Happy Constitution Day

“[T]he present Constitution is the standard to which we are to cling. Under its banners, bona fide must we combat our political foes — rejecting all changes but through the channel itself provides for amendments.” — Alexander Hamilton (letter to James Bayard, April 1802)

Reference: Selected Writings and Speeches of Alexander Hamilton,
Frisch, ed. (511)

Oh, how far we have fallen…

Today’s phischbits

Has the Large Hadron Collider destroyed the world yet?
Um….yeah. Like we’d ever see any other answer.
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.- THE CHANGERING Obama 2008 – Home -.
My friend Tiffany accurately summed this up in her tweet where I saw this link: “I bet this idea made a lot more sense while the pot was still being smoked.”
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Upload a MP3. Add more cowbell to the song. Oh dear God.
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Worth repeating

From my good friend, Brent:

“[T]he only people who bring up the supposed value of IBM/Windows over Mac are people whose livelihoods depend on it. Those PC vs. Mac commercials are correct, and Jerry Seinfeld can’t fix it.”
(It’s worth noting Brent’s livelihood does not, in fact, depend on the Mac. He’s just a satisfied user of one at home, whereas his work computer is Windows-based.)

Today’s phischbits

Diamond Insider: A Mervis Blog » Tell Us Your Stories » We Interview Tom Bridge of WeLoveDC. Because We Also Love DC.
My friend Tom is interviewed about his relationship, proposal, and marriage to my friend Tiffany. I’m still pleased to have been somewhat on the inside track regarding Tom’s purchasing the ring, planning the proposal, etc.
Politely ignore that the last two paragraphs of the post are a none-too-thinly veiled advertisement for the blog’s corporate parent.
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DiscCloud – Home
“With DiscCloud, you can transform a PC, Workstation, or other x86 based machine into a powerful Leopard Desktop Server. Once your desktop is in the DiscCloud, you can scale and manage it with VMware on standard x86 servers.”
Not that I plan on doing anything like this, I just found it intriguing.
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Police Get Geeky with Twitter | PSFK – Trends, Ideas & Inspiration
“Police in Scottsdale, Arizona are using the micro blogging service to send out alerts on pertinent town information such as road closings, traffic problems, power outages and severe weather warnings.”
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ATPM 14.09

The September issue of About This Particular Macintosh is now available for your reading pleasure.
Mark informs us that more ISP chicanery is afoot across the Pond, and how Mac users in the UK might be affected. Ed’s updated the master list of GTD apps with a new item: iPhone Presence. Does the app have an iPhone version, or a web version the iPhone can access? Pretty handy if you’re looking for an application to get things done with that will run on your Mac and your iPhone.
In this month’s Photoshop For the Curious, Lee shows us how to use the Merge tool to stitch together those vacation photos to get those great panoramic shots. Sylvester scratches the surface of Preview’s usability to help us get more out of that handy little app.
This month’s desktop pictures are again courtesy of Julie Ritterskamp, who took these great photos in various national parks throughout the western United States this past July. The identity of Lord Fate, present and past, is revealed, as Cortland’s saga comes to a close. Todd and Angie begin to move their lives forward again, though Angie is having trouble letting Cortland go. But does she have to…?
First Officer Chris Lawson, our nation-trotting staff pilot, pounds around on Das Keyboard Professional, while the Big Boss, Michael Tsai, reviews three hard drive enclosures which allow one to treat hard drives as floppy disks. (For you young’uns, we used to have to store our computer data on this pieces of five-inch discs, which were encased in a floppy plastic material, hence the name, floppy disk, or floppies.)
Lee looks at a pair of headsets from Maximo, while Ed does some recipe filing with MacGourmet Deluxe. Finally, Linus puts Séquence through its paces to see if it can dethrone screen-capture king Snapz Pro.
As always, this issue of ATPM is available in a variety of formats for your reading enjoyment.

Today’s phischbits

Finishing Well: Strange responses to “pain”
Great piece from my friend Mike.
“We will do whatever is needed to keep from feeling pain in the moment. It doesn’t really matter to us whether the solution has actually changed anything, but in the moment we ‘feel’ better. Our whole culture has done that in our response to God. […] But we do….we will do whatever it takes to ‘be happy’ and avoid pain in the moment. We divorce our mates to ‘be happy.’ We hurt others so we can ‘be happy.’ We make a big change to get a little result in the moment so we feel like we have solved our problem without really changing anything at all. We have yet to resolve the problem, but we feel better.”
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The Tshirt and Tee Search Engine – PleaseDressMe
Pretty nifty. I discovered a new Star Wars t-shirt while playing around with it.
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The curse word ‘Battlestar Galactica’ created – CNN.com
Humorous look at the fake curse word “frak”. Yes, it’s intended as a replacement for exactly the word you’re thinking of. I had no idea Glen Larson had coined it during the original Galactica series I watched religiously as a boy. I did, however, remember “feldergarb”.
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Today’s phischbits

“Special site for Nikon’s next-generation D-SLR, the D90. This features detailed product information and a variety of sample images, as well as movies captured with the D90’s new innovative movie function, D-Movie.”
The first digital SLR to shoot movies. And they’re pretty impressive movies, considering it’s a dSLR and not a dedicated video camera.
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bradandgeo: ‘cognitive surplus’ and the church…
“And when people come out of this stupor, what you find is people not wanting a passive, received religion, but a spirituality that they are a part of, or as the article says, an ‘architecture of participation’. And this is ironic because this is exactly the same shift that needed to happen 2000 years ago – the shift from one priest to the ‘priesthood of all believers’; the shift from a few select leaders to a plurality of ‘gifts’ making up the body as a whole.”
This certainly engaged my gray matter…
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