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23 Dec 2008

Three amusing/enlightening distractions – my holiday gift to you

Dear Reader,

Happy holidays! Whether you're celebrating Christmas, Hannukah, Kwanzaa, or anything at all, I hope you find some seasonal cheer in these weeks.

My gift to you for the holidays -- a few links for your enjoyment:

  1. (video) Why Cal Henderson hates Django

    This is the keynote address from Django Con 2008 by the lead engineer from Flickr. The title is tongue-in-cheek -- of course he doesn't really hate Django or Python, but he makes a good pretense of it. Hilarious and educational!

  2. (quote) Jimmy Wales on steak knives

    One quick quote from Jimbo Wales, founder of Wikipedia, from ConvergeSouth in Greensboro, N.C. on Oct. 8. A rather fascinating perspective on "security" in the context of "social software"... I'll bet Facebook has never thought about security in this way.

  3. NY Times Op-Ed: Hard Times, a Helping Hand

    The story of one man's generosity in the depths of the Great Depression, 75 years ago, in a small Midwest town you've probably never heard of -- which just happens to be my hometown. :-)

Please consider giving to those in need this holiday season. There are lots of people hurting out there this year, and even little generosity can put a smile on someone's face.

Stay safe in your travels, and I'll see you in the new year!