TED Talk: Religion, evolution, and the ecstasy of self-transcendence

Another Tuesday, another Jonathon Haidt video. Locked cooperation can lead to success over free-riders. I am curious what is the next big thing where cooperation will overcome something deemed insurmountable. If the video below does not load, then try Jonathan Haidt: Religion, evolution, and the ecstasy of self-transcendence.

Bulk User Management

The Desire2Learn conversion process strips our Blackboard Vista sections of students and instructors. Our clients naturally want instructors and designers enrolled in the migrated courses (BbVista sections are D2L courses). So obviously we had to enroll them. The options were the XML (Holding Tank) format or the CSV (Bulk User Management) format. I helped a… Continue reading Bulk User Management

Just Get Rid of Java

Apparently there are security flaws in the current version of Java allowing the installation of malicious software through web browsers unknown to the user. The known attacks using this flaw work on Windows, OSX, and Linux. According to Reuters: Java was responsible for 50 percent of all cyber attacks last year in which hackers broke… Continue reading Just Get Rid of Java

TED Talk: The moral roots of liberals and conservatives

I am surprised I cannot find anything by Haidt on this blog. Back when I first heard this I looked further and found his web site yourmorals.org. I took some of the tests. I scored high on the two left moral foundations, high one right, and low on the two other right. Care to guess… Continue reading TED Talk: The moral roots of liberals and conservatives

The Hacker Manifesto

UPDATE: I hung this on a pinboard in my work cube on May 4, 2007. I am surprised no one has asked me to pull it. by +++The Mentor+++ Written January 8, 1986 Another one got caught today, it’s all over the papers. “Teenager Arrested in Computer Crime Scandal”, “Hacker Arrested after Bank Tampering”… Damn kids.… Continue reading The Hacker Manifesto

Resolutions 2013

Quantifiable: Read 52 books. In 2012, I read 55. In 2011, I read 56. Both were over 21,000 pages. (Reference) Unlike prior years, I do not think I am going to state specific kinds of books to read or come up with a list beforehand. Though, I have started a list for 2013. Post 180 blog… Continue reading Resolutions 2013