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A few months back I decided to try to get back up to speed with Windows. This was largely a career hedge — I was worried that I’d been doing server-side Unix work for so long that I was becoming a little one-dimensional, and this didn’t please me. The toughest part about development in Windows […]

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Holy Crap

Hello, Dollar! has a thing or two to say about bringing your lunch to work. Long story short, bringing your lunch saves big dollars if done over time. Their back of the envelope analysis has bringing lunch four days a week savings $1,000 a year and all of that adding up to over $500,000 over […]

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Universal

William Gibson quotes Tom Waits: When people ask Tom Waits where he’s been ’til recently, he tells ‘em “stuck in traffic”. And, boy, do I ever know what he means. But then again it’s all part of the pro-cess. Now, I’m not nearly in the same league as Waits and Gibson in terms of the […]

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YRL v. 2.1

We updated the YRL web site and announced a new head of the lab today. Apparently we rebranded (we’re “Yahoo Research” in opposition to “Yahoo Research Labs” now) and renamed all the research group (I was in the “Machine Learning” group yesterday; today it’s “Data Analytics,” which makes it sound like I spend my days […]

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The Show Crash Spectacular

There’s nothing quite so pleasing as the random, unexplained SciFi homage. I just ran in to fun one in Cory Doctorow’s Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom: The Haunted Mansion was experiencing a major empty spell: the Snow Crash Spectacular parade had just swept through Liberty Square en route to Fantasyland, dragging hordes of […]

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Why Do You Work So Hard?

Mark Morford’s column in the SF Gate asks the question "Why do you work so hard?" Why do we all spend our lives in cubes under florescent lights getting RSI working on projects that we may or may not care about? Why do so few of us pursue what we’re genuinely passionate about? Why do […]

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1965 BSA Thunderbolt

John Scalzi points to an eBay auction for a 1965 BSA Thunderbolt. Isn’t this the kind of bike that HST rode while he was doing research for Hell’s Angels? My copy seems to have walked so I can’t confirm for certain, but the internet suggests as much. I don’t know how to ride a motorcycle, […]

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Innocent Escapes

I feel like a real tool for shilling somebody’s ads, but Brawny’s "Innocent Escapes" web campaign is hi-freaking-larious. Brawny Man stars in a series of Very Special Moments Just For Her short films where he puts the "sin" in "sincere" with laudable gusto. "Because It’s Monday" and "That Thing You’re Going Through" are my personal […]

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More LA New Belgium pictures

beFrank — one of my favorite bloggers and a constant reminder to the world that life’s better than you think it is — brings very good news: a documented report of Fat Tire here in Los Angeles. At least I hope it is. Here, that is. His work takes him all over the world, and […]

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Kingdom of Loathing

I’m not really one for video games. I don’t own an Xbox or a PlayStation or whatever it is the (thirty-year-old, apparently) kids have these days, and my eyes sort of glaze over when people start going on about GTA:Topeka and what have you. I guess it’s because I don’t find the games at all […]

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