ErdősWhile Googling for the query "is it possible to artificially lower your Erdős number by surreptitiously crediting tangential co-authors", I discovered that apparently there used to be something called "Erdős At Home" (it came up in the auto-suggest completion options).
Unfortunately, it was a furniture store in Dallas. And, even more unfortunately, it closed down in April.
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Tonight our hero makes no progress toward his goalsIn the ultimate act of procrastination, I started writing a short story rather than bang out some words for my dissertation.
HopeI hope you all like the new GitHub terms of service.
I say this because nobody else cares whether or not you like the new GitHub terms of service at all — certainly not anybody at GitHub. But at least you have me.
- How did nerds express their hatred to each other before they could argue online about Dr Who?
Irony, n.There's a certain amount of irony in advertizing your document editor as a "user friendly" "what you see is what you want" application, then providing your documentation only in unsearchable plain PostScript files: http://www.texmacs.org/tmweb/help/manual.en.html
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Tick tock tick tockI understand that there's a substantial number of people in the free-software world who think that RMS is "embarrassing" in one or more ways and that "he needs to go" for what they see as the good of the future of the movement. I just hope that those people think about how they hope they'll be treated years from now, when they're the old person who's embarrassing the young community members who aren't even active (or alive) now.
Because the cold, hard linearity of time means that, someday, you *will* be the oldest person in the free-software world. Unless your plan is to die early, of course.
Charles Stanhope likes this.I'm reminded of something that Bradley Kuhn said in a hallway conversation a couple of years ago (LCA I think): to paraphrase, "I'm trying not to think about what's good for software freedom next year; I care about software freedom 30 years from now."
He was, I'm pretty sure, talking about compromises with code and licensing. But it also applies to community work, I believe.
- I think there are people out there who genuinely think that RGB captures every possible color value.Show all 5 repliesI want to be able to use the sliders on my photo editor, so that when I start with a shot where something in the shadows was too dark for my eye to see, I can still slide the brightness up and recover color. So that's imperative.
Moreover, a "color" is not simply an electromagnetic frequency. A color that is recorded by any receiver (living or mechanical) may be the combination of many light sources of different types (and frequencies) reflecting off of the same surface. Which is why lightbulbs get rated with CRI numbers that (allegedly) tell you that your deep orange retro-Edison bulb will make everything in your house look different than your Phillips Daylight LED bulb.(You actually also don't have 'red cones' and 'green cones'; that's a confusion just caused by the fact that there are three of them. The sensitivities overlap considerably, and the opponent process in the brain compares and contrasts them to arrive at the signal that you ultimately see. But all that's a side issue, apart from the fact that if you actually look at a chromaticity diagram, it isn't triangular.)
What's that?All year long, I've been using free software to do my work in the MATD program.
While there have been a few people (fellow / former students) who asked about FontForge, by and large they're more than happy with their current option (Glyphs App), although they expressed some curiosity about things FontForge can do.
In contrast, I have gotten a lot more questions about Scribus and how to try it out, followed by LibreOffice.
Not sure what to conclude from that.
DifferentGot an email out of the blue a few weeks ago from a high-school student asking me what the benefits are, to distributions, of sandboxed application containers like Snap and Flatpak.
Bear in mind, this is probably a year after the last time I wrote anything about this topic at all. And I can't remember anybody emailing me to ask my opinion on a topic when I was actually employed as a tech journalist....
2017-07-02T15:07:47Z via AndStatus To: Public
Fermat's Last Theremin #mynextband
Jokes(1) I guess it really is inspired by Emacs
(2) Aren't atoms supposed to be small?
(3) Yikes, bring on the quantum computing already
Possible Conference-talk Titles"Your documentation sucks, and it's your fault, and you should feel bad."
2017-06-30T07:06:57Z via AndStatus To: Public
Some smart words from Peter Sikking on the subject of why we need more fonts: http://blog.mmiworks.net/2017/06/the-world-needs-more-fonts-honestly.html?m=1
I'm no stranger to this topic, of course. On the one hand, it's kind of funny that it seems to plague some disciplines more than others; on the other, I suspect that it's just a sign that people are underinformed about what your entire field is. I know my brother regularly faces the question "but why do we need to do $Physics? What good does it do?"
(Which, basically, means they expect you to have some three-point connect-the-dots 'it cures cancer' reply, in his case. My go-to answer for typefaces is different)
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This just inYesterday w officially submitted our typeface design practicals. Digital files, printed specimen book, and reflection-on-practice paper.
Now I've got nothing to do ... except write up that dissertation. To the research!
2017-06-18T21:37:19Z via AndStatus To: Public
Another day, another batch of notifications, by name, about which acquaintences of mine have installed the"privacy-friendly" Signal app....
notifcations from what?
not sure what the story is with that ..
it says it needs to be updated but the update doesn't work.
now I probably need to get rid of it just to be able to send an sms!
not that it was much use anyway, only one person I know used it and not even that person got round to doing the key exchange thing.
so that would mean its just ordinary sms anyway..
so not much point to that hassle
Mr MayorMy hometown elected its new mayor this weekend and it's the first person of color in the office.
The position is effectively ceremonial as far as executive policy goes (city council /manager format), but the mayor does vote. The bigger issue for representation is that the council (and the county commission) are all still elected at-large, which has the effect of diluting the franchise of minority communities — which tend to be clustered in neighborhoods, as I'm sure you can guess. The town has made some strides forward as far as the council make-up goes in recent years, though.
Still, all things considered, you have to admit it's pretty cool.