Show Posts

This section allows you to view all posts made by this member. Note that you can only see posts made in areas you currently have access to.

Topics - Solwyn

Pages: [1] 2 3 4
Unwashed Village / Venting toxic brain gas
« on: December 29, 2011, 03:24:52 PM »
My brain is full of rage.

So I was gonna say this on some form of social media for the purpose of venting, like most people of ... well not my generation but the one after it.  But then I remembered a lot of people from work are following my various social media methods, so instead I'll put it here.

::begin venting::

So they hired me to be a web developer and also do design. That's always a tricky mix, because they assume you're better at one than the other. And as we all know, a small portion of the world can understand complex design patterns, but everyone thinks they're a designer.

So, I had this design that was very carefully created using the most usable and conscientious readability patterns that still conformed to their branding and colors. Everything was going great, been working for months without any complaints, and all of a sudden I start getting e-mails from someone who is halfway up the chain of command, telling me to change the white/grey gradient logo (which is on a sepia-toned background and has a subtle drop-shadow) to a burnt red color.

For those of you who aren't color blind, that's incredibly hard to see. So I explain this, and give all of my most diplomatic terms. "According to design theory, blah blah" and "I'll be glad to make the change for you, but my fear is that readability will be affected," blah blah. Her response?

"I know all that design stuff. I'm doing this because my boss told me to tell you. This is what they want"

I've never heard this from her boss, who has been talking to me off and on since the project started.  I thought nothing of it and made the change. Then I get another e-mail and she slips up and says "I hate that it's white, that looks bad."

Right. Your boss told you this.

The worst part? Her official job is doing print design for the company, and she makes professional catalogs for million-dollar events look like e-vites to a children's birthday party.

::end venting::

How is everyone else doing?

Unwashed Village / Literally Unbelievable
« on: June 20, 2011, 06:31:41 PM »
1) Check this out,

2) The top post might still be this one, but if not, here's the direct link :

3) Try to enjoy the full level of irony without your head exploding.

Unwashed Village / Speaking of Neil Gaiman
« on: May 04, 2011, 08:27:08 PM »
Commentary quote from
News article :

"Minnesota House Majority leader called author Neil Gaiman a 'pencil-necked weasel' that he 'hated' for earning $45K from a state arts fund for speaking at a library." The $45K in question was specifically earmarked for bringing authors to suburban libraries, and Neil donated it to charity.

Unwashed Village / Pole dancing for Jesus
« on: March 23, 2011, 08:41:04 PM »

Unwashed Village / Sláinte!
« on: March 18, 2011, 03:07:39 AM »
Happy new years, all!

Unwashed Village / A campaign I can get behind
« on: November 17, 2008, 08:47:07 PM »

Any of you other developers know what I'm talking about.

Unwashed Village / MSNBC is composed of Liberals! (according to Reuters)
« on: October 29, 2008, 02:46:46 PM »

Tomorrow they'll report that (GASP) Fox News is conservatively biased.

Unwashed Village / Irresponsible? Perhaps... Undecided? Definately.
« on: October 29, 2008, 01:25:56 AM »
WARNING: Foul (political) language ahead--

So I still haven't voted yet. Granted, I live in Texas so I might as well save myself the gas money because there's no way a non-republican (if he were white and a baptist minister) is going to be elected by this state. But here's my view right now:

On a pure political basis - Obama scares me, because I'm libertarian-minded. The amount of government control he wants to enact (including "spreading the wealth" policies) leads me to believe that he is more of a socialist than an idealist. Also, he still refuses to furnish his birth certificate, which leads me to surmise that he doesn't have one, and it's a constitutional requirement to run for office (one of the very very few things stipulated in our constitution). Also, I don't know anything about Biden, other than that he's kind of the opposite of Obama when it comes to policy moderation, so maybe that's a good thing.

My issues are-
I make less than 250k a year... but someday I might make more than that. I don't plan on starting a business any time in the near future because I don't have enough capital or connection... but someday I plan to. My company's insurance plan would cost me more than half my income just to insure my family, so we're currently uninsured... but I might work for a company in which everything is included someday.

From the view of policy and personality, McCain is fucking crazy. I don't mean like tree-hugging and a little creepy Kucinich crazy, I'm talking voice-cracking dancing a jig while Rome burns Perot crazy. And I'm not saying that he's given any indication of that, because a majority of what he's done is just sit around and deflect like a decent politician. I'm saying he chose the running mate from hell, and that make me doubt he could ever have been sane in the first place. Now everyone's saying he did it because he's moderate and she's hardcore conservative. But I genuinely fear that she will be in the same place that George W. Bush is now, and her policies are many times more aggressive than his. Abstinence-only sex education and "no child left behind" obviously didn't work, but that doesn't matter because they're the right things to believe in, and no one (and no amount of statistical analysis) will ever disprove that belief.

My issues are - I have always believed in a smaller government, and the republican party has always been the herald of that philosophy... except for the past eight years. I don't believe in having a multinational empire, but I do believe in a strong standing military presence on the world scene. Granted, I believe that military should be checking out more than just the middle east right now (a buddy of mine is getting deployed to Georgia with a ridiculously small force, for example), but I think we need it.

What do you guys think? I know everyone keeps selling that Obama is Mr. Change, but is he? If we want less government spending, I'm fairly sure he's promising the same as his predecessor... but now we'll actually have to pay taxes for it (which is gonna suck but will bring inflation under control). Is McCain the level-headed alternative that we should be looking to, because our current crisis is an issue of not enough of the middle ground, or do we need the same level of extremism in the opposite social policy direction?

Unwashed Village / NaNoWriMo 2008
« on: October 18, 2008, 11:19:37 PM »
Who's in?
During Script Frenzy of last year I finished my first book, so I'm going to write the second book in the series for nanowrimo. The idea is to sell them to a publisher as incentive that I've already gotten one written.

We'll see how it goes.

Unwashed Village / *****ing tech support
« on: October 06, 2008, 10:06:33 PM »
I dunno what it is man, but you figure someone like me who works in the IT field would be able to communicate in a way that makes sense to tech support people.

Me: "Hey, I can't get the live site to show changes immediately, are you guys posting from a stage to the live site?"

IT chick: "Uhh... yeah we're posting everything to stage.{redacted}.com/{redacted}.com/"

Me: "Okay, I'm doing that and it's showing an error. I assume it's because there's no .htaccess file in the redirect, so I tried index.php at the end, no dice."

IT chick: "Oh.. did you try a trailing slash?"

Me: "You mean ... like stage.{redacted}.com/{redacted}.com/?"

IT chick: "Yeah, the one I already gave you."

Me: "Yeah, I did, and it didn't work. That's why I tried to add the path to the index file."

IT chick: "Yeah, then you need to try to put it to index. whatever your file extension is."

Me: "... you mean like .php?"

IT chick: "yeah"

Me: "are you actually reading my previous messages?"

IT chick: "oh... okay yeah. Well try index.html."

Me: "... this is a completely dynamic site, we're not using any .html files."

IT chick : "oh. Okay well I dunno try again in about fifteen minutes."

I've been calling every fifteen minutes for the last four hours, and she's not answering. I might actually track this chick down and strangle her with a phone cord.

Unwashed Village / "Official" language
« on: October 06, 2008, 09:36:05 AM »
A town near where I live, Lewisville TX, is voting on whether to make English the "official" language of the city.

I'm posting this here but I figured I'd spark up a conversation. Do you think America (or regions within America) should establish "official" languages?

My personal opinion is that there should be a language requirement for citizenship, in order to satisfy that all members of a nation are fully aware of the social contract to which they belong.

Most people are calling this racist, but as most road signs are only provided in English here, and other legally binding information is only presented in one language, proficiency in that language should be required (or so I believe). I'm not saying that we shouldn't additionally provide these documents in the person's native language upon request, but I think it's racist to only provide these special provisions for some.

My family came here from Germany and France, and my grandparents on both sides learned English as soon as possible in order to succeed in this nation. I don't think it's fair for certain cultures (in this instance Spanish-speaking ones) to move to this country and expect the country to do all of the changing/work in order to make them feel welcome. I don't think any other cultural emigrant group in this nation has ever expected as much preferential treatment in regards to language. If you need proof, find me one trash can that says "Trash/Abfall" in the states and I will buy your drinks all night, so you can puke in the "basura" basket.

What are your opinions?

Pages: [1] 2 3 4