I've recently experienced a canonical instance of the Baader-Meinhof Phenomenon. Until the other day, I had no idea that Emacs had a built-in spreadsheet. Now, I'm seeing references to ses (Simple Emacs Spreadsheet) everywhere. It even has its own manual.

I use Org-mode tables and Babel for that sort of thing but it's nice to see that if you really want a spreadsheet, Emacs has one for you. One of the nice things about ses is that you use normal Elisp to calculate cell values. That give you both familiarity and flexibility.

This discovery probably isn't life changing but it is another example of how Emacs always has something new to show you. If you want to try it out, type 【Meta+xses-mode in a new buffer.

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  • Choosing either to read ALL of the EMACS documentation, or browsing it on demand... both can lead to good results when done intentionally.

  • Phil

    > I've recently experienced a canonical instance of the Baader-Meinhof Phenomenon.

    Amongst other things ;) Refer to the comments in http://irreal.org/blog/?p=2766

    It looks like your disqus integration completely breaks the rendering of old comments, so you may need to disable JS to view them. (Hopefully you can fix that, because historical comments are valuable!)

    • jcs

      Huh! I'd completely forgotten about you mentioning ses (obviously). I guess I should change Baader-Meinhof to deja vu. My story is that I was still recoverying and I'm sticking to it.

      As for the comments, I implemented DISQUS because spammers were trying to break into the site thousands of time a day. They didn't succeed but it put enough load on the (shared, virtual) host that my provider was threatening to disable the account.

      DISQUS has a facility to import existing comments, which I ran several times. It did import some of the comments but the process always seemed to hang before it got them all. I could try again but it may make the problem worse.