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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. Someone's released a PHP OpenID library. Now I need to look into how hard it would be to plug it in to Eventful.

  2. I conjecture there is a connection between the strength of the "state as parent" structuring metaphor, strong executives, tryanny, and war.

    Take it further: Part of civilizing (quite literally) our minds is weakening the strength of this metaphor. The fact that classical liberalism—based on the metaphor of the merchant/consumer relationship—cannot be fitted into the Lakovian schema is evidence of its of its psychological foreignness, but moral superiority.

    Will Wilkinson, The State as Parent

  3. The American colonists were responding to changes in the way Britain sought to govern them. After the Glorious Revolution of 1688 Parliament was supreme. Most of the colonies had been founded before that time. The colonies were governed by people who believed in an older model which focused on limitations on government power; they were descendents of people who had fled from over-reaching government power.

    — from Tea, Taxes and the American Revolution (emphasis mine)

  4. An investigation into how the different browsers handle :active v. :focus links.

  5. NYC says all your A1c are belong to us, the Liberty Belles object. Film at 11.

  6. Scientists discover one in twelve Irishmen are descended from Niall of the Nine Hostages.

  7. Does it bother you that <sup/> and <sub/> affect your line height? Style them with line-height: 0; and you'll be good to go.

  8. Just because you're writing AJAX code doesn't mean you can ignore HTTP status codes.

  9. Programming as Design sounds a lot like Richard Gabriel's MFA in Software

  10. asdf-upgrade is a handy way to upgrade your asdf-installable libraries. Hat tip to Bill Clementson.

  11. Meet RHIT's new president.

  12. Arnold Kling's wild hypotheses in economcis and political economy.

  13. Europe gives 65 cents — just over half a euro — to the average poverty-stricken African in aid in a year, whereas a surplus cow in Europe gets 848 euros a year.

    via Marginal Revolution

  14. A collection of useful tools for flickr users.

  15. As the psychologist Tom Gilovich has suggested, someone who wants to believe a proposition tends to ask, "Can I believe it?" In contrast, someone who wants to deny its truth tends to ask "Must I believe it?"

    Tom Gilovich, via Cafe Hayek

  16. Tim Bray will be speaking at ETech this year. I hope Brian lets us go.

  17. EMMS can now talk to mpd without shelling out to mpc, thanks to mwolson.

  18. Morale, motivation, and momentum are the most important software development tools you have.

  19. Journalists need to understand that the "more money won't make you happier" talking point is, in fact, a piece of propaganda designed to weaken public support for wealth-enhancing policies. Once the data is framed correctly, there is really no reason to use the talking points. It does nothing to "balance" the story. Even if it is true that the microwaves and dishwashers of those beneath the poverty line aren't making them happier than they already were, they are freeing up time that would otherwise be spent on cooking and doing dishes. And that's just good.

    "Poverty in America and Happiness Talking Points", yet another good post on Will's new blog.

  20. When teenagers' hobbyist blogs (short for "Web logs") have better code than brand-new Web sites, somebody's doing something wrong. And that somebody is you, the developer.

    Failed Redesigns

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