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Macs, productivity, &c.

WordPress Takes a Little Nap

As I logged in for my routine, every-five-minute stat check, I was greeted with this rather curt little message.


It seemed I wouldn’t be able to get my stats are do anything for two whole years. Now, I wasn’t going to just take that. I showed my discontentment like only a blogger can– I took a screenshot (damn straight).

Now, unless you too have been sleeping for a rather long time, you’ll probably notice that it hasn’t been two years yet. I too figured this out and it lead me to a startling conclusion. WordPress is obviously paying the same people who make progress bars that one minute are “less than one minute” from completion and the next have “about an hour” to go to estimate how long their maintenance will take. The worst part is, they’re obviously not paying them enough. I would expect to be told that the the site will be “back in a jiffy” only to find that when I check back a jiffy later the estimate has changed to “730 days”. WordPress obviously skimped and bought the “break it to ’em quick” package. I demand false hope!

I think this whole situation would have been a lot easier to stomach if, in the guise of a FAQ, I was directed to a 404 error.

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Hey Linux Users!

With your 2.8% market share, I know you guys are everywhere.  You might as well put that [advantage of Linux] to use in a way that other people can’t because of [disadvantage of operating system that people actually use].  Why don’t you turn that dull work environment into something that you can stare at for hours on end in a slightly creepy fashion.  Introducing…Somatic GNOME the [Linux jargon that I don’t understand].  Using Ubuntu and the GNOME desktop environment thingy, you can turn your boring desktop into a disturbing shrine to yours truly.


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Slightly Bitter, Mostly Sweet News

Just recently I submitted a post to Dumb Little Man, a productivity and life tips blog. Just now I’ve received the wonderful news that it will indeed by published early next week (I’ll link to it once it’s up). This is great news because it should drive a lot of traffic to End Kvetch but it also means I won’t be putting much productivity stuff up here because I would rather submit it to DLM in the hopes of getting another traffic boost. Don’t worry though, y’all will still get the rejects.

In related news, you may be wondering where the “Getting Things Done (When You Really Need To)” post went. The answer is: a better place. Yes, indeedy, an improved version of that post should be appearing on DLM next week.

R.I.P “Getting Things Done (When You Really Need To)”
January 24, 2008 – January 25, 2008

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The Student’s Guide to Studying (French and Chemistry)


As with any language, learning French provides its challenges. Being the quintessence of all things both pedigological and Francophilic, I would like to provide you all with a list of resources for better French-learning.

1. Google Dictionary is different from the bane of every language teacher’s existence- Google Translate. More often than not, you can avoid embarrassment by finding the correct word.

2. Le Conjugueur is a great tool to find all the conjugations of a given verb (it even suggests verbs as you type). There is also an Spanish and an English version for those of us who is having problems conjugating English verbs. It also has some other cool features and references.

3. Mental Case is a great flashcard app for Macs. I personally don’t do this (and it’s probably why I don’t do well on conjugation tests) but it would be great for testing yourself on conjugations or vocabulary.


Chemistry, and science in general, is a bitch (if you ask me). Luckily, there is help out there.

1. Smell-o-Mints is a snappy periodic table (for Macs, of course) with a fair amount of data. The developer has actually said that he is intentionally leaving features out so as not to “take money from those who sell shareware Periodic Tables.” I personally think this is ludicrous, but to each his own.

2. ChemBuddy is a simple but cool chemistry utility with a periodic table and lots of other features and calculators.

3. WIkipedia is a great resource for this, just look up the element you want and you’ll get all the data you could ever need.

4. WebElements has a nice periodic table online with lots of data.

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One Skitch Invite to Go

I’ve given away four of my Skitch invites (the last one came with a very generous offer to name the invitee’s first child Gnome). So send in your applications now (please include résumé and three references1) and you will be considered.

Footnotes: 1 Please don’t. I don’t want to have to talk to your ex-boss at the catfood market.

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Finally, the Questing Days are Over

Although it wasn’t really a consideration when I moved to WordPress I soon realized that Journler works with WordPress. Obviously I am very happy about this, especially since I’m not crazy about the WordPress web interface. Since I have chosen Journler for my note-taking application this year it will would be super easy to blog during school (and school, like the dentist, always provides good blog fodder) while looking like the diligent student– not that I would do that. Just saying.

Regardless, despite the initial spats WordPress and I are getting along now just fine (we just needed a third-party mediator).

Update: The annoying thing about offline editors is their uncanny ability to generate useless HTML, and, of course, their willingness to convert your tags into web-safe symbols.

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