You need: Cardstock or some other thick paper for the card Decorative paper Water colour paper or similar Water colour Rubber stamp Ink pad Embossing powder Glue stick, paint brush and scissors or a craft knife Paint with the water colour the same shape as the motif on your rubberstamp, but a little bit bigger and not too exact.
Stamp one at a time and put embossing powder in top, before the ink dries, then move on to stamping the next one. Pour the excess powder back in the embossing powder can. Carefully use a soft pain brush to brush away remaining powder outside of the stamped motif. Put it on a low heat and hold your card above until the embossing powder has melted be carefult not to burn anything. The white card is made by cutting the sides of the heart and fold them upwards. It is still attached to the paper in the middle. Glue the watercolour paper to a decorative paper and add it to a plain folded card or cardstock.
On the black card the hearts are simple cut out and glued to the cardstock. Put glue only in the middle and you can fold the sides of the hearts upwards. Nice motivs to use are butterflies, with their wings softly folded upwards, ready to fly, or flowers and leaves. With the same technique you can make a three dimentional piece of art. You can find embossing powder in hobby stores that sell paper articles and material for making cards and scrap booking.
It is a powder that stick to the wet ink from an ink pad and that melts when heated, into a blank beautiful surface. The powder comes in many colours and shades, from pastels to metallic, and even clear powder that let the colour of the ink shine through and only adds structure and gloss. To hear the gurgle from a small stream of water or the waves ripple against the beach. As if the water helps as a little to meditate or to relax for a while.
Here are some suggestions on exercises you can do next to water, either on the sea shore or by a river. Mindfulness: use your senses We mostly use our eyes. We look at the water. There it is. Beautiful, blue or grey, calm or upset. When you close your eyes, you become aware of what your other senses tell you. Begin with your hearing. What does the water sound like? Listen for a while, to the water and to the other sounds surrounding you.
What can you sense? Seaweed, salt, forest? Taste the air, or the water. Try to be in every sensation for a while.
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Dip your finger in the water. Is it hot or cold? Now focus on yourself. Sit or stand by the water and observe how you feel, how your body feels. Take a few deep breaths and imagine you are filling yourself with strength or calmness from the water, depending on what you need at the moment. Send questions with the waves Is there something you are thinking about, maybe a problem you need to solve? Sit down by the water and relax for a moment. Ask the question and imagine how you send it out with a wave. Follow the wave with your eyes. Imagine the answer rolling in to you with another wave, slowly growing in yourself until you know the answer.
It might not appear while you sit there, but let it grow inside you in its own pace. To meditate by water, without water Not everyone lives by water, but you can do this exersise no matter where you are. Sit or lay down comfortably and close your eyes. Imagine you are standing on a beach. What does it look like around you? Are you alone? What kind of water do you have in front of you? Your bare feet are standing at a beach. What does it feel like? Is it soft sand or pebbles? Imagine, with all your body, what it feels like when you enter the water. From the first cold, wet sensation until you are embraced by the water, floating, swimming, diving.
Remember to use all your senses when you are visualising your bath. Focus on what you want to feel: Is it happiness, relaxation or do you want to be energized? Bring that feeling with you when you get up from the water and wrap yourself in a big, soft bath sheet. Nobody wanted it. But with some metallic paint, a ribbon with sequins and a 37 fabric rose it looks like this. Now it is home for some carded wool.
Just as in the beginning of the 20th century, today a family with several children live here. Many pieces of daily at the estate during this period, more than one hundred years ago, still exist here. Today, the wing and the outhouses still remain. The creek still flows behind the houses and sheep graze on the land. Helena Sahlander grew up in this house. Today she lives here with her husband Jakob, their three sons Lukas, Viktor and Oskar, and a black cat. After having finished their studies, they moved into the main building.
There were so many things they wanted to change here. The heating system had to be changed, and the kitchen was in need of a renovation. The facade looked good, he said. All we had to do was brushing it clean and then paint it. The windows were beautiful, he also said. We were absolutely. He taught us a lot of things in a very short period of time. Thanks to him, we began to learn more about building preservation. Not many things from IKEA either. We feel that we want to use the things we already have, when furnishing.
They have found quite a few pieces of furniture in some of the other houses on the estate, and also on the second floor. Funiture from the past, from people who lived here a long time ago and from others who lived here recently. Helena tells a story of a man named Erik Mattson who built the house after the village was ablazed. At first, they built another residential building, but it no longer exist.
When this particular house was built, it was intended to be an Inn. During this period, there was a rule stating that roadside estates had to provide overnight housing accommodation for people traveling by. This law changed before the building was completed. Therefore, two of the rooms were never completed. The house was made into an ordinary dwelling house. Three of their sons continued to live there until adulthood. They come to live in a house further up the village. Her log house was built in , and before she moved in here the farm-hand used to stay here.
It has also been used as an outhouse. They have chosen to keep the doors of the old outhouse, in order to not change the exterior of the building. The authentic wooden floors have been rubbed in order to remove wooden thorns. We have observed the facial expressions of the previous occupants of the house, and also details of the fence and the window castings.
He never lived there himself. Instead, he worked the land and rented out the house. She remained here, my dad moved in and later on, I was born. Erik Knutsson had no children of his own. When he passed away, Siw inherited him. The story of these two families are interweaved within this estate.
Oskar gives a big smile. This estate is our. However, it belongs to itself and we are just. The fact that we know so much about its history makes us look at it from a different angle and at the same time we care more about it. But how do you find the time to renovate when you have small children, work, and animals to take care of? We are not very social. We seldom watch TV. When Victor was small, we had parental leave together for six months. During that time, we put a lot of effort into the renovation.
They have also had much help from other craftsmen, especially with the more complicated projects, such as changing the heating system, and building of porch. We have mostly been working on the surface layers. We have also done some carpentry. The Estrid Magazine 1 There are some other projects not yet completed, but they will have to wait until later. The window renovation is an ongoing project.
They also have Siw helping them. Together with Jakob they form an unbeatable wall-papering team, according to Helena. She is also the one who spends most time gardening. Helping us with the children or cooking dinner for us on a day when we want to work extra hard, is of course priceless. We are not constantly on the go. From October to March we stop and do nothing. We usually go away for the holidays in. Above: Originally, this was a cornice.
It has now been reconstructed. Helena and Jakob believe the cornice is older than the actual house itself. They have found several painted cornices in the attic, which have been reused in the building of the house. We hope it will last for the rest of our lives and even longer. We have uncovered the original wooden ceiling, and covered the floors with pine wood and bricks. We have also placed a wood burning iron stove in the kitchen, because the original one had been removed. This is a big kitchen where everyone can come together and cook.
We find it difficult to rest when we are at home. We go for a walk inside the house. Finally we go upstairs. There is also a large room that is not yet finished. This room is currently used for storing paint cans, brushes, furniture and what not. The older boys seem focused. They sit by the table and play with Lego. The choice of interior for this room was based on a large, dark dining table from the end of. We decorated the dining room with furniture from this period of time, and we put up wallpapers in a similar style. Some of the more fine and fragile objects had to be put away because of the youngest one, Oskar.
He is really good at climbing, and he manages to climb up all the way to the curtain rail. We want our furniture and equipment to be used, Helena rounds it up. The furniture all have scratches on them because they have been used. Not because someone has rubbed its patina on them. To restore all the windows is a slow and time consuming project.
They have decided to paint them red. During this period, the interior decoration was often dark, heavy and overfurnished.
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With lots of candle light lit up, this is now our favorite evening room in the autumn. Look through the recycle bin for things to use and imagine what different items can become something new and creative. Here I built a skewed house in a bohemian and colourful style. Things that are useful: Cardboard and boxes Newspaper Other things from the recycle bins bottles, jars etc.
Wallpaper glue Tape, for instance masking tape Glue hobby glue or a glue gun Paint and paint brushes Scissors and a craft knife Leftover craft material, such as beads, sequins, felt, fabric and sticks. How to make your own wallpaper glue: Whisk together ml flour and ml water in a saucepan. Put aside and let cool down. You can keep it in a jar in the fridge for a couple of weeks. If you want a stronger glue, you can add some hobby glue or wood glue not recommended if children are using this glue. When building this house, no glue was added. Do it like this: Begin with building the houses using sturdy cardboard.
I begun with a cardboard box and cut out windows. From another piece of cardboard I cut walls and floor and attached it with a strong paper based tape you can also use a wide masking tape, silvertape or ducktape. The chimney is made by cutting an empty toilet roll from bottom to top, rolling it tight and using tape to secure it. The greenhouse is made of a plastic bottle in which I have cut an opening. The roof is made of pieces of cardboard in different sizes that I taped together and attached to the bottle with a glue gun.
Bring newspapers and wallpaper glue. Tear or cut the newspapers in long strips. Dip them in the glue and take away excess glue with your fingers. With these strips you can reinforce the house where needed for instance at all places you have used tape only and you can add shape where you want it. You need more than one layer of newspapers in order to make it strong and durable. Next: Wait. The house needs to be completely dry before you move on to the next step: To paint. Since I wanted to use only the leftover paint I had at home, the house is made in different colours.
First I painted all of it light beige. Then the outside was painted in metallic bluegreen and purple. The inside was painted in warm colours and the roof black. Ah, the roof. Of course a forest house I found this bark on the ground and attached it with a glue gun. The roof of the greenhouse is inspired by a pinecone. Instead I had small pieces of felt leftover from another project. I cut it in small pieces and glues it to the roof. A grill stick and a bead became a flag pole and a piece of fabric a flag.
Of course there are plants both inside and outside the greenhouse. Small pieces of green felt became leaves and stems and red flowers. Some green wool roving helped make the greenhouse lush. The floor in the greenhouse is soil brown felt and inside grows tomatoes dried rowan berries.
Now the house is ready and someone can move in. A book about getting a sibling that is not like other books on the topic. There is so much in this book, both in text and in picture, without being too overbearing. It warms my heart to see a family that is not mom-dad-child, without it being mentioned in the text, and that the little baby is carried in a baby wrap. Main character, Will, is overweight, but with a relaxed view on it: According to her, the perfect bikini body is a body with a bikini.
But love makes her doubt herself, just the way love sometimes does, however she refuse to follow the norm. What do you create? I create miniature cacti polymer clay figurines. Each cactus figurine is one of a kind and some are based off of real cactus plants and some are from my own imagination.
The colored clay used are shaped by hand and then baked in an oven. How did it all start? I began making cactus figurines while I was still in school for dentistry. School was so stressful and I needed an outlet for my creative side. My now husband gifted me a polymer clay set and we began making things together for fun. I began selling the figurines after I displayed them at an art show that same year.
What inspires you? Colour continues to be my inspiration for all my design and art endeavors. Everything I create begins with a colour palette in mind. What are you up to next? I am currently working on my next collection of cacti which will be more focused on the detail of each plant. Melanie on Instagram thecozypost. I lived and worked in Switzerland for 10 years. Since I live with my wife and two children near Munich. When I was in Sweden , I realised how much fun it is to take photos related to nature.
Nature is definetely what inspires me the most. I take my camera everywhere I go. Even a simple looking raindrop can be so wonderful. One of my favourite places to go to take pictures is a huge field in the village I live. It is breathtaking there — a lovely lake and some of the mountains the Alps behind it.
In the late summer I will go to the Baltic Sea with my family to take photos. One of my personal biggest dreams is to travel to Iceland. I hope I can go there, very soon. Musiscians, witches and mamas with strong opinions and a great sense of humor. Tell us about yourself!
Best friends. Live in the countryside outside of Falkenberg southwestern Sweden , where we grow stuff, nurture our dreams of subsistence agriculture, sustainable living and a simpler lifestyle. Some call us witches, others calls us moms. How do you describe your music?
Or: acoustic feminist dansband Swedish ballroom music style rock with a political touch, a bit like Stefan and Krister slapstick comedians but communist? How did you guys meet? The short answer is that the universe brought us together. The long answer is that we lived in the same city, were both two little punks who hung out in two parallel punk circuits, went to different high schools and played in different bands and different string orchestras. But the day we applied for the music program in secondary school we met for the first time.
Two punks that played classic music, was that meant to be or what? The answer: yes. We have played in different bands together since the day we met. Other good music, humans, life, nature and the feeling to want to change things. What is the setup when you create your music? It often starts with Grace sending song lyrics or a song idea to Karin. She then puts her touch on the lyrics, and makes a basic melody.
When we see each other in person we carve out the melody and the text. Sometimes we send sound files to each other, other times short stanzas through text messages. Sometimes when you send something you immediately know what the other person will like or dislike. What would be your dream show? All shows are our dream shows. We love playing live. We often have band practice on the live feature of Instagram, since we love playing for people and to hear their reactions.
What are your dreams for the future? Which is pretty much what we are doing now except for the money part. We imagine that it would be strange if people had questions around us, but we prefer to be a bit humble and ask if anyone, for some reason, does have any further questions. I like Ariana Grande because she is very good at singing and she can sing very high tunes, it sounds like a whistle. When are you listening to music? I use to choose songs depending on my mood. Have you been to any concerts? Do you play any instrument? I play the piano. I used to play the violin.
When children in Sweden learn to bake, this is most likely one of the first things they learn to do. Rolled in shredded coconut, pearl sugar or sprinkles they are a favourite. There are actually entire recipe books about chokladbollar. There are so many options You can make them healthy like raw balls , or luxury, by dipping them in melted chocolate. You can add a pinch of sea salt or your favourite spices, like cinnamon, vanilla, cardamom or ginger. You can roll them in powder from dried blueberry or raspberry. You can hide your favourite chocolate praline inside.
Or make them minty with peppermint oil. Add more sugar, or less sugar, or burnt sugar or Try it. Then make up your own favourite version and remember to tell us. You need: gram butter at room tempererature ml rolled oats ml sugar 3 tablespoons cacao of good quality 2 tablespoons water Mix all the ingredients by hand children loooove licking their fingers afterward ; or in a food processor. Roll into balls and roll the balls in shredded coconut or pearl sugar or sprinkles.
The chokladbollar in this picture are made by Nora, 9 years old. The result was hour. On a bus. So definitely not worth it. In those days she was dreaming about becoming a writer. She also enjoyed drawing and writing stories. She asked herself: a writer, is that a proper profession? And would she be able to become one? Her image of a typical writer was an old man with long beard, probably a born genius. Awake all night, sitting by the typewriter creating deep and complicated pieces. No, that did not apply to her at all.
She would have to look for something else, something more realistic. At least, it will allow me to write. She was educated at the Depart-. One thing led to another, and eventually she discovered that she was pretty good at producing texts for both children and young people. Maybe teenage-Lisa was right after all, that some people are born writers. Because the dream she already had as a four-yearold turned out to be true, although she started off as a journalist.
Often, she found herself thinking of ideas for books, and after a while she decided it was time to start writing herself. The image of an old man with the typewriter is probably dedicating himself to poetry most of the time. She would write for young people, and for that she needed neither beard nor wakeful nights, she thought. When she was not at work she was writing on a novel. It might sound easy: She decided to write a book, she wrote it, and then it was adopted and published, and Estrid Magazine 1 This was actually not her first book.
And of course, Lisa has her own language. Well, in fact, in her speech as well. It has probably been a very good way to find that specific tone and method of writing. Sometimes at the kitchen table, sometimes in the floral sofa in the living room, sometimes out in the garden. Currently, there are about twenty pieces of them, from the picture books about Ivar and Eddie to the vegetarian cooking books which were written together with Sara Ask.
There she lives mainly an ordinary everyday life that most people can relate to; Her partner and two children, daycare and preschool drop off and pick up, holidays in the cottage, conflicts in the hall, jam sandwiches, horseback riding and second hand-furniture. That special writing desk placed in a specially designed corner. The take-off strip consists of answering emails, cleaning the desk and taking a couple of deep breaths. After that, she starts writing, and then she can write steadily all day long.
After having completed a chapter I get to post a picture on Instagram. I get completely exhausted by typing all day long, even-though I sit still I can be totally sweaty. There it is, the glamorous life of being a writer. Before, she wrote about teenagers. She remembers clearly how life was when she was a teenager herself, the feelings she had and the situations she encountered as a seventeen year old. On the other hand, to write about small children seemed impossible before she had children of her own. How does a three-yearold talk? What do they like?
She began to write books for children when her child was three. I use what the kids do, think and say. I read for them to see if they laugh at those passages where I expected they would laugh. The ideas and impulses pop up anytime in her daily life Lisa is a daydreamer. What she sees and hears, she turns into small movies in her mind. A fragment of a conversation on the commuter train can turn out to be that very detail around which she creates a story.
She can also get ideas from reading. He had a long list of things he was afraid of. Why is everybody so cool all the time? Then it came to my mind that I wanted to write a book just about such a boy. One who is afraid, but at the same time wants to be cool in front of his classmates.
It will be a read-aloud book for 7 to 9 year olds containing a great deal of humor. To have fun and to laugh will make the scary feelings go away. So, in other words, the ideas for books can come from very different sources of inspiration, and Lisa says just one idea in a hundred really turns out to be something. But how does one really decide which idea to choose from? If I have already spent a lot of hours writing eight chapters, then I get stubborn and decide to finish it all off. I want to come home and say I should write a book about this, and.
But it may take two years. In the process of writing, she often gets tired of it. If you start. The creative process The most creative phase occurs when she is in the process of finding a new idea for a book. At this point she likes going out for long walks thinking about her idea, on how the main character would be like, how he or she would look and what will happen to him or her. She describes it as a very pleasant feeling and the only real moment in the overall process of creation www. At this stage, I try to make it more clear and decide what should happen next, how the book should end and where I want to go from here.
Sometimes she thinks it would be nice to have the whole book planned in detail, chapter by chapter, before the actual writing begins. From the beginning, they are more like skeletons. They will come alive as the writing proceeds. It is only then that her characters convert into real people and then she will know what the book is really about. She writes from the beginning to the end. She begins with chapter one and ends with the last chapter instead of jumping back and forth. The final scene is decided since day one. But still, how do you know for sure when you are really done?
At this point someone else has to help me. I hand it over to my publisher in order to get an editor to have a look at it. She prefers writing only one book at a time, or at least only one thick book at a time. She sometimes works parallel with a picture book. However, at the moment she is writing on two books.
The girl is more than shy. At first, Lisa thought that this would be a book about love, but how would she be able to find someone if she is so shy? Maybe there is not going to be any love in her life. Perhaps it is enough that she dares to look up and say hi. A plan B for the economy One might easily get the impres-. But to be honest, she is devoting more time to other jobs than writing. She is a freelance journalist and she often visits schools giving lectures about her writing or conducting writing workshops. It was not an easy decision to quit her previous employment in order to focus on the writing.
So, she gradually reduced her working hours in order to spend more time writing. Every year, I am thinking that this year it will all fall apart. I need to have a plan B. Therefore I give priority to the jobs that I know will make money, which is to lecture. Once again, this will result in too little time for writing, despite the fact that she did quit her job. To find that balance is difficult, and the days aimed for writing often disappear because of other urgent matters that need to be resolved. The next month,she always thinks she will get more time for writing.
But it rarely turns out that way. When she needs a break from her daily life she goes to the stables for some horseback riding, or she works with plants in her garden. One advantage of having children is that the working hours get very structured. When they have holiday she simply has to take time off from the writing.
Actually, it is something of a luxury to have a job that I like so much. Swedish pancakes In Sweden pancakes are thin, soft and not sweet. Beat in the eggs and salt and, if desired, a spoon of melted butter. Cook it until it sets, then carefully flip it with a spatula or similar and cook the other side. It shall be golden or golden brown, but some prefer them more cooked and browner than in this picture. Then add whipped cream and fresh strawberries on top. Be creative with tinker tray!
What does one need to be able to craft? Materials, space and time is actually all. And some motivation. There are no right and no wrong ways to use them. They are just free to create. Our tinker tray is a plastic box originally intended to keep screws and plugs and that sort of junk in. We keep fun junk in ours instead. Buttons in different colors and sizes, paper stars, googly eyes, miniature pegs, foam cardboard figures, pompoms and loom bands. Whenever I find little things that could come to use one last time before they are thrown away, I put them in the box.
Tractor tires and wooden boards. Nails and ropes. The important thing is that it is free and up to the child to create with the material. With tinker tray, the child gets use of their creativity, imagination, fine motor skills, patience and independent thinking. The parent gets to exercise their patience and tolerance, something parents need to do daily.
Patience is a muscle to use, I say. Working with a tinker tray often gets messy and dirty and Marveling at how much can be created from nothing, it just needs to pass through a clever kid with free reigns! A tinker used to be a person who travelled from place to place doing these little jobs for people. It can also mean to make small alternations to things in order to make them better. Memories from the first year That very first time that feels like an eternity, yet is passing by so quickly.
How tiny those feet are. And a year later: How unbelievable they were that small. Was I that small? To make a footprint is very easy, yet a bit tricky. All you need is watercolours, a paintbrush and paper. If you want to frame the print I recommend using a real watercolour paper you can find it in your art or hobby store. Paint the foot, stamp it on the paper, rinse the foot in lukewarm water, let the print dry. Sounds easy. And small legs can kick. To make it as easy as possible, do it when your baby is sleepy, not hungry, but content. Or once a month the first year?
You can also use the prints to make cute invitation cards for a party or a baptism. Plaster prints are fun too. Begin with making a simple play dough by mixing ml flour with ml salt, ml water and 1 tablespoon oil. Knead it and let it rest in a plastic bag or box in the fridge for a little while. Use a box you can cut a milk carton in two halves, lengthwise and put as much as you need of the dough there. The print shall be clear and deep enough. Next step is to make the plaster according to the instructions on the package. Pour it into the print.
Let it rest and harden until the next day, when you very carefully pull away the play dough. If you want to, you can use a sandpaper to smooth the plaster print. Here is a song, a rhyme and some crafts on a bug theme. Maria Ladybug, fly east, fly south fly home to your brothers so that we get food and clothes Fly, fly, fly! Flyg, flyg, flyg! Potato print Cut the potatoes into halves and use as stamps with watercolour.
It makes nice bugs. With crayons you can draw heads and legs. How many legs does a bug have? Stone ladybugs Smooth stones that are either round or oval makes pretty lady bugs. Paint them with hobby paint: Red body, black head, then black dots. Antennas on your head You can easily make them with pipe cleaners. Wind one end of the pipe cleaner around the diadema and the other end around a small pompom. Wrap strips of fabric around and secure the fabric with a dot of glue at the end. Did you know whis about ladybugs? There are more than 4, kinds of ladybugs in the world.
During the winter they hibernate. The ladybugs favourite food is greenflies. If you have problems with greenflies in your garden, you should invite ladybugs to a greenfly party. Apple Bugs You need red apples and dark chocolate. Start with splitting the apples in halves and remove the seeds. Melt the chocolate. Put it in the fridge for a little while before serving them. Once upon a time there was a small, small ladybug Show something small between your thumb and your index finger She liked eating greenflies Pretend catching one with your hands and eat it She ate until she was full Lick your mouth and pat your tummy Then she got tired and wanted to sleep Yawn She spread her wings and flew away Flutter with your hands like wings and landed on a big flower Hold your arms stretched out in front of you, move them to your sides and backwards to show how you are sitting on a big flower The flower was slowly swaying in the air Softly move from side to side with your upper body and soon the little ladybug was asleep.
Let your chin rest on your hands, close your eyes. Smash cake Do you know someone that absolutely loves candy? Well, then this cake is for you. It is soo fun to get to smash your cake with a hammer and to find even more surprises inside. You need: Lots of chocolate Lots of candy Plastic wrap A bowl A pastry brush Start with dressing the inside of the bowl with plastic wrap.
Then you melt the chocolate in a microwave oven or in a water bath. Stir every now and then. How much chocolate you need depends on the size of your cake. The layer of chocolate should be rather thick to be able to hold all the candy, so you need at least grams even if you make only a mini cake. Brush the melted chocolate on the plastic wrap in the bowl. Build up layer by layer.
You can speed up the process by putting the bowl in the fridge or the freezer before you put on the next layer of chocolate. For a smooth inside you could try pouring the chocolate in the bowl,. This works best with a fairly small bowl. When the chocolate is stiff, you carefully take it out of the bowl and peel of the plastic wrap. Now you can choose if you want the cake to stand directly on a plate, or if you want a chocolate bottom for it. You make the bottom with the same technique, but on a plate or a wax paper.
Fill the cake with candies or presents and attach the bottom to the top with melted chocolate. Glue on the candy bits with melted chocolate and let it stiffen. Put the cake on a cutting board made of wood, or dress up a piece of carton with paper or foil and use as a plate for the cake. Accidents happen easily when the sweet tooth carries a hammer….
For absolutely no reason at all. My sister used to set her kitchen timer when she was cleaning, to get as much as possible done before the timer went off. When I was younger I spent alot of time with friends from other cities than Stockholm. I walk almost fast enough to work up a sweat, and then I end up on the platform waiting for several very slow minutes extra, for absolutely no reason at all, many times next to someone smoking which makes me a bit moody.
I ran at the airport in Amsterdam when my flight got a changed gate things up, the yarn At times I do a lot of crocheting, without me noticing. I prefer to get the christmas crocheting started in August, so I can be finished with a little time to spare. If the yarn is running out I crochet as quickly as I possibly can because I imagine that if only I speed things up, the yarn will last longer.
So far the yarn has never burned out, instead what usually happens is that I get cramping fingers and a sweaty forehead. Another time I stressed from the subway to work to be on time to warm up for our Lucia procession. With a knitted sock on my right foot, glitter and candle in my hand I ran down the stairs, and got there in time. Despite a signaling error in the subway. Stress is mostly unnecessary, at least if you, like me, stress for absolutely no reason at all. At least in my life. It will probably pass soon. I looked straight into her eyes. But that same person can be a lot harder on themselves.
Why are we so much more forgiving of our friends and loved ones, even strangers, than we are to our own selves? If you have a child: imagine how you looked at them the first time you met. A tiny baby, like a peaceful Buddha. An open face towards the world. Or the beloved pet. Or, the partner that you truly respect. Imagine if you could see yourself in that same way. With the same appreciation, for your mere existence. Your value in the world, just by being you, throughly worth loving and appreciating the fact that you exist here on earth.
I think most children see themselves this way. She knows that she is loved. But also I appreciate the integrity with which she moves around in the world, the natural message of how she loves herself. When did we stop looking at ourselves like that? For most of us, sometime in early childhood. We were taught we were loved only if we behaved in a certain way, approved by the world of grown-ups, oftentimes in relation to achievement. Over time we forgot that we deserve to be loved just as we are. By others, but also by ourselves. We should look at ourselves as if we were God looking down at its creation, as what it is: a perfect piece of a puzzle taking shape.
Imagine what would happen if we loved ourselves like that. Nothing could stop us. Then the world could truly change.
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Peace starts with ourselves. My friend gave me that advice a few years back. I was shocked when I realised what that really means, and it took time to process it. Why am I so good at seeing how others deserve to live and treat themselves, but so hard on myself? When my friends are confused over what to do in a friendship or romantic relationship, I have taken on the same approach. Like with my friend with the backspin. I simply ask what advice they would have given me if I had the same dilemma, as they are facing.
Quit that boring job, end the friendship that only brings grief, and think positive. Give yourself a night at a hotel or a spa day to take care of yourself, in the midst of stress or family chaos. Or, like with my friend: go to the doctor in time. It seems like such a given for the people you love, but so far off when it comes to yourself. This reminds me of something else you have probably seen in others, or perhaps even in yourself: The parents who are so involved with their children, they have completely given up on their own lives.
They, too can feel the pressure to be happy and constantly engaged for the sake of the parent, and it can become a stressor for them. Never rewrite published branches. Many experienced git users But once your branch has been published to others, the rules change: Do not rebase commits that you have pushed to a public repository. If you rebase commits that have already been pushed publicly, and people may have based work on those commits, then you may be in for some frustrating trouble. He stated that "Rebasing branches is absolutely not a bad thing for individual developers And the best way to do that is very much by rebasing them Here are some Mercurial comments: 1 2.
Here'sa an article on rebase considered harmful. Clinton R. Nixon shows how to automatically rebase when you merge from a master good when you're working on a local topic branch that's not shared with others, and you don't expect many problems rebasing. Both programs will substitute other fonts for missing fonts, but the other fonts have different sizes and the results are often disappointing. Fonts are unfortunately a complicated subject. Optimal Use of Fonts on Linux explains much for Linux users. If you're using OpenOffice. If you want maximum portability with Windows users who use Microsoft Office, use a Microsoft font, since those are the only fonts that you can be sure they'll have.
You can arbitrarily install the Microsoft fonts package on other systems and then use Arial, Times New Roman, Verdana, Tahoma, and LucidaTypewriter; however, their license apparantly makes it not possible for for-pay distributions to include them directly you have to install them separately, which thankfully is easy to do. The STIX fonts project may produce useful results in this area; we'll see. You can get online the standard for the C programming language as of , e. The EFF legal guides for bloggers is helpful if you need it. The Underhanded C Contest is interesting -- Slashdot has more.
It sure would be nice if we could speak in one language and have everyone understand it. Blueprints for Babel discusses various constructed languages and their problems. Here are some interesting essays. Personally, it looks like English is winning that race. For example, Special English is used by the Voice of America.
Basic English is a more tightly-controlled version. The major label music cartel complains that everyone should pay extreme amounts of money because the artists need to get paid. Well yes, it's a good idea to pay the artists. But many of the cartel's statements appear to be lies as well, in particular, they often keep all the money instead of actually paying artists.
Steve Albini's essay "Major Labels: The problem with music" alternate site has way too much swearing, but it has a valid point. And the point is It's often a modern and legal form of slavery. No wonder so many artists are willing to give their music away, or don't care if their music is copied What's more, freely-available music is getting increasingly better way as a way to noticed, and unlike label deals, the artists are free from slavery to the label. The Indie Band Survival Guide discusses an alternative. What's really needed is for the cartels to actually provide what consumers want -- music they can easily download and own.
By own, I mean it's not just rent if you stop paying you keep your music , and you can use it with all the devices you own so you can listen to it on your various devices, including a patent-free Linux system. If you buy a player from vendor V, you should be able to place the songs you own onto that player Formats that require you to pay a monthly fee to keep using your music are not okay, because that fee will keep escalating once everyone's locked into it. Formats that lock music to a particular device, and try to make sure that you can't share your music among all the devices you own, are unacceptable; people buy new devices all the time.
Apple's iTunes has historically locked you into their products; many people avoid them for that reason, and there will be a lot of unhappy people in the future when they find out that they have to keep re-buying their music. That's changing recently, thankfully. They won't do it -- they'll "pirate" the songs they already paid for instead. It's time for the music industry to provide what customers actually want; the fact that piracy networks keep springing up is a wake-up call that they are failing to provide what customers actually want.
Sure, you can use prohibition-era tactics, but wouldn't it be better to sell the music instead, in the forms the customers actually want? Their real source of power is intimidation, usually through carefully chosen lawsuits against financially unprepared defendants. First Amendment? Sieg heil! Oh, and strategically placed 'campaign contributions'". Here's another example. Brian McConnell's article "Back to the Future - Morse Code and Cellular Phones" makes the interesting argument that the way to improve mobile phone text messaging is to allow users to use Morse code to send messages.
Others have since noted that the "buzz" of a phone would let you receive messages in Morse code without looking at the handset. In a text messaging speed contest, year-old telegraph operator Gordon Hill used Morse Code to resoundingly defeat his opponent year-old Brittany Devlin. Bruce Schneier explains lock-in clearly. McKenney's 'attempted summary of "RT patch acceptance" thread' summarizes different approaches for implementing real-time scheduling in the Linux kernel; it's a very nice summary of the different approaches.
Need a MUD client? Telnet obviously works, but why stay there? If you want a basic console-type MUD client with a few extras triggers and such , there are lots of nice clients. Indeed, for tty-style MUD client, there is an embarrassment of riches. TinyFugue is an old tried-and-true favorite for the console crowd; you need to compile it on some systems, which is no problem for me but others will want a nicely prepackaged program.
Some clients have problems; KMud has some nice features, but depends on an archaic version of Qt a problem for modern systems , and development halted long ago; Papaya might be nice, but at least as of July it won't install from source on Fedora Core 3. But I wanted a MUD client with automapping, and that seems to be trickier. The well-rated ones I listed earlier have lots of features, but they do not have automapping.
I use Fedora Core usually, so I went hunting and here's what I found. Its user interface frankly isn't all that intuitive; you really have to hunt to change font size, the opening commands aren't obvious, etc. Still, it has some nice functions MUD Magic's automapper plug-in is terrible, though.
The automapper gets trivially confused if you give a direction it "maps" even if the MUD responds you can't move that way , editing maps essentially doesn't work, and it often hangs or loses its mapping work. But I've had even less joy with alternatives. Gnome-MUD aka amcl looks like it might be useful, but I had trouble getting it to run on Fedora Core 3 it compiles, but doesn't run for some reason ; it appears development has stopped, too.
I've compiled it with:. Then make, as usual. The "make install" takes forever to update the documentation for scrollkeeper. Please check your GConf configuration, specifically that the schemas have been installed correctly. But this is an absolute monster to install -- I haven't succeeded, and others have had trouble too. It depends on itcl , which on Fedora Core is a real pain to install why it's not included, I don't know; it used to be. Even worse, it particularly depends on "itkwish", which is no longer part of itcl.
You work to install itcl, but it's a pain. You have to first install tcl-devel and tk-devel, but that's easy: "yum install tcl-devel tk-devel". Then itcl's installation on Fedora Core requires that you do this: ". I abandoned this after a while -- not worth it. It appears that you can get fired for choosing Microsoft. Jesse Burst reported on July 25, about one person who was fired for choosing Microsoft.
His boss, Matt Kiyuck, then found about Linux, and "realized that we could have saved millions of dollars in new software and hardware if we had gone with Linux instead of NT. Needless to say, Scott Barker received a pink slip the next day. Don't just buy a product because many other people use it, or because they seem very nice in their workshop. Frankly, as described it makes sense; if someone's job is to carefully make a major multi-million dollar decision, and they don't consider their options, they do deserve to be fired.
The source here is a little suspect; they often run humor articles. Yet it's not clear they're kidding in this case; the identification of particular people and organizations by name is usually not done with made-up articles. I'd love to confirm or deny this story.
Drunkenblog has a lengthy discussion justifying the claim that Maui X-Stream has illegally copied code into its products. The author claims that since GPL'ed code is often given away, then there must only a civil case. I doubt that; many people use the LGPL and GPL licenses because they expect to be able to see and use the source code of any publicly-released improvements. Since a proprietary program doesn't release its source, I suspect an author of a GPL program could sue for the value of all improvments made to the program, but illegally witheld, as well as the money acquired from sales and the legal costs of the suit.
When a small GPL program is inadvertently included in a big program, it's usually worked out amicably, but when a vendor intentionally tries to defraud the world, the vendor should expect to get in trouble. The audio format Ogg Vorbis appears to be gaining ground. A CacheLogic survey found that I don't know how much of that is illegal, and I don't condone any that's illegal.
In August , Department where Unix was developed finally disbanded. It's unfortunate; basic research in IT is basically unfunded at this point. Is Your Boss a Psychopath? Online or Invisible? For greater impact and faster scientific progress, authors and publishers should aim to make research easy to access. It's time to stop. If the problem is that you need money to pay for printing the documents on paper, then the solution is obvious: stop printing them on paper.
Almost no one wants them on paper any more; they want the electrons. If your goal is to make free money by exploiting other people's work, while not paying them and not providing a critically valuable service that you pay for, that's frankly unethical. Having unpaid people peer review the article obviously doesn't count as a service -- you're not paying them either!
That doesn't mean all written works should be free; I very much believe in authors getting paid for their work. But then make sure the authors get paid for their work; generally authors of academic papers don't get royalties or other real payment from their article.
If the authors aren't getting paid for their work, then it makes no sense for there to be a charge. There's simply no need for the paper mill infrastructure anymore in academic works. If someone wants a paper version, let them download and print it in the way that's best for them. It's time to get almost all academic works freely available on the Internet.
Nosy people like me like to know when the "next versions" are going to be released, and searching doesn't often reveal the answer. The best way to learn about release work is to see the OpenOffice. Here are some tutorials about OOo's database capabilities. I think OpenOffice.
See OOo issue for more information. There are various other kinds of collaborative editing. You could share a mouse and keyboard in real time like SynchroEdit , but that's probably better handled by a more general tool. You could also have a lock-based system, where only person can edit at a time The KOffice page on Collaboration is relevant too. Here's how PR firms really work ; very interesting, and a little scary too.
Here's an article on how to eliminate red eye using the GIMP. The Thunderbird email client a companion to Firebird is nice, but you can reconfigure it depending on your needs. Thunderbird likes to do HTML mail, which I don't like receiving; Here's info on how to make Thunderbird send plain text in a nicer way. Here's Linux kernel info on how to reconfigure email clients to send patches. If you display headers and there are too many to display, the scrollbar for expanded message headers extension helps in this case.
Here's the cartoon "Both Sides" which captures a simple truth in a funny way The term "to betamax" is interesting. It seems to have been making the verbal rounds for a while, but tracking it down in written records is tricky. AlistairMcMillan re-added this snippet to the Wikipedia article on Betamax on October 7, "The VHS format's defeat of the Betamax format became a classic marketing case study, now identified with the verbal phrase 'to Betamax' , wherein a [[proprietary]] technology format is overwhelmed in the market by a format allowing multiple, competing, licensed manufacturers, as in: 'Apple Betamaxed themselves out of the PC Personal computer market.
JVC sacrificed substantial potential earnings by going the open sharing route, but that decision ultimately won the standards war. By , forty companies utilized the VHS format in comparison with Betamax's twelve. Sony finally conceded defeat in when it too began producing VHS recorders. Here's some musical silliness. First, see The Llama song. Then, for a parody of a silly song, see The Sawyer Song here's an article about the Sawyer song , and here are the Sawyer song lyrics. Interesting research - OpenAnalysis is a tool to capture information about programs; the OpenAnalysis wiki has more about it.
We'll see if much comes of it! Here's an article on how to create a software development environment by integrating Bugzilla, Subversion SVN , MediaWiki, and mailing list software. Advanced Programming Languages links to all sorts of things, if you're interested in programming languages in general. My blog is listed in various places. This site has all sorts of stuff about Yuna the Final Fantasy character Today, 1 in 68 families in the U.
At the time of this writing, no one knows why. Many suspect vaccines, for a variety of reasons; vaccines are not safety-tested for long-range effects the way people think they are. Conflict-of-interest is a serious problem; the few studies that "prove" vaccines aren't a problem have serious concerns, as far as I can tell. Miller, Jr. He suggests this schedule: "No vaccinations until a child is two years old except hepatitis B vaccine for infants whose mothers test positive for this disease ; No vaccines that contain thimerosal mercury including flu ; No live virus vaccines except for smallpox, should it recur ; and these vaccines, to be given one at a time, every six months, beginning at age 2: Pertussis acellular, not whole cell , Diphtheria, Tetanus, d.
Polio the Salk vaccine, cultured in human cells. Here's an anti-DMCA video. A documentary of the Amen break - a 6-second drum sequence - it's interesting! Why Linux isn't working on business desktops and how we fix it by Kelv November 16th has a useful list of gripes. Obviously, Linux can be used on business and home desktops, but it's a useful place to start for improvements if you want to code an improvement. It notes things like being able to open Microsoft TNEF format in Thunderbird and where to get the Sourceforge project that gets you most of the way there!
First, you need to enable the use of subversion at all for your project.
- City of Nets: A Portrait of Hollywood in the 1940s;
- Full Cast & Crew.
- Liv, Forever.
Then, for each developer, you need to give them write access. Finally, you need to import some initial files; they explain how to export from CVS, but not how to initialize a new project. You need to use "import", and you need to specify that you're importing to the trunk. You can speed up Firefox viewing by opening "about:config" and turning on network. That's not the default because some proxies and some versions of Microsoft's inferior IIS program choke on pipelined requests, but that's becoming less common.
ComputerWorld has an article about using advanced Firefox options in its about:config view. I'd love to live longer, or at least be more healthy while I'm living. With all the additional information now available to medical science, I'd like to hope that medicine will figure out some new approaches on that front. For example, the drug resveratrol seems to have some promise well, in lab rats - NewsWeek December 11, , pp. Whether or not that particular one works, I'm hopeful that we can find ways to make things better.
How can you control the amount of time someone spends on a Linux system? This post shows how to limit the time of day someone logs in, and how to forceably log them off outside that time, in Fedora Core using PAM. Time quotas are trickier; here's a discussion of the needs on a Ubuntu forum. One alternative instead of full quotas which require tracking time is to simply force a session to log off after a certain amount of time; for some that might be better. This discussion suggests Debian's "timeoutd" - I need to learn more about that!
An alternative is porttime. Pyttymon may also be an alternative, though it's not clear it works for X. Here's something very cool - RepRap Replicating Rapid-prototyper , a practical self-copying 3D printer well, mostly self-copying. There's a short RepRap handout explaining it. MIT professor Neil Gershenfeld's talk "The beckoning promise of personal fabrication" discusses his "Fab Lab", a "low-cost lab that lets people build things they need using digital and analog tools.
It's a simple idea with powerful results: His Fab Labs, set up in communities around the world, let people build eyeglass frames, toys, computer parts — anything they need and can imagine. As Gershenfeld explains, this kind of empowerment leads to education, to problem-solving, to job creation and then to invention, in a truly creative process. The Cyberiad has some funny cautionary tales; reminds me a little of the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy series by Douglas Adams.
Magic-1 is a homebuilt minicomputer. Altogether there are more than chips in Magic-1 connected together with thousands of individually wrapped wires. And, it works. You can connect to Magic-1 and run the original Adventure. You can learn more about electronics if you're interested. Lessons In Electric Circuits: A free series of textbooks on the subjects of electricity and electronics is a freely-available series with information. Playing with stuff is important to learning; Electronic Playground is one of many X-in-one packages so you can quickly play with stuff; this one reportedly has a good manual that explains things using the usual analogy with water pipes.
You want a book explanation and kit try things out! You'll probably want a circuit simulator like Spice, too. Inform 7 is a tool for creating interactive fiction text adventure games ; one interesting aspect is that he's chosen to use an English-like syntax. I really wish he'd released this as open source software; it's incredibly dangerous to depend on sole-source proprietary language implementations, as the Visual Basic developers learned to their sorrow. GMU has some useful material, but beware of license traps. For more on Inform 7, you might check out this intro to Inform 7 , Inform 7 for programmers based on this one-HTML-page version , Emily Short's list of links about Inform 7 , and a large chart of rules, showing how Inform 7 works.
Currently neither Inform 7 nor TADS3 are open source software they are available at no cost, but cannot be independently modified among other things.
If you want an OSS tool for developing interactive fiction, Inform 6 is quite useful in spite of its name, it's actively maintained. An interesting tool for telling interactive stories is Twine - this one is fully OSS, and is supposed to be especially easy to get started. That said, Twine is really for "choose your own adventure" and hypercard-like structures, not for interactive fiction.
There are some interesting "kids developing software" things. Here are some compilation hints. Kids domain has a list of programs for programming. Here's an article about involving kids in Free software development through play. Here's a really cool video by Prof. Michael Wesch explaining where the Web is going and what's XML anyway It's not a technology analysis, but a big-picture view. Very cool. Paul Graham has lots of interesting things to say, such as Why Startups Condense in America , The Power of the Marginal some fun quotes: "you're probably better off studying something moderately interesting with someone who's good at it than something very interesting with someone who isn't I definitely don't agree with all he says, but he makes me think, and that's a great thing.
Of course, if you're interested in start-ups, there's lots of advice out there. My favorite is his first one: "Your idea isn't new. Pick an idea; at least 50 other people have thought of it. Get over your stunning brilliance and realize that execution matters more. The "Vista" version of Microsoft Windows has some really serious compatibility problems, and frankly there seems to be no real business case for upgrading. Essentially nobody buys Windows because it's a great operating system - frankly, it isn't.
The only reason anyone uses Windows is because they want to use applications that require it. And way too many programs fail to run in Vista Many existing programs can't run, or require an expensive upgrade to run on Vista, such as Quickbooks. Many U. Vista hopefully has better security than XP, but frankly, that's a dismally low bar The May 8, patch Tuesday release alone had 6 critical vulnerabilities.
And Vista raises its own security problems; it's incompatible with many security products, and has far more DRM mechanisms. By design, DRM mechanisms prevent users from controlling their own equipment, and thus DRM mechanisms always reduce user security Microsoft sidesteps this by talking about "security" without answering the question of "security for who? The large number of incompatibilities are especially concerning; hopefully things will get better quickly.
But it looks like waiting a while before getting or using Vista would be a good idea; it's what many government agencies are doing. XKCD has some funny cartoons if you're into technology. If you want to know the difference between scientifically-minded people and everyone else, The Difference about sums it up. Alice and Bob is only funny if you know about the usual crypto conventions.
Angular Momentum and Grown-ups are rather sweet. Centrifugal Force and Electromagnetic Spectrum are for those who've taken physics classes. Lisp cycles is fun for those who know LISP. Online community map Map of the Internet IPv4 are interesting in their own right. Open Source not only got a laugh, but Stallman ended up with a katana as life imitated art.
The problem with Wikipedia has it about right. There are also these wonderful "quotes" from Knuth if you want really weird, look at the Knuth is my homeboy T-shirts. See Nerd sniping and Nightmares. Unscientific is actually a compliment to MythBusters. I think of Zealous autoconfig whenever I'm looking for a WiFi connection. Fields arranged by purity great for the mathematician in your family. Road rage is twisted. Height and Depth put things in perspective. Google maps is great for those who remember text adventures.
Flash games shows a crucial point that's lost by the Wii-hater crowd - being fun is more important to a game than fancy graphics. PHD comics is also funny. See for example, The Grant Cycle. Microsoft claims that it has a trademark on the term "windows". Yet that term was used for windows on graphical user interfaces long, long before. Douglas C. Engelbart demonstrated mice and GUIs back in ! Here's a video pre-Mac or Microsoft Windows showing a graphical user interface, including a mouse and windows, for Unix system Blit, by Rob Pike and others.
It's about freedom. It does an amazing job of describing the character of, well, a character. My Accuse program got mentioned here. Laws of Software Development summarizes quips from others. Getting things done is an interesting summary. Computer language junkies will probably find Syntax across languages interesting, and maybe useful.
It tries to capture important aspects about many computer languages, similar to the way a linguist might capture selected aspects of human languages for study. It'd be great if this or something like it were high assurance. Here's a video of how to remove a desktop computer, plugged into a wall, without turning it off. The article Artificial Stupidity makes a great point. We don't need full "artificial intelligence" - humans are already quite intelligent. What we need most from computers right now is just enough capability to handle many stupid, mundane tasks Here's an essay arguing for taxing of "intellectual property".
Trolltracker tracks companies with patent portfolios but produce no goods or services. In other words, the only thing they produce is litigation to prevent or tax the development of goods and services. TED Technology, Entertainment, Design is a conference that "brings together the world's most fascinating thinkers and doers, who are challenged to give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes ". They then make the best talks and performances available to the public, for free, under a Creative Commons license.
I don't agree with all the speakers - but listening to their ideas helps me expand my own. Economics can be extremely interesting. I found the book "The Undercover Economist" to be very enlightening. Dan Bricklin's interview with author Dan Ariely of "Predictably Irrational" about applying behavioral economics to Open Source Software is very interesting.
The Linux kernel is interesting. Linux kernel development describes its development process in a relatively non-technical way reporters use it as their starting point. The Linux Weather Forecast keeps track of the latest situation. It's easy to incorrectly redact information from PDFs. Here's how to correctly redact PDFs. I recommend reading Shelley's "Ozymandias" as a cure for hubris. It ends by comparing the statue's inscription with harsh reality: "My name is Ozymandias, king of kings: Look on my works, ye mighty, and despair! Java and C aren't that radically different as languages, but as he notes, "The.
NET library is simple to the point of being totally dumbed down; it's probably okay for the first and second groups [who don't need much capability], not least because they don't know any better, but for the rest it's an exercise in frustration. This frustration is exacerbated when it's compared to. NET's big competitor, Java. Java is no panacea; it too is aiming roughly at the middle kind of developer, which is understandable, as they're the most numerous. But Java's much more high-minded. It's much stronger on concepts, making it easier to learn.
Sun doesn't get it right the whole time, but the people behind Java have clearly made something of an effort. And while once it made sense to stick with Windows, it just doesn't any more. Takes little time, has a catchy Glass-like music. Wheeler Oct summarizes various techniques to perform attribution aka traceback or source tracking on networks, esp. Here's the abstract: "This paper summarizes various techniques to perform attribution of computer attackers who are exploiting data networks. Attribution can be defined as determining the identity or location of an attacker or an attacker's intermediary.
In the public literature "traceback" or "source tracking" are often used as terms instead of "attribution. Department of Defense DoD as it considers if it should improve its attribution capability, and if so, how to do so. However, since the focus of this paper is on technology, it may also be of use to many others such as law enforcement personnel. Here's a report from an Ada user who cracked an old code. His bottom line is that OpenID is the "Best available option" for many authentication needs , but that "there are important implications".
Remote logins: Setting up a secure remote X session with gdm describes a way to do secure remote login on Linux. It notes ISO , which breaks measures into functionality inc. It also suggests using "Simple, language independent metrics that influence maintainability".
Of course, they can't fix the main problem with measures in software: You can typically either identify high-level measures that you want but can't actually measure , or identify low-level measures that can actually measure but have tenuous relationships to what you want. For the latter one, I think the fundamental problem was the use of a language Python that is hard to statically analyze. In Python, you can't know what "f x " means in module A, because in module B you might do "a. Python has no static type system, either. The author even noted that at least one of the 3 inserted bugs was probably easy to find using static analysis, and I think all of them are detectable.
Arkansas Election Officials Baffled by Machines that Flipped Race : "The problem resulted in the wrong candidate being declared victor in a state House nomination race", but thankfully, in this case, "the touch-screen machines produce a voter-verifiable paper audit trail. Fedora 9's security policy forbids changing memory permissions in some cases, which can wreak havoc. The only easy solution is to disable that globally; the clean solution would presumably be to create a new security policy.
See these Fedora compatibility hints. TeX file installation follows the "info tds" rules of texlive-texmf. E should be upgraded to 1. When you're creating packages, an annoying step is handling "make install" if the developer doesn't support DESTDIR and it's a nontrivial install process. The "rlwrap" tool is handy at the command line if you're using a command-line tool that lacks readline support.
Flash required. It particularly focused on the time-based release strategy. Unfortunately, many viewers find that when they switch to an HDTV they are unable to view closed caption CC information, even though the broadcaster is sending it and the TV is able to display it. That's rediculous - there are millions of deaf and hard-of-hearing people, and we have laws that were supposed to enable CC. Thus, if there is CC information, the source device needs to overlay the CC information on the picture prior to transmitting to the display over the interconnect.
Unfortunately, many source devices do not have the ability to overlay CC information, or controlling the CC overlay is extremely complicated. For example, the Motorola DCT cable Set Top Box has the ability to decode CC information located on the mpg stream and overlay it on the picture, but turning CC on and off requires turning off the unit and going into a special setup menu it is not on the standard configuration menu and it cannot be controlled using the remote.
Historically, DVD players and cable box tuners did not need to do this overlaying, they simply passed this information on to the TV, and they are not mandated to perform this overlaying. Many modern HDTVs can be directly connected to cables, but then they often cannot receive scrambled channels that the user is paying for.
Thus, the lack of a standard way of sending CC information between components, along with the lack of a mandate to add this information to a picture, results in CC being unavailable to many hard-of-hearing and deaf users. The Blank Slate by Steven Pinker notes the following: "The language of the Wari people of the Amazon has a set of noun classifiers that distinguish edible from inedible objects The Long Now foundation "was established in to creatively foster long-term thinking and responsibility in the framework of the next 10, years.
They're perhaps best known for their work to develop a 10, year clock. Their Rosetta project has produced the Rosetta disk , which records the world's languages. What's more, the Rosetta disk demonstrates a technique for recording other information for a long time by inscribing human-readable information under magnification on nickel. This is a big problem; DVDs, floppies, and other storage mediums fail quite quickly. The pages are analog 'human-readable' scans of scripts, text, and diagrams. Among the 13, scanned pages are 1, different language versions of Genesis , a universal list of the words common for each language, pronunciation guides and so on.
A start-up, Millenniata, is releasing an optical disc format the "M-Disc" and writer to store data "forever"; its data can be read using any current DVD or Blu-ray player. The Millenniata's M-disc is supposed to be "stone-like"; it can be dipped into liquid nitrogen or boiling water. Every other brand tested showed large increases in data errors after the stress period.
Peterson discusses some of the preservation problems. Here's one way to create a tiny Fedora install. He's collected an interesting "timeline" of past events in science. StartSSL provides free certificates. Mythbusters was gagged to not disclose the problems of RFID ; but that doesn't solve RFID's problems, it just means the criminals can keep exploiting it. Think passports, entrance systems, etc.
Here are some slides about Scheme in Scheme. Here's a Lisp in Python - here's a more complete Lisp in Python. Unfortunately, many of these "Lisp in Lisp" examples omit macros or at least omit a discussion about their implementation , which is sad that is one of Lisp's major capabilities.
Proper tail recursion and space efficiency William D. Clinger, gives a careful definition of proper tail recursion useful for implementers. Proper tail recursion in C by Mark Probst explains how to extend C to support proper tail recursion; here's discussion about adding support for proper tail recursion in gcc.
Continuations in C discusses this. Implementation Strategies for first-class continuations discusses various options. Stalin is a highly optimized Scheme compiler with limitations. Henry G. Baker's "Pragmatic Parsing in Common Lisp" is useful if you need to do that. In OCaml, do not use the -custom option; -custom is not considered useful and leads to corrupted files on many systems due to prelink.
OCaml has nice properties, but debugging isn't one of them; OCaml debugging can be a problem due to its lack of runtime reflexivity. What Makes Web Sites Credible? The DVD cartel claims that running a program like deCSS that they didn't approve of, to watch movies you own, is illegal There seems to be no patent problem in doing so at least, I can't find any claim with patent number in doing so. Copyright doesn't apply when someone indepedently writes the program like deCSS was written. Their claim about "decryption" is sheer nonsense; if it's legal to watch a DVD using program 1 on your laptop, then clearly it's legal to watch it using program 2, right?
Their nonsense about "copy protection" was even sillier; CSS doesn't prevent copying at all you can copy bits without decrypting them, as large-scale pirates do. Early court decisions seem to have followed the DVD cartel's hysteria. But more recently, Norway found that deCSS broke no law , and in a California court found that it was legal to post deCSS, and that it was no longer a trade secret. Here's a Security analysis of the Internet Protocol July Basically, you should be taking the fifth amendment.
While I don't agree with everything he's speaking from a liberal democrat atheist's perspective , he may be on to something here. People who think that only individuals matter simply don't seem to be able to understand that to many - possibly most - people, that's just selfishness, and that they understand that the family , not the individual, is the basis of society. Librarian Chick has free and open source educational resources inc.
Linguistic humor: How I met my wife. Fedora 9's Firefox can in some configurations default to "Work Offline". One solution is to run Firefox and invoke "about:config". Then set "toolkit. Physical security maxims. Interesting commentary: U. Walli explains how many commercial companies view standards efforts, which can be depressing.
It also explains how to "fight dirty" to delay the creation of useful standards for a very long time see the text on what Microsoft "should" have done about ODF. Note that many commercial organizations are working hard to prevent commoditization, even though that is exactly what the user wants! This text also shows why organizations like Digistan are necessary. This article about Google's handling of vulnerabilities notes that many researchers do not use the scam name "responsible disclosure" process created by vendors, particularly with vendors who have a bad track record.
Many use "full disclosure" instead. Some sell their vulnerability information, something I find distasteful but it certainly happens. I find it distasteful because if most researchers do that, a small clique of highly-funded organizations will know lots of vulnerabilities, while the suppliers will not know what to fix and customers will not know which suppliers are providing bad products.
Short of a law, I don't see what could be done about that though. Checks are rediculously insecure. As noted in a clever cartoon, in , Bush defeats McCain again. In November , Microsoft patch closes 7-year-old OS hole. What is wrong with these people??? Here's How to reinstall the Palm desktop and still access pre-existing data in Windows. This lets you move where the data is stored yay! Palm's GUI to set this value doesn't work, so you have to do this instead.
Eben Moglen's "Software and Community in the Early 21st Century" is interesting, discussing what would happen if you had to pay for each use of mathematics, and the relation of that idea to software. Software is developed using Flash , as is noted here as well. Patrick Brennan thinks it's neat.
Wikipedia has some info on Leapster. Unfortunately, there doesn't seem to be much info on how to create homebrew games for the leapster. I looked at several before deciding on this: Seamonkey. It does insert a few things, but they're justifiable e. It often leaves lines alone, which is nice when "diff"ing HTML files. It "just works"; I like it!! Its cursor occasionally disappears from view, which is annoying, but it returns to view after a moment or a restart.
Its user interface is nice for ordinary text - it's simply an ordinary word processor interfaces. In addition, you don't have to install anything if you already have OpenOffice. However, the generated HTML isn't so nice; all tags are forced to uppercase e. It also inserts "attribute junk" e. Firefox extension firebug. Easily installed. The output HTML at least uses lowercase tags. It inserts lots of HTML junk at the beginning, though. Amaya W3C. Fedora used to have a package, but doesn't now. The Amaya project seems to be vigorous it's not clear it used to be , so I wish they'd repackage it.
Quanta plus. On Fedora, part of the kdewebdev package. Note that this requires installation of the KDE infrastructure. Bluefish is primarily a syntax-highlighting text editor, focused on HTML. Most text editors vim, emacs, gedit, etc. Here's a review of some open source programming languages for kids.
Python 3 is incompatible with Python 2. Discussions such as Looming Python Monster note that the big problem for distributions is that there are lots of Python libraries - so a distributor in theory would have to carry both Python 2 and Python 3 versions of everything. The program 2to3 tries to convert Python 2 to Python 3, but has to punt often. That's the official way to convert, but for many, a gradual transition using Python 2 but increasingly using Python 3 capabilities is probably easier.
Python 2. It may take a long time for Python 2. Here's a document about Microsoft's methods for "evangelism" , revealed through Court actions. A Fission-Fusion hybrid can greatly reduce fission waste - this sounds promising. I don't know what to do with the Floating Head of Ayn Rand's seal of approval , but it sure is funny. Chistopher Dock is buried there; he was a Mennonite schoolmaster in colonial Pennsylvania whose teaching methods led to the first book dealing with education in America.
If you're writing in Bourne shell, and you want your code to be truly portable across many shell implementations, take a peek at Open Group's Base Specifications for the shell , along with the portable shell guidelines from the GNU autoconf documentation. Lots of good information on stuff that works and stuff to avoid. Programming in the shell is generally easy; the big problem is that it's easy to write code that works unless its data e. Writing robust shell scripts has some other suggestions, and Bash pitfalls lists some common mistakes, and here's another list of common shell mistakes.
A Guide to Unix shell quoting explains the Unix shell's quoting system which can be confusing to newcomers ; its golden rules of shell quoting is a nice summary. Here's a list of ways to do simple GUIs from shell. It includes links to schematics, like this information on how to build a Theramin.
The Cult of the Theremin has more information on Theramins. Pamelia Kurstin's TED presentation playing the theremin is a great introduction to this unusual instrument. Many parents want to be able to filter web content for kids. MVPS also has info on how to set hosts to get rid of some annoyances. Some browser extensions can help, such as Firefox's Adblock Plus and My web of trust. Windows in bed with Linux is a collection of interesting stuff. I need to plow through this some time.
Clay Shirky's "Newspapers and Thinking the Unthinkable" is an insightful piece. Many people keep thinking "now that the Internet is here, how can X survive? Skirky wisely notes that in any revolution, not all institutions survive; institutions based on the high cost of publication make no sense when publication costs are petty cash. Here's a fan-made trailer for the upcoming "New Moon" movie from the Twilight series. Here's what falling into a black hole would look like. VLC is a good player, though 0. MediaCoder can do lots of conversions. Don't violate copyright while doing so.
Here's a cheatsheet to hang up in your time machine. Scary stuff. If you're buying an xbased computer, make sure its CPU chip supports hardware virtualization. If it's Intel, you want "VT" support. Intel makes this harder to figure out than it should be; here's how to determine if your Intel chips supports VT hardware virtualization. Here's a comparison of Microsoft Word, OpenOffice. California's open source digital textbook plan may eventually produce useful textbooks. I hope they look at Wikipedia for schools for inspiration. Bing is not Google, but it is a spin engine reports that Bing produces biased results.
The Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Media Literacy Education helps educators gain confidence about their rights to use copyrighted materials in developing students' critical thinking and communication skills. You can get various explanations from there. Creative Commons noted this. Software Installation in Linux is Difficult? No, not at all. Contiki is a tiny operating system with an open source software license. A discussion about older versions of copyright law put into focus some of the many problems in today's copyright laws.
You can easily reset the root password on Linux if you have physical access and the system is not configured to prevent it. Of course, none of this works if you can't change the reboot options; if you set GRUB to forbid changes to the boot parameters, and set the BIOS to forbid changing of the boot location and make sure that the disk is first , you'll need to take more drastic physical measures e.
Or, you'd need to break into the system in other ways, which hopefully is non-trivial on an important machine. The fact that it takes non-trivial effort or deeper knowledge to do reset a root password on well-protected machines is a good thing. Here's an interesting statistical analysis of the U. Supreme Court: "An empirical analysis of supreme court certiorari petition procedures: the call for response and the call for the views of the solicitor general" by David C. Thompson and Melanie F. Perhaps texting and bulletin-board discussion is increasing U.
He says that the "trouble begins with the singularitarians' assumption that technological advances have accelerated. In short, motivation doesn't work the way many people think it does. Rewards narrow the mind's focus But for creative problems, traditional rewards tend to inhibit creative thinking, and higher incentives led to worse performance. The experiments justifying this have been replicated, many times. Instead, people are motivated by autonomy, mastery, and purpose.
Software Wars is the updated version of Andy Tai's wonderful older map, showing the struggle over control of software and thus, the struggle for control over people and their information. The defaults matter - many people will "choose" the defaults. I certainly don't agree with all of President Obama's policies, but I thought he gave a great pep talk to school kids in September It wasn't really partisan, it was really just a "work hard to get educated" speech.
But that doesn't make it unimportant. It is important for kids to work hard to learn, and I hope that this speech had an impact. Here's a weird bug: Can't print on Tuesday. Long fixed, but funny.