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2014-04-19 07:39:56 (3 comments, 1 reshares, 5 +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, 9 reshares, 21 +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, 2 reshares, 16 +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, 20 +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, 12 +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, 3 +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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2014-02-26 20:29:28 (0 comments, 6 reshares, 15 +1s)

Ordinary Happiness

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2014-02-26 20:26:03 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)

My understanding is that Pantone defines the fashionable colors.  Or maybe it reports on them, but I think it's a bit more prescriptive than just "reporting".  As an example, the spring 2014 colors: http://www.pantone.com/pages/fcr/?season=spring&year=2014

This gives manufacturers a chance to coordinate with predominant fashion trends.  It also associates a color with a time, it lets a color be modern, and then out of date, two sides of the same coin.

It seems like this would also be appropriate for computer interface design.  At least if you want to seem up-to-the-minute in your design, and are willing to track changes.

2014-02-26 19:45:47 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)

"The term application posture characterizes the nature of a software application's interaction with its user."

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2014-02-25 18:34:47 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)

Reading http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2014/02/140224-flying-car-internet-science-fiction-space-travel-mars/ :

" Are you hopeful for the future?

"It depends on the day. I'm not very hopeful that humanity can act en masse to address what are now truly global problems that require a new way of thinking. As Einstein said when nuclear weapons were created: 'Everything's changed save the way we think.' "

The thing about nuclear weapons is that everything actually turned out OK.  Humanity didn't fuck it up.  We dropped two bombs in essentially one event, in a situation where arguably lives on both sides were saved as a result.  Then it never happened again, and it is only less likely that will ever happen in the future.  And yet we still use nuclear weapons as a cautionary lesson, seemingly blind to the actual history.  Notthat... more »

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2014-02-24 16:44:12 (1 comments, 3 reshares, 29 +1s)


The Truth. It hurts.


2014-02-21 21:09:57 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 0 +1s)

Blog post, Collaboration as a Skeuomorphism for Agents: http://www.ianbicking.org/blog/2014/02/collaboration-as-a-skeuomorphism-for-agents.html

In it I think about how collaboration technologies could give us the interaction metaphors we need for interacting with Intelligent Agents.

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2014-02-20 06:37:05 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)

A couple articles struck me in series:

First http://blog.samaltman.com/ai :

"Andrew Ng, who worked or works on Google’s AI, has said that he believes learning comes from a single algorithm - the part of your brain that processes input from your ears is also capable of learning to process input from your eyes. If we can just figure out this one general-purpose algorithm, programs may be able to learn general-purpose things."

Then in http://johncarlosbaez.wordpress.com/2013/09/29/levels-of-excellence/ :

"Upon my arrival to graduate school some 12 years ago, I was introduced to an advanced student we will call Michael. Michael was very bright, very well thought of by his professors, and very hard working, claiming (apparently truthfully) to log a minimum of twelve hours a day at his studies. Senior scholars sought out his comments on theirma... more »

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2014-02-20 06:27:14 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)

I listened to this Science Friday show about Her (which I thought was an incredible movie), and I was just baffled – every point Sherry Turkle made seemed like she watched a different movie (even though she saw the movie 3 times).  I've felt the same way some other times I've listened to interviews with Sherry Turkle – she has interesting ideas in some areas, but sometimes she seems to project her ideas onto new subjects in totally wrong ways.

I loved Her because it is sci-fi without the Cautionary Tale trope that almost exclusively defines the genre (at least whenever it gets on the screen).  Frustrating to see it interpreted as yet another tedious cautionary tale.

2014-02-19 19:37:25 (0 comments, 5 reshares, 9 +1s)

A network checker for WebRTC: http://www.check-connectivity.com/ – gives you some sense of what the network is like, and via a shareable link, so you could ask a person who is having a problem to use it and give you their report.  Seems like it would be really helpful.

2014-02-17 18:33:14 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)

Another blog post, Defaulting To Together: http://www.ianbicking.org/blog/2014/02/defaulting-to-together.html

About some of the design principles we are bringing to Hotdish.

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2014-02-17 00:07:40 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)

"The Open Country of Woman’s Heart, Exhibiting its internal communications, and the facilities and dangers to Travellers therein” (1830s), by D.W. Kellog

Features such places as the Friend Zone ("Platonic Affection").  All of the Region Of Sentiment is walled off by the Mountains of Prudence.  The Region of Sentimentality however is unprotected.

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2014-02-15 04:45:01 (3 comments, 10 reshares, 22 +1s)

Cutting a cruise ship in half welding in an extension.

2014-02-14 18:29:34 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)

Another blog post: Hubot, Chat, The Web, and Working in the Open http://www.ianbicking.org/blog/2014/02/hubot-chat-web-working-in-the-open.html

Part of a general line of thought I've been thinking about: how can we work together more intimately and cooperatively?  

2014-02-14 17:20:37 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)

Reminded that the Python community is a good one: https://twitter.com/search?q=%23positivepython&src=hash

2014-02-13 18:55:36 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 0 +1s)

Oleg Broytmann is looking for a new maintainer for SQLObject: http://sourceforge.net/mailarchive/message.php?msg_id=31972598

2014-02-12 18:11:38 (25 comments, 17 reshares, 67 +1s)

I wrote a blog post; Saying Goodbye To Python: http://www.ianbicking.org/blog/2014/02/saying-goodbye-to-python.html

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2014-02-12 18:10:02 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)

I did a little written interview for tech.mn: http://tech.mn/news/2014/02/10/know-this-nerd-ian-bicking/ (a Minnesota tech blog)

2014-02-12 18:06:56 (3 comments, 2 reshares, 7 +1s)

"Hemingway makes your writing bold and clear. "

Really it identifies a few kinds of problems in writing: passive voice, adverbs, complex sentences.

I just used this checker on an upcoming blog post, and quite liked it.  I only fixed about a half of what it identified – or maybe more than a half, but it would probably not pass many of my revisions as being any better than the originals.  But it made me look a second or third time at my most complex sentences.  Some of them could be simplified, but several also just represented confused thinking.

2014-02-11 17:51:15 (4 comments, 2 reshares, 5 +1s)

Awesome updates to the Firefox Developer tools:


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