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A couple of years ago Wangston proposed taking the prime factors of your age and meditating on those years of your life on your birthday. (And being excited when you have a prime birthday - it's like starting over!).

A couple of variations on that came up recently. First, if you have repeated prime factors, you could combine them to have a more interesting age to recall (there's only so much time you can spend contemplating age 2). For example, 28 -> 2 * 2 * 7, so you'd take 4 and 7 instead.

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If you're born on a leap day, you only have your birthday once every four years, or a little more often. So when your peers are 20, you are only 5.

This is is paradoxical, since you're not, actually, 5 years old. You aren't much younger than your peers. You've lived the same number of days.

But the opposite is true for people not-born on a leap day during a leap year - you live 366 days, but you are only 1 year - 365 days - older on your birthday.

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Finding the Best-Fit CMS for Your Project

CMS are often categorized by the use-cases they cover, usually grouped by "complexity". So we see a lot of CMS taxonomies that bucket products into "Enterprise/Small Business" or "Simple/Medium/Complex".

Here's a typical taxonomy takes both complexity and the Product vs Platform axis into account.

Getting back into Drupal work after a long hiatus, I had an epiphany about how developers choose CMS (or maybe more generally, how makers choose tools).

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A Simple Methodology For Choosing Sides

I saw the world cup match between Mexico and France, and once Mexico scored their first goal I realized that I really wanted France to lose - because there would be a lot of whining.

So if you need to figure out who to root for in a sporting contest, you should always root for the team that, if they win, there will be more whining.

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A Taxonomy of Kudos

After a concert, we always have a pot luck where we sit around congratulating ourselves on how awesome we were.

After experiencing a number of these, I started to see the patterns in the Kudos, and I'd like to propose we collaborate to build a universal taxonomy of Kudos.

General or Specific Self-congratulation
I/we did a really good job!
A specific aspect of my/our performance turned out great!
Unexpected General or Specific Self-Congratulation
I/someone else expected it would suck, but it ended up being great!

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Not enough of a Bad Thing

I've seen a lot of art recently where profound, or funny, effects were produced through the accumulation of crappy items.

For example, the MIT Project has a wall of stick figure drawings illustrating (very poorly) various body parts, organ systems, pathologies (i can't remember).

Individually each drawing is kind of crappy. But the whole wall of them is wonderful.

So I'm proposing that in addition to "Too much of a good thing" there is also "Not enough of a bad thing", at least in some cases.

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Age Factor

Take the factors of your age and think about when you were the same age as the factors.

Larger factors merit more attention (otherwise you'll spend every other year thinking a lot about being two years old - I only have one memory from two. It's a cool memory, but not worth deconstructing every other year)

Prime number factors merit the most attention.

If you are currently a prime number years old, I guess that's rad.

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