The Amazing Randi recently passed, so I finally starting reading his book Flim Flam. In one of the early chapters, he goes after astrology, but makes a unsupported, weird, glib claim. The entire book is him castigating others for doing just that.
I was watching Star Trek: The Motion Picture, which is to say that that Amazon Prime Video recommended it to me, I selected it, and then went about my business. Captain Kirk and Commander Spock were the background podcast for my work evening, and like most podcasts I’d pay attention in the moments where I needed a distraction.
In Modern IDEs are magic. Why are so many coders still using Vim and Emacs?, the writers John Biggs and Ryan Donovan go a long way to offend and patronize programmers “of a certain generation” in an effort to promote IDEs (but not a particular IDE). They’re kicking a sleeping dog for no good reason.
I think Dropbox has corrupted a bunch of my files. I don’t care enough to verify the culprit, but this only happened under ~/Dropbox and not under my iCloud, Google Drive, or local directories. I went to investigate, restore from backup, and otherwise replace. But, I find some of my favorite music is borked.
A friend sent me a link to a gist from Rich Hickey, the inventor of Clojure, discussing his idea of the community’s relationship to his open source project. In Open Source is Not About You, he lays out his idea of the relationship: