Using Your MacBook as a Second Display

I’m posting this in hopes that someone, someday will Google it and have an answer for me in the comments. Because I don’t.

I’m trying to find an article that details how I can use my iMac as my primary machine, and my MacBook Air as the secondary display. Frankly, it’d be silly to go the other way because my iMac has much more power than the MacBook Air.

All of my machines use the Mini Display port. Haven’t found nary a thing online about the idea. Evidently, I’m the first to have it.

This Week’s Tweets

  • Who knew that Jim Gaffigan, famous for "Bippity Boppity BACON" was from Chesterton, Indiana? #
  • Translation: "Apple should allow Flash, or you can't be a dimwit who plays Farmville, watches porn or visits Spongebob" #
  • It's a 2-tea pot kind of day. #
  • Osama Bin-Green, Republicans should support climate legislations or 'the terrorists will win'. #
  • Colbert was really on fire last night! #
  • Tinkering with the most cumbersome CMS from hell right now. #
  • I got up to load the dishwasher and came back to 8 new emails. #
  • – My lunch: homemade Yats! #
  • Just FYI if you follow my RSS feed. It moved: #
  • Republicans giggle at the idea of Facebook and Twitter. It's not that funny, guys. It's just a tool. Sorta like you. #
  • Obama to the right half of the room: "You're all idiots. Who elected you?" #
  • Republicans: "NO! We will not stand up and denounce big bank bonuses!" #
  • RT @DougMasson: Elkhart, IN gets first place in the list of America's failing crapholes. Go Hoosiers! #
  • Everyone is wearing purple…it's, evidently, "middle of the road" between blue and red. #
  • I think Mitch Daniels should deliver the Republican response to the State of the Union tonight. #
  • I'm going to laugh if Apple posts there keynote stream at the same time Obama starts his speech. Then we'll know the master plan! #
  • TV Land is playing my favorite episode of Andy Griffith where a gold truck with $7m goes through Mayberry: #
  • I'm so sick of hearing about people missing Flash. Who are you people and what do you do all day that requires so much crappy technology? #
  • RT @_paulstewart: amazon's stock inversely proportional to apple's: #
  • WHOA! $499! #
  • Thinking Apple had better have some new distribution rates/packages for premium TV content coming up… #
  • Apple is cornering the feminine hygiene market. #
  • Live Apple broadcast, with video: #
  • Welcome, the iPad. #
  • The State of the Apple is starting… #
  • After adding a pay-wall, Newsday only has 35 subscribers. #
  • RT @tbriscoe: So I wonder if the Apple mafia has made it to the house of that McGraw-Hill CEO yet. He has some splainin' to do. #
  • The US Census still requires that we all get paper in the mail, then send it the heck back. That sounds expensive. I want it online! #
  • I'll have to turn off Twitter and my RSS feeds tomorrow. I don't want to know what Apples does until I can watch the keynote. #
  • New Rule: Ind. politicians making "bets" with other politicians have to stop betting St. Elmo's shrimp cocktails. Is that all we have? #
  • Peyton Manning on SNL: "Spend time with your kids so Payton doesn't." #
  • Verizon is now offering unlimited talk and text for $69.99 – $30 less than now. Can anyone see an iPhone data plan in there? #
  • Good point: Feed a man a fish he's full for the day. Teach a man to fish, and you've ruined your business model. #
  • I'm off to teach the future of America. #
  • Uhh…I think that's a blizzard. #
  • Of my Facebook feed, 37 status updates in a row related to the Colts. #
  • The IndyStar is already selling "Extra"s with today's win. I wonder if the NY papers did similarly? #

Oh, I Get It! They’re Idiots!

Interesting piece by the BBC that asks why Americans so often seem to vote against their best interest:

Last year, in a series of “town-hall meetings” across the country, Americans got the chance to debate President Obama’s proposed healthcare reforms.

What happened was an explosion of rage and barely suppressed violence.

Polling evidence suggests that the numbers who think the reforms go too far are nearly matched by those who think they do not go far enough.

But it is striking that the people who most dislike the whole idea of healthcare reform – the ones who think it is socialist, godless, a step on the road to a police state – are often the ones it seems designed to help.

In Texas, where barely two-thirds of the population have full health insurance and over a fifth of all children have no cover at all, opposition to the legislation is currently running at 87%.

This was a particularly fascinating piece:

In his book The Political Brain, psychologist Drew Westen, an exasperated Democrat, tried to show why the Right often wins the argument even when the Left is confident that it has the facts on its side.

He uses the following exchange from the first presidential debate between Al Gore and George Bush in 2000 to illustrate the perils of trying to explain to voters what will make them better off:

Gore: “Under the governor’s plan, if you kept the same fee for service that you have now under Medicare, your premiums would go up by between 18% and 47%, and that is the study of the Congressional plan that he’s modelled his proposal on by the Medicare actuaries.”

Bush: “Look, this is a man who has great numbers. He talks about numbers.

“I’m beginning to think not only did he invent the internet, but he invented the calculator. It’s fuzzy math. It’s trying to scare people in the voting booth.”

Mr Gore was talking sense and Mr Bush nonsense – but Mr Bush won the debate. With statistics, the voters just hear a patronising policy wonk, and switch off.

For Mr Westen, stories always trump statistics, which means the politician with the best stories is going to win: “One of the fallacies that politicians often have on the Left is that things are obvious, when they are not obvious.

In summary: most Americans are idiots that can’t do simple logic, reasoning or evidently, math.

The Lice of Life

Back in my day when we had head lice-checks, the lunch ladies would come in with popsickle sticks and root around our heads while squinting. I hated it – I don’t like messy, unkempt hair. So, I’d always have mom take me to get a haircut a day or two before the lice screening so my hair would be short enough not to be bothered by the stick. Yes, that’s right – I had pre-lice screening plans.

Today, however, it’s much different:

Cathy Tarala is armed with a headlight, a magnifying visor over her eyes and a comb called “The Terminator.” Her enemy – tiny but resilient – is pediculus capitis. Most parents know it as head lice.

Tarala is a contractor for the Lice Squad, a $60-an-hour service that treats lice (pediculosis) in homes, performs head checks in schools and trains volunteers on school committees on how to spot them.

At many schools and daycares, regular lice screening is as much a part of the routine as safe arrival calls. Getting rid of lice can be tricky, time-consuming and expensive, requiring hours of combing and checking for live lice along with the tiny, brownish eggs that they leave glued to hair shafts close to the scalp.

By the time today is over, this family will have spent more than $200 for the 90-minute treatment, Lice Squad supplies to repeat the process and the special shampoo and comb bought earlier at a pharmacy.

Now that’s a business — “I’m going to look at your child’s head so you don’t have to and you’re going to pay me to do it. And, you’re going to buy all my supplies and fancy tools, like a magnifying glass and a comb.”

Yes We Can!


A planned student protest against Indianapolis Public Schools’ dress code this morning appears to have fizzled.

Students at Broad Ripple High School had proposed a walkout at the beginning of the day over the district’s dress code and spread the word to other schools by Facebook. But this morning, the central office reported that it had heard of no students actually protesting.

I don’t like dress codes, just like I don’t like the idea of planned curriculums based around whatever our legislators perceive as the most important subject at the time. There’s too much emphasis on science and math and not nearly enough on the arts. Yet, since we fail so miserably at science and math, I guess our whole system is just crap-tacular.

What bothers me here is that this is a bad omen for the future. If these kids can’t even bother to stand up and protest the restrictions and regulations of one school system, how on earth are they even going to bother to stand up against possible repression by our government?