Month: May 2017

Readings for Lunch — [ 31 May 2017 ]

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Wind turbine blade factory (source)

METHODOLOGIES

Bit Planner

A physical and digital time planner made out of lego bricks that magically synchronises with any cloud based calendar to organise projects and schedules. (It's a few years old but still a remarkable project).

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Migrating complex software: from Angular to React

A talk by Jack Franklin about his experience migrating a complex software (from Angular to React) at Songkick. Amazing talk, great takeaways.

Readings for Lunch — [ 30 May 2017 ]

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Thanks Michele 🙂

DEVELOPMENT

On how your brain is conspiring against you making good software

We always think to programming in rational terms. But this collides with how our brain thinks and works. Jenna Zeiden in her talk at Front-Trends shows how our beliefs are not so correct.

SECURITY

Indian Biometric System Data leaked. Over 130M people could be affected

Biometric authenticators – like iris scans and fingerprints – leaked on such a large scale. And they are unchangeable, so potentially exploitable for a lifetime.

Readings for Lunch — [ 24 May 2017 ]

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Kawachi Wisteria Garden, Kitakyushu, Fukuoka, Japan (source)

WRITING

You can solve writer’s block by changing font

How typography can influence your content: "I’ve written a lot about finding your creative spark. How to beat writer’s block, when to take a break, and where to find your best ideas. Maybe some of it helps, maybe some of it doesn’t"

RUST

Two years of Rust

Rust is a language for confident, productive systems programming. It aims to make systems programming accessible to a wider audience, and to raise the ambitions of dyed-in-the-wool systems hackers.

It’s been two years since Rust 1.0

Readings for Lunch — [ 23 May 2017 ]

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"I passatempi di Yuquis " by Richolly Rosazza (via Francesca Resta) (source)

MUSIC

Are Pop lyrics getting more repetitive?

In 1977, tDonald Knuth published a paper called The Complexity of Songs, which is basically one long joke about the repetitive lyrics of newfangled music

Colin Morris is going to try to test this hypothesis with data, analyzing the repetitiveness of a dataset of 15,000 songs that charted on the Billboard Hot 100 between 1958 and 2017.

(via Luciano Mammino)

CSS

A unified styling language

In the past few years we’ve seen the rise of CSS-in-JS, emerging primarily from within the React community.
This, of course, hasn’t been without its controversies. Many people, particularly those already intimately familiar with CSS, have looked on in disbelief.

Readings for Lunch — [ 18 May 2017 ]

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The malfunctions of a team by @destraynor #InsideIntercom (source)

TECH

Post-Brexit Britain and the UK's shrinking tech talent pool

Whatever your political views, one thing is clear: Brexit and the result of the upcoming election could have a huge impact on the tech industry’s access to talent

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Preact: into the void 0

Follow Jason Miller down into the internals of Preact, a tiny 3kb alternative to React. Along the way he'll shed light on fundamentals like JSX & Virtual DOM, demystify DOM diffing, and see how keys work up-close.

Readings for Lunch — [ 17 May 2017 ]

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London in 1983 (source)

PRODUCT

What selling heroin can teach us about selling consumer products

5 lessons from Frank Lucas’ ultra-successful heroin empire in 1970s New York.

CATEGORY

The 2017 tech leavers study

How would you respond if the same managers who continually made sexist comments also unfairly critiqued your work contributions, while you watched others being fast-tracked for promotions?
Or if your co-workers questioned your legal status to work,your English skills, or your ability to do your job?

Readings for Lunch — [ 08 May 2017 ]

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Walls. We never learn.

CSS

A Unified Styling Language/

Together with Glen Maddern's one, this talk by Mark Dalgleish signed a new phase in the perception of CSS-in-JS in the CSS community. Well done!

WEBPERF

CSS and the First Meaningful Paint

In this talk Patrick Hamann took the audience on a journey exploring the current, past, and future best-practices for loading CSS in the browser and how we can achieve a first meaningful paint within 1000ms.

Readings for Lunch — [ 03 May 2017 ]

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Street Art in Athens by Marco Cedaro (source)

JAVASCRIPT

Rebuilding our mobile website: Express & React meet fun & profit

Mohamed Amin, Senior Frontend Engineer at Namshi, explains how they moved from a VanillaJS application to a PReact with SSR application and how this increased all the positive metrics.

DEVOPS

Deploy with haste: the story of rig

In the span of 12 months, BuzzFeed went from large, release-oriented deploys to an architecture and approach that enabled 150+ deploys a day.

Readings for Lunch — [ 02 May 2017 ]

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View of the Theâtre du Châtelet by Maximilian Luce (source)

ADVERTISING

How Dove Is 'Hacking' Photography to Change the Way Advertising Depicts Women

Via Noemi Mancini <3
How Dove is hacking the system from within: "We can achieve gender equality also forcing the advertising industry to change and replace old offensive stereotypes."

TYPOGRAPHY

Organizing the World of Fonts with AI

How IDEO created a quick experiment to inspire designers. (Here the link to the project, but first read the article to understand how they have built it, very interesting).