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Since code snippets are available on, and searchable by google, I am really scared!

Feel free to visit my wishlist at amazon.com 🙂

Yet another great essay by Paul Graham.

If I could go back and redo my twenties, that would be one thing I’d do more of: just try hacking things together. Like many people that age, I spent a lot of time worrying about what I should do. I also spent some time trying to build stuff. I should have spent less time worrying and more time building. If you’re not sure what to do, make something.

A fantastic idea by Maciej Ceglowski: to make letters of Pushkin available as an IMAP mailbox.

In the future I would like to set up an IMAP server for this kind of historical correspondence, so people can annotate letters by replying to them. For the moment, I’m just trying to amass material – drop me a line if you know of good online sources for other authors.

How could one possibly come up with an idea of vision-distorting glasses?

In one such study, Schultz et al. asked children 3 to 5 years of age to perform a number of tasks. Some were quite easy, whereas others were designed so that mistakes would be made. For example, children were asked to point a shiny penny as opposed to a dull penny, or to observe another child doing such pointing. On half the trials children wore a pair of glasses that distorted their vision and caused them to pick the dull penny. Children as young as 3 were able do judge thet they were wearing the distorting glasses, and did mean to pick the shiny penny when no glasses were worn.

–Schult, Carolyn A. (2002) Children’s Understanding of the Distinction between Intentions and Desires. Child Development 73:1727-1747.

In the same article, you may read about the difference in perception of intentions and desires by children and adults. That children can’t tell intention from desire. It’s like an inability to learn a new language after reaching a certain age.

It’s like losing an ability of abductive reasoning.