Latin has this word, sic.
I guess what I’m getting at is that when you reblog a post you like and tag it with “this,” or affirm a thing a friend said by nodding and saying “Yeah, that”: you’re not new
language  latin  sic  etymology  this 
13 days ago
Developing ethical, social, and cognitive competence
Interesting ideas, backed by some meagre studies, with hilariously overextended generalizations and unwarranted conclusions. But hinting at legitimate areas for future research.
developmental  psychology  theories  questionable 
april 2017
Resilience In Complex Adaptive Systems
Velocity NY 2013: Richard Cook

Resilience In Complex Adaptive Systems: Operating At The Edge Of Failure

Systems seem to run at the very edge of failure much of the time. The combination of high workload, limited resources, pressure for additional features and capability, and inherent software, hardware, and network fragility is a noxious kettle of stuff always about to boil over in the form of outages, degraded response, or functional breakdowns. For insiders the surprising thing about our systems is not that they fail so often but that they fail so rarely! This good performance in the face of adverse conditions is called resilience. An important conclusion from resilience studies is that it depends critically on human operators and their ability to anticipate and monitor the system, react to threats, and sacrifice some goals to protect others. This talk will introduce resilience and a model of system dynamics useful in analyzing failed and successful event management and offer an explanation for why our systems run at the edge of failure.
velocity  richard-cook  complex  systems  safety  resilience 
january 2016
Contract Killer
Plain-language consulting contract
legal  contract  legalese  consulting  agreement 
november 2015
Citizenship in a Republic
“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”
arena  critic  theodore-roosevelt  quote 
february 2014
Fast github CLI
golang  go  github  cli  tools  fast 
june 2013
10 Minute Mail
Another throwaway email service.
mail  email  temporary  throwaway  tools 
march 2013
Some gems in here, especially old style woodcut or line-art illustrations.
clipart  illustrations 
november 2012
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