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  1. Back to Alaska Airlines Plebs Status

    I missed reaching Alaska Airlines MVP this year by 652 miles — not to be confused with the time I missed MVP Gold by 2000 miles. I thought about making a year-end milage-run, a process where you “[buy] a low-price airline ticket … and fly not because you want to go anywhere, but to earn…

  2. Stupid People, Stupid Questions, and the Lazyweb

    Scott Adams has a great quote: If there are no stupid questions, then what kind of questions do stupid people ask? Do they get smart just in time to ask questions? This quote came to mind as I was reading a post by Jeff Atwood on the word Lazyweb: From www.codinghorror.com: It’s hard to pin…

  3. In Greek legend, Icarus flew too close to the Sun, and the heat melted his wings and he fell to his death. But “melting” is a phase change which is a function of temperature, a measure of internal energy, which is the integral of incident power flux over time. His wings didn’t melt because he…

    Randall Munroe

  4. Embracing the small victories…like being able to use Python at work to automate mundane, but necessary, tasks.

  5. Is @Comcast throttling iOS 8 downloads? Direct through Comcast: 600 KB/s. Proxy through Linode server (over Comcast): 7 MB/s

  6. Somebody once told me, “Manage the top line, and the bottom line will follow.” What’s the top line? It’s things like, why are we doing this in the first place? What’s our strategy? What are customers saying? How responsive are we? Do we have the best products and the best people? Those are the kind…

    Steve Jobs