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Saturday, January 24, 2015

The Low-Fad Diet

I am not sure if there is any other single topic where you can find so much confusing, contradicting, and absolutely misleading information as on diets and nutrition. Regardless of what, how or when you like to eat, you can find someone who demonizes that as the root cause for any failing diet, and for pretty much any major (or minor) food component, you can find someone who will decry it as the sole cause of all that is bad in the world.

This is weird, as the science, while certainly not settled and with many fields of research still open, is actually quite solid on the general ideas.

I used to weigh just shy of 127 kg. I have lost over 40 kg since then. Without following any fad diet. And I was enjoying myself the whole time. What follows are ideas I have collected over the years, based on reading medical studies and what I have experimented with myself.

Friday, October 31, 2014

Elpy 1.6.0 released

I just released version 1.6.0 of Elpy, the Emacs Python Development Environment. This is a feature release.

Elpy is an Emacs package to bring powerful Python editing to Emacs. It combines a number of other packages, both written in Emacs Lisp as well as Python.

Quick Installation

Evaluate this:

(require 'package)
(add-to-list 'package-archives
             '("elpy" .
               "http://jorgenschaefer.github.io/packages/"))

Then run M-x package-install RET elpy RET.

Finally, run the following (and add them to your .emacs):

(package-initialize)
(elpy-enable)

Changes in 1.6.0

Sunday, October 26, 2014

The Paradox of Freedom of Speech

Freedom of speech needs to be restricted to protect freedom of speech.

This apparent paradoxical statement is well-founded in philosophy, but it is the cause of much confusion in online debates. Quite regularly, any kind of moderation activity in comment sections or other discussion spaces is likened to censorship, with the argument that the basic human right of freedom of speech needs to be protected.

While it is possible to silence all dissent using moderation, most of the time when freedom of speech is invoked, it is done in the misguided assumption that ultimate freedom is the goal.

It can not be.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Programming Research I Would Like to See

When discussing programming and programming language research with others, I often feel that topics of research that would benefit my daily work the most are missing. The following is a quick overview of topics I think need more looking into.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Circe 1.4 released

I just released version 1.4 of Circe, a Client for IRC in Emacs.

The package is available from github and MELPA unstable, even though the latter will track further development changes, so use at your own risk.

Due to the sorry state of Emacs Lisp package archives, I am currently unable to do an actual release of Circe.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Elpy 1.5.1 released

I just released version 1.5.1 of Elpy, the Emacs Python Development Environment. This is a bug fix release.

Elpy is an Emacs package to bring powerful Python editing to Emacs. It combines a number of other packages, both written in Emacs Lisp as well as Python.

Quick Installation

Evaluate this:

(require 'package)
(add-to-list 'package-archives
             '("elpy" .
               "http://jorgenschaefer.github.io/packages/"))

Then run M-x package-install RET elpy RET.

Finally, run the following (and add them to your .emacs):

(package-initialize)
(elpy-enable)

Changes in 1.5.1

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Elpy 1.5.0 released

I just released version 1.5.0 of Elpy, the Emacs Python Development Environment. This is a major feature release.

Elpy is an Emacs package to bring powerful Python editing to Emacs. It combines a number of other packages, both written in Emacs Lisp as well as Python.

Quick Installation

Evaluate this:

(require 'package)
(add-to-list 'package-archives
             '("elpy" .
               "http://jorgenschaefer.github.io/packages/"))

Then run M-x package-install RET elpy RET.

Finally, run the following (and add them to your .emacs):

(package-initialize)
(elpy-enable)

Changes in 1.5.0