Month: October 2016

Readings for Lunch — [ 28 Oct 2016 ]

IMAGE OF THE DAY
Nurses help dress infants in Halloween costumes at neonatal intensive care unit at Saint Luke's Hospital (source)

TEAM BUILDING

Employee evangelism: make your team badass

Blog post version of Melinda Seckington script/speaker's note "The Lead Developer called How To Succeed at Hiring Without Really Trying" talk.

LONDON

Stik in Shoreditch: the artist’s hidden tribute to a sold-off London

The street artist Stik got permission for a major new mural in his neighborhood, so he asked the denizens of Old Shoreditch what he should paint in response… before the wall is hidden again by a billboard

Readings for Lunch — [ 27 Oct 2016 ]

IMAGE OF THE DAY
The Canal Morning Effect (source)

SPACE

Software error implicated in crash of Mars lander

Researchers with the ExoMars mission are pointing to a potential computing glitch as the cause of last week’s crash of the Schiaparelli lander.

DESIGN

Building your design A-team

A presentation focusing on building your best design team, and providing a framework for framing your team. As prepared exclusively for the Leading Design Conference in London.

Readings for Lunch — [ 19 Oct 2016 ]

IMAGE OF THE DAY
Waldsassen Abbey Library in Bavaria, Germany – (source)

SCIENCE

The science of naming

There are stories about how perfect names have come to business owners in dreams, in visions, on sailing trips or, in the case of Steve Jobs, at farmers markets. While these lucky few were blessed with moments of creativity, for most of us mere mortals naming isn’t an art – it’s a science.

LONDON

The Fifteen Billion Pound Railway: Urban Heart Surgery

The BBC produced a three-part documentary series which took the public behind the scenes of Europe’s largest infrastructure project as it constructs a new rail line through the heart of London.

Readings for Lunch — [ 18 Oct 2016 ]

IMAGE OF THE DAY
Giant jade stone found in a Burma mine: it's worth up to £140m! (source)

WEB

Notes on debating for the web development community

For Rafa 😉
Debate doesn’t change minds. Exchanging information and explaining your context —empathy— is the only thing that works.

BOOKS

Node.js Succinctly

With this e-book by Emanuele DelBono, you will learn the basics of Node.js: non-blocking I/O, the event loop, modules, the Node.js runtime environment, filesystem interaction and streams, database access, web server message queuing, and more.

Readings for Lunch — [ 17 Oct 2016 ]

IMAGE OF THE DAY
Moscow parks by night.

THINK

Michelle Obama's EPIC Speech

A really impressive speech, delivered by one woman that has definitely changed – at least for me – how we look at women's potential and leadership in today's world.

STORIES

What Really Happened Aboard Air France 447

Two years after the Airbus 330 plunged into the Atlantic Ocean, Air France 447's flight-data recorders finally turned up. The revelations from the pilot transcript paint a surprising picture of chaos in the cockpit that led to the crash.

Readings for Lunch — [ 11 Oct 2016 ]

IMAGE OF THE DAY
West Berlin policemen and East German soldiers face each other after a young girl made it across the border, 1955 (source) (via Daniele Esposti)

ENGINEERING

Financial Times – engineering facts

"We switched on the new ft.com as the default for our customers today. Here’s eleven interesting software engineering facts about it."

AGILE

When ’agile‘ methods lead to poor design

A common scenario with some implementations of agile methods that leads to poor design.

Readings for Lunch — [ 10 Oct 2016 ]

IMAGE OF THE DAY

“Don't ever let someone tell you, you can't do something.” – You know 😉

STARTUP

MailChimp and the Un-Silicon Valley Way to Make It as a Start-Up

"No venture capital, no Bay Area presence, no crazy burn rate: MailChimp’s founders built the company slowly by anticipating customers’ needs and following their instincts."

DESIGN

Eight don’ts for your Material Design app

"Is your app going Material? Here there are my top 8 bad practices to avoid at all costs if you really want to rely on the Material Design system"

Readings for Lunch — [ 05 Oct 2016 ]

IMAGE OF THE DAY
Seven Sisters Cliffs – Konstantin Dzuin (source)

CONFERENCES

Lessons Learned Building an Interactive Sheet Music Engine

Of all the talks I attended at the last SmashingConf in Freiburg, this one is the one that surprised and amused me the most. (All the videos of the day are available on SmashingConf)

PROGRAMMING

An Introduction to Writing Systems & Unicode

Via Luciano Lucio Colosio
Pretty long and detailed “introduction” to writing systems (Greek, Cyrillic, Japanese, Chinese, Arabic, Hebrew, etc.) in information technology.

Readings for Lunch — [ 04 Oct 2016 ]

IMAGE OF THE DAY
Wang Xingwei, Untitled (Old Lady No. 2) – 王兴伟,无题 (老太太 No. 2 )– (source)

SECURITY

Revisiting the Black Sunday hack

Via Marco Cedaro
A game of cat and mouse, an electronic warfare between hackers and a satellite television broadcaster. Who will win?

TOOLS

Spectacle

What about preparing your next slide deck in… React? Well, that's what this library allows you to do. Extra bonus: you can also live demo your code, and go through it interactively!

Readings for Lunch — [ 03 Oct 2016 ]

IMAGE OF THE DAY
Lorenz Holder, winner of the Red Bull Illume Sports Photography Contest (source)

ART

Film meets Art

These two videos show some beautiful examples of films that have paid homage to famous works of art.

JAVASCRIPT

React patterns

A series of React practices and patterns, collected "out in the wild" by Michael Chan a.k.a. chantastic.