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Hail to the Chiefs!

Last update on Nov. 11, 2014.

If you’re doing an inaugural party tomorrow, I recommend adding The Brunching Shuttlecocks’ “88 Lines about 42 Presidents” and Jonathan Coulton’s “The Presidents” to your playlist.

Fatherly advice from the first century

Last update on Nov. 11, 2014.

This week, learning Gemara (Pesachim 112a), I learned:

Rabbi Akiva commanded his son, Rabbi Yehoshua, seven things. “My son:

  1. “Don’t sit and learn in the high part of the city.
  2. “And don’t live in a city whose leaders are Torah scholars.
  3. “And don’t enter your house suddenly [i.e. without announcing your presence]; all the ...

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The struggle against ASCIImperialism continues

Last update on Nov. 11, 2014.

I learned two things about Linux this week. First, even in UTF-8 locales, fold thinks that any byte with a value above 127 is a space.

$ echo 'superextraordinarísimo' | fold -s -w 18
superextraordinar
�simo
$ echo 'superextraordinarísimo' | fold -s -w 18 | od -c
0000000   s   u   p   e   r   e   x   t   r   a   o ...

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Sic transit gloria startup

Last update on Nov. 11, 2014.

My employer just laid off a bunch of people. I, thank God and Adam Smith, did not get the axe, but there are good engineers (and sales people and so on) who are pounding the pavement now.

I told a friend of mine who was laid off that despite all the bad economic news, the ...

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