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Bookmarks [2013-11-20]

  • 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:

    1. 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.
    2. 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.
    3. 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.

Bookmarks [2013-11-17]

  • 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?

Cold

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.

Bookmarks [2013-11-12]

A smarter 404 page.

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.