Book Report – Hamlet’s Blackberry

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**Title**: Hamlet's Blackberry **Author**: William Powers I've been trying to get this book read for about the last 18 months. It had come highly recommended by a friend who found the book to be a good look into the technological overload of our modern times, and the inherent constant connectivity to the crowds provided by the Internet. It took me quite a while to get into this book. Powers' continual assertion that the technology that we have come to rely on is disconnecting us from ourselves, and our reality. The same technology that we use to keep us connected and allow us to collaborate and communicate with people all around the globe was, in turn, not allowing us to actually experience and enjoy that connection because it's giving us the…
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Grand Plans

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I have a habit of coming up with (grandiose) ideas for things I want to do. Be they small things or large things, or amorphous life goals, I talk a lot and tend to be rather stingy on the follow through. Sometimes these goals are stopped by other projects, sometimes they're stopped by my "better judgement" when I talk myself out of them, sometimes is exhaustion, sometimes it's pure laziness. Whatever the reason or excuse I don't do nearly as much doing as I feel that I should, or that I want to. Tonight I was mulling these things over as I proceeded about my cleaning and folding of laundry and had a minor brainwave about a couple of the projects that seem, on the surface, to be complementary but…
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Intentionality and the Struggle with Perfectionism

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Wow. It's been a while since I posted something. Not the first time there's been a big gap, and probably not the last, so let's not dwell on that. Something that's been on my mind for a while now and kind of relates to me not getting blog posts written is the idea of not being organized to get done what you want to get done when you want to get it done. Part of it is organization and part of it is motivation. However in my case another part of it is my constant struggle with perfectionism and over-planning. This may sound surprising to anyone who's ever seen my office (or my car) but it's a real challenge for me on anything that I'm trying to create. I tend…
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30 Podcasts You Should Be Listening To (part 1)

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![flickr-abletoven-rss-headphones](/media/blog-images/2014/abletoven-podcast-rss.jpg)I recently put together a show for Hacker Public Radio. Seeing as I had done all this writing, I decided I might as well put together a couple of blog posts. These are 30 podcasts I listen to very regularly. I have listened to many of these since they began (often retroactively) and very much enjoy them. There are a lot of tech shows in here with a mix of science, food, history and popular culture mixed in for good measure. Because most people have attention spans only slightly longer than your average gnat, I've decided to break this up into three separate blog posts, each highlighting 10 different shows. ### 99% Invisible Storytelling is the focus of Roman Mars' podcast 99% Invisible. This show tells the stories behind the…
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Ctrl-Alt-Delete – Rebooting Me

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I sit here staring at a blank screen, a blinking cursor, and I wonder what I'm going to write about. There are a great many topics to choose from over the last year. Technical topics, personal topics, gadget topics, relationship topics, job topics the list seems almost endless. In a way that's been part of the challenge for me getting content to post. Every time I come up with what seems like a good topic idea, I come up with 10 more that seem more important, or better in some way. Ultimately, if I'm going to write, I need to write; I need to put the fingers to the keyboard and [make the clackety noise](http://www.kungfugrippe.com/post/169873399/clackity-noise). ### Reboot? I've been lazy. There's no other way to look at it. I've been…
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The Winding Road of Procrastination

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I sat down tonight to do some more learning about Ruby. I thought that I'd spend an hour or so and build something trivial, but useful. Well 90 minutes later and I have had an enjoyable evening, but I have yet to write a single line of Ruby code. It started out with a [Ruby tutorial](http://www.ruby-lang.org/en/documentation/quickstart/3/) which had a header on the first line with the standard directive pointing to the executable for the Ruby interpreter. That led me to realize I wasn't 100% sure where that executable was on a Mac. I remembered that there was some kind of command to find these exectuables so off I went to [Google](http://www.google.ca/search?sclient=psy-ab&hl=en&site=&source=hp&q=where%20is%20perl&btnG=Search). My search results led mt to a Perl primer describing the use of the [which](http://htmlfixit.com/cgi-tutes/tutorial_Perl_Primer_002_-_where_to_get_it_-_basic_layout_-_shebang_line.shtml) command. Having used the…
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A Changing Mobile Landscape

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For the past year or so I've been trying to decide what laptop to buy. My current machine, a 2006 MacBook, is on its last legs and really hasn't been an effective mobile computer for over a year due to a drastically shortened battery and what appears to be a busted wifi antenna. The machine has done great things for me for the past several years and is the primary machine from which I've authored most of the posts on this blog. It managed to get me started with podcasting and has been my primary development machine for nearly all my programming projects, regardless of platform. The machine still performs quite well considering its age and how much I've used it over the past five-and-a-half years, really the biggest reasons…
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