Stud finders are amazing

Stud finders are amazing. For years, I’ve always resorted to the old “knock on the wall” trick for finding studs in the wall when hanging pictures or shelves. I have to admit, I’m not the best when it comes to figuring out which sound indicates I’ve found a stud. I’m probably wrong like, 99% of [...]

Why we put things off, Part 2

We put things off if we don’t feel the consequences. So how do we break the habit? Sometimes we don’t just procrastinate, we actually won’t do something if we don’t immediately feel the consequences. If I don’t brush my teeth tonight, will it matter? Tomorrow I’ll feel the same, but in the long run it [...]

Showers really are idea generators

It always seems like I get my best ideas when I’m in the shower. Strange, isn’t it? It’s funny, in college I used to schedule my showers so that they would correspond with studying plans or while I was working on a hard problem. Whenever I came out of the shower, I almost always had [...]

The real social operating system

Everyone talks about Facebook being the world’s social operating system. They couldn’t be any more wrong. This isn’t a revolution. This is what I envision as the next step in the design of operating systems. It’s what I refer to as the “social” operating system… a real operating system like Windows or OS X. Except [...]

I’m still amazed by the camera

The camera (digital or not) is still an amazing device I’ll never fully understand. Have you ever taken a moment to think about how some device is able to take a snapshot of what your eyes see? I don’t know, maybe it’s just me, but I think it’s crazy we’re able to take something in [...]

Wiki-style open source development

Wikipedia has worked so well for providing a pretty decent source of quality information as an alternative to the old-school encyclopedia. I’ve always wondered what would happen if someone applied the Wiki philosophy to the development of a real open source library. Anyone can make changes to the code without even being registered. What kind [...]