One of the things Greg is saying a lot lately is (paraphrased), “If I’d known it was coming to this, I would have made completely different decisions this year.”
Not, of course, limited to Wednesdays. Today just happens to be one. …Barely.
I shall open with a video of Nayna, my belly dance instructor, from a couple of months ago:
I’m somewhere off to the left, wishing I’d brought my own camera. This was after class, so I don’t feel bad about watching my instructor dance instead of dancing myself.
- Posie Gets Cozy: Well, Things Fell Apart – Sadness.”For six days, as we waited for the results of the DNA test, we loved her with our whole hearts…”
- 10 things the iPhone Siri will help you get instead of an abortion | The Raw Story – “Ask in New York City, and Siri will tell you ‘I didn’t find any abortion clinics.'” Be sure to see the last line of the article.
- Adventures in Indiana State Fair Food 2011 | The Incidental Economist – An old TIE post (from August–somehow I missed it), but it made me so glad I’ve left Indiana behind. Just read about the… well, “food”. Continue reading Wednesday Weekly Winkage
For some reason, I felt like I didn’t have a lot of links this week for all the cruising I did, but I was wrong. I plowed through 280 Google Reader posts and was caught up as of yesterday afternoon. It may never happen again.
- The survey’s authors concluded that there was “widespread confusion” about “the line between teaching and preaching.” – I'd like to see the stats for people who had taken part in Unitarian Universalist religious education–my understanding is that that program spans multiple religions.
- Earning Extra Income with a (Small) Blog – Another very awesome post on self-publishing. Am I gearing up to something? I dunno.
- $72,000 in E-Books in a Week – 8 Lessons I Learned – Since Greg is considering releasing LORE as a physical book (and e-book/book self-publishing is of great interest to me as well), I've been reading up on book marketing and revenue numbers and what type of experience to expect. It's good reading.
- Killa Appz By Dave Berzack : I Laughed, I Cried | 8bitrocket – I, too, enjoy getting jiggy with legacy apps. I also dance like that when I code or talk with clients. I find it makes everyone far more comfortable with the process.
- Union of mothers create anti-gay ad because of drama “Life Is Beautiful” – This ridiculous ad stating, “If my son becomes gay and dies from AIDs after watching ‘Life Is Beautiful’, SBS [the broadcasting company] must take responsibility!” A gay Korean actor posted a nicely-written series of Twitter posts lambasting them. Go read.
- Do not use Bible to attack homosexuality – A well-written opinion piece. I struggle with the idea of taking any holy text wholesale–so why not pick your passages?–but if you take as a premise that the whole thing is true, then this guy's got a point. I wish they allowed commenting; I'd love to see the discussion that article.
- Could ‘Goldilocks’ planet be just right for life? – Yahoo! News – Look at this: "It's unknown whether water actually exists on the planet, and what kind of atmosphere it has. But because conditions are ideal for liquid water, and because there always seems to be life on Earth where there is water, Vogt believes 'that chances for life on this planet are 100 percent.'" …What? Water hasn't been seen yet, but there's a 100% chance of it being there and there being life? Erm.
- Bollywood Gay film faces Censors – I very much want to see this film. "Kapil commented on the action taken for the submission and said: 'The Censor Board objected to the kissing and lovemaking. They asked us to delete those scenes. We refused. We aren’t trying to do any kind of sleazy stuff here. Ours is the first ever serious gay love story. The intimacy is essential. Our film is now with the revising committee.'"
This week’s internet cruising:
- How to keep someone with you forever – "You create a sick system." I wanted to cry when I read this.
- Looking Back — Discord&Rhyme – "To be successful at bootstrapping, you have to cut every feature except those you think are absolutely necessary. Then you cut some that you thought that you absolutely had to have. You compromise your design because you need to get the product to market. You ignore automated testing and documentation because your code is too unstable to be held back by rigorous processes."
- Launching beta, or “How to decide when and where to cut corners” –
- 200+ Seamless Patterns Perfect for Website Backgrounds – Pretty! They're a bit busy, but I think they could be used tastefully.
- Statement by Apple on App Store Review Guidelines – Courtesy of Greg. Apple seems to be getting off their high horse with regards to development tools. I'm not sure yet if this means I'll be springing for Plants vs. Zombies on the iPhone.
- These Dance Moves Are Irresistible – ScienceNOW – Courtesy of Michael. "The most important factor to the women was how much the man moved his head, neck, and torso, the researchers will report online tomorrow in Biology Letters." This is a really cool-sounding study. Thinking about the types of dancing I like to watch and see done well–hip-hop, even bellydance–I like fancy foot-work, but tight (pop and lock) torso and head movements do draw my eye more. Flailing arms are just hilarious.
- Action Not Words: The Difference Between Talkers and Doers – Wonderfully (and miserably) timely for me. The last few weeks for me have been very slothful (as evidenced by the lack of posts here), with correspondence and projects piling up while I squander my time. I've taken to returning to my 3 Most Important Things per day. If I get nothing else done in a day, I will get whatever those three things are done. I know from experience that having the 3 MITs builds momentum so that I'll rarely only ever get those three things done.
- We’re Not Paid To Write Code – This is a really well-written article on how we're paid to deliver a product, not sling code. This is a hard-won lesson for every comp sci major worth their weight I've ever met in their first 2 years out of college, myself included. I'm still not great at balancing quality vs. out-the-doorness on personal projects, but I've learned a lot more about what's acceptable business-wise.
- Another vote for "Fragmented" – An awesome article quotation from Elf. I agree with this, and struggle with finding a healthy balance for myself. I enjoy having a smartphone, but still consider it a luxury item (i.e., not necessary to my existence or even my happiness). I even debate getting rid of it and going back to a plain ol' phone (shh! don't tell Greg). I feel like a netbook and a normal cell phone would be enough connectivity for me.
If I'm going to break contract on my AT&T/iPhone agreement over Apple's stupidity, maybe I should be looking at doing just that — get a nice, small (!!) cheap cell phone. It's more than a little tempting.
- Follow Up: How Do Strangers Treat You? – Nice comments from an older BFD post about how people are treated when they're over- or under-weight. Features the gem: "Yet another man told me that being fat wasn’t my problem, it was merely the first indication to a man that I did not want to be 'pleasing.' Yes, he told me that if I wanted to be 'pleasing to a man,' I would lose the weight. This would indicate that I was agreeable and compliant." Um, about that.
- Prometheus 6: "No iPad for me…" – Wow. This is what I get to come back to when I haven't synced my phone in over a week. Ugh. If I weren't about to move, I'd do some hard recalculations on getting out of my AT&T iPhone contract and picking up one of those buckets of does.
- Prometheus 6: "Please reflect on what this means in politics, education and race relations" – Okay, this is really cool. I haven't read all five parts, but David Dunning has an interesting premise.
- Prometheus 6: "More punishment for the poor" – And here I thought debtors prisons were out of style.
- Declutter Your Files: What Papers Can You Toss? – Pretty much exactly what the title says. Handy in my going-paperless process.
- YouTube – MORTAL KOMBAT – Okay, this may be the coolest thing I've seen in a hot minute. I love seeing folks put this much effort into what's essentially a fanfic.