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All creativity is an extended form of a joke

All creativity is an extended form of a joke. Most creativity is a transition from one context into another where things are more surprising. There’s an element of surprise, and especially in science, there is often laughter that goes along with the “Aha.” Art also has this element. Our job is to remind us that there are more contexts than the one that we’re in–the one that we think is reality.

– Alan Kay

This human is on to something… great.

Via ACM. Thanks Buzz for helping me find the source.

You would run, too

On television, when people meet God, it is nothing but a total and immediate surrender to pure bliss where all of their dreams finally come true and everything works out perfectly.

In real life, people run in fear from such a meeting.

They need your patience and compassion.


It is always easy to measure someone’s honesty when they are able to admit to you that 80% of their core belief system (not intellectual system) is based upon what they learned from television

On language

The language of the senses creates barriers.

The language of the Truth creates doorways.

Debugging performance issues in CLIPS

In this post John explained how to so with the latest version of CLIPS.


Malbolge looks like a fun programming language.

R 3.1.1 out and it fixes the package manager function

Via gog.

The Go Developers Almanac

Go is a very enticing language. Not having taken more than a light jump into it, it has all the brevity of what I remember as a student learning C combined with the modern library support of Python today. Wanting to find the Go equivelant of The Java Developers Almanac, I ended up at It has short and sweet articles, just like the language, and just like the author.

Gangaji – Buddha at the Gas Pump Interview

Sweet discussion with Gangaji here.

Seth Godin on Failing Until You Succeed

Here is a must watch interview with Seth Godin.