Facebook posts as teasers

I’ve enabled Feed Facebook, Leave Facebook as a WordPress plugin; it’s a plugin designed to provide excerpts of blog posts to Facebook instead of the full content.

The idea of having a blog was to point people to the blog, and comments on my Facebook Notes do not centralize discussions. I liked the notion of multiple posts from the same blog entry, but the problem with that was that I have had the same discussion in two separate locations.

Let’s hope this works better. For those looking to do the same, scroll to the bottom of your Notes section in Facebook, click on the ‘Import a Blog’ help link, and use the URL from the FFLF plugin in the field.

Looking for a Logo

How does one go about getting a logo made? I’ve gotten a couple of tentative offers, some concepts, and a few ridiculous quotes, but no one seems to do real logo work anymore. I’ve got two people promising drawings, but I haven’t actually seen anything yet.

Does anyone have recommendations for me? I’d really like to see some concept drawings of a nerdy superheroine. Comment on this post if you’re interested; you can use your Facebook login to do so.

wget -i http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/10011582-TRON_legacy/

tarahmarie@tarahmarie-netbook-ubuntu:~$ whoami
tarahmarie
tarahmarie@tarahmarie-netbook-ubuntu:~$ tron -v
legacy
tarahmarie@tarahmarie-netbook-ubuntu:~$ yum cillian-murphy
yum cillian-murphy: Permission denied.
tarahmarie@tarahmarie-netbook-ubuntu:~$ sudo yum cillian-murphy
You wish.
tarahmarie@tarahmarie-netbook-ubuntu:~$ sudo apt-get install imax
Hardware upgrade required. Take out a mortgage.
tarahmarie@tarahmarie-netbook-ubuntu:~$ runonce | imax -3d tron-legacy
If I have to, but I’m only tainting one of my cores with this fluff.
tarahmarie@tarahmarie-netbook-ubuntu:~$ exit
Thank you, God.

Rest in Peace, Richard Thomas: Creator, Wizard, Good Man.

My friend Richard Thomas was a digital wizard. That accolade is frequently given to the undeserving, the merely brilliant, the commonly bright. There is a true paucity of men who deeply deserve that encomium, sadly bestowed only after his death…by me, and by the few who were his colleagues, partners, and friends.

I am intelligent enough to recognize genius when I see it. Richard was known to his family as Rick, to his digipals as Cyberlot, to his dev community as PHPJack, and to me as ‘the backend guy who can get it done’. On occasion, it seemed as if I was playing Stellan Skarsgaard to his Matt Damon; ordinary humans couldn’t see the difference between Richard and me. I saw that difference and was humbled by his instant grokking of systems I took days to comprehend.

I know I told Richard I appreciated him. More often, I was on an IM client at 4AM begging to know why I was getting
admin notifications that cronjobs weren’t running, or calling him up to find out why a DNS redirect wasn’t propagating fast enough. The amazing thing was that he actually knew the answers to my questions. In this world of specialization and finite resources, Richard was a man of infinite ingenuity.

I met Richard through an online ad I had placed for a backend developer. I needed someone who could make a site ‘just work’. Too few people love to problem-solve, to find out the wherefores, and to joyfully show their solutions to an audience who is not merely appreciative, but admiringly comprehending.  I had an idea to bring social networking promotion to small content creators overlooked by the behemoths of the Internet, and Richard not only saw its potential, he found ways to repurpose the open source software we loved to make it happen.

I’m saddened by that past tense in the last sentence. “We loved to make it happen.” It means that the collegiate relationship I enjoyed with my friend is no
more. He had a wife and child he adored, projects that he worked on, friends I never met, and a life I really didn’t know that much about. I do know that he and I found intellectual joy in solving problems together over the net at 3:30AM while high on caffeine and snickering over comic book superhero jokes.  Anyone who has ever lost a friend and collaborator knows that I feel that my sense of loss over my absent friend is nothing compared to the anguish felt by his family and closest friends. Yet, they also know that there is a piece of the Great Conversation (if I may be so bold as to place our small solutions to algorithms into that august company of concepts, ideals, and elegant proposals) that has forever passed into the concrete, the written and done, the forever unchangeable past.

Richard, your solutions to complicated problems, your willingness to help anyone learn, and your staggering aptitude at intuiting a path to simplicity are already, will be, and cannot but be missed.  Those who shared
the exhilarating experience of watching you think will be using you as a Platonic template for cogitation for the rest of their lives.

I’ll miss you, my friend.

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Richard Thomas
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Richard dealt with Crohn’s Disease, and as a result, did not have life insurance. To contribute to the fund for his wife Lisa and his ridiculously cute daughter Nicollette, hit the PayPal button below.

Niki and Lisa











*Donations are not tax-deductible.

Please be aware that I will now be hosting Richard Thomas’s site, http://phpjack.com/, at http://phpjack.thetarah.com/.