Archive for December 2011

Lying At The Barbershop

Photo of an old barbershop

The guy that usually cuts my hair wasn’t in today. I always wait for him when I go in. Not because he’s a particularly skillful barber, but because of an awkward moment that happened the first time I went to that barbershop.

I had gone in for a haircut after a two year hiatus. For one year I shaved my own head for reasons that I could never really articulate. At the end that experiment I just stopped cutting my hair. [...]

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The Once A Year Card

Are you the sort of person that never remembers to buy cards? Birthdays, Christmas, Get Well…. it just doesn’t occur to you.

It’s not that you don’t love the people in your life, you’re just not the sort to express it by buying stationery.

Here’s your solution: The Once A Year Card

It’s a card that very directly and clearly states that I am sending it to the recipient because I want them to know that I occasionally think of them, that I [...]

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For You Mamasita

Corpo de Mujer

Cuerpo de mujer, blancas colinas, muslos blancos, te pareces al mundo en tu actitud de entrega. Mi cuerpo de labriego salvaje te socava y hace saltar el hijo del fondo de la tierra.

Fui solo como un túnel. De mí huían los pájaros y en mí la noche entraba su invasión poderosa. Para sobrevivirme te forjé como un arma, como una flecha en mi arco, como una piedra en mi honda.

Pero cae la hora de la venganza, y te amo. Cuerpo de piel, de musgo, de [...]

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Christopher Hitchens Lived

I always knew there was a risk in the bohemian lifestyle… I decided to take it because it helped my concentration, it stopped me being bored — it stopped other people being boring. It would make me want to prolong the conversation and enhance the moment. If you ask: would I do it again? I would probably say yes. But I would have quit earlier hoping to get away with the whole thing. I decided all of life is a wager [...]

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Scale and Perspective

 

“It takes these very simple-minded instructions—’Go fetch a number, add it to this number, put the result there, perceive if it’s greater than this other number’––but executes them at a rate of, let’s say, 1,000,000 per second. At 1,000,000 per second, the results appear to be magic.”

— Steve Jobs

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PHP Gravatar Class

I was recently working on a small side project when I ran across a need for a php implementation of a class that would produce Gravatar urls.

Generating Gravatar urls is not a complicated affair. In fact, it’s not out of the question to write a one-off gravatar function as needed. I wanted something slightly more robust and reuseable. I was surprised as I surveyed the php gravatar classes in github to find a morass of over engineered solutions that were [...]

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