7 April 2004


A Blue Perspective: Maintenance

Hmmmmm .. my visits actually increased during the week when I couldn't post. Maybe that says something about my writing ...

Just to get me (and my arm) back into the swing of things, I thought that instead of doing something fantastically new and mindblowing, I'd just do some tidying up and then make it seem like I did something fantastically new and mindblowing. To this end, I added a couple of new features to Technicolor.

You can now seed the colour generator by typing in your favourite hex code and clicking the "Change colour" button. And, for all those who spend hours slaving away, perfecting their colour combinations, you can now view the fruits of that labour using the "Generate CSS" button. It will supply you with the CSS code (for colouring) for each of the areas on the layout: body, header, right column, etc. This also means that when you forget what colours you've applied, you can now check them using the code view.

Hopefully these features will make Technicolor the new killer app, allowing it to capture the over-saturated Web colour-picker-designer-combiner-thingy market. (damn you Pixy!) Then I can charge a subscription fee, sit back and count the money. So get addicted already!


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    Jean Twenge, a psychology pfosersor at San Diego State University. Narcissists aren't good at basking in other people's glory, which makes for problematic marriages and work relationships, she says.Her research suggests that young adults today are more self-centered than previous generations. For a multiuniversity study released this year, 16,475 college students took the standardized narcissistic personality inventory, responding to such statements as I think I am a special person. Students' scores have risen steadily since the test was first offered in 1982. The average college student in 2006 was 30% more narcissistic than the average student in 1982.Praise InflationEmployers say the praise culture can help them with job retention, and marriage counselors say couples often benefit by keeping praise a constant part of their interactions. But in the process, people's positive traits can be exaggerated until the words feel meaningless. There's a runaway inflation of everyday speech, warns Linda Sapadin, a psychologist in Valley Stream, N.Y. These days, she says, it's an insult unless you describe a pretty girl as drop-dead gorgeous or a smart person as a genius. And no one wants to be told they live in a nice house, says Dr. Sapadin. Nice' was once sufficient. That was a good word. Now it's a put-down. [edit]As he sees it, those over age 60 tend to like formal awards, presented publicly. But they're more laid back about needing praise, and more apt to say: Yes, I get recognition every week. It's called a paycheck. Baby boomers, Mr. Nelson finds, often prefer being praised with more self-indulgent treats such as free massages for women and high-tech gadgets for men.Workers under 40, he says, require far more stroking. They often like trendy, name-brand merchandise as rewards, but they also want near-constant feedback. It's not enough to give praise only when they're exceptional, because for years they've been getting praise just for showing up, he says.[edit]No More Red PensSome young adults are consciously calibrating their dependence on praise. In New York, Web-developer Mia Eaton, 32, admits that she loves being complimented. But she feels like she's living on the border between a twentysomething generation that requires overpraise and a thirtysomething generation that is less addicted to it. She recalls the pre-Paris Hilton, pre-reality-TV era, when people were famous and applauded for their achievements, she says. When she tries to explain this to younger colleagues, they don't get it. I feel like I'm hurting their feelings because they don't understand the difference. Young adults aren't always eager for clear-eyed feedback after getting mostly atta-boys and atta-girls all their lives, says John Sloop, a pfosersor of rhetorical and cultural studies at Vanderbilt University. Another issue: To win tenure, pfosersors often need to receive positive evaluations from students. So if pfosersors want students to like them, to a large extent, critical comments [of students] have to be couched in praise, Prof. Sloop says. He has attended seminars designed to help pfosersors learn techniques of supportive criticism. We were told to throw away our red pens so we don't intimidate students. [edit]Mr. Smolinsky enjoys giving praise when it's warranted, he says, but there needs to be a flip side. When people are lousy, they need to be told that. He notices that his students often disregard his harsher comments. They'll say, Yeah, well ' I don't believe they really hear it. In the end, ego-stroking may feel good, but it doesn't lead to happiness, says Prof. Twenge, the narcissism researcher, who has written a book titled Generation Me: Why Today's Young Americans Are More Confident, Assertive, Entitled and More Miserable than Ever Before. She would like to declare a moratorium on meaningless, baseless praise, which often starts in nursery school. She is unimpressed with self-esteem preschool ditties, such as the one set to the tune of Fre8re Jacques : I am special/ I am special/ Look at me [edit]

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    Diana commented on 27 August 2012 @ 09:00

    in a speech last week, adidng that he's working on the legislation. It'll save homeowners from losing their equity, save cities and local governments from losing their tax revenues, and save neighborhoods from taking a big hit. Good sense? If a bailout is good sense, Schumer should also sponsor a bill funding free cardiac bypass surgery and liposuction for anyone the government failed to protect from eating repeatedly at McDonald's. (Please, Chuck, let me know if this is in your plans and I'll immediately stop jogging and eating my veggies.) On the other hand, as far as I can tell, none of these modern-day bandits held a gun to anyone's head and forced them to take out a loan. There's a lot of discussion in Congress about how these are predatory loans, and widows and orphans are being thrown in the street, says Keith Gumbinger, vice president HSH Associates, a financial publisher. But some of the issues we're dealing with today are self-inflicted wounds people who didn't bother to read applications or documents and signed for a loan. Clearly, lenders, investors, and homeowners should step up to the plate here not taxpayers. In a hearing on the crisis in March, Schumer said families were teased into unsuitable subprime loans. Teased into ? What kind of language is this? When did we transform from being a culture of opportunity to a culture of victimization? Taking out a mortgage is a choice, and choices have consequences. If we want to own our financial successes, we also have to own our financial mistakes. And what kind of message does a government bailout send to Americans who did things the right way? People who had a job, paid their bills on time, built solid credit scores, saved for a down payment, read their loan terms, and scrutinized their budgets to make sure they could afford not only the mortgage payments, but the taxes, insurance and maintenance on their homes?

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