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February 10, 2016

Introducing Vector Networks - I'm looking forward to software with this. I love the idea of vectors for shapes but the indirectness of the interaction always left me stumbling.
My Little Sister Taught Me How To 'Snapchat Like The Teens' - This one has been making the rounds. I would love to see a video of someone doing 40 snapchat responses in less than a minute. I'm not sure I've ever felt on the old/young divide as much as with this; to not just accept the "too many incoming messages" paradigm but to embrace it, surf it, make more of it; to have each interaction be SO ephemeral (which was part of the value proposition of Snapchat, it tattletaled if the other person grabbed a screenshot.)

I wonder how and if kids who are into this mode of communication (which almost strains credulity, as described in there) make a distinction between "this photo interaction was as ephemeral as a glance across the table" and "this artifact is worth holding on to".
Amazing emergent patterns from overlaying semi-random and then regular patterns of dots:

How Star Wars The Force Awakens Should Have Ended SPOILER ALERTS but MAN is it funny...
wife: go see if the baby sleeping
*walks into baby's room*
baby: corporations exploit our
insecurities for profit
me: no babe she woke af
--@mlliondollameat. I've been thinking about this tweet a lot. Besides the baby's point, I do think internet patois is cool af.

February 9, 2016

from Slate's Exercise Advice for Flappers, in Gorgeous 1920s Prints

February 8, 2016

Bill the Splut mentioned the first half of Bob and Ray has also passed on - great low-key comedy. (Like he said, "By the time we figured out we were introverts, it was too late to do anything about it.") This bit Bill shared is great:

Frinkiac is a great Simpsons' quote finder and meme maker:

That's one of my favorite quotes, just a reminder at how out of perspective problems are when they show up right in front of us.
A kiss is just a kiss, but a sigh is a reflex that happens a several times an hour and helps preserve lung function.
My sousaphone roots, Euclid High School Panther Marching Band!

The 1991 Homecoming Game, by the looks of it.

February 7, 2016



valentine blender

February 6, 2016

Nutrition is weird. I do hate it when something that seems like it should be more or less "ok" has nutritional gotchas. On the other hand, unlike the burger, people are less likely to have that salad with fries. I hope.
The Big Sleep, about a couple who lived incredibly full and rich lives and decided to exit it on their own terms. As much as my comic is for people uptight about their own mortality, I think we have to admire people who are at ease with it, who make very rational and humanistic decisions that being alive is worth it for the amazing things you find it, not strictly for its own sake, or because of supernatural prohibition against ending it.

February 5, 2016


On my bdevblog: gripe: bad second guessing ui

February 4, 2016

http://trumpdonald.org This is fun
"Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, magic, and power in it. Begin it now."
--Goethe (as quoted by W. H. Murray in Steven Pressfield's "The War of Art")

january 2016 new music playlist

February 3, 2016
Ok month for music to start the year. You GOTTA watch the alternate video for TOO MANY ZOOZ.
  • Spocktopus (TOO MANY ZOOZ) This is the 3-musician version of this mind blowing sax-dance video. A real inspiration to my tuba dancing
  • Last Night in Texas (The Maverick Mikel Knight) The guys got some fascinating (if sketchy) bootstrap business practices, but this is one catchy bit of hick-hop.
  • Extended Funky Chimes (Sesame Street) JP Honk is putting together a cover of "Sesame Street", and two of the members were super-psyched to make an ending for it based on this great bit of bumper music.
  • Genghis Khan (Miike Snow) Good example of a modern indie rock vibe, with a really fun video.
  • All You Fascists Bound to Lose (Nina Hagen) I couldn't find Woody Guthrie doing his own songs, so I have a (different) version of this German actress.
  • La La La (Brazil 2014) (Shakira/Carlinhos Brown) Theme for the recent world cup. I like the percussion.
  • Caramel (Suzanne Vega) This song was languishing with 2 starts 'til I randomly heard it at the end of a trailer for the movie "Closer"
  • I Like It Like That (Pete Rodriguez) A classic.
  • Sad (Bo Burnham) Funny- at least watch the first 15 seconds. His book of poetry is good too, very Shel Silverstein-y...
  • Mercy, Mercy, Mercy (The Buckinghams) I'm surprised I didn't find this version when i was looking for covers, when JP Honk added it to their repertoire.
  • Hey Na Na (Galactic) Funky!
  • Jessie’s Girl (Mary Lambert) Very sweet cover.
  • Superbad (Top Dogz) Love how those horns come in!

February 2, 2016

Aw jeez. Cruz is a "sweet lovin' son of a preacher man" too? Dammit. Lets hope this doesn't get out.
January 2016 One Second Everyday

Besides the usual "lots of music", I liked the aquarium in the 9th and the slow motion water bubbler on the 30th.
Obama fortifying East to deter Putin. This doesn't feel like a good idea to me, just feeding into Russia's paranoia about our possible intentions on offense.
How to Raise a Creative Child. Step One: Back Off Intriguing.... besides obvious possible suggestions for my friends-with-kids, I think about how much I love the concept of "JUST MAKE A GAME DO IT NOW NOW NOW" of http://glorioustrainwrecks.com/ . I gotta get back to that site.
How to Raise a Creative Child. Step One: Back Off Intriguing.... besides obvious possible suggestions for my friends-with-kids, I think about how much I love the concept of "JUST MAKE A GAME DO IT NOW NOW NOW" of http://glorioustrainwrecks.com/ . I gotta get back to that site.

February 1, 2016

Science is Magic.
Lord of the Rings as "every crappy enterprise IT project" ever:

Kind of brilliant! I like how there doesn't even have to be a bad guy, per se...
The 100 Jokes That Shaped Modern Comedy ...timing!!!

January 31, 2016

Dinner Party Faux Pas-- the fruit of my weekend's gamejame labor, along with that of my team. ( GGJ site for a bit more info)

January 30, 2016

English is Surprisingly Devoid of Emotionally Positive Words. Bummer!
I am literally laboriously setting a virtual table via CSS. #ggj2016 @MITGameLab

January 29, 2016

I have a hard time not reposting this when I see it:

Let Me Get That Banana - Kind of rough in language and content, but I admit it got me laughing.
Binder Clip "Life" Hacks - a few too many iPhone stands, but I'm really enamored of the second one, using one of the giant clips to hold laptop wires. (You have to use the big ones for average thickness desktops) I've been looking for a solution for that for my desk at home - adhesive backed holders weren't lasting, and I hadn't gotten around to looking for maybe a drilled in eye-bolt.

Also, I liked that it did it using funky music instead of spoken words or even screen captions.

quotes from "Dreaming in Code"

January 28, 2016
"The realization came over me with full force that a good part of the remainder of my life was going to be spent in finding errors in my own programs."
--Maurice Wilkes, in 1949, at the dawn of the age of debugging computer programs.

"The hard thing about building software is deciding what to say, not saying it."
--Frederick Brooks

"Is it possible to do great work without great pressure, or is pressure an indispensable part of genius?"
--Michael Toy

"Joy is an asset. It may well turn out that one of the most important effects of open source’s success will be to teach us that play is the most economically efficient mode of creative work."
--Eric Raymond

"All programmers are optimists. Perhaps the hundreds of nitty frustrations drive away all but those who habitually focus on the end goal. Perhaps it is merely that computers are young, programmers are younger, and the young are always optimists."
--Frederick Brooks

"Front ends are supposed to be elegant, intuitive, versatile; back ends are supposed to be invisible, efficient, rock-solid. The front end talks to people; the back end talks to bits. In Star Wars terms, the front end is the butlerish C3PO; the back end is the unintelligible R2D2."
--Scott Rosenberg

We are still building our software cottage-industry-style today.
--Brad Cox

"There's a difference between transparency aimed at giving visibility and transparency that is aimed at producing collaboration.”

--Ted Leung

"If it takes the typical programmer more than two minutes and twenty-seven seconds to find something, they will conclude it does not exist and therefore will reinvent it."
--Larry Constantine.

Yes, but: The price of learning and configuring and tweaking a large system that almost does the required job - and could be similarly battered into shape of handling lots of other tasks- is often larger than the cost of making an original, smaller bit of code that just handles the matter at hand. and, that is also more fun. Or as Rosenberg puts it later in the book: "There is almost always something you can pull off the shelf that will satisfy many of your needs. But usually the parts of what you need done that your off-the-shelf code won’t handle are the very parts that make your new project different, unique, innovative--and they’re why you’re building it in the first place."

Or as he even later refines it:

"Rosenberg’s Law: Software is easy to make, except when you want it to do something new. And then, of course, there is a corollary: The only software that’s worth making is software that does something new."
--Scott Rosenberg, "Dreaming in Code"


Wanna be less of a lollygagger starting with getting back to my iPhone as an alarm clock. I kind of hate though that its wake up alarm STARTS with a (loudish) vibration and THEN adds the more pleasant sound I picked out.

I have mixed feelings about Jerry Seinfeld but I liked these lines:

"Why did I get married? A lot of people ask me that. For one thing, I'm 47 years old. Jesus Christ! But also, that was 26 or so years of dating. That's a lot of acting fascinated. I was tired!"

"But let us make no mistake. The only reason these babies are here is to replace . . . us. You just have to look in any baby's eyes, and you see it: `It's only a matter of time, my friend.' Am I drooling? Yeah, I'm drooling. I'm drooling looking at all your stuff."

(I heard the "That's a lot acting fascinated" line and hunted for context...)
"Why do we like sports or movies? It's just incredible that a trillion-synapse computer could actually spend Saturday afternoon watching a football game. It's a colossal phenomenon that needs to be explained, and I'm not joking."
--Marvin Minsky

"Birds can fly, unless they are penguins and ostriches, or if they happen to be dead, or have broken wings, or are confined to cages, or have their feet stick in cement, or have undergone experiences so dreadful as to render them psychologically incapable of flight."
--Marvin Minsky (dealing with the problems that knowledge systems face.)

I just found out he died this week. RIP! I liked the fisherman's vest he wore- our tools make us smarter, so being able to carry around a lot of digital helpers was putting him ahead of the evolutionary curve.

Hunger is Psychological, and Dieting Makes It Worse Like Yogi Berra on baseball: "[it's] 90 percent mental and the other half is physical."
I measure out my days in DD iced coffee cups, my weeks in HONK band rehearsals, and my years in Apple product launches.