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AJAX Emacs. If this doesn’t excite you, nothing will.

AJAX Emacs. If this doesn’t excite you, nothing will. This is either horrible or awesome.  It’s surprising and yet somehow feels foredoomed. Say that while you can; oppose Emacs if you must. Be it known, however, that your days are … Continue reading

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The Phoenix Requiem

The Phoenix Requiem is a story-based (as opposed to a gag-based) webcomic.  It takes place in a fantasy world that seems to be roughly in the Victorian period. From the About Page: The Phoenix Requiem is a Victorian-inspired supernatural fantasy … Continue reading

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theglen: 1525 things Mr. Welch can no longer do during an RPG

I love this list of 1525 things Mr. Welch can no longer do during an RPG.  Back in 2005, it was only 250 things so I’m glad to see the list has expanded. You’ll enjoy these more if you’re at … Continue reading

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Nine Tips for Having a Good Bad Day.

The Happiness Project: Nine Tips for Having a Good Bad Day gives some very practical advice for dealing with a day that’s not going well.  I find that the tip that works the best is to have a nap if … Continue reading

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Lord Kames Explains Why Copyright Is Not Property… In 1773 | Techdirt

Lord Kames Explains Why Copyright Is Not Property… In 1773 | Techdirt.  I love reading historical arguments on present subjects of contention.  Almost every time, the arguments read as though they could have been written last week (and it’s likely … Continue reading

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Gizmodo’s Guide to Buying and Using Knives

Yet another in a long list of skills I should be aquiring instead of spending my evenings playing WoW:  Gizmodo’s Guide to Buying and Using Knives – Cooking – Lifehacker.  On the bright side, as I get older I don’t … Continue reading

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Merlin Mann on Getting Creative Things Done

I found this talk very inspiring: Merlin Mann on Getting Creative Things Done – Boing Boing.  The Sound of Young America The part I particularly liked was: you already have what you need to do the creative work you’re dreaming … Continue reading

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Surprising science of motivation

Dan Pink on the surprising science of motivation | Video on TED.com. Near the end of his talk, he identifies three elements for intrinsic motivation: Autonomy – the urge to direct our own lives Mastery – the desire to get … Continue reading

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The Ancient History Learning Guide

Open Culture has an Ancient History Learning Guide up that looks fascinating.   One of the things I enjoy most about reading history is how much and how little has changed.  It seems to me that  people have not changed a … Continue reading

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My active imagination…

Exold: #1308: My active imagination, combined with both broad and deep knowledge of what I know and what I do not know, allows me to see a dozen possible futures with great clarity. In certain circumstances, this ability is very … Continue reading

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The End of Food

I recently finished Paul Roberts’ The End of Food.  Don’t read it.  I can sum it up in one word: DOOM. This book explores the current system of food production as it has moved from the western world and is … Continue reading

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World Of Warcraft – Television Tropes & Idioms

If you’re looking to while away a few idle hours World Of Warcraft – Television Tropes & Idioms has you covered.  I knew that charm of WoW had nothing to do with its originality, but it amuses me to see … Continue reading

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99.95 percent versus 99.5 percent

What difference does 0.45-percent make?  On a daily basis, none.  On a yearly basis, it’s a lot. I was listening to Scientific American’s rebroadcast of their interview with Dr. Atul Gawande,  Atul Gawande Redux.  He describes sitting in with one … Continue reading

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13 Things That Don’t Make Sense

The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds new discoveries, is not “Eureka!” (I found it!) but “That’s funny …”– Isaac Asimov I recently read 13 Things That Don’t Make Sense by Micheal Brooks.  It’s a … Continue reading

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Some Quotes Of Note: Politicians Damning New Technologies/Cultural Artifacts

This amused me: Some Quotes Of Note: Politicians Damning New Technologies/Cultural Artifacts | Techdirt. It seems that for any new practice X the conversation follows this path: “Those kids and their X will destroy society.” 20 years pass: “Why can’t … Continue reading

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Miniver Cheevy

Miniver Cheevy, child of scorn, Grew lean while he assailed the seasons He wept that he was ever born, And he had reasons. Miniver loved the days of old When swords were bright and steeds were prancing; The vision of … Continue reading

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Digital Book 2009: A Recap

Smart Bitches, Trashy Books provides Digital Book 2009: A Recap. My favorite quote was: “The process of using an ebook should never get in the way of READING an ebook. Stop putting obstacles between me and my book.” This really … Continue reading

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Name of the Wind

I read Patrick Rothfuss’ Name of the Wind a few days ago.  It was a decent book, but probably a couple hundred pages too long. Name of the Wind tells the story of Kvothe who has become a legend in … Continue reading

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padparadscha’s mom can get information out of anyone

This quote sounds a lot like my dad. Mind you, he does better with random people than people he sees often. It’s not just random people, either. My mom will get more information out of my friends in one sitting … Continue reading

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Enjoying Life

I ran across this story while searching for the strawberry story for an earlier post.  The key idea of the story is: Whatever you do you must enjoy, or you may not do it. No matter what it is, if … Continue reading

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