Inklings in September 2006
A norm is an expectation of how people will behave, and it takes the form of a rule that is socially rather than formally enforced. Thus, in structural functionalist theory, the effect of normlessness whether at a personal or societal level, is to introduce alienation, isolation, and desocialisation, i.e. as norms become less binding for individuals. individuals lose the sense of what is right and wrong.
I wrote a piece in my notebook last Saturday at EP that deals with this and a few other things. I’m editing it right now and gathering background material to improve the initial draft.
In sociology and critical social theory, alienation refers to the individual’s estrangement from traditional community and others in general. It is considered by many that the atomism of modern society means that individuals have shallower relations with other people than they would in a traditional community.
Social exclusion relates to the alienation or disenfranchisement of certain people within a society. It is often connected to a person’s social class, educational status and living standards and how these might affect their access to various opportunities.
Marginalisation refers to the overt or covert trends within societies whereby those perceived as lacking desirable traits or deviating from the group norms tend to be excluded by wider society and ostracised as undesirables.
It’s a Movable Type plug-in for flipping between two alternate values.
Been there, done that, all accurate.
Whoa! This guy is so beyond parody, it’s amazing!
Finally! Hadn’t a chance to see this before now.
A Subversion plugin for Visual Studio. Wanted one of these a few years back, but it’s too late now.
Poo-bits! At least it’s staying online in the form of a read-only archive though. Still, it’s a bit of history that’s sad to see the end of.
Keeping two ore more copies of the same document synchronized with each other in real-time is a complex challenge. This paper describes a technique which uses differential synchronization. This technique features fault-tolerance and freedom of movement for the users.
It’s a pity Chris took this and the rest of the language lab down.
Cool! But why isn’t Marian Rejewski, who created the original bombe, getting any credit?
How to make method dispatch in Ruby much faster.
Supposedly, this webserver’s a rather good reverse proxy. Worth checking out if I ever have a project that requires more than one webserver to handle the load on a website.
And excellent, excellent rebuttal of Joel’s anti-Ruby screed. It says everything I wanted to say and more. Really, who cares about Wasabi: that’s a business strategy that may or may not work out. The real WTF is Joel’s all-or-nothing attitude towards software efficiency.
For the inevitable.
For when spam on this site begins to get really bad.
For reference. Serves me right for forgetting about the -p switch on portinstall.
Didn’t know about these!
Well, I didn’t see that coming.
Every decade or so we have a major revolution in the way we develop software and the environments we develop for. But, unlike the object and web revolutions, we can see the concurrency revolution coming.
Ruby is seeming more and more like the Smalltalk for the kids of today. And that’s a good thing.
When I was an undergraduate, one of my math professors […] explained to us the difference between a useful wrong proof and a useless wrong proof. When attacking an unsolved problem such as the Riemann conjecture, a useful wrong proof was wrong; but for reasons nobody expected. Finding the flaw in the proof taught you things about the problem you didn’t previously know. By contrast, a useless wrong proof was wrong for obvious reasons. It didn’t teach you anything new about the problem.
Ooh! I want one for my wall!
The iron-sulfur world theory is a hypothesis for the origin of life advanced by Günter Wächtershäuser involving forms of iron and sulfur. Wächtershäuser claims that an early form of metabolism predated genetics. Metabolism here means a cycle of chemical reactions that produce energy in a form that can be harnessed by other processes. The idea is that once a primitive metabolic cycle was established, it began to produce ever more complex compounds.
This module contains fuctions and templates for building up and breaking down packed bit structures. It’s something like Erlang’s bit-syntax (or, actually, more like Python’s struct module).
Ah-ha! To be hacked in everwhere I use images in link backgrounds.
Ignore the XP stuff. The thing to take out of this is:
You can do harm with DTSTTCPW by assuming that “simple” means “easy”. Simple is often not easy.
One getting through seemingly impossible problems.