Revenge of the Toddler

“Like perfectly meshed gears, all my plans slip exactly into place!”

DIE, PUNY MORTALS!

Small in stature, big in malice.

This child has Stewie-like tendencies.

Cecelia at the controls of her Doomsday machine.

A photo posted by Michael Musgrove (@isightphotos) on

Victory is hers!

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Book

Back when Bootstrap was Twitter Bootstrap and it had been downloaded a grand total of about 5,000 times, I wrote and published a book on how to develop using the Twitter Bootstrap framework. I sold a few copies and learned about using Bootstrap pretty well. Well enough to write around a 200-page book on it, at least.
 
Time went on and Twitter Bootstrap became Bootstrap and Mark Otto left Twitter, and took his framework with him and rebranded. I think he works at Github these days, but he and his partner still update and work on it a lot.
 
After a while, my book became slightly outdated, and keeping a sizeable technical book up to date wasn’t a priority. So I posted it on my old website, michaelmusgrove.com, for free. Which a popular move on my part. Then like a dummy, I took the whole site down.
Long, boring story short: I’m re-posting the Bootstrap Book here. I’m going to go back through and try to clean up what’s outdated and it should be a pretty good resource for people that are beginners through intermediate. It has a TON of great Bootstrap resources too, for the advanced crowd.
People send me things to include all the time, which I think is awesome and welcome it. If you’d like to contribute, just send me a message.
Here it is in .pdf form, unedited since final draft:
I’ll be updating & uploading as quickly as possible beyond this.
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A photo of a stone wall near our house. In the snow. If we evolved from monkeys, why are there still monkeys around? Just seeing if anyone reads this stuff.

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Bereft of life…

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The Story of The Hurricane

Bob Dylan fan or not, you have to be impressed with anyone that can perform this entire song. It’s long.

Interestingly, it was written by a team of people (Written by Falana Brown, Tarik L Collins, Lonnie Rashid Lynn, Mercedes Martinez, Tracey M Moore, Denard Smith, Scott Storch, Scott Spencer Storch) and not Bob Dylan. In any case, it’s a cool song and story and worth saving here for easy access.

I don’t expect this video to be posted very long. It gets taken down all the time for copyright reasons. But in the meantime… It’s my favorite version because of the accompanists. Bob Dylan is around three feet tall, which you can kind of pick up here as well.

Pistol shots ring out in the barroom night

Pistol shots ring out in the barroom night
Enter Patty Valentine from the upper hall
She sees a bartender in a pool of blood
Cries out my God, they killed them all
Here comes the story of the Hurricane
The man the authorities came to blame
For somethin’ that he never done
Put in a prison cell, but one time he could-a been
The champion of the world

Three bodies lyin’ there does Patty see
And another man named Bello, movin’ around mysteriously
I didn’t do it, he says, and he throws up his hands
I was only robbin’ the register, I hope you understand
I saw them leavin’, he says, and he stops
One of us had better call up the cops
And so Patty calls the cops
And they arrive on the scene with their red lights flashin’
In the hot New Jersey night

Meanwhile, far away in another part of town
Rubin Carter and a couple of friends are drivin’ around
Number one contender for the middleweight crown
Had no idea what kinda shit was about to go down
When a cop pulled him over to the side of the road
Just like the time before and the time before that
In Paterson that’s just the way things go
If you’re black you might as well not show up on the street
‘Less you want to draw the heat

Alfred Bello had a partner and he had a rap for the cops
Him and Arthur Dexter Bradley were just out prowlin’ around
He said, I saw two men runnin’ out, they looked like middleweights
They jumped into a white car with out-of-state plates
And Miss Patty Valentine just nodded her head
Cop said, wait a minute, boys, this one’s not dead
So they took him to the infirmary
And though this man could hardly see
They told him that he could identify the guilty men

Four in the mornin’ and they haul Rubin in
They took him to the hospital and they brought him upstairs
The wounded man looks up through his one dyin’ eye
Says, wha’d you bring him in here for? He ain’t the guy!
Here’s the story of the Hurricane
The man the authorities came to blame
For somethin’ that he never done
Put in a prison cell, but one time he could-a been
The champion of the world

Four months later, the ghettos are in flame
Rubin’s in South America, fightin’ for his name
While Arthur Dexter Bradley’s still in the robbery game
And the cops are puttin’ the screws to him, lookin’ for somebody to blame
Remember that murder that happened in a bar
Remember you said you saw the getaway car
You think you’d like to play ball with the law
Think it might-a been that fighter that you saw runnin’ that night
Don’t forget that you are white

Arthur Dexter Bradley said I’m really not sure
The cops said a poor boy like you could use a break
We got you for the motel job and we’re talkin’ to your friend Bello
You don’t wanta have to go back to jail, be a nice fellow
You’ll be doin’ society a favor
That sonofabitch is brave and gettin’ braver
We want to put his ass in stir
We want to pin this triple murder on him
He ain’t no Gentleman Jim

Rubin could take a man out with just one punch
But he never did like to talk about it all that much
It’s my work, he’d say, and I do it for pay
And when it’s over I’d just as soon go on my way
Up to some paradise
Where the trout streams flow and the air is nice
And ride a horse along a trail
But then they took him to the jailhouse
Where they try to turn a man into a mouse

All of Rubin’s cards were marked in advance
The trial was a pig-circus, he never had a chance
The judge made Rubin’s witnesses drunkards from the slums
To the white folks who watched he was a revolutionary bum
And to the black folks he was just a crazy nigger
No one doubted that he pulled the trigger
And though they could not produce the gun
The D.A. said he was the one who did the deed
And the all-white jury agreed

Rubin Carter was falsely tried
The crime was murder one, guess who testified
Bello and Bradley and they both baldly lied
And the newspapers, they all went along for the ride
How can the life of such a man
Be in the palm of some fool’s hand
To see him obviously framed
Couldn’t help but make me feel ashamed to live in a land
Where justice is a game

Now all the criminals in their coats and their ties
Are free to drink martinis and watch the sun rise
While Rubin sits like Buddha in a ten-foot cell
An innocent man in a living hell
That’s the story of the Hurricane
But it won’t be over till they clear his name
And give him back the time he’s done
Put in a prison cell, but one time he could-a been
The champion of the world

 

 

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Louisville’s Homicide Problem

Like most cities these days, Louisville is under seige by an abnormally high homicide rate. The theories for this phenomenon, which is happening in nearly every city in the US, are interesting, to say the least. Some are sound, some are stupid. Unfortunately, what’s being done falls on tiptoeing down the middle politically, which is resulting in no improvement.

Here’s a map of Lousiville’s homicides for the past 6 months. The prior 6 months are identical; the mapping system I have access to only goes back 6 months, for some reason though.

louisville homicides

See any pattern here? I do. The red line going down the middle is where most Louisvillians would identify west Louisville from East Louisville. And I have a feeling the homicides on the east side were perpetrated by at least a couple of people that came over from the west side and were involved in a robbery or other crime that went south. There just isn’t a lot of violent crime on the East end, which is where I happen to live, and was a consideration when deciding where to live in Louisville. West Louisville also happens to be predominantly black. (But don’t tell anyone.)

Unfortunately, the people that need to be able to see this can’t for some reason. This map’s a lot like the one you’d find of Chicago, or any city in the USA these days. The homicide rate has exploded since Ferguson and the uproar over Michael Brown’s death. People want to blame it on all sorts of things, but to me the most logical is that after Ferguson, and subsequent calls of violence towards police, in addition to an outward display of hatred for police by the very communities that need them the most, police have taken a more hands-off approach to policing those areas. West Louisville in this case. Who can blame them? They’re being gunned down execution-style as a thank-you, when they’re out trying to help people for a relatively paltry salary. Although I believe the police in Louisville are paid quite well, compared to the rest of the country. Not enough to go out and face a violent death every day, though.

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Add Another Log to the Fire

Like I have so much spare time, I just started another blog because of a sort of impulsive purchase of musgrove.blog. Automattic, which is a company owned by the co-founder of WordPress, bought the right to sell the TLD .blog and marketed it pretty well. And that’s about it. It’s been a frustrating experience, especially for the premium price tag. There’s no explanation of what he’s doing with regards to the customer, and the website isn’t designed to explain what’s going on either. It just tries to lead you by the nose. To log into your account for example, you have to fill in a form with your email address, be sent a link to log in, then after going to your email application and doing that, you’re taken back to the first site, where you can then click on a link to go to the dashboard. That’s a lot of clicking around in 2016 to have something you’d rather have at your fingertips.

So I set it up on @medium, along with a stable of other publications. In a move that seems more like something GoDaddy would do than WordPress, whose community hates GoDaddy, I can’t change the DNS settings myself. My “concierge” does it for me, which was a couple of days ago. I had her change 12 A records and a cname, and it still hasn’t propagated. It usually takes less than 5 minutes elsewhere, although you’re always given a standard disclaimer that it could take forever. I’m too lazy to research it, but I have to imagine medium is eroding WordPress’ market share. Even though it’s growing, it’s feeling some competition.

So I wait.

 

 

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My Sweet Old Dog Annie

Annie and I have been together for a long time, even though I adopted her when she was 5. She’s a great dog, and her health is great, even though she’s about to be 15 years old. Even by human standards she’s well-travelled. She was born in Asheville, NC where I got her and we’ve been to the beaches to the mountains to the snow to the swamps and everything else. We’re inseparable, and I’ve made sure she’s had a terrific life.

For example, I sometimes like to surprise her with a treat when she’s asleep for when she wakes up.

annie dog

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Phil Hartman as Frank Sinatra as The Grinch

It doesn’t get much funnier than this.

Grinch-Sinatra from Michael Musgrove on Vimeo.

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The Old Website Switcheroo

Thanks to having my old domain hostage by my previous host, whom I won’t name, and a hosting account active with no domain suddenly attached, I dusted off mmusgrove.com and made it the primary domain at the active host. I’m already taking a massive SEO hit, may as well fix a few other things while I’m at it.

Harry Houdini - Melbourne AUS 2-18-1910

I change my entire website around every few years anyway, and it was getting to be time. It’s usually a cataclysmic event, but not to this degree. In this case, I just replaced everything. Including the domain name. I’d love to have musgrove.com, but some Canadian has it, not even using it, and won’t give it up. So this is the shortest it’s going to get going the last-name-route.com as far as my personal website goes. I’ve had mmusgrove.com sitting around gathering dust for a while, so I’m glad to be using it for something. And unfortunately for the many people that depended on my past version, this site doesn’t have a free version of my Bootstrap Development book posted. I guess I could provide a Dropbox link, which makes more sense anyway. (* Note to Self.) That thing generates a lot of traffic, amazingly.

I’ll say this: setting up a WordPress website properly from scratch has become a seriously time-consuming process. It’s been a while since I started with a vanilla site, and there’s a lot more to it than just not too long ago. I’m surprised I’m not getting more calls to help people with that. Not that it’s complicated, but a lot of people that start these projects are business owners, who just don’t have the time for it, and especially to do it right. WordPress is a lot of things but user-friendly isn’t one of them. I was just pondering the other day how WordPress has an obvious design problem when there are so many 3rd party firms thriving that exist by building software and training videos to help people build websites with WordPress. It’s become a cottage industry.

It’s a still a far cry from setting up Ghost(which I’m a big fan of), but far more complicated than just hopping on Medium and hitting the gas. Which I’m also a big fan of. Depends how dirty you want to get your hands and how much control you want. Medium gives you a surprising amount of options, when you consider that you don’t really need the millions of options many “general purpose” WordPress themes offer. You can create a menu, add a header and logo, change the layout, add and embed all sorts of media easily and quickly, and Medium’s integrating and introducing new apps regularly.

So, from now on mmusgrove.com is going to be my personal website. When my host finally takes michaelmusgrove.com off blocks and allows me to re-license it at Google Domains in about 43 days, I’ll redirect that URL to this domain. And I still have michaelmusgrove.wordpress.com which is a free website that I just throw junk up on every now and then for no particular reason.

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