Mimsy Were the Borogoves

Editorials: Where I rant to the wall about politics. And sometimes the wall rants back.

42 Astoundingly Useful Scripts and Automations for the Macintosh

Work faster and more reliably. Use Perl, Python, AppleScript, Swift, and Automator to automate the drudgery of computer use. Add actions to the services menu and the menu bar, and create drag-and-drop apps.

Use simple scripts and make your Macintosh play music, roll dice, and talk to you. Create ASCII art from your photos. There’s a script for all of that in my new book, 42 Astoundingly Useful Scripts and Automations for the Macintosh.

Elizabeth Emken interview at Daily Caller

Jerry Stratton, February 7, 2012

Alexis Levinson has an interview with Elizabeth Emken today at the Daily Caller. It sounds like she might have a chance after all.

For the first time since she was elected in 1992, more Californians do not want Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein re-elected than do, and her likely Republican opponent hopes to capitalize on that desire for change to oust the three-term senator.

Emken is definitely saying the right things. Her experience is as both an IBM efficiency expert and an activist in DC for autistic children. She has experience outside of government, and also experience with the legislative process, “having helped to push through legislation like the Children’s Health Act of 2000 and the Combating Autism Act of 2006.”

She says that she carried her experience with actual business projects through in the legislation she championed:

“I think what makes these bill stand out is that in these bills I put accountability mechanisms… There’s a requirement of a strategic plan, there’s a requirement for a report to congress to mark the objectives, how we’re doing in terms of the strategic plans. And there’s also sunset provisions—it says, look you have to come back and justify why would we should continue funding these programs. These are elements that I believe should be encompassed in all types of legislation,” she explained.

Read the whole thing. Should be an interesting election here in a few months. Dianne Feinstein is the epitome of the establishment Democrat, supporting spending and opposing freedom without regard for whether it’s liberal or conservative, but whether it increases the power of the federal government. She ought to be defeatable, even in California.

“I was thinking, ‘why are we talking about contraception when we’re looking at financial collapse of the country?’ I mean for Pete’s sake… Let’s not fiddle while Rome burns,” she said.

In response to California 2012: 2012 is going to be a very important election for San Diego. Do we continue to reform the city’s financial state, or do we resume the path to insolvency?

  1. <- Carl DeMaio in Mission Hills
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