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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. [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

  2. May Day 2007: A Day of Remembrance

    The boys at Catallarchy, “remembering the plight of those who lost their lives to an ideology which promised to free the workers of the world but did the opposite.” An excellent feature as always.

  3. This little block will change every day, probably with me ranting about something or other but perhaps with links to neat stuff I’ve found.

    Me, eight years ago today, while a sophomore at Rose.

  4. If you love something but choose not to do it professionally, it’s not a waste. Because, you know, you still have it. You have it forever.

    John Picarello

  5. It’s really unfortunate that engineers and entrepreneurs have to allocate so many brain cells to preventing VCs from destroying their companies.

    Maybe the best way to win the game is to not play in the first place.

    Kevin Burton

  6. The celebration of the culture that saw fit to stick an apostrophe in my last name, forever cursing me to break online forms with cryptic but not unexpected SQL errors, is always entertaining[…]

    Stephen O’Grady, on St. Patrick’s Day

  7. Reasoning about code that depends on something other than its inputs is arguably the operational meaning of ‘complexity’ in software.

    Bill de hÓra

  8. In the big picture, Twitter did exactly the right thing. They had a good idea and they buckled down and focused on delivering something as cool as possible as fast as possible, and it’s really hard, in early 2007, to beat Rails for that. When all of a sudden there were a few tens of thousands of people using it, then they went to work on the scaling.

    Tim Bray

  9. [A] programming language is not simply a means of solving some particular problem. A programming language doesn’t define the solution to the problem, it defines how the solution will change over time. This is the categorical mistake that so many make when criticizing languages: the expressive power of a language is not the measure of a language’s ability to model a problem domain, it’s rather the ability of the language to control changes in the problem domain.

    The Problem Is Choice (emphasis his)

    1. mgrdcm: btw, ‘ted.oconnor.cx’ really ought to redirect to ‘edward.oconnor.cx’.
    2. hober: yeah, good point
    3. mgrdcm: also ‘edwardmichaelcolbertdanielliam.oconnor.cx’ too ;)
    4. hober: hahahaaha
    5. mgrdcm: and yes, i did test that one earlier
    6. hober: I don’t doubt it.
  10. [E]ach program has an appropriate level of care and sophistication dependent on the uses to which it will be put. Working above that level is, a way, even less professional than working below it.

    Gerald Weinberg (via Dave Smith)

  11. And what you may also catch a glimpse of is how hard I have to work to get both of them to share the shared space, to relax, to play with their ideas, to listen to each other. Even when both people are friends, even when the technology for their collaboration is present and enabling, there is an art to working together — a subtle, and sometimes profound art — as subtle as the art of listening. It requires that each person let the other person in.

    For the two people we were watching trying to work together, their very independence, their very own creative genius proved to be an obstacle to collaboration. In organizations, small and large, there are many more obstacles to collaboration.

    Many of them are equally profound and subtle, cultural as well as structural. Others can be traced to things as obvious as incentive systems, which are often disincentives to collaboration.

    — from The Art of Collaboration by Bernie DeKoven.
    Emphasis mine.

  12. The truth is that more than half the stuff that gets proposed [on public-html and WHATWG’s mailing list] is plain BS, more than half of what’s left doesn’t interest me, and the rest is so over-discussed that it’s better just to read what Hixie says.

    Jeff Cutsinger, on the volume of messages to public-html (emphasis mine).

  13. Steampunk Keyboard Mod

    Top view

    Old news, I know, but my, how do I lust for one of these things.

  14. Spending to saveAnd if you really want to help fight AIDS in Africa, instead of buying that (RED) Gap t-shirt for which Gap will donate 50% of its profit to The Global Fund, buy a cheaper one at American Apparel and send the $13 difference to the Global Fund yourself. (emphasis his)

  15. BarCamp LA #3 is in two weeks. Be there.

  16. Tree man

    Erin and I ran into this while walking around the neighborhood the other day.

  17. Tony pointed out a neat idea to me. Some organizations are good at listening. Some are good at talking. A few are even good at both.

    But having a dialogue is different. It's about engaging in (sometimes) uncomfortable conversations that enable both sides to grow and change.

    Seth Godin

  18. trevicate (v): to end written communication abruptly, in the manner of Trevor the Vampire. Formed from ‘trevor’ and ‘truncate’, and inspired by the following output from a MacPorts install of PHP (from Brad):

    --->  Installing php5 5.2.1_1+darwin_8+macosx
    
    If this is your first install, you might want

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