Teretonga – day at the races.

Two weeks after my first have a go day I have visited another South Island race track: Teretonga. Much faster, much smoother than Levels, and a little bit longer. Awesome day. 4 sessions, 80km in total, including standing start quarter-mile race (2x). Reached the fastest speed on the straight so far (207km/h) and set the…


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MySQL, SUN and hackers culture.

From Five Questions …: “Choose the right license. Find a business model that allows you to work full time on your product. Understand that not all bussiness is made for getting venture capital and grow. Most bussiness are made by small, quite profitable service companies that creates a good living for their workers. Study other…


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Deadly sins and buddhist’s percepts

Buddha and other like-minded thinkers argued: no possessions, no expectations, and having no needs. These, are the key elements in achieving enlightenment. For monks this might be a possible path to follow, but for lay human beings, it is somewhat difficult to follow. Most of us have needs, accumulate and use things and build certain…


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Brain gym

This Google Talk is presented by Dr. Michael Merzenich. It is about the plasticity of the brain, brain development and aging. Training programs for adults, strategies, exercises, etc. Training programs for children, and Merzenich’s blog about the subject. The presentation itself is 60min long, but followed by 30min of interesting questions and explanations, so stick…


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Dependency Injection

This Google Talk provides an overview of the concept of Dependency Injection. It presents an excellent overview of how to separate the application logic and the builders/factories when writing code, so that testing becomes much more natural, self-explanatory and easy for both: logic and instantiations/wiring. Check picocontainer and xunit testing framework. Also google GUICE, a…


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On religions and rituals

All religions similarily to mythologies are ultimately like fairy tales: completely fake, but containing a message, or theme. Fairy tailes for adults. Created by the brightest minds of their times, not to deceive, but rather to educate and to reinforce certain behaviours and certain rituals, that help humans to achieve the higher state of mind….


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Paul Graham essays

Paul Graham is a Lisp programmer, a hacker, and he writes about various things. It is hard not to relate to him, if you have programming background yourself. One of the articles that I’ve read recently is about intellectual curiosity and disobedience: The word “hacker”. I agree with most of what he says, although “hacking”…


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