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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. Here's a great list of problems startups commonly face. While on the subject of great lists, here's a good list of rules of thumb for the modern professional.

  2. Great thoughts on code ownership from Martin Fowler. In my experience, any of these forms of code ownership can work, provided everyone actually knows what the policy is.

  3. Shameless self-linking: You stay classy, Cuba!

  4. Bloglines' shoddy Atom 1.0 support continues to drive me crazy. Evidently, instead of fixing the problem, Bloglines is now silently switching your Atom subscriptions to corresponding RSS feeds. If you ask me, the answer to this Bloglines FAQ is painfully inaccurate.

  5. At 721 feeds in Bloglines, perhaps I should try killing my aggregator:

    I believed my aggregator was a helpful tool and the week without demonstrated just how unhelpful it really is. Current aggregators are adjustable shovels—could be a little garden trowel or maybe a huge diesel-powered back hoe. Lucky you! Your job is to poke through the mound of content they so quickly made for you with a pair of tweezers, rooting out the good bits.

  6. According to the Seattle Public Schools, emphasizing individualism as opposed to a more collective ideology is a form of "cultural racism". Somehow they've failed to notice that racism is the most base, stark form of collectivism. How one could spin individualism as racism is utterly beyond me.

  7. Julian Sanchez has recently launched the Robert Nozick project, your one-stop shop for all things Nozick. There isn't a huge amount there yet, but it promises to be a great resource.

    One of the most refreshing things about reading Nozick is how exploratory his writing is; Julian sees Nozick's approach as being analagous to the Wikipedia v. Brittanica debate:

    What he was objecting to was writers who did philosophy as though they were producing an Encyclopedia Britannica entry: It goes out to the idea-hungry masses and that's it (until the next edition…), so it's got to be perfect and right the first time, however unlikely, in the case of philosophy, that might seem for any individual thinker. Your perspective changes if you instead think of what you're doing as something akin to starting or amending a Wikipedia entry. Because while, certainly, you don't want to deliberately include anything false, you know that whatever framework you set up, whatever start you make, will be built on in by hundreds or thousands of other smart, knowledgable people. And even if you're smarter and more knowlegable than each of them, you're almost certainly not smarter and more knowledgable than all of them. So if there's a point you're unsure of, a claim that seems like it might have something to it, but that might not ultimately hold up, well, you may as well put it in. Maybe someone else will be able to confirm it, refute it, or (maybe best of all) use it as a springboard to go off in some direction you couldn't have imagined. The point is to start a conversation, not end it. [Emphasis his.]

  8. [Consider the distinction between how laws are enforced against the government and how they're enforced against the people.] Some people may prefer a strict application of the law across the board. Some may prefer a lenient application of the law across the board. A case can be made for both. I also think a case can be made for strict application of the law as applied to the government, but a lenient application as applied to the people. But the least defensible position, it seems to me, is the one that dominates: Strict justice for the people and leniency for the government. [Emphasis his.]

    Applying the Law, over at the new Cato@Liberty blog.

    • If you ever need to figure out which RFC contains the part that talks about some bit of HTTP, here's your one-stop shop.
    • Dave McLaughlin's new movie about "a Boston playwright who stages a production of his work in the back of an Irish pub." Some scenes of this film are being shot at my grandmother's house in North Cambridge.

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