Yes. This was the exact epiphany I had a decade ago when it became clear that I was using Karen’s computer more than my own because I kept fiddling with settings and drivers and infrastructure. Had to fiddle with that stuff just to make it work at all, and never got past that point to anything even remotely useful.
It was like being stopped at the entrance to a restaurant and having to fill out a 50-page questionnaire about your preferences in fork style and placement, glass style, water level, lighting level and color, cloth or paper napkins, small or large plates, plate rim color…
The best day of my technical life was when I realized the defaults on her machine were good enough to do what I needed, so I didn’t need to choose them all over and over again.
from the Project Summary provided by the Energy/Matter Conversion Corporation to Recovery.gov.
In other words, they’re making great progress on creating a breakthrough fusion device that could change all our lives.
I can’t stress enough how important this is; a Navy project that would ordinarily have been completely confidential is seeing a little sunlight because of the reporting requirements associated with stimulus funds. The results are being posted to the Polywell page on Wikipedia, which folds in other scraps of information the company leaks out occasionally.
You don’t have to get a job that makes others feel comfortable about what they perceive as your success. You don’t have to explain what you plan to do with your life. You don’t have to justify your education by demonstrating its financial rewards. You don’t have to maintain an impeccable credit score. Anyone who expects you to do any of those things has no sense of history or economics or science or the arts.
You have to pay your own electric bill. You have to be kind. You have to give it all you got. You have to find people who love you truly and love them back with the same truth.
But that’s all.” —
Worth reading the original article all the way through.
This rings true for me. My life is a hundred times more awesome than I would have expected a decade ago, despite failing at pretty much everything I thought I’d need back then.
We will punish the guilty. The punishment will be more generosity, more tolerance, more democracy.” —Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg & Oslo mayor Fabian Stang (via kateoplis)
They watch you work.
They prevent you from working.
They take a bath on top of you.
They get into places they shouldn’t be, and judge your taste in books while there.
They sleep on you.
They wake up on you.
They sit in your favorite chair.
They think you are a chair.
They look cute all the time.
Cham is the language of the Cham people of Southeast Asia, and formerly the language of the kingdom of Champa in central Vietnam. The Cham script is a descendant of the Brahmi script of India, itself a descendant of the Aramaic script. - Wikipedia
This one reminds me of particle traces in a cloud chamber.
The three wise monkeys embody the proverbial principle to “see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil”. The three monkeys are Mizaru, covering his eyes, who sees no evil; Kikazaru, covering his ears, who hears no evil; and Iwazaru, covering his mouth, who speaks no evil. - Wikipedia
I’ve heard Venice is quite nice.
Or wait. Is this an attempt to get the answer to my security question? Sneaky robot…
My big complaint about having Tumblr replies turned on is that my friends will leave insightful comments or questions and there is no way to reply (unless I reblog, which is always way more emphasis than an answer warrants). It happens every week, just know I’m not ignoring you…
I’ve been on both ends of this, and I agree it’s frustrating. Tumblr doesn’t do true conversations well, because they either require re-reblogging a post (verboten) or replying to a reply (also verboten).
Also: Message received, Taylor. I won’t take it personally. :)
Sometimes 500, usually D, was written as I followed by Ɔ, while 1,000, usually M, was written as CIƆ. Sometimes CIƆ was reduced to a lemniscate symbol (ↀ) for denoting 1,000. Similarly, 5,000 (IƆƆ) was reduced to ↁ; and 10,000 (CCIƆƆ) was reduced to ↂ.- Wikipedia
I had no idea.
Modern Yi (ꆈꌠꁱꂷ) is a standardized syllabary derived from the classic script in 1974 by the local Chinese government. It was made the official script of the Liangshan (Cool Mountain) dialect of the Yi language in 1980. Other dialects of Yi do not yet have a standardized script. There are 756 basic glyphs based on the Liangshan dialect, plus 63 for syllables only used for words borrowed from Chinese.- Wikipedia
The whole Modern Yi character set is like something you’d find etched in Martian caverns. Impressive stuff; it’ll probably be my go-to set for inspiring logos and icons.
When I lived in Venezuela, someone told me the story of a farmer who was bitten by a snake while working in the field. Enraged, he ran after the snake instead of tending to his wound, hacking away at the tall grass with his machete until he found it and killed it. By that time, however, the snake’s venom had spread throughout the farmer’s body, killing him in turn.
We got our snake. I hope it’s not too late for us to purge his venom from our system. I don’t think it’s too late.