n. the realization that each random passerby is living a life as vivid and complex as your own—populated with their own ambitions, friends, routines, worries and inherited craziness—an epic story that continues invisibly around you like an anthill sprawling deep underground, with elaborate passageways to thousands of other lives that you’ll never know existed, in which you might appear only once, as an extra sipping coffee in the background, as a blur of traffic passing on the highway, as a lighted window at dusk.
Note to self: Those extras in the background of my movie are the stars of their own. I should look deeper.
Before you clock in this morning and get yourself lost in the game again, take a pause and watch this video. You’ve probably seen it already, but it won’t hurt to watch again. Within it, I found the most profoundly arresting statement I’ve ever heard.
The only appropriate response is gratefulness.
It helps me to remember that whenever I’m feeling afraid or angry – defeated, hopeless, ignorant, arrogant, impatient, ashamed, depressed, desperate, bitter, bored, dominated, judged, controlled, lost, resentful…self-absorbed…or any other such glove with which I slap the face of God.
Here’s a simple command that will startup an HTTP server from any given folder on a Mac. Open Terminal, cd to change to the directory you wish to serve files from, and then execute the following command.
python -m SimpleHTTPServer 8000
How to install Google Chrome on CentOS 6 or 7
You can install Google Chrome on CentOS 6.X using a handy script developed by Richard Lloyd. My installation was successful on CentOS 6.5 with just the following three commands:
Richard’s script downloaded and installed the latest Google Chrome browser by picking libraries from a recently released distro and putting them in the /opt/google/chrome/lib directory. I was then able to run the Google Chrome browser via the ‘google-chrome’ command as a non-root user. Piece of cake; thanks, Richard.
Pressing CTRL + SHIFT + F in the Eclipse editor will automatically format source code according to the default or specific formatter preference settings. However, if team members do not format consistently before committing code, relevant changes can become difficult to identify amongst code style changes. One way to alleviate this problem is to force Eclipse (or any Eclipse-based IDE) to format source code automatically on Save. Here’s how…
In this very short video, I demonstrate how to abbreviate Java package names in Eclipse or any Eclipse-based IDE such as Rational or the Spring Tool Suite. This removes unnecessary visual noise and helps you focus on what’s important in your package hierarchy. Shout out to Miguel Aragón of Base22 for this little gem!
Recently I wrote an article for SemanticWeb.com, Introduction to: Linked Data Platform. If you haven’t read the article, I hope you will, but I hope you’ll also begin or follow with this excellent webinar, Getting Started with the Linked Data Platform. It’s about an hour long and features Arnaud Le Hors, the Linked Data Standards Lead at IBM and chair of the W3C’s Linked Data Platform Working Group. Having worked on open standards for over 15 years, Arnaud has made an honorable contribution to the evolution of the Web. If you’re interested in Linked Data and the emerging Semantic Web, you’ll get a lot of value from his presentation.