From the monthly archives:

September 2011

Quick sepia images in WordPress

September 30, 2011

The other day, I was unexpectedly asked, "What's the easiest way to make a sepia-toned image in WordPress?" The questioner has a blog with an "antique" theme, and wanted to use the sepia images inline. However, the blog is quite image-heavy and she (understandably) didn't want to dive into Photoshop for every single post. She […]

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Eloquent JavaScript: an interactive programming tutorial

September 30, 2011

Via my friend Will Gaybrick (@gaybrick), I discovered an excellent programming tutorial called Eloquent JavaScript. Not only is it extremely well-written, clear and friendly, but it features a completely interactive console allowing readers to run and experiment with every single example. You'll never have to struggle to decipher what a piece of code is doing […]

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Karma...?

September 26, 2011

It really comes as no surprise whatsoever that just weeks after I switched from TextMate to VIM, TextMate 2 has finally broken cover. From a post on the MacroMates blog: There has been a lot of speculation and trepidation about the future of TextMate recently, mostly about whether there will be another major release. Work on […]

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What a headline!

September 20, 2011

The title of this NYT article got my attention: Italy Rejects S.&.P. Downgrade. Why didn't the U.S. think of that?

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Incredible.

September 19, 2011

A nocturnal timelapse of the view from the ISS, featuring lighting and lightning:   This is probably the best button to press     ↑    

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Elegance

September 19, 2011

I'm a huge fan of Tom Lehrer and have mentioned him a number of times before. I just came across an interview with him from 2000 in which he discussed his dual life as a mathematician and performer. I especially loved this quote, on the concept of "elegance" in mathematics: I think the construction part, […]

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A failure of all offices

September 19, 2011

UBS releases further details about their rogue trader, but fail to describe how the fraud was possible.

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What's a 4?

September 19, 2011

I'm starting to feel this way sometimes.

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Unknown unknowns

September 19, 2011

After observing a pair of poorly-rebadged cars, a series of thoughts about Rumsfeld's "known knowns," "known unknowns," and "unknown unknowns."

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The ghost in the machine?

September 15, 2011

I just unsubscribed from a Travelocity flier for the third time in as many days. Each time, I've noticed the following disclaimer: Your request to unsubscribe from all Travelocity promotional emails has been submitted.... Please allow 5-10 business days for your request to be processed. Let me get this straight: I can search millions of […]

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Too big to care

September 15, 2011

The revelation that yet another rogue trader has been pulling the levers at a major bank, this time costing UBS $2 billion, makes me wonder about all the rogue traders we're not hearing about -- the ones who aren't big, stupid or aggressive enough to get caught. It raises serious concerns about the level of risk […]

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"Highly skilled, nerdy-cool"

September 15, 2011

More good news for data scientists, this time from Fortune: The unemployment rate in the U.S. continues to be abysmal (9.1% in July), but the tech world has spawned a new kind of highly skilled, nerdy-cool job that companies are scrambling to fill: data scientist.

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Syncing settings across computers

September 15, 2011

Using Dropbox and shell scripts to automatically sync settings and configurations.

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"The application of data is what is fascinating"

September 15, 2011

My friend Darren Herman recently tweeted a statement I couldn't agree more with (I'm linking to his blog post rather than the tweet itself; as we all know, attempting to take advantage of Twitter's disastrous data model is like trying to catch water in a sieve): ”The data itself isn’t overly interesting.  The application of data is what […]

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Google Correlate

September 6, 2011

For some time, we ran a popular series on TGR called "Trends" -- you can see 'em all right here. We used Google Trends and Google Insight to uncover interesting behavioral relationships. Now Google has gone and stolen our thunder, releasing Google Correlate to the world. Google Correlate lets you directly compare the search histories […]

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