A couple people mentioned the ingenious .htaccessEditor today and because I dread making anything but the most superficial alterations to my own collection of .htaccess files I was excited to check it out. This is the perfect implementation for a web application because it does translation work that is used seldom enough that few people have got the expected syntax memorized and it walks you through the process of creating a brand new file but is also open ended enough to allow for quick alterations to existing files by adding the new crap you need and retrieving it from the output field with very little fuss.
I ordered this litter box today because I really want automagical poop scooping although most of the available options are typically way too expensive and seem destined for mechanical failure. Some of the reviews that I read were critical of its durability and difficulty of use (guess gravity is moving into the advanced realm of consumer knowledge these days) but weighed against the nearly unanimous hatred of the mechanical/powered boxes for failure after failure I didn't have to consider it for too long. I'm also leery of electrically powered machines being near a designated pee spot. The thought of a paw getting mangled by some relentless, belt driven turd rake also gives me nightmares. Cats and autonomously moving parts are too ammonia and bleach for the sake of my sanity.
If anyone else is using the Beta 3 version of Firefox and is sick to death of that esthetically crippled browser history bar there is now a solution. Actually, there was an about:config entry in earlier betas that allowed the sane to toggle that crap away but it was removed because everyone knows that the gateway to becoming the new IE is ignoring what users want. Luckily we've got this addon to restore functionality to a testing version of the browser that so far has (partially) won me back over. I do resent the fact that a bleeding edge version of FF is the only one that I've used in years that doesn't require more system resources than WoW just to have a couple tabs open for more than twenty minutes. I have little faith but I'm enjoying the compatibility while it lasts.
The huge imaging machine has determined gender. I had every intention of scanning the results but determined that for the purposes of posting them here that it was a little on the pointless side. I'm not sure that it really fits as excited as I may be.
I'm sensing more than a little sarcasm in this opinion piece about the movement (in journalism) away from gathering opinions from people familiar with the topic and towards the poll the crowd tactic that yields less boring, well considered opinion backed by the assumption of some background or experience on the subject and more spontaneous reaction from people who genuinely try to play the "games" embedded in those Flash banner ads. Yup. Specialization really is everything which is why I feel vaguely embarrassed when the local news does a gadget story and I can't pay close attention to what is being said because I will end up smashing my head into a wall over all of the bad conceptual explanations and the inability to read step by step documentation.
Once again the White House is trying to kill public radio by eliminating funding for it systematically. The article says that such budget cuts have been overturned by Congress in past attempts but, at the same time, if you've ever contemplated giving some money to NPR during one of those heartbreaking donation drive weeks then now would probably be the time to go for membership status. Apparently all of the money necessary to actually pay for broadcast media that isn't poisonous shit is earmarked for faith based initiatives wherein all of the problems facing us as broke ass Americans are solved by bingo, bake sales, and white knuckled abstinence. I'm going to belly up at some point (when the debt is less mountainous) and you should too if only to deliver a fuck you to GovCo and all of his snake fondling cronies in the only language they understand excepting the fact that we likely work for our dollars instead of inheriting them.
McSweeney's SuperEgg predictions (yeah, I know the logo is much less Humpty Dumpty than it used to be albeit for the substitution of dancing, metallic crotch thrust guy but that phrase is stuck in my head forever) are as hilarious as you might expect. The Ayn Rand version is freakishly close to something that insane freak might have written. They also get points for Raymond Carver and edited Raymond Carver. Excellent stuff that is a lot less easy to share than similarly themed things from the Onion.