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Urban legends versus Reality

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In researching an essay, I came across a Francis Ford Coppola quote: An essential element of art is risk. If you don’t take a risk then how are you going to make something really beautiful, that hasn’t been see before? I always like to say that cinema without risk is like having no sex and

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Kill Your Darlings

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Kan-Do for iOS has always had a tabbed interface.1 Back when the app was named “Now & When”, I labelled the tabs thus: I had wanted only two tabs, “Now” and “When”, to reflect the name of the app, but I didn’t have a good place for history. So it got its own tab. The

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Resource starvation

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So you’ve avoided the perils of attention-depletion and capture. Good job. Now you need to avoid starving yourself. With multiple processors, modern computers are able to do a bunch of things at once, but sometimes that’s an illusion. Instead, a computer’s processor divvies up its time across multiple threads1. If all threads have exactly the

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An Important Lesson in Dealing Badly with Teenage Trauma

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Once upon a time, some twenty-two years ago, I was still a teenager, it was my birthday, and my friends and I went to the Dolce Vita for lunch in some semblance of a celebration. The Dolce Vita, as you well know, was at the time the premier Italian restaurant in the wealthyish Banani-Gulshan area

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Something fishy this way comes

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Once upon a time — 2004, if I had to guess — J and I went to Mutual Fish, a fishmonger in Seattle. While she shopped, I zoned out, idly considering the options on display. My eyes lit on some catfish. A black woman standing next to me said, “Doesn’t that look good? I wonder what

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