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Lemon pudding with the family.
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Linus Torvalds interview on TED

A few points that got my attention:
• No mention of GNU and the ecosystem. So much talk about the success of Linux without a single mention of other software in the ecosystem is pretty extreme omission (though FWIW, Stallman's extreme of insisting on the name "GNU/Linux" is also too extreme for me).
• I didn't realize open sourcing Linux was such an afterthought. Reminds me how the Open Source machine still needs brilliant individuals to power it.
• "My biggest exceptional quality was that I wouldn't let go". That's a common trait for revolutionaries. I'm wondering if anyone has studied what processes distinguish "people who won't let go" from "people who let go".
• I like his "I'm an engineer, not a dreamer" description: "people […] staring at the clouds and looking at the stars […], but I'm looking at the ground and I want to fix the pothole that's right in front of me before I fall in".
Linus Torvalds transformed technology twice — first with the Linux kernel, which helps power the Internet, and again with Git, the source code management system used by developers worldwide. In a rare interview with TED Curator Chris Anderson, Torvalds discusses with remarkable openness the personality traits that prompted his unique philosophy of work, engineering and life. "I am not a visionary, I'm an engineer," Torvalds says. "I'm perfectly h...
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I got to thinking about the Star Wars trilogy lately and the shape of the plot, and it hit me full force that there's one single moment that's the climax of the entire 6+ hour series: Luke switches off his lightsaber. (Clip @ Luke Confronts The Emperor: https://youtu.be/PqaiKmm8gsY)

The real battle was inside Luke all along.

There were prophecies that a Chosen One would "bring balance to the force". Luke's inner strength inverted the entire power dynamic across the galaxies.

Emperor Palpatine's plan all along was to sacrifice Vader to bring Luke to the Dark Side. Moments ago he said:
"Fulfill your destiny and take your father's place at my side."
Only a powerful act of hate could fulfill a Jedi's path to the Dark Side. I don't think Palpatine planned to step in at the last moment and save Vader. Luke's process of embracing the Dark Side would have been interrupted. His plan was for Vader to die. That suggests he acknowledged Luke as the stronger ally.

In the final desperate moment, Luke didn't even try to run. Either he knew it was hopeless, underestimated Palpatine, or something more. Maybe he expected to die and that just couldn't shake his resolve. Maybe he trusted Vader to turn and protect him.

Luke's courage had overcome The Emperor, so much so that The Emperor forfeited, acknowledged he would never be able to turn Luke, and decided to kill him instead. Was he now so afraid of Luke he wanted him eliminated? Was he intending to prove a point to Vader and solidify his dedication to the Dark Side?

Whatever he had planned, it was too late. Luke's courage and trust had won over Vader. Now Palpatine was lost. He couldn't take two Skywalkers, even wounded as they were.

This was a pivotal moment in American cinema and pop culture, but it happens so quick it's easy to breeze through and miss all the emotional dynamics. There really is much more to the original Star Wars trilogy than lasers and spaceships.
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You can actually Google the most important parts of this book…
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Always remember to turn your Xbox on at least half an hour before you intend to use it.
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Until Thursday, Charlie Hebdo's satire had always been a fig leaf for something darker. On Thursday, they dropped the fig leaf. All the ugliness at the heart of European liberalism is coming out to the fore, to meet its new friends on the far right. 

This article is about why I am not Charlie, why I can never be Charlie, and why I never wish to be Charlie.
In which I lose patience with pretending things are fine
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My 7yo drew Ness from memory. I was intrigued that she decided to pixelate his features.
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Thoughts are just thoughts. But if we only 'think' this, it will make little difference. Meditation allows us to experience it, to 'know' it.

h/t +Andy Puddicombe​
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Morning Poem
by Mary Oliver

Every morning
the world
is created.
Under the orange

sticks of the sun
the heaped
ashes of the night
turn into leaves again

and fasten themselves to the high branches—
and the ponds appear
like black cloth
on which are painted islands

of summer lilies.
If it is your nature
to be happy
you will swim away along the soft trails

for hours, your imagination
alighting everywhere.
And if your spirit
carries within it

the thorn
that is heavier than lead—
if it's all you can do
to keep on trudging—

there is still
somewhere deep within you
a beast shouting that the earth
is exactly what it wanted—

each pond with its blazing lilies
is a prayer heard and answered
lavishly,
every morning,

whether or not
you have ever dared to be happy,
whether or not
you have ever dared to pray.
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Give your homemaker a huge thanks (especially if that's you!).
It's so much more work than people realize, and among the most thankless.
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+David Barnett so proud of you guys... your kids are very lucky to have two people that are so committed to each other and their children! 
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I've been experimenting with applying mindfulness to a wide range of activities in my life. I've come across a bunch of activities that mindfulness enhances in interesting ways, like:
Exercise — When I'm exercising, I experience pain, frustration, and urges to stop. It's fascinating to just watch the pain and emotions and try to observe them from the sidelines without getting caught up in them. Gives my mind something to do while I'm exercising and sometimes it makes it easier to keep pushing past the point of fatigue.
Talking and listening — Ever suddenly realize you're talking to someone who hasn't been listening? Or that you don't remember a word your friend was saying because you were thinking about something you were going to tell them? It's super easy for me to get caught up in the content of what I'm talking about and forget to notice feelings, subconscious thoughts, and my environment. Noticing and playing into those things is what makes an effective communicator.
Using phone/computer — I usually get out my phone or computer for some purpose, but then get lost in a series of notifications and "one last thing"s. Here are some of my strategies for using my phone vs. letting my phone use me: keep a clear purpose in the forefront of my mind and set devices aside while I think, imagine it's red-hot and I don't want to touch it any longer than I have to, or check the clock when I pick it up and consider how long I expect to be using it and check back with my estimate as I go to consider how that feels in reality vs. my expectations.
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“Don’t worry, be happy.” “Big kids don’t cry.” // “Fake it until you make it.” From a young age, we are taught to deal with our negative thoughts and emotions by quashing them or transforming them...
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