September 2008


Yesterday I found some really cool software called Sweetcron. What it does is gathers all the feeds you add and displays it in a variety of ways. It’s a self-hosted lifestream. There are a few themes out there already, helping you display it in a variety of ways. Creating themes isn’t the easiest, especially if you don’t know code, but hopefully as the software catches on more themes and better documentation will become available. Right now I’m displaying my major feeds in one of the default templates. I still need to figure out how to style various blog posts and delicious links to my liking, but it’s on it’s way. I don’t think I’ll abandon WordPress for my main blog (Sweetcron has a built in blogging system) but I will import the feeds. Check out the piece of shep lifestream.

I’ve not been updating this site much lately, besides the two posts over the weekend. Things have just been really busy for me. Busy at work and busy at home. With last week being the RNC, Political Jackass was taking most of my time from me. This also means that The Costanza Experiment has suffered in updates (the experiment is ongoing, I assure you) and The Technology Classroom. I’m trying to get some help on Political Jackass to take some of the pressure off me to update. I’ve got one person signed up and I’m hoping for more. If you are interested, drop me a line.

Hopefully this week I’ll be able to work on The Technology Classroom some more. I really like the idea of this site and am looking forward to what comes of it. I plan on updating the site with several new articles and even install some forum software on the site.

I know I shouldn’t stretch myself so thin with all the website, but I’m very passionate about technology and with this being an election year, I think it’s important to update Political Jackass as much as possible.

I’m very tired of seeing all these ads and one-liners in the press about how Obama and the Democrats are tax and spend and will raise your taxes. If you would look at the tax plans for both candidates, it’s clear that Obama’s benefits 90% of Americans where as McCain’s favors the richest of the rich. He still believes in the trickle-down theory of economics, which has been disproved over and over. Just look at the last 8 years. Those are the same tax policies that Bush implemented. McCain even talks about how Palin stands up to wasteful spending, yet hired a lobbyist to get millions of dollars in earmarks for her town, some that even John McCain opposed in the Senate. She claims she was against the infamous “bridge to nowhere” yet she was for it, accepted money for it, before she was against it. She secured money for a multi-million sports complex when her town didn’t even have proper sewage treatments. On top of that, the complex went well over budget and the people of her town wound up paying more and more for it. That, my friends, is tax and spend. Don’t believe the lies put out by Rove and the Republican party.

I would also like to ask you all to donate to the Obama campaign. If you really want real change, you need to fight back against the smears and lies put out by the campaign. Unfortunately, the most successful way to do this is via TV ads, which costs a lot of money. So, whatever you can give to the campaign, $5, $10, $100, whatever you can, please donate. Be a part of history.

This was a funny little poem I saw on Digg. In all seriousness though, it amazes me that people are still going to vote for him after seeing what has happened in the past 8 years. Don’t be fooled, he really isn’t any different than George Bush. I’m also tired of hearing the lies his campaign spreads (head on over to to see what I’m talking about), especially that Obama will raise your taxes, when numerous economists and newspapers have reported that McCain’s tax policies are bad for the economy because they are just like Bush’s AND Obama’s tax cuts go to the middle class and not the wealthiest 1% of people. Anyway, here is the poem:

Would you vote for John McCain?
On a boat or in a plane?

I would not, could not, vote McCain.
Not in a boat. Not on a plane.

Could you vote if he were blue?
Could he get your dog’s vote too?

My dog would not vote for him,
nor would my cat.
I would not vote for John McCain.
I would not do it and that is that.

How about in the pouring rain,
under an umbrella held by John McCain?

I would not vote for John McCain.
I would not do it in the rain.

Today I found out about a piece of software called Asaph. It is a great microblogging system. What makes it so great is the ease in which you can post. Just drag the bookmarklet to your bookmarks then whenever you want to post a new entry, you just select the text you want and click the bookmarklet. If you want to post an image, you click the bookmarklet and then select the image and it will automatically put it on your server for you. It’s an awesome tool and there is already talk of making a plugin for Habari. I’m hoping they do, then I might switch. Check out my shorts here.

I’ve also been posting a lot to Political Jackass this weekend, so if you’re interested in politics, hop on over. I’m trying to update several times a day. There is even a twitter account setup, you can follow Political Jackass at and read the political shorts at