Moss's Bloglet

About

This is the personal weblog of Moss Collum, a programmer living in Boston, MA. I used to have a description here of what I tend to blog about, but whenever I try to nail down a few main topics, I end up getting interested in something else. If you want to know what to expect, browsing the recent archives should give you some idea.

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If you're someone I know, you probably already know about this blog and come here regularly, but if not, please leave me a note: chances are I'd be delighted to hear from you.

If you want to contact me, you can email me at gmail (where my address is my first name dot my last name), or just leave a comment here.

Note that the "Bloglet" of my page title is the Perl script I use for my blogging, not the other, better known Bloglet.

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People whose movies I am delighted I never ever have to watch again: Lars von Trier, Quentin Tarantino, Darren Aronofsky. _
12:06:13 AM, Saturday 10 December 2011

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Handwashing, vaccination, pasteurization, anesthesia, and wealth! _
08:40:27 PM, Monday 5 December 2011

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Getting ready for the Boston Code Retreat. I'm happy to see that everyone else took the 8:30 am start time about as seriously as I did. _
08:42:15 AM, Saturday 3 December 2011

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Evaporative Cooling of Group Beliefs is a surprisingly useful metaphor. More important than the metaphor, though, is the fact that the passing explanation in the middle helped me finally get how evaporative cooling actually works. _
09:11:13 PM, Sunday 27 November 2011

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Ever wonder what the inside of a GIF looks like? _
12:18:09 PM, Friday 25 November 2011

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I have to say, I'm pretty happy with how this thing is working out. Frequent reminders to blog, plus no responsibility to tend to the blog after I've posted, plus no sense of obligation to say anything well thought out or sensical, equals a great place to post ideas that are burbling around in here and no reason not to. _
12:10:50 PM, Friday 18 November 2011

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I could do it in the same class – in the gui – but fortunately the pixies step in to prevent me making these poor design decisions. “Oh, I’ll do that for you!” one of the pixies calls out. (They usually start with this phrase, and they’re all called Thistle.) _
08:01:00 PM, Thursday 17 November 2011

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There I fixed it. _
06:09:22 AM, Thursday 17 November 2011

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Woke up at five and can't get back to sleep, so instead I'm going to experiment with MagLev. _
06:04:33 AM, Thursday 17 November 2011

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Blogging from the train! Woohoo! _
04:46:31 PM, Wednesday 16 November 2011

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Cracking Siri? Ooh! _
10:40:09 PM, Monday 14 November 2011

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"I have a monster in my lap!"
"It sounds like the name of a story... or a poem..."
"Or a spam subject line?" _
10:03:41 PM, Monday 14 November 2011

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"This is all actually what you're supposed to do."
"I know, but the pictures are funny!" _
09:53:29 PM, Monday 14 November 2011

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Oh. Huh. Maybe I should look into fixing that. _
12:29:33 AM, Sunday 13 November 2011

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exec "/Applications/MacVim.app/Contents/MacOS/Vim" '-g' '-f' _
04:49:25 PM, Saturday 12 November 2011

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exec "/Applications/MacVim.app/Contents/MacOS/Vim" '-g' '-f' _
04:49:09 PM, Saturday 12 November 2011

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And now it comes up every time I open a terminal window. Perfect! _
11:34:07 PM, Wednesday 9 November 2011

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Ah, much better. Just like old days. Now this is maybe something I can work with! _
11:31:28 PM, Wednesday 9 November 2011

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...and? _
11:31:01 PM, Wednesday 9 November 2011

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This is yet another test. _
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11:29:50 PM, Wednesday 9 November 2011

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This is a test! _
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11:24:50 PM, Wednesday 9 November 2011

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So mostly, bleach is what I remember. He'd come home, after work, and take out a jug of bleach, and put it on the edge of the kitchen sink. And then -- so that he didn't "look bad," he told me, "so he could take girls out on dates" -- he'd use it to scrub the ink stains off his hands.

I don't know what my deal is, around class, but it starts here.


Sady Doyle talks about class. It is all worth reading. _
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09:27:35 PM, Sunday 16 October 2011

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Good times to go down into the dark basement:

Bad times to go down into the dark basement: _
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08:39:05 PM, Tuesday 6 September 2011

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A little something just for Martin:
Although originally made with gin and vermouth and garnished with an olive, the martini has evolved from a simple American concoction to a worldwide drink of equal parts sophistication, style and substance. Whipped Lightning® is the perfect way to continue the tradition of experimentation with the classiest of all drinks. Just imagine your favorite martini topped with the simple elegance that is Whipahol®. _
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08:24:52 PM, Sunday 28 August 2011

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Waiting For The Train

Waiting For The Train by Moss
Waiting For The Train, a photo by Moss on Flickr.

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07:59:48 AM, Tuesday 9 August 2011

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This visualization of a mashup is pretty fantastic. _
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10:24:20 PM, Tuesday 31 May 2011

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SoCal
SoCal by Moss _
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08:11:09 PM, Monday 2 May 2011

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Milk Farm

Milk Farm by Moss
Milk Farm, a photo by Moss on Flickr.

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08:10:52 PM, Monday 2 May 2011

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Ghost

Ghost by Moss
Ghost, a photo by Moss on Flickr.

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08:04:52 PM, Monday 2 May 2011

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Cables
Cables
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01:38:57 PM, Tuesday 19 April 2011

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A Long Way Up
A Long Way Up
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01:37:50 PM, Tuesday 19 April 2011

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