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December 2023

  1. Racy git magic in programming

    Exploting a long-standing git bug for my own amusement. And I think there is one known race: the index mtime itself is not race-free. – Linus Torvalds, Re:git bugs, 2008 A well-known race condition skulks through git’s plumbing. And I can demo it via a git magic trick 🪄1 $ tree -L 1 -a . . ├── file └── .git $ cat file okbye $ git status On branch main Changes to be committed: new file: ...

  2. Control - how to make a game enjoyable for casual audiences in technology

    I’ve decided to intentionally take more time to play video games this year, since it’s a relatively healthy way to escape from the real world once in a while. A friend recommended one game in particular: Control: Ultimate Edition. During the Steam summer sale of 2023, I went ahead and bought it. I have liked it more than I expected to. What prompted me to cover this game wasn’t the captivating...

  3. Ten strategies for replacing Twitter from people who used to work there in startups

    Announcing 'Extremely Hardcore,' Zoë Schiffer’s book on Musk’s Twitter takeover

  4. What Were the Salem Witch Trials of 1692? in history


  5. 'Wisdom As a Kind of Courtesy' in literature

    “[A] reverence for the natural world, and a conviction that intelligent sanity is both more difficult than unreflective complacency and more interesting than madness.”  That’s how the poet Dick Davis characterized the concerns of Janet Lewis and her husband Yvor Winters in his obituary of Lewis. The poets were married for nearly forty-two years, until Winters’ death in 1968. Consider this line...

  6. When the committee decides in creative

    They’re almost always conservative. Whether it’s a governmental body, the strategy group at a big company or the membership panel at the local country club, we can learn a lot by seeing what they approve and when they stall. Of course, each of us know a lot about our offering, the change we seek to […]

  7. #1 Writemas in life

    Prioritising time to think, write and publish

  8. How London Underground Became The Coolest Brand In The World in travel

    From the first roundel to moquette trainers.

  9. Vintage Football Shirts: The Best And Oddest From Every Big London Club in travel

    New book delves deep into the world of vintage collectables.

  10. The Natural History Museum Is Throwing Another Epic New Year's Eve Bash in travel

    It's going to be WILD.

November 2023

  1. 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.

  2. 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…

  3. 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.

  4. 💡 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.

  5. № 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

  6. 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...

  7. 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.

  8. The Two Types of Data Analysis in finance

    Broadly speaking, there are two approaches to data analysis in business. The two approaches have different worldviews, and express different tradeoffs. Here's why that matters.

  9. Habits of great software engineers in programming

    The role of a software developer often gets distilled down to a singular activity: coding. While coding is undeniably the […] The post Habits of great software engineers appeared first on Vadim Kravcenko.

  10. How one line of code caused a $60 million loss in programming

    60,000 people lost full phone service, half of AT&T's network was down, and 500 airline flights were delayed

October 2023

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

    A FAQ of sorts

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

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

  3. 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.

  4. 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...

  5. 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...

  6. 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 →

  7. 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.

  8. 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

  9. 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...

  10. Mapping the Brussels Terrorist Attack in cartography

September 2023

  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. 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....

  4. 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...

  5. Unbundling Cash & Equity in startups

    a heretical take on "total compensation"

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

    Google Colossus Explained Simply

  7. 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.

  8. A Week Off And A New Language in history

    See you again soon

  9. 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...

  10. Swyx's Simple Guide to Singapore in programming

    A personal guide to Singapore for foreign friends visiting.

August 2023

  1. How Games Typically Get Built in programming

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

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

    small updates from me in July 2023

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. 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.

  6. 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...

  7. 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.

  8. Those days when nothing gets done in life

    A lie.

  9. Programming transforms your brain. Here's how. in startups

    Knowing how to program has a multitude of positive effects on the brain.

  10. 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...

July 2023

  1. Actual Progress in comics

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

    People talk about you the way you talk about yourself.

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

    Covering the state of play as of Summer, 2023

  4. 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.

  5. 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...

  6. 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.

  7. 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...

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

  9. 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 […]

  10. StorySelling in life

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

June 2023

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

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

  2. 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...

  3. Instagram cofounder on Mark Zuckerberg in startups

    will he go into destroy mode if I say no

  4. 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....

  5. 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.

  6. 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...

  7. 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 […]

  8. 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 →

  9. 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 […]

  10. 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,...

May 2023

  1. 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....

  2. 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

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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 […]

  6. 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 […]

  7. Polar Night in science

    Surreal and otherworldly.

  8. 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.

  9. Decoupling is just going to happen in startups

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

  10. The Grand Press in design

    Designed by Dixon Baxi, London.

April 2023

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

    and other updates from me in Mar 2023

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

    A little bit of magic, but mostly just practice

  3. 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) […]

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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 […]

  7. 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

  8. 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, […]

  9. 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 […]

  10. 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...

March 2023

  1. 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...

  2. 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,...

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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,...

  6. 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:

  7. 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']...

  8. Towed Message in comics

  9. 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."

  10. 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

February 2023

  1. The IBM 701 in technology

    "IBM's first computer"

  2. 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...

  3. Dots Will Be Connected in life

    The Convivial Society: Vol. 4, No. 3

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

    The Convivial Society: Vol. 3, No. 20

  5. 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 →

  6. 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...

  7. 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...

  8. Mud Murdo in science

    The beautiful ambiance of a McMurdo summer.

  9. 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...

  10. 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...

January 2023

  1. 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...

  2. 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…

  3. 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...

  4. 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.…

  5. 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.

  6. The Need to Read in startups

  7. 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?

  8. 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!)

  9. 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!

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

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