The GSA is currently planning forge.gov, which is widely assumed to be based on forge.mil, the much-discussed collaboration platform from the Defense Information Systems Agency, or DISA. forge.mil is a pretty incredible idea: a single destination for testing, certification, and software development in the Defense Department. It sounds obvious, but the idea remains revolutionary. For … Continue reading The future of the government forges
Billy Graham’s Hard-Drinking Granddaddy’s House
I wasn't expecting to see this today, and certainly didn't seek it out, but I'm glad I stumbled on it. It is, by the way, in the same town in which you can find the remnants of the PTL.
Google contacts in mutt and vim
I'm a long-time fan of the mutt email client. I've probably been using it for ten years. It's quick, text-based, and does precisely what I want. I've been using the vim text editor for even longer than that. In using mutt and vim, though, I surrender some of the convenience of a mail client like … Continue reading Google contacts in mutt and vim
If I title this wrong, it will diminish the beauty of the photo.
My Toast at Chris and Carolyn’s Wedding
This weekend, I was lucky enough to be the best man at my friend Chris' wedding. It's the first time I've actually been part of a wedding party. The scariest part, for me, was the toast at the rehearsal dinner. It wasn't the presentation that had me worried, it was the content. I wasn't sure … Continue reading My Toast at Chris and Carolyn’s Wedding
Tilt-Shift: Leave it to the experts.
I first ran into this tilt-shift effect in Harper's Magazine a few years ago. You make a regular photograph look like a photo of small things taken by a macro lens. This is done by messing with the "focus" of the photo. Done right, the subject looks like an impossibly elaborate model. I like that … Continue reading Tilt-Shift: Leave it to the experts.
Meridian Hill Park: Full of Fail.
Meridian Hill Park, which is also known as Malcolm X Park, is at 16th Street NW and W Street NW in Washington, DC. It was built from 1914 to 1936. I had been told that it was created as part of a campaign to make Washington the host of the Prime Meridian. Many cities were vying for the privilege of hosting the arbitrary marker, and in the same way that a city will build a stadium to encourage the Olympic Committee, Washington organized Meridian Hill Park. Here's a shot that captures the... sloppiness that can be found there: Though it's a little down-at-the-heels, Meridian Hill Park still has an air of importance. Even if it's an importance that's mostly forgotten. For that reason, I think it's a very romantic place. Or so I thought. Wikipedia tells me that I'm wrong. Completely.
Vice Admiral Mark Edwards on Open Standards
“The days of proprietary technology must come to an end. We will no longer accept systems that couple hardware, software and data.” – Vice Admiral Mark Edwards, US Navy, 6 March 2008 Edwards spoke on the importance of open systems to ensure interoperability, and even went so far as to suggest that the Navy was … Continue reading Vice Admiral Mark Edwards on Open Standards
USA 193 to get done by Barking Sands
Per slashdot, the folks at satobs have found this NOTAM that suggests USA 193 is getting shot down right around Maui.
We can only assume that Barking Sands Missile Range will be doing the dirty.
Update: the deed will be done from a ship. That Star Wars crap would never work anyway. In other news, this whole operation is probably a very, very bad idea.