Nathan Willis

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  • 2014-04-18T21:00:41Z via Pumpa To: Public CC: Followers

    Is there any chance we can get them to officially give Kepler-186f the name "Hello World"?

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  • 2014-04-17T18:07:50Z via Pumpa To: Public CC: Followers

    I think Bitcoin's not a "currency" so long as nobody prices things *in* Bitcoins.

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  • CScAN

    2014-04-16T16:57:55Z via Pumpa To: Public CC: Followers

    Comprehensive Spaghetti-code Archive Network
  • 2014-04-16T04:46:36Z via Pumpa To: Public CC: Followers

  • 2014-04-15T21:14:28Z via Pumpa To: Public CC: Followers

    If I'm ever a forum moderator / community manager / something else to that effect, believe me when I say that posting LMGTFY links will be a bannable offense.

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    better yet: ad bad karma to the answer each time somebody lands on that page coming from a major search engine.

    mray at 2014-04-16T08:00:41Z

  • 2014-04-14T18:05:26Z via Pumpa To: Public CC: Followers

    There's a special kind of camaraderie that accompanies subscribing to an RSS feed and having your feed-reader app tell you that there is exactly one other subscriber ... out there, somewhere.

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    Wow. Your feed reader tells you that. Which one as a feature like this?

    Julien Deswaef at 2014-04-16T07:00:17Z

    Just the hosted web-service ones -- Feedly does it ... I think Google Reader used to. Ahh, the memories....

    Nathan Willis at 2014-04-16T12:48:50Z

  • TfA

    2014-04-10T19:23:15Z via Pumpa To: Public CC: Followers

    Twelve-factor authentication:
    Something you know
    Something you have
    Something you are
    Something you achieve
    Something you draw
    Something you lift
    Something you stole
    Something you're looking at
    Something you long for
    Something you can spell
    Something you know how to cook
    Something you can't live without

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  • 2014-04-10T17:11:13Z via Pumpa To: Public CC: Followers

    If catchy names and logos for security bugs becomes the norm, Oracle is soon going to employ the world's largest collection of graphic designers.

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  • 2014-04-10T17:02:11Z via Pumpa To: Public CC: Followers

    Sappy greeting card ideas, #1: "There's not enough ours in the day"
  • 2014-04-10T01:10:23Z via Pumpa To: Public CC: Followers

    For the record, when I went to my local planetarium -- yes, I've been to my local planetarium, as an adult, and screw you -- the planetariunist -- yes, that's what they're called, and screw you again -- made the case for dropping all of the minor/dwarf/planetoids from the "official" list of planets on the grounds that there were so many that kids would not be able to memorize them all.

    To that I say, first of all, Survival of The Fittest. If your slope-headed kid can't remember all his planets, then guess what, he fails science class LIKE HE SHOULD. Second, I say Go Ask A Kid About Dinosaurs if you think they have serious deficiencies in remembering arbitrary lists of inconveniently-named scientific junk. And third, I say The Second You Can Explain To Me What Difference It Makes To Anybody Outside the Astronomy Textbook and Stick-On Glow-In-The_Dark Planet Decal Industries Whether A Particular Object Is Designated a Major Or Minor Planet, I'll Pretend I Care. But actually I won't, because I'll be slapping you with a board that says "Europe and Asia are separate continents" painted on one side. And you know what? The exact same number of objects will be orbiting the sun, except possibly for whatever teeth I knock loose with the back side of that board, where it has the official list of what's an Ocean and what's a Sea written on it. And when your dentist asks you what happened, you can say "I heard it at the planetarium."

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    There, I feel better.

    Nathan Willis at 2014-04-10T01:11:21Z

    I wish I had a local planetarium

    jrobb at 2014-04-10T01:14:13Z

  • 2014-04-10T00:57:04Z via Pumpa To: Public CC: Followers

    I might watch this "Cosmo" show everybody's talking about it involved Tyson fighting a guy wearing a Pluto costume. Admit it; you'd pay to see that, too.

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    And just to be clear, I mean EITHER the dog or the planetary body Pluto. Although the subtext is so much richer for the former.

    Nathan Willis at 2014-04-10T00:57:56Z

  • 2014-04-09T12:42:39Z via Pumpa To: Public CC: Followers

    No, starting a headline with "No" does not make you look authoritative.

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    Yes, starting a reply with "yes" does sound authoritative.

    Christopher Allan Webber at 2014-04-09T14:36:55Z

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    So how do you look if you start with "Maybe"? xD

    JanKusanagi at 2014-04-09T14:38:46Z

    "Maybe" is how you end a question headline.

    Is N8 Willis the finest journalist working today? Maybe.

    But sometimes dragged out.

    Is N8 Willis the finest journalist working today? He just may be.

    Also, there's the coy option.

    Is N8 Willis the finest journalist working today? The answer will surprise you!

    Evan Prodromou at 2014-04-09T17:56:58Z

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    Well if we're going solely by looks, sure.

    Nathan Willis at 2014-04-10T00:53:45Z

  • 2014-04-07T19:34:02Z via Pumpa To: Public CC: Followers

    The official list of Things That Will Get You Banned From My Presence now includes linking to that terrible timeline diagram that purports to map out the sequence of events in "Primer" but misses the fact that the movie is specifically set in March, and consequently plots out a whole bunch o' September dates instead.
  • 2014-04-07T18:58:05Z via Pumpa To: Public CC: Followers

    Kickstarter II: Startkicker

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  • 2014-04-07T16:38:09Z via Pumpa To: Public CC: Followers

    So many browser tabs, so little idea what I'm supposed to be working on right now....

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    Have you tried Tree Style Tabs? It's a life changer...

    Christopher Allan Webber at 2014-04-07T16:44:20Z

  • Did a terrible job...

    2014-04-05T21:39:55Z via Pumpa To: Public CC: Followers

    ...microbloggin on the Pump at LGM this week. Due solely to the difficulty of connecting accounts. Ultimately, I decided that raising the profile of LGM and free software stuff on the larger but closed Twitter network took precedence over filling in followers on the federated platform, 100% of whom (I'm confident) are already The Choir on the social issues of software freedom and are familiar with the great community of free software creative-graphics tools like Inkscape, GIMP, Blender, Scribus, Darktable, et al.

    One of the things that sprang from 1-on-1 conversations, including tonight, was what a huge amount of work still needs to be done reaching out to artists and designers who don't know what they're missing and don't realize that the libre graphics community is more aligned with their needs than proprietary app vendors are. I made a long list of things I need to do better this coming year before the next LGM (encourage LGM speakers to submit talks to other conferences, write more about progress in the open font movement, etc); one of those things is to talk to people who are already in the creative arts but don't realize that there is a hyper-motivated community of artistic professionals who also dedicate their time to sharing and improving the software tools they all rely on.

    Nevertheless, I do still need to help spread the news within this community as well. I'll do some of that via LWN; perhaps more by aggregating updates from Twitter someplace more permanent. Hopefully by helping to make a more accessible archive of what was said and done this week. In the meantime, though, please accept my apologies as well as this image from my first slide deck.


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    apology accepted :)

    mray at 2014-04-05T21:47:36Z

  • 2014-03-28T18:40:27Z via Pumpa To: Public CC: Followers

    FAIR WARNING: Next week during #LGM14 I plan to interrupt every talk by raising my hand to ask the exact same question, "Well, what if you used wavelets?"

    Make your plans accordingly.

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    wavelets in a box in the cloud

    Nathan Willis at 2014-03-28T18:42:49Z

    Big data wavelets

    Luke at 2014-03-28T19:47:00Z

  • 2014-03-28T14:47:06Z via Pumpa To: Public CC: Followers

    I think if you don't instinctively refer to your laundry loads as midtones, highlights, and shadows, then you may not be cut out for life as a photographer.

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  • 2014-03-28T00:35:06Z via Pumpa To: Public CC: Followers

    I can suspend plenty of disbelief about the effectiveness of superheroes' flimsy masks / clark-kent glasses. But Lance, on Arrow, (a) knows for a fact that his daughter is the Canary, (b) knows that the Canary and the Arrow are inseparable, and (c) also knows that his daughter and Oliver are inseparable. But supposedly he can't guess Ollie's secret identity. Dude's got problems.

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