Yesterday’s Thoughts

Archive for 2007

August 29, 2007

Site Redesign

As part of a larger project to clarify all my various work and personal projects, I have redesigned this site. The redesign is not 100% complete but it is well over 90% so I’m turning it wild to see if anyone else turns up any problems. What I did I had been using standard WordPress […]

July 25, 2007

Find Clipboard

Here’s a keyboard shortcut that I don’t think I ever learned. From the TextMate documentation: 4.5.2 Find Clipboard Two useful key equivalents are ⌘E and ⌘G. The first copies the selection to the shared find clipboard. This works in the majority of applications and allows you to find the next occurrence of that string by […]

July 10, 2007

Gut Reasoning

Reasoning, when we do it, is mostly to find justification for what we already believe. Jonathan Haidt, a social psychologist at the University of Virginia, in here.

July 6, 2007

The Search for Weird Life

The search for life in the universe is expanding. A National Academy of Sciences panel is recommending that NASA and the National Science Foundation support searching for forms of life that are different than those which we have experienced. So called weird life would be based on a fundamentally different chemistry than known life forms, […]

April 23, 2007

Instructables : Paper Wallet

My pockets and back felt a sigh of relief last year when I started carrying a jimi wallet. Much less than a half inch thick and I can carry 5 bills and 5 cards in my front pocket. I may be replacing the jimi with this paper wallet. I made one in about five minutes […]

April 17, 2007

A New Meaning for the History of Ideas

From New York Times via Matt. Our desire to believe in an orderly universe leads us to interpret the uncertainty we feel about the future as nothing but a consequence of our current state of ignorance, to be dispelled by greater knowledge or better analysis. But even a modest amount of randomness can play havoc […]

February 25, 2007


Here’s an amazing clip of Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grapelli. In the first scene, Django’s fingering is so light on the frets. Every note speaks volumes. YouTube, making life better for you and me. Updated embed, April 23, 2008.

February 21, 2007

Hillary Clinton Tells Me to Take a Hike

Senator Clinton has decided that she is not going to apologize for her vote in 2002 authorizing the use of military force in Iraq. If the most important thing to any of you is choosing someone who did not cast that vote or has said his vote was a mistake, then there are others to […]

January 29, 2007

How Decent?

Gina Cobb believes that the President is gracious and decent. In his prepared speeches, he makes a conscious choice to speak as kindly of his rivals as is humanly possible. His graciousness is more noticeable when the vitriol from his rivals reaches its apex — or at a time when his approval rating seems to […]

January 23, 2007

Presidential Oath of Office

The oath the president takes when assuming the office is prescribed in the United States Constitution, Article II, Section I I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the […]