+ Family is out of town this week so I capitalized on that by crankin’ on learning the big picture overview of – that’s right – Autodesk Product Design Suite Utlimate. Yep. Got it. Now comes the hard part: that thing is a gigantic technical package of complicated stuff. Obviously, the learning curves are huge and time is limited. Head and wheels down while I go through each and every package. The “expert user” thing is on my roadmap but it’s not going to materialize too soon.

+ Continuing with Startup Engineering and this week it’s all about emacs (ugh), Heroku, and git. Heroku and git I git. (see what I did there?) But emacs? Given any sort of choice, I’m going to choose vim.  For editing, I am a Sublime Text 2 kind of person. Trying to follow along with the emacs lectures – as well as the instructor’s magical configuration script that gets thrown in there – is, for me, a time sink and completely useless in terms of achieving the end goal of the entire class. Here is an emacs reference card. Most everything can just happen in the Terminal and I found the best crash course for learning basic terminal commands is via Zed Shaw.

+ Podcast I am enjoying. Learned a new phrase: Rip, Pivot, and Jam.

+ Found a versioning system for design files. LayerVault. Trying it now… the super-slick design seems to be getting in the way. I just tried to create a new project but it won’t save it… UI woes.

+Speaking of UI and UX design… this post is pretty cool. Mostly focused on mobile but the tools and tricks are applicable across everything.

+ The movie, Sneakers, is available on Xfinity instant watch or whatever it is. Classic hacker flick made in 1992. I watched it again the other night. What I had forgotten was the plot was centered around a “chip” that broke any encryption scheme. As Marty says in the film, “Not a code breaker. THE code breaker.” Yeah yeah whatever… what’s kind of cool is that the “bad guys” in the movie are first portrayed as NSA agents. Turns out they were just faking that to get to Marty, but in the end, the real NSA agents show up and also want to get their hands on this technology. There is a point towards the end of the movie where, all of the sudden, everyone realizes that, should the NSA get their mitts on this thing, “the NSA could use this technology to spy on its own people… to spy on Americans!” Which, as it is noted, is highly against the NSA’s charter! Everyone gets quiet and looks around the room at each others’ reaction; shocked by the revelation. Great stuff.

+ I think, one of the best-argued points about privacy transparency and companies standing up for their users could be this post by Ted Dziuba. He kind of nails it.

+ Whenever I hear the whole, “I don’t care if the government spies on me, I have nothing to hide…” argument, my response is, “I don’t have anything to hide either – from the people I trust.