“Amusing Ourselves to Death” a comic by Stuart McMillen


Thought provoking, conversation starting, and probably controversial counting upon who you are, check out the whole single page comic.

“Are we in control of our own decisions?” – Design for a better world

TED.com: Dan Ariely asks, Are we in control of our own decisions?

Programming Links for May 27th, 2009

InfoQ: Bruce Eckel on Python, Java, Flex, and RIAs

O’Reilly: Dreaming of Rails as the Next Microsoft Access

It’s Only Software: 5 Minute Guide to Spring and JMX

Yet Another Java Blog: 5 Part Series: Intro to Caching,Caching algorithms and caching frameworks

Eli Bendersky: A year with Python

itzer.com: Java Kicks Ruby on Rails in the Butt

A shout out to Mike – from heart attack to thanking the EMS

Every few days there’s a new post at Mike’s blog or on his Facebook profile documenting his terrific progress.

Dude – it will be great to see you. You’re an inspiration man.

Why it’s expensive to be poor

Reddit: Why it’s expensive to be poor – 1024 comments so far

Hacker News: Why it’s expensive
to be poor
– 193 comments so far.

Metafilter: You have to be riche to be poor – 230 comments so far

And the original piece by DeNeen L. Brown in the Washington Post that inspired the conversation.

CMS links for Tuesday, May 26th, 2009

CMSWire: SharePoint vs Alfresco: A Platform Perspective

CoPress: Building a Django CMS for the Spokesman Review

J. Boye: A new CMS every 3 years?

CSMonitor: Monitor changes: What’s a Content Management System anyway?

Hope you had a good Memorial Day

We spent Memorial Day Spring cleaning, Emma, Richelle, and now me, dealing with some nasty sniffles and coughs. As the day wound down, Emma’s Grandparents came by for some hamburgers and hot dogs, and I got the opportunity to tell Emma that the day was a holiday for people like her Granddad who served in the military, serving all of us.

NPR: Memorial Day Miracle At ‘The Wall’

NPR: Keeping The Memory Of World War II Veterans Alive

NPR: Memorial Day: Not Just For Barbecue

Why is it that we don’t hold our elected officials – hold ourselves – to ethical codes (if not similar then complimentary) that we honor our military for? Is it because we don’t permit ourselves to share such burden that we are, as Rafe Colburn says, losing our moral compass?

Getting rid of ‘social media’ and ‘social software’ tags here

The terms ‘social media’ and ‘social software’ may have been useful for educational purposes a few years ago when development or business leaders were not versed in the changing nature of media or online tool sets, but no longer. Both terms have long ago been appropriated by marketers. The term ‘social media expert’ means that person is a marketer. Nothing more, nothing less. And nothing against marketers.

So first, I am simply renaming all ‘social media’ and ‘social software’ tags across the site to ‘internet’. I will do the same with the site category (that requires a proper 301 redirect) hopefully later tonight.