July 5, 2011
"During the 20th century, the greatest danger to European stability was Germany’s sense of its special destiny. During the 21st century, the greatest danger to European stability is Germany’s reluctance to accept its special destiny."

— John Lanchester, writing on the Eurozone crisis for the London Review of Books.

June 9, 2011
"My current theory is that programming is quite literally writing… Those programmers with a “spark” are programmers who have an innate talent for the language. Or they are people who have read and read and read code. Or both. We teach programming wrong. We teach it the way Japanese teachers have been teaching English. We teach about programming and expect that students will spontaneously learn to write from this collection of facts."

wrook, in an insightful /. comment. HT… erm, someone in my twitter feed. Sorry.

May 17, 2011
"Do civilizations fall because the soil fails to produce—or does a soil fail only when the people living on it no longer know how to manage their civilization?"

— Charles Kellogg, “Soils and Men”, 1938.

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Filed under: agriculture history 
May 11, 2011
The Chance for Peace

A seminal speech by Eisenhower, from 1953. We need more of this kind of sentiment today, to remind us that we a social beings who can control our own destiny.

May 11, 2011
Flux Slider

Awesome hardware accelerated slider transform kit.

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Filed under: awesome css html tools 
May 9, 2011
"…you don’t become great by trying to be great. You become great by wanting to do something, and then doing it so hard that you become great in the process."

XKCD, breakin’ it down.

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Filed under: arete 
April 7, 2011
Using prime numbers and multiple backgrounds to good effect

A brilliant article on generated pseudorandomly tiled backgrounds with simple CSS3 and a few carefully chosen images.

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Filed under: css awesome design tools 
March 29, 2011
Rack-PageSpeed

Rack is probably the coolest web-development thing to come out of the Ruby community in the 5-ish years I’ve been paying attention. I’m continually impressed with projects like this :).

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Filed under: awesome web ruby tools 
March 24, 2011

We live on a pretty remarkable ball of rock and water, folks. I hope to see these in person someday.

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Filed under: aurora amazing nature 
March 22, 2011
Folk Models of Computer Security

Interesting qualitative research from Rick Wash on the mental models average people have of computer security stuff. Definitely worth a read if you’re in the field or interested in it. HT Bruce Schneier.