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Weekend Reading — ; DROP TABLE "COMPANIES";-- LTD

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Take a look behind-the-scenes with design documents from The Legend of Zelda!


Design Objective

What Comes Next Is the Future A beautiful documentary film about the web, its origins and future.

Now I get it! How to design clarity in 3 steps.

snipe "Gosh, if only someone would tell me what tomorrow is! Why are calendars still such a mess? :("


Tools of the Trade

noam3127/github-code-folding Chrome extension that enables code folding in GitHub.

Visdown Write visualizations with Markdown and fenced block (three backticks).

Machine Learning Weekly Hand-curated newsletter (not an algorithm?) about machine learning and deep learning.

Eric Alper Epic thread. I remember when computers were made of 90% empty space and 0% batteries.

Without revealing your actual age, what something you remember that if you told a younger person they wouldn't understand?

Gingerbread CPU Much like:

From Tape Drives to Memory Orbs, the Data Formats of Star Wars Suck (Spoiler alert)

What on earth is being stored on that magnetic tape cassette? Is it 5000 .bmp images loaded into slides in Powerpoint with accompanying animations? Why is DEATH_STAR_final_final__FINAL.dwg.doc.gif.pdf so big?

Showerthoughts

Spiders are the only web developers who are happy when they find bugs.


Lingua Scripta

ECMAScript proposal updates @ 2016-11 64-bit integers, Promise.try, shared memory and more.


Lines of Code

What science says about naming Tackling the hardest problem in computer science:

Ironically, these papers fail to agree on one thing: the best name for bad naming. They variously refer to naming bugs, identifier flaws, linguistic anti-patterns, and none of them use Peter’s ‘naming smells’ name. It’s too bad that academic papers don’t have Rename refactoring

Changelog "What on Earth Jeff 😂"


Architectural

Brian Lonsdorf

The more you limit a system, the simpler it will be to understand. Less possibility = less complexity. Avoid power, embrace constraints.


Devoops

Upgrades How often do organizations upgrade infrastructure software?

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OH: “Schrodinger’s Backup: The condition of any backup is unknown until a restore is attempted.”


Peopleware

Why A Body of Work Has Greater Long Term Value Than a Resume

One of my favorite Chris Sacca quotes is “your GPA only matters to people who have no other reason to find you interesting.” And you could replace GPA with a bunch of other things as well.

How to use rest to maximize creative output Take a break. I know I am.

When you Recharge, you give your ideas incubation time, solidifying and improving them.

Remote Stories Anonymous stories from remote workers.

DHH Worth repeating:

For every person who've heard your point or story ad nauseum, there's a thousand new ones who never even knew you existed. Keep repeating.


Locked Doors

Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego? A 59 minute presentation about the insecurity of travel systems, most of which are throwback to 80's technologies. Entertaining, and sober reminder to never Instagram your boarding passes (also don't: credit cards, passports, IDs, etc).

Gone in 60 Milliseconds Hacking AWS Lambda, a 33 min talk that you must watch if you're using Lambda in production.

Police seek Amazon Echo data in murder case The P in IoT stands for privacy.

GRIZZLY STEPPE – Russian Malicious Cyber Activity The FBI and DHS go on record about the Russian hacking of US elections.


None of the Above

xXToffeeXx "...Not like romance is subjective or anything. How images can feel romantic, not sure."

Americans believe crazy, wrong things Our tenuous relationship with facts. Related, Click on this f**cking outrage (that is not at all what it seems):

In the digital age, consumers have a greater responsibility than ever before about what we share — our shares, likes, and retweets are the currency of the new digital age of journalism. Use them wisely.

; DROP TABLE "COMPANIES";-- LTD Little Bobby Tables starts a consultancy.

A Brief Economic History of Time How capitalism changed the way humans perceive the passage of hours, days, and weeks.

Matthew Deiters

OH: where do you see yourself in 5 beers?

Extreme Sandbox "We are a Heavy Equipment Adventure company that lets clients play on construction equipment. Yes, we let people drive a 26 ton excavator or bulldozer for FUN!"

Steve Silberman
"Best tech idea I've seen in months."