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86 (and Counting) New Posts

February 28, 2009

Where’s the new stuff?

Good question.

Not that long ago, the experiments with app engine and blogger were incentive enough to test another platform.

The test turned into 86 posts.

Which is kind of like moving without leaving a forwarding address.

OK so the 86 (and counting) new bold lentil posts are here.

This is includes new stencils, cloud calculators and other good stuff.


WordPress Tags versus Blogger Labels

July 14, 2008

In the old news department, there are good online discussions that debate tags versus labels without seeming to get to the point about WordPress blog tags versus Blogger blog labels.

OK here goes – a WordPress tag is a user keyword that spans all the wordpress blogs but a blogger label is a user keyword for an individual blog.

Not that complicated.

So for bold lentil if you click on one of my WordPress posts, say Karl Attacks, with the tag ‘stencil’ you get this. Which is all the WordPress blog posts with the tag ‘stencil’.

On the other hand if you click on one of my Blogger posts, say Robin Gunningham stencil, with the label ‘stencil’ you get this. Which is all of Bold Lentil’s Blogger posts with the label ‘stencil’.

Pretty simple.

Now why cross-blog is another question but at a minimum it gives deeper appreciation to some differences between WordPress and Blogger.

FWIW the shortcut is finally live.

GM to Cut 1000’s, Announces Failed Business Plan

May 1, 2008

If, as the Washington Post reports, General Motors is facing “market realities” and laying-off thousands of employees then first off where did the quotes around market realities come from and second what is the opposite of market realities?

Market fantasies?

First, let’s assume that the quotes around “market realities” mean that the Washington Post is quoting other sources, most likely GM. Second, let’s skip the market fantasies digression although it seems appealing in a quasi sportsman-like capitalist way to think about fantasy markets being something like fantasy sports leagues where arm chair investors get to make their own rules and amass their own talent and reap the corresponding benefits. But there are thousands of people losing thousands of real jobs so let’s leave GM’s market fantasies out of this post.

Thousands of people will lose their jobs because of a failed business plan.

So without an overly pedantic background section for the uninitiated, assume a business plan is a reason for people to lend you money so you can make money with your business. College kids can do it. Some might say it should fit on a napkin. But it should probably make sense. Now one can only assume the specifics but noting in the announcement of lay-offs that “very few people are jumping boulders in Sedona. They are typically facing nothing more than traveling on snow down a gravel road in a rural area” (if that) then one really should question GM’s business plan.

Were they really thinking their gross profits would increase with higher gas prices?

The above figure shows a growth in gross profit and global market share as function of a rising price of gas. Once again, without being overly pedantic, let’s assume a tornado diagram is a way to plot what happens if various assumptions about your business plan are off. Is it possible that the GM business plan for this segment of automobile buyers really had gross profit only increasing with rising gas prices?

Seems kind of hard to believe. The alternative is that GM assumed that gas prices would drop. But how low? When? Where? And days later they are announcing new partnerships in cellulosic ethanol. Ah, ethanol for $1 or $1.50 per gallon – that sounds more like it.

Toxoplasmosis: Choose Your Own Post Ending

April 23, 2008

What sort of parasite gives a rat a suicidal attraction to cats?

A nasty one.

Toxoplasma gondii.

Passed from cat gut to rat brain and back again this parasite would seem to leave the host cats unaffected while giving the host rat brain damage. Connecting the cats and rats is feces. The toxoplasma passes out of cats and into rats. The rats then get slower and less afraid of cats and easier to be eaten by the cats. Which is not to say that the rats are fearless. They still have what seems to be a typical level of rat anxiety. But unlike uninfected rats, they appear to be fearless of rat urine.

Selective impairment of smell due to a parasite.

Altered perception and nihilistic behaviors, infected predators and reckless rodents. Fascinating but what’s the point you are asking yourself? You choose:

If you think the glass is half full click here,

If you think the glass is half empty click here,

If you think the glass is mostly empty space click here.

“It can injure you to write too quickly”

April 14, 2008

“”It can injure you to write too quickly” so said Norman Mailer.

I don’t know – my fastest writing too quickly injury to date still doesn’t match my fastest baking too quickly injury.

Something you thought was funny and isn’t vs. burn your bicep with a hot cookie tray. No comparison.

Eat your mistakes.

Quotes from DeLillo’s Underworld

April 6, 2008

Some quotes and three words from Underworld by Don DeLillo. Other posts also on the book.

542 – “everyday things represent the most overlooked knowledge.”

530 – “Whoever controls your eyeballs controls the world.” – bend to live?

525 – “It’s a question of mind over matter. They don’t mind and we don’t matter.”

785 – “-not that people want the same things, necessarily, but they want the same range of choices.”

810 – “I long for the days of disorder.” … “This is what I long for, the breach of peace, the days of disarray when I walked real streets and did things slap-bang and felt angry and ready all the time, a danger to others and a distant memory to myself.”

816 – “All terror is local now.” -from 1997 with cloud shrouded WTC and a church on the cover of the paperback edition.

514 – “But what happens, he thought, if you die some day and it turns out everything you’ve ever done in private becomes general knowledge in the hereafter.”

88 – “It is the special skill of an adolescent to imagine the end of the world as an adjunct to his own discontent.” – likewise for generations…

275 – lontananza – distance or remoteness.

280 – dietrologia – science of what is behind an event, an auspicious event.

539 – velleity – small things, wish, tendency.

323 – “And what’s the point of waking up in the morning if you don’t try to match the enormousness of the known forces in the world with something powerful in your own life?”

338 – “Pain is just another form of information.”