The next two weeks are going to be bananas.
No, like even more bananas. This kind of bananas:
(And like the rest of that scene too.)
This is what happens when the planets throw elbows. Be ready for decisions to be made and then quickly reversed this week, and…
This is where I explain about the kind of tired that steams off the tips of your toes, right? Holy shit, the tired. And I cannot imagine how much more tired I would be without the amazing assist from Malik and Sophie, followed by a round of amazing graduadas. Today I am grateful for friends I can count on.
RegEx on the Back of a Napkin
I’m giving a talk, two really, but the first one is soon and it is short and it is a talk, not a workshop, on regular expressions. So I need challenges. What are some good fun things we can do?
It wasn’t a love of books that led him to start an online bookstore.
There’s a long piece in the new New Yorker by George Packer about Jeff Bezos and Amazon. I think—putting aside for a second the brutal, anti-union labor conditions in their warehouses, the tax-dodging, the bullying of publishers big and small, the condescending offers to let indies sell their Kindles—this is the most fundamental difference between us and them. (via mcnallyjackson)
Fun fact: McNally Jackson will order basically any book for you. And you can pick it up in the store — no pile of UPS slips, no “bullshit, this is no the third try and I was sitting here all day so don’t pretend you rang the bell.” Unless you like that, in which case they also ship.
What is curious to me, fascinating, maybe even distressing, is the smart people who have disposable income who choose to buy socks and books and cable management doo lallies from Amazon even though they know what it is like in their warehouses. People who don’t know, okay. But when you know and you keep doing it? I don’t understand that.
Because, seriously, who needs Snapchat?
Catherine Bracy at #PdF13 on how the demographic homogeneity & isolation of Silicon Valley means it’s not solving problems that need to be solved. Them’s fighting words! (via libawr)
cbracy being badass as always
See also: the Jacobin essay on doing what you love and the Google bus drivers who have to sit in the garage all day and aren’t allowed in the cafeteria.