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Also, evidence that consistently getting too little sleep each night fucks you up way more than you might think. _
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02:09:43 PM, Thursday 17 April 2003

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How to trick a relatively healthy body into rearranging its sleep patterns so that you can sleep for two or three hours a day without going completely batshit crazy. _
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02:08:01 PM, Thursday 17 April 2003

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On a similar theme to this: paintball tanks. _
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05:14:08 PM, Wednesday 16 April 2003

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Interesting Metafilter thread on synaesthesia. _
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04:01:15 PM, Wednesday 16 April 2003

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And don't forget Bryan Adams, Don Henley, and Dylan Thomas's classic song--their first and only collaboration--"I See The Boys Of The Summer Of '69 In Their Ruin" _
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01:56:14 AM, Wednesday 16 April 2003

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EXTENSION FORMS: DONE _
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01:52:47 AM, Wednesday 16 April 2003

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Also, see this rather good (and well designed) poetry collection, where I got the text for the last entry. _
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09:04:19 PM, Monday 14 April 2003

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The Force That Through The Green Fuse Drives The Flower
by Dylan Thomas

The force that through the green fuse drives the flower
Drives my green age; that blasts the roots of trees
Is my destroyer.
And I am dumb to tell the crooked rose
My youth is bent by the same wintry fever.

The force that drives the water through the rocks
Drives my red blood; that dries the mouthing streams
Turns mine to wax.
And I am dumb to mouth unto my veins
How at the mountain spring the same mouth sucks.

The hand that whirls the water in the pool
Stirs the quicksand; that ropes the blowing wind
Hauls my shroud sail.
And I am dumb to tell the hanging man
How of my clay is made the hangman's lime.

The lips of time leech to the fountain head;
Love drips and gathers, but the fallen blood
Shall calm her sores.
And I am dumb to tell a weather's wind
How time has ticked a heaven round the stars.

And I am dumb to tell the lover's tomb
How at my sheet goes the same crooked worm.
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09:03:42 PM, Monday 14 April 2003

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Does anyone who reads this even use OS X? Ah well. Maybe these bits will still be useful for people Googling later. Anyway, Safari now has tabbed browsing, so I've been using it all morning, and there's one especially nice feature: spell checking for HTML forms. That means I can spellcheck blog entries before posting them. Which just rocks. _
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05:45:13 PM, Monday 14 April 2003

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A beautiful, beautiful hack to use OS X's built in Mail application and Pine on the same machine. I've been looking for almost exactly this program, and had started to think I'd have to do it myself. If I had, I wouldn't have done it half so well. This means that, when I get my email moved over to the Mac, I'll be able to use Apple's very nice GUI mailreader when I'm at home, but I'll still be able to ssh in and use a text-based mail client (I prefer Mutt to Pine, but the hack will work for either) when I'm away. I don't know if I can express how winning this is. I'd been fussing over it in the back of my mind for the past two or three weeks, at least, so this saves me a lot of trouble.
[via Rael Dornfest, who also wrote the hack in question]
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05:28:00 PM, Monday 14 April 2003

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Interesting! A collaborative text editor for OS X. _
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04:43:19 PM, Monday 14 April 2003

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Ah, Snowcraft! _
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01:38:36 PM, Monday 14 April 2003

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Nice hack for a grep-like command line tool that does search and replace. _
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01:36:59 PM, Monday 14 April 2003

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Hee! _
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01:35:02 PM, Monday 14 April 2003

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Why wiki markup is like that. _
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01:32:35 PM, Monday 14 April 2003

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Cleaning out my bookmarks. The Slashdot Troll HOWTO is amusing. _
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01:29:13 PM, Monday 14 April 2003

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Ward Cunningham, who invented the Wiki (and has done any number of other interesting programming things), has a weblog. This makes me happy.
[via Peter Lindberg]
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12:16:26 PM, Monday 14 April 2003

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Oh, hey... um... any Annapolis dwellers have a floor I could sleep on, Saturday night of Croquet weekend? _
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12:42:51 AM, Monday 14 April 2003

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Haven't we been here before? Indeed we have. Woman as sharer and carer, woman as earth mother, woman as guardian of all the small rituals that knit together a family and a community, woman as beneath, above or beyond such manly concerns as law, reason, abstract ideas--these images are as old as time. Open defenders of male supremacy have always used them to declare women flatly inferior to men; covert ones use them to place women on a pedestal as too good for this naughty world.

I was just reminded that I've been meaning to link to this excellent article by Katha Pollitt, from an old issue of The Nation, explaining just what's wrong with the idea that women are somehow more naturally inclined towards peace than men. I could say more, but I wouldn't say it as well--just go read the article.

[via Alas, a Blog via Caveat Lector]
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08:50:30 PM, Friday 11 April 2003

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...it's like tiny remote-controlled tank laser tag. _
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07:44:01 PM, Friday 11 April 2003

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Hum. I ought to fix my post editing code in weblet so that you don't have to post a new entry for edits to take hold. _
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03:36:13 PM, Friday 11 April 2003

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For text formatting, I think Textile strikes a very nice balance between raw HTML and the extreme simplicity of Wiki. In some ways, Textile is even simpler to deal with. Also like that it doesn't prevent real HTML. I'd like to see a templating system that's this close to being the Right Thing. _
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03:34:38 PM, Friday 11 April 2003

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A blog templating system has two substantially different uses: it has to be possible for someone who knows HTML to completely redesign the look of the page, but it should also be possible for the blog's author to do a certain amount of customization even without knowing any HTML. _
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03:21:57 PM, Friday 11 April 2003

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You know what sucks? Cleaning up after a party.

Yes, ladies and gentlemen, we have a new Get Your War On.
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05:50:31 PM, Thursday 10 April 2003

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I just spent the past forty minutes going about twelve miles an hour. _
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12:42:08 PM, Thursday 10 April 2003

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The word of the day is qua. Why? Why is the word of the day qua? _
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07:31:10 PM, Wednesday 9 April 2003

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Hee! Wow that brings back memories. _
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06:17:55 PM, Wednesday 9 April 2003

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How to wake up a sleeping OS X Mac over the network. This is cool: it means I can leave my Mac asleep during the day, to save power, but still wake it up when I want to connect to it. _
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02:54:15 PM, Wednesday 9 April 2003

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You heard it here first, folks. _
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03:45:35 PM, Tuesday 8 April 2003

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Unsure about printing in Mozilla? RTFS. _
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03:38:25 PM, Tuesday 8 April 2003

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"As soon as we started programming, we found to our surprise that it wasn't as easy to get programs right as we had thought. Debugging had to be discovered. I can remember the exact instant when I realized that a large part of my life from then on was going to be spent in finding mistakes in my own programs."
-- Maurice Wilkes, designer of EDSAC, on programming, 1949
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12:44:32 PM, Tuesday 8 April 2003

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It is perfect out. Perfect. _
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05:49:39 PM, Monday 7 April 2003

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Blog posts do not need to have sequential unique IDs. _
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03:56:20 PM, Monday 7 April 2003

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If the Green Party is going to pull shit like this, I really don't understand what the fucking point is. _
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03:20:14 PM, Monday 7 April 2003

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"I'm gonna devise a virus / to bring dire straits to your environment. / Crush your corporations with a mild touch / Crash your whole computer system and revert you to papyrus!" _
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03:16:52 AM, Monday 7 April 2003

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Well, that was fun. _
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01:31:09 AM, Monday 7 April 2003

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