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Weekend Reading — Waffles!

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Dean Alexander Amazing photo campaign for the Hong Kong Ballet (h/t Ohyo)


Design Objective

Robin Rendle "This is a seasonal reminder that http://codepen.io/patterns is the best resource if you happen to be researching a new design pattern."

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Hidden Sheep and Typography Archaeology Unpacking the original Macintosh bitmap fonts, and finding Genebaaaa the sheep.

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User research — what’s tomato ketchup got to do with it? I love this quote:

“You can observe a lot just by watching.” -- Yogi Berra:

ClassicKit Build iOS apps like it's 1995.

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Tools of the Trade

Filepond A JavaScript library for uploading images/files, accessible, with fantastic UI.

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John Ky Counterpoint:

Zero complicates mathematics and doesn't even always make sense (eg. in division). It's too abstract and makes math hard to read. The Romans delivered business value without using zero for over a thousand years. Better to stick with what people already know. Easier to hire.

hello tensorflow A fun demo, and documented code, to get started with Tensorflow.

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This app hacked the iPhone’s dual camera system Interesting: portrait mode collects 2D depth data along with the image itself. This app uses depth data to change the lightning source of photos after the fact.

Lukas Eder 👍

I really wish more people from "the enterprise" would blog. This entrepreneurial/startup blog bias is giving us a wrong picture of reality

Daryl Ginn "Sometimes I wonder what non-tech people would think if they saw my search history." 😮

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Lingua Scripta

tc39/proposal-pattern-matching Pattern matching syntax hits stage 1.

Jake Archibald TIL

Ok, it's quiz time! What do you think will be logged? Vote in the poll in the next tweet, and don't reveal the answer to others… (h/t to @shavounet for this puzzler)

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Lines of Code

sallar 😭

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ra Apropos:

if you ever feel like a bad coder dont forget that the software engineers behind the bourne shell needed a way to end their case statement and one of them said "what about esac" and another said "wtf is esac" and the first one said "case spelled backwards" and they shipped it

Kitze "Brace yourselves for this new meme format"

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Devoops

Lorin Hochstein Done. Done. And done.

By age 35, you should have encountered:

  • a missing timeout on a network call
  • a bug in time zone conversion code
  • a system that ran out of file descriptors
  • a periodic spike in latency that you could not identify
  • an incorrect query whose scope was too great

Electric Dreams

Amazon confirms that Echo device secretly shared user’s private audio The unintended consequence of inviting a listening device into your home:

Echo woke up due to a word in background conversation sounding like "Alexa." Then, the subsequent conversation was heard as a "send message" request. At which point, Alexa said out loud "To whom?" At which point, the background conversation was interpreted as a name in the customers contact list. Alexa then asked out loud, "[contact name], right?" Alexa then interpreted background conversation as "right." As unlikely as this string of events is, we are evaluating options to make this case even less likely.

Marci Robin Self-driving cars are upon us, so get ready for this:

I bought a car today, and the dealership had me check off — with a pen, on paper — that I’m not a robot.

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Startup Life

Bill Gross What success/failure look like:

The emotional journey of creating anything great requires crossing the dark swamp of despair..

Outsiders almost never see the crazy belief and persistence required to cross that chasm..

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GDParty

GDPR mayhem: Programmatic ad buying plummets in Europe Time will tell, but I'm betting on Google/Facebook faring better post GDPR, but journalism and independent publishers taking a big hit. Exactly the opposite of what we need.

Gareth Milner "Even Rage Against The Machine has to abide by GDPR."

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joe 🎅🛷

He's making a list
He's checking it twice
He's gonna find out who's naughty or nice
Santa Claus is in contravention of article 4 of the General Data Protection Regulation (EU) 2016/679


None of the Above

kostka_chris "lemme bless y’all with this video"

Alyssa Limperis True that:

The airport is a lawless place. 7am? Drink a beer. Tired? Sleep on the floor. Hungry? Chips now cost $17

arbiv2lo "Like a boss."

Elizabeth Hernandez Waffles!

You know when you get a press release to cover a Guinness world record attempt for tallest stack of waffles & expect it to be some big commercial thing & then it's just a guy's house? This is SO MUCH BETTER. Follow along, #Denver! Things might get weird!

Ian Laking "I’m calling best cosplay of 2018 right now"