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Weekend Reading — Change my name and move to Alaska

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Kevin Kuchta “Waiting for Cloudfront” Edgar Degas, 1880–82. Pastel on paper.

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Design Objective

Luke Wroblewski "how to find usability issues: look for the 'band-aids'"

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Designer Challenges Himself To Create Logos With Hidden Meanings For A Year, And Result Is Amazing Inspiring. Scroll down Daniel's Instagram feed to see all the logos.

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Tools of the Trade

Kitze I'm all too familiar with this bar:

There is a new Toblerone flavor called "solving a JavaScript bug"

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Julia Evans That's the best explanation of sed I've seen:

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Iubenda Still catching up on GDPR? This app will help you create a privacy policy, serve an EU cookie banner, and track consent.

mcclure111 🔥

In C++ we don't say "Missing asterisk" we say "error C2664: 'void std::vector<block,std::allocator<_Ty>>::push_back(const block &)': cannot convert argument 1 from 'std::_Vector_iterator<std::_Vector_val<std::_Simple_types<block>>>' to 'block &&'" and i think that's beautiful

Jonathan Horn "Too good not to post!"

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Web-end

Wired Elements Web components with a hand-drawn, sketchy look. Perfect for wireframes and mockups.

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Jamie Coulter 🚀

I have a new hobby...recreating 80's / 90's movie user interfaces in CSS. Todays UI is taken from Demolition Man - 1993 and features a 3D hexagon fold out menu. All on @codepen! https://bit.ly/2x82w11

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Architectural

Kelsey Hightower 🔥

2020 prediction: Monolithic applications will be back in style after people discover the drawbacks of distributed monolithic applications.


Locked Doors

10 Strikes and You’re Out – the iOS Feature You’re Probably Not Using But Should
Most people hesitant to enable "Erase all data on this iPhone after 10 failed passcode attempts", but consider this:

I had no idea until I looked into it last weekend, but it turns out this feature is far more clever than I realized, and it’s highly unlikely that your kids or jackass drinking buddies could ever trigger it. … These timeouts escalate such that it would take over 3 hours to enter 10 incorrect passcodes.


Peopleware

Sean Kelly As the saying goes, "thread":

Recently a younger member of our team asked me: "What do you look for in a software engineer?". He told me my answers surprised him, and weren't like other answers he got, but I've ended up having this same conversation with many people at different levels the past few days...

Why Rich Kids Are So Good at the Marshmallow Test Another way to look at the going "replication crisis", is that we're fixing flawed research by increasing sample sizes, and reducing biases:

Watts and his colleagues were skeptical of that finding. The original results were based on studies that included fewer than 90 children … The researchers used a sample that was much larger—more than 900 children—and also more representative of the general population in terms of race, ethnicity, and parents’ education. The researchers also, when analyzing their test’s results, controlled for certain factors—such as the income of a child’s household—that might explain children’s ability to delay gratification and their long-term success.


Electric Sheep

Uber’s Self-Driving Car Didn’t Malfunction, It Was Just Bad This reads like a tragedy of horrible design decisions:

1.3 seconds before the impact, the self-driving computer realized that it needed to make an emergency-braking maneuver to avoid a collision. But it did not. Why? Uber’s software prevented its system from hitting the brakes if that action was expected to cause a deceleration of faster than 6.5 meters per second. That is to say, in an emergency, the computer could not brake.

Instead, the system relied on the driver to take control in an emergency, but “the system is not designed to alert the operator.”


None of the Above

Clickbait-Corrected p-Value "When comparing hypotheses with Bayesian methods, the similar 'clickbayes factor' can account for some harder-to-quantify priors."

andon 😭

Retweet if you don’t scream at the top of your lungs every time someone walks past your house, I’m trying to prove a point to my dog.

Adrienne Porter Felt Well, Alaska is too cold in the winter, but otherwise:

Email triage strategy

  • Not important: mute
  • Important: answer immediately
  • VERY IMPORTANT: wait until I can answer in detail, oh no it's been a month and I still haven't answered, oh god it's been another month, maybe I can change my name and move to Alaska

Verifly Liability insurance for independents, and you can purchase for a single hour, day at a time, monthly. If you don't know whether you need liability insurance, you probably do, so this is your periodic reminder to look into a subject that's as fun as doing taxes.

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Atla Hrafney So true:

Art Classes that need to exist:

  • "How to not accidentally break your expensive art supplies after 5
    minutes"
  • "How to handle rejection, contracts, taxes, and business negotiations"
  • "Cloud Storage, and you"
  • "You will need the original layered file: An essay course in 50 parts"

rachel 🐭 "ich schreie"

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A New History of Arabia, Written in Stone Fascinating:

“This is one of the only places in the world where you can make major archeological discoveries just by going for a walk,” Al-Jallad told me. “There are treasures everywhere. You don’t need to dig. They’re out in the open.”

More than 228,000 pounds of Spam recalled Thanks, GDPR.

Hero climbs up outside of Paris building to save child dangling from balcony That is bonkers amazing.