I've got some interesting photos to share, and I was researching whether Flickr, Photobucket, or something else is the best way to go.
After about 30 minutes, I realized I could just join both, upload my photos to both, try both out, and figure out which one is better faster than I could research. And it'd give me a more accurate understanding of how both work.
So, that's where I'm at. I've got some interesting Vietnam photos. Also, I'm not sure about crash-proofing a blog, but I get the impression that high resolution images hosted on site don't help. So I'll look to do more embeds and less uploads directly to the site, I think.
Takeaway for the day - when it's free or the cost is nominal, choose both options. Buy both guides to investing or learning a new programming language. Sift through both of them. Thinking about which sites to sign up on? Just sign up and tool around on all of them until you find one that suits you. Why not? You'll be better informed, and you'll be learning by building actively instead of just reading passively. Why do we over research things anyways? It's no good. Decisiveness. Decisiveness is good.
Well, a very cool trend is happening at Hacker News - people are posting "Offer HN" threads offering advice and help. The first one seems to be "Will Work for Karma" by todayiamme, which kicked the whole thing off. My favorite is "Tax Help for Startup Entrepreneurs" because there's a lot of insight and analysis just in the thread itself. I like learning about law, but it's damn expensive to learn about either in time or money. That said, learning law can save you a lot of money when you write a contract correctly or when you have a company buyback shares instead of purchasing them yourself when buying a partner in a two person partnership out.
After a bunch of "Offer HN" threads started kicking up, there were two discussion topics, both by guys I respect. "Please stop offering your services" and "Please keep offering your services" by Swombat and Jacques. There seems to be a few themes going on:
1. Some people think this is really cool and nice of people. 2. Some people are skeptical of the intentions of people doing this. 3. Some people don't want to see HN get bogged down/clogged up by this.
Let's cover those in reverse order.
First, if it gets out of control and you want to see news without offers, Paul Graham implemented http://news.ycombinator.com/offerless - no offers there. So that solves that problem.
By the title of the post, you might think this about to be some amazingly woven story of how restricting my calories helped me build talent and thus get married. Nope. It's just a post about a few really good books I've read recently.
Good Calories, Bad Calories
Good Calories, Bad Calories, by Gary Taubes is a pro-meat book which covers dietary "history" since the 1950s. What I liked most about it was that it covered three angles simultaneously, the political angle (which, unfortunately, seems to have as much of an impact on our nation's diet as any other angle), the research angle, and the biological angle.