October 24, 2012

Cardecademy Alpha Release

Inspired by discussion at the Code & Cocktails meetup last month I released the alpha version of Cardecademy last night.

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March 23, 2010

Museum of Science Book Group

The recently defunct Museum of Science Book Club for the Curious has risen from the ashes in a new location but with the same mission. Now hosted at the Cambridge Innovation Center the next meeting will be May 13, 2010 for a discussion of
From Eternity to Here: The Quest for the Ultimate Theory of Time by Sean Carroll. Full details can be found at the Museum of Science Book Group Google Group Site.

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July 19, 2009


I find that for some of the books that I've read, mostly when it comes to fiction, a complete entry seems a bit much. My goal of writing up these entries has always been about capturing notes, since I'd say the majority of what I read is non-fiction. While I have reviewed fiction books I've read in the past, most of the time a short summary and rating would be better to capture my feelings should someone ask me what I thought about a book I'd read some time ago. As such a few months ago I signed up for Goodreads. I'm using it to its full potential but have found it useful.

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December 9, 2007

The Paradox of Choice

This afternoon I watched a Google TechTalks entitled The Paradox of Choice - Why More Is Less given by Barry Schwartz on April 27, 2006. The talk does a wonderful job of summarizing the current state of choice and why in most cases it is making us feel worse. Some of the themes echoed what I read in The High Price of Materialism. Below are notes I took to summarize the key points.

Continue reading "The Paradox of Choice" »

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November 11, 2006


A friend recently pointed me at GOOD Magazine.

We see a growing number of people tied together not by age, career, background, or circumstance, but by a shared interest. This revolves around a passion for potential mixed with fierce pragmatism and creative engagement. We sum all this up as the sensibility of giving a damn. But to shorten it, let's call it GOOD. We're here to push this movement and cover its realization.

They are currently running a campaign where your entire subscription fee is donated to a worthy organization of your choice.

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October 21, 2006

Google's New Slogan?

Chris Anderson made an on-the-fly remark concerning The Long Tail during his Pop!Tech Q&A session concerning how to find things in the long tail. It didn't come out quite the way he wanted:

Google is the worlds greatest tail finder.

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September 5, 2006

A Random Number

A Random Number

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August 15, 2006

Well Now

Atheists identified as America’s most distrusted minority, according to new U of M study. To quote:

Atheists are also the minority group most Americans are least willing to allow their children to marry.

That might help explain a few things :)

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May 3, 2006

BFPUG Patterns Meeting

Tonight I attended the BFPUG Patterns Meeting. It was a small group of about a dozen people. The topic was the Factory pattern. An overview of the pattern and a few conceptual examples were given. Another participant and I then each gave an example of the pattern in code we are currently working on. When I got home I realized that my old roommate actually owned the copy of the Design Patterns book that I've referenced in the past. I wanted to reread the differences between the Abstract Factory Pattern and the Factory Method Pattern. Time to pick that up. Next month's pattern is tentatively the Decorator Pattern.

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March 18, 2006

ACLU Meeting

The ACLU of Massachusetts is having a meeting on Monday March 27th to discuss Domestic Spying, Torture, Rendition, and Secret Prisons. More details can be found on their site.

March 16, 2006

From the Earth to the Moon

I'm half way through watching the HBO mini-series from 1998 entitled From the Earth to the Moon and I have to say that it is wonderful. The series has a great combination of archival footage, reenactment, and a top-notch level and quality of detail. I realize I'm probably behind the times since this came out eight years ago and I'm just watching it, but it's a prime example of better late than never. It won a bunch of awards when it did originally come out and from what I've seen, they were all deserved. If you have any interest in the history of the space race, I'd highly recommend this series (and I've only watched half of it).

February 11, 2006

Johari Window

John pointed me at this and I think it is a neat idea. The Johari Window was invented by Joseph Luft and Harrington Ingram in the 1950s as a model for mapping personality awareness. If you know me, I'd be curious how you would describe me.

January 25, 2006

Making the Date

I recently ran across an article about some of the problems with how management views a development team and how that can lead to problems. The article goes on to talk about the tradeoffs between time, resources, and features that usually result in a failed project. The crux is that management needs to manage the development team with the understanding that only so much can ever get done and that good management will realize this and adjust the project goals along the way to ensure that it succeeds.

October 25, 2005

Sex ID test

Sex ID test

From the web site:

Find out more about 'brain sex' differences by taking the Sex ID test, a series of visual challenges and questions used by psychologists in the BBC One television series Secrets of the Sexes.

October 24, 2005

Digital Natives

Digital Natives

Commencement Speech – University of Michigan 2005 Delivered by John Seely Brown 4/30/05:

Good luck and remember the importance of listening with humility and seeing clearly.

An older piece by Marc Prensky, I suspect he may have coined the term.

October 20, 2005

Science on Screen

Science on Screen

UPCOMING: Tuesday, November 22, 7 p.m. @ Coolidge Corner Theatre

THE ELEPHANT MAN with guest speaker Jerome Groopman, M.D., whose research on degenerative diseases has lead to groundbreaking advances in the study of cancer and AIDS, as well as multiple sclerosis, Lou Gehrig's disease, and Alzheimer's.

July 26, 2005



From The Economist's Survey of America. The entire set of articles is a good read, this one statistic caught my eye though:

College-educated women are also postponing children for the sake of their careers. On average, they have their first child at 30, five years later than in the 1970s and eight years later than their contemporaries who have not been to college.

April 22, 2005

It's a Whole New Internet

It's a Whole New Internet

Great article on the rebirth of rapid innovation on the Internet.

November 16, 2004

The Urban Archipelago

The Urban Archipelago

If you can wade through the author's ranting and inflammatory remarks, there are some statistics and points worth thinking about. A couple that I found interesting:

And John Kerry won every city with a population above 500,000. He took half the cities with populations between 50,000 and 500,000.

Ruby's walk to class on the first day of school inspired Norman Rockwell's The Problem We All Live With. In this painting ..., a very black Ruby Bridges is escorted to school by four big white U.S. marshals. The image is powerful because it represents the federal government as an institution and enforcer of reason. ... This image of the federal government is now in a coma. The lawmaking bodies that are clustered in Washington, D.C. ..., no longer form the enlightened center from which reason and justice emanate.

October 7, 2004

What's wrong with the debates

What's wrong with the debates

A history of why the format of today's debates are so structured.