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18
May
08

This past two weeks…

Lately, things have been rather slow over here… i don’t intend this to be the case, it’s just been a bit overwhelming.

So, without further ado…

Science:

General:

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03
May
08

Core dump…

For those of you that still remember the good old days of core dumps, here’s a post that follows that philosophy. 😉

It’s been quite sometime since i last had a chance to put some content here on the blog, nor have i had time to expand on the interesting comments that have appeared and so on… time has been short lately.

In some sense, this is good news: research has really taken the best of me (as opposed to, e.g., some of the network management tasks that have plagued me in the not-so-distant-past 😉 ) — last week i gave a talk at Syracuse, and if all goes well, maybe i’ll be able to talk a bit about it here. 🙂

Hearts will never be practical until they can be made unbreakable.
— The Wizard of Oz

Scientific:

General Interest:

That’s all folks! 🙂

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26
Apr
08

Testing blogging from Emacs…

If this works, it shows that Emacs’ weblogger mode (see more at Blogging with Emacs) is working just fine! 🙂

Ultimate geekdom sorcery! 😈

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18
Mar
08

Interesting bits of the week…

If you’ve done six impossible things before breakfast, why not round it off with dinner at Milliway’s, the restaurant at the end of the universe?
— Douglas Adams, “The Restaurant at the End of the Universe”

15
Mar
08

Today’s fortune and the interesting bits of the past two weeks…

But, for my own part, it was Greek to me.
— William Shakespeare, “Julius Caesar”

22
Feb
08

Today’s fortune cookie and interesting bit…

Here’s the fortune cookie:

Never offend people with style when you can offend them with substance.
— Sam Brown, “The Washington Post”, January 26, 1977

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As for the interesting bit: Architecture is politics: community building and the success of Wikipedia.

I found this post (by Michael Nielsen) quite interesting, but maybe not for the reason people normally would: I just thought the “thesis” of this post was something well known. What I mean is the following: a framework like Wiki, Zope/Plone, Drupal, etc, they all have different modus operandi, i.e., they were all designed to harness the power of the collective in slightly different ways. That means that each of these designs follows a different “policy” of community building; while some may think that every single user should have the same “weight”, some may adopt the policy of ‘roles’, where different groups of users have different tasks within the community.

This is not a judgement of value of these different frameworks. However, each of them imply certain “choices” that were made with a given “community building ideal” in mind. So, in this sense, it seems clear to me that the particular architecture of the software used should reflect the “politics” behind it.

But, maybe this is clearer to me because of all those years listening to RMS… 😉

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Updated (24-Feb-08): This piece at Slate may have something to add to this discussion: The Wisdom of the Chaperones: Digg, Wikipedia, and the myth of Web 2.0 democracy.

20
Feb
08

Testing Scribd…

Let’s see if this works… if so, i’ll come back in a bit to explain it better. 😉

Scribd Poster 14-Nov-07.

😈

Scribd has launched its iPaper solution. For more information about it, check out their Documentation. 🙂

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Atualizado (23-Feb-08): I believe i have found a solution to embedding Scribd/iPaper documents into WP. Check this out and see if it works 😉 :

Vodpod videos no longer available. from www.scribd.com posted with vodpod




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