Monthly Archives: June 2010

Are you past, present, or future oriented?

Our perspective of time drives how we perceive the now we live in and the decisions we make.

Watch (it’s only 10 minutes) YouTube: “RSA Animate – The Secret Powers of Time by Professor Philip Zimbardo”:

I can actually trace where, in different parts of my history, from living day to day sleeping on the train, to going to Chubb Technical Institute, to meeting Richelle, to becoming a Dad, my perspective has changed.

It reminds me of a short video I posted to my Facebook account I tripped upon earlier that is worth posting here again (2 minutes – watch it): YouTube: “The Unsettling Truth About Life”:

You can tell what orientation Alan Watts thinks we are all being distracted from.

Both of these are worthy of your time – thought provoking stuff.

Two pictures of Keanu Reeves drive a meme and outpouring of empathy

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Know Your Meme: “Keanu Is Sad/Sad Keanu (2010)”.

The source of this is a Reddit thread started by user rockon4life45.

The combination of a photoshop manipulatable image of movie star, in a private contemplative moment, whose personal story has depth that people can connect to (including myself), has proven too compelling not to be spread around and mashed up in sometimes humorous, sometimes deep, ways.

I’m even sharing it here in my own way.

You will want to checkout the original Reddit thread.

Matt Linderman – “Mistakes happen. Character is revealed by how you handle them.”

37signals: Bad call, great apology. It should be something we all learn as children, that our culture should encourage, but somehow, that’s not the case, and so this speaks to us a special lesson.

YouTube: “Jim Joyce Tearfully Accepts Lineup Card From Galaraga”:

If you make a mistake, admit it. It doesn’t make you a mistake. By admitting it you can learn from it. Others can learn from it. And hopefully, there is growth.

Recent Journalist-Programmer reads

O’Reilly Radar: Mike Loukides: “What is Data Science?”

Media Shift: Marc Glaser: “Why Journalists Should Learn Computer Programming”

Rafe Colburn: “Why journalists should learn to program” – with a suggestion on what really to be digging into – and I agree.

Resource: Hacks/Hackers

Recent reads on API Design

ACM Queue: Ken Arnold: “Programmers are People, Too”

Communications of the ACM: “API Design Matters”

JavaWorld: “Joshua Bloch: A conversation about design”

InfoQ: Joshua Bloch: “Joshua Bloch: Bumper-Sticker API Design”

InfoQ: Video: Joshua Bloch: “How to Design a Good API & Why it Matters” (and a good thread on Hacker News).

Possible Resource: APIDesign Wiki