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I command thee! Time for another linkdump.

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Native American Code of Ethics: Ignore the terrible design, and concentrate on the message. In fact, I’m going to paste it in here for better readability. It’s all solid advice. For #1, should you be irreligious, replace pray with introspect.

1. Rise with the sun to pray. Pray alone. Pray often. The Great Spirit will listen, if you only speak.

2. Be tolerant of those who are lost on their path. Ignorance, conceit, anger, jealousy and greed stem from a lost soul. Pray that they will find guidance.

3. Search for yourself, by yourself. Do not allow others to make your path for you. It is your road, and yours alone. Others may walk it with you, but no one can walk it for you.

4. Treat the guests in your home with much consideration. Serve them the best food, give them the best bed and treat them with respect and honor.

5. Do not take what is not yours whether from a person, a community, the wilderness or from a culture. It was not earned nor given. It is not yours.

6. Respect all things that are placed upon this earth – whether it be people or plant.

7. Honor other people’s thoughts, wishes and words. Never interrupt another or mock or rudely mimic them. Allow each person the right to personal expression.

8. Never speak of others in a bad way. The negative energy that you put out into the universe will multiply when it returns to you.

9. All persons make mistakes. And all mistakes can be forgiven.

10. Bad thoughts cause illness of the mind, body and spirit. Practice optimism.

11. Nature is not FOR us, it is a PART of us. They are part of your worldly family.

12. Children are the seeds of our future. Plant love in their hearts and water them with wisdom and life’s lessons. When they are grown, give them space to grow.

13. Avoid hurting the hearts of others. The poison of your pain will return to you.

14. Be truthful at all times. Honesty is the test of ones will within this universe.

15. Keep yourself balanced. Your Mental self, Spiritual self, Emotional self, and Physical self – all need to be strong, pure and healthy. Work out the body to strengthen the mind. Grow rich in spirit to cure emotional ails.

16. Make conscious decisions as to who you will be and how you will react. Be responsible for your own actions.

17. Respect the privacy and personal space of others. Do not touch the personal property of others – especially sacred and religious objects. This is forbidden.

18. Be true to yourself first. You cannot nurture and help others if you cannot nurture and help yourself first.

19. Respect others religious beliefs. Do not force your belief on others.

20. Share your good fortune with others. Participate in charity.

This originally appeared in the “Inter-Tribal Times,” October, 1994

Wizgig – Quick Tips: Interesting little site. Dig for gold.

Badass of the Week – Matilda: I like these, but this is the first one I’ve run into in a while that I read the entire thing. Fascinating woman.


Ten files every web site needs: What is this, 1999? I looked at the publishing date of 2007 and shook my head. It’s kind of silly. You don’t need “about.html”, although an about page would be nice. You don’t need “contact.html”, although you should definitely put your contact information out there if it’s important to you. I hope no one in management reads this pointless thing and yells at their web monkey because theirsite.com/about.html 404’s.

Mistaken Identity: That’s gotta be time travel, come on. Those guys are almost identical twins.

The Shapes of CSS: As a hacker in the old school sense of the word (although I haven’t done much lately), I really enjoy this stuff. Scroll past the bland squares and circles. “Infinity” kinda blew my mind.

Fred O’Bryant’s Quote Collection: I like quotes, I even started a quote collection of my own today. Now I’m not one of those people that enjoys stupid images with quotes on them (the kind facebook is plagued with), you generally won’t see that from me. But a good quote will grab you and perhaps provide insight or inspiration, invaluable commodities.

Aside: I don’t feel like trying to find the specific comment in the specific thread on reddit, but someone had a comment that I’ve been mulling over, concerning Adobe’s business model (hypothetically), as it pertains to Photoshop. I’ll paraphrase. Essentially (in theory, according to this guy), they put this awesome product out there, never really fighting piracy, so that it became so ingrained in the culture, such a staple of image editing that it became a goddamn verb. Photoshop.

So how does piracy benefit Photoshop? Well, a generation of kids grew up using it, and some of these kids went on to become graphic designers, web designers, et cetera, using Photoshop in their every day work. It’s all they know, an essential tool. Now companies won’t take the risk of pirating software, so they license it, no matter how expensive. So Adobe makes all of their money from corporate licenses. And it’s a lot of money.

Who do you know has a legal copy of Photoshop? Because I know zero. I’ve never bought a copy. I don’t currently have a pirated copy either, and I’m struggling to learn GIMP as the open source alternative.

I was thinking about this in the context of Windows. I’ve pirated copies of windows several times, mostly because I lost my key or CD or bought a computer that didn’t come with one. But in the meantime, Windows is all I know. Sure, I can navigate Linux, I can even pop up that console and work some magic, but if I want to be truly productive, Windows is what I’ve used forever. So if I had a desire to be 100% legal, I’d have to license Windows. For productivity software, software with a point, it’s a damn good model.

It’s a little too easy to bypass the iOS 6.1 lock screen: I have an Android personally, because I’m a nerd and I like google (in theory) and Android just felt right. It’s an old-ass model, locked at like 1.6 or something, but I rooted it and am running ICS I believe. Still way out of date, probably. I’m looking for a replacement (it’s a Droid Eris, google that shit and see how old and awful it is).

Anyway, I don’t know anyone with a new iPhone, I don’t think. I’ll see if I can find someone and try this out. The procedure:

  • Choose emergency call from the passcode lock screen
  • Hold the power button as if you’re powering down the phone, but then hit cancel to abort
  • Dial an emergency number like 911 (or 112 if you’re in the UK), then as quickly as you can, hit call (green button) then disconnect (red button)
  • Go back to the lock screen by tapping the phone’s power button, then hitting the home button or power button again
  • Now, the tricky part: Hold down the power button for around three seconds, and before the “slide to turn off” option comes up, quickly hit the Emergency Call button
  • Then quickly hit the home button to prevent the phone from powering down

Now, for all I know this has already been patched out. And it looks like you might accidentally call the cops on yourself in the process, should you be using this trick to activate your brand new stolen iPhone.

“Honey Boo Boo” star loses 100 pounds: I don’t know why this popped up in my stumbleupon, and I didn’t even let it load to read it, but from the title alone this was my first thought: I hope it’s cancer.

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