All posts in category Nerdish

Fancy pants PDFs

I’ve always wondered how to easily create PDFs, haven’t you? Sure you have, right? What I mean by “easily” is how to do it quickly and efficiently with code, which is to say that I don’t mean doing it via point-n-click. I mean by coding stuff up. If this puts you off, then exit right now, because this stuff assumes […]

Towards a local, testable, debuggable GAS scripting environment

Okay, so since Friday afternoon I’ve been playing with the very very interesting Google Apps Scripting (GAS), just because it was sitting there and I didn’t understand any of it, and I definitely saw its potential. Then I went to a GAFE summit conference (I’m an ESL teacher by day) and saw what cool stuff cool people were […]

Best pieces of software out there.

ScreenFlow 5 is out in the Mac App Store, on sale cheap. If you ever do a screencast, this is like the iTunes for screencasts. Yes please.

Google can’t be everywhere forever

On any given day, at my workplace, I use google services probably billions upon billions of times. Non-existing numbers like that is nice to have, though … isn’t it? … because what is really meant is that I use Google for very nearly every click of the mouse, a hit of the return, and I quickly lose count, and that’s the utility of using […]

There are loads of “stupid” people

Early days, and all that, but one of the main threads that is coming out in the aftermath of the flight MH17 is that Putin provided these pro-Russian forces with some pretty advanced weaponry. Take a look at Josh Marshall, for example, whose key paragraph is: The audio tapes posted by The New York Times might as well be […]

Apple’s iWatch: My $0.02 Guess

So people are thinking that there will be an iWatch out from Apple come this October. I haven’t seen a picture of anything that I think: I would wear, or That someone else would wear, either (for more than a week) If Apple is doing an iWatch, given their design process and philosophy, this is […]

“Intelligent life has just gotten started”

Mind, blown. Turns out that there are real reason to cast doubt on the idea that the universe is probably teeming with intelligent life. Sure, maybe it has loads and loads of microbes, but human-like species? We may well be the first, and almost certainly the only one in our galaxy. The argument comes from the observation […]

Swift. Changes. Everything.

I signed up as an Apple Developer, because I had heard some really amazing things coming out of WWDC 2014. Apparently, and I’ll let readers find out for themselves, that conference pretty much ushered in The New Apple. The amount of stuff they unleashed to the world is just so comprehensive, and so futurist-looking, that […]

The internet has some ‘super pillars’

I never heard of MetaFilter, but reading about their imminent demise makes for interesting reflection. Think about it, entire ecosystems depend entirely on two Google services: Search Ads And those services are: Closed Proprietary Opaque The other week a colleague was ruminating on the fact that they are starting to avoid Facebook because, well, it was […]

My password has finally been cracked

In college I remember going to the computer lab and firing up the message forums and email and having to log in with my username and password, which were provided to me by West Chester University. It wasn’t the beginning of my online connective-ness, but it is a fond memory because that signifies the time that I […]