It’s November, which means I remember to draw things.
I don’t often link to pages I think everyone else will have seen five times over by the time I get around to them… but this made me laugh out loud and, when I got to the part on pet mortality, tear a little. I’d go hug one of my cats, but they’d just scratch my face off.
Robot Zombie! T.Rex Ninja! Alien Platypus! Robot robot!
I use [MacVim](http://code.google.com/p/macvim/) as my editor and [Dash](http://kapeli.com/dash) as my documentation browser. They’re great. Also, Dash has the best nag-screen mechanism I’ve ever seen.
I’d love to hear suggestions on how to generalise this, without manually adding docsets each time. I tried passing in the filetype to Dash as the search term, but got tripped up by some asset files in Rails that Vim thought were ERB…
A forager won’t return to the nest until it finds food. If seeds are plentiful, foragers return faster, and more ants leave the nest to forage. If, however, ants begin returning empty handed, the search is slowed, and perhaps called off.
They’re stronger than us, more plentiful, and now we find out they invented the Internet. I’d start making offerings to our future ant overlords, but they already eat half the cat food in my kitchen now so what’s the point.
Tim Owens, on “failing” Coursera courses:
For much of the course I felt like a bystander. Here I was watching a set of videos chosen by my professor. I may or may not have a quiz at the end of the week to gauge my learning. The videos were interesting, but I left feeling like I hadnâ€™t participated. [â€¦] I canâ€™t tell you the name of a single other person that was in this course and it started with over 40,000. I think thatâ€™s a shame and something they could improve on.
I’ve yet to pass a single Coursera course myself–I’ve “failed” Algorithms and HCI so far. However, I do feel like I’ve really learned something from the parts of the courses I’ve taken, and I appreciate how Coursera and other [MOOCs](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Massive_open_online_course) (what a great name) have encouraged all these subject matter experts to curate and present all this useful information in brief, easily digestible chunks for teachers and students.
Great stuff: an Xcode plugin for Vim keybindings, customisable with a `.xvimrc` file. Actively maintained! (So far.)
Vaughn analyses an often-overlooked part of Apple’s packaging, the fibreboard corner in the shipping box:
these fiberboard corners are mostly empty (i dissected one), have tremendous crush resistance (i applied 168lbs to one of them by standing on it), spread external forces over a large internal surface, and contain one material and one binder (good for recycling).