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Half-Life (1998)

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But one concept that I heard today that is going to live with me for a long time is that of “idea sex”.

(You had to be there.)

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I’ve been jotting down various thoughts throughout the day (which I may or may not get around to writing up 🙃), but if you really want to know what was covered at #ToolsForThinking, go check out @kevinmarks notes.

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Probably not going to hear a better quote than “PDFs are where information goes to die” for the rest of the day 😆 #ToolsForThinking @jerrymichalski

Photo: August 16 2022, 11:19amHigh Line

I had a few spare minutes this morning, so went for my first walk on the High Line in two-and-a-half years.

A photo by Cam titled 'High Line'

Toot reply to Kev Quirk:

@kev FWIW, I've only ever seen SSGs marketed as "fast", not "simple" (simpler—for a dev—than maintaining a CMS+database, maybe?).

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Don’t subscribe to sites that do news as a business is a great rule of thumb for choosing what to have lined up in your RSS reader (and one that I should get better at following!). But Chris Coyier’s post about the “sweet spot” for RSS feeds did get me thinking; I don’t necessarily agree that one should just unsubscribe from high-volume feeds… I like his idea about pausing feeds, but I think what I’d like would be the ability to limit a feed to a certain number of items (say, 10). As new items get added to the feed, they push out older items. It might mean missing a few articles, but it would also stop the unread count from getting out of control.

Yes, it’s “a niche feature for a thing that is already niche”, but it’s often the niche features that make software great.

Retweet from Mani-shadowhunter:

A colon can completely change the meaning of a sentence. For example:

•Jane ate her friend’s sandwich.
•Jane ate her friend’s colon.

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If you’re interested in the oddities of technology, there are some weird and wonderful things surfaced in this Hacker News thread about “quirky computing books”, but the standout one for me is The Unix-Haters Handbook (also, 😆 at the filename… “ugh.pdf”). I’ve been bitten by quite of the few of the things in this book, and it kind of makes me happy—or at least, less silly — to hear that even experienced Unix users get caught out occasionally, too.

Photo: August 13 2022, 6:22pmBig Trouble in Little Italy @ Manhatta

Pandan infused Rye, Sweet Vermouth, Cynar, Chinotto

A photo by Cam titled 'Big Trouble in Little Italy @ Manhatta'

Photo: August 13 2022, 6:14pmDinner Views

A photo by Cam titled 'Dinner Views'

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While I’ve been messing about with various types of code for a long time now, it’s all been directed at web-type stuff… “real” programming (i.e. languages that need to be compiled) has always been a little intimidating. But I’ve decided I’d like to dip a toe in that particular pond, so have started trying to teach myself Swift—it seems like a less-hard introduction to the space.

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The NYT has had a pretty strong interactive essay game going for a while now, and today’s one on The Power of Hugs in Anime is another good addition to the list.

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We’ve been watching Industry over the past 5 or so nights and it’s one of the least good things I’ve seen recently. Technically, it’s well put-together and (generally) well acted, but there are precisely zero characters in it that are even the least bit likable; they are just all really terrible people, albeit in different ways. That has to have been a conscious decision on the part of the writers to make a point, right?

I definitely don’t like it, but my completionist tendencies are probably going to keep me watching until the end of season two. 🙄

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Wow… this is pretty amazing:

When finished, the Giant Magellan Telescope will have ten times the light collecting area and four times the spatial resolution of the James Webb Space Telescope (10 times the resolution of the Hubble Space Telescope).

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Rethinking linking to bookshop.org for the books in my reading list after reading this piece in The New Statesman. Better World Books looks like it might be a better alternative? 🤔

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Domino’s is shutting down their Italian operations. Who’d have thought that trying to sell mass-market pizza in a market saturated with great pizza wouldn’t have worked out for them? I’m shocked. Shocked!

Retweet from zeldman:

I’ve regretted two kinds of decisions in my life: those I made in haste, and the other ones.

Retweet from Mike Drucker:

Twitter is fun because you get to be like, “Ducks are good” and someone in your mentions will go, “Um, I’m sorry but my brother is married to a duck scientist and this is a harmful view” and then someone else pops up going, “Your silence about horses is extremely telling”

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This post by Simon Collison made me feel all the feels. Certainly sad, but also hopeful.

I’ve learned a few things about grief as I’ve gotten older, notably, that the pain is equal to the depth of love, that the more you love someone or something, the more you will grieve, and that’s comforting. There is much to comfort us, and I’m pleased to write that we’re doing ok. We’re happy.

I’m so sorry for your loss, Simon. But also glad you had all that time together.

And now I’m going to go give Omelette a hug and some scratches.