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Weekly Linkage: Passports, Robots, and Monopoly

This week’s internet cruising:

Weekly linkage

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.

Quasi-daily linkage

Daily tasteeness (2008-02-06)

ZTD Habit 1: Collect | Zen Habits
I like his reasoning for going analog in capturing input. In the last week, I’ve misplaced two styluses for my PDA, rendering it unhelpful in capturing data. A stack of index cards would take up about the same amount of space and be less frustrating.

Kids’ how-to-cheat videos – Boing Boing
Wow — I never put this much energy into cheating, even when I did cheat back in early high school. I always just cheated out of laziness — I didn’t feel like doing the homework, so I’d copy the work. The discussion after the article is fun, too.

The Pros and Cons of Working at Home
I wouldn’t mind having a job where I worked from home. I’ve found that if I structure my social life well enough, I can work at home, alone for decently long periods. Plus, I get to be nekkid, exercise mid-morning, and play loud music.

Drowning in debt, he needs a life raft – Los Angeles Times
This dismays me to no end. He needs his expensive-ass truck to drive his time-shared boat. He spends $300 a month on eating out. Just… wow. How can he smile in that photo? How can he sleep at night?

Zen To Done (ZTD): The Ultimate Simple Productivity System | Zen Habits
This is a tastee set of modifications to Getting Things Done that offers more (or less) structure. It fits a different personality type, or people with a different goal in life. I’m not sure yet, but I like some of the modifications.

Lazy Productivity: 10 Simple Ways to Do Only Three Things Today | LifeRemix Blog
One nice idea here is picking the three things that must get done the night before — it allows it to percolate in your brain overnight so you wake up with a sense of purpose.

Half of Me: I support your right to look good
“I’d like to go on the record right now and say I fully support vanity as a reason to lose weight. No, it’s not the best reason to take off the pounds, but it gets a bad rep. Doesn’t everyone like to feel pretty? What’s so wrong with that?”

Neuroscience: One Pill Makes You Autistic — And One Pill Changes You Back
This rather creeps me the hell out. Reading articles about people casually flicking on and off parts of their brain via drugs makes me think of movies like Bladrunner and other cyberpunk-ish stories and setting. *shudder*