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The New Japanese Nationalism

From Jacobin

But high hurdles stand in the way of amending the country’s founding document. Abe needs a super-majority in both houses of the Diet and the support of a reluctant public to win a referendum. Thus quiet, incremental change has been the preferred approach. His Deputy Prime Minister Taro Aso outlined the strategy in a public relations nightmare in which he praised the Nazis for replacing the Weimar Constitution without anyone noticing and suggested that Japan might learn from the example.

OTL

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A MUST-READ!

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A MUST-READ!

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Elnudo 2013, D.O.P. Campo de Borja

😄😄😄😐

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Second on GitHub and first(?) on Hacker News! [UPDATE]

This time, the second trending repository and developer on GitHub! (with much less stars though…)

On the Hacker News front page: it seems it hit the first spot for a brief moment: https://twitter.com/hn_bot_top1/status/500668158701998080

As I went to Hacker News it was (only) on the fifths spot:

https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=8186407 (now not anymore)

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Dr. Sheldon Cooper on a career in theoretical physics

In short, anyone who told you that you would someday be able to make any significant contribution to physics played a cruel trick on you, a cruel trick indeed.

Yes, I, too, was tricked into it. The main culprits were A brief history of time and The elegant universe

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Free market and neoliberalism

From 23 Things they don’t tell you about capitalism by Ha-Joon Chang

The free market doesn’t exist.

The wage gaps between rich and poor countries exist not mainly because of differences in individual productivity but mainly because of immigration control. If there were free migration, most workers could be […] replaced by workers from poor countries. In other words, wages are largely politically determined.

According to a study […] virtually no country was in banking crisis between the end of the Second World War and the mid 1970s, when the world was much more unstable than today, when measured by inflation.

The free-market policy package, often known as the neo-liberal policy package, emphasizes lower inflation, greater capital mobility and greater job insecurity (euphemistically called greater labour market flexibility), essentially because it is mainly geared towards the interests of the holders of financial assets. Inflation control is emphasized because many financial assets have nominally fixed rates of return, so inflation reduces their real returns. […]

The truth is more or less the opposite. With only a few exceptions, all of today’s rich countries […] have become rich through the combinations of protectionism, subsidies and other policies that today they advise the developing countries not to adopt.

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Some thoughts on VimR

Just an excerpt from a discussion going on on github:

I don’t see VimR as an IDE, or to be precise, not as a full-fledged IDE: I’ve seen the (current) pinnacle of IDEs in JetBrains’ products like IDEA or AppCode. No, they’re not perfect, but they’re really, really really good. I think that it is impossible—and you should not try— to be on par with such IDEs. I know that you can extend Vim(R) with plugins to a certain degree such that it becomes a kind of lightweight IDE, IDE-nano for various languages if you will. And I think that’s the niche where VimR could fit in very well:

  • Real IDEs for serious and professional coding,
  • VimR as an IDE for lightweight and complementary coding and normal editing needs (personally I would love this for markdown and latex),
  • (Mac)Vim for pure editing needs

The following are few things I have in mind to achieve this:

  • First, use as many of Vim-stuff for things, like wig or auto-save on focus loss (I think that reimplementations of those features in VimR and keeping them in sync with Vim would cost too much time and effort),
  • However, find a good way to offer/set these features in the GUI, eg: you could add an option to ignore vimrc and offer a way of configuring VimR in the preference window for the, say, non-power user. In the background we use the Vim options to achieve those features. The power user can let VimR read their own vimrc and do whatever they want. Just a thought: whether it is a smart way of doing it is a different question,
  • Be a good OS X citizen, ie standard shortcuts, standard behavior whenever possible, etc.,
  • Integrate some IDE features, for instance a plugin system for preview pane/window for various formats, eg markdown, latex, etc.

I think that VimR is headed in the right direction (at least in my opinion 😊) and let’s see where it’ll be in the near future!

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Why VimR?

Recently, VimR caught much more attention than I anticipated; even too much considering its premature state. For about half a day it was the number three among the trending projects on GitHub! And it has got about 350 GitHub stars already. Some people asked (me) why I do this, the point being that there already is a GUI version of Vim, namely MacVim. Or that it does not offer any advantage over the terminal version of Vim. With this post I want to clarify the rationale behind VimR.

I started to use Vim as a student and loved it since then. I wrote my theses using Vim with VIM-LaTeX! I personally think the Vim-way is one of the most efficient way for editing, if not the most efficient. However, nowadays, I most of the time use IDEs like IntelliJ IDEA or AppCode for work and for hobby projects like VimR, respectively. (I use a Vim emulator though) Therefore, I am not and won’t be a real power user; rather, say, a appreciative casual user.

Modern graphical editors have many convenience features like fuzzy find (called Open Quickly in Xcode, Go to File in TextMate, etc.) or integrated file browser in the side bar. Sure, you can have all these features in Vim using various scripts like Command-T, NERDTree and what-not. However, since I don’t use Vim all the time, I always forget how to use them, eg how to invoke NERDTree, even if it was me who configured the key. And, most importantly, I want to have these kind of features graphically. It’s like the case of mutt/sup vs. graphical mail clients. I used to use mutt back at the university, but now, well, let me quote Roger Murtaugh from Lethal Weapon: “I’m too old for this sh*t!” :)

So, to summarize: the rationale behind VimR is to build an editor which offers the full Vim experience, even if I don’t use all features of Vim, but has other convenience features—found in many other editors and in Vim scripts—in a graphical form, improving the whole editing experience. (This was @jordwalke's idea and he also encouraged me to start the project after he has seen my MacVimFramework project.)

For, say, purists, VimR could well be perceived as heresy or a way of disfiguring Vim, but, oh well…

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3rd! Probably it won’t happen again.

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Open Quickly (or Go to File) working in VimR

Finally, after some days of coding, Open Quickly (or Go to File in TextMate) works in VimR. It’s not perfect yet and it does not look pretty, but it works.

When the user first uses Open Quickly for an open window, VimR starts to scan and cache the content of the worspace, ie the common parent directory of the window’s open buffers. The scanning may take a while if the workspace contains many files, eg the user’s home folder. However once done, only folders with file system changes since then will be scanned again. (When the Vim window closes, then the cache of that workspace will be deleted.)

I used some dylibs and functions from TextMate, eg the string ranker to compute the result list of files. Due to the very modular architecture of TextMate, it is quite easy to use them in other Apps. Most likely, in the course of extending VimR, more parts of TextMate will be used.

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Tumblr Pro. Awesome!

Tumblr Pro. Awesome!

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OMG’s und OTL’s aus einem BWL-Skript

Aus einem Skript mit dem Titel “Einführung in die Betriebswirtschaftslehre”:

Ok, nehmen wir mal an, dass wir solche eindimensionale Fragen stellen. Die vorgeschlagenen Antworten sind sogar nulldimensional:

Die ersten zwei Antworten sind schon sehr erhellend und sehr sachlich — überhaupt nicht reißerisch, duh… Aber die Dritte ist noch besser: “Dann geh’ doch nach Pjöngjang!” + “Smiley” Wirklich? Ernsthaft? Wirklich? W I R K L I C H ? Lesen diese Autoren die Zeilen, die sie produzieren?

Vielen Dank für dieses Diagramm mit absolut keinem Informationsgehalt.

Ja, wirtschaftswissenschaftlich gebildete Akademiker sind ganz besondere Leute; sie kennen nämlich die geometrische Reihe!

Oh… mein… Gott…

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FEUERHEERD’S Tinto 2010

Superb.

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Back to tumblr! Why? Let me quote Roger Murtaugh from Lethal Weapon:

I’m too old for this shit!

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