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Iron & Wine (Sam Beam) performing "The Trapeze Swinger" for his one-song encore last night at The Pageant. It was a great show.

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If your using Unicode, I feel bad for you son. I got 99 problems but a glyph ain't one, hit me!
Two Problems
• Some people, when confronted with a problem, think, "I know, I'll use regular expressions." Now they have two problems.

• Some people, when faced with a problem, think, "I know, I'll use #binary." Now they have 10 problems.

• Some people, when confronted with a problem, think, "I know, I'll use #threads," and then two they hav erpoblesms.

• Some people, when confronted with a problem, think "I know, I'll use #multithreading". Nothhw tpe yawrve o oblems.

• Some people, when confronted with a problem, think, "I know, I'll use mutexes." Now they have

• Some people, when confronted with a problem, think: "I know, I'll use caching." Now they have one problems.

• Some people see a problem and think "I know, I'll use #Java!" Now they have a ProblemFactory.

• Some programmers, when confronted with a problem, think "I know, I'll use floating point arithmetic." Now they have 1.999999999997 problems.

• Some people, wanting an escape from their full-time job, think "I know, I'll contribute to open source." Now they have two full-time jobs.

• Some people, when confronted with a problem, think: "I know, I'll think outside the box!" Now, they have 3.75 problems, an entirely new framework, and three dozen toll house cookies cooling in the kitchen.

• Some people when confronted with a desire to use pithy quotes in their presentations think "I know, I'll use something from Star Wars". Now two problems they have.

• Some people, when confronted with a problem, think, "I know, I'll use #UTF8." Now they à??????µ?ç°§ùÔ_¦Ñ?.

• "I'll use #PHP!" Now they have ("1 apple" + "1 orange") problems.

• "I'll use #Perl!" Now they have more than one way to have more than one problem....

• Some people, when confronted with a problem, think, "I know, I'll use Shareware." Now they have two trials.

• Some people, when confronted with a problem, think, "I know, I'll use delegations." Now their problem is a problem of their problem.

• Some people when confronted with a problem think "I know, I'll quote jwz". Now everyone has a problem.

(Source links: https://joindiaspora.com/posts/1653418
http://nedbatchelder.com/blog/201204/two_problems.html)

#programming #problems
h/t +Vysakh Sreenivasan 

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So the US DoJ will investigate Samsung and Google for how they license patents related to industry standards, but not Apple for patenting proprietary alternatives to industry standards to lock consumers to their products. Shouldn't they be focusing more on protecting consumers than corporations? Wait, I forgot, "corporations are people too, my friend".

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I was just thinking last night how annoying it is that sometimes on #android  jelly bean the long-press paste menu pops up below the finger and shifted left, right under my left index finger (depending on screen location, sometimes it pops up above the finger, but still shifted left). The only way to see the menu is to lift the finger, which means you have to guess when you have long-pressed long enough.

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Up until recently, +Google Play Music has had a gaping hole in usability: no queue (i. e., no way to set up a bunch of disparate tracks to play). This problem was recently addressed in the Android app and now a queue has appeared under Auto Playlists in the web version. One more thing they need to add: the ability to randomly feed the queue from a playlist.

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Something that was good to be a part of. You can see a video description here: http://video.nytimes.com/video/2012/07/07/science/100000001577811/second-chance.html

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I'm helping to organize Beyond the Genome this year (27-29 September 2012 in Boston). You can use the code DDOOLING15 when registering to get 15% off. If you register before 19 July 2012, you can get an additional 15% off and submit an abstract for talk/poster. We already have a bunch of great speakers lined up and will have a bioinformatics workshop, so register at the link below.

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When I used Google Play to create an "Instant Mix" from the song "Wooden Heart" by Listener (see previous post), it generated the mix I captured with a screen shot below. For some reason a spoken word song spawns a mix of classic vocalists (Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole, Dean Martin, Bing Crosby, Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald, etc.).  #fail  In the past it would report that it could not make an Instant Mix (I presume in similar situations, i. e., when it has no idea what to put together).
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I post this video as prelude to my next post (since I can't post two pieces of media in one post). Everything falls apart...
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