Manu Sridharan (blog) left a comment the other day on my old post on my script to merge multiple TeX files (and strip the comments) for posting to ArXiV. He’s created a git repository for it, which seem so much more official and stuff. It’s at:
Thanks a bunch, Manu!
As a side note, Péter Gács has a de-macro script to eliminate all of your private macros if you’re so inclined.
I’ve been refraining from talking about the Dharun Ravi case, because it’s pretty complicated. On the one hand, after reading the New Yorker article and other material, it’s pretty clear Dharun is a grade-A jerk. And Tyler Clementi’s death was a terrible tragedy. But on the other hand, 10 years in prison is a serious thing, as Ta-Nehisi Coates points out. Ashvin shared a link to a blog post on “Deporting Homophbia”:
I have been Tyler and Dharun in a post 9/11 U.S. that accuses white men of exploiting the rest of the world and accuses brown men of destroying it. I have been Tyler and Dharun in a post 9/11 world where white men advocate for homosexual rights and advance homophobia and where brown men are understood as always homophobic. I am being presumptuous, so let me stop.
It’s an interesting take on things, and has made me think about the media coverage of the event and if and how Dharun’s race has played into how the story has been told.
Via Kamalika I learned about a lawsuit against IMDB.
A gem from SMBC via Cosma. The Beef Tensors are a nice touch.
Sepia Mutiny is shutting down, and Amardeep has some closing thoughts.
We always get to hear these stories about how service providers needs differential pricing for network traffic because they can’t make money, but then stories like this make me question the integrity of the complainers.
I heard Of Monsters and Men on KEXP and their show is sold out in Chicago, boo. Here’s their crazy video though: