Archive for June 2011

Matrix of Emotions

Robert Plutchik’s Matrix of Emotions

I saw the image below recently and was intrigued. Unfortunately I saw the image without context so I couldn’t figure out what to google to learn more. The other day, however, I ran into it again. Here’s the explanation I found:

Robert Plutchik considered there to be eight primary emotions – anger, fear, sadness, disgust, surprise, anticipation, trust, and joy. Plutchik proposed that these ‘basic’ emotions are biologically primitive and have evolved in order to increase the reproductive fitness of the [...]

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The golden ratio in the Apple iCloud icon

The golden ratio in the Apple iCloud icon

via: Alan van Roemburg by way of this post

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Fathers, don’t frustrate your children…

It was late at night and I was standing in my kitchen, cooking bacon and crying.

I was cooking bacon because I was hungry and I had bacon. When those two conditions are true it’s not at all surprising to find me in the kitchen cooking. The crying, however, was new. It had taken me by surprise.

It had been a stressful and snarly night. I had come home from work tired and cranky. Shortly after I’d arrived Amanda came back from [...]

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Hub… hub… oh-my-zsh! God Bless You. LoL!

Eh, it's not even that funny

I was poking around on my desktop tonight because, let’s be honest, there’s nothing quite like a thursday night spent playing with .oh-my-zsh.

Quick Aside: I just noticed that in looking for the most “canonical” link to use for .oh-my-zsh in the previous paragraph I googled it and saw a few possibilities in the first serp, like a github repo, a blog post describing how its author uses it, among others. Nothing seemed very official. There was a twitter account linked [...]

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Coding Ugly

I am a forest - by Gustav Klim

Sometimes it’s good to just hack. Don’t worry about scalability or maintainability, don’t sweat coding standards, ignore DRY but mutter YAGNI as often as possible – just duct tape things together as you think of them.

It’s like sketching, but instead of a pencil you have a text editor. You pop around the control flow tweaking bits and dropping little #todo’s when you get an idea that might be worth pursuing… but later. Just jot it down in a comment so [...]

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Practical Imagination: An Essential Startup Skill

I was thinking today about the “soft skills” of business and particularly entrepreneurship. Much is made of the often amorphous “business skills” or “people skills.” For technical people those phrases are often heard as a euphemism for either an eagerness to take advantage of people or, just as often, moderate alcoholism.

We joke among ourselves about the starry eyed “idea guys” that post on craigslist looking for someone to just “do the code part.” As if developers are sitting in front [...]

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