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My wife and I are concerned you are going to cut your fingers off, +Mike Rugnetta.  Please consider using the "claw" technique when chopping vegetables, as in this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cV0c7qiNjuI#t=1m54s
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Not a great way to start the weekend.
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Interesting; it works okay in a browser where I'm not logged in, or an incognito browser window.
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Good writeup on Velocity NY 2013 (I think retweeted by John Allspaw?).  The bit about automation wrecking the institutional comprehension of system behavior is something I often philosophically struggle with.
October 17th, 2013. Mach Schnell Velocity NY, the inaugural New York instantiation of the popular Velocity conference, took place from 2013-10-14 -- 2013-10-16. I attended on the two conference days, and here are my notes. The conference program is here. All available speaker slides are here.
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I had to watch it again after spending so much time eyeing the speed indicator during my first viewing.
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I still don't understand sonic shock waves properly. But they're pretty to watch.
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Pilot: The Cage #DiscoveringTOS

Stream-of-conscious impressions [Note: SPOILERS], not really in any particular order:

I know in advance that this episode doesn't have Kirk.  I kinda like this Pike guy, wonder why they didn't stick with him for later episodes.  (Later read on Wikipedia that there doesn't seem to be a good consensus on what happened there, and the actor died in 1969.  And this episode apparently didn't air until the 1980s, so maybe I shouldn't be watching it first for the most authentic experience?)

Distress call makes me think of Kobayashi Maru.  Nothing good ever comes of answering distress calls.

The dusty sets remind me of the considered title "Wagon Train to the Stars".

Why is Spock limping?  He also seems more emotional than I remember from later episodes.  Also not wearing blue.

Their phasers totally don't match what I remember from the Technical Manuals.

Those pulsating bits on their heads look awesome.

Awesome that the freaking PILOT already has a woman taking command of Enterprise!

Aliens are so smug!  So are the humans.

The episodes on Netflix are apparently remastered HD; the higher detail on the original print is awesome, but the remaking of the special effects in the space shots is disorienting, especially when the practical and on-set special effects haven't been updated.  I kinda wish there were an option to watch the original special effects, even though they'd probably feel awkward with the great on-set video.

Green-skinned woman!  I feel my trope experience threshold has just raised considerably.

Oh good, Pike has one of each to choose from--blonde, redhead, brunette.

Setting up the whole reason-vs-emotion thing that is probably the number one theme underlying Star Trek's long-running popularity.  I wonder if it's a form of ASD therapy.

Kind of a touching ending.  Those aliens weren't so bad after all.  But don't they know fish don't need bicycles?
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I used to consider myself a Trekkie.

I've read Star Trek novels.  I know why in TOS characters from other starships don't have insignia on their uniforms that match the Enterprise crews'.  I know what "TOS" means.  I've attended Star Trek conventions.  I've even read Star Trek technical manuals cover-to-cover, soaking up the oddest esoterica in the process.

But I recently realized I've never watched the entirety of The Original Series.

I'm pretty sure I've seen the Tribbles episode, and at least part of the one episode where everybody got drunk and then they based an early ST:TNG episode on it.  I vaguely recall Kirk time traveling.  But for some reason (possibly because my upbringing had us moving around often enough that we weren't near markets that showed the reruns), I've never seen the entire series.

So we've started watching ST:TOS from the beginning on Netflix streaming.  I'll report here on my findings.   #DiscoveringTOS  
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Yo, native speakers of English. A friend of mine needs some help for a little piece of research.

If you are a native English speaker, do me a favor: tell me the first 5 words or phrases that come to mind when you hear the word "wolf".

So as to not "contaminate" this little free-association exercise, I will lock the comments on this post and request that you make a post of your own and plus me in.

For bonus points, if you can, add where are you from (American, British, Canadian, etc).

Thanks!  :-)
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And now that you've read the above, and surely already generated your list of words/phrases, here's my list for +Ana Ulin's friend:

dog, fur, snow, red badge of courage, paws

...looking it up, I think I actually meant "To Build a Fire" since there aren't any wolves in Red Badge of Courage (that I could find).  I stand by the others.  =)
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My (almost new) bike was stolen from a bike rack at 9th and Market this evening. Please share this if you live in the city and keep an eye out -- http://sfbay.craigslist.org/sfc/bik/4762086137.html
My white Specialized crossroads sport step-through bicycle was stolen from a bike rack at 9th and Market on Nov. 14 between 5:15 and 5:30 p.m. It's a small hybrid bike with a silver colored rear rack
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I now want to start including animated summaries in my post-mortem reports.  http://lessonslearned.faa.gov/ChinaAirlines120/ChinaAirlines120_Downstop_pop_up.htm
 
Entertaining failure chain. :)
Now, how important can one little washer be? Pretty important, as it turns out. While this is not a general aviation incident, the lesson here is dramatically applicable to all of us. The FAA prepared an analysis of what happened to a China Airlines Boeing 737-800 on August 20, 2007, after landing at Naha Airport […]
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I discovered this week that naming a directory in a git repo something like "résumé" under OS X can cause git to stop recognizing the dir as being under revision control in certain contexts.  I found that it would recognize changes to a file in the directory and add/commit just fine from the parent, but when I tried getting a git log while in the directory or for the specific directory from the parent, it would behave like the dir wasn't under revision control, and attempting to rename the dir to something in the base ASCII character set would get a similar result.

It seems to be the difference between a single UTF-8 character for "é" versus the combination of a "regular" 'e' and U+0301, aka "COMBINING ACUTE ACCENT" (which is a "nonspacing" character, so it just writes on top of the character preceding it).  For example, 'git status' would show the modified file in the directory as being in a dir named "r\303\251sum\303\251", while at the same time git would see an untracked dir named "re\314\201sume\314\201".

The fix that finally worked for me was wrapping the name of the dir in single quotes--that allowed me to access git log and ultimately rename the dir to just plain old "resume".  At some point I hope to revisit and figure out whether the problem is in git or something in the OS X stack.
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Sometimes as a thought experiment I wonder what I might say to my younger self, which paths I would try to encourage him toward, and it usually boils down to choice of college major.

Yet I'm not sure I would suggest he change anything there.

Recently I pondered how the "real world" tends to involve a lot of coordinating with other people, but very few college majors teach good skills for that sort of thing.  In fact, I assert that only performance art programs provide people with the tools they need to thrive outside ivy walls.

The one constant in life is that you have to coordinate with people, work with systems that people have put together, and get people to do things necessary for larger projects, but rarely in academia do students learn how to do such things.  But in performing arts you do it all the time.

So it seems like majoring in theatre with a minor in some technical trade like computer science, physics, or biochemistry would be the best avenue to success.  You'd learn some tradeskills from the minor, and how to get things done from the major's emphasis.

Yet it's still incredibly rare that I encounter people with performing arts experience of any sort as I move about the business world.  So something must be wrong with my hypothesis.  Or the business world.
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Or both! Music programs (bands, orchestras) or school newspapers or yearbook programs also help teach this. Ditto any kind of team sports or team academic competitions.
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If you combine Google+ and YouTube, isn't Google in first place?  EDIT: Oh yeah, overlap, duh.
 
Google+ grows to become 2nd largest social platform globally

Wow, that was quick! Like I had said before it was only a matter of time! It's also interesting to note the decline in Chinese based social media sites...

Google+, who despite being branded a failure or ghost town by large portions of the media, grew in terms of active usage by 27% to 343m users to become the number 2 social platform. Interestingly for Google, YouTube (not previously tracked by us as a social platform) comes in at number 3, demonstrating the immense opportunity of linking Google’s services through the G+ social layer. This is also a key indication of why Google+ integrated with the Google product set is so key to the future of search and the internet. We’ve got more coming on Google+ later this week as well.

Source: +GlobalWebIndex 
Link: http://goo.gl/hgU4k

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cc: +Sergey Brin +Louis Gray +Natalie Villalobos +Brian Rose +Eric Schmidt +Vic Gundotra 
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