FWIW, I didn’t get my start by doing free work. I got my start by lying about what I was capable of and then learning how to do it.— Mike Monteiro (@monteiro) August 6, 2014
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How many things can you count wrong with this on-line survey?
First, each row uses radio buttons instead of check boxes. In this survey, when it comes to the blogging question, I need to decide if I wrote/created one of my own OR provided comments to one OR read one. I’ve done all three. I can only choose one.
Second the responses don’t fit all the categories. Provided comments to tweets? I suppose you could say you responded to one. But is creating an original one considered “Wrote/Create my own”? Or does that indicate I wrote my own Twitter-like web service?
Third, I may have commented on a YouTube video but never watched one? Wait, that might be possible. Have you read YT comments? I wouldn’t put anything past those people…
I saw this and all I could think was, “Sure, Mom. You’ll get a Grammar Pass. Just this once.”
Let this be a lesson to all contestants: Do not try to perform a song with a title like “Beautiful Disaster” as if it’s an upbeat pop song that makes you smile and validates all of your life choices.
America will kick your butt back home.
What more do I need to say?
How awesome is that?
The topic of spacing after a period (or “full stop” in some parts of the world) has received a lot of attention in recent years. The vitriol that the single-space camp has toward the double-spacers these days is quite amazing, and typographers have made up an entire fake history to justify their position. [...]
Unfortunately, this whole story is a fairy tale, made up by typographers to make themselves feel like they are correct in some absolute way. The account is riddled with historical fabrication. Here are some facts…
Such a good read ripping apart the modern notion that using two spaces at the end of a sentence is wrong. And he backs it up with a ridiculous amount of proof and history
If you go to VariousAndSundry.com/cs, you’ll find my new blog. Spinning off from this one, it’s for all the computer programming things I want to talk about. That’ll be mostly Ruby, with some Perl, iOS/Objective-C, and whatever else strikes my fancy. (Elixir? Go?)
The first programming I ever did was on the family’s Commodore 64, typing in programs from the pages of “Enter” magazine. I recently came across two or three issues that survived that era, plus a folder full of pages I had ripped out to save for whatever reason. I might be scanning those in to show off here. This stuff is golden for programmers of my age, I imagine. There’s a lot of memories to come flooding back from these pages.
I haven’t found one that’ll work in IE8, which is what I’m stuck with at work.
I haven’t tried Feed Wrangler yet, mostly because it would cost me $24 to try it and I kind of doubt it’ll work on IE8, too.
So, maybe I’ll be going cold turkey on reading the news starting Monday.
Stumbled across this and felt the need to post it on the eve of WWDC 2013.
This is from my first Apple computer purchase/unboxing. Pictured are the Power Mac G5 box, extra RAM from Crucial, and an OS X “Missing Manual” book I bought at Amazon. This picture is from September 2004.
These days, I’m on a 27″ iMac. That PowerMac was replaced a couple of Christmases ago, though it’s still on the floor underneath my desk.
I love this story, but this part made me laugh out loud:
More specifically, I’m married, have a mortgage and we just had our first child in October. So in November when my firetruck appeared on eBay and I brought up the topic of purchasing a large red truck for the millionth time in our relationship, my wife had more important things on her mind. In a moment of weakness, she angrily said “I guess I can’t stop you!” making it enthusiastically clear that she wanted me to immediately buy this particular truck and not pass on an epic opportunity to put a check mark next to a lifelong goal.
As guys, that’s what we do. Whittle down our wives until they don’t say “no” explicitly, then use that as our permission. =)