Month: February 2017

Readings for Lunch — [ 28 Feb 2017 ]

IMAGE OF THE DAY
Drizzle – Ruslan Bayramkulov (source)

DIVERSITY

The power of role models

The best way to improve the representation of women is not to recruit them, important though that is, but to promote them. To have them talking on a stage, in a board room, in a school class. To create role models.

DATA VISUALISATION

The Real Difference Between Google And Apple

Google and Apple are both hyper-successful companies, but chart their patents, and they have completely different innovation signatures..

Readings for Lunch — [ 27 Feb 2017 ]

IMAGE OF THE DAY
Vera Bugatti – Street Art ‘Teratology’ – Clerkenwell, London

DESIGN

We need more shitty work

What happened to play? What happened to creating a safe space to explore shitty ideas and create something just for fun? Play evokes exploration – and that's what channels creativity.

JAVASCRIPT

Building a static website with React

An introductory article by Katie Fenn on how to use the "universal" (client/server) rendering capabilities of React to generate static HTML pages.

Readings for Lunch — [ 23 Feb 2017 ]

IMAGE OF THE DAY
Beautiful amazing world (source)

PROGRAMMING

Programming with nothing

Ruby is a powerful language, but how much power does it have if you remove all of its datatypes except some small feature?

SOCIETY

Refugees’ stories told through their smartphones

For many OF the 65 million refugees worldwide displaced by war or persecution, a cellphone is a lifeline. A smartphone provides a means of staying in touch with loved ones, of keeping up with the news, or navigating their way to safety. It carries pictures of those they’ve left behind, those they’ve lost, and those they hope to find. And each is as unique as the person carrying it.

Readings for Lunch — [ 17 Feb 2017 ]

IMAGE OF THE DAY
Street Art – Shoreditch, London.

INSPIRATION

24 places to find creative inspiration in London in 2017

A list of some of the best (mostly) London-based events to inspire, inform and help keep yourself up to date on trends. Soon will be 25… 😉

ANALYTICS

The Google Analytics Setup I Use on Every Site I Build

Philip Walton, Google Analytics Engineer at Google, shares his "secret recipe" on how he set up GA on his websites, and explains how and why he does it.

Readings for Lunch — [ 15 Feb 2017 ]

IMAGE OF THE DAY
For Luciano – Out of the Blue by Nick Blake (source)

SCIENCE

Heisenberg's Astrophysics Prediction Finally Confirmed After 80 Years

The physicist famous for the uncertainty principle made a prediction – on how light propagates through a vacuum – that's never been tested on Earth. But rare objects in deep space are confirming it.

LANGUAGES

Kotlin by examples: Class and Properties

Daniele Bottillo, who spoke recently at WEBdeLDN about TDD on Android, shares his experience on using Kotlin.

Readings for Lunch — [ 14 Feb 2017 ]

IMAGE OF THE DAY

Malga Ciapela, Italy – Photo by Piera Torno (source)

LANGUAGE

The ‘untranslatable’ emotions you never knew you had

From gigil to wabi-sabi and tarab, there are many foreign emotion words with no English equivalent. Learning to identify and cultivate these experiences could give you a richer and more successful life.

LIFE

It's All Relative

Via Michele Bertoli
There is no absolute measure of happiness. It is not meaningful. Nonetheless, we tend to measure our happiness relative to other people.

Readings for Lunch — [ 13 Feb 2017 ]

IMAGE OF THE DAY
“Stranger Things” winning at the Screen Actors Guild Awards in Los Angeles (source)

THINK

Successful Failure

No, it's not a contradiction. Maya Mansour explains why failure is an important part of the journey to succeed.

BIAS

McNamara fallacy

This fallacy involves making a decision based solely on quantitative observations (or metrics) and ignoring all others.

Readings for Lunch — [ 10 Feb 2017 ]

IMAGE OF THE DAY
My Paris: seduced by the past (source)

MATH

The map of Mathematics

The entire field of mathematics summarised in a single map! This shows how pure mathematics and applied mathematics relate to each other and all of the sub-topics they are made from.

JAVASCRIPT

JavaScript startup performance

As web developers, we know how easy it is to end up with web page bloat. But loading a webpage is much more than shipping bytes down the wire…

Readings for Lunch — [ 08 Feb 2017 ]

IMAGE OF THE DAY
R.I.P Hans Rosling (source)

PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT

How to be interesting

"I kept going on about how the core skill of any future creative business person will be 'being interesting'. People will employ and want to work with (and want to be with) interesting people."

ALGORITHMS

Illustrated algorithms

This project aims to make common algorithms easier to grasp through interactive visualizations of their execution. (work in progress)

Readings for Lunch — [ 02 Feb 2017 ]

IMAGE OF THE DAY

The Queen photographed by Bryan Adams (source)

DEVOPS

GitLab.com Database Incident

Anything that could go wrong, went wrong yesterday at GitLab. And was not just a series of unfortunate events. Here the post-mortem of what happened.

PRODUCTS

Piaggio introduces Gita personal cargo droid that follows you around

A very interesting concept, a two-wheeled robotic personal helper that carries your belongings for you, wherever you go (“Gita” in Italian means “trip/excursion”).