Vertical filament feed

This is just a little test to try posting images to Facebook via WordPress using my phone. I can already see that it is upside down in WordPress but thought it was correct on the phone. Hm…


Guicing up Selenium with Docker

I’m giving a talk at Java One on using Giulius (Tim Boudreau’s hella sexy Google Guice based dependency injection system for JUnit) with Selenium and Docker.

I can’t figure out how to directly reference a talk on the JavaOne website (come on Oracle) so here is a link to the search page.

Special thanks once again to Bruno Souza for kicking me in the pants and making me submit a talk to JavaOne.  It is always a pleasure to share the knowledge.

For those of you who arrived at this link via the reference in my slides, here are some useful resources.

Giulius on GitHub
Demo files from my talk
PDF of my slides

Abortion, the new gateway drug.

Its pretty mind blowing that the National Review is trying to assert a causal effect between getting an abortion and doing drugs but that is what they do in their latest article about Texas gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis.

They even go on to assert that abortion will make you beat any children you have later and become mentally ill. I don’t suppose it occurs to them that the life situations that lead you to an abortion might also include drug use or mental illness. The article is pretty vague about whether there is a correlation between abortion and the onset of these conditions. I personally wouldn’t be surprised to find that mentally ill, child abusing drug addicts are statistically more likely to get an abortion but, then again, I might be profiling people.

Frankly, I cannot believe that they have lowered themselves to these kinds of tactics. They aren’t just slinging mud and Wendy Davis but at women in general and the intelligence of their readers.

Neighborhood app


We are working on a new app to detect people’s opinions about the boundaries of neighborhoods. More to follow but, for now, here is an inscrutable white board:


APS Sunset Review

My friend Russell Fish and I are heading down to Austin for the APS Sunset Review. The Sunset Review is a process where the state legislature reviews services and programs provided by the government and determines if they are obsolete, duplicated or unnecessary. We are going to present the troubling cases we have found where APS has seized personal assets and moved people into institutions against their will. We don’t see this particular service as something that benefits the people of the state of Texas. Hopefully we can bring these activities under closer review and even eliminate them for the many elderly people who can manage their own affairs.

Reimagining art in Dallas

I had this conversation with Liliana Bloch on a Facebook Event page. I thought it had some useful stuff in it so I decided to move it onto my blog:

Ean Schuessler
 I guess it’s a little predictable that the “reimagination” is mostly “have the city buy more art”. Does that change things or turn art into even more of a game where artists chase after these political “gate keepers”? Artists need to take the manifestation of their dreams into their own hands.
 Liliana Bloch It doesn’t mean to buy more public art, it means to stop doing it if there isn’t a budget to maintain the piece. Is about collectors supporting educational to artists by acquiring pieces from reputable galleries and stop the idea that galleries are rip-offs. Is also about museums exhibiting Dallas and Texas artists and putting Dallas art in their collections and exhibit them.
 Liliana Bloch There has been a lot of progress in the arts in the last ten years in the art fields. It can be even better.
 Ean Schuessler I think we should throw Dallas’ most prominent artists in jail and make them into cultural martyrs, maybe put on an exhibit that displays their socially unacceptable artworks. It worked for the Dadaists when the Nazis did the Degenerate Art exhibit… worked for Pussy Riot too!

 Ean Schuessler Ok, I’m kidding… sort of. I absolutely agree with you about “localizing” the artistic culture but I do want to reiterate the “bozo effect” that Steve Jobs talked about. As soon as the state starts throwing money around you will see a sudden manifestation of people presenting themselves as artists who are also masterful at manipulating the social spheres around the political infrastructure. These people will probably crowd out the actual “artists” who have long been slaving away in poverty and obscurity to create their dreams. Frankly, I’m a big fan of “commercial art” where the artist selects a market and crafts a product that is aligned with what they are wanting to produce. Some see this as selling out but I see it as an engineering problem. If, as an artist, you want to produce product X then its simply a matter of figuring out how to reach audience Y that wants it. There is a question of pandering to audiences but you don’t have to do that. Its up to the artist who they pander to, that’s part of the self-expression process. The state only has to get involved for artists whose work can’t be supported by its target audience. In my opinion this should be reserved for “cultural preservation” kinds of artists who practice forms with a strong history that are less in fashion and are more about preserving traditions of craft.