[Nita]'s diary

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Written about Thursday 2008-08-14
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Written about Thursday 2008-08-14
Written: (3654 days ago)

Apple is doing well, the stock market believes; nerds discuss why: http://news.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=08/08/14/0257244

And, apparently, being pretty has measurable benefits (imagine that!): http://www.newscientist.com/channel/sex/mg19926694.600-humans-are-biased-towards-the-beautiful.html

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Written about Thursday 2008-08-14
Written: (3654 days ago)

A discussion about allowing doping in sports: http://science.slashdot.org/science/08/08/13/1957200.shtml
As one commenter says, "sportmanship is hard to find in professional sports, but it exists at other levels." I think it's a natural result of athletics turning from a discipline into an entertainment industry too popular for its own good. We, as a society, have lost perspective somewhere along the way :/

And in other news, we have... robots with braaains! (well, almost) http://technology.newscientist.com/channel/tech/mg19926696.100-rise-of-the-ratbrained-robots.html

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Written about Thursday 2008-08-14
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Written about Wednesday 2008-08-13
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How do you run without legs? Like this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RNPPbn19UkQ

Eee rocks, but Asus doesn't know what to do with it, says Eric Sink: http://www.ericsink.com/entries/eee.html

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Written about Tuesday 2008-08-12
Written: (3656 days ago)
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Perhaps a bit too peppy, but oh well... http://www.girleffect.org/

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Written about Tuesday 2008-08-12
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Written about Tuesday 2008-08-12
Written: (3656 days ago)

And now, for something completely different...

Textual pacman: http://pac-txt.com/
Solitaire: http://worldofsolitaire.com/?source=games
"Chat": http://www.bigbluecup.com/games.php?action=detail&id=1059

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Written about Tuesday 2008-08-12
Written: (3656 days ago)

Greta Christina insists that living for the moment and spending every day as if it were your last is unwise, and suggests living in the moment and spending your life as if it were your last instead: http://gretachristina.typepad.com/greta_christinas_weblog/2008/08/living-each-day-as-if-it-were-your-last.html

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Written about Monday 2008-08-11
Written: (3657 days ago)
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Written about Monday 2008-08-11
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The benefits of writing fanfic: http://ali-wildgoose.livejournal.com/349726.html

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Written about Sunday 2008-08-10
Written: (3657 days ago)

Really nice sketches (somewhat NSFW, maybe?): http://eatpoo.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=281

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Written about Sunday 2008-08-10
Written: (3657 days ago)

On the gap between modern students and the academia: http://burntoutadjunct.blogspot.com/2008/06/google-is-not-research.html

An unorthodox view on attention and productivity: http://speedchange.blogspot.com/2008/06/in-praise-of-distraction.html

Somewhat applicable to believing in Elftown and such: http://autisticbfh.blogspot.com/2008/08/on-changing-culture.html

"He was a good kid," says a killer's lawyer. Reminded me of http://www.amazon.com/Our-Guys-Perfect-Research-Masculinities/dp/0520205960 , too. http://shrewdnessofapes.blogspot.com/2008/08/14-year-old-pleads-not-guilty-in.html

Bitter insights into the world of science: http://youngfemalescientist.blogspot.com/

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Written about Saturday 2008-08-09
Written: (3659 days ago)

An overview and analysis of some of the turning points in the history of copyright: http://news.oreilly.com/2008/08/how-copyright-got-to-its-curre.html
The article itself keeps a "centrist", non-judgemental attitude to the issue, but some of the comments point out why that might be a difficult position to maintain.

The explanations and examples are rather IT and software-oriented, but not too geeky for a "normal" person to understand.

Bonus: Legal realism

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Written about Saturday 2008-08-09
Written: (3659 days ago)

Greta Christina explains that reading about sex isn't much fun when the author is more embarrassed by the subject than you are: http://blog.blowfish.com/culture/greta-christina-tee-hee-you-said-bonk , and recommends http://books.google.lv/books?id=iNKw0XuaSxoC for a healthier writer's attitude.

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Written about Friday 2008-08-08
Written: (3660 days ago)

Some pre- and post-DH comments on Chapter 2 of HBP* from the snarky corner of the fandom: http://community.livejournal.com/deathtocapslock/75489.html



* if you have no idea what the letters stand for, it's probably not for you
1040491  Link to this entry 
Written about Friday 2008-08-08
Written: (3660 days ago)

Non-specific activities for workshops and such. Some are good, others seem too artificial, formulaic or pretentious :P http://www.idepfoundation.org/download_files/permakultur/01_Creative_Facilitation.pdf

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Written about Friday 2008-08-08
Written: (3660 days ago)

How about some free (and guilt-free!) music?

For reading: http://www.goingware.com/tips/legal-downloads.html
For listening: http://irate.sourceforge.net/

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Written about Friday 2008-08-08
Written: (3660 days ago)

To grow into reading less and writing more, from now on I'm going to try and report everything I've read in writing (well, except the smut - no need to scare people). For you, this means more linkspam here, such as the following. Enjoy! :)

In "Action is Overrated" and "Getting Started is Overrated" of the Dangerous Ideas series, Cal Newport points out why a just-do-it mentality isn't always the best. My conclusion: before you start a lifelong chase for success, take your time to 1) choose the right path, and 2) build up the momentum of competence and passion that you will need along the way.

Meanwhile, Tina Su of http://thinksimplenow.com/ offers a recipe for choosing that elusive right path in "Life on Purpose: 15 Questions to Discover Your Personal Mission".

Links:
http://calnewport.com/blog/2008/03/07/dangerous-ideas-action-is-overrated/
http://calnewport.com/blog/2008/06/27/dangerous-ideas-getting-started-is-overrated/
http://thinksimplenow.com/happiness/life-on-purpose-15-questions-to-discover-your-personal-mission/

Interest-specific bonus links:
http://thinksimplenow.com/creativity/connect-with-your-creative-writer/
http://thinksimplenow.com/clarity/5-keys-to-simplifying-any-concept/
http://thinksimplenow.com/clarity/pen-zen-bring-clarity-to-writing/

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Written about Tuesday 2008-06-10
Written: (3719 days ago)

"Of all the things I've learned on the Internet, I think that the most depressing is the realization that while there are a handful of people who dislike pedophiles and animal abusers because they recognize that taking pleasure in the suffering of others is wrong, there's an asston of people who dislike pedophiles and animal abusers because it's an opportunity to take socially-approved pleasure in the (threatened or contemplated) suffering of others."
http://teratologist.livejournal.com/315131.html

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