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  1. Making $6k from a baby AI photo generator in indiehacker

    Ever wondered, "Is there an AI to see how your baby looks?" Well you're not alone! OurBabyAI is an app that shows how your future baby may look.

  2. Aging Code in programming

    In a quaint bar on the outskirts of Catania (Italy), as whiskey glasses clinked and muted conversations blended into a […] The post Aging Code appeared first on Vadim Kravcenko.

  3. Problems harder than NP-Complete in programming

    People always talk about “P vs NP” like P problems are easy and NP problems are hard. This is a useful day-to-day model but also an oversimplification. Problems can get way, way harder than NP. (If you want a brief refresher on P and NP, check out my post NP-Complete isn’t (always) Hard.) PSPACE-complete P is the set of all problems that can be solved in polynomial time, relative to the input....

  4. How Companies Use Transfer Pricing to Avoid Taxes in finance

    In the world of finance, there are a myriad of strategies employed by corporations to optimize their tax liabilities. One such method, known as transfer pricing, has become increasingly prevalent in recent years, raising concerns about fairness and equity in the global tax system.

  5. Books I Read in August 2023 in literature

    As I suspected my energy for writing in August was diverted to more important things.  Plenty of energy to read, though. With a respite in September, I should soon be able to write a bit on the Greek philosophers I have been reading.  The Cynics, Epicureans, and Stoics work well as a cluster.  Then later a bit on Plutarch and the little philosophy project is a wrap.   PHILOSOPHY Meditations (c....

  6. What I’ve been reading, September 2023 in science

    A quasi-monthly feature. Recent blog posts and news stories are generally omitted; you can find them in my links digests. I’ve been busy helping to choose the first cohort of our blogging fellowship, so my reading has been relatively light. All emphasis in bold in the quotes below was added by me. Books Joel Mokyr, The Lever of Riches: Technological Creativity and Economic Progress (1990). I’ve...

  7. Is It Real or Imagined? How Your Brain Tells the Difference. in science

    New experiments show that the brain distinguishes between perceived and imagined mental images by checking whether they cross a “reality threshold.” The post Is It Real or Imagined? How Your Brain Tells the Difference. first appeared on Quanta Magazine

  8. Unbundling Cash & Equity in startups

    a heretical take on "total compensation"

  9. 19 books to read in 2023 in startups

    Rest of World's staff favorites, from around the globe to add to your must-read pile.

  10. How Google Stores 10,000 Petabytes of Data Efficiently in startups

    Google Colossus Explained Simply

  11. Github Copilot and ChatGPT alternatives in programming

    There are a growing number of AI coding tools that are alternatives to Copilot. A list of other popular, promising options.

  12. AOL Pretends to be the Internet in programming

    In 1994, Ted Leonsis was the head of the new media marketing firm he created, Redgate Communications, spun out six […] The post AOL Pretends to be the Internet appeared first on The History of the Web.

  13. Making $22K in 7 days: the story in indiehacker

    and other updates from me in Mar 2023

  14. May 2023: I sold my 2 years old business for only $128K in indiehacker

    Everything about the Black Magic's acquisition + May 2023 updates

  15. A Week Off And A New Language in history

    See you again soon

  16. God, living is enormous! in life

    When she wrote the following entry in her journal and imagined fleeing college to venture into the unknown, Susan Sontag was a precocious sixteen-year-old studying English at the University of California, Berkeley. By the end of the year she had indeed left—not on a bus to an undecided destination, but to the University of Chicago […]

  17. This Cafe In Austria Has a Cycling Inspired Design in architecture

    Architecture and interior design studio Archisphere collaborated with Carbone & Kacerovsky to design a ‘Cyclist’, a modern cafe at the Hotel Andaz am Belvedere Vienna. Archisphere drew inspiration from the movement, freedom, and enjoyment associated with cycling. In addition to this, the spirit of the art collector Prince Eugen, whose influence can be found throughout […]

  18. Actual Progress in comics

  19. How Much Do Couples Share Traits? in science

    Do birds of a feather flock together, or do opposites attract? These are both common aphorisms, which means that they are commonly offered as generally accepted truths, but also that they may by wrong. People like pithy phrases, so they spread prolifically, but that does not mean they contain any truth. Further, our natural instincts […] The post How Much Do Couples Share Traits? first appeared on...

  20. Swyx's Simple Guide to Singapore in programming

    A personal guide to Singapore for foreign friends visiting.

  21. What I’ve been reading, June 2023 in science

    A monthly feature. As usual, recent blog posts and news stories are omitted from this; you can find them in my links digests. In all quotes below, any emphasis in bold was added by me. Books Thomas S. Ashton, The Industrial Revolution, 1760–1830 (1948). A classic in the field, concise and readable. Crafts (see paper below) cites this work as pointing out “the links between scientific thought and...

  22. People are talking about me, and I started it in design

    People talk about you the way you talk about yourself.

  23. Polar Night in science

    Surreal and otherworldly.

  24. Ten food hacks to make your life easier in life

    This was almost a post on why millennial motherhood is so challenging, but turned into tactical food hacks.

  25. You can have two Big Things, but not three in programming

    No you can't "have it all." You can have two things, but not three.

  26. 10 Great All-Inclusive Hyatt Resorts in Mexico & Caribbean in travel

  27. Instagram cofounder on Mark Zuckerberg in startups

    will he go into destroy mode if I say no

  28. Whomst Among Us Let The Dogs Out (Again) [EPISODE] in architecture

    All kinds of songs get stuck in your head. Famous pop tunes from when you were a kid, album cuts you’ve listened to over and over again. And then there’s a category of memorable songs—the ones that we all just kind of know. Songs that somehow, without anyone’s permission, sneak their way into the collective The post Whomst Among Us Let The Dogs Out (Again) appeared first on 99% Invisible.

  29. How to Use AI to Do Stuff: An Opinionated Guide in AI

    Covering the state of play as of Summer, 2023

  30. The perfect drawing tool in programming

    The emotional rollercoaster I experience in art supply stores can be summarised in one word: greed.  I want every single pen, every brush, every quill, and a sheet of every paper, ranging from crude cardboard to magnificent handcrafted Japanese washi. And yes, I need papyrus. And no, I don’t know what for.  I want it all! Which one should I pick? Here is how to find your perfect partner in crime....

  31. A guide to prompting AI (for what it is worth) in AI

    A little bit of magic, but mostly just practice

  32. Decoupling is just going to happen in startups

    Chinese policy and geopolitical risk are doing a lot of the work here.

  33. The Grand Press in design

    Designed by Dixon Baxi, London.

  34. Cronometer is a good food diary in programming

    Recently I switched to a new calorie counting app, Cronometer. I’m quite happy with it. It’s a huge improvement over MyFitnessPal (MFP) or Lose It and is not exploitative like Noom. The key improvement with Cronometer is accuracy, particularly good data sources for nutrition information. MFP offered obviously wrong entries from random people, sapping my confidence. Also it’s quicker to log things...

  35. All the arguments against EVs are wrong in startups

    EVs are just going to win.

  36. Instant Plugins for ChatGPT: Introducing the Wolfram ChatGPT Plugin Kit in programming

    This is the first in a series of posts about new LLM-related technology associated with the Wolfram technology stack. "Color" with something like: When you set up a plugin, it can contain many endpoints, that do different things. And—in addition to sharing prompts—one reason this is particularly convenient is that (at least right now, for security reasons) […]

  37. What people ask me most. Also, some answers. in AI

    A FAQ of sorts

  38. Alan Turing and the Power of Negative Thinking in science

    Mathematical proofs based on a technique called diagonalization can be relentlessly contrarian, but they help reveal the limits of algorithms. The post Alan Turing and the Power of Negative Thinking first appeared on Quanta Magazine

  39. Embracing weirdness: What it means to use AI as a (writing) tool in AI

    AI is strange. We need to learn to use it.

  40. Designing the Ideal Bootstrapped Business in indiehacker

    Jason Cohen’s 2013 Microconf talk, Designing the Ideal Bootstrapped Business with Jason Cohen, is one of the most valuable resources I’ve found for bootstrapped founders. I watched it for the first time in 2020, and I’ve revisited it repeatedly since then. If you’re new to the world of bootstrapped software business, or you’re struggling to gain traction with your business, I highly recommend this...

  41. When Action Beats Prediction in finance

    One of the great paradoxes of business is that management is prediction, but entrepreneurship ... isn't. What a theory of expertise in entrepreneurship tells us about creating new things in business.

  42. Ugly Buildings Are Not Simply a Matter of Aesthetics in architecture

    Bad architecture must come from some underlying ethos.

  43. Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - Efficient in comics

    Click here to go see the bonus panel! Hovertext: If heroes would just check the betting markets before fighting they could make much better choices. Today's News:

  44. On-boarding your AI Intern in AI

    There's a somewhat weird alien who wants to work for free for you. You should probably get started.

  45. The reason I got hooked on being an Indiehacker in indiehacker

  46. How I Built This In Public: Peter Mick in indiehacker

    Lessons from building and growing Copylime to 6 figures all in public

  47. Notes on being an Architect in architecture

  48. A Glass-Enclosed Library And Home Office Creates A Separate Space Inside This Apartment in architecture

    Canadian design firm Level Studio has shared photos of a loft apartment located in a building that was once home to offices but has been converted into residential apartments.

  49. co-existing with my broken mind in life

    I’ve been feeling more down these days. I am not sure if it is pms, covid, both, or just responding to reality in general. I don’t really get why people are not...

  50. dome sweet dome in architecture

    As some of you may know, I have been going to language school for the last few months in order to learn the world’s most widely spoken and useful language: Slovenian. At this point, my Slovenian is about as coherent as, well, a McMansion. In order to feel better about myself, I have sought out a McMansion that is worse than my cases and word-order. This house (in Naperville, IL, of course) does,...

  51. What happens when AI reads a book 🤖📖 in AI

    And some prompts that might be useful when it does.

  52. A different way of thinking in science

    Neurodivergent physicists face barriers in STEM, but there are also benefits to being who they are.

  53. A Well Known URL For Your Personal Avatar in programming

    Well-known URLs are pretty neat. I’ve even dared propose one before here on my blog. And now I’m here to propose another: .well-known/avatar The idea is: anybody that owns a domain can put their avatar in a well-known location. I’ve already implemented this for my own site[1]. You can see it here: jim-nielsen.com/.well-known/avatar In some ways, this is really just for me. I often find myself...

  54. I no longer love the sun or the flowers in life

    It was only a year after first meeting, in 1895, that Marie and Pierre Curie became husband and wife. Together, they made groundbreaking contributions to science, not least the discovery of two new elements, polonium and radium, and in 1903 they were jointly awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics. Tragedy befell the couple in 1906 […]

  55. Gaku Yamazaki has Documented Thousands of Unusual Road Signs Across Japan in travel

    all images courtesy Gaku Yamazaki Gaku Yamazaki, a 21-year old college senior, spends his spare time traversing Japan in search of what he has dubbed ikei-yajirushi, or ‘unusual arrows.’ There are thousands of these abnormal road signs dotted across Japan and while drivers might find them confusing or even annoying, Yamazaki has developed a certain […] No related posts.

  56. Why AI Will Save the World in startups

    The era of Artificial Intelligence is here, and boy are people freaking out. Fortunately, I am here to bring the good news: AI will not destroy the world, and in fact may save it. First, a short description of what … The post Why AI Will Save the World appeared first on Andreessen Horowitz.

  57. My New Startup Checklist in programming

    some of you may know I've recently started a new company. I'm not ready to talk about -that- yet, but I did want to capture some notes on logistical stuff I have had to ramp up on as a first time founder. hopefully this helps somebody out there.

  58. Cafe Fang: An Oasis of Books and Coffee in Kyoto in travel

    If you want to escape the hustle and bustle of touristy Kyoto, head to this newly opened oasis of books and coffee. Located slightly north of central Kyoto is the Donkou Kissa Fang, a serene cafe and private book collection built inside immaculately crafted townhouse and garden. Donkou means ‘slow thinking’ in Japanese, and is […] Related posts: Kaikado’s Tea and Coffee Cafe in Kyoto The Book &...

  59. This Little Laneway House In Toronto Has An Upstairs Bedroom Overlooking The Street in architecture

    Creative Union Network Inc. has designed a small laneway house in Toronto, Canada, that was originally built as a garage. The building occupied a prominent location on the corner of the lane and main street. The original structure, although rundown, was a well-loved structure that made an outsized impact on the neighborhood’s collective memory. The […]

  60. The reign of beasts has begun in life

    The world was plunged into darkness on 1st September 1939 when Germany invaded Poland, an act of aggression that led France and the United Kingdom to declare war. Amidst this global turmoil, a young Albert Camus, then a journalist for socialist newspaper Alger-Républicain, found himself wrestling with the unfolding chaos, haunted by the memory of […]

  61. Map of the Best Restaurants in cartography

  62. Is it time for the Revenge of the Normies? in startups

    An optimistic take on technology and inequality.

  63. This renewable energy startup helps companies decarbonize across the Pacific in startups

    Bor Hung Chong from Nefin Group discusses green energy solutions beyond solar panels.

  64. Mental Strength in Judo; Mental Strength in Life in finance

    Results of a four month accelerated expertise experiment in Judo. Or: "I expected to learn about deliberate practice but instead learnt a ton about my mental shortcomings."

  65. Are There Reasons to Believe in a Multiverse? in science

    Several areas of physics suggest reasons to think that unobservable universes with different natural laws could lie beyond ours. The theoretical physicist David Kaplan talks with Steven Strogatz about the mysteries that a multiverse would solve. The post Are There Reasons to Believe in a Multiverse? first appeared on Quanta Magazine

  66. A systematic approach to debugging in programming

    I've got a reputation at work as being a skilled debugger. It's a frequent occurrence that the weird stuff lands on my desk1 after it goes through another skilled engineer or two. To say my job is substantially "debug the weird shit" would not be an understatement and I'm here for it. This extends throughout our codebase, and into code I haven't seen before at all. I'm the longest tenured engineer...

  67. Not a Hotel: A Unique Timeshare Concept Redefining Luxury Travel in travel

    All images © Kenta Hasegawa courtesy Suppose Design Office “Buy a vacation home that doubles as a hotel.” That’s the tagline for ‘Not A Hotel,’ a real estate start-up founded by Shinji Hamazu. The company challenges the traditional hotel model by treating it as a timeshare and selling it to 12 people, each receiving 30 […] Related posts: Stay in Artist Designed Hotel Rooms at the Park Hotel Tokyo...

  68. object – Yoto in design

    This is the best media player for children. In the month before the pandemic shut everything down, I was in the midst of some research on how designers — and other kinds of creative experts and consultants — can best communicate results. I was looking at a variety of case study models and trying to devise a system that would best suit my clients goals and abilities. That’s when I found myself...

  69. Why You Should Have Fewer Opinions in life

    https://youtu.be/qJ8aRl1UNgw I'm on an old man rant today. The world's a shitfest, and something needs to be said: Opinions are like assholes, everyone's got one, and most are full of shit. So, here's my argument: people need to have fewer fucking opinions. The problem is that we're all drowning in information, and this overload causes us to mistake the quantity of knowledge for the quality of...

  70. The Winner’s Edge in finance

    A lot of otherwise talented people are too pessimistic to actually do anything. They are paralyzed by risks that don’t exist and greatly exaggerate them where they do, preventing them from being one of the best. Consider this lightly edited excerpt from a conversation between Charlie Rose and Magnus Carlsen that argues it’s better to … The post The Winner’s Edge appeared first on Farnam Street.

  71. Why I'm having trouble covering AI in startups

    If you believe that the most serious risks from AI are real, should you write about anything else?

  72. Should We Follow Silly Laws? in history

    And what happens when we don’t?

  73. AI is not good software. It is pretty good people. in AI

    A pragmatic approach to thinking about AI

  74. Chatbots Don’t Know What Stuff Isn’t in science

    Today’s language models are more sophisticated than ever, but they still struggle with the concept of negation. That’s unlikely to change anytime soon. The post Chatbots Don’t Know What Stuff Isn’t first appeared on Quanta Magazine

  75. How Indians are watching Succession after HBO ditched Disney in startups

    With HBO walking away from Disney+ Hotstar, shows like Succession, The Last of Us, and Game of Thrones can no longer be streamed in the country.

  76. A Garage Transformed Into An Apartment With A Home Office in architecture

    YR Architecture + Design has shared photos of a modern 575 square foot (53 sqm) live/work studio in Columbus, OH, that was once a 2-car garage. The homeowners were determined for their two-car garage to be an asset, with the couple seeking to maximize their property, and at the same time, offer options for leasing […]

  77. New decisions based on new information in creative

    More than ever, we’re pushed to have certainty. Strong opinions, tightly held and loudly proclaimed. And then, when reality intervenes, it can be stressful. The software stack, business model, career, candidate, policy, or even the social network habits that we had as part of our identity let us down. It’s not easy to say, “I […]

  78. How a Human Smell Receptor Works Is Finally Revealed in science

    After decades of frustration, researchers have finally determined how an airborne scent molecule links to a human smell receptor. The post How a Human Smell Receptor Works Is Finally Revealed first appeared on Quanta Magazine

  79. The Skill of Capital in finance

    What, exactly, is the skill of capital? What does it consist of? How do you recognise it? We walk through three stories, and then talk about the shape of the skill in practice.

  80. My solopreneur story: zero to $45K/mo in 2 years in indiehacker

    Today is exactly 2 years since I quit my job and become a full-time indie hacker.

  81. Why An Easier Life Is Not Necessarily Happier in life

    Remembering Albert Borgmann (1937-2023)

  82. Stoicism Simplified: an Easy Overview of What Stoics Believe in life

    by Enda Harte For me, there are six important first steps that I prioritized for practicing Stoicism (referenced in the diagram above), and I wanted to use this opportunity to go over each of these in a little more detail. Hopefully you’ll get an understanding of what they mean, and why it’s important to practice Read More >>

  83. Want to save your nation? Get rid of poor people! in indiehacker

  84. Do Droughts Make Floods Worse? in science

    [Note that this article is a transcript of the video embedded above.] Do you remember the summer of 2022 when a record drought had gripped not only a large part of the United States, but most of Europe too? Reservoirs were empty, wildfires spread, crop yields dropped, and rivers ran dry. It seemed like practically the whole world was facing heatwaves and water shortages. But there was one video...

  85. Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - Gifted in comics

    Click here to go see the bonus panel! Hovertext: People on patreon seemed to be traumatized by this, and I guess what I'm saying is for a couple bucks a month, you could've been traumatized a day early. Today's News:

  86. How to Tame the Endless Infinities Hiding in the Heart of Particle Physics in science

    In the math of particle physics, every calculation should result in infinity. The set of techniques known as “resurgence” points toward an escape. The post How to Tame the Endless Infinities Hiding in the Heart of Particle Physics first appeared on Quanta Magazine

  87. The freedom loop in creative

    We spend almost no time teaching toddlers about freedom. Instead, the lessons we teach (and learn) for our entire lives are about responsibility. It’s easy to teach freedom, but important to teach responsibility. Because if you get the responsibility taken care of, often the freedom will follow. When someone points out a lack of responsibility, […]

  88. What’s to Become of the Mess That Is Penn Station? in architecture

    A talk with architecture critic Justin Davidson about the thorny knot of issues involved at New York’s most conflicted transportation-entertainment site.

  89. Five things to do and see this April in architecture

    The clocks have sprung forward and the spring chicks are chirping: yes, April has arrived. But it’s not only those longer, lighter evenings luring us out of the house; this month’s brilliant list of cultural and culinary must-dos and -sees is equally tempting – even […]

  90. Private-ish GitHub repos in programming

    This week, we discovered that GitHub.com’s RSA SSH private key was briefly exposed in a public GitHub repository. – GitHub’s “We updated our RSA SSH host key” blog, 2023-03-23 Once you git push, nothing is private. Private info in git only stays private on your laptop. But once you schlep it out to a remote: all bets are off. As GitHub’s incident last week demonstrates—private repos are, at best,...

  91. Repurposing Hotel Keycards in programming

    Hi everyone! My April Cools piece is up! It’s about really weird stuff you can buy online. Now I know that’s standard SEO farm stuff, but I promise I put a lot of time into researching why people actually want to buy these things. If you ever wanted to know where carnivals buy and sell their rollercoasters, now’s your chance. Anyway, that’s just the April Cools for the blog. I’ve also got one just...

  92. The richest person you know in finance

    What’s it like to be in the top 1%? According to the statistics, most of the readers of my blog are among the highest earning and/or richest people in the UK. I bet however that not many of you feel that way. Let’s start with income To be in the top 1% of earnings in… Continue reading The richest person you know →

  93. The Most Dangerous Thing in Culture Right Now is Beauty in life

    You think I’m crazy, but just wait and see....

  94. The Paradox of Free Will in literature

    The neuroscience, physics, and philosophy of freedom in a universe of fixed laws.

  95. being creative is not just about making things in life

    I place a lot of value on creativity in my life, and this has been pretty consistent throughout my various life stages. For a long time it was tied to my identity...

  96. To rent or to sell, that is the question in architecture

    As a real estate developer, one of the big decisions you need to make is whether you will rent or sell the buildings you've built. Income from rentals flows in steadily over years, while income from sales hits all at once. This essential difference is simple but has many implications for your risk profile, upside potential, capital requirements, and business model. The following post is a...

  97. The Rise of Extractive Politics in history

    It's about having small expectations.

  98. Layoffs push down scores on Glassdoor: this is how companies respond in programming

    Several tech companies face a fresh problem after cutting jobs: their rating on Glassdoor nosedives. But there’s a way they can fix this. I show what companies are doing - and why.

  99. Accurate Predictions in programming

    In November 2020, I read the book Apollo’s Arrow after hearing Dr Christakis on NPR’s Fresh Air. Somewhere midway through this book, this paragraph stood out to me: “Either way, until 2022, Americans will live in an acutely changed world—they will be wearing masks, for example, and avoiding crowded places. I’ll call this the immediate […]

  100. Catastrophe / Eucatastrophe in AI

    We have more agency over the future of AI than we think.

  101. 5 Best Personal Traits for Life in life

    https://youtu.be/kDqQGogavmY What if I told you there's a hidden treasure trove of personal traits that could turn your life around? Are you curious? Are you dying to know what they are? Are you wondering why I'm asking so many questions instead of getting to the point? OK, OK—fine. Here, I'll uncover the five good qualities that I think will help you make it through this chaotic, unpredictable,...

  102. Selling Sex in Soho in the 1980s in history

    You can buy sex by the minute. Which is why what are euphemistically called ‘adult’ videos sold so well before the internet made them free to air. London’s Soho was once a centre of the trade in pornographic films on VHS, and Betamax for kinkier onanists. Seedy Soho has long been synonymous with vice. It’s … Continue reading "Selling Sex in Soho in the 1980s" The post Selling Sex in Soho in the...

  103. Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - Partner in comics

    Click here to go see the bonus panel! Hovertext: Humans are the only social animal that is creating fake partners so they don't have to be social anymore. Today's News:

  104. The rear view mirror in creative

    It’s almost impossible to safely drive a car while only looking in the rear view mirror. Only seeing where you’ve been is a terrible way to figure out where to go. But it’s really unsafe to go forward with no idea of what came before. AI plods along into the future, using machine learning to […]

  105. The Fight over Education in science

    There is an ongoing culture war, and not just in the US, over the content of childhood education, both public and private. This seems to be flaring up recently, but is never truly gone. Republicans in the US have recently escalated this war by banning over 500 books in several states (mostly Florida) because they […] The post The Fight over Education first appeared on NeuroLogica Blog.

  106. Chartjunk: What I've learned about data visualization in programming

    For many people the first word that comes to mind when they think about statistical charts is “lie.” – Edward R. Tufte, The Visual Display of Quantitative Information I wish we could all agree: pie charts should die. I know this is unreasonable. And pie charts are only part of the problem. The problem is data visualizations that show what’s already obvious. After spending some time learning about...

  107. Database Migrations in programming

    I consider database migrations one of the most annoying problems to deal with during a software engineer’s life. Not only […] The post Database Migrations appeared first on Vadim Kravcenko.

  108. Global TikTok creators depend on U.S. viewers. A TikTok ban would be devastating in startups

    Without Americans on the app, advertising dollars are at risk.

  109. Asking questions the right way in programming

    In the software development realm, asking questions isn’t just a right—it’s a downright necessity. Let’s cut the crap and dive […] The post Asking questions the right way appeared first on Vadim Kravcenko.

  110. Time zones are hard because people are hard in programming

    Greetings from Australia!1 It's the morning of September 5th for me and the night of September 4th in the US. In two weeks when I fly back, I will leave Sydney at 9 AM and arrive in Los Angeles at 6 AM, that same day. Timezones are annoying enough for regular people, but us software engineers have to deal with the fallout. Then you add in the political aspects and, well, you can't always store...

  111. Unleash Your Inner Sage: 5 Powerful Mindsets Fostered by Stoicism in life

    By Michael McGill The Stoics had a name for a person who fully realized the virtues of Stoicism. A person who overcame all of their personal defects to achieve a life of complete tranquility and goodness. The perfect Stoic, if you will.  They referred to this person as the Stoic Sage. Now, the Stoic Sage Read More >>

  112. Digital shortcuts and cognitive load in creative

    I used to drive 200 miles to Boston once a week or so. After a few trips on the highway, my subconscious figured out that getting behind a few trucks for the entire ride enabled me to spend four hours without using much conscious effort on driving. Every day, we make decisions. These require effort, […]

  113. Operational Excellence is the Pursuit of ‘Knowledge’ in finance

    It turns out that operational excellence results from the pursuit of a certain form of knowledge. This is Part 3 of the Becoming Data Driven series, and the result of a deep dive into the field of statistical process control.

  114. Books I Read in May 2023 in literature

    I had a good time. GREEK PHILOSOPHY The Nicomachean Ethics (4th C. BCE), Aristotle - a post, however shallow, should appear soon. FICTION Joseph in Egypt (1936), Thomas Mann The Long Valley (1938) & The Grapes of Wrath (1939), John Steinbeck - I last read this probably forty years ago.  The great turtle chapter is still great.  It's not Moby-Dick, but the mix of rhetorical modes is brilliant...

  115. “He Could Easily Destroy Us” in cartography

    Tucker Carlson's move to Twitter led him to celebrate it as the last preserve of free speech. But his relation to speech was long slippery, best reflected on the heuristic display of the 2016 electoral map that was the logo of the pundit's nightly show's and its guiding rationale. Continue reading →

  116. 4 Levels of Grids for Web Designers in design

    Grids are very, very useful. I just published an essay on how anchoring the most important information on a web page to the Y-axis will help viewer’s focus on it and pay closer attention. It’s a pretty basic idea, really, but somehow I found myself writing over 1,000 words to describe it. I won’t do that here. Instead, I want to provide some very brief direction on using grids. Grids are a...

  117. daring to be ugly in life

    I was quite vain when I was younger due to a low self-esteem which led to a high level of insecurity. That insecurity made me feel ugly and that I was never...

  118. Dell's Capital Expertise in finance

    We trace Michael Dell's skill at the art of capital in business, and use it to examine how skill at capital allows you to make moves that aren't available to a novice business operator.

  119. Siphon in comics

  120. Sam Bankman-Fried's jail conditions offer a glimpse at systemic failure in crypto

    The fallen crypto billionaire's pleas for proper meals and medical care are an unlikely illustration of America's broken jail system.

  121. Weekend Roundup in history

    Sacred Flames and Divine Philosophers

  122. Exploring Tokyo’s Hidden Shrines in travel

    According to statistics, Tokyo is home to over 1800 Shinto shrines. You have your major shrines like Meiji-Jingu and Hie Shrine but there are many other tiny shrines, often unstaffed and nestled in the depths of back streets and behind buildings. Tearing down a shrine would be considered incredibly bad luck so many smaller shrines […] Related posts: Exploring Japan’s Historical Landmarks and...

  123. Consider the 15 mph City in architecture

    It’s time to expand our vision to include slower, more human-scaled speeds of transportation.

  124. № 66: Why Do We Brush Our Teeth? in life

    The opposite of a good idea - Finding the real reason behind brushing our teeth - Let's not jump to conclusions

  125. The AI is eating itself in startups

    Early notes on how generative AI is affecting the internet

  126. Secret Messages Can Hide in AI-Generated Media in science

    In steganography, an ordinary message masks the presence of a secret communication. Humans can never do it perfectly, but a new study shows it’s possible for machines. The post Secret Messages Can Hide in AI-Generated Media first appeared on Quanta Magazine

  127. Breaking Free from Results-Oriented Thinking in programming

    Magic: The Gathering, poker, and business strategy all have something in common: they're vulnerable to a cognitive bias known as results-oriented thinking. But to optimize for success, we should avoid this bias and strive to replace it with sound strategy.

  128. Bicycle in science

    There is something delightful about riding a bicycle. Once mastered, the simple action of pedaling to move forward and turning the handlebars to steer makes bike riding an effortless activity. In the demonstration below, you can guide the rider with the slider, and you can also drag the view around to change the camera angle: Compared to internal combustion engines or mechanical watches,...

  129. Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - Suffering in comics

    Click here to go see the bonus panel! Hovertext: Please consult yesterday's comments (we have comments now) for the excellent post by Hans Rickheit. Today's News: We have them, like it's the 90s again! Please don't be a dick - I would like to keep moderation light. Also, if you have mod experience, please email me.

  130. Poking around OpenAI. in programming

    I haven’t spent much time playing around with the latest LLMs, and decided to spend some time doing so. I was particularly curious about the usecase of using embeddings to supplement user prompts with additional, relevant data (e.g. supply the current status of their recent tickets into the prompt where they might inquire about progress on said tickets). This usecase is interesting because it’s...

  131. Anyons, simulation, and "real" systems in science

    Quanta magazine this week published an article about two very recent papers, in which different groups performed quantum simulations of anyons, objects that do not follow Bose-Einstein or Fermi-Dirac statistics when they are exchanged.  For so-called Abelian anyons (which I wrote about in the link above), the wavefunction picks up a phase factor \(\exp(i\alpha)\), where \(\alpha\) is not \(\pi\)...

  132. How to Turn Good Design Direction into a Good System in design

    The discipline of design is the commitment to structuring and systematizing good ideas. Ideas don’t stand on their own. When a good idea turns into a good thing, it’s because structure and systems — ones that existed before the idea — made it happen. There’s this myth in creative spaces that systems are where good ideas go to die. That innovation almost always means breaking free of...

  133. GPT4 should be part of your toolkit in programming

    On March 24 I wrote GPT is revolutionary. On March 27 I got access to GPT4.1 Now that I’ve used it for a month, I’m firmly in the “this is the greatest thing ever” camp. And, much like my experience at Burning Man, I’m finding a not-insignificant number of my fellow campers run around with their butts showing. GPT4 needs advocates that aren’t either SEO marketers or AGI fanatics, so here’s why I...

  134. The Bookseller's Register #3 in life

    Two Customer Encounters

  135. Dollar General: Value or Value Trap? in finance

    I spent Labor Day weekend reading about this beaten down retailer. This article provides some initial thoughts about the company as well as the overall retail landscape.

  136. Slides for Measuring an engineering organization. in programming

    Last week, I gave a 30 minute talk to a group of CTOs and VP Engineerings in San Francisco about measuring engineering organizations. This talk was essentially this blog post, and here are the slides. A few topics worth highlighting: Measurement educates you, and your audience, about the area being measured. Even flawed measures can be very effective educators. Don’t get caught up on not measuring...

  137. How Mabel Law and Andrew Tam transformed a modest flat into a space-maximising maisonette in Walthamstow in architecture

  138. Behind the Scenes with Two New Salary Transparency Websites in programming

    On the back of US salary transparency regulations, two new salary transparency websites have launched, built by the creators of Levels.fyi and Layoffs.fyi. I talked to both teams to learn how they were developed.

  139. Have Current AI Reached Their Limit? in science

    We are still very much in the hype phase of the latest crop of artificial intelligence applications, specifically the large language models and so-called “transformers” like Chat GPT. Transformers are a deep learning model that use self-attention to differentially weight the importance of its input, including any recursive use of its own output. This process […] The post Have Current AI Reached...

  140. How to Make Friends as an Adult in life

    Romantic relationships get all the attention, but I'd argue that friendships are just as important—if not more so—for our health and happiness. Just like with romantic relationships, creating fulfilling, lasting friendships as an adult can be really hard. But… Why? I mean, sure, there's the logistical side of it. As we age, our lives get more complex and filled with responsibilities, making it...

  141. How Games Typically Get Built in programming

    The differences between games development and more “standard” software engineering, roles, and how games are typically built.

  142. A New Approach to Computation Reimagines Artificial Intelligence in science

    By imbuing enormous vectors with semantic meaning, we can get machines to reason more abstractly — and efficiently — than before. The post A New Approach to Computation Reimagines Artificial Intelligence first appeared on Quanta Magazine

  143. Using Stoicism to Live a Balanced Life in life

    Maintaining balance and achieving personal contentment has been a pressing concern for people throughout history. From ancient Greek philosophers to modern-day wellness coaches, experts have offered diverse approaches to balance the physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual dimensions of life. One such philosophy that has received renewed attention in recent times is Stoicism. Understanding...

  144. The good china in creative

    Once you use your plates every day, they cease to be the good china. Of course, the plates didn’t change. Your story did. The way you treat them did. The same goes for the red carpet. If you roll it out for every visitor or every customer, it ceases to be red.

  145. The Big Dig [EPISODE] in architecture

    Over its more than 40 year journey from conception to completion, Boston’s Big Dig massive infrastructure project, which rerouted the central highway in the heart of the city, encountered every hurdle imaginable: ruthless politics, engineering challenges, secretive contractors, outright fraud and even the death of one motorist. It became a kind of poster child for The post The Big Dig appeared...

  146. Make Every Day Count in finance

    It was a 2012 evening, and I was driving home from the office. I was worried about finishing a big project at work on time. I’d made the journey from the office to my home so many times, my car almost seemed to know the way by itself. My hands were on the wheel, but…

  147. A Day Well Spent with Lisa Jones and Ruby Kean in architecture

  148. Official Map: Newark International Airport Regional Rail Connections, 2023 in cartography

    Every so often, I come across a transit map that is just so unfit for purpose that all I can do is scratch my head and ponder, “Just why?” This is one of those maps. Produced by (or on behalf of) Newark International Airport, it purports to show regional rail services that you can connect […]

  149. How not to be fooled by viral charts in startups

    Part 1: How to spot misinformation, mistakes, and meaningless data

  150. The Story of Titanium in architecture

    The earth contains a lot of titanium - it’s the ninth most abundant element in the earth’s crust. By mass, there’s more titanium in the earth’s crust than carbon by a factor of nearly 30, and more titanium than copper by a factor of nearly 100. But despite its abundance, it's only recently that civilization has been able to use titanium as a metal (titanium dioxide has been in use somewhat longer...

  151. The Best Luxury Hotels to Book in France in 2023 in travel

  152. Apple’s biggest competition in India? Used iPhone sellers in startups

    “We give them the same phone, in the same brand-new condition,” says one seller.

  153. The World's Most Impressive Mountain in cartography

  154. The winners of Rest of World’s first photography contest in startups

    From images of solar cooking to snake radio telemetry, we received 548 entries from around the world.

  155. The X220 ThinkPad is the Best Laptop in the World in programming

    The X220 ThinkPad is the Best Laptop in the World 2023-09-26 The X220 ThinkPad is the greatest laptop ever made and you're wrong if you think otherwise. No laptop hardware has since surpassed the nearly perfect build of the X220. New devices continue to get thinner and more fragile. Useful ports are constantly discarded for the sake of "design". Functionality is no longer important to...

  156. Captain's Log #2 in programming

    On projects, side-projects, AI, and existential dread.

  157. Programming Language Perversity in programming

    Harold Abelson once said that code should be written for humans to read and only incidentally for computers to write. It follows that, like any form of communication, code can carry emotions. Programming perversity, then, is code that conveys morbid fascination, the kind of amused horror where you cover your eyes but peek through your fingers. Take some innocuous features of a programming language...

  158. Remembering Doug Lenat (1950–2023) and His Quest to Capture the World with Logic in programming

    Logic, Math and AI In many ways the great quest of Doug Lenat’s life was an attempt to follow on directly from the work of Aristotle and Leibniz. For what Doug was fundamentally trying to do over the forty years he spent developing his CYC system was to use the framework of logic—in more or […]

  159. Degrowth and the monkey's paw in science

    Fifteen years ago, when I worked in the “social innovation” field, there was a world-view that was very popular among my colleagues about what was wrong with society and how to fix it. The idea was that people and governments needed to stop seeing economic growth as a good thing, and that by doing so, we could build a world that paid more attention to important things like environmental...

  160. David Hume — Why we change our mind in programming

    How do we know which food is best for us? We might start a low-carb diet. Then we switch to whole grains, or even go fully vegan—only to return to a low-carb diet yet again. We constantly change our minds. Even scientists keep revising their perspectives. Why is it so difficult to be certain on issues like these? The Scottish philosopher David Hume answered this question almost 300 years ago....

  161. May Sarton on the Art of Living Alone in literature

    "The people we love are built into us."

  162. An educational side project in programming

    What does a great side project look like, which helps learn new technologies, but also helps stand out when looking for a new job? Analysis of an Uber simulation app, built from scratch.

  163. Is AI Really the Next Big Thing in Architecture? in architecture

    There are good reasons to be skeptical about its ultimate utility.

  164. Apple suppliers are scrambling to fill over 40,000 jobs in Vietnam in startups

    Foxconn and Luxshare slashed workers. But under pressure to expand away from China, they suddenly need them back.

  165. Distraction-free writing: a failed experiment in programming

    This 2000-era word processor is the ultimate distraction-free writing device. Maybe that’s why I never use it. AlphaSmart3000 in its Bondi-blue glory Before the term “distraction-free” made sense, there was AlphaSmart. Oozing with early-aughts Apple aesthetics, the AlphaSmart3000 is a Bondi-blue word processor complete with chonky keyboard and a crisp, four-line LCD screen. It’s an artifact that...

  166. How you want me to cover artificial intelligence in startups

    Seven principles for journalism in the age of AI

  167. The Birth of the Grid in architecture

    The day must come when electricity will be for everyone, as the waters of the rivers and the wind of heaven. It should not merely be supplied, but lavished, that men may use it at their will, as the air they breathe. - Emile Zola, “Travail”, 1901

  168. "I just need to decide if we're going to buy Instagram" in startups

    We have this big issue right now because gaming is shifting from us to mobile platforms.

  169. Process Behaviour Charts: More Than You Need To Know in finance

    The process behaviour chart is the easiest way to differentiate between routine and exceptional variation. This is everything you need to know to use it well.

  170. On to the next thing in creative

    Vitally important, rarely taught, easily messed up. In order to go onto the next thing, which we all do (unless you’re still wearing pajamas with feet and taking ballet lessons), we need to walk away from the last thing. Wrap it up, learn from it, leave it in good hands. And we also need to […]

  171. Castles in the Sky 32 in life

    Weight Loss, Civilization, and Good Reading

  172. A history of the Rozvi kingdom (1680-1830) in history

    From Changamire's expulsion of the Portuguese to the ruined cities of Zimbabwe.

  173. 30 years old in life

    I remember sitting in the car on the way to drop my brother to preschool. Being 9 years old and telling my mum how excited I was to turn ten. Double digits! I feel the same way about 29 to 30. I hardly even got used to saying I’

  174. A Personal Update in startups

    I was well into my career when I discovered the magical world of technology start-ups. This anecdote from Adam Lashinsky’s excellent book Inside Apple summarizes the point quite well: I have been working in this tech start-up space for almost … The post A Personal Update appeared first on Andreessen Horowitz.

  175. Bluesky's big moment in startups

    A new Twitter clone is surging in popularity. Could it have legs?

  176. Hotel Guest User Agent Data in programming

    I wrote a script that exposes browser and software platform data from hotels across the country. This data is very different from say: StatCounter or NetApplications estimates because they rely on getting their data from trackers on specific websites. The data I pulled comes from guests getting redirected by Network Access Gateways at hotel hotspots and so user agents are tracked regardless of...

  177. How Flood Tunnels Work in science

    [Note that this article is a transcript of the video embedded above.] This is Waterloo Park in downtown Austin, Texas, just a couple of blocks away from the state capitol building. It’s got walking trails, an ampitheater, Waller Creek runs right through the center, and it has this strange semicircular structure right on the water. And this is Ladybird Lake, formerly Town Lake, about a mile away....

  178. Simulating History with ChatGPT in history

    The Case for LLMs as Hallucination Engines

  179. Noom is exploitative in programming

    I tried out Noom, the weight loss and cognitive behavioral therapy program. The app is more like CBT for upselling customers than CBT for weight loss. Now I’m hoping they’ll delete my sensitive medical data and refund the $3 they tricked me out of. (They did, quickly in response to my support email.) I was excited to try Noom. I’ve used basic calorie counters in the past and was hoping for...

  180. Building a photography website in programming

    Last year, I started a photography hobby. Soon after, I've created a place where I can share some of my work, without any attention-driven algorithms dictating the terms. Here's a technical write-up of my journey. Table of contents: Motivation Inspiration Design Implementation Content management Loading performance Navigation RSS Accessibility Pipeline Preparation Metadata update Content...

  181. What Is Stoicism, Basically? A Comprehensive Overview in life

    Stoicism is a philosophy that has been around for over two thousand years. The ancient Greeks developed it as a way to live a good life, free from the distractions of emotions, desires, and material possessions. Stoicism has been embraced by many people throughout history, including Roman emperors, Enlightenment thinkers, and modern-day entrepreneurs. But what Read More >>

  182. The Surrounding Desert Was Blended Into This Modern Home in architecture

    Photography by Stetson Ybarra Multi-disciplinary design studio Daniel Joseph Chenin, Ltd. has shared photos of a modern home they completed on the edge of the Las Vegas Valley that has views of Red Rock Canyon. Photography by Stetson Ybarra Commissioned for a family embracing an active lifestyle of immersive environmental experiences, the home has a […]

  183. Artist Creates Brilliant Surreal Animations from Archival Photos and Film in history

    California-based artist Bill Domonkos takes old photos and footage and turns them into surreal, witty GIF mash-ups. As he says of his multimedia collages: I experiment by combining, altering, editing and reassembling using digital technology, special effects and animation to create a new kind of experience. I am interested in the poetics of time … Continue reading "Artist Creates Brilliant Surreal...

  184. Data Engineering Low Code Tools in programming

    In the data engineering space we have seen quite a few low code and no code tools pass through our radar. Low code tools have their own nuances as you will get to operationalize quicker, but the minute you need to customize something outside of the toolbox, you may run into problems. That’s when we […]

  185. How I Built This In Public: Louis Pereira in indiehacker

    Lessons from building AudioPen to 600+ paid users to clinching #1 on Product Hunt

  186. Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - Cosmo in comics

    Click here to go see the bonus panel! Hovertext: Also, in this model, everything is flat and it's the same everywhere and eventually all the stars are dead! Today's News:

  187. Vintage Japanese Boomboxes from the 1980s in history

    Junichi Matsuzaki collects Japanese boomboxes from the 1980s. At Design Underground Shibuya-Base in Shibuya Ward, Tokyo, he sells new and used cassette tapes. Matsuzaki sees cassettes as a retro fashion that produces great analog sound. Unlike downloads, you actually own the music. And you can touch the tapes. When they jam in the player, … Continue reading "Vintage Japanese Boomboxes from the...

  188. Profound Beliefs in startups

    This post previously appeared in EIX. In the early stages of a startup your hypotheses about all the parts of your business model are your profound beliefs. Think of profound beliefs as “strong opinions loosely held.” You can’t be an effective founder or in the C-suite of a startup if you don’t hold any. Here’s […]

  189. Mapping Volcano Eruptions With Drones in science

    Drones have become an essential tool to map, measure and observe the extremely dangerous environments surrounding volcanic eruptions.

  190. Why Mass Transit in America Disappeared in architecture

    A talk with the author of The Great American Transit Disaster: A Century of Austerity, Auto-Centric Planning, and White Flight.

  191. Creating a Python dictionary with multiple, equivalent keys in programming

    In my previous post, I was creating groups of students, and I wanted to track how many times students had worked together. I created a nested dictionary to track the pairs: pairs = { 'Alice': {'Bryony': 3, 'Caroline': 1, 'Danielle': 0, …}, 'Bryony': {'Alice': 3, 'Caroline': 2, …}, … } To find out how many times Alice and Bryony had worked together, you’d look up pairs['Alice']['Bryony']...

  192. Excuse me, is there a problem? in programming

    Many startups fail despite identifying a real problem and building a product that solves that problem. This explains why, so you can avoid their fate.

  193. StorySelling in life

    How to skip the brain, bypass reason and head straight for the heart to sell

  194. Using Crates.io with Buck in programming

  195. Nothing can be less beautiful than the first sight of London in life

    Emily Shore was just nineteen when she died of tuberculosis—a short life, but one brimming with intellectual curiosity. Born in Suffolk, England in 1819, her now-celebrated journal contains not just her intricate observations of the natural world, but also thoughtful reflections on literature, religion, her family, and her impending death. In May of 1835, when […]

  196. A Star Blows Up in Nearby Galaxy in science

    Astronomers have seen a star explode in a nearby galaxy. Such explosions are part of the recycling scheme of the universe. The post A Star Blows Up in Nearby Galaxy appeared first on Andrew Fraknoi - Astronomy Lectures - Astronomy Education Resources.

  197. Towed Message in comics

  198. Transcript & Video: Claire Hughes Johnson Fireside Chat on Scaling People in programming

    I interview Claire about her new book "Scaling People". Thanks to Stripe for hosting.

  199. Feeling broke in finance

    My psychology around money has changed significantly over the last two years. While some of that is captured in my monthly portfolio updates, I thought it was worth recording some of my emotions while they are still fresh. Two years ago Turning the clock back, my financial situation was, in word, ‘flush’. The stock market… Continue reading Feeling broke →

  200. What if they gave an Industrial Revolution and nobody came? in science

    Imagine you could go back in time to the ancient world to jump-start the Industrial Revolution. You carry with you plans for a steam engine, and you present them to the emperor, explaining how the machine could be used to drain water out of mines, pump bellows for blast furnaces, turn grindstones and lumber saws, etc. But to your dismay, the emperor responds: “Your mechanism is no gift to us. It...

  201. What It Takes to Grow: Pioneering Psychoanalyst Karen Horney on the Key to Self-Realization in literature

    "Self-knowledge... is not an aim in itself, but a means of liberating the forces of spontaneous growth. In this sense, to work at ourselves becomes not only the prime moral obligation, but... the prime moral privilege."

  202. Why I Quit Drinking Alcohol in life

    After more than two decades of drinking, last summer, I decided to stop drinking alcohol for good. There were a lot of reasons for this, and obviously, there were benefits—I lost some weight, slept better at night, and no more ungodly hangovers. But also some life changes happened that I was completely unprepared for. And once these hidden benefits kicked in, I knew that I was probably done with...

  203. The Freedom To Innovate in startups

    Back in 2014, USV got subpoenaed by the New York State Department of Financial Services (DFS) over our web3 investing activities. We hired a law firm, answered the subpoena, and that ultimately landed me in public testimony in front of the DFS staff. In my testimony, I explained to the DFS staff that the difference […]

  204. Eye to Eye in life

    "Is This Anything?"

  205. Uber’s engineering level changes in programming

    Uber revamped its engineering levels in 2022. How did the levels evolve over time, why was it time to change, and what were they? I’ve collected details.

  206. Pain Is Part of the Process in life

    https://youtu.be/c3uoyCNIa5c You've probably never heard of Kazimierz Dąbrowski. He was a psychologist from the 1940s with a fascinating background. He studied with Freud's contemporaries in Vienna, worked with mentally ill patients, participated in the Polish resistance during World War II, was captured and tortured in a prisoner of war camp, and lost many friends and family members in the...

  207. Elon's war on Substack in startups

    How Twitter is breaking — and its CEO is accelerating its fall

  208. Literature likes to hide in literature

    Last December I was fortunate enough to borrow a copy of The Unmediated Vision, Geoffrey Hartman's first book, published in 1954. It is difficult to find a copy now but you can download a digital version of the book via the link. The opening chapter is a 50-page study of "Tintern Abbey" in the context of Wordsworth's work as a whole, focusing on the comparative simplicity of its language and...

  209. Japan’s sleepy tech scene is ready for a comeback in startups

    After decades of slumber, the country that brought us bullet trains and Nintendo has mustered some momentum.

  210. Out-of-Europe: History of Migrations to the United States in history

    Following the Renaissance period, a transition started occurring in West Europe, with rapid advancements in science and technology happening in the 1400s. With improvements in cartography, ship and other maritime technology, and an increased desire to understand and discover everything, Europe set out to explore the world.

  211. Networking as an introvert CTO in programming

    There I was, standing in the middle of a buzzing tech event that our company organized, feeling like a fish […] The post Networking as an introvert CTO appeared first on Vadim Kravcenko.

  212. July 2023: $6K MRR – getting back on recurring revenue in indiehacker

    small updates from me in July 2023

  213. Color and I are one in life

    In 1914, everything changed for Paul Klee. Whilst sampling the delights of Tunisia on a twelve-day trip with fellow artists Louis Moilliet and Auguste Macke, he found himself profoundly affected by the light and colours of North Africa—an intense experience that inspired him to explore new forms of abstraction and bring colour to the canvas […]

  214. The Power of Fast Feedback Cycles in programming

    I was hyperlinked to this comment where Rich Harris stopped by Hacker News to clarify his position on the (controversial?) steps Svelte is taking to move off Typescript in favor of types-via-JSDoc comments. First off, I love how Rich prefaces his comments by basically saying, “However you think you’ll use what I’m about to write as fodder to justify whatever your position, I’m afraid I’m going to...

  215. Stoic Advice on Social Anxiety: Ask Marcus Aurelius in life

    Previous Next Using Marcus Aurelius's writing in his Meditations and experiences inferred from historical records, we created an AI digital personality that spoke with us about how to practice Stoicism in our modern world. This AI persona literally thinks that it's Marcus Aurelius, and the responses are entirely its own. You can scroll down to Read More >>

  216. Doctor-influencers are going viral in China, provoking authorities in startups

    Fueled by the pandemic, medical professionals have cashed in on Douyin, dispensing advice and endorsements.

  217. New Official Map: Los Angeles Metro with Regional Connector, 2023 in cartography

    Just dropped on the LA Metro Twitter account, here’s a first look at their new system map once the Regional Connector opens at noon, this Friday June 16. First off, one prediction I made in my previous review [October 2022] has been proven true: this map marks the end of the old colour-based line designations. […]

  218. IRS Direct Tax Filing: the end of Intuit's lobbying in startups

    Thirty-eight years since the launch of e-filing, the IRS will pilot its own tax filing system ending two decades of Intuit's regulatory capture of the tax software market

  219. A Very Big Small Leap Forward in Graph Theory in science

    Four mathematicians have found a new upper limit to the “Ramsey number,” a crucial property describing unavoidable structure in graphs. The post A Very Big Small Leap Forward in Graph Theory first appeared on Quanta Magazine

  220. Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - Twin in comics

    Click here to go see the bonus panel! Hovertext: The cape cost three dollars, but it's an investment. Today's News:

  221. Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - Stop in comics

    Click here to go see the bonus panel! Hovertext: Oh wait, shoot, would you mind if I did a quick full body scan before never speaking to you again? Today's News:

  222. Lesley Sim on Skill Acceleration in Ultimate in finance

    Cedric talks to Lesley Sim about her experience coaching the Singaporean Ultimate Women's World Championship Team in 2020, her approach to skill acceleration, and why a teaching technique designed for dogs and dolphins works just as well on humans!

  223. The state of startup funding in programming

    I’ve crunched data from a variety of sources for a sense of how startup funding is trending. So far, it’s downwards. What does this mean for tech? My analysis.

  224. In its emptiness, there is the function of a startup in programming

    Everything about a startup changes over time. The few things that don't, are its essence. The voyage is meaningless, unless you decide what those things are.

  225. Get You Some Practical Accessibility in programming

    Sara has been working on a new course titled Practical Accessibility and it is available for pre-order right now. I’ve never met Sara in person, but have been an online follower for some time. She is one of those people who has the discipline and eye to make everything they release of the absolute highest quality. It’s inspiring — and for that reason, I’ve already purchased access to this new...

  226. The Remedy for Creative Block and Existential Stuckness in literature

    "Faithfulness to the moment and to the present circumstance entails continuous surrender... Only unconditional surrender leads to real emptiness, and from that place of emptiness I can be prolific and free."

  227. Do We Need Dress Codes? in history

    Are standards elevating or elitist?

  228. Germany - the Dirty Man of Europe in cartography

  229. The Frankfurt Kitchen [EPISODE] in architecture

    After World War I, in Frankfurt, Germany, the city government was taking on a big project. A lot of residents were in dire straits, and in the second half of the 1920s, the city built over 10,000 public housing units. It was some of the earliest modern architecture — simple, clean, and uniform. The massive The post The Frankfurt Kitchen appeared first on 99% Invisible.

  230. Sierra Leone’s first lady hopes going viral on TikTok will secure Saturday’s elections in startups

    Amid economic turmoil, President Julius Maada Bio is seeking re-election in Sierra Leone. His wife, Fatima, is dancing to a crowd of over 200,000 on TikTok to drum up votes.

  231. OpenAI insists on deadnaming me in programming

    I've written before about the challenges of changing my name and email address across platforms. However, I have not been able to update my name (or email) on my OpenAI accounts. I have a personal account and a work account, and need the latter to do my job. This is actively harmful, and I want OpenAI to fix it. Normally you can change your own name and email address, but with OpenAI, I can't edit...

  232. Before And After – A Respectful Remodel For A Mid-Century Modern Home in architecture

    Interior design firm Wise Design, together with General Contractor and Architect Owen Gabbert (formerly Clarkbuilt), has transformed a dated 1954 mid-century modern home in Portland, Oregon. Before – The ExteriorThe original home has a brown exterior with original windows and white trim. After – ExteriorThe updated bright white exterior, with a metal roof, has black […]

  233. Asia-Pacific, Part 6 (South Korea: Seoul) in cartography

    I didn’t get much time to wander around Seoul like I did in Tokyo. Every day was a work day and it was a brief stop. So I was confined mostly to what I could see from the windshield as we drove through the city or from the hotel. However, this was my first trip […] The post Asia-Pacific, Part 6 (South Korea: Seoul) appeared first on Twelve Mile Circle - An Appreciation of Unusual Places.

  234. Why have children or plant trees? in life

    M.F.K. Fisher was an accomplished author and gastronome who brought the art of food writing into the realm of literature. From the age of nineteen she kept a journal, and this entry comes thirteen years down the line as she cared for her beloved husband, the writer and artist Dillwyn Parrish, whom she affectionately referred […]

  235. Why There's a Legal Price for a Human Life in science

    [Note that this article is a transcript of the video embedded above.] One of the very first documented engineering disasters happened in 27 AD in the early days of the Roman Empire. A freed slave named Atilius built a wooden amphitheater in a town called Fidenae outside of Rome. Gladiator shows in Rome were banned at the time, so people flocked from all over to the new amphitheater to attend the...

  236. This Park Design Was Inspired By A Volcano And Its Lava Flow in architecture

    100 Architects has shared photos of one of their latest projects, a stimulating urban park in a newly built commercial and residential area in the port city of Ningbo, the second-most populous city in Zhejiang Province, China.

  237. State of Data Engineering 2023 Q2 in programming

    When looking at data engineering for your projects, it is important to think about market segmentation. In particular, you might be able to think about it in four segments Small Data – This refers to scenarios where companies have data problems (organization, modeling, normalization, etc), but don’t necessarily generate a ton of data. When you […]

  238. Winners of the Quantum-Steampunk Short-Story Contest in science

    During the past seven months, I’ve steamed across the Atlantic, sailed in a flying castle, teleported across the globe, and shuttled forward and backward in time. Literarily, not literally—the Quantum-Steampunk Short-Story Contest began welcoming submissions in October 2022. We challenged … Continue reading →

  239. Into the Waste Land in history

    Nothing connects.

  240. What We Look for When We Are Looking: John Steinbeck on Wonder and the Relational Nature of the Universe in literature

    Searching for "that principle which keys us deeply into the pattern of all life."

  241. The IBM 701 in technology

    "IBM's first computer"

  242. The One Best Way Is a Trap in life

    The Convivial Society: Vol. 4, No. 9

  243. Sam Altman’s India comments spark a heated backlash in startups

    The OpenAI CEO’s dismissal of an Indian competitor launched a debate over the country’s tech capabilities.

  244. “But what if it doesn’t work?” in creative

    The best way to win a short-term game is to bet it all on one strategy. Someone is going to get lucky and it might be you. But we rarely thrive in the long run if we persist in playing a series of short-term games. Instead, organizations, individuals and teams do better when they understand […]

  245. Here...comes...INDIA!!! in startups

    The world has a new largest country, and it's on the move.

  246. I Have Opinions About The Production Of Pizza in life

    The low-hanging fruit of pizza happiness, possibly

  247. Can We Choose NOT to Be Harmed? in history

    How can we train Resilience?

  248. Work under any circumstances in life

    Benjamin Robert Haydon was a 19th-century British artist and writer whose career was plagued by financial hardship and legal troubles. Born in 1786, Haydon’s passion for historical painting led him down a tumultuous path, as mounting debts and controversial public statements frequently resulted in his arrest; however, he remained steadfast in his commitment to his […]

  249. Waste Your Time, Your Life May Depend On It in life

    The Convivial Society: Vol. 4, No. 8

  250. Mapping the Brussels Terrorist Attack in cartography

  251. "I don't want to create a paper trail" in startups

    I would prefer that Omid do it verbally since I don't want to create a paper trail over which we can be sued later? Not sure about this.. thanks Eric

  252. Date and Time with a Static Site Generator in programming

    Do you have a static site generator? If so, how do you handle the date and time for when your posts are published? For me, I record the publish date once: in the filename (e.g. 2023-05-16-my-slug.md). That YYYY-MM-DD string in the filename is the canonical location for my posts’ publish date. Now that date is fuzzy because, you know, timezones. If somebody looks at one of my blog posts and it...

  253. One, Two (1965) in history

    The next few posts are some of my favorite picture books. The 1st from 1965 is a very basic counting book about spaceflight. I hope that you find it as charming as I do. DeCaprio, Annie and David Krieger. Illustrated by Nydorf, Seymour. One, Two. New York: Wonder Books. (24 p.) 1965.

  254. Crime victims, ignored by Venezuela’s broken justice system, turn to influencers in startups

    To get the authorities’ attention, victims get help from influencers specialized in niches like corruption and pet justice.

  255. Small Oven Syndrome in life

    A New Name for an Old Problem

  256. The Rhythm of Your Screen in design

    Length is not the problem; lack of rhythm is. It’s 2023 and I’m still frequently asked by clients about scrolling. I understand why. Every design comes with assumptions about how much content will be seen by people because the space in which people access our designs is the one thing we cannot control. Even with responsive design and scaling techniques, we don’t really know how much of what...

  257. The Beauty of Vintage Czeckosolvakian Record Sleeves in history

    The Supraphon record label opened in Czechoslovakia in 1932, selling work by the country’s artists produced for export by the Ultraphon company. Post World War II, Ultraphon was nationalised and changed its name to Gramofonové závody. In 1961 the name was changed to Gramofonové závody – Supraphon and then just Supraphon in 1969. The label … Continue reading "The Beauty of Vintage Czeckosolvakian...

  258. Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - Joke in comics

    Click here to go see the bonus panel! Hovertext: You can use an LLM to infinitely extend the description in panel 2. Today's News: See you tonight, NYC!

  259. 14 Neglected Beatles’ Gems in history

    Now that The Beatles catalogue has been re-mastered in mono and stereo, attention is once again focussed on The Beatles' masterpieces... The post 14 Neglected Beatles’ Gems appeared first on Flashbak.

  260. When few do great harm in history

    Power laws in criminal behavior

  261. Browser Defaults We Throw Away in programming

    Stefan Judis on Twitter: I'm diving into @remix_run and I strongly agree with the sentiment that a JS approach that includes writing event.preventDefault all the time is kinda off. The browser defaults are great, and yet we're rollin' our own for years now. 🤔 I’ve been thinking about browser defaults a bit lately. I think there are a few browser-related features that, collectively, we simply...

  262. What is a glass? in science

    I want to write about a recently published paper, but to do so on an accessible level, I should really lay some ground work first. At the primary school level, typically people are taught that there are three states of matter: solid, liquid, and gas.  (Plasma may be introduced as a fourth state sometimes.)  These three states are readily distinguished because they have vastly different mechanical...

  263. Some Thoughts about the Ocean and the Universe in literature

    How to bear the gravity of being.

  264. The Map of GitHub in cartography

  265. I would like to be paid like a plumber in life

    Although they only existed for seven years and released just three albums, Nirvana were a band of immeasurable influence in the music world thanks in no small part to Smells Like Teen Spirit, a single track on Nevermind, their second album. It was this song that brought them out into the open, going on to sell millions

  266. Would You Put AI Art In Your House? in AI

    I’ve been thinking for a couple of weeks about making and hanging some AI art in my house. But I immediately faced some internal resistance. Like, I wasn’t (and still am not) sure whether this is the right way to “do” art. And that got me thinking what that really means. What does it mean to do art…

  267. The company teaching influencers how to get rich without going viral in startups

    Hotmart is quietly turning even micro-influencers into millionaires.

  268. Astronomers Dig Up the Stars That Birthed the Milky Way in science

    There once was a cosmic seed that sprouted the Milky Way galaxy. Astronomers have discovered its last surviving remnants. The post Astronomers Dig Up the Stars That Birthed the Milky Way first appeared on Quanta Magazine

  269. A Morning and Night in the Desert in life

    These moments in time seem to have a higher density than usual.

  270. Things Are Falling Apart ... in history

    And the centre's not looking too good, either.

  271. Few thoughts on life, psychology, and mindset in finance

    I’ve been writing my thoughts on life, psychology, and mindset for some time. I’ve considered transferring some of these writings from Notion into this post. In physics, three laws can explain 99% of observations. However, in life, psychology, and mindset, 99 laws can barely explain 1% of observations. What I’ve written here stems from my…

  272. Eternal Robustness in programming

    "Look, you can trust us. We can be depended upon. We are serious about our products and we take great care to provide you with excellence year after year. Your involvement with us will be predictable and stable."

  273. Understanding the Importance of Operating Leverage in the Age of Efficiency in startups

    Amazon grew it's revenue per employee from $50K to $1M over its first fifteen years.

  274. How to fine-tune ChatGPT in AI

    No GPU cluster required.

  275. Historical Map: Trams of Brisbane, Queensland, 1957 in cartography

    A simple but nicely drawn map of tram services in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia in 1957. The lack of any sort of key for the routes means that users need to have some familiarity with the city to decipher where trams might go. The pamphlet that the map is part of includes information about the route […]

  276. Clients Have a Surprising Amount of Detail in startups

    There’s a wonderful blog post called “Reality has a surprising amount of detail” which talks about how interesting the world is and how much depth there is to every concept. Here’s a quote about boiling water:

  277. Google goes to court in startups

    On the eve of a major antitrust trial — and its 25th birthday — the company is bracing for a fight

  278. Alpine Starts in life

    You need all the hours you can get— you better start early (or go very late).

  279. Fun Friday: Upside Pizza Club in startups

    This is the second post in a row where I am bringing back an old tradition. This time it is Fun Friday, something I haven’t done in about five years. Like last week, the catalyst is our portfolio company Blackbird Labs, which I posted about a few months ago. Blackbird is a platform for the […]

  280. Oh God, it was awful in life

    It was in March of 1907, aged 15, that Edna St. Vincent Millay began to keep a diary—an intimate chronicle that would continue throughout her life, with her final entry penned in 1949, a year before her death. By that time, of course, she was a Pulitzer Prize-winning poet. Spanning over four decades, Millay’s diaries […]

  281. Do You Listen Well? in history

    Lessons on Listening from Plutarch

  282. When the sun is shining in creative

    Our job as professionals is to show up and do the work. Not simply respond to incoming or do the chores, but to create and innovate. And yet, some days feel more conducive than others. There are moments when it simply flows. When the surf’s up, cancel everything else. Don’t waste it. Postpone the dentist, […]

  283. Memories Help Brains Recognize New Events Worth Remembering in science

    Memories may affect how well the brain will learn about future events by shifting our perceptions of the world. The post Memories Help Brains Recognize New Events Worth Remembering first appeared on Quanta Magazine

  284. Finding the biggest items in my Photos Library in programming

    I’m approaching the limit of my current iCloud storage tier, and most of that is my Photos Library. I don’t really want to pay for the next iCloud storage tier – I’d be tripling my bill, but I’d barely use the extra space. (My library grows pretty slowly – I’ve only added ~6GB of photos this year.) What I’d rather do is move some big items out of my library, and get some space back. I’ve got a...

  285. On AI, ML, LLMs and the future of software in programming

  286. Nietzsche’s Crusade Against the Philosophers in history


  287. Nick Knight on being a skinhead, why he’s hopeful about AI and how well-designed spaces make life better in architecture

    In our new podcast, Homing In, our co-founder Matt Gibberd invites guests to discuss their childhood home, where they live now and their thoughts on future living. (If you missed episode one, with Ruth Rogers, be sure to listen here.) Our guest on this episode […]

  288. Converting My X201 ThinkPad into a Slabtop in programming

    Converting My X201 ThinkPad into a Slabtop 2023-05-01 I recently wrote about physically disabling the WiFi toggle switch on my X201 which was a fun "hack" to an annoying issue I was running into. Since then, the laptop has been running flawlessly. The only other minor issue I had was the poor display quality. The screen works perfectly fine but the X201's age prevents it from being the best...

  289. Steve Jobs emails Bill Gates in startups

    They are really going out of their way to say that they intend to kill QuickTime, and are being quite threatening and rude about it.

  290. Unfettered in creative

    That’s unlikely. You’re rarely going to get the freedom and resources to do your best work unfettered. The hard part (and the opportunity) is to figure out how to get comfortable with fettered. Because fettered is what’s on offer. Boundaries and scarcity aren’t simply impediments. They’re leverage points and opportunities.

  291. Physicists Create Elusive Particles That Remember Their Pasts in science

    In two landmark experiments, researchers used quantum processors to engineer exotic particles that have captivated physicists for decades. The work is a step toward crash-proof quantum computers. The post Physicists Create Elusive Particles That Remember Their Pasts first appeared on Quanta Magazine

  292. What To Think When Looking at a Chart in finance

    In a business context, what should you think when presented with a time series? Or: a really dumb question that nobody seems to talk about.

  293. Starting Docker just before I need it in programming

    Although I use Docker a lot, I don’t leave it running all the time – it can be quite a resource hog, and even if it’s doing nothing it can make my laptop feel sluggish. I’ll often stop if it my computer feels slow, which is great right until the next time I need to use it: $ docker run -it alpine docker: Cannot connect to the Docker daemon at unix:///var/run/docker.sock. Is the docker daemon...

  294. Good hypergrowth/curator manager. in programming

    In 2016, I wrote Productivity in the age of hypergrowth to discuss the challenges of engineering management during periods of hypergrowth. Managers in such periods spend much of their time on hiring and onboarding, with the remainder devoted to organizational structure and high-level strategy. Their technical expertise is important, but it’s demonstrated indirectly in the quality of their...

  295. War Is Complicated. in history

    And not just the fighting bit.

  296. Full Time Indie Hacking: Month 5 Update in AI

    At the beginning of the year I quit consulting to focus full time on Preceden, my SaaS timeline maker tool. I also started working on a new side project, Emergent Mind, an AI-powered AI news site. My last update on how things were going was after 3 months which provides more background for anyone interested. […]

  297. Stop saying "fail" in programming

    Language shapes our perception of setbacks. Use words other than "failure" to describe situations and to suggest the next step.

  298. My Favorite Things in comics

  299. Online extremism linked to rise in school shootings in Brazil, researchers find in startups

    After a rise in shootings, an all-woman group is advising the new Brazilian government on how to deal with radicalization online.

  300. on imagining myself as a game character in life

    On most days, I don’t feel like doing anything. This non-feeling taken to the extreme, can also mean I may not feel like living. Everything including breathing itself can feel like a chore. I am not...

  301. There Is No Truth in Business, Only Knowledge in finance

    'Knowledge' here is defined as 'theories or models that help you predict better'. How an idea from W. Edwards Deming may well be a working philosophy of business.

  302. White Stained Oak Cabinets Paired With Cool White Marble Creates A Soft Aesthetic Inside This Home in architecture

    Andrea Rodman Interiors has shared photos of a home in Vancouver, Canada, that they completed for their clients that wanted a minimalistic interior. Throughout the home, the interior was inspired by Japanese design, its simplicity, and maple wood tones. One area that stood out in the interior is the kitchen, where warm, white stained oak […]

  303. Will Hydrogen BEV Hybrids Be A Thing? in science

    I recently recorded a YouTube video on the notion of hydrogen fuel cell cars (it will be posted soon, and I will add the link when it’s up). One question I did not get into in the video, but which is an interesting thought experiment, is hydrogen – plug-in battery hybrid vehicles. I can find […] The post Will Hydrogen BEV Hybrids Be A Thing? first appeared on NeuroLogica Blog.

  304. Stoic Quotes on Marriage: The Best Stoicism Sayings & Phrases in life

    Previous Next What exactly did the ancient Stoics think about marriage? It's true, there isn't a huge amount of quotes to find from them specifically about marriage, although there are plenty about love, relationships and caring for people in our lives. It's worth keeping in mind that marriage during the time of Epictetus, Marcus Aurelius Read More >>

  305. Player Piano [EPISODE] in architecture

    The Last Archive is a history show. Our evidence is the evidence of history, the evidence of archives. Manuscripts, photographs, letters and diaries, government documents. Facebook posts, Youtube videos, DVDs. Oral histories. This stuff is known as the “historical record,” but of course it’s not a record, in the sense of an audio recording: It’s The post Player Piano appeared first on 99%...

  306. The $650m+ Spirit Halloween business in startups

    Spirit Halloween has over 1,450 pop-up shops and makes all its money in only 2 months (September, October)

  307. The Courage to Be Yourself: Virginia Woolf on How to Hear Your Soul in literature

    "Beyond the difficulty of communicating oneself, there is the supreme difficulty of being oneself."

  308. The beauty of life in the heart of the Barbican in architecture

  309. Full of Eternity in life

    Home is a place where you have never been.

  310. Elon Musk's creep show in startups

    Caught in a series of lies about his willingness to fight Mark Zuckerberg, the billionaire's disturbing spiral accelerates

  311. Why Bridges Need Sensors (and other structures too) in science

    [Note that this article is a transcript of the video embedded above.] Almost immediately after I started making videos about engineering, people started asking me to play video games on the channel. Apparently there’s roughly a billion people who watch online gaming these days, and some of them watch silly engineering videos too! And there’s one game that I get recommended even more than...

  312. Wikipedia Article Titles in comics

  313. What a startup does to you. Or: A celebration of new life in programming

    A startup is a crucible -- a fiery place that tests your limits, not by probing them but by violently exceeding them, all of the time. It's worth it.

  314. The Legacy of Corita Kent in creative

    Corita Kent was an artist with an innovative approach to design and education. She worked in the Immaculate Heart College Art Department, above, c. 1955. (Photo/Fred Swartz, courtesy of the Corita Art Center) “Sometimes you can take the whole of the world in, and sometimes you need a small piece to take in,” says Sister … The Legacy of Corita Kent Read More » The post The Legacy of Corita Kent...

  315. Zero-Downtime Deployments with Docker Compose in programming

    With a little bash scripting, a modern reverse proxy like Traefik, and Docker Compose, we can put together a fairly robust and simple approach to zero-downtime deployment. Moreover, this approach is flexible and scalable, even for dynamic container backends.

  316. Name that Ware, May 2023 in programming

    The Ware for May 2023 is shown below. This is yet another fine ware contributed by jackw01. I suspect this one may be guessed quite quickly, but I’ll leave one hint anyways: there is more than one board in this assembly.

  317. How tiny, cheap smart speakers unlocked the rise of digital payments in India in startups

    Vegetable carts, flower shops, mom-and-pop stores: Small speakers that read out digital payment receipts are making fintech companies big money.

  318. Why Mathematical Proof Is a Social Compact in science

    Number theorist Andrew Granville on what mathematics really is — and why objectivity is never quite within reach. The post Why Mathematical Proof Is a Social Compact first appeared on Quanta Magazine

  319. Why you can't trust Twitter's encrypted DMs in startups

    A promised audit hasn't actually happened, sources say. PLUS: Twitter's Turkey problem, and a new CEO

  320. London Garages In The 1980s And 90s in history

    Many of London’s garages have now gone. Peter Marshall captured a few on camera as he strolled about the city in the 1980s and 90s.   The Romans founded London in 43 AD, and brought roads with them. As the hub of Roman Britain, straight road suited to invading marching up and down began in … Continue reading "London Garages In The 1980s And 90s" The post London Garages In The 1980s And 90s...

  321. Thought-provoking series of 3D numbers for the Imperial Business School in design

    Thought-provoking series of 3D numbers for the Imperial Business School abduzeedo0428—23 OPX Studio recently created a series of 3D numbers for an education-focused publication, designed by Made Up Studio, that is both visually stunning and thought-provoking. Titled "OPX Studio: Imperial Business School '9 Digital Transformation Mistakes'", the project is a...

  322. AI Art in startups

    There has been a lot of discussion about how AIs can make art and possibly replace artists, but I think the opposite is more likely to happen. Artists have been using AI to make art for a while now and the pace has picked up a lot in recent years. I have always loved the […]

  323. Passkey authenticators for consumers (May 2023) in programming

    After yesterday’s post about passkeys I got enough answers to learn how to use passkeys myself as a consumer. Here’s what I learned. If you want to try it yourself, passkeys.io is a nice demo server. Passkeys work a lot like passwords do today. You create a different passkey for each website and use it to log in. Your passkeys are stored in what’s called a “Passkey Authenticator”, agent software...

  324. Was Starship’s Stage Zero a Bad Pad? in science

    [Note that this article is a transcript of the video embedded above.] On April 20, 2023, SpaceX launched it’s first orbital test flight of its Starship spacecraft from Boca Chica on the gulf coast of Texas. You probably saw this, if not live, at least in the stunning videos that followed. Thanks to NASA Space Flight for giving me permission to use their footage in this video. Starship launched...

  325. Practical Mysticism: Evelyn Underhill’s Stunning Century-Old Manifesto for Secular Transcendence and Seeing the Heart of Reality in literature

    "Because mystery is horrible to us, we have agreed for the most part to live in a world of labels; to make of them the current coin of experience, and ignore their merely symbolic character, the infinite gradation of values which they misrepresent."

  326. Projection Connections: A Very Nerdy Poster in cartography

    Friends, I’m excited to offer to you a new poster. Not a map this time around, but something map-related. A 16 × 24-inch tangled web showing how 100+ different map projections are all related to each other: Projections are a niche topic even among cartographers, so I don’t exactly expect this to go viral. However, … Continue reading Projection Connections: A Very Nerdy Poster →

  327. Apple prepares for a platform shift in startups

    Will the Reality Pro be the metaverse’s iPhone moment?

  328. How to build in web3: New talks from Crypto Startup School ’23 in startups

    … The post How to build in web3: New talks from Crypto Startup School ’23 appeared first on Andreessen Horowitz.

  329. Conventional Cartographic Wisdom that I have Failed to Grasp in cartography

    When I teach cartography, I am deliberate about not presenting my students with any rules. I do not want obedience to memorized maxims — instead, I simply tell them about practices that I think are good ideas, and then I offer an explanation of my reasoning. The students can choose to follow my advice, or … Continue reading Conventional Cartographic Wisdom that I have Failed to Grasp →

  330. Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - PIE in comics

    Click here to go see the bonus panel! Hovertext: If anyone does this, please pour out a glass of eggnog antecedent beverage for me. Today's News:

  331. Snippets to manage albums in Photos.app in programming

    Recently I’ve been building some tools to help me manage my photo collection, and part of that involves moving photos in and out of albums. The tool I’ve built is very specific to my workflow and unlikely to be immediately useful to anyone else, but I thought some of the code for managing albums might be of wider use. Local identifiers: unambiguously specify photos and albums Inside Photos.app,...

  332. Northern Awokening: Social-justice and prejudice-signifying language in Canadian news media in AI

    I have recently published a report with Aaron Wudrick from the Macdonald-Laurier Institute about changes in the language that the news media in Canada use. I have documented previously how in American news media mentions of terms that signify distinct forms of prejudice have risen dramatically since 2010. The report linked above takes a similar analysis of Canadian news media, using data from 14...

  333. My Robotic Mower Woes in programming

    My Robotic Mower Woes 2023-05-19 A Brief Background I'm no stranger to robotic lawnmowers. When my wife and I moved into our rural home just over five years ago, we picked up the Husqvarna 450X Automower since I was far too lazy to manually mow my property and the cost was equal to that of a standard riding mower. It was a no-brainer. The Husqvarna 450X (not mine but same model) Fast-forward...

  334. Some Battery News in science

    I have been following battery technology pretty closely, as this is a key technology for the transition to green energy. The most obvious application is in battery electric vehicles (BEVs). The second most obvious application is in grid storage. But also there are all the electronic devices that we increasingly depend on day-to-day. That same […] The post Some Battery News first appeared on...

  335. A student asked how I keep us innovative. I don't. in programming

    Last week, I did a Q&A session for a friend's security class. One of the students asked a question that I loved. They asked something like, "As a principal engineer, how do you make sure your company stays at the forefront of innovation?" There are two reasons I love this question. The first is that it's a good and natural one, which I had early on too. The second is that it's unintentionally...

  336. Why Write in finance

    Why write an essay when you can type a few words and have AI generate one for you? Why write an email when AI can auto-respond for you with all the typical pleasantries and talking-points? While AI doing these things for you is likely to happen, it’s not necessarily a good thing. Even when these … The post Why Write appeared first on Farnam Street.

  337. Issue 11: Nuclear sandboxes in science

    Plus: Why Britain can’t seem to fix its housing market, gene-edited super-rice, and one weird trick to reverse climate change.

  338. The Challenge of Closeness: Alain de Botton on Love, Vulnerability, and the Paradox of Avoidance in literature

    The psychological machinery of our commonest coping mechanism for the terror of hurt, rejection, and abandonment.

  339. First impressions of the MoErgo Glove80 ergonomic keyboard in programming

    How does the Glove80 stack up against similar keyboards like the Moonlander and Ergodox? I share my impressions after the first few weeks of use.

  340. What I Learned In 1 Year of Writing A Newsletter in life

    Hey Friends, A year ago — in June 2022 — I started this newsletter. I had so many ideas of what I wanted this newsletter to be: copywriting and creativity, behavioural science, business, or personal essays. But after a year of writing Left to Write,

  341. UFO Evidence in comics

  342. Japanese Aqarium’s Flowchart Illustrates the Complex Relationships of Their Penguins in travel

    the Kyoto Aqarium’s 2020 Penguin Relationship Flowchart Penguins, the way they waddle around and protect their eggs, are often thought of as cute, cuddly and romantic. But those who observe them for extended periods know they have a dark side. Two aquariums in Japan, Kyoto Aquarium and Sumida Aquarium, keep obsessive tabs on their penguins […] Related posts: This Tokyo Aquarium Will Transform...

  343. Mostly announcements and plans but also some fun floating point trivia in programming

    This is a really busy week for me, so light newsletter this time. Let’s start with obligatory stuff and then get into fun newsletter stuff. Announcements So first off, I just finished the May TLA+ workshop. This is the first time I felt really happy with the material and that I won’t have to do a week of revisions before running it again. Speaking of which, the last workshop (for now) is June 12....

  344. Your preference is not universal in creative

    You’re entitled to it, and we will do our best to help you find what you want. But it’s unlikely that what you want is what everyone wants. It’s hard to believe that there is only one appropriate standard for value, observance, speed or performance. The easiest way for us to help you is to […]

  345. GPT is revolutionary in programming

    I don’t feel comfortable making predictions about the future. There’s just too much that goes into it and it’s way too easy to be wrong. But if I don’t occasionally write my riskiest thoughts, do I really deserve a newsletter?! If this ends up being wrong, I promise I’ll do a postmortem. Here goes: I think GPT-4 will be revolutionary. I think ChatGPT already is revolutionary, and in fact the...

  346. Notes From The Road in life

    Your browser does not support video playback via HTML5. Watch on YouTube

  347. On the Practice of Wobbling in cartography

    We live in an era in which maps (and plenty of other graphics) are made with digital tools. Workflows vary, but the end result is that a lot of us base our cartography entirely on clean vector shapes and neat raster grids. For example, I talked earlier this year about a map I made of … Continue reading On the Practice of Wobbling →

  348. The seduction of compliance in creative

    We can tell from the words. “I’m just doing my job.” “Will this be on the test?” “Don’t blame me.” “It’s what everyone else is wearing.” Keep your head down, do what you’re told, don’t stick your neck out, and most of all, pay attention to what everyone else is doing. All of this comes […]

  349. Let's Hear It For The "Underlying Causes." in history

    Here's the answer. What was the question again?

  350. How to be a better architect in architecture

    Ask yourself, “Is this needed?” Remove everything that isn’t. Study the function of the building well, but don’t let it drive the design. Connect the spaces with nature. Master the use of natural light. Create a balance between public and private spaces. Organize the Floorplan. With a grid, a datum, hierarchy, balance, symmetry, order. Place your structures within a greater ... Read More

  351. Letters and ligatures creating intricate logo designs in design

    Letters and ligatures creating intricate logo designs abduzeedo0428—23 Hungarian graphic designer KissMiklós has created a stunning series of typography compositions that showcase the beauty of serif fonts, letters and ligatures. While they may not all be logos in the traditional sense, they are undoubtedly works of art in their own right. Miklós' passion for...

  352. Who regulates the regulators? in science

    IRBs Scott Alexander reviews a book about institutional review boards (IRBs), the panels that review the ethics of medical trials: From Oversight to Overkill, by Dr. Simon Whitney. From the title alone, you can see where this is going. IRBs are supposed to (among other things) make sure patients are fully informed of the risks of a trial, so that they can give informed consent. They were created...

  353. An Educational Experiment in cartography

    (Edit: sign-ups are now closed. I received over 150 responses for 4 available slots, which has been great but overwhelming. I may offer this again in the future if it goes well, so make sure to follow me on Twitter and subscribe to the blog, to be notified of when this happens.) It’s time for … Continue reading An Educational Experiment →

  354. The Demanding Work of Analyzing Incidents in programming

    2022/11/01 The Demanding Work of Analyzing Incidents A few weeks ago, a coworker of mine was running an incident analysis in Jeli, and pointed out that the overall process was a big drag on their energy level, that it was hard to do, even if the final result was useful. They were wondering if this was a sign of learning what is significant or not as part of the analysis in order to construct a...

  355. Andreessen Horowitz's State of Crypto report: Narrative over numbers in crypto

    Venture capital firm and crypto pusher Andreessen Horowitz wants you to keep buying crypto, and is not above publishing blatant falsehoods to convince you to do so.

  356. The Role of Plausibility in Science in science

    I have been writing blog posts and engaging in science communication long enough that I have a pretty good sense how much engagement I am going to get from a particular topic. Some topics are simply more divisive than others (although there is an unpredictable element from social media networks). I wish I could say […] The post The Role of Plausibility in Science first appeared on NeuroLogica...

  357. Where is the Cheapest McDonalds? in cartography

  358. William James on the Most Vital Understanding for Successful Relationships in literature

    "Neither the whole of truth nor the whole of good is revealed to any single observer."

  359. The Great Awokening as a Global Phenomenon in AI

    The striking synchronicity with which Great Awokening terminology increased in news media worldwide

  360. A slender space-savvy home in Clerkenwell, inspired by the City’s skyscrapers in architecture

  361. Extract the kernel. in programming

    As I’ve served longer in an executive role, I’ve started to notice recurring communication challenges between executives and the folks they work with. The most frequent issue I see is when a literal communicator insists on engaging in the details with a less literal executive. I call the remedy, “extracting the kernel.” For example, imagine a team is presenting about their upcoming timeline, and...

  362. How repositioning a product allows you to 8x its price in programming

    You can charge much more than you think, if you reposition your value-proposition. Here's how.

  363. How to burnout a software engineer, in 3 easy steps in programming

    The Burnout Playbook for software engineers

  364. Chores in creative

    They’re essential. The house begins to stink if we don’t take out the garbage. But at work, while they might be essential, they may not be important. At least, not important enough for us to spend a lot of focus on. Chores are: The bills have to get paid. But they might not have to […]

  365. Writing a Go fuzz target in programming

    Let’s continue our exploration of fuzz testing in Go with a look at how to write a fuzz target for a (nearly) realistic function. This time we’ll try to detect a common kind of bug involving a confusion between runes and bytes.

  366. Intricate and Organic Sculptures by Ceramicist Eriko Inazaki in travel

    These white and intricate forms appear to be the work of mother nature, sculpted over hundreds and thousands of years. Instead, they’re the work of Japanese ceramicist Eriko Inazaki, who painstakingly shapes and assembles each prick and piece by hand. And in doing so, she’s pushed the art of ceramics beyond its traditional boundaries. “Arcadia” […] Related posts: Utilitarian Vessels Transformed...

  367. What A Bottle of Coke In A Luxury Five Star Resort Taught Me About Selling in life

    Where Is Just As Important As What

  368. Dots Will Be Connected in life

    The Convivial Society: Vol. 4, No. 3

  369. Wildfires & Smoke Pollution in cartography

  370. Taxiing in comics

  371. Aardvark'd: The Fog Creek Documentary, 18 Years Later in indiehacker

    In 2005, Joel Spolsky’s software company, Fog Creek, filmed a documentary about their summer internship program. The film is called Aardvark’d: 12 Weeks with Geeks, and it follows four college interns as they design, implement, and launch a completely new software product. That’s not the interesting part. Looking back on this documentary 18 years later, it’s striking how many interviews it...

  372. Come On In: our collection in Open House Festival 2023 gives you access to some of London’s best homes in architecture

  373. Your non-linear problem of 90% utilization in programming

    Is everyone is working very hard, all the time, and yet accomplishing 1/10th of what it seems they should? Maybe this is why.

  374. Breaking a Bit in science

    It’s been a busy summer, and the large shortfall in donations last month has been demoralizing, so we’re taking a week off to rest and recuperate. The curated links section will be (mostly) silent, and behind the scenes we’ll be taking a brief break from our usual researching, writing, editing, illustrating, narrating, sound designing, coding, et cetera. We plan to return to normalcy on the 11th...

  375. Talk: The Expanding Dark Forest and Generative AI in programming

  376. The Difficulty with Our Time in life

    Known to many as the “father of existentialism,” Søren Kierkegaard was a pivotal Danish philosopher, theologian, and cultural critic of the 19th century. His extensive published writings grappled with complex themes including ethics, religion, and the intricate facets of individuality, leaving an indelible mark in the annals of philosophical thought. But to fully comprehend Kierkegaard […]

  377. Negative Space Typography in design

    Controlling the space between text styles is as important as differentiating the styles themselves. Whenever I review design documentation, there are a few things I look for in the first few seconds. All of them have to do with how scannable a page or screen’s layout is. In fact, I was reading Design School Layout by Richard Poulin the other day and was reminded how good his definition of...

  378. How I Built This In Public: Khe Hy in indiehacker

    Lessons from building RadReads and helping over 40,000 professionals in public

  379. How I Built This In Public: Joshua Xu in indiehacker

    Lessons from building HeyGen from 0 to $1m ARR in 7 months

  380. Tina Turner Sizzles For Playboy And The Rolling Stones in 1969 in history

    On 3 December 1969, The Sensational Ike And Tina Turner Revue appeared on the Hugh Hefner’s Playboy After Dark TV show.  They performed I Want To Take You Higher, Come Together, Proud Mary and Honky Tonk Woman.     Hosted by Hefner, the show was aired from 1969 to 1970. It was taped at CBS … Continue reading "Tina Turner Sizzles For Playboy And The Rolling Stones in 1969" The post Tina Turner...

  381. Stoic Quotes on Suffering: The Best Stoicism Sayings & Phrases in life

    Previous Next https://youtu.be/_W0xAHnxe6o Because suffering is an unavoidable part of the human experience and worries many of us, we can find many helpful quotes about it from the Stoics. Practicing Stoicism doesn't make us immune to pain, hardships and suffering . . . but it can help us re-frame our view of it and keep Read More >>

  382. 14 of the Best Nonfiction Books You Should Read in life

    All ye readers, buckle up. Today, I'm giving you 14 non-fiction books I believe everyone should read. For each book, I've provided a brief summary. Now it's up to you to decide if it's worth your time. Let's dig in. This book dives deep into the world of trauma, discussing its effects on the mind, body, and daily life. If you want to know everything about trauma and how to deal with it, this is...

  383. Stoicism & Personal Finance: Stoic Philosophy for Financial Stability in life

    In today's fast-paced and often unpredictable world, financial stability and security are high on everyone's list of priorities. However, achieving financial well-being can be challenging, especially when faced with economic uncertainty, unexpected expenses, and financial stress. This is where Stoicism can play a role. By understanding and applying the core principles of Stoicism, individuals can ...

  384. Lonely Surfaces: On AI-generated Images in life

    The Convivial Society: Vol. 3, No. 20

  385. Will the growing deer prion epidemic spread to humans? Why not? in science

    If a fatal neurological virus were spreading across deer in the US, and showed up in cooked infected meat, my default assumption would be “we're in danger.” But a prion isn’t a virus. Why does that matter?

  386. Corrugated Metal Covers The Barrel Shaped Roofs Of This Portable Home in architecture

    William Samuels Architects has sent us photos of a small home they designed and built in Nelson, New Zealand, that includes a single bedroom. The project was created out of a desire by architect William Samuels and his partner, Hannah D’Arcy, to own their first home. Building upon leasehold land, the house needed to be […]

  387. How to make a $200k a year business - Mike Cardona interview in indiehacker

    Mike Cardona is a solo founder who has managed to build a $200k online business by specialising in automation content and consulting

  388. Middle period Plato - He’s garbage, he cares about nothing but the truth. in literature

    Assembling yesterday’s post I saw that I was only missing one dialogue from Plato’s early period, so I knocked off Greater Hippiaslast night.  The early dialogues are generally short; the three in the “death of Socrates” group are only fifty pages total, for example. Hippias is the highest paid of the Sophists, so he is treated as a braggart and a fool, unable to understand what Socrates is...

  389. Foibles in creative

    Our habits, preferences and idiosyncrasies make perfect sense. We each know that we have great reasons to embrace our ways and stick with them. Other people’s habits, though, show that they are simply picky, weird or too sensitive. The difference between a preference and a foible seems to be mostly where we’re standing.

  390. Quote quiz: “drifting into dependence” in science

    Quote quiz: who said this? (No fair looking it up). I have modified the original quotation slightly, by making a handful of word substitutions to bring it up to date: It might be argued that the human race would never be foolish enough to hand over all power to AI. But we are suggesting neither that the human race would voluntarily turn power over to AI nor that AI would willfully seize power....

  391. New Platform for Timed Drug Release in science

    This is one of those technologies that most people probably never think about, but could potentially have a significant impact on our lives – timed drug release. The concept is nothing new, but there is a lot of room for improvement on current technologies. We already have time-release capsules, patches, and some drugs that can […] The post New Platform for Timed Drug Release first appeared on...

  392. Inflation as a tax in finance

    Last week I explored how Henry VIII resorted to coin debasement as a way to raise revenues in order to fight his wars. This provided Henry with the financial firepower to annex the city of Boulogne from the French in 1544, albeit at the price of England experiencing one of its greatest inflations ever. Zoom forward five hundred years and Rishi Sunak, the Prime Minister of the UK, has ignited a...

  393. An Open Letter to Taylor Swift in life

    I'm asking a favor—but not for me. I want you to do a favor for the music.

  394. Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - Threshold in comics

    Click here to go see the bonus panel! Hovertext: I like to think the robot apocalypse won't feel so bad if we really do our best to earn it. Today's News: PSSST. Hey NYC, it's gonna get pretty dorky.

  395. The First Principles of Executive Hiring in startups

    How do you scale from a scrappy, early-stage startup with a handful of employees to a growth-stage company with hundreds, or even thousands, of employees? Hire the right executives. These first principles lay the foundation for making those key hires. … The post The First Principles of Executive Hiring appeared first on Andreessen Horowitz.

  396. I found myself nervous and tense to the point of tears in life

    On 21st March 1960, the South African Police opened fire on thousands of black protestors in what came to be known as the Sharpeville Massacre, a shocking event which saw 69 people killed, triggered a state of emergency, and led to mass detentions—including that of Hilda Bernstein. A British-born author, artist, and staunch anti-apartheid activist, […]

  397. Assassination Simulation in cartography

  398. Leaving Twitter in startups

    I was on Twitter since 2007, and built a meaningful part of my career on it, and I won’t be posting at all for the foreseeable future

  399. Unifying Cognitive Biases in science

    Are you familiar with the “lumper vs splitter” debate? This refers to any situation in which there is some controversy over exactly how to categorize complex phenomena, specifically whether or not to favor the fewest categories based on similarities, or the greatest number of categories based on every difference. For example, in medicine we need […] The post Unifying Cognitive Biases first...

  400. People-First Leadership in programming

    Investment in people is absolutely essential to building a business that's not just getting by but actively thriving. People-first leadership offers an approach which consistently cultivates an environment where folks can show up and do their best work, propelling the business forward in ways that are otherwise almost impossible to replicate.

  401. The air crackled with a mixture of excitement and tension in life

    On the day of her 77th birthday in 1997, proving that it’s never too late to begin, acclaimed detective novelist P. D. James wrote her first diary entry—one of many she would pen over the course of twelve months in a concerted effort to “record just one year that otherwise might be lost.” In 1999, […]

  402. Issue 28 – Force majeure in crypto

    A $100+ million grift week also featured Grumpy Cat cease-and-desist NFTs, eyeball black markets, and a rumored team arrest.

  403. Deploying Syncthing on a Fly.io Cloud Server in indiehacker

    I recently discovered Syncthing, an open-source tool for syncing files across multiple machines. Setting up Syncthing on my personal devices was easy, but I went on an interesting journey deploying it to a cloud server. Why run Syncthing in the cloud? Syncthing synchronizes files peer to peer. That means that at least two of my devices have to be online and running Syncthing simultaneously to stay...

  404. The hidden cost of cyberwarfare in startups

    Digital Peace Now is working to raise awareness of the damage done by cyberattacks.

  405. Tolkien and the Classics in history

    Plato, Cicero... Bilbo?

  406. Why Apple Keeps Winning in AI

    People are blown away that Apple keeps winning while its competitors are floundering. It’s a simple formula. Make consistently super-high-quality products that work together as part of an ecosystem. Google and Microsoft have 20X Apple’s losses in the last year. A staggering $3 trillion in combined market cap has been lost in one year from just 7 companies.…

  407. A history of the Buganda kingdom. in history

    government in central Africa.

  408. 10 quick scenes from seoul in life

    I missed yesterday’s every-sunday-I-will-publish-a-post day because we’re now travelling in seoul. I used to write more stream of consciousness posts while I travelled, but somehow over the past few years my writing...

  409. Rap with an undercurrent of particle physics in science

    UK musician Consensus spins the big ideas of physics into rap and hip-hop tracks.

  410. A night of terror in life

    In September of 1939, English housewife Nella Last began keeping a diary that would span 30 years, ultimately producing one of the longest diaries in the English language at more than 12 million words. Born Nellie Lord in 1890, she was a voluntary participant in the Mass Observation project, an initiative aimed at documenting the […]

  411. Meet the Maker: Caroline Fearn in creative

    Hello, I’m Caroline. I live in London. Two years ago I picked up a carving tool and a block of lino. I quite liked it.   Describe your printmaking process My process is an intuitive one, so I typically just start, and I will see what develops through doing. Experimenting with pattern and/or layout (using ink pads) is an integral part of my process. Sometimes I’ll sketch and transfer to lino, or...

  412. Explore medieval life and death with these 5 brilliant interactive maps! in history

    Travels, murders, and......eels?!!

  413. Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - Bea in comics

    Click here to go see the bonus panel! Hovertext: Thanks, everyone. It took about 5 years to get from the beginning to here. It's as a good of a thing as I can write, and I hope you enjoy it. Today's News: The most frequently asked question is the age range for Bea Wolf readers, and the official age is 8-12, but kids as young as four have enjoyed it with an adult, and plenty of adults have enjoyed...

  414. How to Love the World More: George Saunders on the Courage of Uncertainty in literature

    "In a world full of people who seem to know everything, passionately, based on little (often slanted) information, where certainty is often mistaken for power, what a relief it is to be in the company of someone confident enough to stay unsure (that is, perpetually curious)."

  415. The Young Adventurer's Pocket Book of Space Travel (1954) in history

    Another illustration intensive book. This one is only 3" tall and 2 " wide so you might have missed it :) . It was a premium with Mickey Mouse Weekly magazine. Evidently the magazine came with some pages that you could fold up into a tiny book. The others I have found evidence of were YA Pocket Book of: The Air, The Land, The Sea, Animals, and Wonder Quiz Book. It has very colorful images and I am...

  416. Our homunculus is showing in creative

    The little person at the control panel, the one who sees what the retina produces, the one who decides, the one who speaks up… (This is the dualist solution to the free will problem–yes, I have a physical body, they say, but I also have a little human inside of me that gets to make […]

  417. Setting Your Social Handle as Your Domain Name on Bluesky in programming

    I recently got an invite to Bluesy (thx JJ). I wanted to try it purely for the satisfaction of setting my domain name as my handle, as I’m fan of the idea of apex domain’s becoming the currency of online handles. As I once tweeted: domains are the OG handles. Granted, I own jim-nielsen.com so it’s not like it’s a land grab to get that handle on this new social site. No matter how late you come to...

  418. Investing in Moment in startups

    As the world’s most traded asset class, the fixed income markets are a pillar of our global economy. They enable governments to finance critical infrastructure, corporations to fund growth, and individuals to make life’s most important purchases.  However, despite their centrality in our lives, it remains far too difficult to access fixed income securities like...

  419. How much does the read/write buffer size matter for socket throughput? in programming

    The read() and write() system calls take a variable-length byte array as an argument. As a simplified model, the time for the system call should be some constant "per-call" time, plus time directly proportional to the number of bytes in the array. That is, the time for each call should be time = (per_call_minimum_time) + (array_len) × (per_byte_time). With this model, using a larger buffer should...

  420. Issue 32 – I write to inform you the games are over. in crypto

    Also, all my apes (once again) liquidated, too many people try to short the NFT market, and NFT protocol developers head for greener pastures.

  421. How two lifelong friends built a space-savvy home to share on an awkward site in Homerton in architecture

  422. Africa fell in love with crypto. Now… it’s complicated in startups

    Trust is fading, startups are shutting down, and Web3 workers are reconsidering their career choices.

  423. How Washington DC Got Its Metro in architecture

    There have been two main periods of subway (or “metro”) building in the US. The first was during the late 19th century and early 20th century, when Boston, New York, and Philadelphia all built subway systems

  424. The Industrial Beauty of Vintage Gas Pumps in history

    On the outskirts of Milan, Italy, the Fisogni museum is dedicated to petrol / gas station pumps and ephemera. The pumps are gorgeous. We like things with buttons, dials. Paint them in vivid colours and decorate them with fonts designed by leading graphic designers, and you’ve got cultural artefacts to cherish.   Guido Fisogni began … Continue reading "The Industrial Beauty of Vintage Gas...

  425. The Endless Possibilities of a Square Block Repeat in creative

    Using a simple square block can create a myriad of possibilities of pattern. We have used Speedy Carve and Versafine inks for this project. Cut a square from the Speedy Carve using a scalpel. Draw a quarter circle curve on the block using a pencil. Above the curve draw some simple lines fanning from the corner towards the curve. Cut along the curved line with a scalpel – don’t press too hard as...

  426. TRANSitar Lima in architecture

    THE RIGHT TO THE CITY: Who has the right to move freely through the city and who doesn’t? Map of Lima, Peru About the project TRANSitar Lima is a project that seeks to create a visual record of transphobic violence, based on collective mapping sessions. Trans, transvestites, and non-binaries* who participate identify the specific points of the city where they have experienced violence or where...

  427. A New Experiment Casts Doubt on the Leading Theory of the Nucleus in science

    By measuring inflated helium nuclei, physicists have challenged our best understanding of the force that binds protons and neutrons. The post A New Experiment Casts Doubt on the Leading Theory of the Nucleus first appeared on Quanta Magazine

  428. Rust's Golden Rule in programming

  429. How I Built This In Public: Michelle Marcelline in indiehacker

    Immigrating from Indonesia to the US and building Typedream in public

  430. Ambitious People Need Each Other in startups

    Ambitious people don’t just need peers. They need mentors. They need people who will encourage them to pursue hard and meaningful projects.  The post Ambitious People Need Each Other appeared first on David Perell.

  431. M4 Hex Socket Thumbscrew Knob Caps in technology

    For the past few weeks I’ve been teaching myself how to use Fusion 360, a free online cloud-based CAD/CAM program that lets you create your own 3D designs. The best way to learn how to use a new program is to build something you actually need. And my latest design is a work in progress […] The post M4 Hex Socket Thumbscrew Knob Caps appeared first on Style over Substance.

  432. Books I Read in June 2023 in literature

    If only I had the will to write something.  But I can read. PHILOSOPHY Fragments or Sayings or Tall Tales (4th C. BCE), Diogenes the Cynic, tr. Guy Davenport Cynics (2008), William Desmond - for an entry in a series aimed at students, surprisingly well written.  It helps that the Cynics are entertaining. FICTION Darkness at Noon (1941), Arthur Koestler Between the Acts (1941), Virginia...

  433. Microsoft execs on Apple's music store in startups

    We were smoked.

  434. India’s plan to export its wildly successful digital payments system in startups

    After starting cross-border payments with Singapore, India is now setting up more international partnerships.

  435. Stoic Advice on Travel & Moving to a New Home: Ask Marcus Aurelius in life

    Previous Next Using Marcus Aurelius's writing in his Meditations and experiences inferred from historical records, we created an AI digital personality that spoke with us about how to practice Stoicism in our modern world. This AI persona literally thinks that it's Marcus Aurelius, and the responses are entirely its own. You can scroll down to Read More >>

  436. Pakistani YouTubers are exposing the dangers of illegal migration to Europe in startups

    Political instability, economic crisis, natural disasters, and the promise of a better life abroad compel Pakistanis to risk everything.

  437. How an architect couple transformed an old shop in Walthamstow into a restful wooden home  in architecture

  438. Physicists Who Explored Tiny Glimpses of Time Win Nobel Prize in science

    The development of attosecond pulses of light allowed researchers to explore the frame-by-frame movement of electrons. The post Physicists Who Explored Tiny Glimpses of Time Win Nobel Prize first appeared on Quanta Magazine

  439. Informed consent (rarely is) in creative

    Adults make choices and live with the consequences. No one else should tell us what flavor of ice cream we prefer, or what career to choose. We’re good at knowing what we want. In practice, this works really well for certain kinds of decisions. But when we add the network effect, profit-seeking industrial entities, statistics, […]

  440. AI Reveals What Marcus Aurelius Would Look Like Today, in Real Life in life

    Marcus Aurelius is one of the best-known figures of the Roman Empire, thanks to his writings on Stoic philosophy and his place in history as "the last good emperor." His face is famous, too, even though he lived long before photography. The many surviving statues of Marcus Aurelius provide a vivid portrayal of his curly Read More >>

  441. The optimization treadmill: why I keep changing my computing setup all the time in technology

    I have a bad habit of changing my computing setups all the time. I tend to see new gear, then I get some new ideas, and then I obsessively think about it for weeks and months until I just buy it. And then the cycle repeats. I’ve had time to think about why that keeps happening and I think I’ve got it. I keep changing the goals, constantly, and with that I kept optimizing my setup in a different...

  442. The Power of Being Weird in life

    There are a lot of different ways to be an outsider. Nobody really wants to be a misfit or a "noob." But there is wisdom in outsiders. They can be characters who challenge societal norms and reshape our understanding of what it means to belong. There are some people for whom persistent weirdness is not a weakness but a strength. One person who made this case beautifully is Paul Graham.

  443. One year since "setting sail" in indiehacker

    <p><i>For context, read <a href="https://valsopi.com/setting-sail">this article</a> first.</i></p><p><i>TLDR:&nbsp;A year ago, I took out a loan and went all–in pursuing my financial freedom. The words below are an update a year on the day.</i></p><hr><h2>Poetically speaking</h2><p><i>Here I am, one year later.</i></p><p><i>I am somewhere in the open ocean.</i></p><p><i>Doing...

  444. Setting time on fire and the temptation of The Button in AI

    We used to consider writing an indication of time and effort spent on a task. That isn't true anymore.

  445. Creating New Drills for Deliberate Practice in finance

    A lesson from a four month accelerated expertise experiment. Or: why creating new drills for a deliberate practice training program isn't as difficult as you might think.

  446. Elliptic Curves Yield Their Secrets in a New Number System in science

    Ana Caraiani and James Newton have extended an important result in number theory to the imaginary realm. The post Elliptic Curves Yield Their Secrets in a New Number System first appeared on Quanta Magazine

  447. My God, my God they can’t have in life

    On 28th May, 1968, the acclaimed English novelist Beryl Bainbridge embarked on a three-week road trip that would span the breadth of the United States—a 5,000-mile voyage carefully planned by her American friend, Harold, who had vowed to guide her through the nation’s most remarkable landmarks. A week into their exploration, while temporarily crossing into […]

  448. 1,000 Photos of Dolphin Fins in science

    Scars, scratches and wounds abound in these photos as encounters with unknown creatures and boat propellers leave their marks, imprinting a story of close escapes and cheating death.

  449. People Sitting On Stoops On a Fine Day in New York City in the Late 1970s in history

    When Maggie Hopp was asked to take photographs of parts of New York City thought by her property developer boss as being ripe for gentrification, she delivered not just what he wanted but also a visual record of the city’s faces, fashions and style. As ever, let’s imagine the stories between these empathetic photos … Continue reading "People Sitting On Stoops On a Fine Day in New York City in the...

  450. 7 years of love, bound in a handmade booklet in life

    photoessay: documenting 7 years of togetherness

  451. Travis Kalanick on Google in startups

    A meeting with Larry could calm this down if it's not true but he has been avoiding any meeting with me since last fall.

  452. How two insurgents are taking on Twitter in startups

    Artifact's Kevin Systrom on the disruptive power of good comments. PLUS: Substack's naïveté around Notes

  453. what does it mean to live well in life

    A while ago an old friend texted me that an unexpected event had once again reminded her how transient life can be, and she thought of me because I was one of...

  454. Too Much of Not A Lot in history

    Winning the day and losing the war.

  455. What’s Our Problem? in life

    a self-help book for societies available now as an e-book, audiobook, or directly on the Wait But Why website The post What’s Our Problem? appeared first on Wait But Why.

  456. Iterators in Go in programming

    The iterator proposal is a neat way to write “lazy loops”, where we never generate more results than we actually use. Let’s see what that would look like in Go programs.

  457. Disenchantment in programming

    Three days had now passed since there was electricity. Refiloe had 10% battery life left on her phone after recharging at her parents’ home earlier in the day. In addition to that, there had been no water since the morning. Joburg Water had promised restoration by 2pm, but 48 minutes had already snuck passed thatContinue reading "Disenchantment"

  458. The Deming Paradox: Operationally Rigorous Companies Aren't Very Nice Places to Work in finance

    Is it possible to be data driven and operationally rigorous and still be human centric at the same time? Deming — who came up with these data techniques — believe that it is possible. I'm not so sure.

  459. Software That You Can’t Shut Down in startups

    The term “censorship resistant” is used a lot in the decentralized computing/web3/crypto space to talk about a core feature of these systems. I don’t love the term censorship resistant because it is a wonky term. Software that is encoded in smart contracts (and other ways) on fully decentralized blockchains can’t be shut down or turned […]

  460. chronic unease in life

    Some people are good at denial, forgetting, and moving on. I am good at none of those. I accumulate trauma, remember them deeply like they are etched into my bones helpless as...

  461. put a sandwich in my pocket and tsa told me to get rid of it thats messed up in life

    a short post about investors and getting money for what you're building.

  462. Before & After – A Kitchen And Bathroom Remodel For This 1970s Home in architecture

    SHED Architecture & Design has shared their latest project, the contemporary interior remodel of a 1970s home on Seattle’s Mercer Island that was originally designed by William Rutledge. The house met the functional needs of its new owners but did not quite suit their contemporary taste. Featuring original details including split levels, high ceilings, and […]

  463. Diffraction Spikes in comics

  464. How Math Has Changed the Shape of Gerrymandering in science

    New tools make it possible to detect hidden manipulation of maps. The post How Math Has Changed the Shape of Gerrymandering first appeared on Quanta Magazine

  465. The Pole at Last!!! in life

    Born in Pennsylvania in 1856, Robert Peary spent 23 years of his life preparing to achieve what had eluded explorers for centuries: reaching the North Pole. Driven by ambition and unwavering determination, Peary, an American explorer and United States Navy officer, believed he and his team had finally accomplished this remarkable feat on 6th April […]

  466. One sentence. in AI

    Prompting for maximum impact (and why that is a bad idea)

  467. For Amusement Only (Free Replay) [EPISODE] in architecture

    Everyone has tried it at some point. The authorities started turning a blind eye years ago, but it wasn’t officially legalized until the summer of 2014. Finally, after more than 80 years of illegitimacy, the City of Oakland has legalized…pinball machines. Today, we travel back to a stranger time in the history of pinball, and The post For Amusement Only (Free Replay) appeared first on 99%...

  468. Ideas shared are exponential in creative

    If everyone visits a factory and takes a sample, it goes out of business. But if everyone in the community takes an idea, that idea goes up in value. The best marketing advice I have for someone writing a book is simple: Write a book that people want to share with others. And then make […]

  469. Cuisine in comics

  470. The Physicist Who’s Challenging the Quantum Orthodoxy in science

    For decades, physicists have struggled to develop a quantum theory of gravity. But what if gravity — and space-time — are fundamentally classical? The post The Physicist Who’s Challenging the Quantum Orthodoxy first appeared on Quanta Magazine

  471. Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - Was in comics

    Click here to go see the bonus panel! Hovertext: I wasn't gonna do this, but enough weirdos on mastodon liked it that here we are. Today's News:

  472. Those days when nothing gets done in life

    A lie.

  473. A traveler’s dream: Cash-free payment systems link up across Southeast Asia in startups

    From Bali to Bangkok, people are ditching cards for QR code payments. There’s a catch: For now, it’s for locals only.

  474. The Need to Read in startups

  475. Everything Will Evaporate in science

    What will be the ultimate fate of our universe? There are a number of theories and possibilities, but at present the most likely scenario seems to be that the universe will continue to expand, most mass will eventually find its way into a black hole, and those black holes will slowly evaporate into Hawking Radiation, […] The post Everything Will Evaporate first appeared on NeuroLogica Blog.

  476. Steve Jobs emails Adobe's CEO in startups

    One of us must change our policy. Please let me know who.

  477. What Big Tech layoffs suggest for the industry in programming

    Microsoft, Amazon and Salesforce have announced large layoffs in January. What will these events mean for the rest of the industry?

  478. Cartographic palettes and colour harmonies in architecture

    This story begins one day when I was assembling a map of the city of Edmonton, Alberta from OpenStreetMap data. It was going to be a big map, a 42″ (106 cm) wide poster for a wall. The data was good, but the standard OSM colours were not. They would work fine for a street … Continue reading Cartographic palettes and colour harmonies →

  479. A Muted Palette Unifies The Interior Of This Remodeled Mid-Century Modern Home in architecture

    Gast Architects has sent us photos of a remodel they completed for an Eichler home in the San Francisco Bay Area, that hadn’t been updated since it was built in 1955.

  480. Sorry, we’re closed in programming

    For reasons that will soon become obvious, I’m shutting the doors on this website. Everything will remain online for now, but I don’t plan on returning to write anything new here. Not that I’ve added any content in almost two years anyway. I still have a passion for making observations, telling stories and recording my thoughts as they happen. I’ll just be doing it elsewhere. Thank you for...

  481. Cite Your Sources, AI in programming

    In a recent note of mine, I quoted Jaron Lanier on AI chatbots: There are two ways this could go. One is that we pretend the bot is a real thing, a real entity like a person, then in order to keep that fantasy going we’re careful to forget whatever source texts were used to have the bot function…The other way is you do keep track of where the sources came from. And in that case a very different...

  482. Why did medieval people invent so many collective nouns? in history

    A pride of lions, a paddling of ducks, and....a herd of harlots?

  483. The web’s most important decision in programming

    I got a bit caught up this month, so I had to delay a couple of things, but I’ll be […] The post The web’s most important decision appeared first on The History of the Web.

  484. Learning from the 2023 Book Fair in architecture

    This year's New York International Antiquarian Book Fair is my third, following the 2022 book fair and, just days before lockdown, the 2020 book fair. Three hardly makes me an expert, even in my specialization of architecture books, but it does help with gauging the value given to books on the subject and getting a sense of how architecture books are seen within the wider rare books market....

  485. Issue 27 – Buzzword bingo in crypto

    We may never get to play a $45 million AI-powered NFT mecha-cockfighting game. Thanks a lot, Gary Gensler.

  486. Overhanging Plants Wrap Around The Second Floor Of This Home in architecture

    Strang Design has shared photos of a modern home they completed in Miami, Florida, that’s designed to wrap around a swimming pool. The home has been organized into an “H-shape,” allowing the interiors to be flooded with natural light and to showcase views of the natural surroundings. The exterior facade features rough-cut Jerusalem tile and […]

  487. Making Fuel from Sunshine in science

    When it comes to big problems it’s generally a good idea to remember some basic principles. One is that there is no free lunch. This is a cliche because it’s true. Another way to put this is – there are no solutions, only trade offs. Sometimes there is a genuine advance that does improve the […] The post Making Fuel from Sunshine first appeared on NeuroLogica Blog.

  488. A coupon-crazy Brazilian app figured out how to beat Uber Eats in startups

    Out-discounting competitors: iFood’s bid to become Latin America's last-mile delivery king.

  489. Tutorial: How to make and share custom GPTs in AI

    They're not going to disrupt everything (yet), but they're a ton of fun.

  490. Contribute to the US Megaprojects Database! in architecture

    The US Megaprojects Database Very large construction or technology development projects are sometimes called “megaprojects." By directing thousands of workers and billions of dollars towards the achievement of a single goal, great things can be achieved. The output of megaprojects marks some of the most impressive achievements of civilization, and US megaprojects like the Apollo Program, the...

  491. TinyPilot: Month 33 in indiehacker

    New here? Hi, I’m Michael. I’m a software developer and the founder of TinyPilot, an independent computer hardware company. I started the company in 2020, and it now earns $60-80k/month in revenue and employs six other people. Every month, I publish a retrospective like this one to share how things are going with my business and my professional life overall. Highlights I’ve started the process of...

  492. The Hard Problem of Rendering Tweets in programming

    I've been unhappy with my [tweet rendering strategy](https://github.com/sw-yx/swyxkit/issues/61) for a while - Twitter encourages you to use their heavy JS script to render tweets, which undoubtedly heaps all sorts of tracking on the reader, docks your lighthouse performance score by ~17 points, adds ~4 seconds to Time to Interactive, occasionally gets adblocked (so _nothing_ renders!)

  493. My Journey from No CS Degree to AWS from Age 30 - 34 in programming

    I was interviewed by Pete from No CS Degree on my journey, here are some extracts!

  494. 5 Ways to Get Rid of Anxiety in life

    We're living in an era where anxiety seems to be omnipresent, and everyone is struggling with it to some degree. It's important to remember that the reasons behind our anxiety may not be as crucial as our reactions to it. In this guide, let's explore five comprehensive ways to help you deal with anxiety, along with one slower, long-term approach. When we repeatedly experience certain emotions,...

  495. An insight into redesigning the Midland Appliance logotype in design

    An insight into redesigning the Midland Appliance logotype abduzeedo0215—23 When it comes to branding, one of the most important elements is the logo. It's the visual representation of your brand, and it's the first thing that customers see when they encounter your business. So, it's no surprise that Full Punch, a design agency, was recently contacted to assist...

  496. The open source gift exchange in programming

    I love writing and sharing code as open source, but it's not an abstract act of pure altruism. The first recipients of these programming gifts are almost always myself and my company. It's an intentionally selfish drive first, then a broader benefit second. But, ironically, this is what's made my participation in the gift exchange of open source sustainable for twenty years and counting. Putting...

  497. Neon Worms — colorful illustrations with the Blend Tool in Illustrator in design

    Neon Worms — colorful illustrations with the Blend Tool in Illustrator abduzeedo0220—23 RETOKA shared another phase of their series of illustrations titled Neon Worms. If you're an illustrator looking to add some glowing effects to your designs, you might be interested in this series with the backstory about  the "neon genes" discovered by Dr. Jacqueline Johnson...

  498. Best Buds: the most beautiful garden centres in London in architecture

  499. Mud Murdo in science

    The beautiful ambiance of a McMurdo summer.

  500. The Rise of the West in history

    I track the historical rise of West Europe by quantitatively analyzing the birth of notable people of science, and then I put it in context with other indicators of historical development. The data together show that West Europe had developmentally surpassed the rest of the world prior to 1500 A.D., before the establishment of overseas colonies or slavery. It is clear that the West’s rise to...

  501. Fooled in creative

    Now it’s a business model. People are regularly fooled by crypto scams, NFT hype, opioid felons, algorithmic spam at scale, health claims, illogical political arguments, fundraising pitches, overnight shortcuts on the road to riches or happiness and MLM hustle. Your account has been locked, click here… When it becomes the tactic of a scalable business, […]

  502. How to plan as an engineering executive. in programming

    Some years back, I interviewed a senior leader for an engineering role, and asked them a question about planning. I enjoyed their response, “Ah yes, the ‘P’ word, planning.” That answer captured an oft heard perspective that planning is some sort of business curse word. Even when it goes well, planning is an objectively difficult task. When it goes poorly, the business loses months or years of...

  503. Love and Fear: A Stunning 17th-Century Poem About How to Live with the Transcendent Terror of Love in literature

    "Love bade me welcome; yet my soul drew back."

  504. Furniture designer James Stickley’s cleverly zoned live/work loft in east London in architecture

  505. On the Stepwise Nature of <br> Self-Supervised Learning in AI

    Figure 1: stepwise behavior in self-supervised learning. When training common SSL algorithms, we find that the loss descends in a stepwise fashion (top left) and the learned embeddings iteratively increase in dimensionality (bottom left). Direct visualization of embeddings (right; top three PCA directions shown) confirms that embeddings are initially collapsed to a point, which then expands to a...

  506. The shape of the shadow of The Thing in AI

    We can start to see, dimly, what the near future of AI looks like.

  507. How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie: A Summary and Key Takeaways in finance

    Dale Carnegie's How to Win Friends and Influence People is one of the most popular and influential self-help books ever written. First published in 1936, it has sold over 50 million copies and been translated into over 30 languages. The book is a practical guide to improving one's social skills, becoming more likable, and influencing others.

  508. happiness is a difficult thing to bear in life

    I am an unhappy person in general. But once in a while, an acute sense of awareness strikes me and I experience the totality of that particular moment – I catch a...

  509. № 67: The Last Generation of Chinese Takeaway Kids in life

    Growing up in a takeaway - Growth is always painful - Struggle is what makes us human

  510. The real reasons why your boss wants you back in the office in indiehacker

  511. Reading The Mind with fMRI and AI in science

    This is pretty exciting neuroscience news – Semantic reconstruction of continuous language from non-invasive brain recordings. What this means is that researchers have been able to, sort of, decode the words that subjects were thinking of simply by reading their fMRI scan. They were able to accomplish this feat using a large language model AI, […] The post Reading The Mind with fMRI and AI first...

  512. Wood Screens Wrap Around This Home To Create Shade And Privacy in architecture

    Koichi Takada Architects has completed a new home in Sydney, Australia, whose design was inspired by palm fronds, specifically the way the leaves provide dappled light and shelter to the fruit its tree bears. Applying the same principles, the home was cocooned with symmetrical linear screening, increasing privacy, protecting the glazing against solar heat gain, […]

  513. An Ode to An Event Apart in programming

    I’m not a big globe-trotting conference attendee. I’ve only been to a handful in my career. The event I remember most fondly is An Event Apart: Austin in 2013. In my memory (which, granted, might be fuzzy) that conference was more about ideas than any specific technology. What I don’t remember is a schedule full of talks centered around frameworks, tools, or DX products. For example, I remember...

  514. The debt ceiling deal: What was the whole point? in startups

    A manufactured crisis leads to an ineffectual "solution"

  515. Explaining tech’s notion of talent scarcity in startups

    TLDR: Most conversations about “top talent” assume Pareto distribution; however, a closer examination suggests that different corporate cultures benefit from different types of talent distribution (normal, Pareto, and a third option – bimodal) according to the problem they’re trying to solve. Bimodal talent distribution is rare but more frequently observed in creative industries, including some...

  516. Circles and Momentum in programming

    I had not come across this graphic from swyx until recently: I like this reminder. I know for me, it’s often too easy to slip into a kind of cynicism that only sees endless stationary circles rather than ones with directional momentum. It reminds me of the visualizations of the solar system I saw growing up which depict a stationary sun in the middle of the circling planets. (Image stolen from...

  517. Honesty: What's In It For Me? in history

    First, do lots of harm.

  518. The New World of LLM Functions: Integrating LLM Technology into the Wolfram Language in programming

    This is part of a series about our LLM technology.Other parts of this series: ChatGPT Gets Its “Wolfram Superpowers”!Instant Plugins for ChatGPT: Introducing the Wolfram ChatGPT Plugin Kit Turning LLM Capabilities into Functions So far, we mostly think of LLMs as things we interact directly with, say through chat interfaces. But what if we could […]

  519. There's no such thing as the fundamentals of web development in programming

  520. Lyft in Trouble in programming

    Financials paint a worrying picture of the US’s #2 ridesharing company. The founders have just stepped down and a former Amazon executive is the new CEO. What does this major change mean?

  521. The Lunar Cycle and Suicide in science

    Does the lunar cycle affect human behavior? This seems to be a question that refuses to die, no matter how hard it is to confirm any actual effect. It’s now a cultural idea, deeply embedded and not going anywhere. A recent study, however, seems to show a correlation between suicide and the week of the […] The post The Lunar Cycle and Suicide first appeared on NeuroLogica Blog.

  522. Soul In The Game in life

    Going all in on life

  523. It is starting to get strange. in AI

    Let's talk about ChatGPT with Code Interpreter & Microsoft Copilot

  524. Issue 26 – Fully prepared to litigate in crypto

    French celebrities rug pull, Binance backs out, and Hamas gives up on Bitcoin.

  525.  A look inside Issue No.6 of our magazine in architecture

    The new issue of our print magazine has just landed in our shop – and it’s filled with stories that look at the journeys we go on with our homes, from the emotional paths they take us on, to the very real process of renovating […]

  526. In Your Face: Mark Cohen’s Dark Knees in history

    “I would have loved to have been like Dorothea Lange – socially concerned. But when I was trapped in Wilkes-Barre for the next fifty years, I became a surrealist.” – Mark Cohen     Mark Cohen’s Dark Knees photo book continues his association with Wilkes-Barre, the small Pennsylvania mining town where he was born in … Continue reading "In Your Face: Mark Cohen’s Dark Knees" The post In Your Face:...

  527. Courtroom Sketch [EPISODE] in architecture

    Earlier this year, the city of New York closed off several blocks around the Manhattan Criminal Courthouse. Instead of early morning commuters, the sidewalks around the building were flooded with reporters, photographers, and camera people. They were there to capture the arraignment of former president Donald Trump. Members of the media were so desperate to The post Courtroom Sketch appeared first...

  528. Who runs Engineering processes? in programming

    Uber ran a tech spec review process called the DUCK Review. “DUCK” didn’t stand for anything–it was created as a deliberate non-acronym–but was otherwise a fairly typical review process. When I first joined, we’d review one or two specs each week. The volume of requested reviews kept growing, and six months later there was a one to two week delay between requesting a review and receiving...

  529. A complete history of Abomey: capital of Dahomey (ca. 1650-1894) in history

    Urbanism in the forest region.

  530. Wait, what’s a bookmarklet? in programming

    How this one small browser quirk turned into a tool used by countless people for decades. The post Wait, what’s a bookmarklet? appeared first on The History of the Web.

  531. Are we cannibals? in creative

    Part of the challenge of hanging out with cannibals is that it’s very difficult to get a good night’s sleep. The math of finding a group of people that cares about community is pretty compelling. While individual selfish choices might feel productive in the moment, if they undermine the health of the community, they’re ultimately […]

  532. What I Want From The Internet in design

    Connection and intimacy are still possible on the internet today. I’m sitting in a small room in an old house in Durham, North Carolina, USA. When I look out the window, I can see the edges of homes nearby, peeking out through the even older trees between us. I’m far enough away that if I shouted to my nearest neighbor, they probably wouldn’t hear. But the small rooms where we work are close...

  533. Funding Friday: Crowdfunding Restaurants Via Blackbird in startups

    It has been a long time since I did a Funding Friday here at AVC. I used to do them every Friday. We have funded a lot of bars, restaurants, coffee shops, and bakeries here over the years. Here are a few examples. L’Appartement 4F Land To Sea There is a new wrinkle in crowdfunding […]

  534. Moon Spacesuit Prototype Unveiled in science

    Good spacesuits are deceptively difficult to design, even with today’s technology. NASA is planning to return to the moon in 2025 (if all goes well) but the spacesuit the astronauts will wear is one piece to the puzzle they have not completed yet (the other being the lunar lander). In fact, NASA spent $420 million […] The post Moon Spacesuit Prototype Unveiled first appeared on NeuroLogica Blog.

  535. Converting a URL Object to a Plain Object in JavaScript in programming

    I needed to convert a URL object to a plain object yesterday. You might have used it before. It's pretty handy for working with URLs! const url = new URL('https://example.com/'); console.log(url); // URL {origin: 'https://example.com', protocol: 'https:', username: '', password: '', host: 'example.com', …} Alas, you can't provide a URL object as data to Handlebars for security reasons....

  536. What's between a set and a sequence? in programming

    I finally updated the alloydocs to Alloy 6. The docs now cover how to use temporal operators in Alloy. To celebrate, let’s talk something completely unrelated. The simplest kind of collection is the set: an unordered collection of unique elements. All branches of mathematics use sets somewhere, and in fact you can bootstrap all other collection types from just sets. Many programming languages have...

  537. AI Safety: Technology vs Species Threats in programming

    There are at least two ways to think about potential threats coming from advanced AI. The conventional view is that AI is just yet another of many tool-based technological advances. Like all technologies, the main threat of AI in this scenario is if a human were to use it for nefarious means, or the AI acts badly and needs to be turned off. The alternate, less discussed view is that eventually AI...

  538. This Home Has A Living Room That Extends Over The Swimming Pool Below in architecture

    Daniel Marshall Architect (DMA) has shared photos of a new home they designed in New Zealand, that includes a cantilevered living room.

  539. The one about AI in programming

    Like everyone, I’ve been thinking about AI. It’s already useful, in a way that the previous big thing, crypto, wasn’t. I don’t think it’ll become generalized AI - I think the AI winter cycle is the base case and human-like intelligence is qualitatively different than LLM, no matter how many terabytes of training data you throw at them. But that isn’t what this article is about. No, it’s about...

  540. Plato's Republic - justice, fantasy and censorship - We'll ask Homer not to be angry in literature

    I had ambitions to write about Plato’s Republic with some thoroughness, but I guess I will just pursue one point.  Good enough. I have been separating Socrates from Plato, an imaginative exercise based on circular criteria.  The more Socratic of the Socratic dialogues are shorter, feature proto-novelistic details about settings and characters, and end without resolving the question at issue.  The...

  541. Stoic Quotes on Pain & Illness: The Best Stoicism Sayings & Phrases in life

    Previous Next There are more quotes available for us to read from the Stoics about pain and illness than nearly any other topic. That's not because Stoicism teaches that we should like discomfort, but rather because the Stoics are concerned with how to NOT let pain and sickness have any more control over us than Read More >>

  542. How to Survive and Thrive in a World Where AI Can Do Almost Everything in AI

    Click for printable size. Here’s a quick list of things we can do to get ready for AI’s ascendance. You can click it to get the full size to print out. This is UL Member Content Subscribe Already a member? Login

  543. Getting Too Good at the Wrong Thing in life

    The siren song of subs

  544. Ranking #1 on HN in Mid April in programming

    I last wrote about Ranking #1 on HN in December, and wanted to offer an update from my mild hit today. I am now taking Latent Space (the new name enabled by the previous owner of that domain selling it to me in my first P2P domain purchase) a lot more seriously with the support of my partner and friend Alessio.

  545. Why Your Favorite Self-Help Book Sucks in life

    https://youtu.be/hQB3viVFhPA Yes, yes—I know you think that one book you read that one time changed your life. Hell, maybe that was even my book. And don't get me wrong, self-help books can help, but I think people mistake what they're actually doing. Let me break this down for you. The real game-changer? Packaging. People are freaking weird when it comes to advice, so how it's delivered makes all...

  546. Some monstrous gullet suffocating with fury in life

    Pierre Loti was a French naval officer and esteemed novelist who rose to prominence in the late 19th century. Born Louis Marie Julien Viaud, he pursued a naval career, earning a recall to service during World War I due to his expertise in Pacific waters. Married to poet and orientalist Judith Gautier, Loti’s literary journey […]

  547. Leading From The Heart in startups

    I have watched so many leaders over the years in my various roles as lead investor, board member, board chair, investor, and advisor. And one thing I have learned from this front-row seat is that leading from the heart is very powerful. A leader can be the most brilliant product person, strategist, entrepreneur, and business […]

  548. I long for vigour and clear thought, but only meet with chaos in life

    When she wrote the following diary entry, English author, poet, and garden designer Vita Sackville-West was 28. Living in Long Barn, Kent, with her husband and fellow writer, Harold Nicolson, she was nearing the end of an intense, two-year romance with Violet Keppel, with whom she had recently spent a final few weeks in France […]

  549. Self-Published Books by BNIM and KPF in architecture

    Over at World-Architects I wrote about two self-published books recently published by BNIM and KPF: ALL - The Tom and Ruth Harkin Center by BNIM Design in Detail by Kohn Pedersen Fox The "Found" feature also includes responses to a few questions on why the firms opted to self-publish rather than works with publishers on these books.

  550. Link Preload as Image in programming

    I’ve been playing with these fancy new view transitions and my experience thus far is that they work ok on localhost, but as soon as I push code to a preview branch on a remote server, the image loads between transitions are janky because of image loading. Granted, this stuff is all behind a flag, so the fact that there are unexpected glitches is expected. But transitioning images across views...

  551. Running VSCode in Chromium on OpenBSD in programming

    Running VSCode in Chromium on OpenBSD 2023-06-05 VSCode and its many variations are not available on OpenBSD. This doesn't cause issue with many OpenBSD users, but those making the jump from Linux might miss access to such a popular editor. Lucky for us, there is a hacky workaround to solve this problem. VSCode in the Browser I tried my best to build something like code-server locally and run that...

  552. How I Built This In Public: Erwin in indiehacker

    Lessons from building Tailscan in public to $500 MRR

  553. Brazil is the first stop in the Latin American electric motorcycle market in startups

    Vammo, an electric mobility company for delivery workers, chose to launch in the country because 85% of its electric grid runs on renewable energy.

  554. My oldest Friend is at last going to leave me in life

    Born in 1741 in Caernarvonshire, Wales, Hester Thrale belonged to the esteemed Salusbury family. Famous for her friendships with such luminaries as Samuel Johnson, Joshua Reynolds, and David Garrick, Thrale was a prominent figure of the period, and her writings, particularly the diary she called the Thraliana, have captivated scholars for centuries. In 1763, Hester […]

  555. Digital prepwork in creative

    It’s so tempting to simply begin painting a wall. After all, it’s pretty easy to lay down paint. But it turns out that masking and dropcloths, painstakingly put into place, save many hours compared to cleaning up a mess afterward. The same is true for what happens when we have a new hard drive or […]

  556. How to make this map of a melting glacier in cartography

    I’ve been to Columbia Glacier, just west of Valdez, Alaska, three times. The first was as a youngster in 1984, the second in 1987, and the final time in 2000. Each time, the ride by boat to the terminal edge of the ice where it calves into Prince William Sound, took a bit longer. I’ve …

  557. Crystal Ball in comics

  558. Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - Escape in comics

    Click here to go see the bonus panel! Hovertext: I originally had a hamster but that seemed mean. Today's News:

  559. Nigeria’s dating app for people who want to stop dating and get hitched already in startups

    What started out as a matchmaking WhatsApp group has turned into a popular dating app with over 2.1 million recorded matches and 44 marriages.

  560. Guy’s Cool Tools in technology

    This is a placeholder post! I’m a huge fan of Kevin Kelly’s Cool Tools site and have loved their recommendations for years. So much, so that I even started a Pinterest board filled with my own recommendations. But after a few years of running into the limitations of the form, I feel such a project […] The post Guy’s Cool Tools appeared first on Style over Substance.

  561. Vision Pro in startups

    What has Apple built, what is it for, what does it mean for Meta, and why does it cost $3,500? Check back in 2025.

  562. The Engineering Executive's Primer. in programming

    See on O’Reilly’s website for The Engineering Executive’s Primer. In 2019, I worked with Stripe Press to publish my first book, An Elegant Puzzle, which captured many of the lessons I’d learned as an engineering manager in fast growing Silicon Valley companies. In 2021, I decided to learn the entire process of publishing myself, self publishing my second book, Staff Engineer, which synthesized the...

  563. Teach Your Children .... in history

    Not to be afraid of moral relativism.

  564. Five standout things to see and do this May in architecture

    Is there a more delightful time of year than wisteria-filled May? As we get set for summer, we’re in high spirits, not least because of the inspiring happenings in our diaries. From a series of workshops at a London bakery’s new homeware space to a […]

  565. 10 Thoughts From the Fourth Trimester in life

    1 baby, many thoughts The post 10 Thoughts From the Fourth Trimester appeared first on Wait But Why.

  566. Working notes for Summer of Protocols in startups

    I’m participating in the Summer of Protocols research program this summer as a Core Researcher. It’s an 18-week program, funded by the Ethereum Foundation, that aims to catalyze a wider exploration of protocols and their social implications. I plan to focus on protocols as systems of social control. My brain has struggled to reconcile how protocols have a very technical meaning for the internet...

  567. When your post hits #1 on Hacker News in life

    A behind-the-scenes look at my initial reaction 😬, all the stats, cross-posting to Medium, and lessons learned

  568. Blocking Sediment Migration in architecture

    Blocking Sediment Migration from Colorado River Basin to Gulf of California I didn’t intend to map human migration for the Atlas in a Day project. My plans for a map of the migration of sediment in rivers raised some eyebrows at home, mostly wondering how the subject would fit in an atlas on migration. My wife suggested I ponder the relevance of mineral migration, especially in an age when so many...

  569. Applying Email-Based Git Patches in Evolution on Linux in programming

    Applying Email-Based Git Patches in Evolution on Linux 2023-04-25 Users who work with git patches through email most likely use a terminal-based program such as aerc or mutt. CLI email clients tend to have built-in support for easily applying patches directly to their local repos. But what about people who prefer to use graphical email apps? Lucky for us, it is actually fairly simple to replicate...

  570. Gratitude For a Web That Tries Not to Break in programming

    Chris wrote a response to my wondering-out-loud remarks about whether logical properties make CSS easier to learn. His response is great. And his tabular comparison of properties is short and concise and punchy in the way only Chris Coyier can reason about CSS. His post actually got me thinking about something different than logical properties, so now I’m gonna do some more thinking-as-I-type....

  571. This Builders-Grade Kitchen Transformed Using Rift-Sawn White Oak Cabinets in architecture

    LTB Architecture together with interior design firm State., has shared photos of an interior transformation they completed for an early 2000s home in Golden, Colorado. The renovation focused on the kitchen and dining room, as well as the living room. The original kitchen was a builders-grade kitchen with wood cabinets, making it quite dark. The […]

  572. A New Dog in programming

    “What are you doing now?” Sabelo asked Zoleka as she was taking a video of every part of their living room with her phone. He was growing tired of her ever-new discoveries and project ideas, and he didn’t know if he had the energy to stomach this new one. But she was too busy withContinue reading "A New Dog"

  573. Buildings, Communities, Cities: Things Fall Apart in architecture

    If the detached house is “The American Dream,” do we need a new dream?

  574. A Plan to Address the World’s Challenges With Math in science

    Minhyong Kim is leading a new initiative called Mathematics for Humanity that encourages mathematicians to apply their skills to solving social problems. The post A Plan to Address the World’s Challenges With Math first appeared on Quanta Magazine

  575. The missing post in creative

    I had a great idea for a post, my best blogging of the year, in fact. I worked it all out when I was driving, but when I arrived, it was gone. Vanished. So I went searching for it, trying out dozens of possible ideas. I never found it. But I did find five other […]

  576. Patterned Brickwork Is Featured On The Exterior Of The Ace Hotel In Toronto in architecture

    Photography by Scott Norseworthy Shim-Sutcliffe Architects has sent us photos of the Ace Hotel in Toronto, Canada, which has a red brick facade that draws guests in with a wood-lined opening. Working closely with the creative agency Atelier Ace, the architects of the hotel decided to cover the exterior of the hotel in brickwork with […]

  577. The Final Triumph of Cormac McCarthy (1933-2023) in life

    The novelist delivered an end-of-life masterpiece, but the culture machine was barely interested

  578. AI-enabled SaaS vs Moatless AI in startups

    Several enterprise SaaS companies have announced generative AI features recently, which is a direct threat to AI startups that lack sustainable competitive advantage

  579. Introducing Chat Notebooks: Integrating LLMs into the Notebook Paradigm in programming

    This is part of an ongoing series about our LLM technology:ChatGPT Gets Its “Wolfram Superpowers”!Instant Plugins for ChatGPT: Introducing the Wolfram ChatGPT Plugin KitThe New World of LLM Functions: Integrating LLM Technology into the Wolfram LanguagePrompts for Work & Play: Launching the Wolfram Prompt RepositoryIntroducing Chat Notebooks: Integrating LLMs into the Notebook Paradigm A New […]

  580. Working with `git` Patches in Apple Mail in programming

    Working with git Patches in Apple Mail 2023-05-11 Before we begin: You could likely automate this process in a more streamlined way, but for most use cases this workflow should be fine. I recently covered how to work with git email patches in Evolution on Linux, so I thought it would make sense to walk through a similar workflow for those using Apple Mail on MacOS. The idea is essentially the...

  581. The end of something in literature

    Thirteen years ago I posted The beginning of something to mark the fifteenth anniversary of Spike Magazine (not to be confused with Spiked), which I helped to found when the world wide web was forming, and to comment on the direction online literary culture had taken. By that point, the magazine was moribund and I was writing for (the unfortunately named) Ready Steady Book, which has become worse...

  582. XO 2.0 in startups

    Products have versions, why don't companies? Watch: https://youtu.be/KgkRtxRKCjs Listen: Spotify Amazon Apple A Lesson Here's a quick riddle and a dopamine hit. A very strange lesson in psychology. We purchased Growthbar. It required a credit card on signup. Also the entire country of

  583. What does Quitting the Rat Race Mean to Me? in programming

    Am I going to move to a cave in the mountains and immediately get eaten by a bear? This is what 'quitting the rat race' means to me.

  584. What would a map of your career look like? in startups

    I’ve been on a maps kick recently writing about blog maps and roadmaps! Let’s talk about career maps…

  585. Francesca Woodman’s Recipe for Frizzy Omelette – Rome, 1978 in history

    Francesca Woodman (April 3, 1958 – January 19, 1981) was an American photographer best known for her black and white pictures featuring either herself or female models. Many of her photographs show the subjects blurred, merging with their surroundings, or whose faces are obscured. As Elizabeth Janus writes, when Woodman wasn’t using her own body … Continue reading "Francesca Woodman’s Recipe for...

  586. GAS in programming

    I’ve been listening to the same music every night when I go to sleep 10+ years now. Weird endorsement; I’ve listened to it with more attention plenty of times too. But it’s particularly good for going to sleep; calm, interesting, and comfortably familiar. That music is GAS, Werner Voigt’s ambient techno project (Bandcamp, Youtube). The primary collection is Nah und Fern, four albums that were made...

  587. The C Standard Library Function isspace() Depends on Locale in programming

    This is a post for myself, because I wasted a lot of time understanding this bug, and I want to be able to remember it in the future. I expect close to zero others to be interested. The C standard library function isspace() returns a non-zero value (true) for the six "standard" ASCII white-space characters ('\t', '\n', '\v', '\f', '\r', ' '), and any locale-specific characters. By default, a...

  588. AI Art is getting better in programming

    Adobe Firefly Express (beta) whatever “Text to Image” takes the old Colab Notebooks to a new refined level.However it’s still easy to cherry-pick “good” images for every 10 mediocre or just plain wrong images. Don’t trust the robots. PEACE. T.AKE IT IT ELASY! * All images generated by software

  589. This Prefab Home Was Installed On The Property In Just One Day in architecture

    BIO-architects together with DublDom, have sent us photos of their latest project, DUB, a modular single-family home in Russia.

  590. Pràctica Redesigns 9+ Wine brand identity and packaging design in design

    Pràctica Redesigns 9+ Wine brand identity and packaging design abduzeedo0511—23 Barcelona-based design studio Pràctica has unveiled a new label design for 9+ wines, a natural wine producer based in Catalonia, Spain. The new labels feature a bold, graphic design that is both eye-catching and informative creating a beautiful packaging design. The 9+ winery is...

  591. The Tiny Physics Behind Immense Cosmic Eruptions in science

    A new theory describes how particle interactions fuel fast magnetic reconnection, the process behind solar flares and other astrophysical jets. The post The Tiny Physics Behind Immense Cosmic Eruptions first appeared on Quanta Magazine

  592. Building an Infinite Spreadsheet in programming

    As of late, I’ve been working on Quadratic: an infinite canvas spreadsheet that runs code. Think Figma (infinite canvas) meets Excel (spreadsheet) meets VSCode (IDE). In addition to formulas (e.g. SUM(A1:A5)) every cell in Quadratic can be the result of code (right now it’s Python only, which means I’m learning more Python, but JavaScript is on the roadmap too). Quadratic lives at a sweet spot...

  593. Artists’ Illustrated Love Letters from the Archives in history

    Reading other people’s love letters might be an act of voyeurism. These are personal communications between two beating hearts. Should we look? Of course we should. The lives of others is always fascinating. Pulled from the collections of the Archives of American Art, the handwritten illustrated letters feature the thoughts, pictures and doodles of American … Continue reading "Artists’ Illustrated...

  594. Brian Eno in creative

    From pioneering ambient music and ever-evolving light paintings to innovating production styles, installations, and strategies of surrender, Brian Eno’s work occupies a rare space in this world with an imprint as deep as it is wide. For the Roxy Music founder, art is the kind of surrender we all benefit from, especially when it helps us digest what science discovers. In this vein, he co-founded...

  595. Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - Nature in comics

    Click here to go see the bonus panel! Hovertext: In a couple years it'll be time for the pro-robot anti-nature SMBC collection. Today's News:

  596. This Home Hidden In The Forest Appears Like A Stack Of Illuminated Boxes in architecture

    William / Kaven Architecture has sent us photos of a home they completed in Portland, Oregon, that’s part of a collection of private residences perched on several steeply sloped sites within Forest Park, a 5,000-acre woodland. A simple material palette of dark steel, concrete, glass, and custom bronze-black cladding grounds the house within the surrounding […]

  597. Real estate is China's economic Achilles heel in startups

    It's the country's biggest engine of growth an employment, financial asset, and source of government revenue.

  598. My morning routine as a remote CEO and why it’s always changing in programming

    Note: this was originally posted on the Buffer blog. Working remotely and having the opportunity to work from home, coffee shops, coworking spaces, or wherever else I might feel the most productive, means that I can design my own mornings because they don’t necessarily need to be spent

  599. How beautiful that leaf was, so simple in its death in life

    Jiddu Krishnamurti was an Indian philosopher and spiritual leader who spent much of his adult life teaching and sharing his insights on self-awareness, freedom from conditioning, and the importance of living in the present moment. He traveled the world, engaging in dialogues with people from all walks of life and encouraging them to question their […]

  600. Their Enemies The Russians in history

    But what about the rest of us?

  601. Primitive Asgard Cells Show Life on the Brink of Complexity in science

    As researchers race to cultivate more of the intriguing cells from the deep seafloor, the few cells now growing in labs are giving us our best glimpses of the forerunners of all complex life. The post Primitive Asgard Cells Show Life on the Brink of Complexity first appeared on Quanta Magazine

  602. A veritable organ concert in life

    It was May of 1967, and Che Guevara, the Argentine-born Marxist revolutionary, was in Bolivia, leading a small band of guerrillas in an attempt to spread socialism across Latin America. Facing harsh environmental conditions and the pressure of the Bolivian military backed by US forces, Guevara and his comrades confronted the challenges of guerrilla warfare, […]

  603. When I die I shall go to May in life

    British gardener Monty Don has been educating and inspiring the British public for decades through his love of nature, beginning in 1989 with a television debut that ultimately led to him presenting BBC’s much-loved Gardener’s World. It was shortly after he became a broadcaster that Monty and his wife bought a farmhouse atop two acres […]

  604. Sparta and… Scotland? in history

    Laconic wit through the centuries

  605. The platforms give up on 2020 lies in startups

    For a time, they fought the good fight — but not any more

  606. How I Built This In Public: Marko Saric in indiehacker

    Lessons from building Plausible Analytics to $1.2m ARR in public

  607. Marble Run in comics

  608. AI Dev Tools Panel - Stripe AI day in programming

    I will be moderating a panel on 7/13 at Stripe with founders of Baseten, LlamaIndex, Zapier

  609. How to Blow Up a Timeline in programming

    NOTE: I’d been working on this piece on and off for a few weeks while trying to move to NYC and settle into my new apartment, and just as I was about to publish it, Elon rate-limited Twitter and so, sensing a moment of weakness, Meta pulled up its launch date for Threads to yesterday. This piece doesn’t cover Threads directly, nor does it talk about the rate-limiting fiasco. It’s focused on why I...

  610. experimenting with Obsidian in life

    Books have radically changed my life. One of the original purposes of this website was to share the learnings I had from them – read through my personal lenses, layered with the...

  611. Modeling a Wealth Tax in startups

  612. 💡 Business Brainstorms 💡- My favorite ideas of the week in startups

    Hey, this is Jakob Greenfeld, author of the Business Brainstorms newsletter - every week I write this email to share the most interesting trends, frameworks, opportunities, and ideas with you. Let's dive in! #1 💡 It's cool that smartphones have become all-in-one devices. But at the same time, there’s a reason why people buy Kindle devices.

  613. Video: Intro to progress studies at Learning Night Boston in science

    I got invited to speak at Learning Night Boston and give an intro to progress studies: why study progress, and why do we need a new philosophy of progress? There are then a few minutes of Q&A. (It was in a bar and the audio quality is poor, sorry.)

  614. My Home Assistant setup (2023 edition) in technology

    For the past few years, I have been running Home Assistant to make my apartment a smart home. It’s become such a hobby of mine that I’ve even started coding add-ons for it. While there are other popular automation platforms, Home Assistant’s versatility blows the rest out of the water. It connects to everything I […] The post My Home Assistant setup (2023 edition) appeared first on Style over...

  615. The Bond in design

    Designed by Common Curiosity, Birmingham, London.

  616. What I’ve been reading, October 2023 in science

    A ~monthly feature. Last month was busy for me with a lot of travel and a lot of focus on The Roots of Progress as a nonprofit organization, so I haven’t had as much time as I prefer for research and writing. Recent blog posts and news stories are generally omitted; you can find them in my links digests. All emphasis in bold in the quotes below was added by me. Histories of technology Finished...

  617. Plants Are Encouraged To Grow Over The Exterior Of This New House in architecture

    Giles Miller Studio has shared photos of their first completed residential property in Kent, England, that features a sculptural black facade. The house breaks down barriers between the building’s internal spaces and the glade of natural planting and trees that surround it. By having a unique sculptural facade, the home invites nature to grow up […]

  618. A rare sort of writer in literature

    Today is Gabriel Josipovici's 80th birthday. To mark the occasion, I'll link to various posts I've written over the years – after a brief interlude. I read him first in July 1988 after borrowing The Lessons of Modernism from the second floor of Portsmouth Central Library because it had essays on Kafka and Saul Bellow. The link explains how significant that brutalist building was for me and how...

  619. How Alex Reynolds and Maria Viviani are paying homage to their heritages at Eline in Hoxton in architecture

  620. GPT-4 + Stable-Diffusion = ?: Enhancing Prompt Understanding of Text-to-Image Diffusion Models with Large Language Models in AI

    TL;DR: Text Prompt -> LLM -> Intermediate Representation (such as an image layout) -> Stable Diffusion -> Image. Recent advancements in text-to-image generation with diffusion models have yielded remarkable results synthesizing highly realistic and diverse images. However, despite their impressive capabilities, diffusion models, such as Stable Diffusion, often struggle to accurately follow the...

  621. Language Model Sketchbook, or Why I Hate Chatbots in programming

  622. A writer's autobiography in technology

    (Just not mine.)

  623. Lichens and the Meaning of Life in literature

    "We are lichens on a grand scale."

  624. Netflix, Shein and MrBeast in startups

    What does Netflix have in common with Shein, and why is MrBeast more interesting than Disney Plus?

  625. Two trophies, one meme in startups

    How the World Cup and the Golden Globes united Argentina through a single viral image.

  626. City and Forest Living in a Unique Concrete Log House in travel

    All images © Ichiro Mishima courtesy IKAWAYA Architects Merging the organic with the inorganic; walking the fine line between indoors and outdoors, is a predominant theme in contemporary Japanese architecture. One of the latest iterations is from architect Atsushi Ikawaya, who recently completed a residential home in Eastern Japan that doubles as a music studio. […] Related posts: Karuizawa Home...

  627. Custom Font made of shapes and patterns for John Lewis (UK) in design

    Custom Font made of shapes and patterns for John Lewis (UK) AoiroStudio0510—23 In the world of graphic design, there are few studios as talented and innovative as Hola Bosque™. Based in the vibrant city of Buenos Aires, Argentina, this creative powerhouse has been making waves with their exceptional design work. One of their recent collaborations was with John...

  628. From the valley to the alley in programming

    The Flatiron building is one of the most instantly recognizable buildings in New York City. Built at the beginning of […] The post From the valley to the alley appeared first on The History of the Web.

  629. Kierkegaard on the Value of Despair in literature

    "To despair over oneself, in despair to want to be rid of oneself, is the formula for all despair."

  630. 99 vs 0 in creative

    If you get a 99% quality haircut or a 99% close-to-perfect meal, it’s better than good. On the other hand, if the scrub nurse only does a 99% job of disinfecting the tools in the operating room, you’re still going to die of an infection. Some projects respond very well to ordinary effort and 99% perfect. In fact, the last 1% isn’t worth the time, the effort or the focus. Others fail if they’re not...

  631. Avoid unnecessary amplifiers in creative

    This is extremely unique vs This is unique I’m very upset vs I’m upset and I love you a ton vs I love you Sometimes, more words aren’t better.

  632. The secret list of Twitter VIPs getting boosted over everyone else in startups

    Congratulations to Ben Shapiro, AOC, and ... LeBron?

  633. O Sweet Spontaneous: E.E. Cummings’s Love-Poem to Earth and the Glory of Spring in literature

    The ultimate anthem of resistance to the assaults on life.

  634. Bypassing the WiFi Hardware Switch on the Lenovo X201 in programming

    Bypassing the WiFi Hardware Switch on the Lenovo X201 2023-04-02 I recently received a ThinkPad X201 to start using as my daily driver. I purchased the X201 to replace my existing X260. Although some might look at this as a "downgrade" in terms of specs and hardware, I would have to disagree. The X201 is an absolute masterpiece in laptop hardware design and only faulted by some of the constraints...

  635. Getting alerts about flaky ECS tasks in Slack in programming

    At work, we use Amazon ECS to run some of our Docker-based services. ECS is a container orchestrator, similar to Kubernetes: we tell it what Docker images we want to run in what configuration, and it stops or starts containers to match. If a container stops unexpectedly, ECS starts new containers automatically to replace it. Occasionally, we see “unable to consistently start tasks successfully”...

  636. Making $20k from a job board directory in indiehacker

    Rod is a founder who has successfully monetized a directory showing websites for finding a job. He has made $20k from his Job Board Search site.

  637. APIs for content sites must be free in programming

    Social media businesses should not charge* for APIs. If a company like Reddit or Twitter derives most of its value from content that users write for free then it must provide APIs for anyone to download and manipulate that content. While an interactive API that enables third party applications is desirable, a simple static dump is the bare minimum to fulfill the social contract (see StackOverflow...

  638. Pure 1970s glamour at an iconic modernist house, from sunken sofas to an indoor pool in architecture

  639. Meet the Maker: Hazel McNab in creative

    Hi I’m Hazel, I live in Cornwall. I moved down just before Covid, very lucky me! And spent lockdown cutting Cornish Landscapes and really getting into my printing. My background is Fashion and Textiles, St Martins School of Art and I think my love of pattern shows in my work.  Describe your printmaking process. I mostly work in reduction linocut which means cutting away each colour from the same...

  640. Reddit doubles down in startups

    Delaying its API changes would benefit everyone — but users have other options, too

  641. HTML Dark Mode in programming

    HTML Dark Mode 2023-04-11 I wrote an article back in 2021 called The Lazy Developer's Dark Mode where I explained how to implement a very basic "dark mode" by using the prefers-color-scheme CSS attribute. This stills works perfectly fine, and in fact there is a cleaner variation of this created by jacksonchen666: These 3 Lines of CSS Will Give You Dark Mode for Free. But today I wanted to show how...

  642. Avoid false proxies in creative

    They’re toxic, wasteful and a tempting trap. It’s one of the most important topics in my new book. (And here’s a new podcast on it). We need proxies. You’re not allowed to read the book before you buy it or taste the ketchup before you leave the store. We rely on labels and cultural cues […]

  643. Book Briefs #35 Revisited in architecture

    Last week I cobbled together eight books, some of which publishers had sent me more than a year ago, in an effort to write a "Better Late Than Never" installment of "Book Briefs,"  something I had done back in April 2018 with Book Briefs #35. But, sensing I would not be able to absorb the books quickly enough to get the post done in less than a week, I thought that revisiting that five-year-old...

  644. Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - Offensive AI in comics

    Click here to go see the bonus panel! Hovertext: I'm slightly regretting not having this as the twist ending to a comedic novel. Gimme a few years. Today's News: One week until BEA WOLF DAY!

  645. New Type of Black Hole Discovered in science

    ESA’s Gaia orbital telescope has recently discovered two new black holes. This, in itself, is not surprising, as that is Gaia’s mission – to precisely map the three-dimensional position of two billion objects in our galaxy, using three separate instruments. The process is called astrometry, and the goal is to produce a highly accurate map […] The post New Type of Black Hole Discovered first...

  646. object – The Present Clock in design

    This hand of this clock makes one rotation every 365 days. Something like eight or nine years ago, I funded a Kickstarter campaign for a clock that Scott Thrift was making with a neat idea behind it — its single hand would make one full rotation every 365 days. It was called The Present. As a lover of clocks, it was a blind buy. The better part of a year later, I had one in my hands, and I...

  647. Harvesting Energy from Water Vapor in science

    I did not plan to write yet another post about energy, but this popped up and I had to write about it. UMASS researchers have produced a device that generates electricity by harvesting charge from water vapor. They write: The common feature of these materials is that they are engineered with appropriate nanopores to allow […] The post Harvesting Energy from Water Vapor first appeared on...

  648. Choosing your problems in creative

    Perhaps you only acknowledge and focus on problems where you know and are comfortable with the appropriate response. Denying the existence of the other ones is easier than dealing with them. Or it might be that you only choose to see the problems that are actually situations, that can’t be solved, and that amplify our […]

  649. Bill Gates tries to install Movie Maker in startups

    I am quite disappointed at how Windows Usability has been going backwards and the program management groups don't drive usability issues.

  650. Watch Transitions in Slow Motion in Chrome’s DevTools in programming

    For those of you about to do view transitions, I salute you! And I pass on this super useful (perhaps obvious) piece of information I received from Bramus: watch your animations play out in slow motion using Chrome’s devtools. I’ve been working on view transitions on my icon gallery site but was running into an issue where going from page A to page B worked fine, but then hitting the back button...

  651. Astrobiology meets quantum computation? in science

    The origin of life appears to share little with quantum computation, apart from the difficulty of achieving it and its potential for clickbait. Yet similar notions of complexity have recently garnered attention in both fields. Each topic’s researchers expect only … Continue reading →

  652. Branding case submission - BELYSSE in design

    Branding case submission - BELYSSE abduzeedo0217—23 The world of carpeting is vast and diverse, ranging from wall-to-wall carpet to creative carpet tiles. And one new brand has emerged, offering a complete solution for all carpeting needs. With six decades of experience, four sub-brands, and a strong commitment to sustainable flooring solutions, Belysse is...

  653. Apocalyptic AI in life

    The Convivial Society: Vol. 4, No. 5

  654. How We Render Reality: Attention as an Instrument of Love in literature

    "Since our consciousness plays some part in what comes into being, the play of attention can both create and destroy, but it never leaves its object unchanged."

  655. Stack Overflown in cartography

  656. Shimmering Glass Plates Make You Feel Like You’re Eating Off Water Droplets in travel

    It’s said that shutter speeds of around 1/1000th of a second are necessary to really capture the detail of moving water in photography. So you can imagine the technical challenge of accurately capturing water as a three-dimensional object. Product designer Masahiko Tanoue has dedicated the last several years of his career to just this: creating […] Related posts: A Glass Jug That Looks Like...

  657. Apple cracking down to enforce its RTO policy in programming

    Software engineers and their managers have started to receive warnings for not working in the office at least 3 days per week. I talked with engineers on how they see the policy being enforced.

  658. Radians Are Cursed in comics

  659. Recently in programming

    The weather is starting to get better. Listening Gift from the Trees by Mammal Hands I am still really loving the constellation of bands around Mammal Hands. They just released a new album, “Gift from the Trees”, and it’s really excellent. RETURN by tAKX Their guitarist, Stephen Mullins, also just released an excellent album that has more of a Fennesz direction - guitar-based...

  660. Feedly launches strikebreaking as a service in crypto

    The company claims to have not considered before launch whether their new protest and strike surveillance tool could be misused.

  661. A prosthesis for imagination: Using AI to boost your creativity in AI

    AI can already beat humans in many measures of creativity. Let's use that to our advantage.

  662. Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy” Brought to Life in a Spanish Flashmob of 100 Musicians in literature

    A touchingly human reminder of our capacity for ecstasy, transcendence, and collective felicity.

  663. Georgia O’Keeffe Photographs – Seeing Infinity in history

    “It is only by selection, by elimination, by emphasis that we get at the real meaning of things.” – Georgia O’Keeffe     The show Georgia O’Keeffe, Photographer at the Cincinnati Art Museum features around 100 of the artist’s photographs, many taken of her New Mexico home and the surrounding landscape. Best known for her paintings … Continue reading "Georgia O’Keeffe Photographs – Seeing...

  664. Stoic Advice on Divorce, Separations & Breakups: Ask Marcus Aurelius in life

    Previous Next Using Marcus Aurelius's writing in his Meditations and experiences inferred from historical records, we created an AI digital personality that spoke with us about how to practice Stoicism in our modern world. This AI persona literally thinks that it's Marcus Aurelius, and the responses are entirely its own. You can scroll down to Read More >>

  665. Value Modes and Mud Balls in programming

    In developing software products, we're often accustomed to prioritizing incremental delivery. This is usually a good way to mitigate the risk of working on the wrong thing. However, sometimes our problems don't fit neatly into accretive methodologies and we need to consider other ways of driving value.

  666. How to make digital business cards and share them via QR codes in design

    A previous employer found it important that the whole team had business cards. I had to wait a few months...

  667. Programming transforms your brain. Here's how. in startups

    Knowing how to program has a multitude of positive effects on the brain.

  668. Well-crafted grocery lists in programming

    Inspired by the simple unassuming beauty of a well-crafted grocery list – Field Notes back inside cover The list. Lists are powerful technology. In his book Moonwalking with Einstein, Joshua Foer likens early writing to sheet music for story-telling. Scripto continua had zero punctuation—even lacking spaces between words. This dearth of punctuation meant (Foer argues) that ancient writing...

  669. here are some things i like in architecture

    Often people say to me, “Kate, you’re an architecture critic! You must have an impeccably designed home full of wonderful design.” Haha, NO! However, I do think it’s entirely possible to collect design and live an aesthetically satisfying life on, like, a normal salary. Last week, I wondered via Twitter whether anyone would be interested in what my favorite things are - since this blog is usually...

  670. Sleep in startups

    I got an Oura ring a couple of years ago and have been working on improving my sleep and sleep habits ever since. For much of my adult life, I have been a poor sleeper. I have always been able to fall asleep quickly, but I have been plagued by two sleep issues. The first […]

  671. The Daily Bolster in startups

    USV is an investor in Bolster, a marketplace for fractional and full-time executive talent for startups and growth companies. This week Bolster launched a daily short (5min) podcast and email with actionable insights and advice from founders, operators, and investors. It is called The Daily Bolster. I did a Daily Bolster episode and it is […]

  672. A Conversation With Mike Zamansky in startups

    Mike Zamansky is the person who got me interested in K12 Computer Science Education in NYC, a cause I have now contributed almost fifteen years of my life to. Our family’s public charity, Gotham Gives, has been funding the work we do in K12 Computer Science Education in NYC for the last decade and a […]

  673. Thus passes Robert Lucas in startups

    Farewell to the most influential macroeconomist of his generation.

  674. Mammoth Mountain Logo in programming

    Ooof. Hard to believe this would have passed all the checks and balances to get appropriated approved. It’s not a stretch to say that a California ski resort has naively combined two M’s to form a crown but to outright copy a symbol used repeatedly by one of the highest selling artists of all time… Continue reading Mammoth Mountain Logo

  675. Books finished in April 2023 in literature

    I continue the practice of posting a list as a substitute for real writing. Coming soon: a long overdue loot at Seneca's plays, a glance at Gide's Counterfeiters, and some messing around with Plato's Republic. If I did not write in April, I at least read: GREEK PHILOSOPHY The Republic Parmenides Phaedrus Timaeus Critias, 4th C. BCE, Plato Classical Philosophy, 2014, Peter Adamson PREPARING FOR...

  676. The price of salt in creative

    Salt is essentially free. A bag of salted nuts is the same price (or less) as an unsalted one. But salt used to be expensive. Truly expensive, like gold. We keep seeing the deflation of things we were sure would remain expensive. Computer chips, disk storage and now, content. Once computers start illustrating, writing and […]

  677. Diaries of Note in life

    Dear all, On 1st January of this year, after what feels like centuries of preparation, I launched Diaries of Note, and though incredibly difficult to plan, the premise is simple: every single day, on the Diaries of Note website, I am featuring a single diary entry from history, published on the same day and month

  678. Why Engineers Can't Control Rivers in science

    [Note that this article is a transcript of the video embedded above.] This is the Old River Control Structure, a relatively innocuous complex of floodgates and levees off the Mississippi River in central Louisiana. It was built in the 1950s to solve a serious problem. Typically rivers only converge; tributaries combine and coalesce as they move downstream. But the Mississippi River is not a...

  679. Issue 24 – We sometimes find $50m of assets lying around that we lost track of; such is life. in crypto

    Chart crimes, math crimes, and crime crimes.

  680. Useful assumptions for teachers in creative

    Not simply in the classroom, but anywhere we hope to inform, inspire or educate: Assume enrollment. Either someone is committed to learning or they’re not. While many situations place people into a spot where they are compelled to show up (exhibit A: learning arithmetic in grade school), it’s almost impossible to teach well if people […]

  681. Good as New: the best contemporary homes for sale in architecture

    Historically speaking, period houses are seen as the ones with personality – and while we won’t argue with the fact they’ve got charisma (who doesn’t love pleasing Victorian details or grand Georgian proportions?), we will also make a strong case for those created in recent […]

  682. Merrimack Valley Gas Explosions: What Really Happened? in science

    [Note that this article is a transcript of the video embedded above.] On September 13, 2018, a pipeline crew in the Merrimack Valley in Massachusetts was hard at work replacing an aging cast iron natural gas line with a new polyethylene pipe. Located just north of Boston, the original cast iron system was installed in the early 1900s and due for replacement. To maintain service during the project,...

  683. Everyone is above average in AI

    Is AI a Leveler, King Maker, or Escalator?

  684. Woman with Catatonia for Years Wakes After Treatment in science

    The story of a woman, in a severe state of catatonia for years and “waking up” after being treated for an autoimmune disease, is making the rounds and deserves a little bit of context. April Burrell was diagnosed with a severe form of schizophrenia resulting in catatonia, and has been in long term care since […] The post Woman with Catatonia for Years Wakes After Treatment first appeared on...

  685. Why is medieval art so weird? in history

    Listen now (73 min) | In this inaugural episode of the Weird Medieval Guys podcast, Olivia and Aran discuss why medieval art is so intriguing to modern viewers and what makes so much of it so weird. Also discussed are Galaxy Quest, Mel Gibson's crimes against the Middle Ages, and the future historic legacy of explicit images of Garfield the cat.

  686. Dynamic animations and motion design — Nike, Just for Fun in design

    Dynamic animations and motion design — Nike, Just for Fun abduzeedo0501—23 Nike Kids is a live-action piece directed by MANSON and produced by CANADA, with support from R/GA Shanghai. The talented team at Studio Bliss was responsible for the dynamic animations and motion design featured throughout the project. The concept for the project was inspired by the...

  687. A Boldly Colored Pasta Shop Brightens Up The Street In Athens in architecture

    Design firm Studio Materiality has shared photos of Macaroni, a pasta shop they completed that’s located in the heart of Athens, Greece. The designers drew inspiration from the 1970s, with a boldly colored design, complete with a font from that era to create the logo. The exterior wall has a striped design that flows through […]

  688. Only in Yorkshire in life

    Few diarists capture the rhythms of daily life quite like Alan Bennett. Born in Leeds in 1934, it was in the early-1970s that this beloved playwright began to keep a diary, sporadically scribbled on loose sheets of paper that would later be bundled to form twelve months of insights, reflections, and curiosities. Bennett’s diary entries, […]

  689. We are in the grip of Watergate in life

    American journalist Edward Robb Ellis was sixteen when he began to keep a diary; by the time of his death 71 years later, he had written approximately 22 million words—an incredible feat which, until it was surpassed in 1994, earned him a world record for the “longest published diary in the English language.” Thanks to […]

  690. Icoma Foldable Electric Bike Inspired by Japanese Transformable Toys in travel

    The moment we saw this foldable electric bike, something awakened our inner child. We couldn’t quite put our finger on it bit it was a feeling akin to seeing a brand new toy in a toy shop. It turns out that the origin story of the Icoma Electric Bike is very much a part of […] Related posts: TOTO’s Toilet Motorcycle Will Travel Japan Entirely on Biogas What Happens When Musical Instrument and...

  691. Cautionary Tales of the Sydney Opera House [EPISODE] in architecture

    The Sydney Opera House is one of the most iconic and distinctive buildings in the world — but it took a relative newcomer and architectural outsider to dream up. The making of this future world heritage landmark is a tale for the ages — a cautionary tale, for which we turn to Tim Harford, producer The post Cautionary Tales of the Sydney Opera House appeared first on 99% Invisible.

  692. A hidden warehouse apartment in the heart of east London in architecture

  693. Math That Goes On Forever but Never Repeats in science

    Simple math can help explain the complexities of the newly discovered aperiodic monotile. The post Math That Goes On Forever but Never Repeats first appeared on Quanta Magazine

  694. Obsidian in programming

    Obsidian is good software for taking and organizing notes. There are many apps for this task, Obsidian is my current favorite. In the past I’ve used a text file, SimpleNote, Standard Notes, Joplin. I never used emacs org-mode nor Evernote. Obsidian works reliably and is simple yet powerful. The core Obsidian data model is “a folder of markdown files”. That’s it, really basic, and the files are...

  695. Pessimism in News Media Headlines in AI

    In previous work, I documented the growing emotional negativity (anger, fear, sadness, etc) of American news media headlines between the years 2000 and 2019. Here, I extend that work by examining the attitudinal tone (pessimism, optimism or neutrality

  696. The Kessler Syndrome in cartography

  697. This tedious battle against the mountain is almost over in life

    At 3:15 pm on 22nd May 1963, Luther ‘Lute’ Jerstad and his teammate Barry Bishop became the second and third Americans ever to reach the summit of Mount Everest, following an arduous journey that began alongside a formidable team of 17 other Americans, 32 Sherpas, and 909 porters carrying 27 tons of gear. Led by […]

  698. When you want to quit because it's just not worth it in programming

    Are you crying in the shower because you can't handle it anymore? Beyond Impostor Syndrome: Complete melt-down? Well, at least you're in good company.

  699. Adolf Hitler is said to be dead in life

    On 1st September 1939, Friedrich Kellner, a German justice inspector and committed Social Democrat, embarked upon a courageous mission that would continue until 1945. In defiance of the Nazi regime, he secretly documented the brutal realities of life under Hitler’s rule, chronicling its crimes, the persecution of Jews, and the spread of propaganda in what […]

  700. ChatGPT Gets Its “Wolfram Superpowers”! in programming

    See also: “What Is ChatGPT Doing … and Why Does It Work?” » To enable the functionality described here, select and install the Wolfram plugin from within ChatGPT. Note that this capability is so far available only to some ChatGPT Plus users; for more information, see OpenAI’s announcement. In Just Two and a Half Months… Early in January […]

  701. Repost: Someone has to run the fabs in startups

    Egalitarianism is important but we neglect STEM education at our peril

  702. Load Balancing in programming

    .simulation { width: 100%; display: flex; justify-content: center; align-items: center; margin-bottom: 2.5em; } .load-balancer { color: black; font-weight: bold; } .request { color: #04BF8A; font-weight: bold; } .server { color: #999999; font-weight: bold; } .dropped { color: red; font-weight: bold; } .lds-dual-ring { display:...

  703. Ploussard, Battersea in travel

    As much as I complained on these pages that all the exciting new restaurants were opening up not handily close to where I live in SW11, but in far-flung places like Dalston or Shoreditch or Highgate, part of me still hoped that something would eventually come along to prove me wrong. And so it happens that in Battersea, not on the restaurant desert of Lavender Hill but close enough on Battersea...

  704. Chaos ashore in life

    On 6th June 1944, approximately 150,000 Allied soldiers stormed the beaches of Normandy in an effort to reclaim France from Nazi control. One of those brave souls, attached to the Sherwood Rangers tank regiment, was Reverend Leslie Skinner, a remarkable, compassionate man who was the first British chaplain to land on those hostile shores. Upon […]

  705. Presents for Biologists in comics

  706. Meta doubles down on layoffs in startups

    The company's recent products have flopped with consumers. Will a more focused team reverse the trend?

  707. Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - Theory in comics

    Click here to go see the bonus panel! Hovertext: This is one of those frustrating comics where the votey, made in 4 seconds, is funnier than the whole comic. Today's News: Bea Wolf is available now!

  708. Qualifications in comics

  709. Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - Un Croissant in comics

    Click here to go see the bonus panel! Hovertext: Thanks to patreon subscribers' confusing I have color-coded the perverts. Today's News:

  710. Sol LeWitt: Variations of Incomplete Cubes, 1974 in history

    “The idea becomes a machine that makes the art” – Sol Lewitt, Paragraphs on Conceptual Art, 1967   In his Variations of Incomplete Cubes (1974), American artist Sol Lewitt (September 9, 1928 – April 8, 2007) looked at seriality and variation through a collection of 122 frame structures presented together with the corresponding diagrams arranged … Continue reading "Sol LeWitt: Variations of...

  711. Takeaways from Cory Zue's May 2023 Livecoding Session in indiehacker

    My friend Cory Zue has been publishing his live coding sessions, so I decided to watch one and record my notes. My background vs. Cory’s I’ve read a lot of Cory’s blog. We’re both Python developers, but he specializes in Django, whereas I’ve always worked with thinner frameworks like Flask. I have no experience with Django, but I’m comfortable in Python. Dev environment Timestamp 0:10 OS: Ubuntu I...

  712. You can't get faster than No Build in programming

    For the first time since the 2000s, I'm working on a new Rails application without using any form of real build steps on the front-end. We're making it using vanilla ES6 with import maps for Hotwire, and vanilla CSS with nesting and variables for styling. All running on a delightfully new simple asset pipeline called Propshaft. It's all just so... simple. It's also fast. Really fast. Infinitely...

  713. Magic Cutoffs in life

    There's nothing magic about six berries, specifically

  714. The Capital Cycle in finance

    What a famous investing framework — part of the modern canon of value investing — tells us about the expertise of capital in business.

  715. I Regret My $46k Website Redesign in indiehacker

    Two years ago, I created a website for my business. By combining my terrible design skills with a decent-looking template, I created a site that looked okay. I told myself that if the business took off, I’d hire a real designer to make it look professional. TinyPilot website, before design changes A year later, the business was generating $45k/month in revenue, but my website still looked like a...

  716. X celebrates 60% savings from cloud exit in programming

    Musk has taken a cleaver to the costs and complexity at X. It hasn't always been pretty, but it sure has been effective, and in the process, he's proven his detractors wrong time and again. Not only has the site stayed up, despite hysteric proclamations that it would crater soon after his personnel changes, but X has been able to increase the pace of experimentation and feature introductions at...

  717. Book Notes: “Out of the Software Crisis” by Baldur Bjarnason in programming

    I read Baldur’s book “Out of the Software Crisis” a while back and have been meaning to publish some of my highlighted excerpts and notes. It’s always hard reading a book like this because I highlight so much and have so many thoughts that I could spend hours and hours rehashing it all. But alas, there’s no time. So it will have to suffice to say: I enjoyed the book, here are a few excerpts I want...

  718. № 75: The Lindy Effect in life

    How I find clear signals in a misinforming & disinforming noisy world; To see the future, look back in time

  719. Apple execs on Facebook in startups

    On Jul 11, 2011, at 8:03 PM, Steve Jobs wrote: I agree - if we eliminate Fecebooks third proposal it sounds reasonable.

  720. A Fistful of Clockwork Oranges in history

    What's it going to be, then?

  721. Embrace Complexity; Tighten Your Feedback Loops in programming

    2023/06/20 Embrace Complexity; Tighten Your Feedback Loops This post contains a transcript of the talk I wrote for and gave at QCon New York 2023 for Vanessa Huerta Granda's track on resilience engineering. The official talk title was "Embrace Complexity; Tighten Your Feedback Loops". That’s the descriptive title for the talk that follows the conference’s guidelines about good descriptive titles....

  722. Apollo and App Icons in programming

    As a self-proclaimed app icon-noisseur, I’ve followed Apollo from the sidelines for a while. I absolutely love all the great app icon variations Christian has commissioned for the app. (Photo from @BasicAppleGuy.) It’s sad to see Apollo go. As I noted, Christian was a pioneering model for how apps can have more than just one icon. He commissioned app icon designers to create lots of fun,...

  723. Grayscale Bitcoin Trust: the free money machine that went into reverse in crypto

    A lucrative arbitrage opportunity formed the foundation of much of the cryptocurrency industry. When it turned bad, it brought the whole house of cards down with it.

  724. Today was truly, absolutely the worst day ever in Sarajevo in life

    In April 1992, following Bosnia’s declaration of independence from Yugoslavia, simmering tensions among the region’s ethnic groups escalated into the devastating Bosnian War. It wasn’t long before the city of Sarajevo found itself under siege. Amidst the chaos, a courageous young girl named Zlata Filipović took up her pen to chronicle the harrowing experiences of […]

  725. Is The Boring Company Useful? in science

    Elon Musk has a complicated legacy. Most people I encounter who bother to express an opinion tend to be either a fan or hater. I am neither. He’s a complicated and flawed person who has accomplished some interesting things, but also has had some epic failures. People like a clean narrative, however, so it’s tempting […] The post Is The Boring Company Useful? first appeared on NeuroLogica Blog.

  726. Books I Read in October 2023 in literature

    The five-day hospital stay breaking the month in half is likely invisible to anyone but me, but that is why the fiction list is so mystery-heavy, and for that matter so long.  Many of these books, the post-surgery group, are not just short but light, well-suited for the invalid's tired hand.  The invalid is feeling much better, by the way, in fact not much of an invalid, so perhaps I am ready for...

  727. What can you code up in an hour? in programming

    We’re just one week from the TLA+ workshop! Thanks to everyone who signed up, and if you’re interested, there’s still two slots left! I also published a new blog post, A Neovim Task Runner in 30 lines of Lua. It’s about a little Neovim script I wrote that can handle tasks like “execute this script on whatever file is in the left window, with whatever flags are in the active buffer’s b:flags...

  728. Compensation at Publicly Traded Tech Companies in programming

    Insights from 50 publicly traded tech companies, and a list of those paying the most and the least in median total compensation.

  729. How to change the world in creative

    All successful cultural change (books, movies, public health), has a super-simple two-step loop: AWARENESSTENSION–>Loop<– It’s easy to focus on awareness. Get the word out. Hype. Promo. I think that’s a mistake. Because awareness without tension is useless. The tension is like pulling back a rubber band. WHY would someone who becomes aware take action? Is […]

  730. Effect Size in comics

  731. The regulators come for OpenAI in startups

    From data privacy to defamation, officials have questions

  732. What's the Least Impactful Way to Spend $300 Million? in life

    Buying status is as close to bad as a good act can be.

  733. Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - Insta in comics

    Click here to go see the bonus panel! Hovertext: Please don't email - I am already filled with regret about the votey. Today's News:

  734. Who cares? in creative

    A question we don’t ask ourselves very often, but a choice we make every day. It’s tempting to not care. If you choose to not care, you’re off the hook. It’s simply to do as little as possible, avoid too much trouble, ask if it will be on the test, try to stay off the […]

  735. A from-scratch tour of Bitcoin in Python in AI

    .wrap { max-width: 900px; } p { font-family: sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-weight: 300; overflow-wrap: break-word; /* allow wrapping of very very long strings, like txids */ } .post pre, .post code { background-color: #fafafa; font-size: 13px; /* make code smaller for this post... */ } pre { white-space: pre-wrap; /* css-3 */ white-space: -moz-pre-wrap; /*...

  736. ZTM 2023 State of AI Tools & Coding Report in life

    How are developers using AI tools?

  737. Making Memes in programming

    Making memes I’m ahead of schedule on workshop prep, which means I have time to think about things besides pedagogy and formal methods. And I’ve been thinking of a kind of article I commonly write: Here’s some examples of something. I am going to give that thing a name. Now that we have a name, let’s discuss it as its own topic. Examples: edge case poisoning, mimicry, cleverness vs insight,...

  738. Why Rivers Move in science

    [Note that this article is a transcript of the video embedded above.] This is a map of the Mississippi River drafted by legendary geologist Harold Fisk. It’s part of a fairly unassuming geological report that he wrote in 1944 for Army Corps of Engineers, but the maps he produced are anything but run of the mill. They’re strikingly beautiful representations of not just the 1944 path of the...

  739. The only way to guarantee startup success in programming

    What is it like to reach the pinnacle of success? Is that where you attain happiness and fulfillment? Or are those found right here, right now.

  740. The Shape of a Technological Window in finance

    Technological Windows is Steve Jobs's conception of the game of consumer technology. We look at how he used it over the course of his career. Note: this is a follow-up to and an update for the Commoncog Case Library Beta.

  741. The Disaffected PhD Skunkworks: A Story About Process Improvement in finance

    A concrete story of positive process improvement, deep from the trenches of early customer service at Amazon.

  742. TikTok nears the endgame in startups

    Breaking off TikTok from ByteDance might be the right thing to do — but it will come at a high cost. PLUS: How Twitter keeps competitors off its For You page

  743. You can see the magic in him in life

    Each weekday at 9 a.m., beginning in November 1976 and continuing until just days before his death in 1987, Andy Warhol would engage in a lengthy phone call with Pat Hackett, a close friend who had initially started working for him as a typist in 1968. During his conversations with “Miss Diary,” Warhol would regale […]

  744. Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - Shell in comics

    Click here to go see the bonus panel! Hovertext: Two minutes includes 47 seconds of clothing removal. Today's News:

  745. You can do this: surviving day one in programming

    It’s day one of your new job as a developer. What should you expect? How should you act? Will you survive “max Q“?

  746. The Hermitage Hotel in design

    Designed by Mucca, New York.

  747. The Value of Being Wrong: Lewis Thomas on Generative Mistakes in literature

    In praise of our "property of error, spontaneous, uncontrolled, and rich in possibilities."

  748. No, Bitcoin isn't pumping because it's a "safe haven" from banks in crypto

    There are more reasonable explanations for the price increase, and more than a few flaws with the "safe haven" narrative.

  749. Chemical potential and banana waffles in science

    The concept of chemical potential is one that seems almost deliberately obscure to many.  I’ve written about this here, and referenced this article.  What you may not realize is that the chemical potential, of water in particular, plays a crucial role in why my banana waffle recipe works so well.   My waffle recipe starts with an old, peel-getting-brown banana, which I peel and put in a medium...

  750. Recipe Relativity in comics

  751. The magic of placebos in creative

    One of two things is true: A placebo is a force beyond understanding, one that is capable of disappearing when we do the appropriate double-blind tests and has mechanisms that defy our knowledge of the laws of physics. Or… A placebo is a prompt for our subconscious to do the hard work of healing our […]

  752. Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - Gills in comics

    Click here to go see the bonus panel! Hovertext: So Zach, what do you do when not making children's books? Today's News: Hey geeks, I'll be speaking a Proton Prom with a bunch of people who are more important than me!

  753. The Most Important Machine That Was Never Built in science

    When he invented Turing machines in 1936, Alan Turing also invented modern computing. The post The Most Important Machine That Was Never Built first appeared on Quanta Magazine

  754. A 1930s Brick Farmhouse Gets A Contemporary Remodel in architecture

    SHED Architecture has sent us photos of a 1930s brick farmhouse in Washington State that has been redesigned and renovated for today's living standards.

  755. Technology and Moral Responsibility in design

    As I’ve been cleaning up my site, I’ll occasionally read back over something I wrote many years ago. Yesterday, I re-read a series of posts I wrote over a decade ago on ethics and technology. Here’s the first one. What surprised me yesterday was how I could have easily written the exact same post today. The same issues — information monopolies, data integrity, automation, and the connection...

  756. Compounding head starts in creative

    When a six-year-old kid beats the other kids at tennis, that kid is more likely to be encouraged to play more, or to get a coach, and pretty soon, they’re much better at tennis than the others. When a musical group has a single that gets some buzz on Spotify, they’re more likely to be […]

  757. Train Set: Track Three [EPISODE] in architecture

    Happy National Train Day, everyone – for those of you who missed it: that was May 13th this year. A year ago, we started down this path with Train Set: Track One, which gave way to Track Two …and now, here we are for the final part of our train-fecta. First Stop: Shining Time Station The post Train Set: Track Three appeared first on 99% Invisible.

  758. How Child Refugees Drew The Spanish Civil War in 1936 in history

    Housed at the Southworth Spanish Civil War Collection are over 600 drawings made during the Spanish Civil War by Spanish school children, both in Spain and in refugee centres in France. Made from pencil, crayon, ink, and watercolours, the drawings were collected by the Spanish Board of Education and the Carnegie Institute of Spain. Some … Continue reading "How Child Refugees Drew The Spanish Civil...

  759. I must learn to think in life

    Isabelle Eberhardt was an explorer and writer whose brief but extraordinary life was marked by curiosity and defiance. Born in Geneva in 1877 to an anarchist father and a mother of Russian descent, it was in 1897 that she finally visited North Africa, a place she had longed to see, with her mother. The trip […]

  760. how we were loved profoundly influences how we live and love in life

    a personal review of "A general theory of love"

  761. Searching for the matter that hides its shine in science

    Just because matter is visible doesn’t mean it’s easy to see.

  762. Metal Cladding Wraps Around The Large Gable Roof Of This House in architecture

    BLA Design Group has shared photos of their latest project, a unique modern home that marries the West and the East, linking a Chinese-Canadian family’s present lifestyle to their past memories. Located in Vancouver, Canada, the home has a prominent gable form that floats atop the main level of the house, creating a cantilevered cover […]

  763. So We Won't Forget in life

    Why do we film concerts?

  764. Process Improvement is Trickier Than You Think in finance

    Most companies skimp on process improvement. But the surprising thing is that they do so not because they're bad or lazy — but because there are system dynamics that prevent them from doing so. We take a look at what those are.

  765. The Geoholics Podcast in cartography

    I got to join The Geoholics podcast this week and had a fun conversation with Kent Groh, Ryan Kelly, and Nik Smilovsky Here is a link to the episode: https://open.spotify.com/episode/0sHBwsGyfAoZE3ra5RaeVB?si=f1f3bdf9ab3b4695 Here’s the episode’s description: Raised by two Geography teachers, it goes without saying that this weeks guest has map making in his blood! The guys …

  766. Potluck: Dynamic documents as personal software in programming

    Gradually enriching text documents into interactive applications

  767. Coleridge on the Paradox of Friendship and Romantic Love in literature

    On sympathy, reciprocity, and satisfying the fulness of our nature.

  768. Understanding What's Happening in France. in history

    The kinetic phase may come next.

  769. Large Windows Give This Home A Lantern-Like Appearance At Night in architecture

    Swatt | Miers Architects has shared photos of a house they designed in the town of Atherton, California, that replaces an earlier mid-century structure that the family had owned for many years. The home, with its white exterior, has an abundance of windows, allowing the home to light up like a lantern at night. During […]

  770. The surgeon general's warning is a wake-up call for social networks in startups

    A growing body of evidence suggests that social products pose significant risks to teenagers

  771. What Does Stoicism Teach About Pleasure and Pain? in life

    Stoicism is an ancient philosophy that has gained increasing popularity in recent years. At the heart of this school of thought is the idea that we can achieve true happiness by living in accordance with nature, accepting what we cannot change, and focusing on developing our own virtue. Throughout history, Stoicism has been applied to Read More >>

  772. Monitoring my indoor air quality in programming

    Fri, 19 May 2023 Denver air quality live cam If there’s one thing that feels like it’s gotten worse in my lifetime, it’s air quality. Colorado’s air quality last week was dismal, filled with smoke from Canadian wildfires, making Denver’s air quality among the worst of any major city. This is what happened to air quality four miles from my house: Fine particles (PM2.5), Union Resevior, Longmont,...

  773. Metrics, Cowardice, and Mistrust in startups

    why we need better ideologies than "data driven decision making"

  774. TypingMind is live in indiehacker

    It's my first product launch of the year!

  775. Everything's an API in programming

    Hi Everybody, April Cools is this weekend! A bunch of people who normally write tech stuff will be writing about a bunch of other topics. If you’ve got a blog and find April Fools to be eye-rollingly trite, come join us! You don’t need to pour your heart and soul into a 10,000 epic, just write something fun and genuine and out of character for you. I’ve got a lot on my plate this week, so I’ll...

  776. How Randomness Improves Algorithms in science

    Unpredictability can help computer scientists solve otherwise intractable problems. The post How Randomness Improves Algorithms first appeared on Quanta Magazine

  777. An end to pop in creative

    Pop culture depends on scarcity. When there are only a few TV stations or a dozen radio stations, it’s likely that many of us watch or hear the same thing at the same time. And so a popular TV show or song from fifty years ago probably reached twenty times as many people as a […]

  778. 120 Koinobori Flutter in Sabagawa River in travel

    photo courtesy Sabogawa Koinobori Kawanagashi Association Around this time of year, Japan becomes decorated with scenes of fish fluttering in the sky. Known as koinobori, the carp streamers are an important celebration of Children’s Day, which is on May 5th, and is one of the consecutive holidays that makes up Golden Week in Japan. But […] Related posts: The Michelangelo of Microsoft Excel

  779. Nuts and Bolts [EPISODE] in architecture

    In her new book Nuts and Bolts Seven Small Inventions That Changed the World (in a Big Way), structural engineer Roma Agrawal identifies and examines the seven of most basic building blocks of engineering that have shaped the modern world: the nail, the wheel, the spring, the lens, the magnet, the string, and the pump. The post Nuts and Bolts appeared first on 99% Invisible.

  780. Maria Reiche and the Mystery of the Nazca Lines in history

    “If I had a hundred lifetimes, I would have given them to Nazca. And if I had to make a thousand sacrifices, I would have made them, if for Nazca.” – Maria Reiche     Maria Reiche (15 May 1903 – 8 June 1998) was the ‘Lady of the Lines’. The German-born Peruvian mathematician, archaeologist … Continue reading "Maria Reiche and the Mystery of the Nazca Lines" The post Maria Reiche and the Mystery of...

  781. Persian myths and realities on the Swahili coast: contextualizing the 'Shirazi' civilization. in history

    Why geneticists found what archeologists and historians had failed to locate.

  782. Fuck It, We'll Do It Live in programming

    How the Live effect run-time is implemented In this post I describe how the Live run-time internals are implemented, which drive Use.GPU. Some pre-existing React and FP effect knowledge is useful. I have written about Live before, but in general terms. You may therefor have a wrong impression of this endeavor. When a junior engineer sees an application doing complex things, they're often...

  783. A Curved Corner Softens The Space Inside This Home Extension in architecture

    Australian architecture firm Bryant Alsop has shared photos of a home remodel they completed for a run-down home in Victoria, that includes a new contemporary addition with a curved wall.

  784. Recently in programming

    Listening My friend Dave Infante has been busy – he launched his own beer-centric podcast, Taplines, and guest-starred on the enormous Chapo Trap House podcast. Reading It’s been a slow few weeks for books, but since I skipped Recently in May, I can still talk about Achieving Our Country, which was a pivotal read. It’s a political-philosophy book on the left about the shifts in American leftism...

  785. The grid part II - the golden age of the power industry in architecture

    Welcome to Part II of our history of the electric power industry. For Part I, see here. By 1930, the US was using 114 trillion kilowatt-hours of electricity a year, generated by more than 4000 power plants. Most electricity was generated by coal (56%) and hydroelectric (34%) plants, with the remainder generated by natural gas and fuel oil.[0] 68% of homes overall, and 84% of homes in urban areas,...

  786. Wild Horses in science

    The Bureau of Land Management wants to pay you $1,000 to adopt a wild horse. But the program has been criticized by animal rights advocates and subject to scrutiny by Congress.

  787. Fossil in comics

  788. Good Intentions, Perverse Outcomes: The Impact of Impact Investing! in finance

    I have made no secret of my disdain for ESG, an over-hyped and over-sold acronym, that has been a gravy train for a whole host of players, including fund managers, consultants and academics. In response, I have been told that the problem is not with the idea of ESG, but in its measurement and application, and that impact investing is the solution to both market and society's problems. Impact...

  789. Meet the Maker: Chris Long in creative

    My name is Chris and I am an artist, printmaker, composer and teacher. I studied fine art and music at the University of Liverpool, a Masters in musical composition at Newcastle University and I completed my PhD at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire. I have recently returned to my visual work after a focus on other artforms and projects. Describe your printmaking process. My main focus has been...

  790. Stoic Advice on College, School & Education Stress: Ask Marcus Aurelius in life

    Previous Next Using Marcus Aurelius's writing in his Meditations and experiences inferred from historical records, we created an AI digital personality that spoke with us about how to practice Stoicism in our modern world. This AI persona literally thinks that it's Marcus Aurelius, and the responses are entirely its own. You can scroll down to Read More >>

  791. The GOES-16 Weather Satellite in science

    Satellites used to observe weather are so ubiquitous it is easy to take them for granted. GOES-16 is worthy of your attention.

  792. The Dystopia of Diagolon: Irrational Cartographies of Secession in cartography

    The quandary of our own abundant if not inexhaustible repertoire of mapping abilities and skills of visualization are tried by the spread of COVID-19. As dashboards, news agencies, and media offered new maps and staked new skills of mapping, maps … Continue reading →

  793. How Urban Company built an empire of female gig workers in startups

    By disrupting the age-old home services industry, the Indian unicorn offered many women a rare opportunity for social mobility. Now, they want more.

  794. Assumed Audiences in programming

  795. The Absolute Best Way to Run Multiple npm Scripts in Parallel in 2022 in programming

    Just a quick tutorial and explanation of how best to set up concurrently with named and colored log output since I had to look it up today.

  796. Mark Zuckerberg: "speed and strategy" in startups

    One way to make sure we can move quickly is for everyone to understand our strategy behind the major product areas we're working on. I've tried to summarize some of the key ones here.

  797. God, Human, Animal, Machine: Consciousness and Our Search for Meaning in the Age of Artificial Intelligence in literature

    An inquiry into the eternal enchantment of why the world exists.

  798. How to become an #Influencer in India in startups

    Many middle-class Indians aspire to be the next Kusha Kapila or Ranveer Allahbadia. But there’s a real struggle to monetize from Instagram.

  799. Interview: Dan Wang, China specialist in startups

    We talk about China's economy, decoupling, export controls, industrial policy, state control, and lots more.

  800. Collecting and curating material is good and we should do it more in programming

    GOTO Chicago is over! My talk, “Is software engineering really engineering”, went over pretty well, and I’m happy with how it turned out. I’m going to try submitting it to other conferences. Beyond that, I have a TLA+ workshop I’m teaching on June 12th and after that my next engagement is in September, so there’s a lot of time to take up with things. (Use the code C0MPUT3RTHINGS for 10% off the...

  801. One Way Or Another .... in history

    We're going to get you.

  802. A Survey of Applicant Tracking Systems for Bootstrapped Businesses in indiehacker

    I’m a bootstrapped founder of a six-person company, and I spent this week testing different tools for hiring candidates. This post summarizes my experience with the applicant tracking systems (ATS) I found and how well they serve small, bootstrapped businesses. Note: This isn’t affiliate blogspam where I give fake reviews to push you to sign up for whoever gives me a commission. I have no business...

  803. Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - Sunset in comics

    Click here to go see the bonus panel! Hovertext: Hopefully you didn't laugh at this, because if you did you're using up around .01% of your laughs on just this one comic. Today's News: Thank you, thank you, thank you, I cannot thank you enough times. The response to Bea Wolf has been overwhelming and wonderful. In case you missed it, I'll be in Reston Virginia tonight at Scrawl books, signing...

  804. Laurence Quinn, architect and founder of Modern Works, on the power of production in architecture

  805. Two sisters share the story of their remarkable Patrick Gwynne-designed family home in architecture

  806. Commemorative Plaque in comics

  807. The seven specification ur-languages in programming

    Last week Madhadron’s 2021 piece The seven programming ur-languages went viral. One I saw a lot was “where does TLA+ and Alloy fit into this?” Hoo boy. I’ve been dreading this one. You see, TLA+ and Alloy don’t fit into any of the programming ur-languages, because they aren’t programming languages. They are specification languages (SLs) and are designed for modeling systems, not implementing them....

  808. The Bounding Box Podcast in cartography

    The one where I chat with Rene Rubalcava about the importance of unstructured data-play, the risk of metrics becoming the goal, where to find inspiration, brewing chaos into professional development, and loving our neighbors!

  809. The Physicist Who Glues Together Universes in science

    Renate Loll has helped pioneer a radically new approach to quantum gravity. She assumes that the fabric of space-time is a blend of all possible fabrics, and she has developed the computational tools needed to calculate the far-reaching implications of that assumption. The post The Physicist Who Glues Together Universes first appeared on Quanta Magazine

  810. Satisficing vs Maximizing in programming

    Fast, or Best? Choose your decision-making goal wisely, especially if you're a natural perfectionist.

  811. Writing a Mac app to review my photos in programming

    I take a lot of photos. When I’m trying to get a particular shot, I’ll often take multiple pictures in the hope of getting at least one that’s good – and then my camera roll is full of similar images. I always intend to go back and clean up my pictures afterwards – pick the best version of each shot, and delete all the rest. In practice, I’ve struggled to do this review step – I had no good way to...

  812. Out of the Software Crisis: Gardening in programming

    The following is an extension of my notes from Baldur’s book “Out of the Software Crisis” including quotes from the author. Great software grows in our minds, we don’t manufacture it on-demand. [Software projects] are grown thought-stuff [but we] treat them like lego blocks. As an interesting exercise, put aside the industrial metaphor of software as “legos” or “building blocks” and instead think...

  813. 10 YouTube Videos I'm Enjoying Right Now in life

    My life is pretty much like yours. Except that total strangers send me all sorts of things.

  814. Xenophon's Socrates in literature

    I’m still catching up with myself.  I wanted to spend March thinking about Socrates as a philosopher, independent from Plato’s use of him, to the extent that it is possible.  The Socrates of Aristophanes in The Clouds is not much help.  But luckily we have Xenophon, a close contemporary of Plato, and his Recollections of Socrates. Xenophon was not really a philosopher.  He wrote many books in a...

  815. A Plan for Spam in startups

  816. Kim-1 User Manual in technology

    For sale: a few KIM-1 User Manuals I printed up.

  817. When tech says ‘no’ in startups

    The tech industry always has a reason why any new laws or regulations are bad - indeed, so does any industry. They always say that! The trouble is, sometimes it’s true, and some laws are (or would be) disasters. So which is it? Well, there are three ways that people say ‘NO!’

  818. How to draw ideas in programming

    Great ideas are hard to find. Drawing makes it a lot easier. And fun. How? In a creative process drawing can play four different roles. Let’s say, we want to come up with ideas for a new flower pot. 1. Study: Fill your mind To prepare for our ideation we first draw what we want to think about. These study drawings are realistic images. They force us to observe our subject closely and absorb as...

  819. The Political Biases of GPT-4 in AI

    Things are not always what they seem

  820. The Medieval Monks Who Lived on Top of Giant Pillars in history

    A history of the monastic high life

  821. The 2022 Effect: A Benchmarking Bulletin in startups

    When we released a16z Growth’s Guide to Growth Metrics at the end of last year, one of the biggest requests we received from founders was more information about how companies in our dataset were affected by 2022 macroeconomic conditions. We’re … The post The 2022 Effect: A Benchmarking Bulletin appeared first on Andreessen Horowitz.

  822. You Aren't Learning If You Don't Close the Loops in finance

    Every experimentation and iteration loop looks the same, but the vast majority of folk in business don't seem to have the discipline to execute till the end. Why this is, and why it's hard.

  823. Focus Doesn't Mean Doing One Thing at a Time in finance

    Focus may be about saying no to good ideas, but it certainly doesn't mean doing one thing at a time. This is what focus looks like at an organisational level, told through the story of a business turnaround and the Marine Corps approach to war.

  824. A Climate Debate Regarding Health Effects – Part IV in science

    Part 4 This will be the final installment of this mini-debate about climate change and health effects, following a typical format of each person getting to make a statement and a response. Scott makes a lot of complaints about tone, format and fairness while simultaneously trying to shield himself from any similar criticism. I am […] The post A Climate Debate Regarding Health Effects – Part IV...

  825. Noya in startups

    Six months ago, I wrote about Direct Air Carbon Capture and ended with this: I remember hearing that “we’ve spent hundreds of years taking carbon out of the ground and putting it into our atmosphere and we are going to spend hundreds of years taking carbon out of the atmosphere and putting it back into […]

  826. Gestalt Principles of Design – Closure in design

    The mind is capable of perceiving more information than what is actually visible. The Gestalt Principles of Design are a set of concepts and guidelines drawn from gestalt psychology, which theorizes that the mind tends to process organized groups of things as a whole, rather than a number of individual things. These concepts can help to integrate a better understanding of perception into the...

  827. Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - Being in comics

    Click here to go see the bonus panel! Hovertext: I'm officially adding an AI tag, since from now on 83% of comics on SMBC will be about AI ennui. Ennai? AInnui? Today's News:

  828. Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - Words in comics

    Click here to go see the bonus panel! Hovertext: Breaking: Slamming 'Slam' SLAMMED Today's News: Just 10 days till the big new thing!

  829. If We Had More Than a Hammer ... in history

    We might not be in this mess.

  830. Meteostat-12 Meets Flat Earthers in science

    I know this wasn’t the purpose of sending up a €4.3bn satellite into geostationary orbit, but tweaking flat earthers is a fun side effect. European countries have collaborated on this project, having weather satellites in orbit since 1977. The latest iteration is Meteostat-12, which was launched in December and is now in orbit 36,000 km […] The post Meteostat-12 Meets Flat Earthers first appeared...

  831. Quote quiz answer in science

    Here’s the answer to the recent quote quiz: The author was Ted Kaczynski, aka the Unabomber. The quote was taken from his manifesto, “Industrial Society and Its Future.” Here’s a slightly longer, and unaltered, quote: First let us postulate that the computer scientists succeed in developing intelligent machines that can do all things better than human beings can do them. In that case presumably...

  832. It’s the vilest thing in the world to have but one coat in life

    George Crabbe was determined to become a successful poet. So much so that in April of 1780, aged twenty-five, he left his career in medicine and moved to London where he could focus entirely on the craft he so wanted to master. It was at this moment that he began a journal in which to […]

  833. In the world, yet not in it in life

    Born in Geneva in 1821, Henri-Frédéric Amiel was a poet and philosopher who found little in the way of recognition during his lifetime, perhaps due to the introspective nature that fuelled the journal for which he posthumously found fame. Always reaching for perfection and refusing to compromise left him feeling out of step with the […]

  834. I Like New Orleans Better in life

    After Galveston we headed north, bound for New Orleans. We broke up the drive with a stop at one of the gates of hell, located in Sea Rim State Park, Texas. Sea Grim as we call it. Do not go there. Ever. For any reason. We had to abandon the bus there that night and retreat to a hotel. The next morning we went back, fired up the bus, and did not stop driving until we were safely over the state...

  835. Paleontology Museum in comics

  836. Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - Theodicy in comics

    Click here to go see the bonus panel! Hovertext: It is NEW book launch day, so please stay tuned for more updates and check the blog for more info! Today's News: BOOOOOOOOOOOK

  837. Not one in a hundred is sober in life

    Born in the picturesque English village of Lamport in 1657, Sir Thomas Isham was a baronet who inherited a legacy of nobility. In 1671, as instructed by his father, he began to keep a diary in Latin which he would continue for two years, filling it with the daily happenings and noteworthy events that helped […]

  838. Flore — A Collection of Digital Illustrations in design

    Flore — A Collection of Digital Illustrations AoiroStudio0508—23 Laura Normand is a talented Paris-based artist whose work revolves around vibrant and captivating digital illustrations. With a particular focus on flowers, her series of colorful artworks brings the beauty and allure of nature to life in a unique and captivating way. Normand's digital...

  839. Why deli and wine bar Lulu’s is winning the hearts of locals in Herne Hill in architecture

  840. What is a spin glass? in science

    As mentioned previously, structural glasses are materials in which there is no periodic lattice (no long-range spatial order) and the building blocks get "stuck" in some configuration, kinetically unable to get to the true energetic minimum state which would almost certainly be a periodic crystal.  Upon cooling from the liquid state, their viscosity increases by many orders of magnitude (in...

  841. Productive assets and useful flows in creative

    Assets are ownable. They are devices, skills, connections or properties that allow us to amplify our effort and do our work with more impact. A drill press is an asset, so is your law degree. The permission you have to talk with your customers, the benefit of the doubt you get from your patients and […]

  842. Who is there for me? in life

    When she wrote this entry in her journal, Elizabeth Smart was pregnant with the second of four children to fellow poet George Barker, a married man who, by the time of his death, had fathered fifteen children to four women. Smart essentially raised their brood alone, whilst somehow finding time to work for the Ministry […]

  843. How I Built This In Public: Marie Martens in indiehacker

    Lessons from building Tally.so from 0 to $40k MRR all in public

  844. Submission – Official Map: TRAM d’Alacant Fare Zones, 2023 in cartography

    Submitted by Roberto, who says: I would like to share the TRAM d’Alacant fare zone map. It describes the different zones and stops of this tramway/narrow gauge train in the Spanish province of Alacant (Alicante). It’s been reopened recently after six years of renovation works. Transit Maps says: This is a fairly solid diagram that […]

  845. Ukraine In NATO Would Be A Disaster ... in history

    But not necessarily for the reasons you think.

  846. Thinking companion, companion for thinking in AI

    Some simple ways to use AI to break you out of biases

  847. Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - Collection in comics

    Click here to go see the bonus panel! Hovertext: I wonder if you could embed consciousness in a sticky ball that could be fired from a small cannon to make enemy weapons sentient and pacifist. Today's News: Thanks!

  848. Writing, Riffs & Relationships in startups

    summary And - specifically for anyone doing "content marketing" to drive sales - like indie consultants, business owners and founders - the riff is a great way to create connections and conversations around your work. In short it's a tasteful and more fun way of doing outreach and sales.

  849. Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - Paradise in comics

    Click here to go see the bonus panel! Hovertext: When humans finally step into the Experience Machine, their choice of paradise will be heartbreaking. Today's News:

  850. 2,000 Years of Kindness in literature

    From Marcus Aurelius to Einstein, poets and philosophers on the deepest wellspring of our humanity.

  851. Macron is Safe for the Moment in history

    But the future worries me.

  852. Recent RT superconductivity claim - summary page in science

    In the interests of saving people from lots of googling or scrolling through 170+ comments, here is a bulleted summary of links relevant to the recent claim of room temperature superconductivity in a nitrogen-doped lutetium hydride compound under pressure.   Dias's contributed talk at the APS meeting is here on youtube. Here is the promotional video put out by Rochester as part of the media...

  853. Diana forgot to steer in life

    Few people witnessed the tumultuous events of mid-20th century Britain quite like Duff Cooper, a charismatic politician whose life was as colourful as it was influential. Born in 1890, he was known as a steadfast politician who famously resigned from his government post over the Munich Agreement, only to be drawn back into the fray […]

  854. Your Map Is Not The Territory in life

    Afflictions of the human condition

  855. Some Sh*tty Career Advice From A Professional Gambler in life

    Asymmetric betting, skill acquisition and daring to be different

  856. Money and the Conundrum of Architects Who Don’t Build in architecture

    The identity is a little different than the actual grind.

  857. Daylight confusion week in programming

    Time is a river. A violent current of events. – Marcus Aurelius, Meditations Here we are again: Daylight Confusion Week. Much of Europe ends Daylight Savings Time today. But North America will neglect their clocks for another week. And for us remoties, that means next week’s calendar is a mess: 23 Oct 30 Oct 😵 06 Nov San Francisco, CA 📌 08:00 08:00 08:00 ...

  858. A Round House Design Inspired By A Tree Trunk in architecture

    Mobius Architekci has sent us photos of a home they designed in Izabelin, Poland, that has a round design. The vast, sandy plot densely covered with a pine forest created a unique setting for the house, with the architect drawing inspiration from a tree trunk. The home has been built with a reinforced concrete structure […]

  859. Building Big Systems with Remote Hardware Teams in programming

    The product we’re building, a rack-scale computer, is specifically designed to be a centralized, integrated product because that’s what our customers need. This requirement and the design choices we’ve made to meet this need create some daily efficiency challenges for our team. As a remote-first company, we’re designing this product with team members (including the hardware team) across most North...

  860. England Allows Gene-Edited Crops in science

    This has been somewhat of a quiet revolution, but a new law in England may bring it to the foreground. The Precision Breeding Act will now allow gene-edited plants to be developed and marketed in England (not Northern Ireland, Wales, or Scotland). The innovation is that the law makes a distinction between genetically modified organisms […] The post England Allows Gene-Edited Crops first appeared...

  861. Flashing on contempt in creative

    It doesn’t have to happen with intent, in fact, it rarely does. Micro-emotions appear on our face and then disappear in less than a second. Blink and you’ll miss them. But sometimes, people don’t blink. We’ve evolved to be hyperware of these tiny displays of emotion. And yet, most of us don’t even realize it’s […]

  862. Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - Earned in comics

    Click here to go see the bonus panel! Hovertext: Kelly didn't like this one, but twitter did, and twitter, let me tell you, is very smart. Today's News: It's the last day that sales of Bea count toward our NYT bestseller total! The list is normally dominated by major franchises, but we are trying to squeeze in - I have a post about it here.

  863. The news from remote France grows more ominous every day in life

    Siegfried Sassoon was a leading poet of the First World War, known for his vivid depictions of life in the trenches and his criticism of the conflict. In 1918, he had already gained recognition for his poetry, with his first collection, The Old Huntsman and Other Poems, published in 1917. That year, Sassoon also made […]

  864. Trust, Betrayal, and the Nexus of Mathematics and Morality: The Prisoner’s Dilemma Animated in literature

    Illuminating the pitfalls of the mind in felt and gingerbread.

  865. The Electron Is So Round That It’s Ruling Out Potential New Particles in science

    If the electron’s charge wasn’t perfectly round, it could reveal the existence of hidden particles. A new measurement approaches perfection. The post The Electron Is So Round That It’s Ruling Out Potential New Particles first appeared on Quanta Magazine

  866. In Defense of No-code('s potential) in programming

    No-code/low-code is the new hypename for tools that help you Do Computer Stuff without needing (much) programming skills. There are lots of tools in this space, most targeted at businesses, many selling themselves with “you won’t need a software developer”. I think the first use of low-code was in 2011 but this kind of “rapid application development” goes at least as far back as Visual Basic 6.1...

  867. Lamborghini Performance footwear 3d concept in design

    Lamborghini Performance footwear 3d concept AoiroStudio0503—23 Hussain Almossawi is a talented 3D artist and art director based in Brooklyn, NY, USA. Recently, he created a concept work that reimagines what would happen if Lamborghini, the iconic sports car brand, ventured into the world of high-end performance footwear. The concept is a celebration of the 60th...

  868. Mayday for IBKR margin lending in finance

    Regular readers will know what a fan I have been of margin lending from Interactive Brokers. No longer. If you’ve read my other posts (like this or this or this) on margin lending, and are interested in exploring further, make you read this post before you do. Why I used to like IB’s margin loans… Continue reading Mayday for IBKR margin lending →

  869. PagerDuty alternatives in programming

    12 alternatives to the market-leading alerting tool, PagerDuty.

  870. How an artist and architect converted a war bunker on the wild Isle of Wight coast in architecture

  871. New Wave: seven coastal homes for sale in Kent and Sussex in architecture

    In the middle of the 19th century, well-meaning Victorian doctors would advise their patients to take ‘the sea cure’. Dutifully, they would go to the coast – particularly in the south – bathe in the waters and draw in lungfuls of salty air. Smart promenades, […]

  872. Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - Clippy in comics

    Click here to go see the bonus panel! Hovertext: Have you noticed nobody has ever explained *why* it's supposedly bad if human beings are converted to paperclips? Today's News:

  873. A history of the Majeerteen Sultanate: 1700-1927. in history

    Maritime trade and diplomacy in the northern Horn of Africa.

  874. Hacking window titles to help OBS in programming

    This write-up is meant to present the rationale and technical details behind a tiny project I wrote the other day, WTH, or WindowTitleHack, which is meant to force a constant window name for apps that keep changing it (I'm looking specifically at Firefox and Krita, but there are probably many others). Why tho? I've been streaming on Twitch from Linux (X11) with a barebone OBS Studio setup for a...

  875. Fintech Forward 2023 Registration Page in startups

  876. The Dot-com surge in programming

    As the dot-com hype began to rise, entrepreneurs and ordinary investors got swept up in the fervor. The post The Dot-com surge appeared first on The History of the Web.

  877. Let the world dawn on you (influences pt. 2) in life

    I know the houses too. As I walk along they seem to run forward in the streets to look out at me from every window, and almost to say: "Good-morning! How do you do? I am quite well, thank God, and I am to have a new storey in May," or, "How are you? I am being redecorated tomorrow"; or, "I was almost burnt down and had such a fright," and so on.

  878. Mark Zuckerberg: "VR / AR strategy" in startups

    We are vulnerable on mobile to Google and Apple because they make major mobile platforms. We would like a stronger strategic position in the next wave of computing.

  879. What Made the 90’s So Awesome? in AI

    I just read a brilliant essay about the 90’s by Freddie de Boer, and it got me thinking. What made the 90’s so great? Here’s GPT’s answer: Give a 90’s lover’s view of what made the 90’s awesome. Include everything from parenting, art, entertainment, games, childhood, movies, TV, news, culture, and other stuff. Make a bulleted list with…

  880. Jealousy and Its Antidote: Pioneering Psychiatrist Leslie Farber on the Tangled Psychology of Our Most Destructive Emotion in literature

    "Every jealous person knows jealousy to be a brutally degrading experience and resists with all his might revealing the extent of his degradation."

  881. How the U.S. Can Rewire the Pentagon for a New Era in startups

    We are in the early stages of a generational defense cycle that requires unconventional thinking and tools. The invasion of Ukraine highlights this evolution: comparatively low-cost weapons, from drones to precision artillery, are leveraging cutting-edge networks, like SpaceX’s Starlink, to … The post How the U.S. Can Rewire the Pentagon for a New Era appeared first on Andreessen Horowitz.

  882. Student Attitudes Toward AI in the Class in science

    Researchers recently published an extensive survey of almost 6,000 students across academic institution in Sweden. The results are not surprising, but they do give a snapshot of where we are with the recent introduction of large language model AIs. Most students, 56%, reported that they use Chat GPT in their studies, and 35% regularly. More […] The post Student Attitudes Toward AI in the Class...

  883. Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - Better in comics

    Click here to go see the bonus panel! Hovertext: We can't make the world better, but we can make little bits of it pop out of themselves. Today's News:

  884. Eukaryote in Asterisk Magazine + New Patreon Per-post setup in science

    Eukaryote elsewhere I have an article in the latest issue of Asterisk Magazine. After you get really deep into the weeds of invertebrate sentience and fish welfare and the scale of factory farming, what do you do with that information vis-a-vis what you feel comfortable eating? Here’s what I’ve landed on and why. Read the […]

  885. A New Kind of Symmetry Shakes Up Physics in science

    So-called “higher symmetries” are illuminating everything from particle decays to the behavior of complex quantum systems. The post A New Kind of Symmetry Shakes Up Physics first appeared on Quanta Magazine

  886. Tapetum Lucidum in comics

  887. Stop Using Hamburger Menus in programming

    Stop Using Hamburger Menus 2023-05-04 I recently tooted about my hatred of website hamburger menus which was met with a surprising amount of support from other users. It seems like most people don't actually like hamburger menus. So why do we, as developers, keep using them in our products and designs? Is it our only option? Or is it because we have become conditioned to expect it? The Core...

  888. How lucky were we? in life

    Natascha McElhone was 5,000 miles from home and pregnant with their third child when the call came, and in that instant her world crumbled. Her husband of a decade and one day had died unexpectedly from heart failure while she was filming in Los Angeles. He was 43. As she faced the overwhelming reality of […]

  889. A Temporary Rooftop Forest Replaces Fukuoka’s Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine During Renovations in travel

    Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine, one of Japan’s most-historically and culturally significant shrines, will undergo a massive renovation beginning in May of 2023. And for three years the honden main hall will be completely closed off to the roughly 10 million visitors who come to the shrine each year. So plans were made to create a temporary […] Related posts: An Exhibition of Photographs and Ceramics at...

  890. Richard and Mildred Loving: The Husband and Wife Whose Marriage Changed America in history

    On July 11, 1958, Richard and Mildred Loving were pulled from their bed and arrested. The newlyweds were accused of “miscegenation”, a crime under Virginia law and each sentenced to a year in prison, with the sentence suspended on condition that the couple leave Virginia and not return together for at least 25 years. … Continue reading "Richard and Mildred Loving: The Husband and Wife Whose...

  891. We Are All Civilisational States in history

    It's just that some people don't realise it.

  892. The American Information Revolution in Global Perspective in science

    In “What if they gave an Industrial Revolution and nobody came?” I reviewed The British Industrial Revolution in Global Perspective, by Robert Allen. In brief, Allen’s explanation for the Industrial Revolution is that Britain had high wages and cheap energy, which meant it was cheaper to run machines than to pay humans, and therefore it was profitable to industrialize. He emphasizes these factors,...

  893. Fascinated by Layout in design

    A working knowledge of the fundamentals of design is as important now as it ever has been. Ever since I was a child, I have been fascinated by layout. I didn’t know to call it that before I studied design; I just knew that I could look at a page and find beauty and wonder in it even without reading the words it contained — if it even contained them at all. Some of my favorite “children’s books”...

  894. Setting the Business Expertise Series Free in finance

    Removing the paywall on The Business Expertise Series, which covers the work of Lia DiBello and her collaborators.

  895. Will Apple’s Vision Pro Change Anything? in science

    For the first time in over a decade, Apple has announced a new product designed to change computing. There was the transition to personal computing with the Apple computer, then to portable computing with the iPhone, and now they hope to usher in the transition to virtual computing with their Vision Pro. It may be […] The post Will Apple’s Vision Pro Change Anything? first appeared on NeuroLogica...

  896. Being Trans Is Not A Mental Illness in science

    On the current episode of the SGU, because it is pride month, we expressed our general support for the LGBTQ community. I also opined about how important it is to respect individual liberty, the freedom to simply live your authentic life as you choose, and how ironic it is that often the people screaming the […] The post Being Trans Is Not A Mental Illness first appeared on NeuroLogica Blog.

  897. The dream of deregulation - the grid part III in architecture

    For most of the industry’s history, electric power in the US had largely been provided by vertically integrated utility companies that handled every part of the electricity supply: generating it, transmitting it, distributing it to customers, and managing the overall system. Utilities were granted monopoly status in their area of operations, and in return had their rates regulated by state public...

  898. Why Did Rome Fall? in history

    & Which Lesson Should We Take Away?

  899. Have a single definition of “now” in programming

    I’ve been doing a bunch of datetime debugging recently, and this function has been an amazing help: function today(): Date { return new Date(); } It’s not very sophisticated – it just returns the current time – but we use it everywhere we need to get the current time. (You could criticise the name, but at this point we’re all used to it.) Having a single source of “now” is super helpful for...

  900. I have drunk of the wine of life at last in life

    In 1907, fourteen years before she was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for her novel, The Age of Innocence, Edith Wharton was introduced to Morton Fullerton, a journalist with whom she would embark on a passionate affair. It was months after that first encounter, in October, that she began to write The Life Apart (L’âme close), […]

  901. The Worry Gap: why women worry so much more in life

    Laetitia@Work #62

  902. Where the Liberal Arts Went Wrong in startups

    We’ve lost touch with the ultimate purpose of education: to transform our being and improve our character. The liberal arts are the ends, not the means.   The post Where the Liberal Arts Went Wrong appeared first on David Perell.

  903. What Is A Protocol And Why Does It Matter? in startups

    USV’s current thesis is: Enabling trusted brands that broaden access to knowledge, capital, and well-being by leveraging networks, platforms, and protocols. https://www.usv.com/#thesis-3-0 That last word is powerful but unfortunately less understood than the other words in that sentence. Protocols have been around forever and are well-understood codes of conduct between people. In computer...

  904. Photographs of A Coronation Street Party in 1953 in history

    On 2 June 1953, photographer John Chillingworth was on Morpeth Street in London’s Bethnal Green. The residents of this road in the East End were out in force. They’d come to enjoy themselves. They had good reason to. Not long enough before, the Germans had bombed the area. The Luftwaffe began The Blitz on … Continue reading "Photographs of A Coronation Street Party in 1953" The post Photographs of...

  905. Domain Registrars which Developers Recommend in programming

    I asked software engineers to recommend domain registrars and more than 250 people responded. The most popular are Cloudflare, Namecheap and Porkbun. Why do devs like them?

  906. "Things Sam is freaking out about" in startups

    buying SNAP

  907. The Gift Economy in programming

  908. T-rex Had Lips in science

    One of the challenges of paleontology is that we are trying to infer and entire animal just from the hard parts that fossilize, mostly bones and teeth (and sometimes just teeth). But if we look at animals today there are a lot of details we could not guess from their bones alone – the mane […] The post T-rex Had Lips first appeared on NeuroLogica Blog.

  909. What is a Senior Software Engineer at Wise and Amazon? in programming

    Common expectations for the senior level at the two companies, and compensation packages at Wise.

  910. Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - Determined in comics

    Click here to go see the bonus panel! Hovertext: Fortunately they were just drawings and not people. Today's News:

  911. Beloved food magazine Bon Appétit, gets a fresh rebrand in design

    Beloved food magazine Bon Appétit, gets a fresh rebrand abduzeedo0205—23 Bon Appétit, the well-known food and dining magazine, has recently undergone a revamp, and it was just in time for its holiday issue. This new and improved print magazine, which hit newsstands and dinner tables last December, has been reimagined under the leadership of Arsh Raziuddin...

  912. Salt Dome in comics

  913. An Introvert’s Field Guide to Friendship: Thoreau on the Challenges and Rewards of the Art of Connection in literature

    "We only need to be as true to others as we are to ourselves that there may be ground enough for friendship."

  914. It may lack elegance, but is infallible in life

    Jules Renard was a French author and playwright born in 1864 who is probably best-known for Poil de carotte (‘Carrot Top’), a darkly comical autobiographical novel in which he recalls his terrible upbringing as a red-headed child in a detached bourgeois family. Aside from his literary successes, Renard was also a devoted diarist, and his […]

  915. Chats, Notes, and Patrons in life

    A brief welcome to the Convivial Society and update about new features

  916. Cork Was Used As The Exterior Siding On This Home Extension in architecture

    Mitchell + Corti Architects has designed a new rear ground floor extension for a home in England, that’s clad in cork. The architect mentions, “We chose to clad the extension in something a little different a dark patterned cork, in order to use a sustainable material and test something new seen less often in the […]

  917. De Fiets is Niets [EPISODE] in architecture

    Today the Netherlands has a reputation as a kind of bicycling paradise. Dutch people own more bicycles per capita than any other place in the world. The country has more than 20,000 miles of dedicated cycling paths. International policymakers make pilgrimages to the Netherlands to learn how to create good bike infrastructure. But none of The post De Fiets is Niets appeared first on 99% Invisible.

  918. Escape Speed in comics

  919. Art & Coffee: Our Favorite Museum Cafes Across Japan in travel

    Come for the art, stay for the coffee. Japan’s numerous museums offer a little bit of everything. Whether it’s cutting edge, contemporary art in Tokyo or a tiny museum in the countryside dedicated to a single sculptor, seeking them out is always rewarding. What’s also rewarding is the calm break at the museum cafe. Although […] Related posts: Japan tourism for the design-loving non-tourist...

  920. Level Up: Welcoming our New Cultural Leadership Fund Nonprofit Partners in startups

    Over the last 5 years, the work of the Cultural Leadership Fund (CLF) has been growing and evolving to increase access to career paths and leadership roles in technology as an important gateway to wealth generation for the Black community. … The post Level Up: Welcoming our New Cultural Leadership Fund Nonprofit Partners appeared first on Andreessen Horowitz.

  921. Finding The Future Starts With Hope in life

    I have hope. You could call it delusion, and it probably is, but I have so much hope. Because without it, I won’t move towards the future I want. Even if you’re looking to change your life, create, build something, be better, and do more, you need to have hope in your heart.

  922. What are passkeys? in programming

    That’s the post. What are passkeys? I don’t have answers, just questions. I believe passkeys are a great idea but the tech world is doing a terrible job explaining them. Someone really needs to explain how passkeys work in Internet products. Existing descriptions aren’t sinking in, as evidenced by the confusion online. For instance this Hacker News discussion where a new Passkey product...

  923. From inventor to entrepreneur in science

    Creating a startup to commercialize technology developed during research is a risky road for physicists and engineers, but the help of experts can improve their chances.

  924. The Black Exterior Of This Barn-Inspired Home Is Contrasted With A White Interior in architecture

    Architecture and interior design studio Laney LA has shared photos of a modern home they designed in Culver City, California, that has a dark black exterior.

  925. Oct 2022 updates: I will write a book! in indiehacker

    Also in October: Speak at JOM Launch Asia 2022, and the thing about Elon Musk.

  926. Use the Wrong Tool for the Job in programming

    I’ve recently been real fascinated by the topic of complexity and what keeps us from keeping software simple. The wider net likes to blame “lazy programmers” and “evil managers” for this, as if any software could, with sufficient time, be made as simple as “hello world”. I’ve instead been looking at how various factors create complexity “pressure”. Code that needs to satisfy a physical constraint...

  927. Predicate Logic for Programmers: Status Report in programming

    Two years ago I started a new book: Predicate Logic for Programmers. In it I said People often ask me what’s the best math to learn for formal methods, and my answer is always “predicate logic”. 1 It’s super useful to specifying properties, understanding requirements, and just modeling things in general. Then they ask me how to learn it and I falter. I estimated it would be in early-access by June...

  928. The Hegelochus lesson in creative

    More than 2,000 years ago, an actor in Greece botched a line in a play. In an inflection error, he said “weasel” when he meant to say “calm sea.” As a result, he was mocked by Sannyrion and then Aristophanes and others. He never worked again. The lesson might be that one innocent slip and […]

  929. The practical guide to using AI to do stuff in AI

    A resource for students in my classes (and other interested people).

  930. Magnolias and the Meaning of Life: Science, Poetry, Existentialism in literature

    On cruelty, kindness, and the song of life.

  931. How BeReal missed its moment in startups

    To become the next big social app, competitors have to move faster

  932. Paul Sougy : Luminous Illustrations Of Animals – c. 1952 in history

    A whole back we looked at Paul Sougy’s mid-Century scientific illustrations of the human body. Designed as large pull down charts for French classroom walls, Sougy also illustrated animals and plants. The Library at Artois University features a large collection of his work. But of the man, little has been noted. More beautiful illustrations on … Continue reading "Paul Sougy : Luminous...

  933. Listing of the Week: the best inter-war home in Britain? in architecture

  934. New Proof Finds the ‘Ultimate Instability’ in a Solar System Model in science

    For the first time, mathematicians have proved that planetary orbits in a solar system will always be unstable. The post New Proof Finds the ‘Ultimate Instability’ in a Solar System Model first appeared on Quanta Magazine

  935. Noise Filter in comics

  936. More is More in creative

    More hope. More health. More security. More innovation. More breakthroughs. More connection. More creation. More joy. The climate movement doesn’t have to be about asking individuals to bear the burden of systemic problems. It’s not about living with less.  It’s about demanding more.  From your employer, your community, your local government, your country.  The more […]

  937. Should You Get a Heat Pump? in science

    Starting around 1550 and lasting through the 1600s, England had an energy crisis. They were running out of wood, which was the main source of fuel for residential and commercial heating. England also needed a lot of wood for their massive navy – it took about 2,000 trees to build one of the larger warships. […] The post Should You Get a Heat Pump? first appeared on NeuroLogica Blog.

  938. Ruling Out in comics

  939. A Brief History of the Office Cubicle in science

    Robert Propst, a designer at the Herman Miller furniture company. Four years earlier, he had proposed a radical alternative to the office bullpen: the Action Office. He envisioned it as a holistic and integrated system designed to increase worker efficiency while providing an ergonomic workspace. To address both issues, Propst and Jack Kelley created the Acoustic Area Conditioner in 1975. The...

  940. UFOs – Has the Narrative Shifted in science

    In an interview for Newsweek, Michio Kaku was asked about UFOs. Here’s his response: Well, first of all, I think that there’s been a game changer. In the old days, the burden of proof was on the true believers to prove that what they saw last night was a flying saucer of some sort. Now […] The post UFOs – Has the Narrative Shifted first appeared on NeuroLogica Blog.

  941. The spark in creative

    No matter how big your backpack is, you can’t carry a bonfire with you when you go on a camping trip. A match is sufficient. Conversations are like that. Conversations are the tools that change our culture. Someone who cares talking with and teaching and learning from someone who was ready to engage. My new […]

  942. Is Critical Thinking the Most Important Skill for Knowledge Workers? in programming

    Critical thinking will only become more important as AI tools spread more. How can you get better at this, and why should you reject jargon and "thought leaders?"

  943. *Spy for Spy*, at Riverside Studios in programming

    Last night I went to see the second preview of Spy For Spy, which I very much enjoyed. It’s a romance story with a clever narrative twist – it’s being told in the wrong order. Aside from the prologue and epilogue, the show is split into six scenes from the Molly and Sarah’s relationship. These scenes aren’t shown in chronological order; instead they were shown in a random order chosen by the...

  944. 30 Signs You Are Living in an Information Crap-pocalypse in life

    The Age of Information has come to a brutal end—here's how it happened

  945. Threads in startups

    Like tens of millions of others, I downloaded Threads onto my phone yesterday and signed up. The thing that Twitter has been missing since it killed off its ecosystem over a decade ago is competition. And as we all know, lack of competition is a very bad thing. In governments and in products. Competition keeps […]

  946. Why Read Modern Books? in history

    Now Available: Night Drew Her Sable Cloak

  947. What is the logical gate speed of a photonic quantum computer? in science

    Terry Rudolph, PsiQuantum & Imperial College London During a recent visit to the wild western town of Pasadena I got into a shootout at high-noon trying to explain the nuances of this question to a colleague. Here is a more … Continue reading →

  948. Two kinds of salad in creative

    A useful metaphor for freelancers and small businesses. Every good restaurant should have two different salads on the menu. The boring salad is the regular kind. It’s there for people who know that they want a reliable, repeatable, unremarkable salad. It’s the safe part of a safe meal. It might remind them of their childhood […]

  949. Dancing Landscapes in Business in finance

    Cognitive Flexibility Theory creator Rand Spiro on what complexity theory has to say about the wickedness of business.

  950. Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - Human Arts in comics

    Click here to go see the bonus panel! Hovertext: Bam, another apocalypse thwarted by Weinersmith. Today's News: I promised I'd do more longform once the latest book manuscript was done and HERE WE ARE.

  951. How China’s hottest social media app turned Düsseldorf into a foodie destination in startups

    The trendiest food city in Europe isn’t Paris or London. It’s Düsseldorf — thanks to Xiaohongshu.

  952. The Threat of Back to Normal in history

    Global power has always been distributed.

  953. Indian government gives itself the power to “fact-check” and delete social media posts in startups

    Journalists, opposition parties, and advocacy groups are worried what this “absolute power” means for press freedom in India.

  954. MercadoLibre is a massive fish in a medium-sized pond in startups

    The Argentine e-commerce company is no doubt beating the likes of Amazon in Latin America, but how comparable are the two?

  955. What’s a “techie”? in creative

    A friend’s email said, “I know many of my readers aren’t techies and you’re thinking of putting this newsletter aside…” We should get clear about what we’re talking about when we say “techie.” I’m going to argue that involves a combination of two things: But someone who says, “I’m not a techie” might actually be […]

  956. The Stars in programming

    Technology's ability to improve lives and alleviate suffering is undeniable. It has swept through our lives like a tidal wave, lifting us from the depths of ignorance and suffering. It continues to reshape the world and grants us access to tools and knowledge previously unimaginable. Yet, there was

  957. Playing with Streamlit and LLMs. in programming

    Recently I’ve been chatting with a number of companies who are building out internal LLM labs/tools for their teams to make it easy to test LLMs against their internal usecases. I wanted to take a couple hours to see how far I could get using Streamlit to build out a personal LLM lab for a few usecases of my own. See code on lethain/llm-explorer. Altogether, I was impressed with how usable...

  958. Bond Villain in crypto

    When Powell devalued bonds, he destroyed the economy.

  959. Cottesloe Fish Habitat Protection Area in science

    Today I am teaching my first tutorial in the second year unit ‘Marine Systems‘, which will introduce students to their major project, which is centred around a field trip to the Cottelsoe Fish Habitat Protection Area (CFHPA).  I’m pretty excited to introduce a few of my new ideas into the class this year, that will […]

  960. An Expertise Acceleration Experiment in Judo in finance

    I relocated for a three month expertise acceleration experiment in Judo. These are my notes from two months in: what I learnt, what was hard, and what deliberate practice actually feels like.

  961. A blank canvas within one of London’s best brutalist buildings in architecture

  962. Emmy Murphy Is a Mathematician Who Finds Beauty in Flexibility in science

    The prize-winning geometer feels most fulfilled when exploring the fertile ground where constraint meets creation. The post Emmy Murphy Is a Mathematician Who Finds Beauty in Flexibility first appeared on Quanta Magazine

  963. Scene Stealers: seven rural homes with spectacular surroundings in architecture

    We’ve all found ourselves daydreaming of life in the country – growing your own fruit and veg, wild swimming, enjoying a glass of red by a cosy log fire… But if that’s never been quite enough to inspire you to take the plunge, the homes […]

  964. Heroism and the Human Search for Meaning: Ernest Becker on the Hidden Root of Our Existential Longing in literature

    "To become conscious of what one is doing to earn his feeling of heroism is the main self-analytic problem of life."

  965. Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - Care in comics

    Click here to go see the bonus panel! Hovertext: This accidentally became Bea Wolf for teenagers. Today's News:

  966. College Knowledge in comics

  967. The Double Flame: Octavio Paz on Love in literature

    “Love is a bet, a wild one, placed on freedom. Not my own; the freedom of the Other… A knot made of two intertwined freedoms.” We love to forget ourselves, but also to remember what we are: mortal creatures lustful of meaning, radiant with life, eternally alone and eternally longing for home — home in ourselves and home in each other. “I hold this to be the highest task of a bond between two...

  968. Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - Slosh in comics

    Click here to go see the bonus panel! Hovertext: Weirdly, bing ai won't generate this story for me, so we may be OK. Today's News:

  969. Goodbye Florida in life

    In the evenings the song of whippoorwills echoes on all sides. Spring peepers croak and creak in the marsh reeds. Here and there through the trees I can catch a glimmering flicker of flames from a campfire. Only the truly committed are having fires in this heat. The air is still and heavy, with only the occasional puff of a breeze. We drove into Florida in December of last year, a few days before...

  970. Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - Balloon in comics

    Click here to go see the bonus panel! Hovertext: Unfortunately there's no plumber-bot to fix that leak. Today's News:

  971. Render Unto the Machine in life

    The Convivial Society: Vol. 4, No. 12

  972. The Scrutiny Gap in life

    Critical Thinking at Critical Times

  973. Books I Read in September 2023 in literature

    Despite all evidence I hope to wrap up the Greek philosophy project within the next couple of weeks.  A medical deadline approaches.  That will help. As usual, I read good books.   PHILOSOPHY & SELF-HELP Letters from a Stoic (c. 60), Seneca - good timing for some Stoicism.   FICTION & A PLAY Collected Stories (from roughly 1930 into the 1960s, the second half of the book), Vladimir Nabokov They...

  974. The Hour Of Code in startups

    I have written many times about the Hour Of Code here at AVC. It is the highlight of the annual Computer Science Education Week which is the first week of December, which is this week. Yesterday Marco Argenti, Goldman Sachs’ CIO, and I went with NYC Schools Chancellor David Banks to the Hospitality Management High […]

  975. Christmas Cold in life

    After a week at Grayton we moved down the coastline to our favorite place in the Florida panhandle, St George Island. This is the wildest, least developed area I know of down here. We've visited St. George more than any other spot in Florida and we never tire of it. We'd spend more time here if we could, but it's not a big campground and everyone wants to be here. This is where we holed up for the...

  976. Let's Be Enemies in history

    Since it seems to be the fashion these days.

  977. Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - Dowsing in comics

    Click here to go see the bonus panel! Hovertext: I can detect sky with my eyes closed. Today's News:

  978. I really like powershell in programming

    When I went on Windows full time in 2019 I decided to avoid WSL as much as I could, which meant learning the Windows-native ways of doing things, which meant learning PowerShell. It was a pretty rough start! There are some affordances for people used to bash, but anything more complicated than “copy a file” doesn’t translate at all. Once I got more used to it, though, I found that I really like...

  979. How to Grow Up: Nick Cave’s Life-Advice to a 13-Year-Old in literature

    "Fill yourself with the beautiful stuff of the world... Get amazed. Get astonished. Get awed on a regular basis, so that getting awed is habitual and becomes a state of being."

  980. Name that Ware, April 2023 in programming

    The Ware for April 2023 is shown below. Another PCB with a funny shape, this time from a different era…but what does it do? Thanks to artemb for contributing this ware!

  981. Germany and Nuclear Power in science

    Germany has been thrown around a lot as an example of both what to do and what not to do in terms of addressing global warming by embracing green energy technology. It’s possible to look back now and review the numbers, to see what the effect was of its decision to embrace renewable technology and […] The post Germany and Nuclear Power first appeared on NeuroLogica Blog.

  982. Datadog’s $65M/year customer mystery solved in programming

    The internet has been speculating the past few days on which crypto company spent $65M on Datadog in 2022. I confirmed it was Coinbase, and here are the details of what happened.

  983. What languages dominate the internet? in startups

    The one you’re reading this in, for starters.

  984. I wrote a book: Read Write Own in startups

    I wrote a book: Read Write Own I believe blockchains and the software movement around them – typically called crypto or web3 – provide the…

  985. Full-Stack Something in startups

    I've realized that one thing I really enjoy about writing is that I can do it all myself. Usually people tell you this isn't a good mentality to have — the desire to be self-sufficient. But I disagree. Whether it's writing, building products, etc. — I think it's good to be full-stack at something.

  986. Kevin Hart and the outside in literature

    There are two reasons why listening to Kevin Hart's interview on the Hermitix podcast, and reading his new collection and The Dark Gaze for the second time, has helped me to recognise what I have forgotten, missed, misconstrued or misunderstood in Maurice Blanchot's writing or, rather, setting all that side as inevitable, what has been a distraction from what matters to me in his writing and in...

  987. My Fifth Year as a Bootstrapped Founder in indiehacker

    Five years ago, I quit my job as a developer at Google to create my own bootstrapped software company. For the first few years, all of my businesses flopped. None of them earned more than a few hundred dollars per month in revenue, and they all had negative profits. Halfway through my third year, I created a device called TinyPilot. It allows users to control their computers remotely without...

  988. Using buck to build Rust projects in programming

  989. Overlapping Circles in comics

  990. Problems with the Institute Of Noetic Sciences in science

    I was interviewed recently for a Daily Beast article on recent research involving the Institute of Noetic Sciences (IONS). Overall the article is very good, and author Maddie Bender was fair and reasonable in how I was quoted. I can’t always take that as a given. No matter how careful you are, a lot can […] The post Problems with the Institute Of Noetic Sciences first appeared on NeuroLogica Blog.

  991. A history of the Loango kingdom (ca.1500-1883) : Power, Ivory and Art in west-central Africa. in history

    Africa's past carved in ivory

  992. Apr 2023: I sold Black Magic in indiehacker

    And other updates in April 2023

  993. Choosing your pacemaker in creative

    Roger Bannister ran a four-minute mile by having a relay race of pace runners next to him. If he could keep up with his pacer, he’d finish the run in record time. If you work in an office where people are regularly shipping breakthrough work, it’s likely your work will ship as well. If you’re […]

  994. Questions to ask a potential 3PL vendor in indiehacker

    Over the past six months, I’ve been transitioning the fulfillment processes at my e-commerce business to a third-party logistics (3PL) vendor. I didn’t know anything about 3PLs before starting this process, so there were a lot of things I didn’t know to ask about. Here are the list of questions that I recommend e-commerce merchants ask a 3PL if they’re considering working with them for...

  995. How Google is making up for lost time in startups

    The company is finally bringing AI to the places that matter

  996. Blast Off (1973) in history

    This is also one of my favorite picture books, very hard to find, so I would like to share the full book with you. And Blast Off! Cain, Linda C. and Susan Rosenbaum. Illustrated by Dillon, Leo and Diane. Blast Off. Lexington, MA: Ginn. (24 p.) 1973.

  997. Weekend Roundup in history

    The Best of the Best

  998. Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - Nothing in comics

    Click here to go see the bonus panel! Hovertext: And that man's name was Job. Today's News:

  999. Architect Sophie Hicks on life in her hidden concrete haven in Kensington in architecture

  1000. How Microsoft does Quality Assurance (QA) in programming

    The Redmond Big Tech giant pioneered the SDET role in the 90s. It then retired it in 2014. What happened and why?