a tale of some meetings

I’ve been increasingly involved in meetings. Often these are productive and necessary fare, but sometimes they reach Dilbert-like levels of banality and un-productivity. As I was reading Winnie the Pooh to my kids tonight I was reminded of such a meeting in CHAPTER VII: IN WHICH KANGA AND BABY ROO COME TO THE FOREST, AND PIGLET HAS A BATH, where Rabbit has a meandering and hilarious PLAN TO CAPTURE BABY ROO. »

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How the internet flips elections…

On the one hand: of course it does. On the other hand: pretty terrifying. So if Google favours one candidate in an election, its impact on undecided voters could easily decide the election’s outcome. Source: How the internet flips elections and alters our thou… »

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some rocks

This is a quick (and ridiculous!) version of a project I’m working on. The final version will be more subdued, but I couldn’t resist quickly creating an animated gif once the thought entered my mind. Thoughts?   »

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In Rainbows, Radiohead, and Copyright

This is an aspect of Radiohead’s In Rainbows release I was not familiar with before reading this otherwise uninteresting (to me) article. In retrospect it makes sense that there was a mini-nightmare with respect to releasing this way and that copyright was a barrier. As the U.S. is finally entering discussions to amend copyright law for the 21st century we’re simultaneously being inundated with things like TPP which seemingly prevent us from making those improvements. »

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The Scooter Computer

The Scooter Computer http://blog.codinghorror.com/the-scooter-computer/ »

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Aaron “tenderlove” Patterson

Aaron “tenderlove” Patterson http://usesthis.com/interviews/aaron.patterson/ Firefox has an extremely nice feature that I like for web development: if you hit ‘ (single quote) it will bring up a search box, but the search box only searches through links on the page. Then you can hit enter to navigate to that link. That way I can avoid using my mouse. I didn’t know about this, but I’m certainly interested as it’s a useful feature I’d previously installed plugins to deal with. »

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starting (again) to use emacs

C-u M-! date I’ve started using Emacs again. I can’t remember what sent me to the Literate Devops with Emacs video by Howard Abrams, but the idea of running code within Emacs org-mode was enough for me to fire it up and relearn the key combinations. I’ve recently switched to Dvorak as a keyboard layout and had been fearing a return to Emacs (or vi/m) due to the somewhat ingrained muscle memory I’d have to relearn, though I should have known it wouldn’t be nearly as daunting as I feared having already retrained myself to use an alternative layout for all of my typing. »

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Internet Art

I don’t think I agree with the unsupported conclusion, but the video is interesting and generally well done―and the examples are fun. »

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Nrrtve strctre

Once upon a time there was _\__. Every day, ___. One day ___. Because of that, ___. Because of that, ___. Until finally __._ …And ever since that day… The Story Spine: Pixar’s 4th Rule of Storytelling Narrative structure is interesting. I truly enjoy this boiled down version that strips much of the nonsense out. »

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A CEO’s Guide to Emacs | Fugue

For those who haven’t used Emacs, it’s something you’ll likely hate, but may love. It’s sort of a Rube Goldberg machine the size of a house that, at first glance, performs all the functions of a toaster. https://blog.fugue.co/2015-11-11-guide-to-emacs.html Having switched to Dvorak after first learning rudimentary emacs I’m a little scared to return. All things in good time I suppose. The above quote seems fair to me. It’s the most complicated text-editor in the world… And why would that matter? »

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Addicted to Distraction – NYTimes.com

Except for brief moments, she didn’t succeed and after a while, she glumly gave up. The silence felt deafening. http://mobile.nytimes.com/2015/11/29/opinion/sunday/addicted-to-distraction.html?_r=1&referer= This reminds me of the Martin Seligman research on learned helplessness. What an awful lesson to learn, that nothing 4-year-old you does is more interesting to your parent than whatever is on their smart phone. »

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RZN.DRWS : Photo

http://rzndraws.tumblr.com/image/129279654725 It’s fair to say I’m a fan. »

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How Credit Cards Tax America

I’d be interested to hear the counterargument in favor of credit cards. Credit cards were an amazing invention—in the 1950s. But today they are an outdated technology that cost us serious money. Source: How Credit Cards Tax America »

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My top 5 ‘new’ Python modules of 2015 « Robin’s Blog

top-5-new-python-modules-of-2015 I suspect that tools like this will make things more enjoyable. At any rate, I’m just starting to mentally sync with what could be done with these tools. It’s not that I can’t imagine applications, but I’m just starting to have the right types of problems (and questions) that make the tools useful enough for me to apply time and thought to learning them. Time will tell how far I get. »

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Learn Python Online – A Guide | Codementor

learning python resources This looks like a natural extension of resources as I continue to work my way through python. At some point I’ll hit a wall and need additional insights to resolve my query. »

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