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In December I acquired my first e-reader, a Kindle Paperwhite.
My friend Jon Eilbes has started a business, the Homebrewer’s Clubhouse in Winston-Salem, NC. They sell all the raw ingredients you need to brew as well as kits to help you get started!
I recently wanted to introduce a new parent model for some of my Django models. (The model is called “PayableModel” and is used for any model for which you might pay money.)
“Assume rational actors.”
Yesterday I read this article, “I’m 13 and None of My Friends Use Facebook.” There have been many of its ilk. I’m wondering though if people select social media sites less like how you choose a cell phone, and more like how you choose music.
Recently we’ve been teaching our son that everything ages.
I use webfaction to host my web sites, and they are great!
I have been doing some programming in “Django,” which is awesome. Django is a Python-based web programming framework.
Recently I built a scheduling application for my work web site. It’s pretty awesome.
In the spirit of “basic things I do to make my life easier,” here’s how I have Chrome set up:
I get fixated a little on how to be more “efficient.” Part of that includes setting up my environment so it works well. When I’m using bash (a UNIX shell), here are a couple of things that’ve helped save time:
Update 4/25: added a section about menus.
Every couple of years I seem to update my blog. So, here goes.
I used to use FreeBSD a lot. (FreeBSD is an alternative operating system, kind of like Linux. It is the basis for OS X and many other things.) However, ever since I stopped being a systems administrator I haven’t had a FreeBSD machine. Well, last week our Apple Time Capsule (wireless base station + backup device) died, and I wanted to try to “roll my own” server that could be our wireless access point plus backup system and more.
Please watch this TED talk by Daniel Kahneman, a Nobel Laureate. In economics and other fields, people have been trying to measure happiness–how happy are various groups, how happy countries are compared to one another. I’ve seen Economist articles about quantifying happiness, like The Joyless or the Jobless (Nov 2010).
Kahneman deconstructs this quantification by saying the issue’s more complicated: do you care about happiness in the moment or do you care about happiness remembered?
His presentation addresses people’s fundamental assumptions about who they are. We have two sides: an experiencing self, who lives only in the moment; and a remembering self, who feasts on what we (remember we) have done in the past. The remembering self, for almost everyone, is the dominant one–it makes the decisions about what we should do next.
Our local public radio station, WFDD, has several HD radio stations, including one that plays a lot of “xPonential Radio.” When we lived in Raleigh I got spoiled listening to WKNC, NC State’s student-run radio station that would play lesser-known modern music; WFDD’s HD radio station #3 is the closest I get to WKNC over the air here in Winston-Salem.
I have a hypothesis: different people think in different “time horizons.” By that I mean, some people think way into the future and past when they make decisions or observations, and other people don’t. Maybe this is just obvious?
In the beginner's mind, there are many possibilities. In the expert's mind, there are few. –Shunryu Suzuki
This post is about a game, Kingdom of Loathing (KoL), and what I’ve learned about how the game works and how it motivates people to keep playing. Despite this dry analysis, the game itself is very funny.
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