June 10, 2009
Riding home from work the other night, I tried to chase down someone I spotted a block ahead of me (not maliciously; it’s useful to have a “rabbit” to get the heart rate up a bit!)
I wasn’t making any progress, though.
Then I realized:
What to do with GM?
June 3, 2009
Now that we, the people, own GM – what should we do with it?
As the new stewards of a once-crucial part of the national economy, it seems to me that we owe it to ourselves to act like self-interested business owners. That means making information-driven choices. If the previous owners of the business (e.g. shareholders, and the corporate board) had made prudent decisions, they would still be the owners; now it’s our turn – can we do better?
Why do you use the software you choose?
April 16, 2009
My last post led me to thinking about the software I use every day: “What am I using mostly? And why?” So I have tried to make a list. (Note - this is exclusive of any technical software, which these days doesn’t get used much anyway.)
April 11, 2009
I’ve been making trees this morning.
Some years ago, I bought an intriguing book: The Algorithmic Beauty of Plants, by Prusinkiewicz and Lindenmayer. I occasionally pick it up and read pieces, and always find it fascinating. The book does a great job describing the concept of L-systems, named for the second author, in which a few very simple rules can generate incredibly complex patterns. Studying how plants grow, the authors realized that the rules governing plant growth can be approximated with algorithms, producing very realistic-looking results.
The Joys of the Command Line
April 8, 2009
I’ve found myself sliding back towards command-line interfaces (CLI) lately… it’s been more of a slow drift than a sudden shift, and I haven’t really given it much thought. It’s not like I’m late to the party, exactly – I started out on the command line, and now I’m coming full circle, or at least partially so.
I find I’m much more efficient when I can interact entirely through the keyboard – yes, one must use a pointing device for some kinds of tasks (and I love my Space Navigator for flying around Google Earth) but most of my time these days is spent reading and writing, in a bunch of different applications (list to follow) with little need for mousing if the interfaces are good. I do make an effort to learn keyboard shortcuts, and for the apps I use a lot that has definitely paid off.