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"There Is No God"

Friday, November 25, 2005posted by Michael Rothwell @ 12:58 AM

NPR has a "Morning Edition" segment called "This I Believe". Penn (pictured to the right) was the featured guest on November 21 in a segment titled "There Is No God". An excerpt:

This "This I Believe" thing seems to demand something more personal, some leap of faith that helps one see life's big picture, some rules to live by. So, I'm saying, "This I believe: I believe there is no God." Having taken that step, it informs every moment of my life.

Believing there's no God means I can't really be forgiven except by kindness and faulty memories. That's good; it makes me want to be more thoughtful. I have to try to treat people right the first time around.
I heard it as I was getting dressed to go to work, and enjoyed it quite a bit.

AppWatch: a simple Mac OS X application launcher

posted by Michael Rothwell @ 12:37 AM

Appwatch is a simple application launcher for Mac OS X. It observes the applications that you launch and quit, and builds a menu of "Recent", "Frequent" and "Long-Running" applications. The only UI is the Menu Bar Icon, and the menu itself (and some preferences dialogs).

You can use the mouse, or press ⌘-esc (apple-escape) to activate the menu.

It's Tiger (10.4)-only and won't work on older versions of OSX. It stores all of its collected information in a SQLite (the engine used by Core Data) database file located at ~/Library/Preferences/AppWatch.db

You can download version 1.0 at (68k).

** UPDATE: New version (1.01, universal binary) is here.

AppWatch is completely free, but if you use it, please consider donating $5.00.

Merry X-Mas!

Thursday, November 24, 2005posted by Michael Rothwell @ 8:56 PM

Now that the Thanksgiving turkey has been put back into the refrigerator, it's time turn our attention to the next holiday.

Remember to stock up on ammo and keep the blast doors closed!

What did I do this week?

Saturday, November 19, 2005posted by Michael Rothwell @ 11:53 AM

Well, I was enjoying myself!

I was at Redhat, getting my RHCT certificate! Scored 100% on the exam. Of course, I've been using Linux since before Redhat existed, so...

As soon as that professional development budget comes in, I'll go back for the RHCE. Maybe I can talk $15k or so out of my day job to get all the way to "Architect" level.

*rubs hands together*

How work feels many days

Saturday, November 12, 2005posted by Michael Rothwell @ 5:09 PM

I'm probably not unusual in feeling this way. I imagine other people feel this way about their weekdays as well. It seems a shame. But, perhaps it's normal.

Maybe it's just because I work in what seems to be an adult daycare center.