Author Archives: Lee

[Comment] Re: The best introduction to Groovy

<p>No, it's not just because it's the tenth article you read, it's because Mark did a very very good job with his tutorial. Better than what we did on Groovy's website and our language guide. It takes a hell lot of time to write good tutorials.</p>
<p>Perhaps it's time we make some 1, 5, 10 minute tutorials to help ppl jump into Groovy? What do you think?</p>
<p>Note, however, than anybody is free to improve the doc, or add new sections, fix typos etc. The process is pretty open to third-parties.</p>

[Comment] Re: To my surprise, I'm coming to appreciate the man for whom I voted

David,
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I see that you and my brother are in quite an interesting discussion — I'll weight in later tonight.
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But I want to explain why I just can't respect Bush. While I do believe that he's trying to do good work, I also believe that his idea of good work is incredibly hurtful.
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Gay marriage is an issue I come back to repeatedly. You can find my thoughts on my blog. In short: I not only believe that his stance is unconstitutional (for now, at least), but that it is hateful and un-American.
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Similarly, Bush has already begun the process of taking apart Title IX and I'm sure he'd love to nuke any form of affirmative action that remains today. In short: He has (what I believe is) a misguided view on the world, shaped largely in part by how easy things have come to him in life. He's never experienced the struggle a poor black child in Detroit has had to face. And he just doesn't get it.
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I agree with you that it is a great goal to remove the "politics" from politics. But Howard Dean tried to do that and got absolutely destroyed from Democrats and Republicans.
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I'll get in to the "honesty" debate with you on my brother's blog. Specifically in regards to the Iraq War. But for now, I want you to try to see my point of view and why I believe Bush doesn't truly believe in equal rights for all.
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Patrick
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PS: Except to see some great things from XWork's IoC container in the future 🙂

[BlogEntry] To my surprise, I'm coming to appreciate the man for whom I voted

I have to confess that my support for President Bush is not nearly as enthusiastic as it might have appeared during the campaign. I'm no blind follower. It's almost exclusively motivated by the threat of terrorism and the fact that he recognizes that danger more clearly than John Kerry does. Other than that, I've viewed him as just another politician, and I've probably even bought some of the scandalous propaganda about him. I just considered it to be secondary to keeping America safe from terrorists.

However, the two times that I've truly sat down and listened intently to him when he wasn't campaigning, when he was just speaking from his core, I've been surprised to find myself impressed by what I found inside the man.

The first time was when he was on Larry King a few months ago. I wrote about it here. Admittedly, this was part of the campaign, but he was simply sitting and talking with Larry and his wife. He was very genuine, very honorable, and very sharp. No spin, no politics. Just straight talk.

The second time was tonight, when I watched the TiVoed press conference he held earlier today with the White House Press Corp. Again, I wasn't really expecting to be impressed, but I was. I'm finding myself feeling a renewed sense of hope, even though this wasn't a feel-good, touchy-feely kind of press conference. I just recognize that we have a pretty good leader at the helm.

Despite the trouble he has assembling English sentences at times, I found him to be a refreshingly real, determined, and sincere man with a mission to improve this country to the best of his ability. I got a sense that I was seeing a great man come into his own. I think all of us may be very surprised by what great things he may do for this country in the next four years. In fact, it occurred to me that we may see a dramatic shift in the what we come to expect from our politicians after Bush's second term. We may hold them to more honest, bullshit-free standards than we've come to expect from Washington, D.C. over the years. You would never hear George W. Bush say "It all depends on what your definition of 'is' is."

I know that if you're a liberal, a skeptic, a cynic, or someone who simply relishes in hating George W. Bush, you'll have a very hard time hearing or buying what I'm saying, but I'm telling you, if you can drop your defenses for a moment and try to put aside all the propaganda you've been fed and swallowed about him, you'll find a decent, honorable man who knows how to get things done and is committed to leaving this nation and this world in better shape than he found it.

It's so easy, when you're feeling unhappy about the result, to twist every sentence to something negative like "sure, leaving it in better shape for himself and his oil cronies." Well, try to let that cynicism go for a moment, and you may actually find that you can see a real person with good intentions shine through. Don't buy into all the lies.

I wasn't always a red-state guy. I was born in Brooklyn. I used to be about as liberal as they come. I can easily put myself in your shoes. But, I'm telling you, what you've been told about this guy isn't true. It's a smear campaign. Just listen and watch him, and you'll see it. He's not a smooth-talking politician. He's a good man trying to do good work, knowing that half the country and a lot of the world doesn't like or understand him. That's a pretty tough job.

Look at it this way. If Kerry had been elected, you would have thought that any Bush supporter who couldn't see what a wonderful man he was was either blind, stupid, or just bitter. You would tell them to stop whining and recognize the man for who he is. Well, try to rise above your negative filters, the same way you would have expected people who voted for Bush to do if Kerry had won.

This is still the same great country it has always been. You may actually find that you come to respect and appreciate the man that you have invested so much time and energy in hating.

I feel confident that you can trust Bush not to trample everything you hold dear. I just don't believe that's what he's about. And even if you do expect him to do that, why not wait until you actually have some evidence, before just buying into the smear campaign that's been waged against him. If you really examine the facts, I don't think you'll find anything that warrants the accusations and lies. If you really do, I'll be right there with you shouting about it, but so far, I just haven't seen anything real.

All we are saying is give Bush a chance.

[BlogEntry] If Kerry wins…

I hope all you Kerry supporters remember this campaign. Remember all the easy criticism and second-guessing of every move Bush made. Remember all the "I have a plan"'s from Kerry and Edwards. Remember all the promises about health care, about jobs, about security, about hunting down terrorists, about the price of oil, about not equivocating with the U.N. and the rest of the world on U.S. security.

If elected, he will have no more power than George W. Bush did. He is not a wizard with a magic wand. He is subject to the same laws of physics, economics, and world opinion that Bush has been. He is going to have as hard a time delivering on any of them as Bush has, and I think Bush has done admirably. (And, by the way, Bill and Hillary promised to tackle health care in 1992.)

The so-called "rush to war" that took well over a year, and really over a decade of Saddam Hussein's flouting terms of his surrender, was influenced by bad intelligence, including lies from France and Russia due to their scamming the oil-for-food program. Had Kerry been in office, he would have been subject to those same inputs and conditions. Do you think he is clairvoyant, or simply unresponsive to threats based on the information available to him?

If Kerry delivers on all his magical plans, then he'll be the greatest president ever, and we'll all owe you a debt of gratitude for electing him.

If he doesn't, he's just another damned politician. And in 2008, I hope you remember all the expedient condemnations he made about Bush's every move and all the easy promises he made to get your vote. Don't be surprised when his opponent sings the same tune that Kerry sang four years earlier.

Either way, it's time that the American people develop a longer memory for these things. And stop being so gullible. Politicians say what you want to hear, and you actually believe them. It's because of this that our politicians talk to us this way. Grow up, America!

[BlogEntry] Searching in Outlook, Lookout, and Google Desktop (that's a real workout for my 'O' key)

I'm not sure if local search is really the new killer app, but I've got no shortage of options at the moment. I needed to find all the emails I've received from WasteIndustries. I ran all three searches at the same time, pitting the various search tools against one another.

I started Outlook first, because I knew it was slow. Next, I started Lookout, because it's convenient, right there in the Outlook toolbar. Finally, I double-clicked on the Google Desktop icon in the taskbar and waited while a browser opened up.

Google Desktop came back almost immediately with six hits. The downside of Google Desktop (aside from the fact that it's a long name to type every time I mention it), is that it doesn't provide native access to these items. If I want to open, delete, or move these emails, I have to click once on the item in the search results and then on "View in Outlook," not to mention having to go back to the search results for subsequent items. It's fast and powerful searching, but it has the disadvantage of being browser-based.

Lookout finished a close second (although it wouldn't have been as close if I had already had a browser open to Google Desktop). Lookout's main problem is that I can't delete items from its search results list. Very often, I'm trying to whittle away at the *mumble mumble* thousand emails in my inbox (okay, so I'm an email packrat — according to Lookout and Google, that's okay, so leave me alone), and Lookout's search is nearly worthless for that, because I can't delete what I find without opening each item and deleting it manually. If they would fix that, Lookout would be the top choice for email searches.

Outlook search was just sad. I let it chug along for about a minute, beating the crap out of my hard drive, and then I just stopped it. When it finally finds what it's looking for, it's the best, because its search results list items are just like the items in the inbox itself. You can delete, flag, mark as read/unread, etc. They are native Outlook email objects.

Too bad there's no way to pipe Google Desktop's or Lookout's search results to Outlook, so you could combine the best search with the best native item handling. More and more, I think we'll see that kind of integration become possible, as software becomes more service-oriented and pluggable. Google Desktop could be a search service that feeds to an Outlook item list service. All we have to do is re-engineer every piece of software that's ever been written, and we're good to go.