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algorithms are values.

What a terrifying—and true—statement about our times: algorithms are values. via Twitter Respected Our Choices Until It Didn’t – My Linux Rig.

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Why Flunking Exams Is Actually a Good Thing – NYTimes.com

Very interesting quotes on the proper balance of study and practice. The article relates the idea that pre-testing (i.e. failing) primes the brain for future success by opening different neural pathways than studying a single question:answer relationship. The quickest way to master that Shakespearean sonnet, in other words, is to spend the first third of […]

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Non-Ambiguous Tasks

The dishes clearly need to be washed. There’s no ambiguity about whether it’s a necessary task and when you’re washing the dishes, it only takes a tiny portion of your attention — a tiny portion of your mind — and so the rest of your mind just wanders around drifting and stumbling across all sorts […]

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The End of Absence: Reclaiming What We’ve Lost in a World of Constant Connection – Boing Boing

I’m relieved to learn that someone has taken the time to codify terms and phrases related to pre- and post-web. There are currently—and increasingly will be—reasons to mourn what we have already lost. We should also celebrate the many advantages. Straddle Generation Neither Digital Natives nor wholly Digital Immigrants; they were born in the 1980s […]

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Being obsessive about detail is being normal | Spiekerblog

Every craft requires atten­tion to detail. … Unless you are obsessed by what you’re doing, you will not be doing it well enough. via Being obsessive about detail is being normal | Spiekerblog.

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Fedora Wallpaper

Unfortunately it looks like I misinterpreted the deadline for Fedora wallpaper submissions. Enjoy.

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Old Office Art

I used to do repetitive work for pay. Office-type work in a building with cubes. I was surrounded by staplers, locked shred bins, clinging cash registers, and disorderly queues served by staff who didn’t care. When I had downtime I would take the humble office tools I found myself surrounded by and stave off boredom […]

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Measure Up | S.B.LattinDesign

Measure Up | S.B.LattinDesign. What a fantastic graphic.

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The GNU/Linux Lagniappes

I’ve been enamored with free software since Windows Vista decided to disappear what I called my “trial run” Wubi install of Ubuntu. By the end of this “trial” I preferred GNU/Linux so strongly that I had forgotten there was another operating system (OS) installed on the computer. But then there was a problem. I couldn’t boot […]

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Three Things: Six

a minor commitment Pain – remained conscious throughout the day – stretched frequently – moved often Play – frisbee – nice weather – carefree time – directed interest Quality – minor accomplishments along the way on small projects that add up to major accomplishments – slowly built buy-in to more easily port success in one […]

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Three Things: Five

a minor commitment A little lo-fi the other day…

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Transform any text into a patent application – Sam Lavigne

I wrote a program that transforms literary and philosophical texts into patent applications. In short, it reframes texts as inventions or machines. This is just plain awesome software art. Just look at this patent by Kafka! If a visual artist out there doesn’t start creating the visual figures for these wonderful patents I’m going to […]

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Three Things: Four

a minor commitment Mother’s Day – a clean living room and kitchen – contact with family – space for children to play Computing – reclaimed an older machine I can still use – started using the R project – began creating a wallpaper for Fedora Tea – a pleasant end to the day – relaxing […]

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Three Things: Three

a minor commitment – three things: one – three things: two Enjoyment1 – a walk in the park – beautiful weather – an early start – a park – a snack Books2 – a decision pre-made – a collection pre-created – a clear objective – a step-by-step pathway to success Cleaning3 – something you are […]

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Three Things: Two

a minor commitment – three things: one Basement Cleaning Activity1 – Loud children’s music by the brilliant Justin Roberts provided the soundtrack – Simple objectives for my little helpers (e.g. these in the box; these on the table; these in the garbage) – The only distractions were game-oriented and fun Bedtime2 A combination of: – […]

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Three Things: One

a minor commitment Breakfast1 – The coffee was strong – We arose to bright sunshine – We were up earlier than usual – There was laughter and smiles Data2 – We put in the work — when it didn’t make sense — in order to capitalize when it did – We honed our skills on […]

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Three Things

It is astounding how simple it can be to cultivate happiness. Each time I encounter another way to increase happiness and improve well-being I am awed by the simplicity of the action required and the largess of the result. Dr. Seligman, a positive psychologist, suggests the following for a better life: “Every night for the next […]

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The Unruly Closet

It would probably be beneficial to copy the idea motivated by the image linked below. The individual has selected and photographed meaningful combinations of his clothing. While I’m not particularly vain, it is clear that engaging with my wardrobe would help me to rid myself of what is numerically a nightmare of items. I have […]

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My Clown Backstory

I was born between the first & second World Wars. I sold newspapers for my family but was fired when I created too many paper hats. My soul occasionally rises and falls with the sounds of the ocean which carried my grandfather to this country from Bologna. I don’t touch knives on account of the […]

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I’m Done

The Goodbye Letter Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears: I’ve finally built up the resolve and made a decision that has been a very long time coming: I’m done. I’ve long considered Facebook to be not much more useful than a self-updating Rolodex (and it is only good at that due to the hard […]

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The Problem with Music

Two years ago I threw some money at an idea. The idea was big: raise $11,000 to hire an orchestra to record some music. The music was in the public domain — Mozart, Beethoven, etc. — but recordings of it were not. So, if you were able to read the public domain sheet music and […]

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Exercises from the #2510’s Project

If you’re not already aware of my #2510s project I’ll give you a brief recap: I wrote 25 ten-minute plays over the summer of 2011 and released them on the web. Each of 20 of the 25 plays were rewritten using some exercises I’d been developing and testing over the past couple of years. Some […]

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The #2510s Project

So I started a little project. I use the term “little” because that is how it appears to most outside observers. To me it is far larger than a “little” project. I can count the days and hours spent on the creation of the final product itself. None of that, however, involves the time spent […]

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The Skills I Happened Upon

The Inspiration Pop marketing guru extraordinaire Seth Godin had a marvelous post recently. It was titled Time for a workflow audit, but the relatively short tidbit inside sparked a moment of self-reflection on my part. By the way, if you’re not following Seth’s daily tidbits of advice you should be (and you should use RSS). […]

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The Revision Decision

To revise, or not to revise, that is the Question Last semester I penned a play called The Decision and asked for comments from a variety of sources (including in the comments of this website). The comments did not flood in. One of the difficulties of crowdsourcing something like dramaturgy with lengthy material (even as […]