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"Then, somehow, learn to turn off all those practical, real-world voices in your head and go back to being the crazy artist."

Joe Satriani has always been one of my favorite players.  I'm not really surprised that he's a bright, level-headed guy - nor that he worked very hard and very smart to get where he is.  Learning that he understands business and how to claim and keep control of your art is wonderful.
 
The May issue of Inc. Magazine has an exclusive interview with Joe about his musical and entrepreneurial journey! A great read - all at the link below.
An in-depth, exclusive interview with guitarist Joe Satriani about his musical and entrepreneurial journey.
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It's not often anymore that I read history that really surprises me.  But learning that racial desegregation was opposed by some black leaders on grounds that are not obviously insane was a shock.
Nearing the sixtieth anniversary of the Brown decision, the landmark desegregation ruling seems like a qualified victory.
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+spencer dawson : Have you read Malcom X's biography? As a young kid he was awesome! He had a great scam going.
He got himself a pedler's permit. Then he'd go to clothing factories and buy "seconds" of anything he could get his hands on. Then he'd go around black bars and barbershops and sell the stuff, claiming to have stolen it from white folks. Eager to get back at whitey, the black folks would buy everything up. Occasionally he'd get arrested and taken to the station ... where he presented his pedler's permit and receipt for the purchase of the goods. The arrest boosted his profile, he never served any time in jail, and the only people who were defrauded were those who were hoping to receive stolen goods.
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Something I found myself writing in email today:

Our duty is to care about the truth, not about the feelings or even the prejudices of those who speak it.
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But not all truth needs to be told indiscriminately. Telling a passing mother with a child in her shopping cart that the kid looks a lot like monkey is neither kind nor useful, even if it is absolutely true.
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I am ESR and I endorse this koan.
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this has more of the subtlety of bawan's staff rather than the fluidity of nan-in's tea. sigh.
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New blog post: A review of the latest Republic of Cinnabar Navy novel.
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Ah, now we see the violence inherent in the system!  Help, help, I'm being repressed!

(OK, I'll give it a rest.)
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New blog post: A book review
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That's a fun review. Short and does good coverage without coming right out and saying "best bathroom reading I've had in months".
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Anyone looking for more-serious SF stuff might want to try some of the stuff that +Peter Watts has so kindly left available online at his site. See http://www.rifters.com/real/real_main.htm and check the "backlist" link. Blindsight is very highly recommended but if you try to take it in in one sitting like I did, your head may explode. Very good hard-science SF with a strong focus on "Neuro", with a lot of exploration in the general vicinity of trans/post-human. My own reviews of his work might tend to be "WTF in a fascinating way". However therapists might warn that it's offlimits for anyone already thinking that they should off themselves because the future they predict will be too grim to inhabit. Imagine Camus's the Plague with footnotes to online doctoral dissertations in fields you've never heard of but want to better understand even if it kills you. Think of it as the existential crises of tomorrow's science professionals and you sort of get the taste of it. Many awards, I should mention, have been attached to his work.

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Bloodmouth carnists everywhere are massively unsurprised.
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+Jeff Read check your facts. You've gotten them somewhat backwards.

To have atherosclerosis, it's necessary that the balance be off between high-density and low-density lipoproteins. Most modern-lifestyle people don't have the metabolism to keep these in balance and the result can definitely include arterial plaques, hardening & narrowing of arteries etc etc. But usually there's a predisposition of genetic origin and people who can't keep a good lipid balance should eat less meat.

But vegetable lipids can be processed in the body into new forms and those too can cause imbalance in lipids and arterial plaque etc.

Cutting easy back on lipid intake isn't always wise because you could wind up without enough lipids/precursors to keep healthy nerve sheaths etc.

Anyway it's not the intake of cholesterol so much as the processing. The real culprit is lack of exercise so it's reasonable to say that lazy people who eat too much overly fatty meat have more heart attacks.

See also for more clue:
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/m/pubmed/22548566/

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We have known this was coming...
 
For all of you who love and admire our cat, thank you.
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Peace be with you.
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Yes, that's my cat Sugar in the picture.

Subscriber-only article link, alas
The bug that rattled the Internet last week exposed the paradox that some of the web’s most crucial coding depends on the efforts of volunteers.
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+Garrett Kajmowicz didn't say the opposite, but i find pretty counter-intuitive that doing highly-specialized work that a significant percentage of a striving economy rely on, from small companies to behemoth-level ones, is not "work somebody is willing to give you food (…) for". It's the kind of think we expect people to throw money at you, even if you give it out for free.
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Interesting times.  Er, New York Times.

Yesterday the reporter on their technology beat interviewed me about Heartbleed and what needs to be done.  Said it was going to be front page, likely Thursday.

Today I got email requesting me to allow a photographer working for the NYT to come to my home and do a portrait.

I resisted a puckish urge to put all my guns on prominent display.  Instead, I got a haircut.
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Known in hacker circles as "ESR", on Twitter as "esrtweet", and among neopagans as "Sunspark".
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Hacker, philosopher, troublemaker, theorist of open source
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I wrote the basic theory of and propaganda for open source. I'm also, in no particular order, a science fiction fan, a libertarian, a musician, a martial artist and shooter, a neopagan, an occasionally bestselling author, and a strategy gamer.
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I wrote the book on open source - and it made the bestseller lists. My code is relied on by every browser, game console, and Android phone in the world. I have a black belt in Tae Kwon Do. I've been published in Analog. I've been a session musician on two records. I married the archetypal red-headed gamer chick.
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