2017 tour at Gabe's Oasis.
https://gallery.technet.microsoft.com/office/Save-attachments-from-5b6bf54b

Rivals



Sentenced to Die

Dylan Roof is going to be put to death.

Awful

The Des Moines Register reported the following, which sucks:

Branstad calls for cutting $34 million from higher ed this year
  Gov. Terry Branstad has proposed cutting more than $25.5 million from the Iowa Board of Regents and $8.7 million from the state's community colleges during the current fiscal year.If the cuts are approved by the Iowa House and Senate budget committees, higher education would shoulder the highest portion of about $110 million in cuts that Branstad proposed Tuesday in response to lower-than-projected revenues.Branstad's proposal did not specify how the regents should divide the cuts among the three public universities.It is unclear how the cuts would affect the regents' funding needs for the 2018 fiscal year, which the regents approved in September. The regents then asked for a 2 percent increase over this year's funding to all three public universities, plus an additional $2.5 million to help support the University of Northern Iowa.

Instrumental Bayside Rocks


And equally so with vocals:

More than 600

Sometimes, I think it would be an awesome job to sit and rip CDs all day. I have thought about this many times, usually when I am in the bowels of a CD to MP3 conversion, which I am right now. I thought about that again when I saw http://www.dmp3digital.com/.


Where I'm at with the CD to MP3 conversion that I started on 6/6/2016 is I have finished 11 spindles in 219 days.

If it takes 219 days to rip 1100 spindles, how many days will it take to rip the remaining 3800?

219 x 3800 = 832200, divided by 1100 = 756.5454545454545 so let's say 757. From today, 1/11/2017, 757 days away is Thursday, 2/7/2019. My original goal was to work on this project until Saturday, March 2, 2019. I am okay with the gap between 2/7 & 3/1 because I also have a spindle of 50 "Life CDs" which came from the "Life Tapes" I used to make every so often. Because I hate math, it's easier to say "I have 4900 CDs" instead of "I have 4950 CDs." At least to me, it is simpler.

Anyways, 3800 x $1.09 = $4142. That's quite a bit of money to pay someone to rip CDs! Frankly, considering that the company hasn't updated their blog since 11/21/2013 (3 years, 1 month, 3 weeks or 1147 days), I am a little hesitant to invest in them as a company.

Hope on a Wednesday


Tuesday, January 10, 2017

You are Too Easy

Stephanie McMahon is a great villain in this segment!



No Bayside Date(s) in Iowa AGAIN!

I wasn't overly surprised when the first leg of Bayside's tour in support of their excellent "Vacancy" album because, sure, Iowa is not an "A" market. However, I had hoped in the spring of 2017, if they toured, it would bring them to Des Moines or Gabes or, hell, even Spicoli's in Cedar Falls. As you can see below on the poster for their upcoming tour in the spring of 2017, they do not have any dates in Iowa. There's two choices: drive to Omaha, NE, on a Thursday night (700+ miles roundtrip) or drive to Chicago, IL, on a Friday (700+ miles roundtrip). Neither are feasible.


And here's a cover of "The Ghost" by Matthew.



Screaming for an OL and Receiving an UL

From here:
  • The original text

There are five exceptions that are not considered Education Records:
  • Personal notes of the University of Iowa faculty and staff (never shared with another individual)
  • Employment records (provided employment is not contingent on the individual being enrolled as a student first.)
  • Medical and counseling records used solely for treatment
  • Records in the Department of Public Safety
  • Financial records of a parent or spouse

  • If I was not going to use a numbered (ol) list, I would not specify the number and the text would look like this:

These are the exceptions that are not considered Education Records:
  • Personal notes of the University of Iowa faculty and staff (never shared with another individual)
  • Employment records (provided employment is not contingent on the individual being enrolled as a student first.)
  • Medical and counseling records used solely for treatment
  • Records in the Department of Public Safety
  • Financial records of a parent or spouse

  • If I was going to specify the number of exceptions (5), I would have the original text as follows:

There are five exceptions that are not considered Education Records:
  1. Personal notes of the University of Iowa faculty and staff (never shared with another individual)
  2. Employment records (provided employment is not contingent on the individual being enrolled as a student first.)
  3. Medical and counseling records used solely for treatment
  4. Records in the Department of Public Safety
  5. Financial records of a parent or spouse

  • Finally, if it were totally up to me, I would not have the number in the lead-in sentence and I would have an numbered list. Thus, the text would look like this:

These are the exceptions that are not considered Education Records:
  1. Personal notes of the University of Iowa faculty and staff (never shared with another individual)
  2. Employment records (provided employment is not contingent on the individual being enrolled as a student first.)
  3. Medical and counseling records used solely for treatment
  4. Records in the Department of Public Safety
  5. Financial records of a parent or spouse

But what do I know?

Fell into a Bayside Fix





Monday, January 9, 2017

Does "One-Click Automated Disaster Recovery" Exist?

I'm a pessimist. I don't believe it's ever as simple as "one click."

I've seen this type of marketing before with Help Authoring Tools (HATS) as they touted "you" can create all sorts of documentation deliverables in seconds. RoboHelp always seemed to claim this, but yeah, it's not that simple.

Case in point, my conversation with Adobe Technical Support:

From: Me
Sent: Saturday, January 07, 2017 12:04 PM
To: 'TCS Support'
Subject: RE: [External] Sample Word Document

You wrote, “The Conversion Settings window shows the list of styles of your linked Word documents. If you will go through your linked word document and remove the style from your word document the style will still show up in the Conversion settings list.”

How do I remove a style from that list if deleting it from all of my Word documents doesn’t remove it from the list? Is there a settings file I can manually modify? I have 68 Word documents now and will surely be increasing that number in 2017 and beyond.

For example, at one time, I was going to use “DRM_” as the prefix to my Word styles. Now, I am going to use “HCIS_”. I would have hoped if I had gone into each of the 68 Word documents and deleted any style with the “DRM_” prefix, it would then no longer be on the Conversion Settings window… but you’re saying it will still be there?!?

Hoping I misunderstood …

From: TCS Support
Sent: Friday, January 06, 2017 8:52 PM

Subject: [External] Sample Word Document

Thank you for contacting Adobe.

I would like to inform you that currently there is no new version of “New Employee Checklist.docx” file available.

The Conversion Settings window shows the list of styles of your linked Word documents. If you will go through your linked word document and remove the style from your word document the style will still show up in the Conversion settings list.

Have a great day ahead.

Thanks and Regards,

From: Me
Sent: Wednesday, January 4, 2017 9:38 PM
To: TCS Support
Subject: Sample Word Document
Hi,

Do you have a version of “New Employee Checklist.docx” that is formatted with styles? The version I just downloaded from the Adobe website has a single heading and the rest in Normal style. I know this because I have a Word macro that puts the style name in front of the text. In the screen capture below, <[A]> means Heading 1 style has been applied and a <[N]> means Normal style has been applied.



I would like to see an example that shows a better example of a well-structured Word document so I can better understand the relationship between the New_Employee_Checklist.css file, the New_Employee_Checklist.htm file that is created and the RHStyleMapping.css file.

The reason I’m looking into this is because I have a Word document that is linked to my project. The files RoboHelp created are in this folder: C:\RH\HTML\DRM\Disaster_Recovery_Documentation\Department-Specific\Clinical,_Business_&_Interface_Systems_Support\IPaddresses_for_Computers:
IPaddresses_for_Computers.fpj
IPaddresses_for_Computers.css
IPaddresses_for_Computers.htm

The CSS file I want to use for all of my HTML files – whether generated for a linked Word document or authored directly in a HTML editor – is located here:
C:\RH\HTML\DRM\CSSFiles\PRH_HCIS_DRM.css

Related to this is that when I look @ my Conversion Settings window, I see a huge long list of Word styles. How is that list created? Is it all Word styles in all linked Word documents? If I were to go through all of my linked Word documents and delete a style, for example, the “AutoSig” style, would “AutoSig” disappear from this list on this window in RoboHelp?


There's a good reason for my pessimism.

Not Today

I could not do this work today, but it makes me think I should learn more about XML & DITA so opportunities like this would be possible.

TECHNICAL WRITER - TELECOMMUTE/OFFSITE - XML & DITA - Networking Products
Johnson Service Group Inc. - Santa Clara, CA
Part-time, Contract, Other
Johnson Service Group., Inc. is seeking a Technical Writer, on a contract basis, for our client's contact management group.

Scope of Work:
We are seeking a contract Technical Writer to work remote/offsite.

Must have knowledge of DITA, to manage the set-up of systems and range of products to be documented.

Projects will include documenting consumer and business networking products and devices.

Must have you own XML editor.

XML editors include include Oxygen, and DITA aware XML editor.

Access to CCMS and DITAToo will be provided.

Work portfolio and samples are preferred.

Type of employment : This is an indefinite, part-time (remote) contract position.

Location: Santa Clara, CA

8 people have already applied to this job.

XML & DITA are buzzwords in the technical writing world and it would be good for me to understand their application to my work.

Men of the Stick

New music for (me - the video below was released in June 2016) a Monday AM!



Heroes Are Mortal

James & Kirk in Metallica were interviewed and one of the takeaways is that "Metallica Won't Play More Than Fifty Shows In A Single Year." Of course, that got all the Lars haters going in the comments, although some people thought this section of the interview was reason to not be so down on Lars:

On whether METALLICA changes up its setlist regularly...

James: "I'll tell you, we have a lot of songs now. It's a great gold-plated problem to have. What songs are you gonna play? What songs work best here or there? Lars [Ulrich, METALLICA drummer] has his own method of [choosing which songs to play]. 'Last time we played 'Hit The Lights' here was in 1997 on the blah blah tour.' 'Oh, okay.' Do you think anyone remembers that but you and your computer? But he's very into that. He doesn't want to rehash and rehash. So we've got a lot of good songs on this record too. We'll be trying all those out live. And hopefully we get doubles or multiples in cities, and that's even easier to come up with a different setlist, you know, if people are seeing multiple shows. And people do travel. Our fans are crazy enough to stalk us around the country, or even to different continents, which is unbelievable."


My heavy metal heroes are mortal. I'm okay with that...
To read more, refer to METALLICA Won't Play More Than Fifty Shows In A Single Year.

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Scary

NFL: Dolphins QB Matt Moore re-enters after missing just 1 play following scary shot to head by Steelers’ Bud Dupree

Purring Along

I took the plunge and purchased Carbonite, a backup solution, from Jeremy M. I had talked to him for nearly a year about purchasing it and finally sent him a check on Tuesday for $100. I received the license key last night, around 10 PM, and as I expected, I was awake @ 6:30 today. I have it installed and it's purring along, happily making the initial backup to my account except...Why is nothing easy for me when it comes to technology? 
  1. The first screenshot shows the laptop - e, t, u, w, y, & z are all external hard drives. I selected y: to be backed up. Then I selected z: to be backed up.
    • I got the second screenshot about some files & folders won't be included and clicked OK.
    • Then I see this:
    • I want to back up multiple EHDs - I have to be able to do so - so why isn't z: selectable?
      • I thought I knew. I have the y: EHD plugged directly into the laptop. The laptop has two USB slots. I use a USB splitter, which is plugged into the other slot, and allows access to the E: EHD (which is Alex's EHD I bought for his Christmas present), the T: EHD (which is currently empty), the U: EHD (which includes the W: little drive), and the z: EHD. My guess is that Carbonite doesn't see the drives connected by the splitter as separate USB connections so it balks at including them. 
        • Except that doesn't make sense. If z: is seen as a EHD that can be backed up and it's connected by the splitter, maybe it's something else.
    • I found the answer: per https://support.carbonite.com/articles/Personal-Windows-Backing-Up-Files-on-External-Hard-Drives, 
      • "With your subscription, you are only able to back up a single external hard drive to be included in your backup. If you try to back up a second external hard drive, you will receive an error message." 
  2. I can't see the two shares on my WD MyCloud drive - M & N. They are not connected via USB. I’ve already read that EHDs must be connected via USB, so I’m guessing that’s why they don’t appear as available. I want to find a solution for including them. The workaround I hope I don't have to do is to copy from the MyCloud drive to a USB-connected EHD, back it up, and then copy back out to the MyCloud drive. I would much rather not have to do that because it is a manual process.

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Gripped Me

This video really tells a good story - it held onto me throughout as it traced a relationship. It's worth watching.



Friday, January 6, 2017

Say It

Abortion = murder.

Some GOP lawmakers say Planned Parenthood shouldn’t get any federal money because it provides abortions. But that’s a misleading claim: The federal Hyde Amendment already bans federal spending on abortion, except in very rare cases. And abortion services only comprise a tiny fraction of Planned Parenthood’s work, which largely involves testing for and treating sexually transmitted diseases, as well as providing birth control, cancer screenings and other health care.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/paul-ryan-planned-parenthood_us_58700e7de4b02b5f8588dd0f?lyetph2utjw9izfr

Damnit! Put Comments in your Code!

Initially, this article peeved me when the list of albums that turn 20 was included in a list I could read. Then, when I went to the source code and saw the crappy way the page was constructed, I nearly lost my shit.

The source of my anger is the HTML code that created These Metal Albums are Turning Ten or Twenty Years Old in 2017 on metalsucks.net. Until today, I never had looked at the HTML code for any of their other articles.

I'm glad. I looked at the HTML source for the graphics on the page and saw this:

Turning Twenty Years Old in 2017

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Turning Ten Years Old in 2017

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If I were coding that page, I would be adding a comment in the HTML code with the name of the band and the name of the artist. I sorted the code to present the following list of the jpg files that are linked to within this article. Some of the image names are self-explanatory, such as "http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-Mz3AVAEKQDI/VS8wxkauMZI/AAAAAAAAAOE/7Tb69Rr1DcY/s1600/Snot-Get_Some-Frontal.jpg" which clearly is for Snot's "Get Some" album.

Fine.

Perfect.

What album is this for: https://i.ytimg.com/vi/P7M2mJEnKvs/maxresdefault.jpg?

Give up? Dream Theater's "Systematic Chaos" release.

My point is that if you add comments to your code, you are doing a "good thing" in my eyes. Here's the complete list of JPGs.

What Defines Weak

What is weak? Is it a lack of strength or not reaching expectations that were never made public? I ask this because of two emails I read just now. My Fox News email announced:
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Employers added a weak 156,000 jobs in December, below average for 2016, and the jobless rate ticked up to 4.7 percent, according to the final monthly Labor Dept. jobs report released during Obama's presidency.
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Oh, I thought, that is not good news to end the Obama administration. Then, I read an email from the Washington Post, which announced:
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In final jobs report of Obama administration, U.S. economy adds 156,000 new jobs in December. The report marks the 75th straight month of job growth – the most extended streak the country has seen since 1939. The unemployment rate ticked up to 4.7 percent.
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Keep in mind, the order. First, I read the Fox News blurb. It made me think the Labor Department jobs report is not good news for the country.  Second, I read the Washington Post blurb and it made me wonder if it really is a good report. While this post is about a topic that is "political," it is also about perspective. If I am one of the 156,000 that now has an income, what is weak about that? It's imperative to keep the audience as the focus of the writing I do every day.

Repulsive

4 Black Suspects Charged in Videotaped Beating of White Teenager in Chicago

Like a New Seat Belt

I really was swept into the opening analogy of this article about disaster recovery, which is what I write about each day.

It’s often tough to get excited about disaster recovery. It’s kind of like a product release from a seat belt company. Sure I want to be safe, but it seemed like old seat belts were good enough, so why make a big deal about it? For disaster recovery, this comes down to both human nature (out of site and out of mind), and the reality of limited resources within an organization.

Except, for me, I work within an organization that doesn't have limited resources: they have me and I am limitless!

To read the entire article, refer to DR Troopers: Quorum onQ 4.0.

Going the Direction You Want with an Elevator Speech

I "passed" student teaching in fall 1991 as far as I received 12 credits for the hell I went through, but sometimes I face the reality that I "failed" student teaching. I can sugarcoat the reasons for either perspective all I want - and have for decades - in my private journal, but the bottom-line remains this: I didn't teach more kids than I did teach. That means that I had the means to teach every student in every class I taught, but the number of kids I didn't connect with is greater than the number of kids I did connect with and, of course, no, I don't have numbers to put with the rabid beast living within me that makes me feel that way.

I only mention student teaching because I came upon an article about being prepared to give an elevator speech. When I read the following passage, I felt tears in my eyes:

In my experience, the first few minutes of any class are the most crucial. And it's the first 30 seconds of those first few minutes that set the tone for your entire class. During those first 30 seconds, you as the instructor need to deliver a rock-solid, well rehearsed introduction to your class. This introduction is often referred to as an elevator speech. Never heard of an elevator speech? Think about getting on an elevator and running into a person that you've been dying to work for your entire adult life. That person engages you in a conversation and asks you what you can do to help their company. There it is... the job of your dreams. If you say the right thing now, the job is yours. Ramble on, stammer... fail to establish credibility and you're done. You've got 30 seconds before the elevator ride is over. By that time, your future boss needs to know everything they need to know to hire you. Ready? Set? Go... When you're teaching a class, those first few moments are your time to shine, to establish yourself as the authority. You are telling your students not just who you are, but why they should listen to you... why they should want to learn from you.

I didn't have an elevator speech. I rambled on, I stammered, I failed to establish credibility, and yes, essentially, I was done.
Read more here: The Elevator Speech: Possibly the Most Important 30 Seconds of Any Class

Thursday, January 5, 2017

The Laugh

17 Slabs of Music

When I was listening to tunes on youtube.com, I came across these bands / albums. Listing them here does not imply endorsement.
  1. 32 Leaves - Welcome To The Fall - Full Album https://youtu.be/sVEhs9ySQsg 
  2. Alice in Chains - The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here - Full Album https://youtu.be/QBbCol3Rn54
  3. Allele - Point Of Origin - Full Album https://youtu.be/sF54nSnnyBY
  4. Black Out The Sun - Sevendust - Full Album https://youtu.be/GFIYbJz2ZQk
  5. Damage INC. - And Justice for All (Metallica cover) https://youtu.be/_zWHPmvRqfI
  6. Days Of Jupiter - Only Ashes Remain - Full Album https://youtu.be/-PJ1p1Mzbxw
  7. Dead By April - Incomparable - Full Album https://youtu.be/f1QB5ZrI-Xk
  8. Dead By April - Let The World Know - Full Album https://youtu.be/Sw8dmny9qAc
  9. Emphatic - Another Life - Full Album https://youtu.be/pRQGfGHa7BQ
  10. Evans Blue - Graveyard of Empires - Full Album https://youtu.be/eyqYHYZB-ao
  11. I-Exist - Humanity - Full Album https://youtu.be/wlxUpfxPLVw
  12. Pillar - Fireproof - Full Album https://youtu.be/IBztULYIYxE
  13. Ra - Black Sun - Full Album https://youtu.be/FxQuJR-4Mq4
  14. Ra - Critical Mass - Full Album https://youtu.be/BwrkKvj0usQ
  15. Skillet – Unleashed - Full Album https://youtu.be/_8zDVnuZrt8
  16. Tesla - Forever More Full Album https://youtu.be/WlcyhmqbMbc
  17. Theory of a Deadman - Theory of a Deadman - Full Album https://youtu.be/oztggk9OL3g