- "We podcast bands coming to your town."
- A collection of links to people claiming that Google has jumped the shark.
- Google acquires Measure Map (and Jeffrey Veen).
- Niall Kennedy's leaving Technorati.
- A look at the various ways you can meter API usage.
- Harvesting a multilingual lexicon out of Wikipedia's interwiki links. Clever.
- Nice t-shirts.
Tumbly goodness, page 22
- "We would like to alert you that there's been a patch release to Web 2.0 to address some minor bugs and address valuable new features. Although this is a minor upgrade, and should not effect your use of Web 2.0, please note the following changes."
- ActiveRecord migrations are a nice way of capturing schema changes in Ruby.
- Time and again research has shown that people think of more new ideas on their own than they do in a group. The false belief that people are more creative in groups has been dubbed by psychologists the "illusion of group of productivity".
- Musician Chris Rice added a 'donum mundus' clause to his exclusive record contract, which explicitly allows him to release other works under public domain.
Scientists at Berkeley have determined that life has effectively no significant topographical effect on the Earth's surface.
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?
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?"
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.
- The RSS Advisory Board is considering officially recommending the Feed Validator.
- "I no longer endorse Creative Commons." -- RMS
- Maybe Erin and I can include this in some variety of summer vacation home.
- I should give rakim's old drive another try… maybe some of these comments will help.
- There can be no negotiation under duress or under the threat of blackmail and assassination. And civil society means that free expression trumps the emotions of anyone to whom free expression might be inconvenient.
- How to make darcs and switchtower play well together.
- Political attitudes look more stable over time if measured by averaging responses to several issue questionsThe cash value of this is that people's political opinions are much more stable than political scientists previously thought.
- JSONT is the JSON-equivalent of XSLT. Very handy for web2.0-ish apps.
- A peek into Google's XMPP-based single-sign-on authentication framework.
- More than you ever wanted to know about gravitational microlensing and other related techniques for locating extrasolar planets
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.
[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.
RFC 2119 extension: "OUGHT TO" - a MUST that is ignored because people are lazy
- * john-l
as in "all XML documents OUGHT TO be well-formed"
and the meaning of SHOULD is always a lot of fun, like in HTTP where it says that GETs SHOULD be idempotent
and all the web monkeys read the spec and claim "well it doesn't say I have to!"
guess we need something that it is to SHOULD as OUGHT TO is to MUST
MIGHT AS WELL, perhaps
— from #atom
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)
- David Friedman on education
- Kozinski overruled the Nevada Supreme Court over their interpretation of Nevada state law. Usually, this sort of thing is frowned upon, but I think he was right to do so.
- For only four bajillon dollars.
- Karl Harting has charts and graphs to back him up.
- Ron Moore transcribes Disney's animatronic Lincoln's original, quasi-historical speech, which has seen been replaced by the Gettysburg Address.