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Tolstoy endures but here’s why the liberal arts may not

So I just read an interesting article tweeted by Parent Cortical Mass (@ParentCorticalM) by Valerie Strauss in the Washington Post “Answer Sheet.” The basic premise is that the liberal arts are in danger because, as prices rise with debt burdens, parents and students are seeing less value in studying the humanities. The liberal arts are […]

November 11, 2013 in Uncategorized
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Two Hot Sauce Recipes – Smoky Red and Orange Habanero

These are the recipes for the hot sauces that I brought to Ruby DCamp 2013. There are two recipes – smoky red and orange habanero hot sauce. The flavors are quite different and complementary. I recommend alternating bites – one red, one orange, and so on. I would say the main difference with store bought […]

October 5, 2013 in Uncategorized
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Adobe CS3 on Mac OSX: Licensing for this product has stopped working.

I ran into this problem when I had my MBP hard drive replaced. I openend Fireworks (or any Adobe app) and got a popup that said “Licensing for this product has stopped working.” Contact Adobe Customer Support. So I did. They freed up the activation, but that didn’t help. That wasn’t the problem. Soon thereafter […]

June 22, 2011 in Uncategorized
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CoffeeScript Tips & Tricks

Following on my CoffeeScript talk at the Ithaca Web Group and my company, GORGES, I downloaded the new Pragmatic Programmers book on CoffeeScript. I have completed the language reference part, and wrote down the tips and tricks I learned along the way. I’ve published my notes on CoffeeScript to a Gist on GitHub. Anything missing?

May 26, 2011 in Uncategorized

Casey Dreier’s Rack presentation

Casey Dreier gave an excellent summary of Rack, rackup, and middleware. Now that we know what it is, what do we use it for? Anything that manipulates environment variables or abstracts away aspects of the program that aren’t related to the MVC layer of your application.

May 20, 2011 in Uncategorized

Comment Spam I’d Like to Use

WordPress comment spam almost worth saving to use on student papers if I were still teaching: Comment: Together with the whole thing that appears to be developing within this particular subject matter, many of your perspectives are rather refreshing. On the other hand, I appologize, because I can not subscribe to your entire plan, all […]

December 10, 2010 in Uncategorized

Firefox Extension Toolbarbutton CSS in Windows 7

Lesson learned today: If you have a Firefox extension and you use the toolbarbutton element. In Windows 7 you can only use list-style-image to style it. Background color, -moz-linear-gradient, and -moz-border radius don’t do anything, plus you get a special fancy hover effect. I ended up converting the toolbarbutton tags to a tags and moving […]

October 15, 2010 in Uncategorized
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Instance variable not assigned in view

I just spent a few minutes in la-la-land trying to figure out when an instance variable assigned in the controller stopped showing up in the view, despite all evidence that it was getting set correctly in the controller. The answer was that there were several conditions that would case an update action to render :action […]

April 7, 2010 in Ruby on Rails, Uncategorized

DVD Burning Woes on MacBook Pro Solved Happily

“The disc can’t be burned, because the device failed to calibrate the laser power level for this media.” This error plagued me on my 2007 model MacBook Pro until I realized I had bought DVD+R discs. When I tried DVD-R, it worked fine.

January 3, 2010 in Uncategorized

TimeCard App For BaseCamp

This is an Adobe AIR app for keeping your weekly timesheet in Basecamp. Like other Basecamp time apps, it has a timer and allows you to add time without having to jump from project to project, todo to todo, to add your time. Unlike others, it gives you the goodness of the standard basecamp time […]

September 22, 2009 in Uncategorized