Better Living Through Thinking

OS X Focus-Follows-Mouse Debate

Fri, 25 Apr 2008

Steve Yegge


Many programmers feel that autofocus is delicate butterfly and autoraise is a big, stinky buffalo. That's just how they feel about it. No accounting for taste. I, for one, think of autoraise as a big, stinky, deceased buffalo carcass that someone thoughtfully dragged into my living room while I was on vacation, probably ...

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The Work of a Critic

Fri, 04 Jan 2008

Transcription of Anton Ego's ending monologue (from Pixar's Ratatouille)

In many ways the work of a critic is easy. We risk very little, yet enjoy a position over those who offer up their work and their selves to our judgement. We thrive on negative criticism, which is fun to write and to read.

But the bitter truth we critics must face is that in the grand scheme ...

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The Perils of JavaSchools

Thu, 14 Jun 2007

Joel Spolsky


But beyond the prima-facie importance of pointers and recursion, their real value is that building big systems requires the kind of mental flexibility you get from learning about them, and the mental aptitude you need to avoid being weeded out of the courses in which they are taught. Pointers and recursion require a certain ability to reason, to ...

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The Paradoxical Commandments

Mon, 31 Oct 2005

Dr. Kent M. Keith


People are illogical, unreasonable, and self-centered. Love them anyway.
If you do good, people will accuse you of selfish ulterior motives. Do good anyway. ...

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On Cows

Mon, 16 May 2005

Doug Robinson, Deseret News, 2001

"The reason they use ropes is because *cows don't come when you whistle*. They ain't dogs. For one thing, their brains are vestigial organs, like the appendix. Cows are cud-eating machines whose one redeeming quality is that they turn ordinary grass into steaks and Happy Meals."

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Computer Security and Liability

Mon, 15 Nov 2004

There are no real consequences to the vendors for having bad security
  or low-quality software. Even worse, the marketplace often rewards low
  quality. More precisely, it rewards additional features and timely
  release dates, even if they come at the expense of quality.
  --Bruce Schneier, CRYPTO-GRAM, November 15, 2004


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The Princess Bride

Mon, 12 Jul 2004

Prince Humperdinck: Tyrone, you know how much I love watching you work. But I've got my country's 500th anniversary to plan, my wedding to arrange, my wife to murder, and Guilder to frame for it. I'm swamped!

Count Rugen: Get some rest. If you haven't got your health, you haven't got anything.

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Fed Up

Tue, 17 Jun 2003

"We are saying that innovation and creativity is only going to take place in labs with men in white coats. All that innovation and knowledge that has existed in the fields passed from one generation to generation is being ignored."

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Unskilled and Unaware of It: How Difficulties in Recognizing One's Own Incompetence Lead to Inflated Self-Assessments

Mon, 16 Jun 2003

Justin Kruger and David Dunning


Finally, Study 3 showed that incompetent individuals may be unable to take full advantage of one particular kind of feedback: social comparison. One of the ways people gain insight into their own competence is by watching the behavior of others ( Festinger, 1954 ; Gilbert, Giesler & Morris, 1995 ). In a perfect world, everyone could ...

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The Hundred-Year Language

Mon, 16 Jun 2003

Paul Graham


Writing software as multiple layers is a powerful technique even within applications. Bottom-up programming means writing a program as a series of layers, each of which serves as a language for the one above. This approach tends to yield smaller, more flexible programs. It's also the best route to that holy grail, reusability. A language ...

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