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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. Captain Ed, on proportionality: To use a crude analogy, if someone is stupid enought to bring a knife to a gunfight, it doesn't mean that those holding the guns have a moral obligation to fight with knives instead.

  2. One long-term effect of rotting my brain on lots of hacking in Emacs Lisp and Python is that I find myself using docstrings in Javascript and PHP, instead of describing functions in comments preceeding them. I don't know if this is necessarily a bad thing.

  3. Creationism in the USA:

    It seems that the [Evangelical, Protestant] Christian Church has been a major catalyst in the scientific illiteracy of the American public, and yet there is no reason for it to have played that role. Throughout the 1800s the theologians that modern evangelicals esteem displayed considerable interest in staying informed of the developments in geology and biology that were pushing back the estimated age of the earth and clarifying the origins of the natural world[…]

    There is widespread consensus even among conservative theologians and evangelical scientists that young Earth creationism is false and that natural science informs sound belief rather than destroys it, and yet lay Christians are taught a creation myth as if it were literal history, and are taught to distrust science altogether. The result is an American Church that is scientifically illiterate — unable and unwilling to consider scientific data in the formulation of public policy — and taught a strawman as if it were foundational doctrine. This is unexcusable, with serious consequences both for the American Church and for the nation as a whole.

  4. Language Log continues to crack me up, this time in A new type of dong:

    A 5-foot-2-inch brutal tyrant with lifts in his shoes and a bouffant hairdo and 13 illegitimate children who's afraid to fly and spends $700,000 a year on brandy when his people are starving and he can't get his Taepodong up? And an earlier attempt at missile building led to one called the Nodong? Go on, laugh at the murderous little shit. It won't change anything, but it'll do you good.

  5. I think there's a Web 2.0 corollary to Zawinski's Law: Every website attempts to expand until it can speak XMPP. Those websites which cannot so expand are replaced by ones which can.

  6. Which way does your tact filter point?

  7. Hex Color Picker plus TerminalColors means I can now easily match my Terminal.app colors with my Emacs colors. Yay!

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