AppleScript JSON Project

Good afternoon,

Been thinking a lot today about trying to get a new open source project started to build a fully functional JSON library entirely in AppleScript. This project would be similar to the ASObject or ASTwitterLibrary projects that I have worked on in the past and would add a much needed feature to AppleScript on OS X.

If you are interested, or know someone who would be interested in helping code this project, please let me know!

Random Shootings

A friend of mine posted this on Facebook after the most recent shooting in Connecticut. It is a statement from Morgan Freeman:

"You want to know why. This may sound cynical, but here's why.

It's because of the way the media reports it. Flip on the news and watch how we treat the Batman theater shooter and the Oregon mall shooter like celebrities. Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris are household names, but do you know the name of a single victim of Columbine? Disturbed people who would otherwise just off themselves in their basements see the news and want to top it by doing something worse, and going out in a memorable way. Why a grade school? Why children? Because he'll be remembered as a horrible monster, instead of a sad nobody.

CNN's article says that if the body count "holds up", this will rank as the second deadliest shooting behind Virginia Tech, as if statistics somehow make one shooting worse than another. Then they post a video interview of third-graders for all the details of what they saw and heard while the shootings were happening. Fox News has plastered the killer's face on all their reports for hours. Any articles or news stories yet that focus on the victims and ignore the killer's identity? None that I've seen yet. Because they don't sell. So congratulations, sensationalist media, you've just lit the fire for someone to top this and knock off a day care center or a maternity ward next.

You can help by forgetting you ever read this man's name, and remembering the name of at least one victim. You can help by donating to mental health research instead of pointing to gun control as the problem."

ASObject 0.8.1 Released

Just wanted to drop a quick note and let everyone know that ASObject 0.8.1 has been released. This is a small update but fixes some bugs that have been around for a while. However, this update makes the way for some of the other updates I have been working on.

Version 0.8.1 of ASObject contains the following updates:
  • Workaround - Bug with keychain scripting in 10.7 and later! Please download Scripting Additions Package
  • Fixed - Bug with Previous_Application method!
  • Added - Write_To_Log method now logs to system log file as well as specified file!
And… ASObject 0.9 is now under active development!