The Man in the Arena by Teddy R. :)

It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face in marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.

shame on the man of cultivated taste who permits his refinement to develop into a fastidiousness that unfits him for doing the rough work of a workaday world…

There is but a small field of usefulness open for the men of cloistered life who shrink from contact with their fellows. Still less room is there for those who deride of slight what is done by those who actually bear the brunt of the day; nor yet for those others who always profess that they would like to take action, if only the conditions of life were not exactly what they actually are. The man who does nothing cuts the same sordid figure in the pages of history, whether he be a cynic, or fop, or voluptuary. There is little use for the being whose tepid soul knows nothing of great and generous emotion, of the high pride, the stern belief, the lofty enthusiasm, of the men who quell the storm and ride the thunder. Well for these men if they succeed; well also, though not so well, if they fail, given only that they have nobly ventured, and have put forth all their heart and strength.

One Google Account for everything Google

nutha UPDATE, Friday night 7:45pm:

I’m still torn over what to think of Gmail, especially since getting this message from them a couple days ago:


Scre Google

So I guess there’s a lesson to learn here. If you rub hard enough, you can actually get results. I may have to rebuild all of my YouTube content, but that’s no big deal. I didn’t have all that much there anyway.

I’m so interested in Google+’s SMS updating feature and I can’t wait to stress test it. There so much trouble to make here than with Facebook! GO GOOGLE!

Monday night 11pm IT’S OVER. Google wins. I have given up my attempt to restore my old gmail account. All hail the mighty robots!

Don’t ever think that you can get access to a account that was set up before 2009 (with YouTube?) that is in your own name, spelled exactly as it is everywhere you appear online (see bottom).

Welcome to the dark side of your digital, ‘machine augmented’ life

One Google

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Google can’t afford the resources necessary to adequately verify a user’s identity.

If Google could really verify the identity of a person’s first and last name, then [first, last name] should be available! Apparently not, according to these docs:

Someone already has that username. Try another?

Available: larshundere82

Recovery options help secure your account from hackers and give you a way to access your account if you forget your password.

We’ll use your phone to do things like challenge hijackers or send you a text message to help you access your account if you forget your password.

If you find yourself locked out of your account and none of your other recovery options work, your last option is to visit our password-assistance page and fill out our Account Recovery form. Enter your username, type the characters in the distorted image, and click the link at the bottom of the following page to verify your identity and access the form.

Take time to fill out each section of the form to the best of your ability. It was designed to ensure that no one can gain access to your account except you.

Since Google doesn’t collect a lot of information about you when you sign up for an account, we’ll ask you questions like when you created your account, what Google services you use, and who you email frequently (if you use Gmail).

If you fill out the recovery form and aren’t successful on the first try, you can try again (some users might also see a link for additional password help). Make sure to wait until you receive our reply before you submit another report. Important: Try to provide as much information as possible on each attempt. Each submission is evaluated independently.

If you’re unable to recover access to your account using the recovery form, you can create a new account.

Gmail usernames cannot be recreated, so if you were using Gmail, please pick a new username.…87305.94237.0.94658.….0…1c.1.35.serp..8.8.682.lLlU8q4eVnc

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The Moral Landscape Challenge

The Moral Landscape Challenge
[Sam Harris]( is offering $20,000 to anyone who can change his mind on morality by submitting a convincing essay. Here’s mine:

In his efforts to bring answers to "the really hard problem", Sam Harris boldly dismisses the bulk of nearly every effort made by those who came before him, sometimes as though there were no problem at all. He insists that science is just as free to explore the phenomena that govern the inner lives of human beings as it does the phenomena that we experience collectively, in the natural world. That just as our scientific understanding of the molecular constituents of chocolate doesn’t keep us from enjoying it, so it should be with some future scientific understanding of love or morality.

He is wrong about this and would be wise to change his mind on the matter. The image he draws of a landscape of peak and valleys would be impressive indeed, if only he had some data to map to it. A theoretical outline alone just isn’t sufficient enough to base his sweeping conclusions on. even once we reach the point someday where the discoveries in neuroscience push psychology to the fringes, scientists will continue to be dumbfounded when attempting to adequately and reliably quantify the lasting and socially edifying form of human well-being known as morality.

No matter how many breakthroughs science achieves in revealing what goes on inside the human mind, there will always be depths of our inner conscious (and morally salient) experience that defy measurement. And just as there are significant limitations that would prevent us from successfully traveling in time, so too are there significant limitations preventing us from building a dependable, functioning, scientific understanding of morality. Now, just because a lot of successful scientific research has been achieved in both of these areas, shouldn’t lead anyone to automatically conclude, no matter how clever Mr. Harris makes it sound, that any practical, complete kind of working system could be developed from it.

While science has a lot to say about humanity that embarrasses religious people,
it has little room to maneuver when operating within the minds of individuals. "Avoiding the worst possible misery for everyone" is an interesting postulation that certainly advances the philosophical discussion of morality, but does little work on the tough job of building a scientific framework of the kind he anticipates will bring breakthrough discoveries in morality.

Though Mr. Harris claims that nothing under the sun can escape the light of science, he has publicly admitted himself, back in 2007, that to examine the claims of contemplatives, you have to build your own telescope. (transcript cited below) As flourishing human enterprises rely on the accumulation of methods, tools and techniques which give each successive generation a leg up, in order to make progress in your own mind, it’s like you have to start from scratch. Serious contemplative efforts don’t seem to be able to benefit from human knowledge gathering and preservation like science does. How
this fundamentally disadvantaged science of self improvement figures in his moral landscape understanding remains to be fully explained. Otherwise, we may be sharing the same telescope after all.

Below I’ve pasted the transcript where this came from:

“—our habitual identification with discursive thought, our failure moment to moment to recognize thoughts as thoughts, is a primary source of human suffering. And when a person breaks this spell, an extraordinary kind of relief is available.

But the problem with a contemplative claim of this sort is that you can’t borrow someone else’s contemplative tools to test it. The problem is that to test such a claim—indeed, to even appreciate how distracted we tend to be in the first place, we have to build our own contemplative tools. Imagine where astronomy would be if everyone had to build his own telescope before he could even begin to see if astronomy was a legitimate enterprise. It wouldn’t make the sky any less worthy of investigation, but it would make it immensely more difficult for us to establish astronomy as a science.

To judge the empirical claims of contemplatives, you have to build your own telescope. Judging their metaphysical claims is another matter: many of these can be dismissed as bad science or bad philosophy by merely thinking about them. But to judge whether certain experiences are possible—and if possible, desirable—we have to be able to use our attention in the requisite ways. We have to be able to break our identification with discursive thought, if only for a few moments. This can take a tremendous amount of work. And it is not work that our culture knows much about.

Derek Parfit will present DeCoursey Lecture, ‘We Are Not Human Beings’

Derek Parfit will present DeCoursey Lecture, ‘We Are Not Human Beings’

When Wednesday, October 16, 2013, 7:30 – 10pm
Where Laurie Auditorium
Expected Headcount 1000

What’s the big deal with moral philosophy?

This lecture turned out to be surprisingly entertaining, despite all the meta-ethics philosophical double talk. Very Western. Very Cartesian. “We Are Not Human Beings” wasn’t addressed much while I was there, but it made me think of the quote by Pierre Teilhard de Chardin that goes something like ‘We are not human beings having a spiritual experience; we are spiritual beings having a human experience.’ He’s definitely a compatiblist on the free will issue. Also, he pulled off a brief sobbing act, something I’d heard he was famous for.

SAN ANTONIO — British philosopher Derek Parfit, considered by many to be the most original moral philosopher in the English-speaking world, will present the 2013 Trinity University DeCoursey Lecture at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 16, in Laurie Auditorium. The title of his talk is “We Are Not Human Beings.” His presentation is free and open to the public.

Parfit specializes in problems of personal identify, rationality, ethics, and the relations among them. His two books Reasons and Persons (1984) and On What Matters (2011) have been called the most important works to be written in the field in more than a century.

He delves into ways the self will exist in the future and draws from science fiction “thought experiments” to develop his ideas, often urging a more impersonal, non-physical, and selfless view of human life. He also explores the field of nonreligious ethics, asking questions about which actions are right or wrong.

Parfit has spent most of his academic career at Oxford where he is an Emeritus Senior Research Fellow at All Souls College, Oxford. He is also a visiting professor of Philosophy at New York University, Harvard University, and Rutgers University. Early in his career he worked as a researcher at The New Yorker and he has held appointments at Harvard, Rutgers, and New York University.

Doors to Laurie Auditorium will open at 6:45 p.m. on the evening of the lecture. The lecture series is made possible by a gift from the late Gen. Elbert DeCoursey and Mrs. Esther DeCoursey of San Antonio.

For more information, contact Trinity’s Department of Academic Affairs at 210-999-8201.

muss I denn

Muß i’ denn, muß i’ denn
Zum Städtele ‘naus,
Städtele ‘naus
Und du mein Schatz bleibst hier
Wenn i’ komm‘, wenn i’ komm‘,
Wenn i’ wie-drum, komm‘, wie-drum komm’,
Kehr i’ ei’ mein Schatz bei dir

Kann i’ glei net allweil bei dir sein
han’ i’ doch mein Freud an dir
Wenn i’ komm‘, wenn i’ komm‘,
Wenn i’ wie drum komm‘,
Kehr’ i’ ein, mein Schatz bei dir.

Wie du weinst, wie du weinst,
Daß i’ wandere muß,
Wie wenn d’Lieb jetzt wär vorbei, vorbei;
Sind au’ draus, sind au’ draus, der Mädele viel,
Lieber Schatz, i’ bleib dir treu, bleib dir treu.

Sind au’ drauß, der Mädele viel, Mädele viel
Lieber Schatz, i’ bleib dir treu.

Übers Jahr, übers Jahr,
Wenn me Träubele schneid’t,
Träubele schneid’t,
Stell i’ hier mi’ wie-drum ein
Bin i’ dann, bin i’ dann,
dein Schätzele noch, Schätzele noch
So soll dien Hochzeit sein, Hochzeit sein,
Hochzeit sein, Übers Jahr, ist d’Zeit vorbei,
Da g’hör i’ mein und dein, übers Jahr!

Bin i’ dann, bin i’ dann,
dein Schätzele noch, Schätzele noch
So soll die Hochzeit sein

Belated Geekdom Update

Geekdom SA is an organization dear to my heart, if only because of the role in the downtown community they have assumed. Geekdom is still young, but growing faster by the month. In their first year, bi-monthly visits wouldn’t give one the impression that much was changing around there (except in the conference room).

Having been occupied with more urgent matters this year, I haven’t been able to keep up with the Geekdom scene except from what is available in the press and on their website (and now on Google+!).

This post should be converted to a page, wherein you can expect to find the bulk of my insights about this hub of geek culture in San Antonio. Onward…

The most recent experience there was pregnant with memes left behind by the 3DS event(s), most obviously the mad dry erase scribblings all over their downtown San Antonio high rise as you reach each end of their red velvet accented & wall graphic lined hallways.


us and what lies

creative geek writing

Inspiring stuff, really. I wish I had the time and/or skills to finish this. I know it’s not very smart to hit the ‘Publish’ button like this, but I’ve just got to push this sh*t out, ya know?

So, yeah, random updates will follow…

or better, embedded video with a more complete description!

all the best,


uSquare – Universal responsive grid for WordPress

Now why can’t Themify use something like this to display multiple images in posts if it’s so responsive?

This is partly in response to an email reply I received from Nick La about why there didn’t seem to be any variety provided for displaying images and posts.

I wrote: “I would like to able to include a batch of 6-12 and have them appear in a grid of thumbnails above the post content. Currently they come up at full-size, stacked on top of each other in one ghastly looking column. I know it’s possible that I overlooked some simple setting, but everything I’ve tried to fix this so far has not worked. Any help here would be greatly appreciated.”

It is definitely not troublesome to implement column style gallery. You have to understand that our themes are used on thousands of sites and users have different sizes of gallery thumbnail. I wouldn’t say using column-count is wrong and you can certainly use it if it works on your site. However, column-count is not cross browser supported yet (eg. Internet Explorer). There is nothing wrong with using those media queries, but it is just not necessary. A cleaner way to restrict the gallery to a certain amount of columns would be adding the following Custom CSS to our themes:

#body .gallery {
width: 500px;
max-width: 100%;

#body .gallery dl {
width: 30%;
margin-right: 3%;
Then you can set the gallery <dl> element to width:30% so it displays as 3-column and scales responsively.

A Photo Gallery

The above css assume you have 150x150px thumbnail size, setting 500px width will make the images run into new lines and setting max-width:100% will prevent the gallery from extending over the boundary (for responsive purpose). Then you can set the gallery
element to width:30% so it displays as 3-column and scales responsively.
Then you can set the gallery <dl> element to width:30% so it displays as 3-column and scales responsively.

A Photo Gallery

You’re probably wondering why we didn’t implement this? Simply because it will cause another issue if users have smaller thumbnails like the screenshot below (see the empty space between images). Making it to run inline is the most ideal solution for general use.
Hope this gives you a better understanding of CSS and our themes.
A Photo Gallery

A Photo Gallery

On 2012-11-14, at 11:57 PM, Lars Hundere <> wrote:Block/column thumbnails will cause issues when user resize the browser. We make them run inline so it automatically adapts with any viewport.
That’s a totally half-baked answer. I think you make them run inline because other display options are too troublesome to implement, since you seem to lean heavy on IDs and classes. Tell me if I’m wrong, please.What about this: img {
 -webkit-column-count: 4;
 -webkit-column-gap:   0px;
 -moz-column-count:    4;
 -moz-column-gap:      0px;
 column-count:         4;
 column-gap:           0px;
 } img {
 width: 100% !important;
 height: auto !important;
 } @media (max-width: 900px) { img {
 -moz-column-count:    3;
 -webkit-column-count: 3;
 column-count:         3;
 } } @media (max-width: 640px) { img {
 -moz-column-count:    2;
 -webkit-column-count: 2;
 column-count:         2;
@media (max-width: 300px) { img {
 -moz-column-count:    1;
 -webkit-column-count: 1;
 column-count:         1;

ABOUT uSquare

uSquare is a responsive squared grid that can display your content in a unique and interesting way. You can use it for displaying team members, products, services, designs, blog posts or anything else that comes to your mind. In our live preview we have included 3 modifications of the original file in order for you to see how uSquare can serve your purpose.

responsive post image handling

Looks like a great solution to responsive post image handling to me!

Here you can do a lot of things:

  • Add unlimited number of items
  • Add items automatically from existent post or from all posts from some category
  • Change every detail of item… name, description, content, backround, social icons…
  • Change order of items (just drag&drop items)
  • Change global options for uSquare grid (options are on right side)

Here’s some links to a bunch of other plug-in solutions (probably incompatible with Themify) that are worth investigating, if  this article leaves you in want for more on this topic:

WordPress – Global Gallery – WordPress Responsive Gallery | CodeCanyon

WordPress – Complete Gallery Manager for WordPress | CodeCanyon

WordPress – PhotoMosaic for WordPress | CodeCanyon


Finish What You Start

This is one of those blog post drafts that seemed doomed to never get completed. I’m finishing it tonight because I’m convinced that it’s futile to believe that anything could ever really get completed in the first place. This post is dedicated partly to Darcy Clarke’s, Scared… which I always seem to draw confidence from whenever I get nervous about hitting the Publish button.

We should stop running from our problems and learn to RUN TO THEM.

Maybe I’m scared, too. Lots of bad things happening that we have so little control over… Scared because it seems many of my efforts seem to only make matters worse.

All we can do sometimes is to maintain our focus on what matters most and stay informed well enough to keep from getting SPOOKED. There are lessons to learn from every single experience throughout our day and if we are preoccupied with bad thoughts, we miss the opportunity to learn from each of them.

So if you struggle yourself with finishing the projects you start, take heart in the simple fact that finishing is the hardest part and that letting go of your attachment to your less deserving goals will give you the freedom of mind to conquer those that are the most deserving of your attention.

Tired of typing, tired of this WP interface… Yet somehow this post still seems unfinished… A topic for another post maybe…

But just in case anyone would gripe that I made it too short, here’s some helpful sh*t ripped from an old Coding Horror post that I couldn’t resist remixing and passing on:

This page summarizes the tips and checklists found in The Pragmatic Programmer.

For more information about The Pragmatic Programmers LLC, source code for the examples, up-to-date pointers to Web resources, and an online bibiography, visit us at

Provide Options, Don’t Make Lame Excuses
Instead of excuses, provide options. Don’t say it can’t be done; explain what can be done.
Be a Catalyst for Change
You can’t force change on people. Instead, show them how the future might be and help them participate in creating it.
Remember the Big Picture
Don’t get so engrossed in the details that you forget to check what’s happening around you.
Invest Regularly in Your Knowledge Portfolio
Make learning a habit.
It’s Both What You Say and the Way You Say It
There’s no point in having great ideas if you don’t communicate them effectively.
DRY – Don’t Repeat Yourself
Every piece of knowledge must have a single, unambiguous, authoritative representation within a system.
There Are No Final Decisions
No decision is cast in stone. Instead, consider each as being written in the sand at the beach, and plan for change.
Estimate to Avoid Surprises
Estimate before you start. You’ll spot potential problems up front.
Keep Knowledge in Plain Text
Plain text won’t become obsolete. It helps leverage your work and simplifies debugging and testing.
Fix the Problem, Not the Blame
It doesn’t really matter whether the bug is your fault or someone else’s – it is still your problem, and it still needs to be fixed.
Learn a Text Manipulation Language.
You spend a large part of each day working with text. Why not have the computer do some of it for you?
Write Code That Writes Code
Code generators increase your productivity and help avoid duplication.
Finish What You Start
Where possible, the routine or object that allocates a resource should be responsible for deallocating it.
Abstractions Live Longer than Details
Invest in the abstraction, not the implementation. Abstractions can survive the barrage of changes from different implementations and new technologies.
Don’t Think Outside the Box – Find the Box
When faced with an impossible problem, identify the real constraints. Ask yourself: “Does it have to be done this way? Does it have to be done at all?”
Start When You’re Ready.
You’ve been building experience all your life. Don’t ignore niggling doubts.

An Unconvential American Voter’s Guide for 2012

An Unconvential American Voter’s Guide for 2012

I would first like to convince you that you aren’t who you think you are. Whether we like it or not, our views are formed more and more by what we want to believe than what really is. And yet, this diabolical deception is masterminded by no one other than ourselves. That’s right. There’s no conspiracy theory to blame for your delusions. You did it to yourself. The freedoms of choice that you delight in have given you the freedom to be stupendously ignorant of the world around you. How can you expect to make an informed choice at the ballot box if you’re completely unreliable in all your other choices? Blame the filter bubble.

The filter bubble feeds people with information that’s relevant only to them. The only way to avoid this is to allow yourself to consume content from sources that you normally wouldn’t, to tune into channels you normally couldn’t imagine yourself viewing or listening to, or (heaven forbid) to thoughtfully consider the views of people you don’t identify with or who hold opposing beliefs. Only when you deny yourself the delectable sugary coating your unbridled instincts are apt to slather on when interpreting new information (that would otherwise be a hard pill to swallow) can you even begin to consider yourself well-informed or even moderate.

So before you cast your vote, ask yourself: What do I really know about the candidate I’m supporting? Am I voting for him because he’s the best fit for the job, or because I identify with him? …because he’s got the right plan, or because he’s got that ‘presidential look’? Do I want the world to be a better place, or just more like me? How you identify yourself with a potential candidate is the lamest criteria a voter could ever use. To base your choice of candidate solely on your powers of intuition does your country as much good as praying for an economic recovery. Trust your facts more than your conclusions based on them.

While I can’t exactly say who you should vote for, I will say you should keep your mind open. I predict that Obama will most likely win this presidential election, perhaps by another scandalously narrow margin. The polls are wrong. We live in an era of two-term presidents. Voters just aren’t comfortable throwing out a president after 4 years of experience, it seems to me.

Towards a brighter future…

Would the United States of America be better off without straight party voting? I think so. If not, then we should find alternative ways of making information about candidates more easily available to voters. This won’t make the task of voting all that much easier (it should be more difficult, if anything), but should benefit the whole nation by lightening the burden on the voter’s conscience, paving the way for a more cooperative Congress moving ahead.

Where I live everyone seems to avoid openly discussing politics (as with sex or religion). But as I look out into the larger world,  I am aware of some exciting political movements, like peer progressivism, introduced to me recently from reading Steven Johnson’s just released Future Perfect, who defines it so succinctly I decided to quote him directly on the subject:

Steven Johnson's “Future Perfect”

Steven Johnson’s “Future Perfect”

…Peer progressives are wary of excessive top-down government control and bureaucracy; they want more civic participation and accountability in public-sector issues that affect their communities. They want more choice and experimentation in public schools; they think, on the whole, that the teachers’ unions have been a hindrance to educational innovation. They think markets can be a great force for innovation and rising standards of living, but they also think that corporations are far too powerful and top-heavy in their social architecture. They believe the rising wealth and income gaps need to be restored to levels closer to those of the 1950s. They believe that the campaign-finance system is poisoning democracy, but want to retain an individual’s right to support candidates directly. They want lower prices for prescription drugs without threatening the innovation engine of the pharmaceutical industry. They are socially libertarian, and consider diversity to be a key cultural value. They believe the decentralized, peer-to-peer architecture of the Internet has been a force for good, and that governments (or corporations) shouldn’t mess with it.

This might smack of a rebranding of SOPA or the open source movement. While they’re all related, peer progressivism’s roots run deep in American politics. The least I can say, in conclusion, is that our narrow polical views are merely symtomatic of the shortage of innovative solutions to campaigning. We have a long road ahead of us that warrants heaps of optimism for all citizens committed to self-governance and smart enough to escape the filter bubble.