Learning new things requires effort. After a long day at work, I just want to knock back some beers and watch Jersey Shore. But I found some simple steps to learn without feeling like it’s forced. I will be adding to this list over time.
I was writing C code the other day in my favorite Mac OS X text editor Coda. But I noticed Coda lacked C and C syntax highlighting. Then I found this helpful post on how to add them in 6 simple steps.
A month ago I wrote about how to scrape data from Pfizer’s doctor payments records. Pfizer lost a $2.3 billion lawsuit that alleged it had illegally marketed four of its drugs “with the intent to defraud or mislead” by promoting them for non-approved uses. Pfizer is one of eight drug companies that have begun publicly publishing this data.
So why scrape if it’s already public?
My friend Jonny is a time traveler from the Roaring Twenties. Today he taught me how to write a party invitation if I ever found myself in the Jazz Age.
You are invited…
Listen up you swell flyboys and Jane’s!
It’s an old-fashioned speak-easy, so bring your bootleg and giggle water. We’re looking for the finest dolls…you know a choice bit of calico but none of those dumb Doras. Don’t forget to be on the lookout for squirrels, we don’t need the law getting an earful of the fun.
I’ve got to scram for now, but this carousing is sure to be a cat’s meow.
Get ups: Fellas – A flat cap or fedora. Dolls – Cloche hat and bobbed hair
Address: The Gin Mill, or as some other fellas style it, 200 Oak Avenue Apt. 12, New York City
Time: Past sunset but ahead of the small hours, or as you flappers say, 10:30 PM
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I’m always painfully aware of how privileged my life is. I grew up in New England’s affluent suburbs as part of the upper middle class. I attended college at Columbia University with generous financial aid. And now I’m working in one of the few industries that’s aggressively hiring in a job position that’s seeing growth. There’s a stark contrast between my situation and those less fortunate around me. New York City’s current unemployment rate of 8% remains unchanged since a year ago. U.S. unemployment is 9.1%.
Right now there’s so much more demand for technical talent than supply of it that I wish I could wave a magic wand and turn idle construction workers, durable goods manufacturers, and fishermen into Ruby on Rails developers.
Stick this into your shell’s rc file. If you use bash, .bashrc. I use zsh, so .zshrc.
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This particular LSCOLORS configuration makes directors bold cyan and sym links dark blue. All the rest are default.
Argh. I just want to plot some charts in Python. Why does it have to be so hard?
I tried to
but this fails with some byzantine errors that I can’t make heads or tails with.
I’ve noticed that lots of Internet companies have a job listings page that links to JobVite.com, a third party applicant tracking system. I click on a position at company X. It links me to hire.jobvite.com/stuff. The branding is consistent with company X insofar as the logo and color scheme are at the top.
What irks me about JobVite is the fact that it’s not easy to upload a resume or cover letter. There’s a form with two textarea elements and a “insert document” link above them. So I’ve already spent hours in my word processing program writing my resumé, formatting it, bolding this, italicizing that, checking font sizes are consistent, aligning every single piece of text down to the pixel.