IMPORTANT NOTE FOR WORDPRESS: the update I planned for yesterday will happen next week, due to a problem with scheduling things. Sorry for the delay. The rest applies to Facebook.
Among the things I am thinking about today is web design stuff and my various pages. For the most part, with only a few exceptions my Twitter account is clean, and I’ve already made plans to do away with my blog within the next few months. Facebook, however, leaves me with a bit of a problem. On the one hand, there is nothing I post to which I am so ashamed that I delete, even when I spew something stupid, argue about something controversial, or make a mistake in judgment. Furthermore, I don’t have friends on this account that I wouldn’t be friends with in public, and see this in the same vein as any other gathering place. On the other hand, as my website training for a certain company reminded me today, what I post online may be construed as a representation of the companies I work with or for – and a large chunk of what I post, be it political argument or personal enjoyment, would be frowned upon by major investors and businesses.
There are a few solutions around this, none of which I fully agree with. The simplest is to delete my online presence altogether, going the route of paying to have myself removed from some sites (like Facebook.) This is obviously the safest solution, as the more difficult it is to find you online, the harder it is to give someone something to hold against you. It also offers the closest solution to a “clean slate,” meaning I could build my online presence to their fit. The trade-off, besides losing communication with people I legitimately care about, is the lack of real character: If I’m willing to wipe my slate clean, what else might I hide?
The default response is to do nothing – coincidentally, it’s also the worst response to give. I know some of what I posted would give people the wrong impression of me, and while I would hope they would respect me for who I am now and allow me to continue in my own opinions, I know some people in higher authority simply lack that decency as human beings. I would hope not to work for such a person, BUT if I am to believe that everyone deserves a fair shot and a second chance when they are wrong, I also have to account for that possibility.
The worst solution is bad for one reason alone: time spent. While going through and weeding out posts and responses to make my Facebook page may allow me the best of both worlds (keep my presence AND make it work-safe,) It’s also the most time-consuming task of the bunch AND does not guarantee either the ability to find said items or that what I keep is safe. It’s also what I am doing to my blogs, to a degree, when they get transferred, and would not be the best investment of time.
The best solution I’ve seen a few of you already do: False name, some with a page specific to you professionally. This is the route I am most likely going to take, BUT two things have to be decided, and one other has to be considered. The first, if I do a page specific to me professionally, is what I will post and share: What do I want people to see that employers might like and entertain? DO I want to keep those posts strictly to the professional, or what would I want to post that would be personal yet safe? Juggling 2 personalities online when you’re a student who works is a difficult task even when alone.
The second is what to name this page – after all, doing a search for “Wayne Winquist” or any variation of my name will lead to this, and to all of those variables that will make people question my past or present. Doing this might change the tags (which would be a good thing), but wouldn’t change any references to me that aren’t tagged, leaving an opportunity to have the more controversial stuff found. Do I really need employers knowing about the time I was drunk or high? Not really.
The big thing I need to consider is what to name my professional and personal Facebook pages, and that’s now the difficult task. Right now I’m thinking “The Wonderful Wayne Winquist” to be safe for my professional page, while something along either my geek, heritage (Swedish-German), or liberal viewpoints as the personal. For most of you, all that will change is the name and amount of reposting: most of you aren’t into computers the way that I am, and the few that are already subscribe to the same channels I do. (Wish you bastards would open up more when I repost stuff, however!) I would hope many of you would like and share the other page when it becomes available next week.
In spite of my deep-seeded belief that all human beings are stupid in one way or another, I will never call Ken Ham or Bill Nye idiots. Both have respect of their respective communities, have contributed much to the world of science and debate, and have done the public greater good overall. (I will stop others who wish to bash Ken now: whatever your beliefs in the argument between evolution versus creationism, He has brought more to the creationism argument than most people, including scientists. It may not be enough to persuade you to consider his arguments, BUT you have to admit that if you were going to listen to ANYONE on the subject, only a handful of people, including the Pope and God himself, would be better.) Read more of this post
I’ve talked many times about the removal of this site – These are the next two dates of extreme importance in this quest.
The first one, which coincides with the first day of Spring Break for me, will be the day I will be going through this entire site for postings I will keep and transfer with me later. I will remove unfinished and broken pages, pages that no longer apply to the person I am, and anything (SPAM that wasn’t caught, for example) that doesn’t otherwise fit. The site itself will not go down UNLESS it looks like everything is transferred and edited by the 15th – something I wouldn’t hold my breath on.
March 15th is (hopefully) the day the new site will go up. I started a new page for myself in the last web programming class (while killing time waiting on the teacher to have some free time to speak with the last chapter with assignments in the book,) and have some ideas on who I will sign up with and where I will go through. (Considering how much it will cost and the number of services and tools I’ll have – including a WordPress blog on site – it’s one of the few great deals I like.) The site will probably be limited for a while, as it will grow as I advance in classes, but it will hopefully be an all-in-one shop for people wanting to reach me.
I won’t kill this page before the stuff I plan to transfer comes over, nor will it be immediate – I will probably keep a page on here for a while to make sure people go to the new site when it comes up. (This may just become an RSS link-to, pasting the links to my latest pages and posts on the site.)
More info as it comes up.
While it looks like my “technical difficulties” are over, it looks like I have another task to add to my “Spring Break Spring Cleaning.” It also gives me a laundry list of complaints for companies, since the start of the problem came from what should have been a trusted source.
One of the programs I trust, CCleaner by Piriform, is used when things begin to act up and viruses aren’t detected. Files do become corrupt, stuff breaks, and this little program does a decent job of finding many of them. Unfortunately, there’s one flaw, at least with the free version: it doesn’t update itself automatically. It detects updates and, like other Piriform apps like Speccy, notifies you that a new update is available.
Unfortunately, whether I made the error by ignoring something or the link I was sent legitimately to a “false page,” the page I that opened to grab the latest version of CCleaner was the FileHippo page. FileHippo’s one of the two links – the other being Piriform’s main web site – to download the program from, so I trusted it. The mistake I made: clicking the wrong “download” link, and running the program without thinking about what it would do.
So what does this cause for a headache? First, it changes all of my browser settings in almost all of my browsers to load a specific search page when either going to the “home page” or opening a new tab. (The one it didn’t change? “Waterfox,” a 64-Bit version of “Firefox.”) Second, because many of these browsers allow for settings to be synced by account, it infected my laptop as well. (Fortunately, it did not affect my phone – though that might be due to the software on the phone catching it.) Third, it also changes my search engine to that search page – and anyone who knows me knows I dislike “Bing” for anything other than Desktop pictures.
The cause of this change: some nice malware known as the “Conduit Virus,” which was installed with a program called “Download Manager,” and that hid a program called “Search by Conduit.” (http://malwaretips.com/blogs/remove-conduit-search-virus/) This link will describe it, and it has more than a few entryways on your system. (http://botcrawl.com/how-to-remove-conduit-search-malware/) This link will tell you why it’s important to remove it immediately. The best part: It goes unnoticed by Norton’s suite available through Comcast. (This is extremely funny, because it also tried claiming that “Mame64,” the 64-bit version of the MAME Emulator I use to play arcade games with, WAS a virus. Go home, you’re drunk Norton.)
Three lessons to be learned here:
1.) ALWAYS grab the program from the main site when possible – and when not possible, don’t download it. (This one would have prevented everything.
2.) ALWAYS pay attention to the installer, EVEN WHEN it’s a program you’ve used before. (This is how they sneak in most of the time.)
3.) NEVER download or install any file when you’re in a position other than “awake” and “alert” – the main reason for my sloppiness was because I was just waking up when I did this yesterday, and just like drunk texting/emailing, this could have been MUCH MORE than a headache.
One additional Gem, IF you’re using Windows 8/8.1: MSCONFIG can be your best friend in situations like this, as I had to get into “Safe Mode” to get to it, and the normal means of access kept crashing the machine. (This is one of the reasons why I added “Windows Re-install” to my Spring Break list.) If you’re in 8.1, right-clicking the “Windows Start Button” on the desktop will bring up a menu allowing you to “run” programs; in both Windows 8 and 8.1, the key-command is “Windows Key-X.” In both cases, type “msconfig” to run it, and once it’s running, pin it to the taskbar.
I will copy and blog this for later, if anyone wants to reference this.
At some point, you have to look at the big picture, find the signs not for what is currently there but where you want to be, and if it’s far out, figure out what you will need to build to it. The ideas may come from established science fiction (as a lot of innovations do), or they might come from the imagination; whatever the case, you might need to figure out the endgoal for what you’re interested in will be, as well as the stopgaps in between, to prepare for and work towards the future.
While there are a million forms of technology, as well as more research and development of current technology, needed to develop such devices, my thought is that a lot of it could arguably be done today, albeit with a caveat: The size and heat of these machines would necessitate something of a skyscraper to build just the computer if we did it today.
I’m not here to explain how it all works – I’m here to explain why I think this is the direction we are going, and more importantly, what we can start doing now to move this forward.
The question I pose is not whether anyone agrees with these thoughts, but where we are at, at least in the scope of computation. At what point do you see computers powerful enough to do all of this work at a price and size reasonable enough to be accessed by even the poorest of consumers? How soon do we go from needing the skyscraper I believe we really need to simulate 1 world today to needing maybe a corner office to power 100 worlds? Where do we need to focus our technological advances on the computer side to achieve this end goal?
Reposted from a status post on Facebook on November 1st, 2013. Be sure to fill out the poll(s) below, if they’re still available – I may use it in my speech for class next week! Read more of this post
First, this will probably be replaced with something more in-depth later as I am given time to actually think about this, so don’t count this as an official post, and don’t link to this posting, as it may be gone. I just want to get this on the computer prior to meeting someone today.
If you’ve never been to meetme.com, aka the former myyearbook.com, you might want to consider doing so. It’s a social networking site geared more towards dating and meeting people rather than an all-encompassing social site like what Myspace used to be or what Facebook is now. One of the sections on the site is “Ask Me Anything,” which allows members to ask friends and people questions – or, if no one is asking you anything, generate questions for you to answer.
One of the questions it asked me that got my wheels turning was “Do you believe that there are real psychics?”
The first thought I had was t think of how a psychic might scientifically be able to legitimately exist. This lead to two thoughts, one of which is theory I’m going to explore.
The one I’m not going to explore is how they might work, which involves energy being able to be transferred along the fabric of time to receptors able to understand and translate those energies. This one is not important enough to me to explore, as I’d gain little from the knowledge.
The one to explore has much more merits as a writer as well as a scientist – which somewhat fits me well. That theory explains the creation of theories in terms of the currently untestable, and has two parts. The first part is the fact that, to come up with said theory, you need to be able to explain how it might work. That’s the easy, as humans have been doing this for years.
The second part is figuring out what gap(s) in knowledge and current science exist to get from point a to point b, This doesn’t mean giving full detail of said gap, unless you think you can explain the details missing in between; or, in other words, coming up with two-three possible theories to get back to the initial theory. If you can do this, you can argue it as possibly a real theory, since the only part in the way is proving it.
Note that I didn’t add “disprove” – that’s because, as humans, we tend to believe stuff can not work until proven otherwise. We already know we’re not going to be able to prove it right away, but if we can fill in enough of the gap to give someone else, either now or in the future, the ability to test said theory, we can give them a door to try to go through.
I have to run now – I’ll explore this more in-depth in a future post.
Here is the scenario: You wake up stranded on an island. Civilization has never been her, and as far as you can there is no evidence explaining how you got there. You are naked, and there is no wreckage nearby either to explain things or to assist you. What do you do?
Some of you may already understand the exercise (and it would not surprise me to find a few people have gone through this – or worse), and a few of you may already have your minds made up. Some (like myself) will have obvious questions: What happened, how did I get there, why am I naked, etc. Other people will have extreme reactions, some in a definite direction of death, others towards a more positive end. Some people will have an external motivator they can focus on. Read more of this post
On this day 36 years ago I was born. Today I plan on 2 posts, one of which had to be delayed from the original time I was going to post (hence, why there’s an announcing post instead.)
Expect a post at
12:07 and 6:07 P.M. postponed until further notice. Sorry for the delay, hope you enjoy them.
Let’s get a few points before I begin. First, THIS IS ONLY AN OPINION – I am only a student in the educational system, not an employee, so at best, this is speculation. Second, This is not an argument about which one is correct, nor is it an argument for which one is wrong. While I will state why I feel teaching both are important, I’m neither a scientist nor a theologist for any religion. I’m not going to pick sides or ask you to pick sides – I’ll leave that to those more qualified than myself.
Last but not least, I ask that everyone keeps an open mind on what I have to say. Opinions are great when all sides are informed of the arguments and make their choices from that information, but more often than not, one side skews a view in their favor. As I said, I’m here to give an opinion on why a problem that becomes ridiculous debate exists even at the college level.
That problem: The theory of evolution as taught in school.
Last week we started our summer semester at Rock Valley College, and the first class of the semester was Human Biology (BIO-100). The first two chapters we started learning from were based on what Biology is and the Theory of Evolution. As we hit the second chapter, my professor brought up creationism repeatedly, pointing out problems the theory has not answered, the flaws with common knowledge about the theories, and some of the similarities between the two. He did not cover creationism directly, but his intent wasn’t to do so – it was to make us think.
Sir, you succeeded. My thoughts?
Okay, let’s get the easy part out of the way: Windows 8 is far from a perfect operating system, and its many problems and shortcomings – not the least of which stem from not listening to its consumer base – is shameful and disappointing. I’m not going to blame anyone on any platform for having complaints on it.
However, for all of the flaws for which I am seeing people gripe and moan about, there is alot to like about it, and a good argument for keeping both Metro and standard desktop UI elements together. It’s not yet ready for the work floor, but for the home consumer, it’s a step in the right direction – and deserves a little less flack than what it’s receiving.
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Has anyone given thought to the words we use? Most of us (at least people that I know) are brought up not to say certain words until a certain age, and other words not at all. While I don’t agree with this practice, the “how it’s used” part I definitely think is important – especially when you’re reffering to either yourself or the people you care about in your life.
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Now that summer’s almost underway and I am making a change of plans in my career and lifestyle paths, I have some time to deal with some things on my mind. One of them is the continual number of people that I want to be around rejecting me, and the people I don’t want in my life wanting me around.
That may be a mean way to look at things, but from my point of view, it is necessary. While I believe everyone is capable of change, and that people are able to be anything they really want to be, I don’t have the time, patience or skill to make those kind of drastic changes in someones life – nor should I. While I don’t mind helping someone who wants to lose weight, I should not be the main reason for that change, nor should I be the one pushing it onto someone else.
Likewise, some behaviors and beliefs are more difficult to change. While we can easily point to someone whose constant visits to the all-you-can-eat buffets lead them to a dependence on insulin shots and heart monitors, it’s harder to show how the actions we take as adults impact our children’s futures. As much as I’d rather not be alone, I’d also rather not be responsible for not giving any kids I have the best possible futures they can have.
So what am I looking for in someone?
- Behavior, or how you treat others. This one is big – huge – in my world, and with good reason. Most of the women I reject have attitudes and behaviors I disagree with. For example, they let their kids run around like wild children, misbehaving as they like, staying up for odd hours of the night or doing crazy stuff. Likewise, there are some parents to strict and scary that anything might set them off. This is something that can be observed even in non-parents: How they treat their animals, friends and family is almost a reflection of how they’d treat kids. If you make me cringe, scared or concerned, I will dump you.
- Looks are very important. I don’t ever expect to date any Playboy models or red carpet queens – and many of these women aren’t worth approaching anyway. However, I’m not looking for the next supermodel – I just want to know that you’re really taking care of yourself. Many of the problems I have now are the end result of not doing my best to take care of my health – spending too much time in fast food joints and all-you can eat buffets, and not enough time camping, biking, swimming or even walking. I’m a firm believer that is big is not beautiful, that looking like you have parts chunking or swooshing about you can’t be healthy. I don’t want some rail-thin twig in my life, but I don’t want to date someone who looks like a cross between a human and a rhinoceros or elephant either. I’ll give anyone a chance, but your attitude and actions about this will determine how long I stay.
- I have to be comfortable around you. This one is extremely difficult to do, but is crucial to our relationship. As much as I’d like to say I can weather anything, the truth of the matter is that I really need to be able to trust you. I need to know, if I mess up or do something you don’t agree with, that you’re not dumping me the next day. If I can’t trust you to do that, and if I have reason to believe you’ll run out of my life, we’re not going to work. (This I speak with experience – my last relationship failed because neither of us could trust the other.)
- We’re Equal. This is one of those things where I should not have to say it, but from what I see, no one understands. I may not bleed monthly, grow kids in my belly (I don’t have a womb to grow them in, either!), and will probably not be as good looking as, or cook as awesomely, as you. Whatever my shortcomings are, I’m not going to tolerate someone controlling or manipulating me, nor will I tolerate talking about how you’re better than, or in control of, me. I don’t want to tell you what to do or how to live your life, either – I want to see you as an equal, as a partner and a friend, not as competition. I view it as respect, and those sort of things show a clear lack of.
- Make our time count! I should not feel like I have to give ALL of my time and energy to you, nor do I expect you to do that for me. However, we should not be so far apart as to not give each other those moments daily, whether it’s cuddling while watching TV, sharing some quality shower and massage time, or going on little trips and adventures. One of my bigger mistakes was neither supporting any efforts my ex made to have her alone time, or to allow her that – nor did I make the time we had together as enjoyable as it could have been. I’d like to enjoy my hobbies, get the projects I need to done, and when I feel it is right, share in my hobbies and interests, and learn from you with your hobbies and interests as well.
Part of the reason I am making the efforts I am to change and improve myself and my quality of life is knowing that I’m not where I feel equal in these matters – expecting you to take care of yourself, for example, is very unfair when there was a long time when I didn’t. That’s also the reason why it’s there and why I am working on those things, because I now have injuries and hurts I would not have had I taken better care of myself. I’m not going to ask of you what I do not expect of myself, and It’s why my emphasis is more on behavior than on looks.
I won’t blame anyone for rejecting me anymore – but I try to make sure to have a solid reason for rejecting someone as well. If you see what I am looking for as a problem, say so and back out – I’d rather have your honesty than you try and waste each other’s time.
One last thing: There is a lot I can look past and can forgive. Don’t take any of these as bullets for breaking the relationship – if I’m giving you an honest chance and you’re breaking one of these, we’ll talk about it when I feel it is right. I know people can change, and I know I’ve forgiven these things before.
If you can pass these tests, and accept me for who I am, we can go a long way together.
So, here we are, and every part of the world is now officially on or past the 22nd, and we now know that, whether we misinterpreted the markings, someones translation was off, or the stone carver felt they had done enough, the apocalypse prediction was wrong and nothing major really happened. I’m not entirely sure that’s a good thing…
Two things nationally have me angry. The first is major media news, whom I think have finally come to a point of desensitized that the shooting I relinked from Jenn earlier was, more or less, glossed over while an organization spewing the same rhetoric they’ve always spewed gets all of the attention. I would think a person who tried pulling off another mass-killing would have more attention, but I guess we’re going to compare numbers and 3 people dead does not compare to 26. I think we’ve forgotten the value of life altogether.
The other thing is our elected officials – not just our president, but both sides of congress as well – having had all of this time since the election to come to terms and work out an agreement on our budget, yet are at their homes, divided by party politics, and set on screwing all Americans monetarily once again. I think all of their jobs should be put on the line, and if they can’t come up with a resolution by New Years Day, they should be fired – every single one of them – for not doing the job we elected them to. I wonder how serious they’d take their jobs if they faced what the poor and jobless face everyday.
All of this does tie in together: a worry that I have. I wonder, with all of the jokes we cracked about how the Mayans were wrong, if we’re going to go back to our ordinary lives, forgetting that we should be living every day like as if the world will end tomorrow. I wonder if we’re so desensitized by the media and the government that we have a statistical and monetary value for something that should be priceless and cherished. I wonder how many of us aren’t that desensitized already…
Okay, off my soap box – for now…
This is a repost from Facebook on 12/19/2012. It may be edited to fix spelling or grammatical errors. It was used to post a link: http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/video-games-violence-generation-blames-latest-media-expert/story?id=18009898#.UNGVhORQV8F
“I knew it was only a matter of time before THIS discussion showed up on some news channel…
I’ve had a lot of thought on this topic, as well as a lot of debate, over the years, and in some ways I’ve mellowed a little. I think, when you enjoy certain types of media, any thing saying something may be wrong with it is considered an offense and we go into attack mode. It’s also easy, until we look at other people, to forget how while the majority of people can handle things under normal circumstances, not everyone is capable of handling certain normalities in society. It’s also easy to ignore how many things that are unhealthy for our bodies and our minds have grown exponentially, or to look past how we’ve become not only as a society, but as individuals.
In spite of all of this, I can’t help but to stress the importance of what I’ve felt all along. You can only shelter your kids so much – some people simply lack the understanding or consideration not to play harmful stuff, such as movies, music and video games, in front of others It’s not yours or the government’s place to dictate stuff like that, as much as you may dislike it.
However, as more of us are becoming or have become parents, we have responsibilities to our kids, to raise them to be better, smarter, and more responsible as adults. This goes beyond those that have kids, as well – while it is okay to do as you please inside your home, anytime there’s kids present we should be conscious about what we enjoy and interact with in front of them. That doesn’t mean hiding everything – some things, like this shooting, children should know as much of the truth as they can understand. It does mean, though, that we probably shouldn’t let our 3-year-olds watch the news when they get graphic in descriptions of the events.
Violent or graphic media – gangsta rap, fighting/first-person-shooter games, horror movies – should not be banned, taxed or restricted because of some crazy people having a harmful effect to it, any more so than alcohol, cigarettes or food be banned because of the harmful effects they have on people. The same principle does apply to usage, though: there’s a difference between use and abuse. If you’re forcing your kid to eat apples and celery instead of Twinkies and McDonald’s, and you’re forcing them to either go outside or do homework before TV and Video Games, you probably are aware of this: Your 7-year-old probably is not ready to go from nursery rhymes to Tupac, your 10-year-old probably is not ready for “Call of Duty:Black Ops II”, and your 12-year-old might not be ready for the “Saw” series or “Schindler’s List”. I say “might” on the last one because if you’re lucky to have a perfectly healthy and stable kid, they might also be mature enough to handle both the blood and gore, as well as the adult content, of the series or film.
I can’t stress this enough: responsible parenting, not bans and restrictions, will make our society better, and will help to stop these sort of events. I’m adding, however, that this extends beyond the reach of the parent, to all adults: All of our actions are observed by kids, whether we like or want them to, whether we’re related or connected to them. What you do in the privacy of your home is with you – If you want to watch “Dirty Sluts on Parade in Nazi Land” in the privacy of your bedroom or after the kids go to bed, that’s fine. What you do in front of, or allow your kids to do, is a different matter.
You can’t control everyone else, but you can control what you do.”