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Links 1 through 10 of 63 by Amy Gahran tagged emotions

Computer code is not yet art, but it could be.  At RailsConf 2010, Neal Ford discusses aesthetics, constraints, creativity, and why the Ruby on Rails community is closer to art than other programming communities.
Code differs from art in that art is ambiguous, while code can't be.  Painting became more artistic when photography eliminated the need for realistic painting. Code must always compile and execute to be worthwhile.  Some of his characteristics for art are that it demonstrate expertise, that it's for enjoyment's sake, that it has a recognizable style, and that it has a special focus outside of ordinary life.  People in the Rails community have creative drive, recognition of excellence, and a distinct style, which makes them closest to realizing this idea of code as art.

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Poly people find themselves with a very large struggle.. There is no lack of love or want that keeps them out of certain relationships. But that doesn’t mean that they should stay in these relationships, either. A lot of genuinely loving relationships can end up being disruptive to the people within those partnerships when those other resources are lacking. And let’s not get into how disruptive they can be for the people around them. That is when the logic wins over love.
This is the hardest part of being polyamorous; knowing that the love doesn’t go away when the relationship does. The cruel hope; optimism leaves you wishing on your favorite star for the missing resources to show up.
Luckily, one of those resources is patience.

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"Unsettling as the punditization of the news may be to old-school journalists, there is a powerful cultural reason why Fox, Jon Stewart and other news-with-a-view productions have caught on: Consumers are so overloaded with information that they want someone to tell them what it means.
No fewer than 92% of Americans today “use multiple platforms to get their daily news,” according to a survey conducted earlier this year by the Pew Research Center. However, 70% of respondents felt the volume of news was overwhelming and 50% said they looked to others to help them divine its significance."

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""How about this," he continued. "Haggling isn't unilateral. If you ask for $10, I'll ask for $20. See? They're $20 bucks now."

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Applied cognitive science: Tips for shifting your mood to reduce stress. Yeah, I've gotta do this.

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"Virtual reality is allowing scientists to ask difficult questions about human behaviour that were previously not possible or were thought too unethical.
A Spanish team has designed a trial that allows men to step inside the body of a woman subjected to violence.
Meanwhile scientists in London are simulating a controversial experiment from the 1960s in which people were persuaded to inflict pain on others.
The original experiments were condemned as immoral and too traumatic."

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I've gotta say it -- life is short, and you've gotta do what you can with whatever time you have left. Sounds trite, but it's not.

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"When I reached out to the zombie community to ask ‘WHY ZOMBIES?’ I got so many terrific responses that I broke the blog into two parts. If you missed part one, here’s the link to Why Zombies? – Part 1. And here’s part two."

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"We kick off our rolling series of ZOMBIE PANEL DISCUSSIONS by addressing the fundamental question: Why zombies?"

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I just took this survey, and it's really interesting. It's about how people perceive and comparatively weight various kinds of disability or illness. It's all about "which is worse"? Hard questions to ask, and hard questions to answer. But if you're prioritizing how to address diverse health issues, they're important.

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