TLS All the Things!

Let's say you have a website associated with a Google Apps for Your Domain (though okay, it's Google Apps for Work now) registration, and served off of App Engine. Great! Now let's say you want to enable that website for HTTPS. Great...ish.

There's an article that walks you through the some of the steps, though it actually points you to another article halfway through. But following the steps in those article presupposes that you already have a certificate that you want to use, and that's hardly ever going to be the case for folks who just want to set things up for the first time.

I just went through the process for Sheryl's business, and used to obtain the certificate. (I actually tried using StartSSL first, but ended up requesting a certificate with a 4096 bit key that I couldn't use with App Engine. And their UI is just awful.) Using was mostly painless, and a great deal at $16/year, but there are a few things that aren't entirely…

Great moments in thesis statements

The spring of 1942 was a perilous time for Americans, caught, as they were, in a new war. —David Denby, apparently just writing down the first thing that pops in his head.


We just finished rewatching The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret. The first series (there are two series, of six episodes each) aired in America on IFC before Portlandia really caught on, and I don’t remember there being much marketing or Internet buzz about it. (Folks from Britain—was it any bigger over there?) The show’s a textbook example of pure farce, and watching it got me thinking about the work of David O. Russell.

While he’s risen to prominence with his last three films—The Fighter, Silver Linings Playbook [really? that’s what you named your move?], and American Hustle—Russell has four other full-length movies under his belt: Spanking the Monkey, Flirting with Disaster, Three Kings, and I ♥ Huckabees. I’ve written (10 years ago?!) plenty about my affection for Huckabees, and I love Three Kings as well, but watching Todd Margaret brought to mind Flirting with Disaster, since that movie is another example of how entertaining a farce can be.

Then I hit on what my obj…

Red Letter Content

I'm incredibly proud to announce that my wife, +Sheryl Posnick, has started her own company, Red Letter Content. If you ever find yourself in need of editorial services, keep RLC in mind!

(Re-)Enabling Twitter -> Facebook Posting

(Most of this is courtesy of @byoogle's comment on a Facebook update I wrote looking for help. So thanks, Brian—I know that nowadays you're all about ensuring that as much information as possible flows into Facebook...)

So let's say you have a Twitter account, and you have a Facebook account. And maybe you have a slightly different set of followers on each, and you want to push out the same status updates to both sets of people (because allyourstatus updates are of the utmost interest to all). And also maybe Facebook has a history of deleting accounts due to bugs in their codebase, and you like the idea of having your online history in more that one place. So ideally, you'd set things up so that all your tweets automatically became Facebook status updates.

Good news, if it's 2009: you can do that pretty easily. Unfortunately, a year or so ago, Facebook stopped third party applications (or at least the official Twitter Facebook application) from updating your actual…

End of an Era (and an Error)

I'm definitely not tearing up over the announcement that Microsoft is killing the Kin after four months on the market (and I've got to assume that the rumors that only 500 devices sold during that span of time can't be true). But the word that the Sidekick line is being officially discontinued compels me to pause for reflection. Yes, Danger's been owned by Microsoft for a few years now and has pretty much done nothing worth mentioning (in that I'm not going to mention the Kin again), but the old-school Sidekicks were great phones. Not particularly well made phones—in my 5 years as a Sidekick user, I probably went through 4 warranty replacements on the SK1 and 3 on the SK2—but great for their time.
The keyboard was a masterpiece, and I could easily touch type on it while walking down the street. Many of the early 34 entries were compose on it. I guess many folks feel the same way about their Blackberry keyboards, but they never did it for me (plus I had a weird corpo…


Oh, hi.

For a blog that stretches back to 2003, 34 hasn't had too many content-free "sorry for the lack of blogging" meta posts (as much as I admire things that are content-free and meta). And maybe this won't be that sort of post (though it pretty much is).

I haven't been blogging here because, well, I've been sharing with the masses in other ways. There's Twitter, of course, which certainly is a convenient way of sharing random thoughts that, back in the day, might have been blog├ęd. So I'm not going to use 34 to say anything that would be more effective in 140 characters. There are a bunch of ways to share links, and I guess I've settled on Google Reader for the time being (though at the moment it's not behaving like it should, so scratch that). And in any case, part of my job description includes blogging, and when there's a backlog of posts you need to write for work, it's hard to get motivated to blog when you're not being paid.

What we blog and what we tweet has been confused

Because some of the Posnicks still care about blogging (instead of, say, Twitter), I wanted to point everyone to Sheryl's new running playlist blog, Finest Runsongs.

What is suck it, Ken Jennings?

Sheryl raised an intriguing question tonight when she asked whether we liked Larissa Kelly more than Obama. The answer, we decided, was yes.
She's back on the Jeopardy Tournament of Champions after ten long months, and the Posnick household was in a tizzy. Alex laid off on the lechery tonight but, and pardon the spoiler alert, it looks like he'll be getting another chance in the finals.
Oh, and she got the question about Google right. It's like she knows me!

The streak lives

Looking back on my blog's archives, I'm surprised and impressed to see that I've managed to post at least once per month, every month, since March of 2003. I have a few posts saved in draft that I have trouble motivating myself to finish, but I do want to get something up for February 2009. I don't want to resort to writing a script to automatically convert each of my tweets into a blog entry. That would be cheating.

Of course what I'm going to do instead, which is respond to a personal email with a blog entry, is probably cheating too.

Our friends Haley and Gabe came over sometime last month for dinner, and I made a chestnut soup and shepherd's pie. The soup was mostly just this recipe from the Minimalist and was a good way to use a packet of vacuum-sealed chestnuts from Trader Joe's leftover from Thanksgiving.

The shepherd's pie was something special, and something that I need to make again. It's a little too fussy for an everyday dinner, but it&#…