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Webmaster ‘netiquette May 17, 2010

Posted by nukemhill in General Interest, Technology, Web, Writing.
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Had to come back for this.  Stephen Green over at Vodkapundit has a blog post on nasty things webmasters do:  Flash, popup ads, etc.  Read the whole thing, including the comments.  Some great stuff there.  I think, in all my spare time, that I might put together at least a series of articles on this.  There’s really no excuse for some of the crappy things webmasters put on their sites.

Good stuff.

Focus and Concentration May 16, 2009

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Another Times article:  The Science of Concentration.  Here’s an extended quote from the later part:

Ms. Gallagher advocates meditation to increase your focus, but she says there are also simpler ways to put the lessons of attention researchers to use. Once she learned how hard it was for the brain to avoid paying attention to sounds, particularly other people’s voices, she began carrying ear plugs with her. When you’re trapped in a noisy subway car or a taxi with a TV that won’t turn off, she says you have to build your own “stimulus shelter.”

She recommends starting your work day concentrating on your most important task for 90 minutes. At that point your prefrontal cortex probably needs a rest, and you can answer e-mail, return phone calls and sip caffeine (which does help attention) before focusing again. But until that first break, don’t get distracted by anything else, because it can take the brain 20 minutes to do the equivalent of rebooting after an interruption. (For more advice, go to nytimes.com/tierneylab.)

“Multitasking is a myth,” Ms. Gallagher said. “You cannot do two things at once. The mechanism of attention is selection: it’s either this or it’s that.” She points to calculations that the typical person’s brain can process 173 billion bits of information over the course of a lifetime.

“People don’t understand that attention is a finite resource, like money,” she said. “Do you want to invest your cognitive cash on endless Twittering or Net surfing or couch potatoing? You’re constantly making choices, and your choices determine your experience, just as William James said.” [emphasis mine]

Her book is Rapt, at Penguin.com.

It’s a Linky-Dinky Day June 24, 2008

Posted by nukemhill in Apple/AAPL, Environment, General Interest, Investing, Politics (Ghahh!), WoT.
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Yet another (in no particular order) collection of links, read and unread:

  • Drill Here, Drill Now, Drill Less.  American Solutions website (and petition) to ask Congress to lift the moratorium on off-shore drilling.  Sign it!
  • Interesting white-paper by Intel on the new Quad-Core Xeon processor.  Not overly technical.  A decent read.
  • Smart Energy Views, a blog on energy, how we use it, alternative sources, etc.  A somewhat related site:  Americans for Prosperity.  Calling BS on AGW.  Also, Lithium-Ion battery research.  Finally, Cringely on SwiftFuel, a potential replacement for ethanol.
  • Juan Williams:  It’s time for a new Obama race speech.  Maybe one that a little more honest and “nuanced”?
  • Web Objects Community.
  • Heinlein quotes.  Amazing stuff.  Time to start re-reading him.
  • Roughly Drafted article on Snow Leopard.  Sounds fascinating.  If any company could say “Stop, we’re going to take a year+ off and clean up our code.  Oh, and we’re going to give you some under-the-hood enhancements that will blow you away!”, it’s Apple.
  • Excel Spreadsheet analysis tools for options.
  • Peter Robinson’s “Uncommon Knowledge“.  Just watched most of his interview (parts 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5) with Douglas Feith regarding “War and Decision“.  I think Robinson was initially perhaps a little too sycophantic towards Feith (although Feith certainly deserves praise for what appears to be an extremely honest and well-documented book).  However, Robinson comes down hard on Bush more than once, which was a surprise to me.  I think that’s a good thing.  Feith is taking questions at NRO.
  •  Don Surber on McCain’s recent energy announcements.  If McCain gets ahead of the curve on this, he wins in November.
  • Bostom’s lecture:  “Jihad and Islamic Antisemitism“.
  • Earmarks by state. Maryland is middle-of-the-road.

Link Mecca for a New Week May 27, 2008

Posted by nukemhill in Apple/AAPL, Environment, General Interest, Judaism/Israel, Technology, WoT.
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Links for perusal:

  • Talk to the Taliban?  Hmm.  What corner to we have them backed into, first?
  • Sam Harris:  Losing our Spines.  We’re not standing up to Radical Islam, and are losing ground.  Interestingly, this is on Huffington Post.  Not exactly a bastion of Classical Liberalism.
  • How Stuff Works:  3G Cell Phones.  Part of a larger discussion on cell phone technology.
  • A primer on RSI.
  • Mark Steyn:  Obama an appeaser?  That would be “Yes!”
  • The Neocon Madrassa:  The Very Big War.  A pretty scary take on the next phase of the war between Western Civilization and Radical Islam.  Hizballah, Hamas, Iran, and Syria pretty much are the away team.  Who knows who’s going to back up Israel….
  • Commentary Magazine:  1948, Israel, and the Palestinians.  An annotated look at the birth of Israel and the lies told about it.
  • The Weekly Standard:  A Theme For McCain’s Pudding.  I’m not the most conservative person, but I can get the gist of this argument:  McCain can steal Obama’s thunder (Hope and Change) by demonstrating that he (McCain) has a history of reform in the Senate, and using that as the basis for his campaign.  I like the idea of reform, and McCain is enough of an establishment outsider that he could just pull it off.
  • Modafinil at Wiki.  Shows promise for treating ADHD.  Here’s the original article at JohannHari.com.  Viagra for the brain?  I’m liking that!
  • MIT News:  Hope on the Horizon.  Potential economy-boosting techs.
  • Status Screen Saver.  Provides status updates in your screen saver on the Mac.
  • MacPilot:  GUI for Terminal commands.
  • Round-up on Fusion Power Research at Instapundit.
  • Smoking Gun on Iraqi WMDs.
Update (2008-05-27; 5:50pm):  
Courtesy of M. Simon in the comments, a link to his blog with some interesting details on the fusion work Bussard has done.  I also ran across this video, about which I know nothing, as I’ve not watched it yet.  I don’t know if it is related to Bussard’s research, at least directly.  But any work that gets done on fusion is good work.

Post-Return Links April 12, 2008

Posted by nukemhill in Apple/AAPL, General Interest, General Programming, Investing, Math/Science, WoT.
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I’m planning on posting a rather extensive letter to Dad shortly, but in the meantime, I’ve got a collection of links I want to save for the future.

For your perusal:

  • Interesting training schedule for new joggers.  Got this from Omer on theaaplinvestor egroup.  I’ve started something like it on the treadmill.  We’ll see how it goes.
  • Couple of links to Robotics jobs:  1 & 2.  I need to meditate on these.
  • The iPhone Dev Center.  ‘Nuff said.
  • CrackerJacks fireworks club here in Reisterstown.  Link from Andy Webb of theaaplinvestor.  May hook up with them.
  • Broken Windows Fallacy.  Useful to know.  This may be relevant when discussing some of the Green technologies that are being bandied about as solutions to AGW.  I don’t know.
  • Scientists taking brain-boosting drugs.
  • Primer on Javascript 2.0.  Sounds really interesting.  Bringing true OOP to Javascript.
  • Youtube video on Laffer Curve, Part 1.  Links at site for parts 2 & 3.
  • What the Pentagon Report Missed, at Pajamas Media.  About the report on links between Saddam and Terrorists.  And, in spite of what the press mis-stated before the report was released, the report did describe extensive connections between Iraq and many different terrorist organizations.  Read the whole report, and then read the PJM article on even more extensive ties.
  • The Book Thing, in Baltimore.  Free book exchange.  Heard about this from Alicia.  Thanks, Alicia!!!
  • The Sun is Freaking Out!
  • Intelligent Options, also from Omer.  Supposed to be very high percentage of returns when playing different options markets, including futures on commodities.
  • eBook on Permissions on Leopard.

Links for a Saturday morning December 22, 2007

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Interesting stuff.

When I ‘retire’, I’m definitely taking on some hobbies.

Quick Hits for a Friday Afternoon December 14, 2007

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Links o’ the Day November 6, 2007

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Slideshow of Fires in San Diego October 25, 2007

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Here’s a slideshow of some pictures taken in San Diego during the big firestorm.  Some of the pictures are, frankly, shocking.  I’ve seen more than a few fires up-close.  There were more than a couple in and around Scripps Ranch when we lived there.  So the night pictures of the massive conflagrations bring up some not so pleasant memories.  And the pictures with Qualcomm Stadium in the foreground are mind-boggling.  I really can’t get my head around them.  The proximity of the fires to basically downtown and semi-urban areas of San Diego is … shattering.  

I can’t really find the words for it. The fires that happened in ’03 burned right through our old neighborhood in Scripps.  Why our old house didn’t go up is still beyond my comprehension.  And with this year’s Witch Creek Fire, Uncle Lew and Aunt Kate’s house in Poway was seriously threatened, but apparently they’re in a good position, being surrounded by a golf course.  Talk about a natural firebreak!

Twice in four years.  I wonder how much more of this San Diego can take.  Will people start to seriously reconsider living in ‘Paradise’?  You’ve got to wonder.

My prayers are with everyone involved.  I actually hope the Chargers decide to play there this weekend.  I think it will be a great healing experience–a chance for everyone to come together and cheer senselessly for a few hours!  

Go Chargers!  Go San Diego!!!!!!!   

The Tyranny of PC October 22, 2007

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Doris Lessing:  Questions You Should Never Ask a Writer