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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. A lot of people, probably the majority of people in America, have some amount of insecurity about where, or whether, they went to college. The tragedy of the situation is that by far the greatest liability of not having gone to the college you’d have liked is your own feeling that you’re thereby lacking something. Colleges are a bit like exclusive clubs in this respect. There is only one real advantage to being a member of most exclusive clubs: you know you wouldn’t be missing much if you weren’t.

    Paul Graham

  2. They’re turning kids into slaves just to make cheaper sneakers.
    But what’s the real cost?
    ’Cause the sneakers don’t seem that much cheaper.
    Why are we still paying so much for sneakers
    When you got them made by little slave kids?
    What are your overheads?

    Flight of the Conchords’ “Think About It”

    “Think About It” on YouTube

    1. <BombScare> i beat the internet
    2. <BombScare> the end guy is hard

    QDB entry № 4278 (via Bryan)

  3. Emacs tip: set copyright-current-gpl-version to "3". Now using the command copyright-update will automatically update your elisp file’s copyright notice and update its license from “GPL version 2 or later” to “GPL version 3 or later.”

  4. Reading Camera Obscura makes me think I should have used <abbr title="and" class="amp">&amp;</abbr> instead of <span> in my nice-looking ampersands technique.

  5. I personally don’t think we’ll all be writing Erlang next year… My bet is that someone figures out how to apply Erlang thinking in a mainstream coding context and starts a landslide, because everything just starts running faster and reasonably cool, too.

    Tim Bray

  6. How I Wrote an Emacs Blog Client (And Lived to Tell the Tale)

    Nathan Weizenbaum, on the experience of hacking up an Emacs client for his blog with textile-mode and http-emacs.

  7. Too hot, this town is too hot (too hot, too hot)
    Now they’re calling for their guns
    About to spoil the rude boys’ fun
    But rude boys never give up their guns
    It’s too hot (too hot, too hot)

    — from Prince Buster’s “Too Hot”

  8. Erin, San Diego Bay, and the USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76).

    Panorama of San Diego Bay

    We went sailing with friends last weekend. More photos here, here, here, and here.

  9. I’ve refreshed the way my tumblelog works. I’m much more likely to update it now.

    Tumbly posts still show up in my main blog—the tumblelog is simply a subset of my blog posts. I’m considering filtering tumbly posts out of the main blog feed, to differentiate them more, but I’m undecided. I decided to filter tumbly posts from my main blog feed—if you want both kinds of posts, you’ll have to subscribe to both feeds. Sorry for the inconvenience.

    I just noticed that, according to the tumblelist, my tumblelog is one of the 15 or so “old skool” ones. Word.

  10. Robot shopping list

    She did a few pages of these ‘shopping lists’ whilst we were on holiday. To be fed into a robot?

  11. Just Say No to the combined evils of locking, deadlocks, lock granularity, livelocks, nondeterminism and race conditions.

    Guido van Rossum

  12. [O]pponents of liberal migration and labor policies too often confuse dynamic cultural change for cultural erosion. I [am] more afraid that fat, tenured Americans will become too risk averse and insurance-minded than that hungry, entrepreneurial new entrants will undermine the very institutions they came to benefit from. Why not think that, on the one hand, our institutions transform newcomers culturally more than they transform our institutions, while, on the other hand, newcomers keep our institutions vital and growth-minded, rather than moribund and insurance-minded?

    Will Wilkinson

  13. Standards groups are not your opportunity to order browser vendors to majorly shift their development strategy, neither Microsoft (as we have seen) nor anyone else. It is a place to work together and negotiate, yes. But if you ask browser vendors to do something they are fundamentally unwilling to do, like break compatibility, they will just walk away from the process. That’s how you end up with XHTML2.

    For those of us who do not have the limitless development resources and cash pile of Microsoft, making HTML5 a completely separate mode is an unacceptably high cost. So it’s not going to happen. I know it’s lots of fun to make up something pure and clean and new, with all the ugly rough edges of compatibility filed off. But you can’t have both that and a spec that browsers will implement. Time to choose.

    Maciej Stachowiak (emphasis mine)

  14. What people want from work today, I think, is personal growth. So if managers are going to add value, I think it can’t just be about productivity. A manager is there to give the worker what the worker needs to succeed. And what workers need in order to stay at a job is personal growth, so a manager should foster that.

    A manager can be a coach, a mentor, a sounding board. All the things we would love to get from a friend but don’t usually have friends who are up to the task. In this regard, a manager would need to be very hands on in a way that helps us to be better people — not just better workers.

    I know: Big challenge. But at least it’s something to aim for.

    Penelope Trunk

  15. We are resolved, then, that the W3C’s next-generation HTML specification be named “HTML 5” and to start review of the text of the HTML 5 and WF2 specifications, and we welcome Ian Hickson and Dave Hyatt as editors (while remaining open to the possibility of other editors in the future).

    The chairs of the HTML WG

  16. The “common language runtime folks” (clr/dlr and jvm, etc.) are salivating over using each others classes. We should be more interested in using each others processes.

    Patrick Logan

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