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Social Proof and the Bystander Effect

Lately I’ve been reading the book Influence by Robert Cialdini. The chapter on Social Proof reminded me of an episode of This American ...

Ignorance

There are two types of people: Those who are uncomfortable with their own ignorance, and those who aim to understand. The former will be ...

Reciprocity and the Golden Rule

Lately I’ve been reading the book Influence by Robert Cialdini. In it he talks about the principle of reciprocity. We tend to repay, in ...

Reflections on the Outgroup

A while ago I was sent a link to I Can Tolerate Anything Except The Outgroup. I finally got around to reading it today. I thought I’d ...

Moving Apps to the External SD Card on Android

Some months ago I bought a new Android phone. The internal storage was only 16 GB, so I put in an external SD card of 32 GB. As I ...

Code Monkey or CAD Monkey?

I recently came across this comment: I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard “oh, I just COULDN’T stare at a computer all day lol”. ...

If You Get News from TV, You Are Doing it Wrong

When I was young, I lived in a country that had no cable TV or satellite dishes. My only sources of news were from newspapers and radio. ...

Shine a Spotlight on Those Photos

A nearby photography club has annual county wide competitions. The judges select their favorite photos and display them in a mall for ...

Pay Down Mortgage or Invest?

The following scenarios are ones many of us run in to: Lumped Sum: I suddenly got $30,000. Should I put the money towards my mortgage, ...

Study Notes in the Information Age

It has been a long time since I was a college student. In those days I took all my notes in the classroom with a notebook. One notebook ...

Luminosity Masks in Darktable

When I first got into photoediting, I started off with the free software GIMP. I was a student and couldn’t afford Adobe Photoshop. ...

Bird Watching

A friend of mine recently took his bird watching hobby to another level. Armed with a 400mm lens, a scope and a sturdy tripod, he and ...

The Perils of Watching TED Talks

First, watch this TED talk about oxytocin - the “moral molecule”: Then watch this segment of another TED talk:

A Guide to Midnight Commander

In the old days of DOS there used to be a great graphical, but text based, file manager called Norton Commander. These days the name ...

Merriam Webster is Rolling in his Grave. Literally.

From the Merriam Webster online dictionary: Definition of LITERALLY in a literal sense or manner : actually. took the remark literally, ...

The 2004 Transit of Venus

The upcoming transit of Venus across the sun is often mentioned in the news these days. It’s a rare event—-the next one will occur over ...

Michael Hart Has Passed Away

I just learned that Michael Hart, founder of Project Gutenberg has passed away. I met him once in April of 2006. He gave an overview ...