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Ian Bicking has been shared in 5 public circles

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Oleg Kochetkov1,798HI All!I am very happy to share  for you  this #circle . You'll love this circle. This is TOP Google + peoples circle!To be added to the Circle you have to do these simple steps:1 - Do +1 t the post.  2 - Comment the post and specify your "category" (job or interest)         (ex: fashion, photography, seo, social media marketing).   3 - Include the circle among your circles.   4 - Share the circle (include yourself).   #circles   #circleshare #circlesharing #sharedcircles #sharingcircles #sharedpubliccircles #sharedcircleoftheday #circlemonday #share #shared #followers #addcircles #publicsharedcircles #share #addpeople #addcircle #addfriends #circle #empireavenue #socialmedia   #influencers #influencer   #influence #influencermarketing #slivermetalcircle 2014-01-20 18:46:52501402620CC G+
Tom Brander2,281Figured with Pycon coming up it was time to share this circle again if you want to be added comment below!2012-03-05 15:51:34471400CC G+
Tom Brander2,081Superseded by this updated circle post https://plus.google.com/u/0/118303283951449952966/posts/assbAGsf2ej Once again, (updated) my Python circle, let me know if you want to be added and you have a real interest in Python..Therefore I have closed comments here2012-01-08 18:54:034662000CC G+
Andy Dustman247Like Python? Here's my Pythonistas circle. Only a portion of these were personally hand-selected. Some are from +Michael Bernstein and others. Oh, and the convention seems to be, +1 this if you think you should be in this circle.Andy Dustman shared a circle with you.2011-10-13 19:33:37389204CC G+
Michael Bernstein1,976This is my Python circle. I've included folks from the Django, Zope, Pyramid, and Plone communities, among others. Are you a user of Python? Let me know and I'll add you too!Michael Bernstein shared a circle with you.2011-10-11 17:42:3129541813CC G+


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Most comments: 22

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2014-04-25 02:43:59 (22 comments, 2 reshares, 9 +1s)

Lots of theories on why Google+ is failing on https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=7642900

I think Circles deserve more credit for G+'s failures than it is given – especially since it is never given any credit.  It's not just that Circles don't work (they are impossible to maintain or reasonably curate), but the idea and presence of Circles is what supported poor decisions like No Pseudonyms.  With a carefully maintained set of Circles and reliably posting to appropriate groups and Circles you could achieve whatever privacy you want.  But that's a fake feature.  And Google should have known that, Gmail excels because it doesn't expect users to handle their mail through careful categorization and folders, instead it tries to figure it out after the fact.  Facebook also has a set of usable groups that are maintained algorithmically (like Close Friends, and Friends in[homet... more »

Most reshares: 10

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2014-04-17 16:00:38 (0 comments, 10 reshares, 24 +1s)

Voila... ;)


Most plusones: 26

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2014-04-19 07:39:56 (8 comments, 4 reshares, 26 +1s)

This is awesome.. Simple, light, and tough.

From the website (translated from Russian) it appears to be open source, and comes in kit form, but I can't really tell.

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2014-07-19 18:06:44 (1 comments, 2 reshares, 4 +1s)

I haven't quite figured out what this language is getting at, but it seems reminiscent of the tension in thinking about alternate logic systems that I was thinking about a while ago. Instead of a probabilistic approach this seems to be taking an all-of-the-above approach, where you run calculations and execute over unknown external inputs. At least that's what I'm imagining, I still haven't figured it out ;)

2014-07-11 17:03:36 (12 comments, 1 reshares, 3 +1s)

A strikingly high number of arrests, across races.  Not sure what to make of it.

2014-07-10 04:28:54 (20 comments, 0 reshares, 8 +1s)

I've been reading up on Rust and I want to try a project of some sort, but I'm at a loss to come up with an idea.  I don't really want to get into FFI and that complexity, and I also don't really feel like doing network stuff, and I tried Project Euler but found it too mathematical and not programy enough.  Any ideas?

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2014-07-08 02:25:46 (8 comments, 2 reshares, 9 +1s)

Ouch: " Those students who do show improvements tend to show only modest improvements. Students improved on average only 0.18 standard deviations over the first two years of college and 0.47 over four years. What this means is that a student who entered college in the 50th percentile of students in his or her cohort would move up to the 68th percentile four years later -- but that's the 68th percentile of a new group of freshmen who haven't experienced any college learning." [Also 34% of students didn't seem to learn anything in four years]

2014-07-07 03:26:14 (8 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)

Is there a term for the notion that doing a good job (at whatever you do) is a virtue?  That is, doing something you are paid for means doing something that other people value, and providing value to other people is one of our moral duties.  I've heard people talk in this way, but I've never encountered a name for it.

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2014-07-07 02:32:53 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)

"Sauget was incorporated as "Monsanto" in 1926. It was formed to provide a liberal regulatory environment and low taxes for the Monsanto chemical plants at a time when local jurisdictions had most of the responsibility for environmental rules.
Although the Village of Sauget has but a tiny population, it has a lot of industry. The Village is controlled by these industries.
the Village operates a municipal physical/chemical treatment plant that receives industrial wastewater from its factories. This has been cited as one of only three municipal treatment plants of this type in the United States.
Sauget has its own 16-member fire department and 16-member police department; this is despite having a population below 250 people. There is roughly one officer and firefighter for every 15 residents in Sauget."

At first I thought it would... more »

2014-06-25 21:04:10 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 6 +1s)

+Jason Orendorff asks if people would be interested in features to allow dynamic analysis of JS code.  Well of course, who wouldn't be?  Quoting:

We're considering building a JavaScript API for dynamic analysis of JS code. Here's the sort of thing you could do with it:

   - Gather code coverage information (useful for testing/release mgmt?)

   - Trace all object mutation and method calls (useful for devtools?)

   - Record/replay of JS execution (useful for devtools?)

   - Implement taint analysis (useful for the security team or devtools?)

   - Detect when a mathematical operation returns NaN (useful for game

2014-06-09 16:12:12 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 3 +1s)

A job opportunity at Mozilla for a project manager with a web development background:

2014-06-02 23:42:35 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 6 +1s)

Startup idea: load testing service where you write your load testing script in Javascript, and it gets injected into pages (like an ad network) to invoke the necessary load.  A little like Bitcoin mining bugs.

2014-06-02 03:34:56 (5 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)

My sister-in-law's car was broken into last night (she's also our next door neighbor).  We've had these problems regularly.  Along with various miscellany that was stolen was my foster-niece's graduation dress (I'll call her Z).

We are all white and middle class.  Z is not.  And Z is much more security conscious than we are.  To some degree from experience – we don't live in a very safe neighborhood, but Z has lived in worse.  But it's also a lot harder when she has lost material things.  It's a pain in the butt when we have something stolen, but whatever, we get new stuff.  We can manage our risk.  We can insure anything we can't afford to lose.

I don't know if our neighborhood is gentrifying.  Lots of people in the neighborhood are stressed out about that possibility.  I might consider myself the face of gentrification, except Idon't co... more »

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2014-05-22 16:13:26 (6 comments, 0 reshares, 8 +1s)

"Xeer is the polycentric legal system of Somalia. Under this system, elders serve as judges and help mediate cases using precedents. It is an example of how customary law works within a stateless society and closely resembles the natural law principle."

There's a bunch of interesting details to this system, but I thought Insurance was particularly interesting:

"In order to assure that compensation will be forthcoming even in cases where the perpetrator is a child, or penniless, or mentally ill, or has fled abroad, the Xeer requires that every person be fully insured against any liability he might incur under the law. If an individual cannot make the required payment, a designated group of his kin are responsible. Van Notten describes in an interesting way how this happens:

"A person who violates someone's rights and is unable to pay the... more »

2014-05-16 19:15:36 (4 comments, 1 reshares, 11 +1s)

"I like the warm fuzzy feeling I get from knowing that Mozilla are out there doing the right thing. But there’s always been an edge of, well, they’re doing the right thing which means that I don’t have to. Firefox should stand on principle here and refuse to play DRMed videos… but of course I’m not going to stop using DRMed video, I’ll just use Safari for that. The warm fuzzy feeling is jolly nice, but it’s not enough to actually keep the Mozilla organisation running. If you dislike Mozilla doing this (which I do, too), then where’s the outcry against Apple and Microsoft and Google for doing the same thing? Where’s the outcry against them for doing it first? Mozilla helps keep the web open for us, but in return we have to help keep the web open for Mozilla. And we aren’t."

2014-05-09 23:54:29 (8 comments, 0 reshares, 15 +1s)

To understand internet discussions I think we must always ask "why is this group of people engaged in a discussion?" - it's easy to go into a discussion assuming it's just a global discussion among an organic group of peers, but that's never what it is.

If I'm talking about programming or something I don't feel it necessary to dissect the nature of the discussion - I suppose because it's not dysfunctional. But in discussions of politics, gender, identity, etc - where dysfunction is the norm, not the exception - I have started regularly asking myself why am I reading this? so I can understand the dynamic that precedes and includes me and avoid falling into traps.

But constructing the environment for a good discussion of these hard issues is still well beyond what I understand.

2014-05-08 19:33:47 (9 comments, 2 reshares, 9 +1s)

It has occurred to me that with Firefox OS phones, WebRTC calling, and the infrastructure we are setting up around the phones, it would be possible (and maybe not that hard) to run a wifi-only phone system, not connected to any carrier or to the internet.  For security or logistical reasons. 

It's possible, but is there anyone interested in doing this sort of thing?  If so I'd like to talk to that person.

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2014-04-29 19:20:34 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)

Since the last two posts involved languages with non-ASCII characters, this popped into mind: a font that uses ligatures to take a notable groups of characters (like >=) and turn it into a nicer Unicode character (≥) – but only at the time of display.

2014-04-29 19:18:39 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 3 +1s)

I've heard references to Smalltalk 72 before, the version before Smalltalk-76 that basically contained all the features we know about Smalltalk today.  From what I'd heard Smalltalk-72 has a more open grammar than later Smalltalks, more appropriate for DSL-like systems.  But I'd only heard references, but came upon this manual:


(Via an emulator: http://lively-web.org/users/Dan/ALTO-Smalltalk-72.html)

On Page 22 they note even more funny characters in use than they ended up with, including a smiley face.  On Page 26 I am noticing that methods names weren't more dynamic, like "joe grow 100" which in later Smalltalks would be "joe grow: 100".  The Logo roots of Smalltalk are clearer here too.  For instance, using "to" as the function/method definitionword... more »

2014-04-29 19:14:32 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)

Avail, a language that I think is focused on DSLs of a sort.  Having a hard time getting my head around the details.  Sadly built on the JVM, which I find to be a rather dull runtime, but I'm terribly biased.

I guess this is a tutorial: https://www.availlang.org/about-avail/learn/tutorials/guess-the-number.html

I think methods are essentially patterns.  Patterns can include words and types.  So for instance "randomNumberGenerator's next value in theRange" is a method call "_'s⁇next«value in»⁇_" (they really like Unicode characters).  Reminiscent of HyperTalk, except with a more extensible grammar.  I'm not sure if all methods are like generic multi-dispatch functions, or if they are methods in the sense that the first value (randomNumberGenerator) is used to parse the remainder of the expression. 

There's other ideas inthere, but t... more »

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2014-04-25 02:43:59 (22 comments, 2 reshares, 9 +1s)

Lots of theories on why Google+ is failing on https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=7642900

I think Circles deserve more credit for G+'s failures than it is given – especially since it is never given any credit.  It's not just that Circles don't work (they are impossible to maintain or reasonably curate), but the idea and presence of Circles is what supported poor decisions like No Pseudonyms.  With a carefully maintained set of Circles and reliably posting to appropriate groups and Circles you could achieve whatever privacy you want.  But that's a fake feature.  And Google should have known that, Gmail excels because it doesn't expect users to handle their mail through careful categorization and folders, instead it tries to figure it out after the fact.  Facebook also has a set of usable groups that are maintained algorithmically (like Close Friends, and Friends in[homet... more »

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2014-04-22 21:22:07 (1 comments, 5 reshares, 15 +1s)

"Can an employee say NO to a decision from a superior on the grounds it violates a core value?"

An interesting challenge.

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2014-04-19 07:39:56 (8 comments, 4 reshares, 26 +1s)

This is awesome.. Simple, light, and tough.

From the website (translated from Russian) it appears to be open source, and comes in kit form, but I can't really tell.

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2014-04-17 16:00:38 (0 comments, 10 reshares, 24 +1s)

Voila... ;)


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2014-04-09 16:27:05 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)

2014-04-08 18:50:49 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)

Several FAQs that are more or less restatements of:

Q: Was Brendan Eich fired?
A: No, Brendan Eich resigned.

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2014-04-05 21:10:26 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 9 +1s)

Back Into the Light
The whole Mozilla/Brendan Eich affair has been traumatic from day one.  For me, superimposed over that trauma was the death days earlier of my former partner Richard in Montana.  Please, indulge me for a moment as an old man tells a story.  Richard was diag...

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2014-04-01 00:55:21 (2 comments, 3 reshares, 8 +1s)

the Mozilla CEO
I am a gay employee of the Mozilla
Corporation, and I support my company's decisions regarding the
selection of CEO. This doesn't mean that I'm entirely comfortable
with the selection, but not because I think Brendan Eich is a threat,
but instead because o...

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2014-03-25 17:52:15 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 7 +1s)

Doing basic layout in CSS is still pretty brutal.  LESS and other preprocessors work on a syntactic level, but compile to straight CSS so there's a limit to how much they can simplify things, since some things are just really hard to express in CSS.  Some really simple things.

So this seems interesting: http://gridstylesheets.org/

Seems to have the basic features of a preprocessor, with the addition of runtime-calculated styles.  With that you can give general constraints for your application and it figures out how to solve those constraints given a particular environment.

Downside: seems to rely on a familiarity with iOS, as it's not that clear to me how to use the tools they provide to make the layouts I might want to make.

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2014-03-24 17:52:04 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)

Talks about the document system underlying the "Mother Of All Demos": NLS/Augment.  Shows wikis as the clear spiritual successor to the system (especially all the many many experiments that have been made in wiki form).

It feels like all those neat wiki experiments never went anywhere, like nothing interesting could scale past a single user.  Or maybe I'm just unaware.

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2014-03-24 17:27:17 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)

Paraphrasing an aside from Ted Nelson on Zigzag data structures – probably the reason why relational databases caught on is because they were defensible against embezzlement. 

Not sure what to make of the zigzag data structure itself. 

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2014-03-19 06:17:09 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 5 +1s)

The article is thoughtful, but the conclusion hinges critically on something I think is wildly incorrect: https://medium.com/technology-and-society/2f1fe84c5c9b

"Most tech people don’t think of it this way, but the fact that most of them wear jeans all the time is just another example of cultural capital, an arbitrary marker that’s valued in their habitus [peer group], both to delineate it and to preserve it. Jeans are arbitrary, as arbitrary as ties. As arbitrary as the arcane and technical code people in my social circles would compete with each other to write during my teen years. C programmers trumped Visual Basic programmers, who were then trumped by Assembly programmers. Assembly programmers competed among themselves, and boasted writing directly in Hexadecimal rather than in Assembly language. People used DOS Debug to directly enter programs rather than using a text editor, ordel... more »

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2014-03-19 04:44:14 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)

"But you can’t be an effective fox just by letting the data speak for itself — because it never does. You use data to inform your analysis, you let it tell you that your pet hypothesis is wrong, but data are never a substitute for hard thinking. If you think the data are speaking for themselves, what you’re really doing is implicit theorizing, which is a really bad idea (because you can’t test your assumptions if you don’t even know what you’re assuming.)"

2014-03-18 21:28:48 (2 comments, 4 reshares, 9 +1s)

New blog post: How We Use GitHub Issues to Organize a Project, where I go over the process we used on a couple projects for organizing and triaging and generally planning the project.

2014-03-18 17:07:26 (12 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)

"Bug", "ticket", and "issue" are all mixed up in my mind – each tracker uses one of these phrases, but I find it nearly impossible to stick to one term.

2014-03-18 16:45:34 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 7 +1s)

Unity (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unity_%28game_engine%29) – a game engine, and company that produces that engine – just announced full support for deploying games using ASM.js (http://asmjs.org/faq.html) and WebGL.  This should mean that it will be relatively easy to compile Unity-based games to HTML and Javascript.

Firefox has been the lead in these kind of performance efforts – Chrome here is playing catchup, and I think Chrome's tepid approach to Javascript shows.  Firefox and Mozilla, for better and worse, has always fully embraced Javascript, with large portions of the browser itself built in Javascript, and a progressive approach to the development of the Javascript language, and a singular HTML/DOM environment – no embedded environments like PNaCl (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Google_Native_Client) – though I actually think ZeroVM (http://zerovm.org/), which is built onPNaCl, seem... more »

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2014-03-17 17:04:54 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)

I appreciate someone offering a more empathetic view on gender issues in tech, instead of analysis in the service of righteousness.

She's basically talking about the difficulty of building an intimate and trusting working relationship when there is even the theoretical possibility of romance. 

Reading some comments in reaction (https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=7407280) I think what she talks about is being thought about too much in terms of unwanted romantic propositions.  I think there's just as much of a problem where men and women can't build that trusting working relationship because they don't open themselves up to it – all the paths to that relationship feel too much like romance, and so they get cut off.  And with the lack of a trusting relationship things either stay coldly professional or else things get weird, the resentment and alienation anddefe... more »

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2014-03-17 15:51:13 (4 comments, 1 reshares, 18 +1s)

I see stuff about the problems with open offices again and again, yet it doesn't seem to lead to any changes.  Seemingly enlightened companies keep building and expanding these offices.  The video talks about a bit more than this, but like many critiques of open offices and strict work environments it doesn't offer a positive alternative.  

Presumably choice used well will beat prescribed environments, but it's not an easy choice.  I'd like to see a lot more discussion about work environments that work, and what they work well for.  And a bit more acknowledgement of why people build open design offices – it's not just out of cruelty, and alternate designs should take account of the positive features of an open office.

2014-03-15 02:54:26 (6 comments, 1 reshares, 4 +1s)

Most productivity stuff seems to be focused on breaking down tasks into smaller tasks, and organizing those many small tasks. While I get it, still it seems like there should be more than that.

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2014-03-14 22:47:19 (7 comments, 4 reshares, 19 +1s)

So far this general technique is by far my favorite devops technique.  Shell scripts are really much better than they might seem.

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2014-03-14 06:49:41 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)

Actually about the internet

2014-03-14 04:05:53 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)

Usually when we talk about Sunk Costs, we are talking about a particular kind of incorrect strategic thinking.  That is, if you made an investment in the past, that money is gone – it's a sunk cost.  It doesn't mean that the investment has present value, and so you should still reevaluate if the strategy is correct before investing further.  I.e., don't throw good money after bad.

Another incorrect kind of strategic thinking: when you invest something in the past, and decide that you shouldn't have made that investment, you can't undo that investment.  If the investment was valueless then you shouldn't feel committed to that line of strategy.  But if the investment was merely suboptimal, if it was the wrong investment in retrospect, it does not mean that further investment is incorrect!  You have whatever returns and whatever potential that came from thatinvestm... more »

2014-03-12 19:05:43 (11 comments, 3 reshares, 7 +1s)

I've felt very conflicted with the concept of Product Management (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Product_manager).  I think I'm getting a sense why.

In theory the Product Manager is supposed to define the product, make sure it takes into account the market and audience, and direct what the product should be.  It's in contrast to something like Architect, who defines how the product is engineered, or Project Manager who handles coordination.

I think I've seen Product Managers put into place when there's a worry about disconnect between product design and engineering.  The Product Manager is there to fix the problem.  This would seem like a natural approach, but the result seems to be waterfall design.  This is an example of why I don't like "fix the problem" approaches.

The idea situation is one where product goals and principles areunde... more »

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2014-03-07 19:09:33 (1 comments, 3 reshares, 11 +1s)

"I've heard of a cool new game! It's dull and repetitive and uninteresting, and each game can take HOURS to get through!"

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2014-03-06 16:49:44 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)

Looks like Draft (https://draftin.com/) is getting some of the same writing simplifier tools that I mentioned before in the Hemingway App (https://plus.google.com/+IanBicking/posts/hr7v1NFnLxZ): http://ninjasandrobots.com/draft-announcements-write-even-better-twitter-cards-and-more

2014-03-03 23:25:16 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)

I'm coming to San Francisco tomorrow through March 11, speaking at JSFest on Sunday (http://jsfest.com/mains.html).

I don't have many evening plans.  Any suggested activities?  Or anyone want to meet?

2014-03-03 23:01:59 (7 comments, 2 reshares, 5 +1s)

JSON5 isn't a bad idea – basically just full Javascript literals, without some of the restrictions in JSON.  When I see JSON get used for configuration it hurts a little, and this would be much nicer.

What this doesn't have, though, is a stream editor – and it should if it's going to work for configuration.  JSON is very read/write – because there's very little room for extra information (like no choice about newlines in strings, or place for comments) it's generally safe to read, modify, and write JSON.  This isn't true for JSON5.  But if you had something like JSON5.stringify(obj, previousString) then you could try to preserve the basic previous format while updating the actual object as necessary.

2014-03-03 18:45:01 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 3 +1s)

Blog post, Towards a Next Level of Collaboration: http://www.ianbicking.org/blog/3014/03/towards-next-level-of-collaboration.html

Notes about different kinds of real-time collaboration, some of how I think that can inform a collaboration tool, many ideas that have already informed Hotdish (https://github.com/mozilla/hotdish), and finally a plea: I want to find more people who are interested in these topics, I don't know who they are, but I'd like to.

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2014-03-03 18:37:21 (3 comments, 1 reshares, 4 +1s)

This chat product feels like what Google+ (and Circles) should have been.  Maybe the Hum featureset is already present in Google+, just buried.

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2014-02-27 20:01:46 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)

Reading https://glyph.twistedmatrix.com/2014/02/unyielding.html

Under: Aside: “Oh Come On They’re [threads] Not That Bad”

I think he misses why threaded web programming isn't that bad.  Many threaded web applications are essentially stateless in process (or all state is well encapsulized inside function scopes that are not internally multithreaded).  The actual coordination of shared state happens in a database or other carefully constructed tools that have their own domain-specific concurrency rules.

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2014-02-27 03:57:37 (18 comments, 4 reshares, 22 +1s)

Is http://atom.io going to be way better than http://brackets.io ?  Otherwise we have two architecturally similar editors, except +Brackets is open source.  Though I do admit that GitHub developers have a really good eye for developer usability.

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2014-02-26 22:51:24 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)

I liked this post.  I feel like I'm at the vague beginnings of developing a distaste for "deliverables" though I haven't fully thought it through yet.

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2014-02-26 20:46:15 (6 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)

I'm in the process of updating my laptop, the new one feels like a slightly faster drop-in replacement for the old.  I don't get emotionally attached to objects, so whatever.  But really the one difference I really notice in the new laptop is that the keys and trackpad feel crisp where before they felt mushy.  Then I looked at my old keyboard with all its worn keys and realized I was probably the one that made them mushy.  I don't think I am rough on the keyboard...?  The particular keys don't make sense to me either.  

My daughter has been enjoying typing (she tells me what she wants to write and I tell her the letters and she finds them).  She had already become pretty good at remember which keys were a little bit broken, and telling the difference between the N blob and the M blob.  I'm pretty sure she thinks the name of the Return key is pressenter.  If I had thiscomputer... more »


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