welcome to another edition of TWIG. I hope that you have not spent your time coughing and spluttering like I have. No, not swine flu but just human cold. Mind you those of us that are ill now have the excuse to stay on and play computer games all weekend without feeling guilty about it. If you;re not ill, you need to get outside
larval stage /n./
Describes a period of monomaniacal concentration on coding apparently passed through by all fledgling hackers. Common symptoms include the perpetration of more than one 36-hour hacking run in a given week; neglect of all other activities including usual basics like food, sleep, and personal hygiene; and a chronic case of advanced bleary-eye. Can last from 6 months to 2 years, the apparent median being around 18 months. A few so afflicted never resume a more `normal’ life, but the ordeal seems to be necessary to produce really wizardly (as opposed to merely competent) programmers. See also wannabee. A less protracted and intense version of larval stage (typically lasting about a month) may recur when one is learning a new OS or programming language.
Cambrionix 49 Port Professional USB-2 Hub - originally made for labs
The Star Wars Brain Trainer – Learn to move the ball with the power of thought
USB microscope – Plug it in and watch little things made big on your screen
Digital luggage scale – I’ve needed one of these so many times!
The Leatherman Juice C2 – pliers, wire cutters, corckscrew, bottle opener, can opener, wire cutters, hard-wire cutters, four screwdrivers & more
Lexeme of the week:
“Elvis year” = peak year
I designed a new internet and deployed an alternative to the web. That was my Elvis year.
Code of the week:
* HELLO WORLD program
* by Jack Applin and Robert Heckendorn, 1985
Geek tweet of the week:
“funny: I have MacVIM in a fullscreen mode (hence no other apps visible) and yet VLC (set to float on top) video shows up. ” by @CaptSolo
Time-sink of the week:
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