My friend Dabu’s iPad comic is finally out. Fucking awesome! I’ve been watching this go through development and it’s even more phenomenal than the preview shops. If you’ve got an iPad this is some seriously cutting edge shit
Faust, in the legend, traded his soul to the devil in exchange for knowledge. To “strike a Faustian bargain” is to be willing to sacrifice anything to satisfy a limitless desire for knowledge or power.
The most sought-after State Department document of the past several decades, the infamous Glaspie Memo, was recently released by WikiLeaks. The memo details a conversation between Ambassador April Glaspie and Iraqi President Saddam Hussein on July 25, 1990, exactly one week before the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait, and Glaspie’s reassurances to Hussein both of enduring American friendship and America’s disinterest in the Kuwaiti border dispute. In short, it confirmed decades of suspicion that Glaspie had, in the meeting, given Saddam Hussein the impression that the United States was giving him the green light for the invasion.
The revelation, which puts the hundreds of thousands of civilians killed in a decade of post-war sanctions and the even greater numbers killed in the 2003 US invasion in a new, decidedly unseemly light, and does enormous service to historians. More importantly, however, the release of a document that was still officially secret 20 plus years and three presidents later shattered the enduring myth that these documents are classified to prevent them falling into enemy hands. Rather, the classification is done to keep the American public from knowing the truth, and WikiLeaks is doing us a great service in their release.
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Also, Joe Rogan’s take on representative democracy
There are a lot more nuanced takes on what he’s saying but he curses a lot and is funny. There are more people that can understand a RoganRant ™ than an issue of Public Affairs.
I deleted Flight Control HD from my computer yesterday because I want to actually get things done. It’s stupidly addictive and I highly, highly recommend against purchasing one of the #1 selling apps for iphone/ipad/mac.
However, I did get a chance to finish listening to The Invisible Gorilla And Other Ways Our Intuitions Deceive Us while playing. The book is dry but fairly interesting in parts.
My friend Michael recently posted this to a list that I’m on. Useful information.
Yikes! RSI is definitely be a huge bummer, but it’s something that can be stamped out pretty much entirely with determined effort. Definitely best not to let it get too bad, though… I let mine progress way too far when I had serious wrist troubles back in 2006 (to the point where it was pretty much halving or even quartering my productivity at work), and it took me a 2+ years to fully recover!
Aside from taking it easy and giving my body time to heal, I found that I had to make three major life adjustments to fully address my wrist problems.
First, I saw a string of physical therapists/massage therapists/chiropractors. They were all helpful to varying degrees, but the one I found in the end who helped me the most was Dr. Amelia Mazgaloff; a chiropractor/physical therapy specialist with an office on Market St: http://www.chirohealthsf.com/ . Her adjustments led to very immediate and noticeable improvements, and I still see her regularly now whenever I’m having any sort of weird muscle/skeletal problem. She’s very good.
Second, I made numerous adjustments to my computing setup at work & at home. The biggest winners there were the sit/stand desk, the saddle chair, and ergonomic keyboard & mouse. YMMV, but I was (for example) having trouble with my index finger, so I ended up liking the 3M Vertical Mouse (http://www.amazon.com/3M-Ergonomic-Mouse-SMALL-MEDIUM/dp/B00008KWWG), which allows you to do most of your clicking joystick-style with your thumb.
Finally (and probably most importantly), my RSI forced me to establish a bunch of new exercise routines that helped me to build upper body strength (since my posture was ultimately the root of my problems). This is when I got into rock climbing, which has certainly helped tremendously. Yoga was great, too, and so was breakdancing. Pretty much anything that encouraged me to load my hands/arms/shoulders with my body weight led to noticeable improvements.
Although having RSI was extraordinarily frustrating at times, dealing with it forced me to make so many positive changes to my lifestyle that I look back on it as a positive experience overall. It’s definitely strangely satisfying once you start down the road to recovery to find the activities and lifestyle tweaks that make a difference.
Just bought a 200 pack of these stickers for 30$. The claim isn’t exactly scientifically rigorous but based on my knowledge of human behavior it’s at least credible within the ballpark.
As someone who thinks a lot about psychology, user interfaces, and effective ways to change the world TheseComeFromTrees.com really appeals to me. They also fit in my wallet.