Summary: In this article I share an approach I used to make a condensed version of a PDF book by printing only the first two sentences of each paragraph in the book. In the long term I hope this will help me create a “CliffsNotes” version of the book.

A photo of JFK’s appointment book during the Cuban missile crisis. Photo from this Twitter page.

Scientists object to the marketing claims made by brain game makers. More info here at

At the 2014 Buddhist Geeks Conference, Mikey Siegel offered this “thought exercise” on the end game of the Meditation+Technology movement. That is, if everyone was incredibly successful with the all the new technology efforts, this is as simple as “enlightenment” can possibly be. (I don’t know if you can achieve enlightenment without effort, but I suppose this is an ideal.)

I was reminded of the ”Joel test” when I looked at this “Notion” job posting in Denver, Colorado. (If that description said “Scala” instead of Ruby, I’d be all over it.)

When I lived in Talkeetna, Alaska, I quickly learned that a constant supply of electricity was not a fact of life, as this story about ravens and beavers bears out.

Folks in Anchorage, Alaska got hit by up to nine inches of snow today (October 20, 2014). Photo from this Twitter page.

As a short note, I like the “add one event at a time” UI widget in the Mac OS X Calendar application. There are some other things I don’t like in the Add New Event UI, but I do like that concept, even though it is a little hidden.

Wow, from this story on Bloomberg, IBM is paying more than $1.5B to get out of the chip business. For me this hits home because I remember that IBM thought the PowerPC chip would be a competitor to Intel’s chips back in the day.

Why it’s hard to get home delivery in Alaska. :)

They started tearing down the bleachers in Wrigley Field today as part of the big renovation. More photos here at the Chicago Tribune.

I just learned that Alaska’s own Marian Call will be playing in Boulder, Colorado on October 29, 2014. I’m in.

I’m always surprised that people don’t double-check headlines.

Awesome news rule from Strataconf: “If a news headline ends with a question mark, the answer is ‘no’; skip it, and save yourself some time.”

I’m sorry to read about the death of Elizabeth Pena this morning. I don’t know most of her work, but she played a leading role in a cute, quirky 2001 movie named Tortilla Soup, with Hector Elizondo and a few others. I thought that movie was intended to become a tv series, but that never happened.

RFC 1925 - “The Twelve Networking Truths.” #funny

I just ran into one thing I wish I had included in the Scala Cookbook that I didn’t include: How to access a val or var field in a Scala object from your Java code.

In short, if you have a field named appName defined in a Scala object, like this:

From a recent (late 2014) article on Jonathan Ive.

The photo shows the top reasons Apple rejects apps, and comes from this page. Here’s a link to their Mac App review guidelines.

Step away from the computer” ~ great advice from Ward Cunningham, where he suggests stepping away from your computer to think about your code. (If you’ve never used CRC cards, I still find them helpful for my thinking, especially when coding by myself, or training others.)