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from the ten-minutes-well-spent dept.

Fellow fans of The BlackAdder will feel as chuffed as I to know "Dr Johnson" did, in fact, write the first Dictionary of the English Language (despite failing to receive the patronage of Prince George because of Baldric's sausage). It took him 9 years because a certain butler persisted in discombobulating him.

But who amongst you knew the word "alligator" was an invention on William Shakespeare? Next time you're having difficulty rhyming with the words purple, orange or even toilet - just invent something!
(List of English words without rhymes:

This analytical overview of the development of the "English" language is a fantastic watch - and I guarantee you will learn something fun!

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Brilliant word. The Finns are one again demonstrating their excellence.
During the last panel at 4th Street, (Swearing and Cursing) Steven Brust introduced me to my new favorite word. This may be the best curse word ever, especially if you work in publishing as I do.


It's Finnish, and the full definition that I found is: "Noun (Vulgar, pejorative)- A person with exceptional and unnecessary attention to detail. Noun- A person who believes it is their destiny to stamp out all spelling and punctuation mistakes at the cost of popularity, self-esteem and mental well-being."

The literal translation is "comma-fucker."

So Wednesday, my first day back at work, I come rushing in - all smiles. Not only were the Supreme Court decisions out, but I had the best word ever. I have it written on an index card, in red Sharpie, followed by the definition and literal translation. My boss demands it and makes photocopies, and by the end of the day it's the new hot thing amongst the production department's language geeks.

I mean we're editors for goodness sake. "Have you seen Suzanne's new word?"

So my boss and another of my coworkers post it to Facebook that night, and now their friends are sending me interesting language links. Such as the Stephen Fry bit below (which is awesome, and wherein he rails against Pilkunnussijas).

So thank you Steve, you have made my world a more surreal place.
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If we make consistent effort, based on proper education, we can change the world. We are selfish, that’s natural, but we need to be wisely selfish, not foolishly selfish. We have to concern ourselves more with others’ well-being, that’s the way to be wisely selfish. We have the ability to take the long-term benefit into account. I think it is possible to make real change in this century.
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Visualizations of Pathfinding Algorithms

This is really awesome. See how A*, Breadth-First Search, Best-First Search, Dijkstra, and Jump Point Search work to find a path between two points, with obstacles that you construct. Fantastic if you're a visual learner.

#pathfinding   #visualization   #interactive  
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A joke i've heard recently:

How many Linux users are needed to change a lightbulb?

1 to post a thread in a forum telling the bulb has burnt.
1 to suggest to try to turn the lamp on through command lines.
1 to complain that the user broke the thread.
1 to ask what new bulb will he install.
1 to advice that we shouldn't use the word burn for meaning a broken lightbulb, because it would mean that the bulb was set on fire and that it wold be right to say that the bulb broke due to an excess of electrical current.
25 to suggest to install all the kinds of existing and imaginable lightbulbs.
5 who say that the burnt bulb is an upstream issue that doesn't belong to the distro. There's an open bug on the bulb's developer mail list.
1 noob to suggest to install a Microsoft lightbulb.
250 to flood the noob's mail address.
300 to say that a Microsoft lightbulb would turn blue and that you'd had to reboot continuously to get back to normal.
1 former linux user who still frequents the forum, to suggest to install an Apple iBulb, which has a fresh and innovating design and it costs 250 $.
20 to say that iBulbs aren't free, and that they have less functions than a 20 times cheaper standard lightbulb.
15 to suggest to install a national lightbulb.
30 to say that national lightbulbs are creepled remasters of foreign lightbulbs and that they don't bring nothing new.
23 to argue if it must be a white or a transparent bulb.
1 to remiind everyone that the right name is GNU/Lightbulb.
1 to say that lightbulbs are a Winbugs users thing and that real Linux users aren't afraid of the dark.
1 to announce finally which will be the model of the installed bulb.
217 to discard the chosen model and suggest another.
6 to complain that the chosen lightbulb has propietary elements, and that another should be used.
20 to say that a 100% free bulb, isn't compatible with the lamp switch.
The same previous 6, to suggest to change the switch for a compatible one.
350 to ask the previous user what God is he talking about, and that if he has scientific proofs of his existence.
1 to say that we can't trust in corporation-made bulbs and that we should trust in community-made bulbs.
1 to post a link to an ODF file explaining how to build a lightbulb from scratch.
14 to complain about the format of the previous file and asking to send it in txt or LaTeX.
5 to say that they didn't like the taken decission and that they'll fork the house's electric installation and install a better lamp.
1 to post a series of commands to put to change the lightbulb.
1 to comment that he executed the commands and had an error message.
1 to advice that the commands must be executed as root

And finally:
The father of the first user, who while everyone were discussing, he went to the shop and bought the cheapest lightbulb.
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+Helena Roeber and I spoke about Android's design principles at Google I/O 2013. Here's the video.
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That ending.
This is, hands down, without a doubt, the best advertising I've ever seen.

Zachary Quinto vs. Leonard Nimoy: "The Challenge"
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Doing a little brainstorming? Try one of these five great reader-nominated mind mapping tools to organize your thoughts and help you make them reality:
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Universal ADB (Android Debug Bridge) Driver for Windows

My test matrix for Carbon and Tether includes several phones and several versions of Windows. Both apps require that the user has ADB installed on their PC to function.

For whatever reason, every phone manufacturer has their own adb driver, so I end up installing like 3-4 different drivers when I do my testing. It's a royal pain in the ass, and is also asking a lot of the end user of one of my apps to do this.

This driver should work on all Android phones for all versions of Windows. [1] It does not require that you turn on test signing or disable driver verification. This is done by installing ClockworkMod as a trusted certificate and publisher into the local machine's certificate store.

Here's the installer file:

Here's the Github source code:

Thanks to an XDA thread for gathering the device/vendor ids:

Let me know how it works.

[1] On Windows 8, after downloading, choose "More Info" then "Run anyway".
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