Monthly Archives: October 2013

Cargo Cult CSS

Some of the most serious problems with the CSS framework methodology are exposed when revisiting older code, or when a new team member joins a project. This is principally a result of these approaches providing almost no discoverability. In his article on front-end architecture, Nicolas Gallagher says that “Class names should communicate useful information to developers”. I’d take this one step further: selectors should communicate useful information to developers. The purpose is the same — let me understand where this rule is used — but a selector is far more informative to the developer, as it communicates context. It’s a lot easier to understand the purpose behind a rule if the selector tells you that it only applies to elements within a certain scope.

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The costs of using CSS “framework methodologies”, such as BEM or OOCSS.

South Korea’s education system: The great decompression

A lot of effort goes into costly credentialism, rather than deep learning. The system excludes late-developing talent: blossom at 25, and it’s too late. And in the very long term it means a smaller country. The expense of educating children for the test is one reason why South Korean women give birth to so few of them. With the lowest fertility rate in the OECD rich-country club, South Korea’s greying threatens to be as rapid as its growth.

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How Korea’s job market generated uniquely competitive environment for students.

Stop Telling Women To Do Startups

Peter Thiel recommends that women start companies from age 20-25 so they have one under their belt before they have kids. But why? Is he noticing that women who are 20- 25 are sad about where their life is going? Peter, here’s some news for you: Women are most happy, in their whole lives, at age 28. So I don’t think you are identifying a problem here. I don’t think women are lamenting at age 28 that they did not found a startup at age 20-25. (Something to think about: Men are most unhappy at age 28. Maybe it is because they are so obsessed with launching a startup.)

Predictibly, the article generated a massive outrage in the comment section on Techcrunch. I.e. mission accomplished.

Stop Overdosing on Celebrity Gossip, The News, and Low Quality Info

The world doesn’t need more people who mindlessly digest whatever information is around. What the world needs are people who learn with purpose, who take action on the things that are important to them, and who seek out high quality information as a way to spark creativity — not as an excuse to consume even more.

What type of food are you feeding your brain? You wouldn’t want to stuff your body with low quality food. Why cram your mind with low quality thoughts?

If I were to close this link blog, it should be with this article.

Why have young people in Japan stopped having sex?

The number of single people has reached a record high. A survey in 2011 found that 61% of unmarried men and 49% of women aged 18-34 were not in any kind of romantic relationship, a rise of almost 10% from five years earlier. Another study found that a third of people under 30 had never dated at all.

British journalist asks members of the society famous for its distrust of strangers about the details of their intimate life. He then naturally concludes that young Japanese don’t have sex.

You Don’t Need Millions of Dollars

The ultimate point of Masters of Doom is that today you no longer need to be as brilliant as John Carmack to achieve success, and John Carmack himself will be the first to tell you that. Where John was sitting in a cubicle by himself in Mesquite, Texas for 80 hours a week painstakingly inventing all this stuff from first principles, on hardware that was barely capable, you have a supercomputer in your pocket, another supercomputer on your desk, and two dozen open source frameworks and libraries that can do 90% of the work for you. You have GitHub, Wikipedia, Stack Overflow, and the whole of the Internet.

All you have to do is get off your butt and use them.

Amen. Wonderful post about a man I consider half-god.

Dear American Express, I Have Reached My Personal Debt Ceiling

Dear American Express,

All I can say to your collection agent Ms. Tiffany is this:

You say that not paying the bills for charges that I racked up will affect my credit rating.


I cannot institute meaningful change and necessary reforms to my spending if I don’t address my out-of-control spending. Under your leadership, Amex, my family has seen record “new charges” and thousands of dollars added to my “new balance” every month. So, you see, default ain’t my fault.

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American debt ceiling crisis in a nutshell.

For Many Hard-Liners, Debt Default Is the Goal

During the 1988 race for the Republican presidential nomination, the televangelist Pat Robertson, whose father was chairman of the Senate Banking Committee in the 1960s, advocated canceling the national debt based on the biblical idea of “jubilee.”

A list of influential right wing Republicans that think that a default is a solution to the debt problem. I am sure that when America’s borrowers will come up with an idea for a similar “jubilee”, the Tea Party will be equally enthusiastic.

Leonardo Da Vinci needs a job

I can also make a kind of cannon which is light and easy of transport, with which to hurl small stones like hail, and of which the smoke causes great terror to the enemy, so that they suffer heavy loss and confusion.

Job application for an engineering position in the 15th century. By the way, the application was accepted.