# Category Archives: General

## The Problems with Gratuitously Collecting Data

Over at Neustar Research, Anthony Tockar has an interesting if terrifying post on the analysis of anonymized data from New York City's Taxi and Limousine Commission. The data, which was obtained through a FOIA request, contains details of every Taxi … Continue reading

## Lisp and Mathematics

I've written many times about Atebey Kaygun's blog and his wonderful exploration of mathematics through Lisp. Robert Smith over at symbo1ics has a nice video on using Common Lisp for mathematics. It's a long video that explores how Lisp is … Continue reading

## The info-display-manual Command

The prolific Bozhidar Batsov has another nice Emacs tip. If you want to want to look up an Info manual and know its name you can use the info-display-manual command to go right to it. This probably doesn't save much … Continue reading

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## Emacs Rocks! Episode 15

After 19 months, Magnar Sveen is back with episode 15 of Emacs Rocks!. Emacsers everywhere will rejoice, I'm sure. This episode is a demonstration of Pavel Kurnosov's restclient package. It's a very handy and simple way of exercising HTTP REST … Continue reading

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## A Cat Cons

Via Magnar Sveen we have this offering from Dmitry Ignatiev (cons cat (cons cat nil)) pic.twitter.com/BmmyKhPEt8 — Dmitry Ignatiev (@lvsn) November 15, 2014

## Amazon and the Publishers

Over at Vox.com, Matthew Yglesias has a provocative article on the contretemps between Amazon and the publishing industry and with Hachette in particular. It's mainly been portrayed in the press as an argument over prices but Yglesias says that's just … Continue reading

## Being Smart

Matt Blaze has a realization that probably applies to us all. I know it applies to me. I was about to say "how can something be 'smart' if it doesn't work unless it's connected to the net" but then I … Continue reading

## Day of the Year

This is really a note to myself. The other day I needed to figure out what day of the year it was. I was pretty sure that the Unix date command could tell me but I couldn't remember how to … Continue reading

## Using Emacs and Org Mode for a Journal

Howard Abrams has an excellent post on journaling with Emacs and Org Mode. The post documents how his use of Org Mode evolved over time so you can see what (at least for him) worked and didn't work. That's very … Continue reading

## Counting Spanning Trees

I really enjoy Atabey Kaygun's blog. If you like Mathematics and Lisp, you're sure to enjoy it too. A typical post looks at a mathematical problem and either presents a solution or experiments with the problem with Common Lisp. One … Continue reading