One thing I do like about Twitter: I’ve noticed myself using “likes” as a polite way of ending an interaction. For example, if somebody replied to my post and I don’t have anything further to say, I might like their reply as a way of saying, “I read this and I appreciate it.” I wish Micro.blog had some feature that served this purpose, while still not showing a count of how many likes something got. I can reply with a 👍, but I hesitate to do that too often because I don’t want to clog up people’s timelines with 👍s.
Anil Dash says it would be a bad idea for Twitter to allow the editing of Tweets, and I don't disagree. It would lead to all sorts of problems if they allowed this for the Nazis, the harassers, and the President. But what about the rest of us who just want to be able to fix our typos? Why are we putting up with a platform where such a basic feature as editing your own posts is deeply problematic?
That's a rhetorical question; I know why I'm on Twitter. It's because, in the web dev community, Twitter is the de facto way of keeping in touch with professional friends and acquaintances. If I quit Twitter, I'll lose my connection to many people I want to stay connected with. But I would like to see the community move toward better platforms.
As much as I love Jekyll, I think my blog may be starting to outgrow it. I started using tags heavily and now I’m feeling the need for a relational database. I was kind of sad about it at first, but now I’m excited. I think I’ll likely roll my own CMS in Rails, and it will be fun to have a Rails project that’s all mine.
If learning C++ made me appreciate Ruby more, learning assembly is making me appreciate C++. 😭
You don’t need math, you need propositional logic. Most people learn this indirectly through math. If we start teaching propositional logic formally to more students, then people would realize math is not the true prerequisite to programming. This opens the field to more people.
Fascinating article, plus video of some truly eloquent kids! I saw some techniques that are familiar to me from my ESL teaching days, and I'm sure that's no coincidence.