graph [scroll down] is a small ocaml program that me and a coworker wrote. It graphs data coming down standard in, on your terminal! It’s like, really trivial and yet so useful.
One catch: it currently doesn’t support negative numbers properly. I’d love to see a patch that made it do so!
You may even remember this one if you’ve been to our apartment recently.
Lately I’ve been into challenging myself by setting arbitrary rules for my behavior, usually for a one-month period. The idea is to learn or grow through this exercise. Some things I’ve tried so far:
- Going vegetarian for a month. This didn’t feel all that enlightening at the time, but for other reasons I’ve since become full-time vegetarian..
- Going super-low-carb for a month. This was very educational, as I learned how amazingly addicted I was to sugar. I would encourage anyone interested in learning about themselves to cut out refined carbs (e.g. bread) and sugar for as little as a week. Even if you’re eating fruit (I was), it’ll be an eye-opener.
- Being silent one day a week. No speaking at all. I’ve only tried this one day so far (yesterday).
- Going to bed at 9:00pm every night. I didn’t quite manage 9:00, but I was very close most nights.
Here are some ideas I have for future challenges:
- Use only my left hand for all but two-handed activities.
- Being celibate, including masturbation
- Drinking alcohol at least once a day
- Eating only raw food
- Getting up at dawn every day
I’d be interested in hearing what challenges others have tried, and what suggestions others have for personal growth and exploration.
Let’s say you just got through watching one of the republican debates in it’s entirety. Now, you’re mortified about what’s going to happen to the world in 2008.
Relax! It doesn’t have to be that way. Sit back and listen to this (it’s about 45 minutes):
parts 1 2 3 4 5
Romney looks like a slicked-up 50’s poster child.
He also talks a little like maybe he thinks that’s what he is (and, correspondingly, that’s how the world is today). Also, he’s the flippiest-floppiest liberal-that-wants-to-be-conservative up there, except for maybe Giuliani. Heck, let’s take care of Rudy while we’re at it..
Rep. Duncan Hunter of California said he believes the United States should communicate with Iran despite what he termed its constant state sponsorship of terrorism.
But he also warned that he would not allow Iran to develop a nuclear weapons program.
“I would authorize the use of tactical nuclear weapons if there was no other way to preempt those particular centrifuges,” Hunter said.