Imagine a puddle waking up one morning and thinking, 'This is an interesting world I find myself in, an interesting hole I find myself in, fits me rather neatly, doesn't it? In fact it fits me staggeringly well, must have been made to have me in it!' This is such a powerful idea that as the sun rises in the sky and the air heats up and as, gradually, the puddle gets smaller and smaller, it's still frantically hanging on to the notion that everything's going to be alright, because this world was meant to have him in it, was built to have him in it; so the moment he disappears catches him rather by surprise. I think this may be something we need to be on the watch out for.
We just got a Roku 2 XD box. (A bit like the AppleTV, for streaming.) It's so wee! And the UI so charmingly sparse- nicer than the PC we had hooked up to the tv for Netflix and Hulu etc.
http://english.bouletcorp.com/2012/02/01/darkness/ - best 24 hour comic I've seen. Really great.
The videogame EDF:Insect Armageddon and how it Fails to Go Up to 11.
UGH, just poking around with PhoneGap for HTML5 fun on Kindle Fire gets me back to the Eclipse hell that helped draw me to UI to start with!
Gawd it sucks. Follow all the steps at http://phonegap.com/start/#android -- There IS no damn "New > Android Project" option. What he hell. Hate hate hate
""When you're wearing riot gear, everything looks like a riot." Even a big group of peaceful protesters. #occupyDC" --http://twitter.com/Occupy_DC
The offense really dropped the ball on this one. Never been so grumpy at Welker.†
This is what happens when you lose to like both of the >.500 teams you play in the regular season.
What, Boston is supposed to be reigning champ in just one of the four major sports at a time? Screw that. #patrots2012equalsrevolution2007 Aw well on to more meaningful pursuits. Would been nice for Boston though; half my sports passion is thinking New York has enough in general.
L: have you ever asked siri about abe lincoln?
L: i hope she responded in a similar way
kirk: that is kind of awesome
kirk: what a world we live in
kirk: anywhere i go
kirk: i can ask for pictures of boobs and get them
L: even when you aren't asking for them!
kirk: oh right... times when I'm NOT asking for them, those times
On French Parenting. They seem to have the knack for cultivating delayed gratification and patience. Wish I had that.
Screw software patents. Maybe hardware ones too. They're supposed to help innovation? Really?
You know it IS pretty weird for SO many people, yours truly included, to tie their equanimity with the fate of sports teams.
Alice and Bob were walking in the woods when a snarling tiger jumped out in front of them.
Alice bent down and starting changing into running shoes.
"Why are you doing that?" asked Bob. "You can't outrun a tiger."
"I don't have to out..." said Alice before the tiger sank its razor-sharp death teeth into the soft flesh around her jugular. It takes at least a minute to change shoes, and the tiger was only, oh, let's say 20 meters away to begin with.
Then the tiger killed Bob, too. Not because it was hungry. Just because it lived for the moment when it saw the life go out of its victims' eyes.
Moral: Tigers are nature's perfect killing machine. By the time you see one, it's already too late.
atheists in hiding in America. People don't want to know that you don't have to take things on faith.
It's an atheist straw man argument to say having faith means you have to accept any horrible things done for faith, but you do have to admit something judges horribleness, and that something needs to stand outside and ultimately have precedence over faith. Which would be blasphemy.
Over a year later and this nearly jokeless cartoon of Einstein thinking "What the Fart?" still amuses me.
http://debbiespenditnow.com -- most obnoxious political attack page, most fun scrolling up and down HTML5!
I'd like to believe that I'd know and love "Sam & Dave" even if they weren't what the Blues Brothers had on their car's 8-track.
He is brilliant, yes, but evil.
So evil I despair of comprehending him.
This man doesn't want to murder his
father and possess his mother: he wants
to murder God and possess the cosmos.
He would tear the earth from its
foundations and throw the oceans from
their beds, pausing only to lick the salt
from his fingers. His strength is the
strength that extends beyond sanity.
I know not the origin of these
desires. As a child he would dream of
shaping the hills by the clapping of his
hands, the nodding of his head. Entire
nations would be his plaything, all of
literature a decoration for his room.
As he grew, so did his imaginings.
He saw himself capturing souls in glass
bottles, of folding the sky into quarters
and using it to wipe the sweat from his
forehead. He planned to suck the
atmosphere into his lungs in one breath,
to still storms with a word. He studied to
distill a dream that could cause a
nightmare to bolt from its sleep. He
searched to make the atoms cry out in
And now, what more is to be
said? His rage grow every day. I knew
him once, he recognizes me no longer. I
will gaze at him, and tremble.
--I wrote this in college. The first stanza (up to "cosmos") is from the "Illuminatus!" trilogy, which I have just read for the first time.
The whole thing is not as good as the original passage, but hey.
Definitely digging workflowy.com/ - its core is just hierarchical bullet lists w/ zoom-and-breadcrumbs but it nails focus vs "forget me not"s
Ironically enough, "The Illuminatus! Trilogy" is the first Kindle book I run into with "Due to publisher restrictions, copy is not allowed for this title." when I go to copy and paste a sentence or two.
"If there were more bloody noses, there'd be fewer wars." --Hagbard Celine, "Illuminatus!"
"I Seem to Be a Verb." --R. Buckminster Fuller
A thing about time is how things you anticipate (trips, graduations, product launches. etc) can all come to pass no matter how far ahead, but so does growing older...
http://www.mcfunkypants.com/nanoLD/ Loved Pile o' Gears, the made-in-48-minutes nanogames. Games that provide accomplishment w/o overstaying their welcome!
http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2012/02/10/the_ticking_clock Oy. Israel's (no relation) gonna attack Iran this year. Just when the world seemed a little more settled down.
"Listen, when I was a kid, my mother said to me: 'Bruce, one day you're going to die. You're going to die if you worry or you don't worry.' I was brought up with that philosophy, so I don't worry." --Bruce Everiss
iPhone GTA3. Kind of amazing to have the microcosm of Liberty City in my pocket, but the controls sap all the kinetic fun out of it.
Envisioning a Post-Campus America -- thought-provoking McArdle piece on the implications if there was a major shift to e-learning that supplanted the traditional 4 year degree.
"How much pain have cost us the evils which have never happened." --Thomas Jeffersonhttp://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/19/magazine/the-way-greeks-live-now.html fascinating article on Greece. Had little idea how extreme the situation was there.
http://i.imgur.com/2Kq6Y.jpg How to Tell HTML from HTML5
"But a world is not for you. A world needs a substance, an independence, a sense that it doesn't just disappear when you turn around (even if it kinda does)" --Tevis Thompson on the Problems with Zeldahttp://tevisthompson.com/ - I like the video game essays of this guy.
4 Years ago I started making playlists of new music I discovered that quarter. Reviewing old ones is oddly "I've known that for 4 years?"
Man, I forgot how many solid ports of great games were in the old GameCube Midway Arcade Treasures...
I got out of bed
on two strong legs.
It might have been
otherwise. I ate
milk, ripe, flawless
peach. It might
have been otherwise.
I took the dog uphill
to the birch wood.
All morning I did
the work I love.
At noon I lay down
with my mate. It might
have been otherwise.
We ate dinner together
at a table with silver
candlesticks. It might
have been otherwise.
I slept in a bed
in a room with paintings
on the walls, and
planned another day
just like this day.
But one day, I know,
it will be otherwise.
"Progress isn't made by early risers. It's made by lazy men trying to find easier ways to do something." --Robert HeinleinWould you rather A. learn a new technique for something you already can do B. do something new with techniques you already know well? Me? Totally B. I hate learning new things just for the sake of it, but I love learning new things that empower me to do new stuff.
What about you? I think this a fundamental divide in geekdom and elsewhere.
spartakiada - "a mass gymnastics display, which was held every five years at the Strahov Stadium in Prague, Czechoslovakia, when the country was under Communist rule." That is the coolest radically uncool thing I've ever seen.via 22words
Of all 5 games I made this weekend, I think this one was the most playable and developed from a game design standpoint.
It really matched my vision for it, which is a little unusual for these things... except I think I had something a bit more linear feeling in mind. But it got the idea of having to daringly dart out and drop the mines, where the offensive maneuver carries an element of risk. But in terms of nicely increasing difficulty, sense of satisfaction, and details like having the screen background mirror the game play a bit, it is more fully baked than usual, by my standards.
I love how this is a bit of a "lost day" on the retrospect feature of my site, that 3/4 of the time, you skip right past 2/29 if you're going forward from 2/28, and miss the 3 or so entries there.
Am I a hack engineer if I think simplicity trumps flexibility? A hack UI guy if I say tables make better grid layouts than floating divs?