Last week’s episode of This American Life is about people making the wrong choices even when they know they are wrong. The first segment, from Malcom Gladwell’s new podcast, Revisionist History, is especially interesting. He talks to Rick Barry about Wilt Chamberlain and perfectionism.
The M, C. and A trains won't be running, due to the world being really unfair, sometimes.
— Fake MTA (@FakeMTA) May 4, 2012
Last week Wired published an article with references to Donald Trump replaced with ‘someone with tiny hands’. Since this is obviously a problem, I have a solution, donald_trump_dangit. It will replace ‘someone with tiny hands’ with Donald Trump, so you can use the handy Drumpfinator extension without worry.
This clip, at the end of Cosmos, seemed apropos as we watch politicians in the United States battle to be the “momentary masters of a fraction of a dot.”
Here’s a portion of the transcript, which I found on the Planetary Society’s website, taken from Carl Sagan’s 1994 book Pale Blue Dot.
The Earth is a very small stage in a vast cosmic arena. Think of the rivers of blood spilled by all those generals and emperors so that, in glory and triumph, they could become the momentary masters of a fraction of a dot. Think of the endless cruelties visited by the inhabitants of one corner of this pixel on the scarcely distinguishable inhabitants of some other corner, how frequent their misunderstandings, how eager they are to kill one another, how fervent their hatreds.
Our posturings, our imagined self-importance, the delusion that we have some privileged position in the Universe, are challenged by this point of pale light. Our planet is a lonely speck in the great enveloping cosmic dark. In our obscurity, in all this vastness, there is no hint that help will come from elsewhere to save us from ourselves.
The Earth is the only world known so far to harbor life. There is nowhere else, at least in the near future, to which our species could migrate.
— Carl Sagan, Pale Blue Dot, 1994
I published my first npm package over the weekend: github-auto-deploy.
I’ve been playing with Github Auto Deploys recently. There are a couple things I’m doing here that I think are different from the typical auto deploy workflow.
- Using the
deploymentevent. Github has a way to differentiate
deployment. Deployments have the added benefit of depending on Github statuses, like
ci/travis-ci. Having deployments depend on a test suite is nice.
git fetch && git checkout. Instead of doing a
git pulland slowly updating files depending on the network speed, first fetch all the files and then do a quick file pointer swap to instantly update all files at once.
PORT=1234 SECRET="Swifty4Lyfe" gad /var/app /var/app/bin/deploy.sh
In this example,
deploy.sh might look something like this:
npm install service node-app restart
If you have questions or suggestions, let me know!
QZ has an amazing article about 92 year old John Goodenough, inventor of the lithium-ion battery.
The good news is that Goodenough has one last idea. He’s working on it with yet another crop of post-doctoral assistants. “I want to solve the problem before I throw my chips in,” he says. “I’m only 92. I still have time to go.”
Marco Arment doesn’t like the Force Touch Trackpad.
The simulated click vibration does feel like a click, but not a good one. It offers three different firmness settings, none of which feel anywhere near as good as Apple’s trackpads with real buttons. It feels like what it is: mushing my finger against a fixed pane of glass that’s emulating the feel of a button and almost getting there, but not getting there.
Source: Mistake One – Marco.org
I actually love the trackpad on my new MacBook Pro. I know it’s not clicking, but I still don’t believe it. I’ve been in multiple situations where I’ve had to turn my laptop off to prove to someone that it’s a simulated click.
He’s right that the keyboard is not good, though. I tried out a new MacBook and decided on a MacBook Pro partially because of the keyboard.