Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Margaret Sanger

Margaret Sanger is credited with founding modern birth control tools and education for women in the United States. She began her campaign for womens health and welfare in the 1900s during the same time as the Comstock Laws (effective from the 1870s) which restricted the transmission of contraceptive information on the grounds that the materials were obscene.


Wednesday, August 27, 2014

For some reason, the Play Framework docs give you an overly verbose syntax for setting up a fake application on each test:

    public void findById() {
        running(fakeApplication(inMemoryDatabase("test")), new Runnable() {
            public void run() {
                Computer macintosh = Computer.findById(21l);
It's much cleaner to do that with with the Helpers class and JUnit setup and teardowns (i.e., @Before and @After)

public class ApplicationTest {
    private FakeApplication fa;

    private FakeApplication provideFakeApplication()
        return Helpers.fakeApplication(Helpers.inMemoryDatabase());

    public void startapp()
        fa = provideFakeApplication();

    public void stopapp()

    public void checkSums() {
        /* Runs in a FakeApplication context */
        Result result = Helpers.routeAndCall(Helpers.fakeRequest(Helpers.GET, "/sums"));
        System.out.println("sums result "+ Helpers.contentAsString(result));
Using the wrapper can't even be justified for one-off tests except for the fact that you might forget to call Helpers.stop.


Monday, August 25, 2014

Despite all of my posts discounting my TagFS (there are so many). I've started dog-fooding it, using a mounted TagFS for articles and things I've downloaded while doing research. It may be that standard Unix commands and file browsers are sufficient interfaces for the common case of tagging files. I will post back eventually if I make changes based on this usage.


Saturday, July 19, 2014

What joy when the insouciant
armadillo glances at us and doesn't
quicken his trotting
across the track into the palm brush.
What is this joy? That no animal
falters, but knows what it must do
--Denise Levertov


Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Such acts targeting places of worship are unacceptable. They are extremely grave et will always find a determined response from the authorities,” he said in a statement. He said France ''will never tolerate the import of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict on French soil.'


Thursday, July 10, 2014

It's hard to explain the phrase, "There's no such thing as consciousness". I used to say it, but I don't know if it's as productive as I used to think it is. When I say that, my intention is to divorce the idea of consciousness from its myriad associations--the irremovable notions that are associated with the word "consciousness". I think we can get to the place where the phenomenon itself is usable--where it becomes a like a pencil, perhaps. That is to say, where something like a human can affect the world through an exercise like writing to re-inscribe on some little part of the world (like a piece of paper) some little part of its little world (its mind).

These analogies and analogies...


Tuesday, July 1, 2014

What is the BRAIN initiative? The Obama administration's moon shot?