weekly reel October 13, 2014
Howdy. Grab some Portico Quartet:
- Indian Space Mission, Poverty and Closet Racism.
- Why I Just Asked My Students To Put Their Laptops Away, great Shirky piece about how our devices are built for distraction, and tolerating them might not be such a good idea. Via DF.
"Computers are not inherent sources of distraction -they can in fact be powerful engines of focus- but latter-day versions have been designed to be, because attention is the substance which makes the whole consumer internet go."
- Ungineering, on software craftsmanship: "Don’t use the word “engineering” to refer to the process of creating software."
- God, Darwin and My College Biology Class, via kottke.
- Against Sharing, enlightening article on how "companies like Uber shift risk from corporations to workers, weaken labor protections, and drive down wages". Via HN.
- "There is no settling down without some settling for. There is no long-term relationship not just putting up with your partners flaws, but accepting them and then pretending they aren't there. We like to call it, in my house, paying the price of admission." -- Dan Savage on love, long-terms relationships, and the myth of The One, via psychobabble. Good reminder.
- iPhone Encryption and the Return of the Crypto Wars, Schneier as precise and exhaustive as ever.
- Digital Amnesia, good documentary featuring the usual archiving heroes. Via waxy links.
"Our memory is dissipating. Hard drives only last five years, a webpage is forever changing and there’s no machine left that reads 15-year old floppy disks. Digital data is vulnerable. Yet entire libraries are shredded and lost to budget cuts, because we assume everything can be found online. But is that really true? For the first time in history, we have the technological means to save our entire past, yet it seems to be going up in smoke. Will we suffer from collective amnesia? "
- PathFinding.js, nice visualization of several pathfinding heuristics. Via HN.
- Visualizing Garbage Collection Algorithms.
- Weirdly, Tramadol Is Not a Natural Product After All, via HN.
- Introducing Tweet-a-Program, powerful functional framework + constraints = nomnomnom. Via waxy links.
- List of common misconceptions, a.k.a. how to nerdsnipe an information junkie. Via kottke.