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Monthly Archives: April 2011

How the Universe Got Its Spots

by Rob Friesel

You might have come across Janna Levin’s How the Universe Got Its Spots the same way that I did—by seeing it show up in io9’s “20 Science Books Every Scifi Fan (and Writer) Should Read”, or some such similar list of “must read” science books. Of Levin’s book, io9’s Annalee Newitz writes: Levin is a […]

Linkdump for April 25th

by Rob Friesel

Coding Horror: Working with the Chaos Monkey via @JoelAnair (tagged: design software architecture programming coding essay robustness ) Your idea sucks, now go do it anyway via @donniecoleman (tagged: business essay inspiration ) You Owe Me An Apology Despite Never Having Met Me: Douglas Crockford, for JavaScript: The Good Parts A humorous bone-picking with/against Crockford's […]

dream.20110418: empty shelves

by Rob Friesel

The remnants of some erotic party that never quite got off the ground; an aborted orgy. We wander the aisles of some husk of a grocery store. It isn’t quite post-apocalyptic but the store has maybe a tenth of its usual inventory. Shelves are half-filled or empty, or half-dismantled, or half-smashed or burned, or else […]

dream.20110417: sharktopus attacks

by Rob Friesel

Giving blood. Lying on that bed in the bloodmobile. Two tubes running out of my arm. “Are you sure you can spare this much?” Languor. “Don’t drift off.” Everything is funny. Wake up to panic. Tearing down the street. Running; it’s me and two others. The Golden Gate Bridge. San Francisco. Where to run? It’s […]

“My God, it’s full of semi-colons.” (or: yes, maybe we are all a little overwhelmed with the micro-framework threads)

by Rob Friesel

“Can everyone stop writing JS micro-libraries for a second. I need to catch my breath.”1 There are a few posts (on both sides of the fence) about this shit-storm2 of “micro-frameworks” that seem to be getting announced every other day lately; and while I’m not sure if the following referenced post is the best post […]

on Thiel on the education bubble

by Rob Friesel

Sarah Lacy at TechCrunch writing about Peter Thiel (“We’re in a Bubble and It’s Not the Internet. It’s Higher Education.”): But, he argues, that doesn’t mean it’s not an uncomfortable elitist dynamic that we should try to change. He compares it to a world in which everyone was buying guns to stay safe. Maybe they […]

Linkdump for April 11th

by Rob Friesel

Peter Thiel: We’re in a Bubble and It’s Not the Internet. It’s Higher Education. at TechCrunch: He [Peter Theil] thinks it’s fundamentally wrong for a society to pin people’s best hope for a better life on  something that is by definition exclusionary. “If Harvard were really the best education, if it makes that much of […]