Month: November 2016

Readings for Lunch — [ 29 Nov 2016 ]

IMAGE OF THE DAY
Shadow play: Vincent Bal's shady sketches – in pictures (source)

SOCIETY

Married to someone with anxiety

Steve Whyley wrote a post about what it is like being married to someone who has anxiety.

SYSTEM

How Supervisors Work

In Erlang (and Elixir) supervisors are processes which manage child processes and restart them when they crash. In this post Josh Bodah is going to take a look at the details of how supervisors are implemented.

Readings for Lunch — [ 23 Nov 2016 ]

IMAGE OF THE DAY
Cliff Walk at Pourville – Claude Monet (source)

PRINT

How our PrintOps system works

“Lost my name” is a very successful startup, that prints a book for kids. On demand, customised with the kid's name. Here the explanation on how they created a multi-lingual, global, zero inventory network, synced with a single command that prints thousands of books a day

HIRING

Gitlab handbook on hiring

The folks at Gitlab have shared their internal handbook for hiring. There's a lot of common sense there (sometimes, lost in translation) but also some small details that make the whole process more "human" and respectful.

Readings for Lunch — [ 22 Nov 2016 ]

IMAGE OF THE DAY
Claude Monet: Irises in the Artist's Garden at Giverny – (source)

COMPUTER SCIENCE

The Balanced Ternary Machines of Soviet Russia

It's pretty common knowledge that computers store and operate on data using the binary number system. Such a design is so ubiquitous nowadays that it's hard to imagine that computers could operate in any other way. But, in Soviet Russia during the 1950s, they did.

CSS

CSS Inheritance, The Cascade And Global Scope: Your New Old Worst Best Friends

Heydon Pickering revisits inheritance, the cascade and scope with respect to modular interface design, to show how to leverage these features and make your CSS more concise and self-regulating.

Readings for Lunch — [ 21 Nov 2016 ]

IMAGE OF THE DAY
“Springtime” – Claude Monet (source)

PROGRAMMING

Choosing Ember over React in 2016

Two main hypotheses that drove our curiosity. As we dug into each of these hypotheses, we found compelling evidence that ultimately led us to choosing Ember for both our applications.

DESIGN

The Myth of Invisible Design

One of the most persistent myths in design is that “the best designs are invisible.” But is it really so? A very interesting article that tries to explain what actually is important for the user.

Readings for Lunch — [ 18 Nov 2016 ]

IMAGE OF THE DAY
Welcome to the future! 🙂 (source)

BOOKS

Stranger Than We Can Imagine

Peter Gasston reviews John Higgs’ book, Stranger Than We Can Imagine: Making Sense of the Twentieth Century. It’s a history not of countries and politics, but of philosophy, art and science, relativity, relativism, modernism, individualism, nihilism, sci-fi, chaos, pop, capitalism, postmodernism…

SCIENCE

Smallest sliver of time yet measured sees electrons fleeing atom

For the first time, physicists have measured changes in an atom to the level of zeptoseconds, or trillionths of a billionth of a second – the smallest division of time yet observed.

Readings for Lunch — [ 17 Nov 2016 ]

IMAGE OF THE DAY
Matthias Heiderich, 2016 (source)

WEB

Imagining the Physical Web

In her talk at "Beyond tellerrand" event, Stephanie Rieger explores the impact of the new capabilities will have on the way we design and think about the future web.

CODING

The code I’m still ashamed of

"If you write code for a living, there’s a chance that at some point in your career, someone will ask you to code something a little deceitful – if not outright unethical…"

Readings for Lunch — [ 14 Nov 2016 ]

IMAGE OF THE DAY
The "Gypsy Girl" is in Zeugma Mosaic Museum – (View all the mosaics).

THINK

Let Us Now Praise Ordinary People

The explosive (as usual) talk that Mike Monteiro has given at the latest Beyond Tellerrand conf. About how we "design" to change the world (and all the bullshits connected with this illusion).

AI

Google AI invents its own cryptographic algorithm; no one knows how it works

Neural networks seem good at devising crypto methods; less good at codebreaking.

Readings for Lunch — [ 07 Nov 2016 ]

IMAGE OF THE DAY
"5th November in full force" – Elliot Jay Stocks (source)

SCIENCE

Mysterious 'Planet Nine' May Be Pulling Our Solar System Out Of Whack

Astronomers are more confident than ever that a huge ninth planet remains undiscovered – because it’s probably tilting the Solar System.

DESIGN

50 Shades of #FAFAFA

A moderately inappropriate look at silly things designers do and don’t do.

My favourite? «Name your layers. “Tom.” “Batman.” Whatever. Just give them a name.»