Mastery vs. Education


The society which scorns excellence in plumbing because plumbing is a humble activity, and tolerates shoddiness in philosophy because philosophy is an exalted activity, will have neither good plumbing nor good philosophy. Neither its pipes nor its theories will hold water. — John W. Gardner  My friend Mike is making his own bows. From scratch. From […]

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Focus and Getting Things Done


Recently, talking with a friend of mine, he told me of a question he posed to many people. What is your philosophy in life? His was straightforward, but another one he relayed from a friend was “what’s important right now?” This brought up the related thought that to do anything well, to master it, you […]

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My Experiment with Chrome


Chrome, is the rather nifty browser from Google that is also being used as the foundation of the “ChromeOS” based netbooks that will be coming out.  In the past, I had used Chrome as an alternative to Safari when I needed to cross-check web rendering for building web sites, and more frequently, when logging into […]

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Tragedy, and Reason


A few days ago, on the 8th of January of this new year, we saw a tragedy that blew through the national news. The basic story: A madman of no discernible politics shot up a crowd, aiming first for a congresswoman who was out in public, meeting her constituents and shooting her in the head, […]

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Busy


Worked up a multi-level core data schema last night for storing and handling data, and wrote a loader to allow importing files into the data store, allowing me to provide default data without hard-coding it into the app itself. Core Data is an interesting technology. It has some weaknesses compared to SQL databases – there […]

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Transmit


Transmit from Panic Software is my overall favorite FTP program, used to upload web pages to websites and do large file transfers across the internet. Cyberduck is also worth a look (and free), and Interarchy is also really a good program – though I was forced to stop using it due to unresolved issues (at the time) when accessing […]

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Stellarium


Stellarium is a free “planetarium” program for your computer that allows you to look at the night sky at any given hour, at any given place in the world, at any given time rate, and point out the moon, constellations, planets, and major objects visible to the naked eye and binoculars. Slick, simple, and plain pretty to […]

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