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Writer by trade. I makes da words purdy.

My #meetHubski interview is here.

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goobster  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Is a closed ecosystem a monopoly?

    if you buy an Apple product and get locked in the Apple ecosystem

Which is, at its core, why you buy an Apple product.

Complaining that you chose to buy an Apple instead of something else, shows that the monopoly argument holds no water.

Alternate and appropriate Atari Teenage Riot song for this fucking topic:

goobster  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: My Opa

Yep. Crying. At my desk.

Sheesh. Thanks TNG.

"Meaningful". Interesting.

I write sales proposals for a living (right now). That means I am selling highly technical products to a non-technical audience, whose decisions are going to be publicly scrutinized and (possibly) questioned.

So I need to help these people get their head around our technology, and I have to do it on 8.5x11-inch paper, in "book" form; pictures and text.

And I have to be heard through the noise of the 30-odd other proposals they have gotten from other vendors, of lesser integrity and quality.

So I need to gently educate them - without being condescending - about a technologically complex product line, with a lot of potential add-ons and features that can be combined in a multitude of ways.

Once in a while, as I am writing, I hit on a turn of phrase that is going to really resonate with them. See, I have the Word doc open in my left monitor, and their original request document on my right monitor. So I can see their phrasing... read between the lines... glean what their issues are that they want our product to solve.

And something will flow from my fingertips, and I'll think, "I hope they don't skim this page, because that sentence is really going to help them out..."


Of course, I just interviewed for a new job today... and - holy shit - if I get this role, this job will answer this question in completely amazing and inspiring ways... fingers crossed...


Wayback machine: activate!

goobster  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Aski Hubski: Botox

A friend of mine has chronic migraines. She is getting Botox injections to help deal with them. Apparently it is fantastic for this purpose, but hard to get the insurance company on board with the idea.

Me? I dunno. I've never cared about such stuff. I tell people I'm pushing 50, and they laugh heartily, look at me, see I'm being honest, and say, "wait... what? No shit? Fifty? Wow..."

I think that's more because of my childish nature, rather than boyish good looks. :-P

Can anyone weigh in on what "600 watt-hours of energy" is in terms that I can understand? How much toast can I make with that much power? How far can I drive my EV? Something...? WanderingEng or kleinbl00

goobster  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Ground Truth: Corona Landmarks

I saw that article about the Amerinazis, too, and was laughing my ass off... it's like they don't know how to use Google, or something.

There's an entire subculture of people who - long before geocaching was a thing - would go out and photograph these old landmarks, and the ones from the Transcontinental Air Mail Routes, that are still around.

I've even been to the one in WA!

goobster  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: June 13, 2018

I know you ain't a blogger, but Eighty-Dollar Allen Wrenches is an excellent title for your blog.

Jus' sayin'....

(Or, ya know, hashtag for hubski posts: #80dollarallenwrenches)

Sidebar - A friend of mine is putting together her portfolio, right now, and it includes a lot of video and stop-motion animation.

The stuff she did even 5 years ago is entirely unusable, apparently. Audio quality. Video resolution. Graininess. Whatever.

The NSA (et al) have been collecting data and storing it in massive troves forever.

Traffic cameras have been running with no film or recording devices for decades.

We may have already hit your threshold of "...crime serious enough for someone to troll back through the footage...", and that threshold is only going to get shorter and shorter as more and more content is created.

And then ... what? When storage/assessment becomes more costly than the crime itself, what's the point in recording at all ...?

There is definitely some deep human cognitive science to be done here ...

I'm not sure I agree with you.

When webcams first became popular, people would set them up on their computer at work, and point the camera at something interesting outside... the Danube River, a bird nest, a coffee maker, whatever.

They pointed at public and private areas, were open and available on the internet to anyone with a web browser, and nobody blinked.

There were web sites (and really early sub-Reddits) which were dedicated to gathering the best footage from these public cameras, and sharing the video or stills. There were even ads based off this idea, like the one of the cubicle worker going bonkers:

I think the idea that people have a problem with a camera being watched by a "professional" vs "some guy on the internet" is a red herring. I don't think that is the problem here. There is something more deeply at work in the psyche...

And apparently the Google Street View car also turned on the Amaro photo filter when it passed through! (Pull back to the CA-111, and the moody 70's Tarantino look goes away...)

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