Bringing a dream to life - The Von Wong
And though these images that she ended up loving, were created to bring Nicole’s dreams to life, I’ve never felt more alive… because doing something that matters makes all the difference.
why GNU grep is fast
The key to making programs fast is to make them do practically nothing. ;-)
How to Burst the "Filter Bubble" that Protects Us from Opposing Views | MIT Technology Review
Computer scientists have discovered a way to number-crunch an individual’s own preferences to recommend content from others with opposing views. The goal? To burst the “filter bubble” that surrounds us with people we like and content that we agree with.
10 Reasons Why Traveling Makes You A Better Person | Thought Catalog
If you have the opportunity to pack your bags and go, do it. Go alone if you have to.
11 proven practices for more effective, efficient peer code review
Summary: These 11 proven practices for efficient, lightweight peer code review are based on a study at Cisco Systems using SmartBear CodeCollaborator. They can help you ensure that your reviews both improve your code and make the most of your developers' time.
For Billions of People, “Wasting Time” Makes Little Sense - Facts So Romantic - Nautilus
Event time is very different. Time is not so tangible, and certainly not equivalent to money. Attending to relationships is more important than attending to the clock.
Education Is a Waste of Effort—But It Doesn’t Have to Be - Facts So Romantic - Nautilus
College students are hardworking, intelligent, and educated adults. In my capacity as an associate professor at the Institute of Cognitive Science at Carleton University, I have developed several ways that they can contribute to science and to their peers in the process of doing their classwork.
Extract text from Word files (docx) simply | Etienne’s blog
I created a simple function to extract text from .docx files that do not require dependencies, using only the standard library.
Emotional Programming in Open Source | Armin Ronacher's Thoughts and Writings
With all that in mind I am currently trying to get things sorted out to everybody's satisfaction. It's unacceptable that issues hang around unprocessed this long.
Open Source can be hard sometimes.
Ned Batchelder: What's in which Python 3?
Two years ago I wrote a post called What's in which Python? which summarized the changes in the Python 2.x releases. Today when I showed it to someone, they asked, "Do you have one for 3.x?"
Ned Batchelder: What's in which Python?
I made this list of the high points, what's in each version of Python 2.x. Items with a star were introduced with a future import.
The Math Trick Behind MP3s, JPEGs, and Homer Simpson’s Face - Facts So Romantic - Nautilus
The Fourier transform has even been used to identify a counterfeit Jackson Pollock painting by deciphering the chemicals in the paint.
Sleep: When Brain Cells Shrink & Neuro Trash Is Flushed Away - Facts So Romantic - Nautilus
Maybe the fresh, new feeling we have when we awake really is a kind of cleanliness, as the byproducts of the previous day’s cogitations have been washed away.
It's Nice That : Bookshelf: Jason Silva
As we prepare body and soul for the gluttony and giving nearly upon us, Jason Silva presents us with an intellectual antidote; an incredible and excitable selection of books that thinks a little bigger than exactly how many brussels sprouts we will be expected to eat in the coming weeks. Web-wide courted themes of The Singualrity, group consciousness and technology’s expectation of us, the synthesis of the human condition and (why not?) immortality – all are to be found in the permanent pages of this wonderfully accessible selection of books on Silva’s Bookshelf.
Cal lecturer's email to students goes viral: "Why I am not canceling class tomorrow" | CAA
you will think something in response along the lines of `I know all that, but these things are for someone else to figure out, not me.’
That is a mistake.
The Most Surprising Things About America, According To An Indian International Student | Business Insider India
The most surprising things about America
Circuit Scribe: Draw Circuits Instantly by Electroninks Incorporated — Kickstarter
Circuit Scribe draws smooth lines with conductive silver ink and allows you to create functioning circuits instantly.
41 Eye-Opening Quotes That Will Make You Notice What You Always Ignored | Thought Catalog
The bigger the mountain, the better the view. Unknown
Fundamental qualities of good programmers - Blog - Hacker School
First, a quick note: This is just one way to think about becoming a better programmer. It's almost certainly not the only way to think about it and you may find some other way more useful to you.
▶ I Am 20 - YouTube
Those born on Independence Day in 1947 were selected from different parts of India and interviewed to know their hopes and desires,ambitions, hobbies, fears and frustrations and the result is this unique film.
Our story - the future needs fixing - sugru
TIME Magazine listed sugru alongside the iPad as one of the top 50 inventions of 2010.
The iPad was number 34, sugru was number 22.
When Success Comes To You Easily | Amitbanerjee.net
The biggest trap that you can fall into is if you can be successful without giving your 100 percent in whatever you are doing.
Why Generation Y Yuppies Are Unhappy | Wait But Why
Here's my advice for Lucy:
- Stay wildly ambitious. The current world is bubbling with opportunity for an ambitious person to find flowery, fulfilling success. The specific direction may be unclear, but it'll work itself out – just dive in somewhere.
- Stop thinking that you're special. The fact is, right now, you're not special. You're another completely inexperienced young person who doesn't have all that much to offer yet. You can become special by working really hard for a long time.
- Ignore everyone else. Other people's grass seeming greener is no new concept, but in today's image crafting world, other people's grass looks like a glorious meadow. The truth is that everyone else is just as indecisive, self-doubting, and frustrated as you are, and if you just do your thing, you'll never have any reason to envy others.
Sharing Your Labor of Love: PyPI Quick And Dirty — Hynek Schlawack
A completely incomplete guide to packaging a Python module and sharing it with the world on PyPI.
python sweetness — Use of logging package from within a library
Python’s standard logging package is a really wonderful thing, but unfortunately some of its key ideas aren’t clearly documented in a large enough point font.
Alex Gaynor – Effective Code Review
Code review is an important part of a healthy engineering culture and workflow. Hopefully, this post has given you an idea of either how to implement it for your team, or how to improve your existing workflow.
You are NOT a Software Engineer! Chris Aitchison
The engineering metaphor has had its time in the sun, and maybe it even used to be accurate, but now it really only serves to help non-technical people have unrealistic expectations about how software gets built.
I am a Software Gardener.
So are you.
Bill Gates: Internet Will Not Save the World Slashdot
The internet is not going to save the world, says the Microsoft co-founder, whatever Mark Zuckerberg and Silicon Valley's tech billionaires believe. But eradicating disease just might.
Node.js Knockout | Nov 9 11th, 2013
ClearCommit, semantic diff tool for codebases.
'Sleeping On Strangers On The Subway,' a video experiment Boing Boing
"Inspired by a picture that went viral, we decided to see how many people would let a random person sleep on them on the subway. Here are the results, and the valuable lesson we learned."
Meet Craig, the First Man in the World to Live Without a Heart JacksGap
When Craig Lewis aged 55 had been diagnosed with a heart disease so intricate not even a pacemaker could save him, Texan doctors had to think outside of the box.
Outstandingly, they developed a revolutionary concept where by they install a device that keeps his blood in continuous flow…without a pulse.
Within a day of surgery Craig was up and speaking to doctors and now lives fully functioning without a heart. Who said science was boring?
It was a pleasant Saturday evening in the middle of the winter. Christmas was just round the corner and love in the air. The sun was just setting and everything outside his window was given a fresh coat of snow, tickled by the red, quickly fading light. Not that he noticed. He stared blankly out of the window, looking at nothing in particular. He had just woken up from his afternoon nap; but he'd buy it if you told him he'd been sleeping for a year…
You could see the icy river crawling ahead, from his window. People walking over the bridge, a few camera flashes going off, people stopping over and looking far ahead into the horizon – collecting their thoughts, couples walking hand-in-hand enjoying each others' company; You could see it all, from up there! But, as they say, you only see what you look for. And he, couldn't see any of this. His looked out of his window and saw none of this.
He is walking down the same bridge. He didn't know where he was going; his head at least. His legs did; as always. He was walking down in his regular yellow shirt and black jeans, that you could mistake for a uniform, if you followed him for a few days. Extremely under-dressed for the chilly night, one would say. He kept walking down the main street, lined with shops brightly lit up for the festive season. The pavement bustled with with people walking with a spring in their step – the spring that the festive season and all the love in the air brought to you. Not that he noticed it, or had any of it in his step.
Soon, he's walking through the park. The park that was built to celebrate time, ticking away furiously. Or to celebrate the time everyone in the world had, to enjoy themselves. He walked past the skating rink, with lots of people having the time of their life, ice skating; and a lot more, awaiting their turn. The first timers, old and young, making up for their inexperience, with their excitement; holding onto whatever they can, to finish each round, to start the next! The veterans, taking the center-stage and showing off their moves! He was barely aware of their presence and just walked on, past all the action.
The music festival; he walked past it too, like the crowd didn't exist, the noise didn't, the music didn't; like there was nothing happening! The fountain "felt" no different. The cold breeze, did sprinkle the water to quite a distance and everybody kept a safe distance to avoid the chilling shower, except for the kids, who found it amusing to run into the shower for a split second and run back madly. How could he walk just by it, and not feel a thing!
The lakefront. That is where his legs always brought him in the end. The brilliantly lit skyline was a delight to watch, but I don't believe he saw any of it. He just stared into it, blankly. He kept staring, as the night got chillier and the surroundings kept getting more and more deserted. Seconds ticked away, minutes and hours passed by! He stayed on, staring ahead. It didn't matter how much below zero the mercury had gone. This wasn't the first night he was spending staring into the nothingness. It turned out to be the coldest night, in a decade. But that didn't matter to him. Nothing did. Nothing has, for a while now; Ever since he turned cold.
Unhuddled To Independence — Dan Hough — Independent Software Developer
This is a story about how in a few months my outlook on work and life changed, and I ended up where I am now: full time, doing stuff that I enjoy for independence, fun, learning and hopefully, profit.
Empty Stomach Intelligence New York Times
“When you are hungry, you need to focus your entire system on finding food in the environment.”
Burn Down the Farm : zenhabits
Burn down the farm, nonviolently of course. Get rid of the possibility of comfort, so that the scary journey you want to take is your best choice.
23 Priceless Habits That Will Make You Your Greatest Self | Thought Catalog
Take responsibility for your mistakes.
strange pushes on GitHub Google Groups
I have triggered an involuntary "forced push" last night on the list of Jenkins-CI plugins indicated below in this e-mail.
The total number of impacted repositories should then be: 186
Voodoo found a broken link referring to a one of my posts, on Quora. Given that I have changed my site generator a bunch of times now, it is quite possible that there are other broken links at various other places. So, I implemented a smart 404 page for the site, yesterday. It is very similar to something I came across on brettterpstra's site. I just hooked up fuse.js with Nikola's tipue-search plugin's output file. My glue code essentially, just figures out the search term from the URL, performs a Fuse search on the json data created by Nikola's search plugin, and returns a list of top 5 results. It just took me about an hour to write, but is pretty useful, I think.