Vote Space

December 30, 2009
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Seen on Marjorie’s chiptune photography blog Chiptography: Vote Space.

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Have I mentioned Future, and It Doesn’t Work recently? You really ought to listen to it.

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Problems expand to fill available space

December 30, 2009
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Seen on Planet Debian: an article for those of us who are always working on something.

At times like this (if I’m aware and realize that it’s happening), these are some of the things that help me recenter myself:

  • Devote some attention to reviewing what I’ve accomplished recently, to remind myself of progress
  • Ask myself if my #1 problem is actually urgent, or if I’m just on a roll. If it’s not urgent, consider taking a break from problem-solving and work on something else important for a while
  • Give away some problems that I’m holding onto but don’t need to own
  • Remind myself that this feeling as a side effect of where I focus my attention, and I can therefore influence it
  • Laugh
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Readline tab completion using Django models

December 28, 2009

Seen on Planet Debian, a totally sweet hack involving using readline-style tab completion based on some random crap you have in your Django database.

import readline

from mymodels import MyModel

completer = QuerySetCompleter(MyModel.objects.all(), 'name')
readline.set_completer(completer)

readline.parse_and_bind("tab: complete")
readline.set_completer_delims('')

while 1:
    print repr(raw_input(">>> "))
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Timo T. A. Mikkonen – Joulusydän

December 26, 2009

And now, for something completely different: Wham’s "Last Christmas" in Finnish. Seen on this thread on Pouet.net.

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IMAGES & ANIMATIONS 01

December 26, 2009
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On 8bit today, a gallery of pixel-art to varying extents and with varying styles. My favorite:

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Scary-Go-Round for December 15, 2009

December 26, 2009
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Wonderful quotable line from this strip.

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"Otherwise I look bad. I know it shouldn’t matter, but it does."
"It’s all right, Lauren. That’s… that’s how I feel about everything."

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The C Programming Language, by Brian W Kernighan & Dennis M Ritchie & HP Lovecraft

December 26, 2009

Seen on JWZ: exactly what it says on the tin.

Exercise 4-13. Write a function reverse(s) which reverses the string s by turning the mind inside out, converting madness into reality and opening the door to allow the Old Ones to creep forth once more from their sunken crypt beyond time.

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Repository of All Human Knowledge – In Anime

December 26, 2009

With regard to the ever-continuing debate about Wikipedia and its validity as a source of information, this volley from JWZ notes the prevalence of the "in anime" section.

Our work here will not be complete until every Wikipedia page contains an "In Anime" sub-section.

Note that both of the cited links are to fairly old versions of the pages (both of which have the In Anime section removed in the current version). Nevertheless, it’s fascinating to watch how the idea of Wikipedia evolves, even as Wikipedia continues to be a popular resource for many.

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Behind the Scenes: NORAD’s Santa Tracker

December 24, 2009
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On CNN: an article about the NORAD Santa Tracker.

"NORAD uses four high-tech systems to track Santa — radar, satellites, Santa Cams and fighter jets," reads the NORAD Santa Web site. "Tracking Santa starts with the NORAD radar system called the North Warning System. This powerful radar system consists of 47 installations strung across the northern border of North America. On Christmas Eve, NORAD monitors the radar systems continuously for indications that Santa Claus has left the North Pole.

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A Softer World: 512

December 17, 2009
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I luuurrrvve A Softer World: episode 512.

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