Tuesday, September 22, 2009

"The world breaks everyone and afterward many are strong in the broken places." - What It Really Means

I keep seeing people quote use the quote, "The world breaks everyone and afterward many are strong in the broken places" it in an inspirational way, hoping that they too will be stronger from the hurts that life has dealt them. It was used repeatedly in the movie "Bottle Shock" where both the grapes and the characters are better off as a result of the hardships they endure. It's nice, sure, and filled with warm fuzzies until you read the rest of the quote.

"The world breaks everyone and afterward many are strong in the broken places. But those that will not break it kills. It kills the very good and the very gentle and the very brave impartially. If you are none of these you can be sure it will kill you too but there will be no special hurry." - Ernest Hemingway
Maybe, just maybe, many are made stronger in the places where life has broken them. Hemingway seems to be saying that it really doesn't matter .The lesson is that in the end, the world will kill you. Just because it hasn't swooped in to do the job right away doesn't mean it has forgotten. It just means you are not good enough, gentle enough or brave enough for there to be any rush.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

My Workspace

My Workspace
Originally uploaded by Grumpy Chris
This is where I do my work. The lights are essential to the process.

Friday, June 05, 2009

Really Microsoft? That's your solution? Turn off caching?

From MSDN:

File Requests to UNIX or Linux Server Return Wrong File or Error

If IIS must access files on a UNIX or Linux system, file name case sensitivity can be an issue unless Network File System (NFS) support is enabled in IIS.

UNIX and Linux both support mixed-case file names, and IIS fully supports requesting static files in a case-sensitive manner. An issue arises, however, when IIS makes a subsequent request for a file from its static file cache. Because all file names are converted to uppercase letters in the IIS cache, any request after the first request from the IIS static file cache might fail or return the wrong file.

To remedy this problem, disable the IIS static file cache so that all file requests are issued fresh, thereby retaining correct file name case. The static file cache can be disabled for individual virtual directories on Web sites, or globally for all sites.

IIS "fully supports" requesting static files in a case-sensitive manner, but caches them using only all uppercase filenames? That hardly sounds like case-sensitive static files are fully supported in any possible definition of fully or supported. It's like saying a serial killer is fully rehabilitated if he only murders you the second time you meet him.

Tuesday, December 09, 2008

Alien/Zombie Hybrid Discovered!

Evidential Footage

In addition to the traditional shambolic and the newer fast mover zombies, a new alien/zombie hybrid has been discovered.

See the footage for the horror.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Call of Duty 5 Zombie Mode

Apparently the new CoD game has an unlockable zombie mode. It's nice to see they are preparing the young for the upcoming zombie apocalypse with these simulators.

Friday, August 29, 2008

First Signs of the Zombie Apocalypse

This article from MSNBC tries to attribute the finding of eleven headless bodies to drug gangs, but the following makes it clear that something else is at work.

11 headless bodies found near Mexico graveyard

All the bodies had star signs and the letter Z tattooed on them, police sources said. A 12th beheaded body was found 50 miles away in a small town to the east of Merida

The Z tattoo is the best evidence for the truth here. Clearly, these were military research experiments, tattooed with the letter Z by the Army to designate them as part of the Zombie project. They escaped from the underground research facility in Mexico and had to be dealt with swiftly by removing their heads (often faster and less messy than destroying the brain, see "Shaun of the Dead" for more). Then, a cover story was created about drug gangs.