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It’s time for constructive introspection

A powerful video drawing parallels between the development of a human fetus from conception to birth and the entire course of our evolution, right up to a version of the proverbial nuclear demise.

Especially during times when things are not so dandy for a lot of people and resources are short, these images should inspire a drive towards constructive introspection.

Let’s make this machinery work FTW!

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Drupal Published Date equals Effective Date fix

We have a gaming site where the node creation date is irrelevant to the user as they only see it once it is published by our moderators.

Surprisingly, there is no “published on” date in the original Drupal database, so the Views can only sort by the mysterious “created on” date.

As I didn’t want to hammer this problemmette away with the formidable Scheduler module, here’s a quick fix.

Get the Rules module and add this triggered rule:

  • After updating existing content
  • Conditions: updated content type fits, NEGATE “unchanged content is published”, “changed content is published”
  • Custom PHP action:

$node->created = time();
return array(“node” => $node);

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10,000 Reasons To Focus

I wanted to share Steward Brand‘s talk on The Long Now Foundation‘s ambitious project to build a clock that will be able to hold accurate time every single day for the next 10,000 years.

Far from being a mere engineering gimmick, the project entails the design of a unique and memorable experience during the ascent to the mountain cradling the 10,000 year clock.

Needless to say, long-term thinking like this is extremely valuable and inspiring, especially in these times of alleged crisis.

Recession or no recession – this is a great time to be creative and to focus on what’s really important in the long run.

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Don’t Fire The Translator … Yet

Why Translation Should Still be Human-aided

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Despite a myriad of translation engines and web sites, human translation is still a very important job that requires a lot of experience and knowledge to be done properly.

It’s not just the language.

No-one in their right mind should tackle e.g. legal or technical translations if they’ve never worked in any of the fields (unless the job pays really, really well and it’s worth digging through books and Googling everything :)).

Translation work is well paid (and rightly so) – and thus quite expensive for the client.

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A Thousand Splendid Reasons For Audiobooks

A Thousand Splendid Suns

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How many books do you read per month nowadays?

Two? One? Half a book?

If you’re a busy professional, perhaps not even that?

I’ve always found reading to be an essential part of personal development. Not blogs – I mean the normal, in-depth, catch every word – not just the headlines – reading ;).

Over the past couple of years, I’ve noticed how my shelves started getting full of books I had no idea when I’d come around to read. Business books, fiction, language books, you name it …

Looming over me like a very pronounced shadow of outdated aspirations.

But why do I read less?

I suppose partly due to the standard reasons that we all face – apart from the apparent busyness, it’s ever-shifting interests and professional pressures that are making it increasingly hard to sit down and dive into one of the classics that you’ve always felt bad about not having read.

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An Elastic Flash Game

Sling Jumper

Sling Jumper – an ingeniously simple and effective Flash game concept.

Crappy graphics, no sound and zero story line – but certainly great gameplay.

Use LEFT and RIGHT to move the ball bouncing off the elastics.

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Lose the shackles – Wii Remotes, Giant Slingshots and Pet 3d Scanners

I love what Johnny Lee is doing – having fun with all kinds of seemingly simple designs and sharing them with the world. Here is his TED presentation, definitely worth watching:

Johhny showed everyone that $40 and a creative mind can sometimes have far bigger an impact that what most large corporations can muster with their immense budgets.

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