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I taught mu4e how to write rich-text e-mails (standing on the shoulders of org-mime, but making the experience much smoother). WIP, ymmv etc. If you don't know what I'm rambling about, just check the screenshot :) 
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Finished http://www.amazon.com/Born-Run-Hidden-Superathletes-Greatest/dp/0307266303; pretty amazing non-fiction that tells the story of (ultra)runners (including the writer), and how they all come to Mexico to compete with some natives runners. We learn how distance running came to be, and why expense air/gel/etc. running shoes are bad. Writer is a bit quick & loose with his science here and there, but what a great motivator; esp. as as an audio book during runs.
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Finished Einstein's little book on relativity -- an excellent (the best?) introduction into the field, no knowledge of tensors or Hilbert spaces required. It's amazing how he succeeds in showing how it all follows taking everyday observations to their logical conclusion. E.g., special relativity follows from the fact that the speed of light is equal in all frames of reference and the need to massage the laws of mechanics (length, time) to make that work. http://www.amazon.com/Relativity-The-Special-General-Theory/dp/1619491508/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1335093966&sr=8-3
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Reminded me of Tesla-the-Band (named after Nikola)... Twenty-two years ago, time does fly... Tesla - Paradise
 
Just finished a Nikola Tesla biography. I had almost forgotten what a singular
genius he was, if a bit of a mad (and sad) scientist later on. Mostly liked the
book; however, it could use a bit more physics and bit less psycho-analysis
babbling http://www.amazon.com/Wizard-Nikola-Biography-Genius-Citadel/dp/0806519606/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1334831851&sr=8-1
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Just released mu(*) v0.9.8.3. Many improvements all around, many based on the feedback I received for previous versions. Screenshot for mu4e, the mu-based e-mail client for emacs.

(*) the e-mail search engine, http://www.djcbsoftware.nl/code/mu/
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To end the year on a high note, released version 0.9.8-alpha of my e-mail searcher/indexer mu[1] - yah! It now comes with an emacs-based e-mail client called "mu4e" -- inspired by mutt/wanderlust and a bit of notmuch, but quite different, too. Not surprisingly, it works very smooth for me - possibly for others too. Some shots below.

[1] http://www.djcbsoftware.nl/code/mu/
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Finished Krakauer's "Where Men Win Glory", a true story about Pat Tillman, who gave up his football career to join the army, fought in Afghanistan and died there in some friendly-fire incident. Nice book -- Tillman is kind of stereotype-defying -- he looks like a comic-book hero, but comes off as an intelligent, principled man who surprisingly didn't even agree with the Iraq war. After his demise, there's a nauseating cover-up because apparently his story needs a bit of massaging for political purposes... Anyhow, much enjoyed this book.

For a bit different perspective, I also read Kyle's "American Sniper"[1] autobio -- a Navy seal with 160 confirmed kills -- he's seen a lot more action than Tillman. He's more of the god-country-family-cowboy type, and seems to enjoy the war and "killing bad guys" a lot -- maybe a bit too much... The story is not too-well written, but I suppose it gives a good look into his life and motivations... Of course, he's no Simo Häyhä[2]...

[1] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chris_Kyle
[2] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Simo_H%C3%A4yh%C3%A4
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At a colleagues' recommendation, I read Jeff Olson's "The Slight Edge"; a self-help book with the idea that great changes in life are the sum of little changes every day; well -- true enough. The pivotal thought experiment is a choice between getting a million dollar now versus getting a penny on day-1, doubling each day of a month. "Surprisingly" you should choose the penny, duh. It is then silently assumed that many of the slight daily changes form such a geometric progression... in other words: I'm not the target audience for this.

Still, I do agree with the recommendation to have little habits, routines (e.g., in diet, exercise, reading, relations,...) , and consistently follow through on them - these things do make a difference.

http://www.amazon.com/The-Slight-Edge-Revised-Edition/dp/193594486X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1335620238&sr=8-1
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I implemented customizable message actions in mu4e[1] (all it takes is a little elisp), and as an example, today I taught it to show messages as PDFs. Cool stuff.

[1] http://www.djcbsoftware.nl/code/mu
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Just finished a Nikola Tesla biography. I had almost forgotten what a singular
genius he was, if a bit of a mad (and sad) scientist later on. Mostly liked the
book; however, it could use a bit more physics and bit less psycho-analysis
babbling http://www.amazon.com/Wizard-Nikola-Biography-Genius-Citadel/dp/0806519606/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1334831851&sr=8-1
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+Dirk-Jan Binnema i'm not much into vampire stuff either but they are portrayed very differently in this series and I kinda liked that or maybe it was just that Tesla was way too charming in this series.
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Still working on some Lisp-related things; I wrote an e-mail client in Emacs Lisp, working title "mu4e"; have used it for a few months now, and it's almost ready to release -- one of my 2011 goals, I'm quite happy. A fun side-project was the Scheme (Guile) bindings that I added and that allow me to do all kind of interesting (and highly important) statistics on my mail corpus -- for example, plotting the number of mails with the words "xmas" per month. Surprising, he?
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