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’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 hadn’t participated. […] I can’t tell you the name of a single other person that was in this course and it started with over 40,000. I think that’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 (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).
A couple of months ago, I adapted a user script called knogs (“keyboard navigation on Google Search”) into a Safari extension. knogs restores Google’s search page keyboard navigation shortcuts (background here), so you can navigate between search results with
j (down) and
k (up), and get to the search field with
Unfortunately, Safari 6’s new unified “URL + search” bar behaviour retains focus after a search. As a result, you have to click in the search page to use any keyboard shortcuts, rendering the extension fairly useless unless you like searching for JJ Abrams by mistake.
So I’ve updated the extension to remove focus from the unified search bar. (It’s an ugly hack, though–I did it by prepending an input field on the page, calling
focus on it to remove focus from the search bar, and then removing focus with
blur. Let me know if you have any better ideas.)
Download the Safari extension here, and the source (userscript version) is available here. If you were using the previous extension, it should have auto-updated, if I set it up right. Test it out by searching in Safari’s URL bar, waiting a few milliseconds, and entering
/ to navigate.
A couple of notes on usage:
- You have to be searching with
google.comfor this to work, and not any country-specific domains. This is due to the way Safari handles extension whitelisting–I can’t get it to whitelist
- Disable Google Instant search in your account settings, otherwise typing
jwill just append that letter to your search terms. Thanks to Nick Farina for helping me find this issue.