Contagious Happiness

02 January 2009

Check it out.

Smile and Your Social Network Smiles With You:

Every wonder about how you affect your friends in online networks, or how you are impacted by them? Check out this article from Edge:

Edge: SOCIAL NETWORKS AND HAPPINESS By By Nicholas A. Christakis & James Fowler

We found that social networks have clusters of happy and unhappy people within them that reach out to three degrees of separation. A person’s happiness is related to the happiness of their friends, their friends’ friends, and their friends’ friends’ friends—that is, to people well beyond their social horizon. We found that happy people tend to be located in the center of their social networks and to be located in large clusters of other happy people. And we found that each additional happy friend increases a person’s probability of being happy by about 9%.

(Via Unquiet Desperation.)

Matt Legend Gemmell – What have you tried?

09 December 2008

If you’re a developer and you’re about to ask another developer a technical question (on a forum, via email, on a chat channel, or in person), you’d better be ready to answer the question ‘What have you tried?’
If everyone would listen to Matt before posting, we'd have a tremendous improvement in the pool of developers.

An opinion on Gay Marriage Rights « The Little Cog

12 November 2008

Sounds like I'm not alone.

Let's Play

26 September 2008

Once again Ze nails it

17 September 2008

children's songs for adults:

Laura wrote and wanted a song to remind her to chill out when she got anxious. I asked people to send me vocals so that I could have a chorus behind me...(special thanks to everyone that sent in audio)here's the result :: wear headphones, it ain't mixed so great

(Via ze's page ::

Jalkut on MS Ads

12 September 2008

Microsoft Ads Are Genius: "The very fact that Microsoft can dance at all will be enough to sell them as belle of the ball to most who look on."

(Via Red Sweater Blog.)

Gruber on Apple vs. MS

11 August 2008

★ Memoranda: "Apple and Microsoft, as ever, offer a study in contrasts. Take, for example, two recent company-wide memos from CEOs Steve Jobs and Steve Ballmer."

(Via Daring Fireball.)

My Hipster & Process

01 August 2008

I've become a big fan of my Hipster PDA. I had the original Palm Pilot, back when there was only one model and so no choice. Over the years, Palms died and I bought new ones. I went through five. When the last one died, I stopped and thought about what I used my Palm for. I realized that a 40¢ pack of 3x5 index cards and a binder clip could do the same job. Not long after, I ran across the Hipster PDA on 43folders. I started using the DIY Hipster with 3x5 cards. It's been fantastic. Eventually, I added Fiendish Master Plan (fmp) to my arsenal, along with a Quicksilver trigger for adding tasks to fiend.txt. Then, I wanted an easy way to print my fiendish contexts as 3x5 cards, so I wrote carder. Now, I use the Quicksilver trigger to add lines like this:

^agenda chainsaw @Mike
^agenda gloves @Mike
^agenda Return Megaforce @Bill
^agenda rope @Mike
^agenda plastic sheeting @Mike
The first tag (^agenda) gets used by fmp to move the task into the right context file (agenda.txt). The task itself is "Return Megaforce." And the last tag (@Bill) is used by carder to categorize items on the context card that prints. This ends up with a card that looks like this:

                          2008-07-23 Agenda
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[] Return Megaforce
-------------------------------------- Mike
[] chainsaw
[] gloves
[] rope
[] plastic sheeting 
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Hipster Organization

I have four sections in my Hipster PDA: context lists, later lists, blank preprints, and true blanks.

Context Lists

My current contexts are: home, call, errand, office, web, macbook, and imac. I use different kinds of category tags in different contexts. In the agenda context, the category is the person I need to be with for the agenda to apply. It used to be that I had contexts per person for these tasks, but that resulted in a dozen cards with one or two items each. Compiling them under an agenda context with the person as the category has been a huge improvement. For the errand context, the categories are specific store names (or unfiled/no category if it doesn't really matter where I get it). The web context usually has categories for music, sites, specific work projects, and personal. The macbook and imac contexts are transient. There are a couple of things I need to do on those specific machines, not just any computer, so I have those two contexts with two tasks each. When I finally do those things, the contexts will be dropped.

Later Lists

These are lists that seem similar to the context lists, and in fact are managed with carder and fmp just like the context lists. But their contexts are more vague: basement, someday-maybe, to-read, wishlist-audio, wishlist-print, wishlist-video, and a card of phone numbers I need but don't rate adding to my phone such as the contractor working on the new roof. The big difference between these and the context cards is that these lists tend to remain static for long periods of time. There will be a trickle of additions, but things tend to come off the lists only once in great while. Wish lists tend to shrink around birthdays and Christmas. To-read shrinks as I get around to reading that book I've always meant to. Basement shrinks as I complete elements of the basement remodeling. Someday-maybe will shrink when I finally start working on that novel I said I'd write in high school. And I'll take the contractor's number off the list when he finishes the roof. It's the time-scale that makes these fundamentally different from the first set of lists, which change many times a day. These are access much less frequently, and so I've finally moved them into a separate section, thereby keeping them from getting mixed in with the fast crowd.

Blank Preprints

I have about five copies of the DIY Hipster to-do list here. I can pull one out to add a context to the first section if I need to add one when I'm not in a position to do it through fmp, say when I'm at my daughter's softball game.

True Blanks

These are just plain blank 3x5 cards. Sometimes lined, sometimes unlined. Usually a mix depending on what I picked up last time I was at the store. Usually five to ten cards here. A year from now I'll probably be doing this differently. In the past, my hipster has included many other preprinted cards, such as yearly, monthly, and weekly calendars. I found I didn't use them enough to justify carrying them around. YMMV.

Neil Gaiman on why he defends the CBLDF & 1st Amendment

29 July 2008

Um. Tabalicious. Tabapocalypse. Taberrific.: "If you're offended by something, you talk about it. You make your own cartoons. You out-argue your opponents. You don't stop them talking, or cartooning. That's wrong. Because if you can do that to them, someone else can do that to you. "

(Via Neil Gaiman's Journal.)

Lucky to be a Programmer : Gustavo Duarte

24 July 2008

Lucky to be a Programmer : Gustavo Duarte:

Few things are better than spending time in a creative haze, consumed by ideas, watching your work come to life, going to bed eager to wake up quickly and go try things out. I am not suggesting that excessive hours are needed or even advisable; a sane schedule is a must except for occasional binges. The point is that programming is an intense creative pleasure, a perfect mixture of puzzles, writing, and craftsmanship."
I couldn't agree more.

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