For about four years I’ve been using Textmate almost every day. I’m very fast with it. I’ve always thought about switching over to VIM or Emacs but I have been scared of losing my speed. In fact, I’ve actually tried Emacs in the past and also wrote a blog post on my experience. I liked it in general, but I ended up coming back to Textmate after a week. Why? I didn’t really feel like I was gaining anything.
“Over coffee this morning with a friend, I threw out the same question from my original post. How does an organization get itself to the place where it collectively comes to think such strong-arm collection tactics on hospital patients are a good idea, let alone morally defensible? A profile of Accretive’s CEO, Mary Tolan, in Crain’s Chicago Business contains this gem:
“My objective is just to be a happy, confident capitalist,” says the devotee of Ayn Rand’s and Milton Friedman’s free-market gospel, which she applies with a combative, survival-of-the fittest management style.”
“It’s simple. If you want to build a thriving local economy. A local economy that makes your community resilient to economic failure and shocks, you need to find ways to help the innovators in your community make things.”
“Originally introduced last year in iOS 5, Notification Center is one of the more useful new features in OS X Mountain Lion. What’s really nice is that the ability to show notification banners isn’t limited to native applications; both Safari and Chrome allow websites to show alerts in Notification Center as well.
This is a quick and straightforward guide to adding Notification Center support to your website or web app.”
“This is a sad conclusion to a once promising community. OAuth was the poster child of small, quick, and useful standards, produced outside standards bodies without all the process and legal overhead.
Our standards making process is broken beyond repair. This outcome is the direct result of the nature of the IETF, and the particular personalities overseeing this work. To be clear, these are not bad or incompetent individuals. On the contrary – they are all very capable, bright, and otherwise pleasant. But most of them show up to serve their corporate overlords, and it’s practically impossible for the rest of us to compete.”
You can draw things on the stage and then add event listeners to them, move them, scale them, and rotate them independently from other shapes to support high performance animations and transitions. Served hot with a side of awesomeness. ”
At long last, designers can use real fonts on the web. But what now? Where do we go from here? Tim Brown has been studying type on the web for seven years, and has lots of ideas to share. In this talk, Tim will guide you through using typographic tools and perspectives that will change the way you design websites. Typography is an ancient art and craft; we are merely its latest practitioners. By looking to our tradition for guidance, we might once more attain our finest typographic achievements in this new medium.
Part III of an absolutely fascinating nanohistory series at BookTryst, examining each of the ads in a 1900s bookman’s magazine.
“On August 10, 1915 Ralph Randolph Adams filed for, and on July 10, 1923 was granted a U.S. Patent for “Radioactive Spray Material.“
“The object of this invention is to provide a radio-active substance for the purpose of stimulating plant growth. A further object is to provide a radio-active substance for the prevention and destruction of insects, larvae, eggs, bacteria and fungi which are injurious to plants or animals. A further object is to provide a material having these properties which can be efficiently applied by spraying, and which will adhere to the parts of plants above ground…or to the fur, feathers or skin of animals [our emphasis] which are bothered by pests…(U.S. Patent No. 1461340).
In short, Adams invented a radioactive insect-killer to spray on the leather he used for binding as a preservative to prevent pests from harming his work. Adams “Viennese” bindings prior to 1910 do not, presumably, require use of a Geiger counter, and, having one from 1902 recently pass through my hands, I am relieved. It is unknown to this writer whether Adams’ post-patent bindings glow in the dark.”
“Post-publication: Reviews are submitted after publication, because the paper needs to be publicly accessible in order for any scientist to be able to review it. Post-publication reviews can add evaluative information to papers published in the current system (which have already been secretly reviewed before publication). For example, a highly controversial paper appearing in Science may motivate a number of supportive and critical post-publication reviews. The overall evaluation from these public reviews will affect the attention given to the paper by potential readers. The actual text of the reviews may help readers understand and judge the details of the paper.”
‘Where to begin with Charles Carrington (b. 1867 — d. 1921 of syphilis), who deserves an entire book devoted to his colorful character and career? Of Portuguese descent, Carrington, born Paul Harry Fernandino, was, arguably, the most notorious publisher of his generation. He began in London. Circa 1893–96 he skipped to Paris; deported from France in 1907, he fled to Brussels. In 1912, he returned to Paris, at times Amsterdam. In short, he operated one step ahead of the law. “Historical, Artistic, Medical, and Anthropological Works,” is certainly one way to characterize the books he published. Erotica, pornography, curiosa, and sexology are other appropriate descriptions. Often, the stated publication locale, publisher, and date on his books were false. Many if not most of his books were “for private subscribers only.” He was active as a publisher for twenty-six years and published approximately 300 books.’
“Some of the reasons that we keep seeing these types of exploits are that the “bad guys” are much smarter and more determined than we give them credit for, we’re much lazier and more ignorant than we take responsibility for, and security is difficult to manage properly. As we become more and more reliant upon software, it is imperative that security be taken more seriously.”
“It often sounds as though Perrow is faulting these organizations for defects that are inherent in all large organizations. But it seems more fair to say that his analysis does not identify a general feature of organizations that leads to failure in these cases, but rather a situational fact having to do with the power of business to resist regulation and the susceptibility of Congress and the President to political pressures that hamstring effective regulatory organizations. Perrow does refer to specific organizational hazards — bad executive leadership, faltering morale, inability to collaborate across agencies, excessively hierarchical architecture — but the heart of his argument lies elsewhere. The key set of problems spiral back to the inordinate power that corporations have in the United States, and the distortions they create in Congress and the executive branch. … It is specifics of the US political system rather than general defects of large organizations per se that lead to the bad outcomes that Perrow identifies. There are strong democracies that do a much better job of regulating risky industries and planning for disasters than we do — for example, France and Germany. …
There isn’t much public concern about these risks, and legislators are therefore free to ignore them as well. … So where will the political demand for strong regulation come from? Will we need to wait for the bad news we’ve managed by good fortune to have avoided up to this point?”
“Earlier this month, Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) appeared on the FOX Business show Money Rocks to make the case for depriving the children of immigrants of their 14th Amendment rights. Gohmert claimed that on a recent airplane trip to the Middle East, one of his traveling companions had struck up a conversation with a grandmother who described her family’s involvement in a Hamas plot to send pregnant women to the United States. Gohmert summarized the lesson for viewers this way: “We’re bringing them over here on tourist visas, some illegally, letting them be born here and saying, ‘This is an American citizen. So come back in 20, 25 years when you’re ready to blow us up.’””