Monthly Archives: May 2013

On Fermi Paradox

Our sun is a relatively young star, and one of millions yellow G-type main sequence stars in the galaxy. A lot of these are surrounded by planetary systems, with one or more large bodies in their respective Goldilocks zone where … Continue reading

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Digital Age Information Overload

As I become older, I grow more and more certain that most people are idiots. Especially the smart, ambitious, driven and successful ones – they tend to be the biggest idiots of them all. Every day I get to watch … Continue reading

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Source Code Typography

When you run a blog such as this one you usually learn to live with writers block or you quit early. Or perhaps not “writers block” itself but just lack of good ideas for blog posts. My usual way of … Continue reading

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Status Line in Vim

If you are following the recent trends in the Vim community you have probably noted the ever growing popularity of Powerline. As the name suggests, it is a very powerful status line generation plugin, but I don’t think that’s why … Continue reading

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Iron Man 3

Iron Man 3 is the first of the post-Avenger era Marvel movie. Joss Whedon’s epic super hero romp is a tough act to follow, both in terms of quality and box office success (which are not the same thing mind … Continue reading

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Python: Increase Your Zen, Maximize Your Hapiness

The philosophy of Python can be summed up in a single line: python -m this When I first discovered Python it still had that ugly, pixelated green snake logo all over their website, and the documentation was all like “Monty … Continue reading

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Unity is not Great

About two weeks ago my work laptop died. The motherboard just bricked itself to pieces and there was no rescuing it. As my old machine was old and decrepit, and I was going to be replacing it with something with … Continue reading

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Writing Vim Plugins in Python

There are few things Vim and Emacs users have in common. One of these things is the fact they can talk together about programatically extending their work environment. You can’t really expect to talk to Eclipse of Visual studio about … Continue reading

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Lord of Light by Roger Zelazny

When I reviewed Illium and Olympos by Dan Simmons I was quite impressed by how he managed to seamlessly blend the legendary ancient epic with post-singularity science fiction while staying true to both. I gave Simmons a lot of credit … Continue reading

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Vim: Tabs and Buffers

Lets talk about Vim tabs today, because they seem to be a source of perpetual confusion for new users. Most conventional text editors use tabbed interfaces the same way as web browsers do. You take a file, and load it … Continue reading

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