Track Microsoft Word doc changes in Git using pandoc (!!)

Great tip for using Git to track Microsoft word documents:

TLDR: convert Word docs to markdown via pandoc and track changes there

# .gitattributes file in root folder of your git project
*.docx diff=pandoc
# .gitconfig file in your home folder
[diff "pandoc"]
  textconv=pandoc --to=markdown
  prompt = false
  wdiff = diff --word-diff=color --unified=1

You can then use git wdiff important_file.docx to see the changes (with deletions in red and insertions in green), or git log -p --word-diff=color important_file.docx to see all changes over time.

The Filament Bible — interesting experiment in ebook + print

I’m not sure, but this sounds as if it may be something genuinely innovative.

Filament combines the simple elegance of a premium Bible with the powerful capabilities of your mobile device. You get the best reading experience a print Bible can offer and instant access to more meaningful content than you’ll find in any one study Bible or devotional Bible.

The Filament Bible features a carefully crafted page design, offering the best possible reading experience in a single-volume print Bible. A line-over-line single-column setting, generous font size and margins, and optimal line length create a strikingly beautiful presentation of God’s Word in a portable package.

This Bible also includes exclusive access to the Filament App, available in the App Store and Google Play. Simply scan the page you are reading with your device’s camera. Your phone or tablet recognizes the page and instantly connects you to content centered around that passage.

This print+digital setup gives you options you’ve never had in a single Bible. If you want to read God’s Word without distraction, leave your phone in your pocket. If you want to dig deeper, your device unlocks a rich set of curated content—study notes, devotionals, videos, interactive visuals, and more.

Your Bible reading will never be the same.

Samuel Johnson Bot Post of the Day


Channeling #NeverTrump with subtweet on TO PRESERVE…

My Word of the Day

To PRESERVE (PRESE’RVE) v.a.[præservo, low Latin; preserver, Fr.]1. To save; to defend from destruction or any evil; to keep.

The Lord shall deliver me from every evil work, and preserve me unto his heavenly kingdom. Bible2 Tim.iv. 18.

God sent me to preserve you a posterity, and save your lives. Bible Gen.xlv. 7.

She shall lead me soberly in my doings, and preserve me in her power. Bible Wisdomix. II.

He did too frequently gratify their unjustifiable designs, a guilt all men, who are obnoxious, are liable to, and can hardly preserve themselves from. Clarendon.

We can preserve unhurt our minds. Milton.

To be indifferent, which of two opinions is true, is the right temper of the mind, that preserves it from being imposed on, till it has done its best to find the truth. Locke.

Every petty prince in Germany must be intreated to preserve the queen of Great Britain upon her throne. Swift.2. To season fruits and other vegetables with sugar and in other proper pickles: as, to preserve plumbs, walnuts, and cucumbers.Recent references to Samuel Johnson on Twitter

@InspiredMinds77 Nothing will ever be attempted if all possible objections must first be overcome. – Samuel Johnson

@yorkshiretere Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel. Samuel Johnson

@KingTekkers Samuel Johnson – “Read over your compositions, and wherever you meet with a passage which you think is particularly…

@Entreprreneur “Great works are performed not by strength, but perseverance. – Dr. Samuel Johnson”

@markhaber713 @Coffee_House_ @gabehabash @ABAbook Finished Samuel Johnson’s Eternal Return last night. It’s a beautiful & phenome…

@chickhuber so, 85% of clicks? it’s not PPC, but product listing, nowadays. join #cbuswaw as samuel johnson gives us the skinn…

@hildyjohns “No, Sir, claret is the liquor for boys; port, for men: but he who aspires to be a hero must drink brandy.” ― Samu…

@RSPCHCO Good reminder from the great Samuel Johnson on what a patriot is and is not

@Celaasi “Resolve not to be poor: whatever you have, spend less. Poverty is a great enemy to human happiness; it certainly d…

@photosbyTMcneil There can be no friendship without confidence, and no confidence without integrity. ~Samuel Johnson

@iHustleDailyHD Great works are performed not by strength but by perseverance. Samuel Johnson #quote

@charityisms101 “Clear your mind of can’t.” – Dr. Samuel Johnson

@ricsl1600 It is better to live rich than to die rich. – Samuel Johnson #ALDUB150thWeeksary

@NigelPatrickUK Re the Brexit vote: ‘ Patriotism is the last refuge of the scoundrel’ [Samuel Johnson,1775] – useful, as I was look…

@DakinJohn @munnwez @cafc_football @Channel4 When Nelson wrote his letter of 1805, people had been campaigning against slavery…

@JustFlandre Is Dwayne Johnson the new Samuel L. Jackson or something cause I swear this fucker is in every movie recently

@AshleyNelsonOSU “when a (wo)man is tired of London, (s)he is tired of life” – samuel johnson

@iam_ginghs @Mye_Pixie @ALDubFTnQT @fthotladies @Arwen_Elfin @wengcookie @Salvesayson @ricsl1600 @montenegro_emil @ALDub_RTeam…

@iam_ginghs @Mye_Pixie @ALDubFTnQT @fthotladies @Arwen_Elfin @wengcookie @Salvesayson @ricsl1600 @montenegro_emil @ALDub_RTeam…

@ReneaCollick Samuel Johnson~ Classical quotation is the parole of literary men all over the world.


Samuel Johnson WOTD: UMBREL

UMBREL (UMBRE’L) UMBRELLA (UMBRE’LLA) n.s.[from umbra, Lat.] A skreen used in hot countries to keep off the sun, and in others to bear off the rain.

I can carry your umbrella, and fan your ladyship. Dryden.

Good housewivesDefended by th’ umbrella’s oily shed,Safe through the wet on clinking pattens tread. Gay.


Adobe acquires Magento

I’m deep in both Adobe and Magento worlds, but don’t see how this helps me much in either capacity.

Adobe plans to create a new system to support online entrepreneurship, the company said in a statement.

Adobe Creative products can help Magento look better, but Flash can only make it more insecure, and Adobe’s onerous DRM can only make Magento harder to use for customers.


finally resurrected Spyder IDE for Python

It took me ages but I have finally managed to resurrect my friendly Spyder IDE in Python for Mac.  I know there are lots of alternatives but this is the relatively simple one that I am familiar with and it was a great feeling to actually be able to  step through breakpoints again. Viva algorithmic publishing!

The Old Testament as the divinely inspired Firefly

I’ve been listening to the Old Testament as I drive to work these days and am working through Isaiah right now.  The titular character, like many other key OT figures, is a prophet commenting on the life and times of his nation and culture.  Thinking like a publisher, it occurred to me that if you think of the 66 books of the Bible as nonfiction backlist, they are the divinely inspired version of “Firefly,”  i.e. a high-quality and popular series that produced way too few episodes.

At an average of roughly 1-4 books per generation, the ~70 generations between 70 AD and today could support as many as 280 additional books of the Bible, each telling the history of a nation or set of nations over a generation or  two.  The implied author would be a prophetic persona, the style Biblical, probably more like NIV than KJV.  Many challenges and opportunities in this approach.  For  example, how about a New Apocryphica covering the years 1776 to 1815?  A clever author could use this as a platform to comment about the history of the entire world, Napoleon, China, Jefferson, Sally Hemings, and all.