“I Don’t Wanna Get Political” Is How We Get Into These Messes

I am totally cool with friends who want to unfollow because they want to read different posts other than politics. I get it. I have friends whose tweets I don’t pay attention to for various other reasons for example, and I don’t take it personally when they don’t want to pay attention to mine. But “I don’t wanna get political” is how we got into this mess in the first place, and that applies no matter which side of the political divide you’re on. Elected officials need to be held accountable, and everything going on will have an impact on your life, whether you know about it or not. “Not getting political” won’t stop that, and you can’t make an informed decision when it’s time to vote if you don’t pay attention to what’s going on, before and after the campaigning. That also applies regardless of how you vote. None of us, (liberal or conservative), can afford to be single-issue or uninformed voters. My posts have gotten more political of late because I believe that what’s going on now is bad for all of us, not just liberals. Our president is doing everything the wait-and-see crowd reassured us he wouldn’t do, with a vengeance. And everybody who’s cheering this on is going to get a very rude awakening when their grocery bills get more expensive, because terriffs. So no, I’m not a fan of moving the country backward. But “I don’t wanna get political” is a form of sticking your head in the sand, and is the quickest way to not get what you want from your elected officials. And none of us can afford to stick our heads in the sand just because we want things to be positive or pleasant or whatever other means we use to avoid conflict and argument.

This right here is definitive proof that you’ll never fix stupid

Ladies and gentlemen, the President Elect of the United States:

@realDonaldTrump I think, I’ll keep it . . . so I’ve got 46 million people right now — that’s a lot, that’s really a lot — but 46 million — including Facebook, Twitter and ya know, Instagram, so when you think that you’re 46 million there, I’d rather just let that build up and just keep it @realDonaldTrump, it’s working — and the tweeting, I thought I’d do less of it, but I’m covered so dishonestly by the press — so dishonestly — that I can put out Twitter — and it’s not 140, it’s now 280 — I can go bing bing bing . . . and they put it on and as soon as I tweet it out — this morning on television, Fox — ‘Donald Trump, we have breaking news’.

I’m going with: Whatever he tweets on either account will get posted on the other. Sheesh.

He’s right. It will change.

https://twitter.com/technosailor/status/820775640697864192
The Great Trumkin is right. It will change. Because there’s nothing like watching a total douche bag fascist masquerading as a republican get elected to the highest office in the land to unite the country. Obstruct, obstruct, obstruct, at every single level. I hope you like the presidency Trump, because you and your lackies, (inside and outside of the government), are going to work for it. There’s a time to put down the pitchforks. This time isn’t it. And I’m confident that, once all those people who voted for you thinking you’d make their lives better realize that you don’t give two shits about them, they’ll join up. So good luck with the next four years Mr. President Elect, because they’re going to be a very long four years.

This might have something to do with why “The Year of the Desktop” has never happened for Linux

Not that I was really looking for an explanation as to why “The Year of the Desktop” has never happened with Linux. This video, however, is some convenient ammo. Via Dr. Roy Schestowitz (??)

Yep, this is totally the guy who should be handling national cyber security!

The Great Trumpkin has nominated Rudy Giuliani to handle our nation’s cyber security affairs. He owns and operates a full-service security, investigative and crisis management consulting firm whose website has the following outstanding cyber security related issues:

  • Expired SSL (certificate)
  • Doesn’t force https, (I suppose when you have an expired certificate that’s just icing on the cake),
  • Exposed CMS login information, both database username and password as well as weblogin username and password, (You’re a God damn moron if you do that, and you’re even worse if you’re selling full cybersecurity services and you’re doing that, and oh, did I mention the info is exposed in plain text files that live on the server and are browsable?)
  • Uses Flash (which has become so prone to vulnerabilities that modern browsers don’t support it, and Adobe, (its creator), recommends that you use HTML 5 instead
  • Using EOL’d (end-of-life, meaning it’s not even getting security updates), PHP version
  • SSL Lab grade of F
  • Using Joomla 3.1.1 (released in April, 2013 – current is 3.6.5)
  • SSH exposed to public access, (why don’t you just post your root password somewhere and get it over with)
  • FreeBSD 6 (released in 2008)
  • Open ports, so many open ports…

If Giuliani is confirmed, we are completely and totally fucked on the cybersecurity front. Terrorists aren’t going to need to fly planes into buildings, or run over people with trucks. They’ll just have to sick a bunch of toasters on the government and take it all down. All this talk about defeating ISIS, and with a Giuliani confirmation, they’ll be handed the tool they’re literally most effective at using, and winning with. Good job guys, good fucking job!

Today the high was 60F, (15.6C), and there will be…

Today the high was 60F, (15.6C), and there will be snow showers, at least according to the current weather forecast:

Saturday
Snow during the morning will give way to lingering snow showers during the afternoon. Some sleet may mix in. Temps nearly steady in the mid to upper 30s. Winds N at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of snow 70%. Snowfall around one inch.
Saturday Night
A mostly clear sky. Low near 25F. Winds N at 5 to 10 mph.

If there’s enough snow/sleet, (in other words, more than just sprinking), I’ll be sure to provide some audio to contrast with Monday’s torrential downpour. We’re only supposed to get an inch, (which isn’t really a big deal), and it’ll stick around long enough to freeze and become icy slush over Saturday night. Also there will be raids on the stores tomorrow. Yay southern living!

Location Support for WordPress posts

David Shanske has added location support to his site, complete with an open street map and the location name as a link. I’m eager to try it out and his releasing this reminds me to finish my own location support. I have the fields created, but I’d still like to get WordPress to automatically pull in the location associated with the browser, so that when I post from my phone I can effectively replace checking into Facebook or Foursquare. Foursquare’s cute for the points but that’s about it. I’ve copied this site over to staging so I can make code changes and tweak until I’m happy, or at least until I have something I can live with, until I decide to tweak again. The curse of being a developer, I suppose.

I’m starting a new book challenge for this year. I…

I’m starting a new book challenge for this year. I think they’re a nice diversion and they allow for a little friendly competition. This year I’ve set it to fifty-two books so I average about one book a week. I’d also like to write more reviews, except I likely won’t do it on Goodreads. I’d like to have the book covers as the featured image (thumbnail) for each book so that when I syndicate things to Twitter and Facebook there are pictures to go with the content. I’ll do this manually for now until I find out how much of a nightmare Goodreads API permissions are. You apparently can’t scrape their feeds, although they exist. I was highly disappointed when I found this out, because it would have been the easiest way to retrieve data. Oh well.

Update: You can, apparently, scrape the feed, but only sort of, because you don’t get complete control of the data that comes across.

I have determined that the best way for me to get …

I have determined that the best way for me to get work done at this stage in my life is to listen to ambient music, rather than my normal lists on Spotify. It helps keep my brain from racing. For right now I’m using the soundscapes provided by Ambient Mix, which leaves my phone free to do, well, phone things. There’s a list of ambient playlists on Spotify that my friend Tom McFarlin published sometime back, and once I find that link again, and then do the searching for those lists from the app on my phone, I’ll probably switch back to using Spotify for work things. I need to spend some more time with Spotify on the PC anyway so I can become more familiar with how the UI works.

I finished lighting for the second night of Hanuka…

I finished lighting for the second night of Hanukah, and then looked at Twitter, only to find that 2016 has seriously trolled us by taking George Michael from us … On Christmas. Really 2016? Are you serious? I mean, I wasn’t a superfan or anything, but damn. It’s like, since Carrie Fisher looked 2016 in the eye and 2016 blinked, it needed to make up for it or something. So I’m currently listening to a George Michael’s Greatest Hits playlist on Spotify, (and yeah, there’s a ton on here, including a lot of non-radio excellent stuff), while I drink a beer and plan for the week ahead.

So I’m reading the 13th Scott Harvath book, and I’…

So I’m reading the 13th Scott Harvath book, and I’ve gotten to a point where Scott Harvath is able to tell whether or not the terrorists are logging into Facebook, and what their visiting on Facebook. Come on! Facebook even when this book was written was using SSL. The entire point of SSL is to protect data while it’s in transit. That includes usernames and passwords, and it also includes what URLs (or pages in Facebook’s case), people are visiting. There’s absolutely no way this character would be able to tell whether or not some terrorists were visiting Facebook and even if you could there’s no way for him to be able to tell what Pages they are visiting, and what they’re doing on Facebook. Christ on crutches, I know research is hard and everything but this is pretty simple to find out. Google is amaze! It can help with all kinds of things! Including researching how technology works and how Facebook works. Not that Facebook is terribly awesome about privacy, but even they don’t screw up this badly.

I think it may be time to wander back out of the I…

I think it may be time to wander back out of the Indieweb rabbit hole and climb into bed. This has been a lot of fun, and tomorrow will definitely be RTFM Friday, (actually, no it won’t, because I have some emails to respond to and work to do), because I’m missing something. I’ve gotten set up with Bridgy, but still need to figure out how to merge accounts, because I have two of them. I will re-automate social sharing when I’m more awake. I need to switch plugins because it appears that Social has finally quit working as of WordPress 4.7. I’m not complaining. Hell, I got eight years out of the thing, across I don’t know how many WordPress versions. I also need to play around with changing the webmentions endpoint for this site so that Bridgy can handle them. There are extra meta boxes and I’m pretty sure I need to change it there but will do some more digging later. Oh, and I need to find out the extent of microformats in Genesis so I can add what’s not already there to this child theme and the one on customerservant.com. I also need to fix the typo in that post. Anyway, good night WordPress, and good night Indieweb, and good night IDE.