FAML – Fucking Aweful Markup Language

2 June 2015

What is HTML?car

A globbity gloop mess of code, style, randomness, and someone’s twice eaten, puked up text which they stuck together using duct tape and rusty nails. Did I mention I *love* parsing XML? (gag)




Out of the frying pan into the fire

22 May 2015

“Maze runner” plot is that the maze is a lie, they’re test subjects, and they escape the maze only into a more intricate/controlled trap.


Systems are in place currently to “trap” us – Vegas is a controlled escape – one which not many people want to live in for long. Once the party is over and money is gone, and the hangover comes, you’ve got greenday blues. The flashing lights then just serve as a warning signal – like brightly colored poisonous frogs or wasps – stay away.

These systems make you want to go back to your normal, boring life…


Styling Differences Silverlight vs CSS

24 March 2015

asset list scroll bar theme
How to style scroll bars in Silverlight:

First five lines of silverlight style:


<Style x:Key="sdsScrollBarStyle" TargetType="ScrollBar">
      <Setter Property="MinWidth" Value="17"/>
      <Setter Property="MinHeight" Value="17"/>
      <Setter Property="IsTabStop" Value="False"/>
      <Setter Property="Template">


Saturday Morning Writing group

7 March 2015

Sipping silently on lotus dreamstims-desktop-image1

the usual suspects – an encyclopedia of oddities, heavily armed, our weapons are words

with which we spin our conspiracies, our fantasies, our lies

backed by the spirits of writers past, the whisper of typewriter tapping

tarries long after our passing.


3BL and The Ultimate Law of the Universe

15 September 2014

I just got back from touring the Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral – if you get a chance to do the tour and get a glimpse you should totally take it, the spaceships are enormous and amazing.  Also, I’ve been watching the new show Cosmos.  Both of these things made me think of space and new life and also about that fact that we can’t really even govern ourselves, how do we expect to handle other species of sentient life?  We know that technology is advancing very rapidly, and that in a few years we may or may not set out to explore the stars and possibly make contact with other beings.


Refactoring the Code of Laws

14 May 2014

code: is system of rules to convert information—such as a letterword, sound, image, or gesture—into another, sometimes shortened or secret, form or representation for communication through a channel or storage in a medium.

law: a system of rules and guidelines which are enforced through social institutions to govern behavior.


The Code of Hammurabi was a set of laws, written down for the ancient civilization of Babylon.  It included rules, most notably an “eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth”, which governed how we could agree to live together in community and expect predefined punishments if we broke any of the agreed upon rules.

Modern programming code has taught us a few valuable lessons about codes, standards, and how to build systems that pass the test of time.  One important aspect of coding best practices is refactoring, or breaking down and organizing your written code into small chunks that can be simplified and reused. Interestingly, it seems that no one has used these “best practices” yet to apply to the laws that govern our societies.


Some were taken, some left, some were never there to begin with

5 April 2014

stroke12A friend once told me, cherish the ones you have.
Feel blessed that you have a (parent / brother / sister / person) to (yell at, nag, bother, worry about, demand, pressure, guilt trip) you.
Not everyone has that person in their life.
They do these things because they love you, that’s the most important thing.  That someone out there loves you, and they could die at any minute.

Some were taken, some left, some were never there to begin with.


Elohim Mishpat – and all kinds of crazy

1 April 2014

Woken early, tires on the car need changed and today is the last day Black-Raven-wallpaperto do so before accruing possible ticket for having studded tires in April.
Knowing my affinity to attract police attention like a tuna in a shark tank, we decide to change the tires, today.  As I drag my half-asleep self out of bed and into the car, I notice that my shadow dances across 3 jet black ravens, who eye me menacingly.  No bad omen could prepare me for this day…


Rainy Day Torment

24 March 2014

Tree_Rings_by_MomentsInTimeIt’s dark again, the crossfire, the cold poisons my mind,

When days turn grey, night closes in, a year has passed me by,

These golden days have slipped right by, around without a sound.

My time to live in bright new days now falling to the ground


Input, Output, Communication Speeds

3 March 2014

Input speeds for common languages and interfaces

When typing, we use approximately 50 keys.
On my keyboard at home, I’ve got the following set:

  • Content Keys (48) x2 = 96 ~=100
    • 26 English letters,
    • 12 purely punctuation keys (space, +-~[];’,./\),
    • 10 numbers,
  • 6 mode modifiers (shift, ctrl, alt, caps lock, insert, numlock)
  • 12 navigational keys (tab, enter, home, end, pageup, pagedown, escape, win/mac, up, down, left, right)
  • 2 content modifiers (delete, backspace)
  • 12 F-keys
  • 17 number pad (duplicates)

Each of the Content Keys has a secondary punctuation or Capital letter when the shift or capslock is pressed.

How fast are you?

Most speeds below have to do with the English language,
but I’d be interested in hearing from readers about other language speeds!

Typing (keyboard or typewriter):
English average speed – (41)-80 WPM – 217 WPM
My speed – 80WPM
Dvorak – (50-100WPM)?  – 170WPM
Colemak – 70-100WPM? – 136WPM

English spoken average -120 WPM – 180 WPM – 650! WPM
auctioneers can speak at about 250 wpm

Other communication methods:
Morse Code (CW) – 20 – 60 (Fast) – 75.6 wpm
Books on tape – 150-160 WPM
ASL translator requirement – 110-130 WPM
ASL signed – 200 WPM?
Stenography (used by captioners) – 240WPM
Steganography (used by crpytologists) – <10WPP (word per picture)

Texting: (challenges: one-hand? not dropping your phone)
Palm Graffiti – 10-20 WPM?
Palm Fitaly –  30-40WPM  up to 64.9 WPM
MessagEase – 10 – 50(fast) – 80.7 WPM
MS Word Flow – ~ 81 WPM
Flexy – 105 WPM
250WPM (practiced world record)??

Longhand 22-31 WPM
Personal Shorthand: (used by Journalists)
Gregg – 100-175, 200 WPM

Related links:

Half-QWERTY One-handed texting

Escape Keyboard – Microsoft Research (one handed typing)

Here’s a relevant and helpful infographic that I found: (click for larger version)


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