Do I Use Pinterest

A male friend asked if I use Pinterest. His wife laughed and laughed. She nearly dropped their daughter from all the laughter. It was if there was something humorous about two guys discussing a web site.

Well, I do use Pinterest some. I don’t spend massive amounts of time on it like I hear some of my female friends do. The only somewhat exemplary board I have is Teeshirts I Own. When people ask where I get any or all of my shirts, I can just point to the board. I use a browser bookmarklet to pin the shirts I buy to the board. The bookmarklet ensures a link to the web page source.

Curating a collection of digital stuff is where Pinterest excels. Well, that and sharing the board (aka the collection) with others.

Anyway, rumor is there are not many guys on the site. Before about a year ago, maybe 3 out of a hundred contacts I had were guys. I just did the math and out of 300 people I am following (304 following – 4 non-people), 43 are male. That is about 14 in a hundred male. A sample size of one is not very good, so don’t take that as the real population.

New Page: Teeshirts

I'm blogging this
I'm blogging this.

I added a new page, Teeshirts, to this site. It joins my other pages: ReadingAbout Me, and Quotes to Make You Think. It documents my teeshirt collection from sites like Thinkgeek, Woot, and Threadless.

Yes, I already track my shirts with photos tagged with the term “teeshirt” on Flickr or Teeshirts I Own Pinterest board. Unfortunately, people do not seem to use Flickr much anymore. So much like Reading which is a page on my blog duplicating what I am doing with Goodreads, I’ll occasionally update the local blog version.

Teeshirts

Occasionally people ask about my teeshirts. (One can also find them on my Flickr teeshirt tag or Teeshirts I Own Pinterest board.)
Follow Ezra’s board Teeshirts I Own on Pinterest.

Thinkgeek Shirts
got root?
got root?
/Everyone stand back/ I know regular expressions
Regex Front
You Are Dumb in binary
You Are Dumb in binary
Rays cast from this shirt travel at over 670,000,000 MPH
Rays cast from this shirt travel at over 670,000,000 MPH
Do or do not. There is no try. (in shell)
Do or do not. There is no try.
98% Chimp
98% Chimp
Reverse Engineer
Reverse Engineer
I’m blogging this.
I'm blogging this.
I failed the Turing test
I failed the Turing test
Come to the dark side, we have cookies -V
Come to the dark side, we have cookies -V
There’s more than one way to do it.
There's more than one way to do it.
There are 10 types of people in the world: those who understand binary and those who dont
There are 10 types of people in the world; those who understand binary and those who dont
1UP Mushroom
1UP
You read my t-shirt. That’s enough social interaction for now.
You read my t-shirt.
There’s no place like ::1
There's no place like ::1
<BODY>
<BODY>
/* No Comment */
No Comment
i never finish anyth
i never finish anyth
if you are not part of the solution, then you are part of the precipate.
Are you the Precipitate?
I see dead pixels
I see dead pixels
OBEY GRAVITY it’s the LAW!
OBEY GRAVITY it's the LAW!
Threadless Shirt
 Video games ruined my life. Good thing I have two extra lives.
Video games ruined my life. Good thing I have two extra lives.
Shirt.Woot Shirts
Shutterbug
Shutterbug
@-@ Imperial Walker
AT-AT
Misc Other Printer Shirt
sudo Make me a sandwich
365 Days #14 2006-12-27
Blackborg
Blackborg Teeshirt
New Kids Under the Block
New Kids Under the Block
WordPress Galaxy Tee
WordPress Galaxy Tee

P.S. There are way too many photos of me wearing the Turing test shirt. I’m gonna have to bench it for a while.

Trayvon

At around 16-17 years old I did not have a car. So I rode my bike or walked anywhere I wanted to go. Store managers sometimes searched my backpack or my person only to find I had not in fact shoplifted anything. Loss control or security guards would follow me around the store. Neighborhood watch people kicked me out. Police interrogated me about what had been doing and intended to do. This pattern of distrust about who I am was well prepared for as my father raised me to understand it could happen not just “the talk” but ongoing pointing out to think about how about how others perceive me. He wanted me not to get upset because my anger would play into their hands proving I am dangerous like they assumed. Also, just obeying commands to get out of the situation could prevent things from escalating out of control. (Interestingly work’s security expert gave the same obey advice when police are looking for a suspect.)

Every time it was upsetting. Even today almost two decades later, in the back of my head I know that I have to avoid behaviors that will draw suspicion because I am likely guilty until proven innocent. It is better to go into a store wearing a dress shirt or polo with slacks than shorts and a teeshirt. If I take my phone out of my pocket, then it stays out until at the cashier where putting something in my pocket is normal. And while I may think of wearing a basketball jersey so TSA thinks I am black not potentially arabic, never ever ever wear a hoodie because that slides me in the direction of appearing to be a criminal.

This is why I feel sad Trayvon Martin‘s family lost him because a self-appointed neighborhood watch character armed with a gun decided to follow, then chase, then ambush this 17 year old kid in a hoodie armed with Skittles and tea. Nothing can fully repair this.

Zimmerman, Trayvon’s killer, said on the 911 call Martin was acting guilty of something. This was also the stated reason the store managers, security guards, neighborhood watch, and police stopped me at Trayvon’s age. Who isn’t when creepy people follow them around?

The whole thing smacks me of Jean Charles de Menezes in 2005 London. A guy leaves his apartment. Guys follow him onto a train. He tries to run from them only they turn out to be police who shoot him. His crime was both living in an apartment building under surveillance and attempting to resist people who did not look like police but were.

Resist? Get shot. Run? Get shot. Do whatever the people with the guns say and maybe live to tell a lawyer.

Last weekend, a female friend, described how she would not be willing to just obey commands. As a big black guy, I have to worry about keeping people from worrying about me attacking them. If provoked, then they are going to put me down lethally or non-lethally. For my female friend, she has to worry about rape, but she is also does not present the physical threat I do. We have two completely different perspectives. But I think we understand each other’s.

Teeshirt Roundup

Recently, Patrick asked how many geeky teeshirts do I have? I have 17 unique shirts. (Bought multiples of a few.)

Bruce asked how many have a picture on Facebook? He had posted many of the pictures of me and most of those involve a geeky teeshirt.

Thinkgeek Shirts
got root?
got root?
/Everyone stand back/ I know regular expressions
Regex Front
You Are Dumb in binary
You Are Dumb in binary
Rays cast from this shirt travel at over 670,000,000 MPH
Rays cast from this shirt travel at over 670,000,000 MPH
Do or do not. There is no try. (in shell)
Do or do not. There is no try.
98% Chimp
98% Chimp
Reverse Engineer
Reverse Engineer
Im blogging this.
I'm blogging this.
I failed the Turing test
I failed the Turing test
Come to the dark side, we have cookies -V
Come to the dark side, we have cookies -V
There's more than one way to do it.
There's more than one way to do it.
There are 10 types of people in the world: those who understand binary and those who dont
There are 10 types of people in the world; those who understand binary and those who dont
Threadless Shirt
Video games ruined my life. Good thing I have two extra lives.
Video games ruined my life. Good thing I have two extra lives.
Woot Shirts
Shutterbug
Shutterbug
@-@ Imperial Walker
AT-AT
Misc Other Printer Shirt
sudo Make me a sandwich
365 Days #14 2006-12-27
Blackborg
Blackborg Teeshirt
New Kids Under the Block
New Kids Under the Block

P.S. There are way too many photos of me wearing the Turing test shirt. I’m gonna have to bench it for a while.

Plus Size Soccer Jerseys

Some things are easy to buy online. A few times in the past month I’ve gone looking for a soccer jersey for any of the many football (soccer to my fellow Americans) team I follow. Three futile hours later, I am considering changing which football I follow since stores can carry appropriately sized apparel for it. I’m someone who wears a fairly rare to find size of 3XLT. (Or 4XL when tall is not an option. Or sometimes 3XL for teeshirts, but that usually means exposed back when I sit.)

It annoys me to find a design I like for a reasonable price only to discover there is no size available to me. In bricks and mortar stores, it means never returning until I hear they have a “Big and Tall” section hidden somewhere not obvious.

Here is a place where the Long Tail falls down. According to it, online stores, with their enormous warehouses can better afford to carry a more broad selection of less frequently selling items. They give us more choice. Therefore, it means I ought to find more choice online. For things not in my size, this is true. There is tons of choice. The same stores in a mall who carry clothing in the right sizes seem perfectly capable of offering a wider selection. Yet, an online store like Amazon can’t make it easy for me to find clothing that fits?

My main beef with Worldsoccershop.com is the lack of product in a size I can wear. (The one jersey would make me a Chelsea supporter.) They do get a couple things right.

  1. Quality search: I can put 4xl in the search and get back items with a size of 4xl. All these sites have a search. However, for many sites, size doesn’t appear to be a relevant word. The term “4XL” lands items with “XL” in the name. Useless!
  2. Narrow results by size: Brand, price, and seller are options Amazon offers for narrowing the search to more useful options. How is size not important enough to include? Useless!

Ultimately, I guess not enough people my size have enough interest in soccer jerseys. They end up American football or basketball or baseball fans which have clothes large enough for me. Maybe I should switch sports allegiances? It would help my political allegiances.

Protected Post Password

I imported all my LiveJournal posts here. Other than posting pictures to there from Flickr, I don’t really use LJ anymore. I rarely even read my friends’ blogs there. Too bad. I still have the teeshirt.

Most of my LJ posts are protected. For this site, I’d rather have them set to private. So the section of WordPress (Tools > Import > LiveJournal) saying this seemed relevant:

If you have any entries on LiveJournal which are marked as private, they will be password-protected when they are imported so that only people who know the password can see them.

If you don’t enter a password, ALL ENTRIES from your LiveJournal will be imported as public posts in WordPress.

Password protected seemed better than not, so I set a 30 character long password, and the form accepted all 30. When the password didn’t work, I logged in as the administrator user and looked at Publish > Visibility >

In my opinion, web forms in general should prevent the user from entering more characters than the application or database will take. Passwords are very exact, so forms for creating them definitely should not allow extraneous characters.