I’m currently doing something completely different, and writing a little custom web browser using JavaFX and its WebView component. I’m using it so I can easily look at stock quotes and charts. I just started on it, and the current UI looks like this:
Until yesterday I only knew a little about a song called Alice’s Restaurant ... the end of it is the only part I remember. But yesterday I learned that it’s a story about some events that started on Thanksgiving Day, 1965. (You can find the story here on Wikipedia.)
It’s a long song — more of a funny story than a song — but here you go, Alice’s Restaurant, by Arlo Guthrie:
In some places in Colorado it’s very hard to see the stars at night. I know a few good places between Broomfield and Boulder where you can see them well, but in many areas the “light pollution” makes it impossible. See the full story at the Denver Post.
Many moons ago I thought I wrote an AppleScript script named GetStockUrls, whose sole purpose was to open many webpages from finance.yahoo.com at one time. I could run that script, then easily look at the stocks I owned.
Today I found that script on an old Mac computer, and when I did that I saw that I didn’t write it with AppleScript, but instead created it with the Mac Automator. This image shows all you have to do in the Mac Automator to achieve this result. On my current Mac this script opens the Safari browser and opens each URL shown in a new tab. I can then move between the tabs to see what I want to see, quickly and easily.
This image shows what the result looks like in the Safari browser:
This upenn.edu link has online materials for a Haskell course. I don’t know if those notes will make any sense if you don’t know anything about Haskell, but if you know a little about Haskell the notes and assignments look useful. (I found this course via this learnhaskell Github project.)
A few times a year I’m reminded that a single individual can make a big difference. Last night I watched the William Shatner documentary that covered the first three years of Star Trek: The Next Generation, and it’s clear from that documentary and other sources that Michael Piller made an enormous difference to STNG. We’ll never know if the show would have just died off without him, but everyone in the documentary credits him with the show’s success. He later helped develop the other Star Trek properties, and also created The Dead Zone tv series.
suredividend.com has this nice page that summarizes eight rules of dividend investing. I’ve learned a little bit about dividend investing, and it’s helpful to have a summary page like this as a reminder.
Albert Einstein quote: “Education is not the learning of facts, but that training of the mind to think.”
I wrote about this in my book, A Survival Guide for New Consultants, that one of the few things I learned in college was how to learn. Everything else — the details that I actually learned at that time — are not important, especially now. But learning how to learn has made all the difference in my career and in my life.
This is a nice photo of Zach Greinke’s changeup grip. I never did master the changeup before I hurt my arm. In retrospect I wish I had learned how to throw it when I learned how to throw a curve. My ERA my junior season (before the injuries started) was 1.00, and I’m sure it would have been lower if I had known how to throw one. (I don’t remember where I got this image, but it was probably espn.com.)