“All I want to say is, people lighten up. The style guide can’t solve all your problems. You are never going to have all code compliant. Use the style guide when it helps, ignore it when it’s in the way.”—the ever-reasonable Guido van Rossum
I love Buddy Holly’s music. His music is simple, charming, innocent, light-hearted, and a litany of other adjectives that all add up to “great”. As a tribute, the Concord Music Group has put together a collection of covers that do what so many of these albums fail to do: pay proper homage to the artist without simply parroting the original records.
The line-up on the album is an impressive list of artists that includes The Black Keys, Modest Mouse, Julian Casablancas, Paul McCartney, and more, but if you ask me, the album is worth listening to for Patti Smith’s cover of “Words of Love” alone. It’s just fantastic.
I have a pretty bad jones for Holly’s music, and I’m loving this. Definitely on the to-buy list.
“When a nerd says, ‘We can build it better,’ he’s saying, ‘I have not devoted the necessary time to understand the existing solution and it’s more fun to build than to investigate someone else’s crap.’”—Rands understandsNot Invented Here Syndrome.
One of the most respected, senior and widely published professors of psychology, Daryl Bem of Cornell, has just published an article (pdf link) that suggests that people — ordinary people — can be altered by experiences they haven’t had yet. Time, he suggests, is leaking. The Future has slipped, unannounced, into the Present. And he thinks he can prove it.
The concept of intellectual property – the idea that an idea can be owned – is a child of the European Enlightenment. It was only when people began to believe that knowledge came from the human mind working upon the senses–rather than through divine revelation, assisted by the study of ancient texts–that it became possible to imagine humans as creators, and hence owners, of new ideas rather than as mere transmitters of eternal verities.
Intellectual property is one of those things I have a nerdy interest in, especially as it pertains to code/software patents/music copyrights. If you’re at all interested in intellectual property, this article is a good, quick intro into its history.
Securing the Washington Monument from terrorism has turned out to be a surprisingly difficult job. The concrete fence around the building protects it from attacking vehicles, but there’s no visually appealing way to house the airport-level security mechanisms the National Park Service has decided are a must for visitors. It is considering several options, but I think we should close the monument entirely. Let it stand, empty and inaccessible, as a monument to our fears.
I installed iTunes 10 the other day, and I tried to like it, honestly I did, but the icon is awful and the monochromatic palette is depressing. Luckily, I’ve come across some links that’ll fix both of these problems:
iTunes 109 — a small set of UI modifications that restores the color to the iTunes sidebar icons, returns the “stoplight” widget to its horizontal glory, and makes a few other minor changes. Unfortunately, though, it doesn’t fix those horrible checkboxes. (via yewknee)
Many of us have grown up thinking that if we are properly self-punishing then we are somehow being responsible. “What, I’m a nervous wreck — how could I possibly take on more?” On the other hand, if, God forbid, we are feeling carefree, we have this nagging sense that we’re being downright irresponsible, certain that if we don’t get right back to self-flagellation then the other shoe is going to drop. And hard. We don’t correlate our sense of responsibility with what we are actually producing. We correlate it with how hard we are being on ourselves.
As someone who has tendencies to worry about how much work they’re doing and to “push through” problems rather than taking (much needed) breaks to gain some (much needed) perspective, this article hits close enough to home to be sitting in my living room.
So, if you’ll excuse me, I have a problem that’s currently driving me crazy and walk around the block to take…
I’m not Pro-Gay Marriage, I’m Pro-Equality. I’m not Pro-Gay Rights, I’m Pro-Common Sense. I’m Anti-Discrimination. I’m Anti-Enshrining Your Queasiness About Buttsex In My Constitution. I’m Pro-When The Constitution Says We’re All Equal, It Means We’re All Equal.
“Did I learn anything about actively listening to and talking about records? Absolutely. I most importantly learned that if there’s something you’re passionate — or at least obsessive — about, it’s worth doing every day and holding yourself to. Even if you’re not getting paid for it.”—D. Patrick Rodgers, on what he learned by writing his excellentA Record a Day.
cubicle17 recently got itself a new coat of paint, so as I’m wont to do, I’m making my old theme freely available to anyone who wants it. This theme was easily one of my favorites of any theme I’ve put together, so hopefully someone out there will like it enough to keep it alive. Anyway, enough jibba-jabba, start downloading/installing/modding/whatever; that’s what it’s there for.
“We have to stop championing each ridiculous feat of overengineering and call it what it is. It’s not ‘future-proof’, because we can’t see the future. It’s not robust, it’s hard to read. Applying a generic solution to a single case isn’t good programming, it’s criminal overengineering because like it or not somebody, somewhere will pay for it.”—“Criminal Overengineering”
You might recognize him as “The Guy Who Played the Character Who Was Supposed to Be Robert Johnson” in O Brother, Where Art Thou?, and if you do, then you probably also recognize this song from the movie. Well, I started this morning with a fresh cup of coffee and this song. From now on, all my Sundays will start this way.
Not every day can be a winner in the busy-at-work department, and today was one such unfortunate day. I’ve been mulling over a new design for cubicle17 and as part of that design, I wanted to include the articles I’ve starred through Instapaper. So, to kill the excess time, I wrote Give Me Stuff I Starred, a dead-simple jQuery plugin to pull the last X links out of your starred RSS feed1. Using it is simple: just include jQuery core and the GMSIS .js files, and in your document.ready() function, add something like this:
var url = 'http://www.instapaper.com/starred/rss/6/asdfxasdf';
Update: If you downloaded GMSIS right after I released it, then you got a bunk version (long story short: cross-domain Ajax = denied), but Marco has completely bailed me out. The latest version is now working, so either update with an hg pull or re-download. Management apologizes for the inconvenience.
To get the URL for you Starred RSS feed, just pop over to http://www.instapaper.com/starred and under Folder Tools you’ll find the link you want. Just right-click, and copy. ↩
The real problem with me is that sometimes I get so engrossed in what I’m doing on the computer that things like those listed above simply slip my mind, often to frustrating ends (e.g., a burnt pizza). In light of this, I wanted a simple and frictionless way to set up reminders for things that needed to be done in the very near future.
I’ve missed the “Run After Delay” feature since the day I switched from Quicksilver to Launchbar. Thanks to Justin, I have (a version of) the feature back, which is good because this feature is the only reason my laundry doesn’t sit half-done in the washing machine for 2 days straight.
December 5th is the anniversary of the day the United States repealed the Eighteenth Amendment and gave us all the constitutional right to consume alcohol. I’ve been celebrating Repeal Day for years by forcing this information down the throats of my customers, and now I’m forcing it on you.
Since I generally prefer to celebrate my birthday on weekends, and this year’s celebration will fall on Repeal Day, this calls for double the celebrating…right?
The Manhattan Street Corners is my working title for a project to produce a comprehensive photographic portrait of everyday life at street level in daytime Manhattan. Between March and November, 2006, I systematically photographed each and every one of the island’s roughly 11,000 street corners.
Guess that’s roughly 11,000 pictures I’ll have to look through to decide which ones I want prints of. (via Coudal Partners)
So, if things are so great for the indies, does that mean loads of people are making loads of money? Not at all. But the false notion there is that any musicians were before! We haven’t moved from an age of riches in music to an age of poverty in music. We’ve moved from an age of massive debt and no creative control in music to an age of solvency and creative autonomy. It really is win/win.