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Kottke says a tumblelog is a quick and dirty stream of consciousness… with more than just links. Anarchaia was the first, but there are many copies. And they have a plan.

  1. Scientists at Berkeley have determined that life has effectively no significant topographical effect on the Earth's surface.

  2. Zillow's the hot startup launch of the last few days. [info]loganb, whom I went to Rose with, is working there. Great work guys!

  3. The request has at its foundation the assumption that what you've built has somehow earned attention. "Our business model is working great—we just need more traffic…"

    People never say, "how can I earn more traffic?" or "How can I rethink the core of what I'm offering so that it organically attracts people who want to see it?"

    Seth Godin, on the oft-asked "how can I get more traffic?"

  4. Chris Lynch has a nice position-by-position comparison of the 2006 Red Sox and Yankees.

  5. Speaking of Rose, Joel Spolsky — who had four interns last summer, two of them from Rose — just posted about how they evaluate intern applications. It sounds like he has a very high opinion of the Rose interns he had, given these references:

    We did get a lot more good applications. Really good applications. Not just kids from Indiana. Students from all over. Illinois. Missouri.

    That said, we're not going to tell a student with perfect grades from MIT or Stanford or Rose Hulman to take a hike just because "grades aren't everything."

    But on Joel's discussion board, someone calling himself TopCoder finds it odd that he lists Rose along with MIT and Stanford:

    Uh—why did Joel include Rose Hulman in that sentence? I think he's being bias [sic] because two of his interns last year (Who may now be two full time employees) went to Rose Hulman. I know Rose Hulman is a great school, but be real Joel it's not MIT or Stanford.

    Here are the top schools for CS:

    MIT, Stanford, Carnegie Mellon, Berkeley

    I think it's very strange to use CS graduate school rankings when trying to hire undergraduate interns. Wouldn't you rather hire qualified undergraduates from institutions which actually concentrate on teaching undergraduates?

  6. I love how Google's official announcement of their gmail/gtalk integration is basically one big reference to the Lazy Sunday video. I can't see Yahoo or Microsoft doing that.

    1. <qid> RFC 2119 extension: "OUGHT TO" - a MUST that is ignored because people are lazy
    2. <john-l> Yes!
    3. * john-l laughs
    4. <qid> as in "all XML documents OUGHT TO be well-formed"
    5. <^aristotle> and the meaning of SHOULD is always a lot of fun, like in HTTP where it says that GETs SHOULD be idempotent
    6. <^aristotle> and all the web monkeys read the spec and claim "well it doesn't say I have to!"
    7. <^aristotle> guess we need something that it is to SHOULD as OUGHT TO is to MUST
    8. <hober> MIGHT AS WELL, perhaps

    — from #atom

  7. Hey, look, another unofficial RSS feed got created because old-sk00l webmasters can't be bothered to stay up-to-date. This time, it's Rose-Hulman's 1995-looking news page; the unofficial feed is from stobor. I've added it to rgsb.org.

  8. From The Art of Lisp & Writing, Richard Gabriel's introduction to David Lamkins' Successful Lisp:

    Lisp is the language of loveliness. With it a great programmer can make a beautiful, operating thing, a thing organically created and formed through the interaction of a programmer/artist and a medium of expression that happens to execute on a computer…

    The malleability of the medium while programming is part of the act of discovery that goes into understanding all the requirements and forces—internal or not—that a system must be designed around…

    Lisp is a medium for working with a computation until it is in balance with its external and internal requirements. At that point it can be decorated with performance-enhancing declarations and perhaps additionally modularized. In this it is more like an artist's medium than what many think of as a programming language.

    Lisp, viewed this way, is a good vehicle for understanding how programming and software development really take place. Because programming Lisp is more like writing than like describing algorithms, it fits with how people work better than the alternatives.

    Of course, this is the same point that Paul Graham made in Hackers and Painters:

    [This] means that a programming language should, above all, be malleable. A programming language is for thinking of programs, not for expressing programs you've already thought of. It should be a pencil, not a pen. Static typing would be a fine idea if people actually did write programs the way they taught me to in college. But that's not how any of the hackers I know write programs. We need a language that lets us scribble and smudge and smear, not a language where you have to sit with a teacup of types balanced on your knee and make polite conversation with a strict old aunt of a compiler.

  9. The 37signals guys are going to begin marking trollish comments on Signal vs. Noise with a dunce troll cap. I'm all for it; hopefully eston will follow through on his comment to build a WordPress plugin for it.

  10. You and I are told increasingly that we have to choose between a left or right, but I would like to suggest that there is no such thing as a left or right. There is only an up or down — up to a man's age-old dream; the ultimate in individual freedom consistent with law and order — or down to the ant heap totalitarianism, and regardless of their sincerity, their humanitarian motives, those who would trade our freedom for security have embarked on this downward course.

    — Ronald Reagan (today's Wikiquote)

  11. This Sunday's Dilbert has a nice BSG reference. Via [info]bstar_galactica.

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