Posted April 2nd, 2014 @ 09:04am by Erik J. Barzeski
In the next month or two, Dave Wedzik and I plan to begin selling our book, Lowest Score Wins, via the website http://lowestscorewins.com/.
We'll have two products (a paperback and a hardcover), so we want a little store that integrates with PayPal (preferably) to handle sales with shipping to the U.S., Canada, and other countries (probably flat rate to the U.S., flat rate to Canada, and flat rate to "rest of the world"). We may have more than two products if it's simpler to create a "product" for "5 Paperbacks."
We'd also like to create a "member's section" of the site. Members won't need to pay anything (though that may be nice in the future), they'll simply need to enter a secret that we print in the book in order to register an account. Anyone with a registered account can then see the "members-only" content.
What are my options? The main part of the site will be relatively simple. I'm comfortable with WordPress, and we have some themes that will work quite nicely, so I'd like to consider leaning towards WordPress plugins for each of the two functions above.
Posted April 1st, 2014 @ 07:47pm by Erik J. Barzeski
What a great joke this would have been… if only Tiger and Augusta National had a sense of humor.
Seriously, though, the guy couldn't announce this yesterday?!?!
Posted March 31st, 2014 @ 11:10pm by Erik J. Barzeski
Initially I was surprised by the ending. After about two minutes, I came to the conclusion agh which I think I'll remain: the ending was perfect.
Though HIMYM suffered from some average seasons (or episodes, at least), it was a great nine-year run and one of my favorite TV series of all time.
And the ending was perfect. Timing matters. Cherish those you can when you can.
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Posted March 30th, 2014 @ 10:20am by Erik J. Barzeski
I'm using Pages to write a book (because the thought of using Word makes my skin crawl a little bit), but two things are quite annoying. The first is how Pages treats keyboard shortcuts like option-delete, or shift-arrow, and similar. Oftentimes it edits or selects (or deletes) text after the insertion point, even though you're deleting or selecting to the left or up.
The second is less of a daily annoyance and more of something I want to be mindful of: there seems to be no way to "insert odd page break" in Pages. Perhaps Pages is simply not built for writing a book, in the end, because books have odd-numbered pages on the right, and you don't want a new chapter to start on the left-hand side of a page. Word's "Insert -> Odd Page Break" menu handles that for you, even as the page numbers change during editing.
Pages simply has no capacity for this.
If it does, and I'm somehow missing it, I'll be quite grateful if someone can tell me how.
Posted March 29th, 2014 @ 02:51pm by Erik J. Barzeski
Pixelmator - What happend to the color fields in the toolbar
This drives me NUTS.
I prefer Pixelmator over Acorn, but every few months, I launch Pixelmator thinking that it has to be fixed by now, only to find out that it's not, and to get so frustrated that I quickly switch back to Acorn.
This is unforgivable, and makes no sense to me at all.
P.S. Posted this almost two years ago.
Posted March 28th, 2014 @ 01:47pm by Erik J. Barzeski
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 is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; because there is not effort without error and shortcomings; but who does actually strive to do the deed; who knows the great enthusiasm, the great devotion, 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 he fails while daring greatly. So that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.
— Theodore Roosevelt
Posted March 27th, 2014 @ 01:01pm by Erik J. Barzeski
defaults write -g ApplePressAndHoldEnabled -bool true
P.S. I have to reboot but fingers are crossed that this still works in Mavericks.
Posted March 26th, 2014 @ 05:15pm by Erik J. Barzeski
This is thrilling!
Posted March 26th, 2014 @ 05:03pm by Erik J. Barzeski
I won't spoil it by saying whose "voices" appear in this song, but it's pretty good.
Posted March 25th, 2014 @ 10:03am by Erik J. Barzeski
I got $6.82 via the eBooks lawsuit Amazon settled in December, 2013. You can find out how much you got at http://www.amazon.com/ebooksettlements.
In December 2013, a federal court approved legal settlements by publishers Hachette, HarperCollins, Simon & Schuster, Macmillan, and Penguin in antitrust lawsuits filed by State Attorneys General and Class Plaintiffs about the price of eBooks. Those settlements resulted in credits for qualifying Kindle books purchased between April 1, 2010 and May 21, 2012.
Eligible customers do not need to do anything to receive these credits. If you are eligible, we have already calculated your credit and added it to your Amazon account. As long as you have credit remaining we will automatically apply it to your next purchase of a Kindle book or a print book sold by Amazon.com, regardless of publisher. The credit applied to your purchase will appear in your order summary. Eligible customers should have received a notification email from Amazon on March 25, 2014. You can learn more about the settlements at www.amazon.com/help/agencyebooksettlements.
$6.82, eh? Any recommendations? Perhaps even a few good Kindle Singles? Who's read a good book lately?
Posted March 24th, 2014 @ 11:21am by Erik J. Barzeski
I read an article today about how some people are unable to open older documents created by earlier versions of Pages, Keynote, and Numbers, so I did a quick search for all such documents, and opened, and re-saved them all to upgrade them to the latest versions.
Fortunately I'd kept my iWork '09 applications on a disk image, so I was able to pull those out to launch and re-save the really old documents, before then opening them again to upgrade them to the iWork 5.0 suite.
I recommend you do this. It stinks, yes. But it stinks a whole lot less than losing old documents.
Posted March 23rd, 2014 @ 11:21am by Erik J. Barzeski
Today I turn 36. I've completed the first two rounds of my tournament (though I do hope for extra holes at the end), and I feel I'm in the lead. I've got a great wife, a great kid, and I wake up every day excited for the work I'll do.
Work has been taking a bit more time away from my family than I'd like lately, but I've got a book coming out, golf season is picking up again, we're putting together online training for 5 Simple Keys®… and I've still gotta finish submitting my Level 1 PGA stuff… maybe.
Today I'm actually gone all day, from 5am to about midnight, with Dave giving a talk on 5SK at the Southern Ohio section of the PGA's yearly teaching summit. It's a great honor, and we hope to give information that people can immediately use to help make their students better.
Beyond that, happy 36th to me.
Posted March 22nd, 2014 @ 08:18pm by Erik J. Barzeski
I really like music videos that make a little "art" out of the lyrics. I like this song.
Except these parts…
Posted March 21st, 2014 @ 01:03pm by Erik J. Barzeski
But Burke said something on the hockey analytics panel at the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference last month that I took issue with. He expressed concern that statistics couldn't measure a hockey player's perseverance. For instance, he asked, would one of his forwards retain control of the puck when Zdeno Chara, the Boston Bruins' intimidating 6'9" defenseman, was bearing down on him?
The thing is, this is something you could measure. You could watch video of all Bruins games and record how often different forwards kept control of the puck. Soon, the NHL may install motion-tracking cameras in its arenas, as other sports leagues have done, creating a record of each player's x- and y-coordinates throughout the game and making this data collection process much easier.
Oh, and FiveThirtyEight launched recently. I don't visit news sites, but I may visit that one.
Posted March 20th, 2014 @ 11:43am by Erik J. Barzeski