Monday, February 24, 2014

Google Maps Redesign Review

Short Version: Use Bing Maps instead.

Long Version: I don't want a mapping application that takes a lot of guess-clicking to do basic things like look at the current traffic where I am and shows me different controls depending where I am or what I'm doing.  I want the UI to stay static so I don't have to remember a byzantine series of chinese-box-opening steps to perform various actions.  And the "Peggy" thing is obviously a knockoff of Clippy.  Either treat me like a web app using genius or idiot, but not both, please.  It's beyond condescending.  It's aggressively and directly insulting.

Looong Version: Craaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaap.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Suggestion for Convention Goers

Maybe get all your vaccines up to date.  You're killing me, nearly literally. 

That said, Katsucon was a huge blast, all the people were awesome (except for the risque costumes),  and we didn't get deathly ill until later.  I blame the buffet at the National Harbor, which is completely baseless speculation, but it's the only thing my wife and I both partook of that the kids held back on and we got sick immediately while they carried on for three days unaffected.  Big old waste of money for bland vaguely Asiatic food and stale rock hard desserts even if it wasn't dodgy (it probably wasn't, the kids also used the hand sanitizer much more than we did).

(Please don't sue me, National Harbor, this is just one person's unfounded opinion about vague possibilities due to limited anecdotal evidence)

I wish I had a few billion dollars to buy up and return the most offensive houses on the Virginia side and the national harbor itself to forest and swampland.  It's pretty for Las Vegas, but not for DC.

Thursday, February 06, 2014

intellij 13

I just noticed that JetBrains finally removed the memory usage widget in the bottom right of the IDE which let you manually run the garbage collection when you clicked it.  Kudos!  That was an annoying waste of time.