Was there a different word for metadata before the Internet took off?

If we were talking about the title and publication information about a book or newspaper, for example.

ranty, out of context youtube comment on a ted talk by a rich guy 

Every time I try to start a practical project in , I run into the same problem. I could do it at least 3-5x faster in .

It's not just the learning curve, I've done enough toying around to be tolerable in that arena. Limited libraries, weak documentation. It adds up.

Frustrating. Feels like I'm somehow wrong for wanting to do things with . Which does not change me wanting it to work out.

We will not defeat the president with a political argument. We will not defeat the president with an economic argument. We will not defeat the president with a purely rational argument. We will defeat the president with a moral argument.

Like the space between Goliath’s eyes, that is the one area where President Trump has no defense. He cannot defend himself morally or ethically because he doesn’t recognize morality and he doesn’t recognize ethics. He cannot fight what he cannot see.

~ Marianne Williamson

I'd like a job coding in Haskell, but ...

- I still find Haskell challenging.
- I've never been hired based only on an Interview.
- There's figuratively no such thing as a job coding in Haskell.


Ask not for whom the bus honks

It honks for thee

I'm extremely pleased to launch Run Your Own Social: How to run a small social network site for you friends.

This is a guide book to running a small, tight-knit federated social network server. It comes from my year of experience running Friend Camp. It's focused largely on SOCIAL solutions, though it does touch on the technical.

I've tried to keep it technology-neutral, and it should be a pretty easy read for anyone who's been on the fediverse for a while.


Wealth is what happens when people have the desire and ability to take care of one another.

Search: "vim find function definition"

Top result: "Jump to function definition in vim - Stack Overflow"

Top SO answer: "Use ctags ... There are more tags tricks and tips in this question."

Follow up answer: "Vim and Ctags tips and tricks." ** closed as "not constructive" **


This happens to me a lot:

1. Search for the answer to a tech-related curiosity.
2. Top results are from stack-overflow or their stack-exchange network.
3. The answer no my question is: "closed: because we don't speak of such things."


I wanted to know if any of the programs included in my chosen GNU/Linux distribution were funding themselves with .

There were 46607 programs to check, so I wrote another program to look them up.

It seems the answer is "no."

Not what I expected, but I'm betting we'll reach a point where crowdfunding makes life much better for developers.

Proposition: (If I'm hearing the anti-capitalists right..)

Computer programmer isn't an effective career because "merits."

It's an effective career because the means of production are both difficult to extract and trivial to acquire.

tutorial - Riding a Bike

Part 1: Newtonian Physics
Part 2: Limitations of the Newtonian Physics Model for Describing Motion
Part 3: ...

Hoping to play with 's Text.Trifecta parsing library on a toy project. I can't seem to make it play nice with unit testing (esp Hspec.)

Is there a normal approach to testing the results of parsers?

Been practicing two minute, off-the-cuff speeches in conjunction with .

Here's one about drama triangles, which are actually useful to know about.


RT @librofm

"Indie booksellers have experienced a resurgence in the past decade, as have audiobooks. @librofm has found a way to connect the audiobook market to the indie booksellers..." @doctorow via @BoingBoing: boingboing.net/2019/01/12/bezo #shopindie #audiobooks

🐦🔗: twitter.com/librofm/status/110

If you're in the US and think net neutrality is a good idea, there's another shot at getting it back.


Today I got the dev-stack up and running locally. There were about two hours of hurry-up-and-wait.

Looks like my subscription will be split three ways this month.

1. Wikimedia Foundation (for wikipedia)
2. Keera Studios (a programmer on github)
3. Some article I read.

We have the tools and resources necessary to reclaim the Internet without turning creators into beggars.

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