Link Dumps

Curated collections of interesting URLs

2021-02-25

Dependency Confusion

Link: https://medium.com/@alex.birsan/dependency-confusion-4a5d60fec610

Half Your Brain Is Alert The First Night In A New Place

Link: https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2016/04/21/474691141/half-your-brain-stands-guard-when-sleeping-in-a-new-place

Archived Link: https://archive.vn/VCfhx

93% Of Paint Splatters Are Valid Perl Programs

Link: https://www.famicol.in/sigbovik

Archived Link: https://archive.vn/4JY6J

Feature Casualties Of Large Databases

Link: https://brandur.org/large-database-casualties

Archived Link: https://archive.vn/HSmMH

I Don't Want To Do Front-End Anymore

Link: https://soynomm.com/blog/i-dont-want-to-do-frontend-anymore

Archived Link: https://archive.vn/BndwA

How to Increase Your Luck Surface Area

Link: https://www.codusoperandi.com/posts/increasing-your-luck-surface-area

Archived Link: https://archive.vn/AN3Bj

What Did We Lose When We Lost the Stars?

Link: https://theconvivialsociety.substack.com/p/what-did-we-lose-when-we-lost-the

Archived Link: https://archive.vn/Me2vv

Uniwidth Typefaces For Interface Design

Link: https://uxdesign.cc/uniwidth-typefaces-for-interface-design-b6e8078dc0f7

Archived Link: https://archive.vn/FGlmZ

An Atonement Of Nano

Link: https://www.noa-s.org/nano.html

Archived Link: https://archive.vn/VVFMI

Delight As The Hard-Edged World Melts Into A Full-Rainbow Spectrum Of Reality

Link: https://aeon.co/videos/delight-as-the-hard-edged-world-melts-into-a-full-rainbow-spectrum-of-reality/

2020-12-29

How To Run A Ponzi Scheme For Tech People

Link: https://callmenish.com/how-to-run-a-tech-ponzi-scheme/

Archived Link: https://archive.vn/uc5IX

Compound Found In Ayahuasca Can Grow New Brain Cells

Link: https://www.nature.com/articles/s41398-020-01011-0

Archived Link: https://archive.vn/yOU97

Shrimp Claw Inspires New Method Of Underwater Plasma Generation

Link: https://tees.tamu.edu/news/2019/04/shrimp-claw-inspires-new-method-of-underwater-plasma-generation.html

Archived Link: https://archive.vn/o8eZw

Sega VR Revived — Emulating An Unreleased Genesis Accessory

Link: https://gamehistory.org/segavr/

Archived Link: https://archive.vn/6OFxX

Fukushima, Chernobyl, And Three Mile Island Show Why Nuclear Is Inherently Safe

Link: https://www.forbes.com/sites/michaelshellenberger/2019/03/11/it-sounds-crazy-but-fukushima-chernobyl-and-three-mile-island-show-why-nuclear-is-inherently-safe/

Archived Link: https://archive.vn/sMj0b

The Four Kinds Of Side Hustles

Link: https://superorganizers.substack.com/p/the-four-kinds-of-side-hustles

Archived Link: https://archive.vn/SWdrE

The Eccentric Genius Whose Time May Have Finally Come (Again)

Link: https://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2014/06/norbert-wiener-the-eccentric-genius-whose-time-may-have-finally-come-again/372607/

Archived Link: https://archive.vn/tg2CS

Jordan Peterson Versus The Crybullies

Link: https://unherd.com/2020/11/jordan-peterson-v-the-crybullies/

Archived Link: https://archive.vn/Jfxg3

DNA Synthesis For True Random Number Generation

Link: https://www.nature.com/articles/s41467-020-19757-y

Archived Link: https://archive.vn/X9wu7

1937 Film Explains How A Car Differential Works

Link: https://www.roadandtrack.com/car-culture/classic-cars/a25833/1937-film-perfectly-explains-how-a-car-differential-works/

The simplicity of the filmmaking and thoroughness of the special effects are impressive even by today's standards. That being said, I learnt more about differentials from a fundamental point of view than I certainly thought I knew (along with the existence of one-wheel drive in early cars!).

2020-10-29

The Disadvantages Of Single Page Applications

Link: https://adamsilver.io/articles/the-disadvantages-of-single-page-applications/

Archived Link: https://archive.vn/lCLak

I must say I agree with all of the reasons that the author enumerates against SPAs. The default approach should be considerate usage of JavaScript and CSS that follow the guidelines of Progressive Enhancement — rather than trying to force gigantic resource-intensive libraries down the user's throat and at the same time totally destroying the role of the browser (and browsing) in the process.

It's worth noting that the article from 2014, and yet it's sadly more than relevant in today's bloated web, which is awash with constant, unnecessary monstrosities of JavaScript.

We Need A Nuclear New Deal, Not A Green New Deal

Link: https://www.thebellows.org/we-need-a-nuclear-new-deal-not-a-green-new-deal

Archived Link: https://archive.vn/bZhK8

In the Link Dump prior to this one, there was a great article that outlined the future of nuclear reactor technology using molten chloride salt fast reactor (MCSFR) designs.

This article focuses more on the policy aspect, but is just as relevant as the US the rest of the world need to make smart, informed choices on the benefits of nuclear power and the dangers of "renewable" energy sources that do more harm than good in the long run.

CSS Variables 101

Link: https://ishadeed.com/article/css-vars-101/

Archived Link: https://archive.vn/2F1no

I love using CSS variables as opposed to those native to SCSS, simply for the easier syntax if nothing else. This article is a good refresher on some of the use cases and best-practices surrounding CSS variables.

This Page Is A Truly Naked, Brutalist HTML Quine

Link: https://secretgeek.github.io/html_wysiwyg/html.html

Archived Link: https://archive.vn/8oaIK

Really cool effect of rendering HTML source code as body text using CSS element display properties.

Understanding Operational 5G: A First Measurement Study

Link: https://blog.acolyer.org/2020/10/05/understanding-operational-5g/

Archived Link: https://archive.vn/2ilrB

It's clear that 5G has less coverage and efficiency than 4G at the cost of purportedly higher throughput; resulting in the need for more towers at closer distributions, which in turn require more power for the overall network transmission.

Declarative Shadow DOM

Link: https://web.dev/declarative-shadow-dom/

Archived Link: https://archive.vn/mZFWB

A very intriguing way to instantiate separate "shadow" root objects in order to do things like parsing, hydrating, or other manipulation of elements in a very front-end way.

Along with HTML Templates and Custom Elements, this is a pragmatic and native way to utilize the HTML specification itself.

Physicists Build Circuit That Generates Clean, Limitless Power From Graphene

Link: https://phys.org/news/2020-10-physicists-circuit-limitless-power-graphene.html

Archived Link: https://archive.vn/CQbH4

Not my area of expertise, but this seems like it could revolutionize the way that micro-circuitry is powered; using effectively natural properties of freestanding graphene, or rather "a single layer of carbon atoms" in order to harvest energy.

Security By Obscurity Is Underrated

Link: https://utkusen.com/blog/security-by-obscurity-is-underrated.html

Archived Link: https://archive.vn/ecTv4

Good defense is created by defense-in-depth; and security by obscurity doesn't cost much if anything in the way of layering measures that will at least get rid of script kiddies and other rudimentary acts of reconnaissance.

I appreciate the author's metaphor to real-world security, as that has always been the inspiration and logic for implementing obscurity into a robust information security posture.

Why Is There A Normal Galaxy Sitting At The Edge Of The Universe?

Link: https://www.syfy.com/syfywire/why-is-there-a-normal-galaxy-sitting-at-the-edge-of-the-universe

Archived Link: https://archive.vn/HjkJa

The gravitational lensing affecting the viewing, the fact that it took two telescopes in the Southern hemisphere to confirm, the exact alignment that distorts it into a ring, and the age of the galaxy relative it's maturity all form tip of the iceberg and uncanny nature of this galactic discovery.

2020-10-17

Sloped Edges With Consistent Angle In CSS

Link: https://kilianvalkhof.com/2017/design/sloped-edges-with-consistent-angle-in-css/

Archived Link: https://archive.vn/v2Y2z

This is a great example of visualizing the DOM and viewport in order to use vanilla CSS to shift the perception and rendering of the container div; quite an elegant solution that's easy to intuit once you see how it's achieved.

NVIDIA Uses AI To Slash Bandwidth On Video Calls

Link: https://petapixel.com/2020/10/06/nvidia-uses-ai-to-slash-bandwidth-on-video-calls/

Archived Link: https://archive.vn/Haq7n

This is beyond impressive as far as real world usage of GANs go. In my opinion a highly practical way of applying this technology is to intentionally lower/shift the quality on the fly just a bit so as to "blend" the layer boundaries where the stitching happens.

That way the doctoring isn't apparent, you still benefit from the massive bandwidth savings (which I consider most important anyway), and it appears more believable in the real-world context of variable bitrates.

How Does A Gas Pump Know To Shut Itself Off?

Link: https://www.straightdope.com/21341412/how-does-a-gas-pump-know-to-shut-itself-off

Archived Link: https://archive.vn/oPlPd

Some really cool insight into the self-contained analog technology of the gas pump, based on simple physics of air pressure and a diaphragm.

How Young Cubans Circumvented Embargoes To Make Their Own DIY Network

Link: https://restofworld.org/2020/the-life-and-death-of-snet-havanas-alternative-internet/

Archived Link: https://archive.vn/GL0Z5

It's refreshing to see a real-world example of a true to form Intranet that's synchronously updated via sneakernet nodes.

All the geeky buzzwords aside, this is a testament to innovation and also a reminder of the threats that Communist and Socialist regimes apply (freely) to freedom of speech.

New Design Molten Salt Reactor Is Cheaper To Run, Consumes Nuclear Waste

Link: https://www.forbes.com/sites/llewellynking/2020/10/13/new-design-molten-salt-reactor-is-cheaper-to-run-consumes-nuclear-waste/#1de1ab7833c6

Archived Link: https://archive.vn/LpWBI

Good background info in this article on the design choices surrounding nuclear reactor design choices fromt he 70's going forward.

The new molten chloride salt fast reactor (MCSFR) design is a stunning modern take both from an engineering and practical entrepreneurship perspective; and it looks like that design may very well shape the clean-energy future that our planet desperately needs.

Images As Code: Representing Localized And Evolving Products On Marketing Pages

Link: https://engineering.shopify.com/blogs/engineering/images-code-representing-localized-evolving-products-marketing-pages

Archived Link: https://archive.vn/YOit0

This is one of the times I admire the functional extension of HTML with markup incorporating SVG and JS for a purpose that is user-first and not based on some abstracted metric.

Shopify obviously has stellar engineering chops, but the practical context of the idea itself as expounded in the article really sheds light on both a correct and functional way of utilizing modern web technologies.

How Flashing Lights And Pink Noise Might Banish Alzheimer's, Improve Memory And More

Link: https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-018-02391-6

Archived Link: https://archive.vn/8Kem1

I came across this article when I was I was doing further research into the usage of 40Hz tones to effect cognitive recuperation and general brain health. Flashing lights as well, according to the study, have been shown to have an effect on the cellular level to brainwave stimulation.

Viral Effects Are Not Network Effects

Link: https://www.nfx.com/post/viral-effects-vs-network-effects/

Archived Link: https://archive.vn/Dt5U3

Great deep dive into the differences between viral and networked growth especially as it relates to product adoption, usage, and addition of value to the end user. Of note is the focus on growth when talking in viral terms, and the notion of defensibility when considering a true network effect in the market.

Computer Chess: Longest-Running Experiment In Computing Science

Link: https://en.chessbase.com/post/computer-chess-longest-running-experiment-in-computing-science

Archived Link: https://archive.vn/ixaLS

This was a great read, with some fascinating tidbits of both computing and chess history. That the cited article was written by George R. R. Martin (of Game of Thrones fame) is interesting in-and-of-itself, but I also thought maybe the "fish" slang had a connection somehow to the naming of the popular Stockfish chess engine; but apparently it does not.

2020-09-19

Why Tacit Knowledge Is More Important Than Deliberate Practice

Link: https://commoncog.com/blog/tacit-knowledge-is-a-real-thing/

Archived Link: https://archive.vn/X9lis

Fewer things are true that what is said in this article. Tacit knowledge in my opinion is the only knowledge that truly makes one intuit towards mastery of one's craft.

How Fanta Was Created For Nazi Germany

Link: https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/fanta-soda-origins-nazi-germany

Archived Link: https://archive.vn/1qiI1

Interesting tidbits from the article on Fanta's parent company Coca-Cola; such as the physical origin of the name (from the coca leaf and the kola nut) and their business model of supplying with refreshments the same Nazi Germany that US soldiers were fighting and dying to defeat.

Signifier Design Information

Link: https://klim.co.nz/blog/signifier-design-information/

Archived Link: https://archive.vn/SPhQB

A great deep dive into the world of typographical design, including the chronology of using historical typesets as a guide for digital adaptation.

A lovely quote from the article reads "Fonts once existed as physical things [...] Digital fonts only exist fleetingly. They are experienced, mediated by a screen. Once the power is switched off they cease to exist."

Schrödinger's Cat When Nobody Is Looking

Link: http://nautil.us/issue/89/the-dark-side/schrdingers-cat-when-nobody-is-looking

Archived Link: https://archive.vn/0oaK1

Good article that does raise some obvious questions about the nature of the consciousness itself that's posited as a property affecting quantum states. The rest of the article is well above my understanding of physics, and is quite a lengthy scientific read.

Pleasure Is Good: How French Children Acquire A Taste For Life

Link: https://theconversation.com/pleasure-is-good-how-french-children-acquire-a-taste-for-life-51949

Archived Link: https://archive.vn/opyG1

A four-course lunch served in daycare is probably the most French concept ever, but the article goes on to make a valid point of the benefit of faster social integration of the child when such techniques are used.

There's also the ideas of consistency, discipline, and focusing on the task at hand that all come into play in the pursuit of an otherwise mundane act, such as having a family meal where everyone is removed from social and technological distractions (phones, television, etc.) and human bonding and communication take center stage.

Limiting The Power Of RPKI Authorities

Link: https://labs.ripe.net/Members/kris_shrishak/limiting-the-power-of-rpki-authorities

Archived Link: https://archive.vn/SLslF

The article speaks to an inherent threat within the RPKI ecosystem, namely its centralized nature and possible attacks against the root authority domains. It's a common conundrum that arises when secure but centralized systems are rolled out asynchronously.

RIPE's approach to reducing the threat model is to distribute trust, i.e. requiring a consensus of second-level authorities before any changes are made to the underlying infrastructure governing the secure mappings of ASNs to IP prefixes, which is what RPKI was built to solve.

AI Ruined Chess; Now It's Making The Game Beautiful Again

Link: https://arstechnica.com/gaming/2020/09/ai-ruined-chess-now-its-making-the-game-beautiful-again/

Archived Link: https://archive.vn/jiMRa

It's always amazing to watch GM's play through the first 5-10 moves in a matter of seconds. Often times these are the strongest move orders that flow logically from a given opening that was prepared for; and can even extend further into the middlegame if the position lends to moves where the players are still "in book".

Modern players use computer analysis extensively, and AlphaZero's ability to uniquely view the chess game in hyper-fluid ways (and produce exquisite variations) is quite refreshing, as the article correctly posits.

Sentinels And Sanctuaries

Link: https://stevemccurry.blog/2020/09/18/sentinels-and-sanctuaries-3/

Archived Link: https://archive.vn/3Nluo

Wonderful gallery by Steve McCurry that highlights the interweaving of the humble tree within the larger expanse of human life.

Is The Web Getting Slower?

Link: https://www.debugbear.com/blog/is-the-web-getting-slower

Archived Link: https://archive.vn/6h6UF

This is a recurring theme of the Internet, where perception vs. reality as it relates to the speed of the web in general continues to be a talking point. I'm still of the view that getting back to basics should be the prime goal of web developers — i.e. the display of information using the web as medium, not as message.

The article spars with the technical details surrounding accurate measurement that varies due to global internet speeds and DOM interactions by browsers/devices. At any rate, modern scripts and other dependencies can lurch webpages into multi-megabyte sizes quite unnecessarily.

2020-08-22

A Brief History Of Responsive Web Design

Link: https://www.freecodecamp.org/news/history-of-responsive-web-design/

Archived Link: http://archive.vn/Zx5s0

This is a pretty neat article on the history of what I consider approaches to the canvas of the web; and representing information not just across devices but also of differing densities and consumption.

I do appreciate the overt mention of Progressive Web Apps (PWA's) as a sensible approach to standardizing content delivery for the future of the web.

NeXT Logo Presentation By Paul Rand

Link: https://www.logodesignlove.com/next-logo-paul-rand

Archived Link: https://archive.vn/48kCE

When Jobs was asked what it was like to work with Rand, he said, [ I asked him if he would come up with a few options, and he said, "No, I will solve your problem for you and you will pay me. You don't have to use the solution. If you want options go talk to other people." ]

That's a great way for a designer to own the solution without the weight of the problem.

"Electric Mud" Teems With New, Mysterious Bacteria

Link: https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2020/08/electric-mud-teems-new-mysterious-bacteria

Archived Link: https://archive.vn/CFhMo

It's pretty cool that the delta in this experiment was due to a passive environmental observation and not found under active scrutiny of the bacteria themselves.

I love the scientist's quote when he notes "It was an instruction from Mother Nature to take this more seriously."

The Semi-Satisfied Life

Link: https://aeon.co/essays/for-schopenhauer-happiness-is-a-state-of-semi-satisfaction

Archived Link: https://archive.vn/eAdkH

Wonderful insights into Arthur Schopenhauer's outlook on life and our interactions as we move through it in transcendence of a banal existence.

I can relate to his "prime command" as imaginary King; there are few things more satisfying than solitude with the Self.

Modeling a Wealth Tax

Link: http://paulgraham.com/wtax.html

Archived Link: https://archive.vn/CIsGc

A statistically sobering article on the flawed nature of wealth-based taxation, showing how it becomes harmfully compounding over time. Good read, and great point of reference.

Not Everyone Needs 8 Hours of Sleep, New Research Reveals

Link: https://time.com/5876614/circadian-rhythm-study/

Archived Link: https://archive.vn/LtRDc

Very eye-opening information; that sleep patterns and the maximal benefits thereof have genetic predispositions which accounts for different sleep habits and routines such as early risers, night owls, and ill-diagnosed insomnia.

One Breath Around The World

Link: https://youtu.be/OnvQggy3Ezw

Pardon the pun, but this is a breath-taking video of a champion free-diver exploring the open sea. The interaction with animals, the endless seascapes, and the cinematography are absolutely mesmerizing.

Why Efficiency Is Dangerous And Slowing Down Makes Life Better

Link: https://psyche.co/ideas/why-efficiency-is-dangerous-and-slowing-down-makes-life-better

Archived Link: https://archive.vn/leLEX

As I've grown older, the technique of slowing down and finding precision has always proven itself to have more merit than any other approach to navigating today's fast-paced lifestyle of information overload and instant gratification.

Efficiency as technique will always be available when needed, but the mental benefits of slowing down (breathing, thinking, navigating) will always sit higher in the hierarchy of living a rewarding life.

Why Primo Levi Survives

Link: https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2015/12/why-primo-levi-survives/413134/

Archived Link: https://archive.vn/s8uP8

I recently finished Levi's two memoirs written shortly after his detainment in the Jewish concentration camps — "If This is a Man" and "The Truce" — and his optimism and matter-of-fact tenacity in describing the horrors and small victories of the human condition are perennial reads.

The article does a great job of introducing Levi the writer, the prisoner, the chemist, and the man himself.

2020-08-15

These Central American Monkeys Have Officially Entered The Stone Age

Link: https://allthatsinteresting.com/panama-monkeys-stone-age

Archived Link: https://archive.vn/xt6vA

These monkeys look so animated, and what's surprising to me is the dexterity with which they handle the rocks that they use as large blunt-force nutcrackers. I see human garbage in the background of the video, but no monolith.

One Breath Around The World

Link: https://youtu.be/OnvQggy3Ezw

Pardon the pun, but this is absolutely breathtaking. A video by World Champion free diver Guillaume Néry that highlights the vastness of the open world under the sea and the scale at which we fit into it.

Drop-Down Usability

Link: https://baymard.com/blog/drop-down-usability

Archived Link: http://archive.vn/gPXh0

The auto-complete implementation is probably the way it should be done everywhere. I'm very appreciative of both the breath of case studies that were done pertaining to this single UI element, and also the release of an open-source implementation for anyone to incorporate into their project.

The Elusive Horror Of Hiroshima

Link: https://www.nationalgeographic.com/history/2020/08/elusive-horror-hiroshima/

Archived Link: http://archive.vn/hLf17

Haunting imagery and tragic stories empower this article to formulate a grim picture of the aftermath of the senseless bombings that was done to hundreds of thousands of civilians in Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

The kind of evil that permeated the men who authorized such an act mystifies me to this day.

Chinese Hackers Have Pillaged Taiwan's Semiconductor Industry

Link: https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2020/08/chinese-hackers-have-pillaged-taiwans-semiconductor-industry/

Archived Link: https://archive.vn/WLoDw

IP theft by China is the rule and not the exception, so it's no surprise that such valuable trade secrets were targeted geopolitically so close to home.

The fact that the entire industry of semi-conductor fabrication was targeted is arguably a sign that China will redouble efforts to manufacture homegrown hardware and silicon to further centralize it's supply chain.

Forest Fires Are Setting Chernobyl's Radiation Free

Link: https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2020/08/chernobyl-fires/615067/

Archived Link: https://archive.vn/c5Y8s

Animals, plants, and even bacteria were found to be either chronically affected to adapted to the radiation within the Exclusion Zone, but these insights show that the same medium (air currents) that helped to spread the initial radiation debris after the accident are now also the cause of secondary spread of radionuclides far beyond the perceived safe borders; according to the article some 2000 miles away.

How Airplanes Counteract St. Elmo's Fire During Thunderstorms

Link: https://phys.org/news/2020-08-airplanes-counteract-st-elmo-thunderstorms.html

Archived Link: https://archive.vn/zW6sL

Nice historical tidbits of corona discharge from ship's masts to cell towers to aircraft wing tips. I read it as a sort of refresher in electrostatic particles and how they behave.

The research lab discovering that altering the charge of a plane in flight could reduce it's chances of getting struck by lightning was just a great takeaway of how the balancing of emergent properties with those of the natural world can be done.

CIA Shoelacing Method For Covert Signalling

Link: https://www.fieggen.com/shoelace/cialacing.htm

Archived Link: https://archive.vn/hjqjM

Integrity and encryption for SneakerNet! All joking aside, this is an interesting method and is analog enough to actually be quite secure.

As an aside, the other shoelace and shoelace-tying methods found on the website are very expansive and detailed, and probably cover every possible permutation one can think of.

Fear Of Authoritarian Regimes Is Pushing The Film Industry To Self-Censor

Link: https://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/china/2020-08-04/hollywood-running-out-villains

Archived Link: https://archive.vn/mxROx

Freedom of expression and industries that thrive on such expression must always be vigilant not to get into bed with totalitarian regimes; and their investments.

The example cited in the article where the flags of US Allies Taiwan and Japan were removed from the upcoming remake of Top Gun — due to Chinese demands — borders on incomprehensible.

2020-08-04

Plants Can Feel You Touching Them

Link: https://qz.com/1499046/plants-can-feel-you-touching-them-and-they-dont-like-it/

Archived Link: http://archive.vn/ttzUO

Amazing read that sheds light on how contact with humans (and other plants, the wind, etc.) can go so far as to alter a part of the genome of a plant.

The article's title mentions that they "don't like it", which seems a bit of subjective notion especially considering the examples cited where the plant was able to be stimulated enough to fight off a fungus, but nevertheless it's all pretty fascinating to me.

Steve McCurry's Photo Galleries

Link: https://stevemccurry.com/galleries

Steve McCurry is a living legend of the photography world. His stunning portraits capture the gamut of human emotion, and the subtleties of conflict — all in stunning shades of color that he's most famous for.

How Extremophile Bacteria Living In Nuclear Reactors Might Help Us Make Vaccines

Link: https://www.forbes.com/sites/jamesconca/2020/07/21/if-extremophile-bacteria-can-live-in-nuclear-reactors-maybe-they-can-help-us-make-vaccines/

Archived Link: http://archive.vn/0aGOI

I wasn't aware that our cells evolved their repair mechanisms to combat oxidative stress billions of years ago when free oxygen first entered the atmosphere, and this same principle is used to repair radiation damage as well, and in the case of the bacterium in question it occurs on a massively enhanced scale such that it can withstand all kinds of environmental extremes.

Why Black Hole Interiors Grow (Almost) Forever

Link: http://nautil.us/blog/-why-black-hole-interiors-grow-almost-forever

Archived Link: http://archive.vn/0ITte

So strange that cosmological properties related to space and time can have such drastically different properties when they are contained in the domain of a black hole; effectively the complexity of a black hole interior becomes exponentially greater than outside the event horizon. At least I think that's the gist of the article.

New Material Is Strong, Light and Non-Cuttable

Link: https://scitechdaily.com/proteus-technology-new-material-is-strong-light-and-non-cuttable/

This is a real marvel of material science and engineering. Being able to mimic nature in such a way as to create a seemingly indestructible substrate of which the core properties lie in it's flexibility when faced with pressure.

Satan's Bank Note

Link: https://www.historytoday.com/miscellanies/satan%E2%80%99s-bank-note

Archived Link: http://archive.vn/gLhuO

Informative exposition on the history, usage, and transformation of value from gold to the many stages of paper that comprise modern day fiat currency. What's notable to me is the way the medium of transfer affected the culture and shaped even the political ideologies of the time.

Virginia Woolf And Hot Fudge Sundaes For Lunch

Link: https://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/features/virginia-woolf-hot-fudge-sundaes-lunch-200430103857874.html

Archived Link: http://archive.vn/0F9sq

It's somewhat serendipitous that the author was able to relate and appreciate the wisdom contained in the bits of knowledge passed from one generation to another.

A soft, personal story filled with realizations that I think most readers can relate to in one way or another.

Haunting Relics of a Country That No Longer Exists

Link: https://www.nationalgeographic.com/travel/destinations/europe/former-yugoslavia-monuments/

Archived Link: http://archive.vn/jGc3M

Beautiful geometric and brutalist architecture give a vivid impression of a place really frozen in time. The simplicity and juxtaposition of the structures are wonderfully balanced by way of their abstract design.

The Code I'm Still Ashamed Of

Link: https://www.freecodecamp.org/news/the-code-im-still-ashamed-of-e4c021dff55e/

Archived Link: http://archive.vn/nLwzA

Making a choice that leads to real-world consequences (whether indirect or unintentional) can't be an easy thing to live with at a young age.

I appreciate the author not cutting himself any slack, and carrying the life lesson with him all through to the person he is today. A sobering read for anyone that works in industries that have far-reaching implications.

2020-07-18

Astronomers Have Found The Edge Of The Milky Way At Last

Link: https://www.sciencenews.org/article/astronomers-have-found-edge-milky-way-size

Archived Link: http://archive.vn/9gmPi

Very impressive way to ascertain the outer limits of a galaxy by observing the velocity of nearby small galaxies (among other complex calculations, observations, and measurements). It's a great appending of knowledge surrounding the Milky Way, especially in relation to the Andromeda galaxy.

Agglomerators vs. Specialists

Link: https://nbt.substack.com/p/agglomerators-vs-specialists

Archived Link: http://archive.vn/DZnAq

Really good article highlighting the characteristics and nature of venture capital firms, and some of the criteria that enable them to be defined within a bifurcation of market type and investment stage.

The Lost Art Of Growing Blueberries With Fire

Link: https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/why-do-people-burn-blueberry-fields

Archived Link: http://archive.vn/TQAkV

Equal parts art, science, and tradition. I never knew blueberries were grown in such as way, and it's a great bit of operational knowledge as well — the the nuance of the burning process done by hand in order to produce a crop of exceptional and better quality.

Bacteria With A Metal Diet Discovered In Dirty Glassware

Link: https://phys.org/news/2020-07-bacteria-metal-diet-dirty-glassware.html

Archived Link: http://archive.vn/ryME3

Quite a novel discovery, that of bacteria that feed on and metabolize metal as an energy source. It certainly gives credence to the assumption that life in other parts of the Universe would both be biologically different in how they interact with matter but also how they advance technologically.

It's also a great read into how the scientific process leading to such a discovery was carried out, with all the bewilderment and awe one would expect.

Resilient Interdomain Traffic Exchange for BGP Security

Link: https://csrc.nist.gov/publications/detail/sp/800-189/final

Archived Link: http://archive.vn/GqiEk

BGP continues to be an insecure but vital protocol that shoulders the very backbone of information exchange across the globe. This publication from NIST outlines a method to securely implement an authenticated, enhanced BGP protocol as a necessary step in the right direction with respect to the security and resiliency of Internet traffic across providers.

The Four Desires Driving All Human Behavior

Link: https://www.brainpickings.org/2015/09/21/bertrand-russell-nobel-prize-acceptance-speech/

Archived Link: http://archive.vn/B7aNV

A great excerpt from Bertrand Russell's Nobel acceptance speech that focuses on desire, acquisitiveness, vanity, love, and other bits of thought that are individually as timeless as the entirety of his life's work.

The Perils Of Functional CSS

Link: https://www.browserlondon.com/blog/2019/06/10/functional-css-perils/

Archived Link: http://archive.vn/J2zUF

I recently refactored a small side project using Tachyons CSS to see what it's like, and while I found it useful for a single page and very simply layouts, creating an entire website using functional CSS frameworks would be nothing short of a nightmare.

Looking-Glass Politics

Link: https://www.mercatus.org/bridge/commentary/looking-glass-politics

Archived Link: http://archive.vn/GfASs

Absolutely fantastic exposition that looks into the "Dunbar Number"; which describes cognitive boundaries that social media platforms have bridged across different domains of knowledge, allowing interactions to occur on the basis of ownership of social issues that carry with them both a heavy burden and questionable barrier of entry.

2020-07-11

The Hidden Magnetic Universe Begins to Come Into View

Link: https://www.quantamagazine.org/the-hidden-magnetic-universe-begins-to-come-into-view-20200702/

Archived Link: https://archive.vn/W8m6H

Interesting article on magnetic fields across the entire cosmos. I've read before about older cultures believing and documenting magnetism both intra and extra-Earthly as a navigation, transport, and even energy generating mechanism of some kind.

The fact that this article is the inflection point where modern science taps (epistemologically) into the same vein of thinking is quite uncanny.

Did a Chinese Hack Kill Canada's Greatest Tech Company?

Link: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2020-07-01/did-china-steal-canada-s-edge-in-5g-from-nortel

Archived Link: https://archive.is/UUXDc

Huawei's reputation within Silicon Valley is well known (viz. their theft of source code from Cisco Systems) but this article highlights another, more pervasive undertaking by one of China's most prolific thieves of intellectual property; the target being Nortel Networks.

The Observer Effect With Marc Andreessen

Link: https://www.theobservereffect.org/marc.html

Archived Link: http://archive.vn/3mKqP

One of the lightly-mentioned but salient points is the praise he imparted on his assistant. Having a lot of smaller, repetitive, and scheduling/communication-related tasks being offloaded greatly helps to recover time that can be used productively.

Apart from that, the entire article is a wonderful insight into how time is managed at that level of scale, both in the scope of work as well as personal development.

Principles Of Chaos Engineering

Link: http://principlesofchaos.org/?lang=ENcontent

Archived Link: http://archive.vn/8NBAe

Causing randomized disruptions in production clusters definitely isn't for the faint of heart, but there are definitely benefits to this approach when one considers the fallacy of having redundancy and backups that are never stress-tested.

The site is a good primer of the best practices involved in the implementation of such a methodology.

Ten Modern Layouts In One Line Of CSS

Link: https://web.dev/one-line-layouts/

Archived Link: http://archive.vn/5osoh

This nifty exploration into the simplicity that CSS affords is a good reminder of how little is needed to effect layout-specific styles that are also responsive across devices. A great starting point for when you need to utilize HTML to display parsed data while having usability vs. performance issues to consider.

The More Senior Your Job Title, The More You Need To Keep A Journal

Link: https://hbr.org/2017/07/the-more-senior-your-job-title-the-more-you-need-to-keep-a-journal

Archived Link: http://archive.vn/IrLdA

While I've unsuccessfully tried journalizing before (for different reasons than those posited in the article) I get the feeling that the more senior you are also the more time you would likely have to pursue such an act of retrospective detailing and incremental documentation of progress over time.

The F-22 Raptor's Flight Control System

Link: https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/34762/this-lecture-by-an-f-22-test-pilot-on-the-raptors-flight-control-system-is-bonkers

Archived Link: http://archive.vn/aSrmE

Really cool article and related video that details the brilliant combination of analog and digital systems that work in unison to give the F-22 its unrivaled air superiority.

2020-07-05

The Rabbit Outbreak

Link: https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2020/07/06/the-rabbit-outbreak

Archived Link: https://archive.vn/cTBNT

Really good information about rabbit behavior in this article. I was also surprised to discover the otherworldly tenacity and durability of the virus that's causing the outbreak of Rabbit Hemorrhagic Disease (RHD).

Lights And Shadows

Link: https://ciechanow.ski/lights-and-shadows/

Archived Link: https://archive.vn/mQIw7

As a photographer, and having a general interest in optics of any kind, this is a fascinating article that delves into the technical properties of light, reflection, shadows, etc. If that wasn't useful enough, each concept is coupled with stunning interactive elements that accurately portray the physics behind them in Cartesian space.

The Black Sheep Of Black Holes

Link: http://m.nautil.us/blog/the-black-sheep-of-black-holes

Archived Link: https://archive.is/shIXT

There's nothing like a good astronomy article. This one doesn't disappoint, with some uncanny facts about primordial black holes that shed light (or darkness?) onto observed data of our own solar system and the dark matter of the universe at large.

Declining Eyesight Can Be Improved By Looking At Red Light

Link: https://www.cnn.com/2020/06/30/health/declining-eyesight-red-light-scn-wellness/index.html

Archived Link: https://archive.is/2eYTt

Very promising results from this study, although I'm hesitant to stare directly into a near-infrared light source directly rather than simply utilizing ambient light of the same nature coupled with a removal of sources in the blue spectrum.

Scaling HEY On AWS And Kubernetes

Link: https://info.acloud.guru/resources/kubernetes-aws-cloud-scaling-hey

Archived Link: https://archive.vn/nnaIB

I found this article interesting because it focuses on salient strategies surrounding Kubernetes, choice of cloud, value vs. cost, etc. relating to the infrastructure of a relatively new app that's scaling very quickly.

Apart from the usefulness of such insights being given in an interview format, there were some notable takeaways such as the AWS S3 egress data costs being higher than that of the AWS EC2 compute nodes!

Why General Artificial Intelligence Will Not Be Realized

Link: https://www.nature.com/articles/s41599-020-0494-4

Archived Link: https://archive.vn/uljf0

My personal view is also that Artificial General Intelligence (AGI) is entirely not feasible, especially in the way that science fiction proffers it, but my reasoning behind it is different but tangential to those the paper seeks to expound on.

That being said, the article brings up a number of intrinsic arguments against AGI that I've not researched, and truth be told, as of the time of posting this Link Dump I've yet to complete the article in its entirely (much less integrate it into my thinking about AI/AGI as a whole). But so far, it's well worth the read.

9 Terms You'll See In Your Startup Equity Offer — And What They Actually Mean

Link: https://angel.co/blog/9-terms-youll-see-in-your-equity-offer-and-what-they-actually-mean

Archived Link: https://archive.vn/lRvOq

Private equity and VC-related human resources information is sometimes hard to come by in understandable and clear formats; hence this article is a gem as it breaks down the standard terms and their meaning in the scope of hiring policies and employee ownership. The literal vs. practical definitions for each point are also quite invaluable.

2020-06-26

Boot To Vim, Vim As PID 1

Link: https://raymii.org/s/blog/Vim_as_PID_1_Boot_to_Vim.html

Archived Link: https://archive.vn/UpVJG

For hardcore CLI users (and possibly writers?) this is a nice way to add a boot option to a laptop's GRUB list for instant productivity. It's also great to be able to run shell commands as well as use the Vim plugin ecosystem to extend functionality.

Quantum Matter Orbits Earth

Link: https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-020-01653-6

Archived Link: https://archive.vn/BLW32

This is a real feat of particle physics! The creation of a Bose-Einstein condensate happened in orbit aboard the ISS is really the cherry on top, since from what I gather it provides clearer measurements and observations that are devoid of any Earthly interference.

The Sound Of Silence

Link: https://foundersatwork.posthaven.com/the-sound-of-silence

Archived Link: https://archive.vn/AuR8y

I can see where the author of this post is coming from, and if it's taken to the extreme the result might very well be something akin to Nihilism, with the threat to existentialism of course being replaced with a threat to innovation by virtue of no one speaking their mind.

I think the problem is becoming increasingly systemic, especially since "free speech" (granted to any individual) is being slowly eroded in academic and professional circles by the far-left notion of "mandated speech" (that conforms to the group).

Finding Peace From Mind

Link: https://nav.al/peace

Archived Link: https://archive.vn/XeP4X

A nice summation of how the mind stills itself when it's experiencing anything that can be described as a blissful state, and a reminder that the goal to achieve this sort of stasis is really a longing to return to the mind's most resting state; freedom from the thought processes of the frontal cortex.

Wild Hummingbirds See A Broad Range Of Colors Humans Can Only Imagine

Link: https://www.princeton.edu/news/2020/06/15/wild-hummingbirds-see-broad-range-colors-humans-can-only-imagine

Archived Link: https://archive.vn/mpb9e

Even though having four color cone types is common among some types of animals, the evolution of this in the vision of a hummingbird seems to be one of excess suitability — since their ability to discern non-spectral hues covers and extends beyond the gamut of colors that any flowers possesses, making it an invaluable survival mechanism if you think about how often a hummingbird needs to feed.

Pepsi's $32 Billion Typo Caused Deadly Riots

Link: https://medium.com/better-marketing/pepsis-40-billion-typo-caused-deadly-riots-3d671295d1bd

Archived Link: https://archive.vn/tZi0x

Quite an unexpected and catastrophic chain of events that stemmed from human error in the initial supply chain. They should've used a better system that excluded the winning number from the set of numbers used for smaller prizes; and of course print the number elsewhere and randomly insert it into the supply chain afterwards.

2020-05-31

Modern Text Hiding In JavaScript

Link: https://blog.bitsrc.io/how-to-hide-secrets-in-strings-modern-text-hiding-in-javascript-613a9faa5787

Archived Link: https://archive.vn/VKGwS

A JavaScript take on using classical zero-width Unicode characters to enable stenography within strings.

The Ivy Lee Method For Peak Productivity

Link: https://jamesclear.com/ivy-lee

Archived Link: https://archive.vn/G9XSn

Single-task, queue-based productivity was really popularized by this technique; which I've tried since reading the article and it does indeed make a big difference. I think everyone innately understands the benefits of this approach, but we tend to drift away from the methodology due to distractions that constantly bombard us in the modern world.

A Day Using Money In Cuba

Link: http://boazsobrado.com/blog/2020/05/22/a-day-using-money-in-cuba/

Archived Link: https://archive.vn/PFRnL

A really informative look into the complexities of how money is used in Cuba. Outside of the obvious organized corruption and racketeering, it's baffling to see how the dual currency is wielded in everyday life, especially within the pricing and spending dynamics of locals vs. foreigners.

Thailand's Spirits Have A Taste For Red Fanta

Link: https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/thailand-drinks

Archived Link: https://archive.vn/JwBD8

The fact that Thailand is Fanta's 4th largest global market is astounding. My only question would be why isn't Fanta Orange and Fanta Grape equally as popular? Either way, this is an insightful tidbit into how cultural habits have shaped an economic marker, instead of the other way around.

Embracing The Ultimate Unknown

Link: https://blogs.scientificamerican.com/beautiful-minds/embracing-the-ultimate-unknown/

Archived Link: https://archive.vn/bnJSv

I always enjoy reading articles that deal with existential topics and the larger, vaster reality of death that we usually ignore, or sometimes keep buried under a veneer of cultural anaesthesia.

The Ten Commandments For C Programmers (Annotated Edition)

Link: https://www.lysator.liu.se/c/ten-commandments.html

Archived Link: https://archive.vn/EpLyV

I don't use the C language but as with many anecdotes of programming wisdom, these are both amusing from a systems approach and applicable in other languages as well.

Ten Reasons Why Immunity Passports Are A Bad Idea

Link: https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-020-01451-0

Archived Link: https://archive.vn/95Px8

A thoughtful list of pitfalls such as privacy violation, lack of accurate data, and erosion of civil liberties that far outweigh the fictional benefits of creating an "Immunity Passports", which in my opinion would be a globalist Orwellian nightmare impossible to awaken from the morning after.

2020-05-10

Some Relatively Obscure Bash Tips

Link: https://zwischenzugs.com/2020/05/09/some-relatively-obscure-bash-tips/

Archived Link: https://archive.vn/q9kB5

It would seem that there are secrets of the Bourne Again Shell always waiting to be discovered; unless of course someone finds them for us. Not sure how many of these I would use daily but it's quite a superb list of shell commands that mirror the many other Bash posts by the same author.

Confessions Of An Unintentional CTO

Link: https://www.jackkinsella.ie/books/confessions_of_an_unintentional_cto

Archived Link: https://archive.vn/9QD7N

This compilation of posts over the years is actually a free book due to the length and composition. I would have opted to link to each article individually, but they really represent a real-world goldmine of information (some of which is subjective by the author's own admission) that revolve around technical problems and realities that a CTO or administrator may encounter.

We Chat, They Watch

Link: https://citizenlab.ca/2020/05/we-chat-they-watch/

Archived Link: https://archive.vn/gXIsy

This eye-opening report takes a deep-dive into the rules, strategies, and processes that are used by WeChat to censor information sent within the app regardless of the location of the user. Highly recommended reading.

Should I Use A Carousel?

Link: http://shouldiuseacarousel.com/

There's a certain web developer comradery in finding someone who hates carousels as much as I do; so much so that they made a website befit with irony in order to hammer the point home.

World's First "Impossible" Rotating Detonation Engine Fires Up

Link: https://newatlas.com/space/rotating-detonation-engine-ucf-hydrogen-oxygen/

Archived Link: https://archive.vn/MoenT

It's hard to resist clicking through to an article that has the term Detonation Engine within the title. Quite an interesting breakdown of the difference between internal combustion engines that utilize constantly injected fuel for energy versus detonation engines, which release much more energy from timed explosive reactions and compounding shockwaves (of awesomeness).

Bruce Schneier On COVID-19 Contact Tracing Apps

Link: https://www.schneier.com/blog/archives/2020/05/me_on_covad-19_.html

Archived Link: https://archive.vn/y8jvz

A terse but clear exposition from Bruce that looks at the efficacy of contact-tracing apps not just through the lens of privacy and security, but also from a purely logical and objective vantage point as it relates to the statistical (read: real-world) usefulness of the correlated data.

Debian Social Contract

Link: https://www.debian.org/social_contract

Archived Link: https://archive.vn/EdtG5

I've seen a lot of organizations and projects aim to add in a Code of Conduct (CoC) that caters for developers and contributors, but I would just like to point out that an equally useful Social Contract — such as the one utilized for years by Debian — is also a great gesture towards the end-user community for both overall trust-building and assurance of goals.

Use the Feynman Technique to Learn Faster

Link: https://collegeinfogeek.com/feynman-technique/

Archived Link: https://archive.vn/34eOj

It does seem a bit obvious at first but I think that this technique is sometimes unintuitively ignored when learning curves become steep, probably due to a lack of planning beforehand in the overall learning experience when approaching something new or rehashing old ideas in order to apply them in practical if not novel ways.

2020-05-02

Comparison Between LXC And LXD

Link: https://blog.simos.info/comparison-between-lxc-and-lxd/

Archived Link: https://archive.vn/vzfaX

It's not easy to find a simple guide with examples of the semantic differences between the more modern LXD manager for the LXC utility it vs. commandline-shotgunning LXC itself.

Ennui: How To Overcome Chronic Boredom

Link: https://effectiviology.com/ennui/

Archived Link: https://archive.vn/ejpPn

Is ennui is a few steps away from absolute nihilism? I'm not sure, and I'll have to delve into that deeply, but it's a great article that defines situations that are hard to self-identify with before they materialize into behavioral traits (or not).

Scientists Who Express Different Views On COVID-19 Should Be Heard, Not Demonized

Link: https://www.statnews.com/2020/04/27/hear-scientists-different-views-covid-19-dont-attack-them/

Archived Link: https://archive.vn/p7hnU

The spirit of science should be one of open discussion within a marketplace of ideas — not a peer-reviewed echo chamber that tries to ostracize the act of inquisitive skepticism. Scientists have historically been persecuted for far more outlandish (and world-changing) views, the difference being that such persecution usually comes from outside of the scientific community; not within.

Mastering SystemD: Securing And Sandboxing Applications And Services

Link: https://www.redhat.com/sysadmin/mastering-systemd

Archived Link: https://archive.vn/v078D

After the initial 'systemd' vs. 'sysvinit' debacle, I've slowly come to accept and utilize 'systemd' for a lot of process and production-oriented workflows. Opinions on init systems aside, this is a great article from Red Hat itself on the best-practices of securing applications and services that utilize 'systemd'.

Red Queen Hypothesis

Link: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Red_Queen_hypothesis

Archived Link: https://archive.vn/VjRq6

Fascinating read on evolutionary theory. TL/DR from the article: "...organisms must constantly adapt, evolve, and proliferate in order to survive while pitted against ever-evolving opposing organisms in a constantly changing environment, as well as to gain reproductive advantage." Perhaps the animal kingdom is more zero-sum than we thought?

Heat Based Contraception — Natural Birth Control For Men?

Link: https://www.dontcookyourballs.com/heat-based-contraception-natural-birth-control-for-men/

Archived Link: https://archive.vn/in3fu

Once you ignore the domain name, you'll find it's a really good historical article on (ironically) using heat to not "cook" your balls but what's inside them. With hot tubs and saunas and the like, it seems to be the most natural type of birth control, at the very least to strategically augment the usual female birth control that a partner would initially undertake.

Empathy Mapping: The First Step in Design Thinking

Link: https://www.nngroup.com/articles/empathy-mapping/

Archived Link: https://archive.vn/hVU8U

Sublime exposition of the way sentiment analysis is done overarchingly in marketing and UX design to map and even preempt user behavior. This process holds true for both digital and physical goods as well.

2020-04-18

The Simplicity of Specificity

Link: https://codepen.io/davidkpiano/post/the-simplicity-of-specificity

Archived Link: https://archive.vn/3zupW

Great explanation on the reason why specificity is good for declarative CSS as a best-practice.

The Importance of Launching

Link: https://tomcritchlow.com/2017/01/26/f-yeah-side-projects/

Archived Link: https://archive.vn/ryHFT

Reminder of the importance and benefit of creating equally or more than you consume; be it side projects, art, technology wire-frames, or even ideas themselves.

The 100 Percent Rule That Will Change Your Life

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vj-91dMvQQo

Re-watched this a few times. Great talk to keep fresh in your mind as it relates to fully committing yourself to goals and valuing the importance of conviction.

President of Taiwan: How My Country Prevented a Major Outbreak of COVID-19

Link: https://time.com/collection/finding-hope-coronavirus-pandemic/5820596/taiwan-coronavirus-lessons/

Archived Link: https://archive.vn/mjcn0

Insight from Taiwan's president into how policy, data, and empathy were merged into an effective and well-executed response to the COVID pandemic.

The Illumination Series

Link: https://youtu.be/Z894CskaZis

John Paul Caponigro is a world-famous photographer, and I've watched some of his workshops over at B&H relating to color grading, processing, etc. This video is one of his (as usual) creatively profound presentations of his on-location landscape photography projects. Full-screen and headphones recommended.

Why Using WhatsApp Is Dangerous

Link: https://telegra.ph/Why-Using-WhatsApp-Is-Dangerous-01-30-4

Archived Link: https://archive.vn/MyrVK

Not that we need a reminder of how insecure WhatsApp is from an OPSEC standpoint, but a good refresher nonetheless from Telegram's founder.

Of Mice and Men: Unseen Dangers in Laboratory Protocols

Link: https://www.huffpost.com/entry/of-mice-and-men-unseen-da_b_1352201

Archived Link: https://archive.vn/317da

Old article of a topic that's been resurrected lately due to the testing of drugs for efficacy against COVID-19.

2020-04-11

Finding Malformed Markup in Non-HTML Documents

Link: https://www.datafix.com.au/BASHing/2019-07-19.html

Archived Link: https://archive.vn/MagcB

Impressive use of the command line and `awk` to sanitize HTML tags and syntax in any regular file.

Prefetching, Preloading, Prebrowsing

Link: https://css-tricks.com/prefetching-preloading-prebrowsing/

Archived Link: https://archive.vn/XtLCv

Good refresher on the options available for front-loading TCP handshakes, DNS queries, and DOM rendering that give a better website experience for the end user.

UX and CX: Same Language; Different Dialects

Link: https://articles.uie.com/ux-and-cx-same-language-different-dialects/

Archived Link: https://archive.vn/RXJuG

Interesting take on the overlap between Customer Experience and User Experience (and segmentation vs. behavior) as it relates to product development.

"All-or-Nothing" Thinking More Common in People with Anxiety, Depression, and Suicidal Ideation

Link: https://www.psychologicalscience.org/publications/observer/obsonline/all-or-nothing-thinking-more-common-in-people-with-anxiety-depression-and-suicidal-ideation.html

Archived Link: https://archive.vn/Numny

A good clinical deep dive into how big-picture decision making happens in folks with emotional distress. I'm guessing this also fits hand-in-glove with manic/bipolar depression as well.

Attack Matrix for Kubernetes

Link: https://www.microsoft.com/security/blog/2020/04/02/attack-matrix-kubernetes/

Archived Link: https://archive.vn/t6Z2m

Superb overview of the security posture considerations for Kubernetes clusters, referencing the MITRE ATT&CK® framework.

A Humble Guide to Database Schema Design

Link: https://www.mikealche.com/software-development/a-humble-guide-to-database-schema-design

Archived Link: https://archive.vn/Wuln4

Database architecture and administration are usually given more attention than schema design concepts, and this blog post is a good solid read on the fundamentals to keep in mind when considering the data structure within a chosen database.

Work in Small Batches

Link: http://www.startuplessonslearned.com/2009/02/work-in-small-batches.html

Archived Link: https://archive.vn/pDCVe

Timeless guide that can be applied to any type of work not just software engineering; where compounding progress is needed either in creative pursuits or project completion.

2020-04-08

OMG! We Made One Gram of Remdesivir!

Link: https://www.acsh.org/news/2020/03/26/problem-remdesivir-making-it-14665

Archived Link: https://archive.vn/RAff4

Quick, deep, and good-natured deep dive into the chemicals and chemical processes required to produce medicine at scale.

Joe Rogan Experience #1453 - Eric Weinstein

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wf0_nMaQ6tA

Very erudite guest. I love how the conversation just flows across different topics, and then in some cases is hyper-focused in on highly technical topics such as mathematics, physics, and political game theory.

Containers vs. Zones vs. Jails vs. VMs

Link: https://blog.jessfraz.com/post/containers-zones-jails-vms/

Archived Link: https://archive.vn/G8Auy

`cgroups`, Namespaces and all the things that come after. Really digestible article that speaks volumes to the misunderstanding of these differing virtualization and containerization concepts.

Carriage Returns and Line Feeds will Ultimately Bite You

Link: https://www.hanselman.com/blog/CarriageReturnsAndLineFeedsWillUltimatelyBiteYouSomeGitTips.aspx

Archived Link: https://archive.vn/wip/DXVtG

Concise and clear article on the status of carriage return differences across operating systems, and ends with a simple recommendation for avoiding errors when using Git version control.

Waifu 2x

Link: http://waifu2x.udp.jp/

High quality up-sampling of anime style images (and photos) using Deep Convolutional Neural Networks.

Move Fast & Roll Your Own Crypto: A Quick Look at the Confidentiality of Zoom Meetings

Link: https://citizenlab.ca/2020/04/move-fast-roll-your-own-crypto-a-quick-look-at-the-confidentiality-of-zoom-meetings/

Archived Link: https://archive.vn/5xqhk

A breakdown of the engineering practices, technical shortcuts, and misleading marketing that surround the closed-source Zoom video chat application that's soared in popularity recently due to COVID-19.

2020-04-04

Configuration Distribution at Internet Scale

Link: https://blog.cloudflare.com/introducing-quicksilver-configuration-distribution-at-internet-scale/

Archived Link: https://archive.vn/XOf9X

Great insight into Cloudflare impressively re-implementing their tooling from scratch for insanely fast performance — "2.5 trillion read requests and 30 million write requests a day on over 90,000 database instances across thousands of servers".

The World Must Not Mimic China's Authoritarian Model to Fight COVID-19

Link: https://reason.com/2020/03/30/the-world-must-not-mimic-chinas-authoritarian-model-to-fight-covid-19/

Archived Link: https://archive.vn/1Cqt0

An article that delves into the considerations surrounding the reaction to the current COVID-19 pandemic in the context of societal freedoms and human rights.

Debug z-index Stacking Content with 3D View in the Microsoft Edge DevTools

Link: https://blogs.windows.com/msedgedev/2020/01/23/debug-z-index-3d-view-edge-devtools/

Archived Link: https://archive.vn/9Q3f2

How cool would it be to inspect a webpage's elements in a 3-dimensionally stacked DOM? Microsoft Edge's team considered that question and just went with it.

How an Anti Ad-Blocker Works: Reverse-Engineering BlockAdBlock

Link: https://xy2.dev/article/re-bab/

Archived Link: https://archive.vn/jk8IT

Superb technical writeup about how the mechanics of anti-adblocking functions, and the measures that are taken by adblockers to be one step ahead. I was surprised at the logical simplicity of the techniques used to identify changes in user/browser/script interactions.

HTOP Explained

Link: https://peteris.rocks/blog/htop/

Archived Link: https://archive.vn/BlwWT

Good read for anyone interested in the workings of the `htop` utility, or for those who would like a quick refresher.

Improving Scale and Media Quality with Cascading SFUs

Link: https://webrtchacks.com/sfu-cascading/

Archived Link: https://archive.vn/kEV3U

An article by one of the developers over at Jitsi that gives great thoughts and solutions for a problem that reads as such: "Deploying media servers for WebRTC has two major challenges, scaling beyond a single server as well as optimizing the media latency for all users in the conference."

2020-03-09

7 Principles of Icon Design

Link: https://uxdesign.cc/7-principles-of-icon-design-e7187539e4a2?gi=7394da7ecde3

Archived Link: https://archive.vn/uWenZ

One of the best articles to read if you're interested in the aesthetics of icon design and their role within user interfaces as a whole.

William Gibson — Cyberspace's Prophet Talks AI and Climate

Link: https://dnyuz.com/2020/02/13/william-gibson-cyberspaces-prophet-talks-ai-and-climate/

Archived Link: https://archive.vn/dEb4b

Great interview with Gibson on how his ideas are contextualized in the modern day mashup of cyberspace and AI. On a side note if you haven't read his signature title "Neuromancer", it's an eternally good read.

23 Rules to Run a Software Startup with Minimum Hassle

Link: https://www.joisig.com/rules-software-startup-minimum-hassle

Archived Link: https://archive.vn/VnHe7

This is a pretty actionable writeup that contains some non-obvious things to keep in mind. I found it extremely applicable for any startup not just ones dealing with software.

How China Flooded the U.S. with Lethal Fentanyl, Fueling the Opioid Crisis

Link: https://news.yahoo.com/chinas-role-in-the-us-fentanyl-epidemic-152338423.html

Archived Link: https://archive.vn/p98cv

Quite an interesting deep dive into the geopolitical supply chain that surrounds the opioid epidemic in the U.S.

Three Types of Data

Link: https://www.brandonsmith.ninja/blog/three-types-of-data

Archived Link: https://archive.vn/TPYCd

Technically applicable, but a great read for anyone interested in ways of categorizing and approaching data in the larger scope of systems theory.

Reasonably Polymorphic

Link: https://reasonablypolymorphic.com/book/preface

Archived Link: https://archive.vn/EZoG4

A completely free and web-based book on the fundamentals of computer science, written by Sandy Maguire.

Advertising is a Cancer on Society

Link: http://jacek.zlydach.pl/blog/2019-07-31-ads-as-cancer.html

Archived Link: https://archive.vn/qk18a

Pretty spot-on overview of the types of intrusive advertising.

Zero Trust and Disabling Remote Management Endpoints

Link: https://wunderwuzzi23.github.io/blog/posts/zero-trust/

Archived Link: https://archive.vn/2ByXj

Concise and well written high-level blog post outlining the benefits and rationale behind implementing zero-trust in as many places as possible within a networked environment.

2020-02-21

Radical Hydrogen-Boron Reactor Leapfrogs Current Nuclear Fusion Tech

Link: https://newatlas.com/energy/hb11-hydrogen-boron-fusion-clean-energy/

Archived Link: https://archive.vn/RVoun

If this works as promised, then verily it represents the future of energy for the planet.

IBM's Lost Decade

Link: https://www.platformonomics.com/2020/02/ibms-lost-decade/

Archived Link: https://archive.vn/IkP2j

This is great deep-dive into how IBM's shift from technology to consulting played a big role in their declining bottom line; or as the article quips — down and to the right.

How Many Data Centers Needed World-Wide

Link: https://perspectives.mvdirona.com/2017/04/how-many-data-centers-needed-world-wide/

Archived Link: https://archive.vn/Un3Gi

Very good insights into the considerations (wattage, redundancy, latency, etc.) when deciding on how to build and scale a global data center fleet.

Facing Up To Facial Recognition

Link: https://spectrum.ieee.org/computing/software/facing-up-to-facial-recognition

Archived Link: https://archive.vn/K80yO

Fair perspective on the role of AI when aimed to be used for public good in an increasingly connected world.

The Boring Debate Over The Use Of Full-Stack

Link: https://writingfordevelopers.substack.com/p/the-boring-debate-over-the-use-of

Archived Link: https://archive.vn/qVPBW

"A real full-stack engineer would know how to write a compiler." Amusing quote, but the article touches on important points regarding how development is done (and perceived) across the many layers of abstraction that are sometimes taken for granted.

You Have A Set Amount Of "Weirdness Points". Spend Them Wisely.

Link: https://www.lesswrong.com/posts/wkuDgmpxwbu2M2k3w/you-have-a-set-amount-of-weirdness-points-spend-them-wisely

Archived Link: https://archive.vn/cad6A

Thoughtful write-up on the concept of "Idiosyncrasy Credits" which describe an individual's capacity to acceptably deviate from group expectations.

Time for Password Expiration to Die

Link: https://www.sans.org/security-awareness-training/blog/time-password-expiration-die

Archived Link: https://archive.vn/ezkIg

Old but always timely reminder and reference article that outlines the staggeringly bad idea of password expiration.

Wigner Rotation

Link: https://kirstenhacker.wordpress.com/2020/02/07/wigner-rotation-2/

Archived Link: https://archive.vn/eynhf

Easily-digestible overview of a technical and intuitive concept in physics.

2020-01-26

We’re Banning Facial Recognition. We’re Missing the Point.

Link: https://www.schneier.com/essays/archives/2020/01/were_banning_facial_.html

Archived Link: https://archive.vn/rnDNO

I agree wholeheartedly with Bruce on this one. We shouldn't make the mistake of banning something whose use is determined by the ulterior motives of the users and not the technology itself.

Population Control Isn't the Answer to Climate Change. Capitalism Is.

Link: https://reason.com/video/population-control-isnt-the-answer-to-climate-change-capitalism-is/

Archived Link: https://archive.vn/wip/fbAS3

Capitalism fosters innovation, indeed. I do believe that contraceptives should be used along with new approaches to climate change, since population growth generally spikes in low-income countries where women don't have equitable access to birth control.

The Tricky Economics of All-You-Can-Eat Buffets

Link: https://thehustle.co/the-economics-of-all-you-can-eat-buffets/

Archived Link: https://archive.vn/ubCPx

I like how detailed this article is in terms of strategy and pricing breakdowns as they explain the low-margin, low-manpower niche of buffets.

The Enemies of Writing

Link: https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2020/01/packer-hitchens/605365/

Archived Link: https://archive.vn/4vcVi

This is a lovely vignette on the late, great Christopher Hitchens and his contribution to free-thinking as well as a good reminder of the need for down-to-earth objective reasoning in the face of its many politically-correct enemies.

Prime Number Hide-and-Seek: How the RSA Cipher Works

Link: http://www.muppetlabs.com/~breadbox/txt/rsa.html

Archived Link: https://archive.vn/1EpQ

Not your average refresher on arithmetic, but a good insight into how the RSA cipher actually works. A good read either way even if, like me, you're not mathematically inclined.

Seeing Around the Corner With Lasers—and Speckle

Link: https://spectrum.ieee.org/cars-that-think/sensors/automotive-sensors/seeing-around-corner-lasers-speckle

Archived Link: https://archive.vn/wip/roNW1

Interesting approach using interference patterns to help deduce what's actually there. I imagine it'll be useful from military applications to driverless cars once the technology gets out of the lab and into the real world.

2020-01-19

Read Nixon's Never-Delivered Speech in the Event the Moon Landing Failed

Link: https://jalopnik.com/read-nixons-never-delivered-speech-in-the-event-the-moo-1836392407

Archived Link: https://archive.vn/RFlYb

Whomever was the speechwriter did a concise but wonderful job in portraying the magnitude of achievement, the depth of loss, and the meaningfulness of remembrance in the event this message had to be broadcast.

Being a Solo Founder: Pros, Cons, Tips & Tricks

Link: https://baremetrics.com/blog/startup-solo-founder

Archived Link: https://archive.vn/RmCTP

Not an exhaustive list, but a good reminder of some moving parts to be mindful of when running a company solo.

Top AP Photos of 2019 Range from the Epic to the Intimate

Link: https://apimagesblog.com/blog/2019/12/4/top-ap-photos-of-2019-range-from-the-epic-to-the-intimate

Archived Link: https://archive.vn/P1eOM

AP photographers are always at the heart of the story; capturing images from some of the most enigmatic and dangerous part of the globe. Their yearly round up is well worth a look.

A Dive into the Technology of Corporate Surveillance

Link: https://www.eff.org/wp/behind-the-one-way-mirror

Archived Link: https://archive.vn/YgAkC

Superbly informative writeup from EFF on the many types of ingress points that are used in surveillance; with a heavy focus on tracking across devices, use of geolocation, and the combined network effect of the collated data sets. Recommended reading for anyone that's privacy-conscious.

In Praise of Cash

Link: https://aeon.co/essays/if-plastic-replaces-cash-much-that-is-good-will-be-lost

Archived Link: https://archive.vn/DRceM

A good exposé on the importance of keeping cash as a viable option even though there's a push towards going cashless. The benefits of at least having cash as an option include security, privacy, decentralization, and empowerment of the individual — well worth the read if you're in the FinTech space.

The Magical Science of Wi-Fi on Airplanes

Link: https://onezero.medium.com/what-makes-it-possible-to-browse-the-internet-at-35-000-feet-1afaea83eb5

Archived Link: https://archive.vn/pR2RQ

Pretty informative post about the different types of transponders, latency, and technology used for airplane Wi-Fi. I never gave much thought to how this worked but the technical details are fascinating.

2020-01-12

Eliminating "Food Deserts" Won't Cure Nutritional Inequality

Link: https://www.nber.org/digest/feb18/w24094.shtml

Archived Link: https://archive.vn/miyLW

In a nutshell, this study by the National Bureau of Economic Research found that "nutritional inequality has less to do with the supply of supermarkets in a neighborhood than with the demand for healthier foods by its residents. Their findings suggest that education, nutritional knowledge, and regional food preferences play a far larger role in nutritional inequality than access issues."

HTML Attributes to Improve Your Users' Two Factor Authentication Experience

Link: https://www.twilio.com/blog/html-attributes-two-factor-authentication-autocomplete

Archived Link: https://archive.vn/ISwQF

Excellent guidelines for front-end development work; making the most of how modern browsers read and interpret HTML attributes.

A Dignified Death is Out of Reach for Venezuela's Poorest

Link: https://apimagesblog.com/blog/2019/12/26/a-dignified-death-is-out-of-reach-for-venezuelas-poorest

Archived Link: https://archive.vn/Mjy65

Haunting imagery by AP photographers showing the extent of suffering in Venezuela under Nicolas Maduro's tyrannical regime.

Why the War on Poverty Failed

Link: https://fee.org/articles/why-the-war-on-poverty-failed/

Archived Link: https://archive.vn/7twpj

Old but still very much apt article outlining the history of policy-making that ultimately led to a worsening of poverty.

CRISPR-Resistant Viruses Build ‘Safe Rooms’ to Shield Genomes from DNA-Dicing Enzymes

Link: https://www.ucsf.edu/news/2019/12/416116/crispr-resistant-viruses-build-safe-rooms-shield-genomes-dna-dicing-enzymes

Archived Link: https://archive.vn/K1D2U

The sheer robustness of these phages under excessive laboratory conditions is a testament to how effective they are in the wild, and to the myriad possibilities of using them as a weapon against diseases.

2019-10-06

Researchers Build Microscopic Biohybrid Robots Propelled by Muscles, Nerves

Link: https://techxplore.com/news/2019-09-microscopic-biohybrid-robots-propelled-muscles.html

Archived Link: https://archive.vn/srOvz

This is a magnificent feat of engineering that's also a nod to nature's efficiency.

Microinteractions: Small Details Matter

Link: https://uxdesign.cc/microinteractions-detailed-design-9113c88946d0

Archived Link: https://archive.vn/VW3Tl

Good article outlining this fundamental concept in human-centric design.

This Simple Structure Unites All Human Languages

Link: http://nautil.us/issue/76/language/this-simple-structure-unites-all-human-languages

Archived Link: https://archive.vn/L0bIL

Interesting linguistic dive into the syntactic/semantic similarities in spoken language.

ColorBox by Lyft Design

Link: https://www.colorbox.io/

Nifty little design tool for generating linear palettes.

Why I Decided Not to Delete My Old Internet Posts

Link: https://theintercept.com/2019/09/21/edward-snowden-permanent-record-book/

Archived Link: https://archive.vn/FTPjg

Article can be summed up with this quote from Edward Snowden: "To deny my younger self would have been to deny my present self’s validity."

The Truth About Vinyl - Vinyl vs. Digital

Link: https://youtu.be/lzRvSWPZQYk

For all the fellow audiophiles out there, this is a must-watch for understanding digital vs. analog sound encoding and reproduction.

2019-10-02

Hollywood's Great Leap Backward on Free Expression

Link: https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2019/09/hollywoods-great-leap-backward-free-expression/598045/

Archived Link: https://archive.vn/1Ih7p

I can't help but wonder if this new type of "influencing the narrative" propaganda will become mainstream. I've seen a number of films lately with Chinese studio investments (usually shown as the opening credits).

Why Do Backwards Wings Exist?

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RN6vGxyMcVU/

Great aerospace history lesson on the X-29 and how the physics of flight works in terms of modern wing design.

The New Evolution Deniers

Link: https://quillette.com/2018/11/30/the-new-evolution-deniers/

Archived Link: https://archive.vn/57BcR

Science and objective reason have historically always been under threat from the perniciousness of religion. Thankfully the days of burning witches is over, but now the church is trying to classify the human species outside animal kingdom.

Octopuses on Ecstasy Just Want a Cuddle

Link: https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-018-06746-x

Archived Link: https://archive.vn/CJWOS

Can psychedelics dissolve boundaries in humans? Of course. Can psychedelics dissolve boundaries in octopi? Apparently, they can as well.

Most Massive Neutron Star Ever Detected, Almost too Massive to Exist

Link: https://greenbankobservatory.org/most-massive-neutron-star-ever-detected/

Archived Link: https://archive.vn/xdUG3

You know when astronomers say something is too massive to exist in the title, the article is going to be good.

2019-09-16

Cloudflare's Time Service

Link: https://developers.cloudflare.com/time-services/ntp/usage/

Archived Link: https://archive.vn/4pjYL

Just discovered that Cloudflare provides its own NTP servers, and accessible from their edge network nonetheless.

Johns Hopkins launches Center for Psychedelic Research

Link: https://hub.jhu.edu/2019/09/04/hopkins-launches-psychedelic-center/

Archived Link: https://archive.vn/OPCZO

Hopefully a positive step towards the decriminalization of (and stoppage of the war on) plants.

Why Finnish Babies Sleep in Boxes

Link: https://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-22751415

Archived Link: https://archive.vn/f7yNx

Interesting social safety net. Might be a good initiative to do in other countries, especially in the third-world considering Finland has done the necessary R&D with supporting stats.

How China is Cashing in on Group Chats

Link: https://a16z.com/2019/09/06/china-is-cashing-in-on-group-chats/

Archived Link: https://archive.vn/1JQD2

Great read, one of the interesting takeaways is how successfully this has worked at-scale both horizontally and vertically.

It's Later Than You Think

Link: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/its-later-than-you-think-j-r-storment/

Archived Link: https://archive.vn/wfraO

Reminder of how the work-life balance should instead become a work-life harmony, if possible.

Facebook’s New Currency Has Big Claims and Bad Ideas

Link: https://foreignpolicy.com/2019/06/24/971554-facebook-bitcoin-libra-crypto-bad/

Archived Link: https://archive.vn/gPROl

Identifying the Catch-22's in Facebook's new Libra cryptocurrency. Absolutely love the quote at the end by Sarah Jamie Lewis: "Can't wait for a cryptocurrency with the ethics of Uber, the censorship resistance of Paypal, and the centralization of Visa, all tied together under the proven privacy of Facebook."

2019-09-04

The Eternal Mainframe

Link: http://www.winestockwebdesign.com/Essays/Eternal_Mainframe.html

Archived Link: https://archive.vn/if6C4

Fantastic essay on the cyclical nature of centralized computing and how it's shaped (and continues to shape) the roadmap of modern cloud computing.

The Wisdom of Never Leaving your Hotel Room

Link: https://popula.com/2019/08/05/the-wisdom-of-never-leaving-your-hotel-room/

Archived Link: https://archive.vn/RGJWe

Relatable for creatives and introverts; albeit the hotel rooms in the article are not even remotely contemporary (and therefore suck!).

The Modern Man Is Getting Stoicism All Wrong

Link: https://melmagazine.com/en-us/story/the-modern-man-is-getting-stoicism-all-wrong

Archived Link: https://archive.vn/E4nxA

A deep dive into the stunted (if not self-defeating) masculinity of modern times that hides under the guise of Stoicism.

The Libertarian Case for Term Limits

Link: https://reason.com/podcast/the-libertarian-case-for-term-limits/

Archived Link: https://archive.vn/OztW3

From an Objectivist vantage point I totally agree — term limits should be applied to anyone in public office of any kind.

Uplifting Trance Radio · 24/7 Live Stream

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WYetg3AuLE4

My productivity soared when I came across this YouTube live stream that plays absolutely beautiful Trance 24/7! You're welcome.

WTF Util

Link: https://wtfutil.com/

Basically a system dashboard for your terminal. I'll need a bigger screen or a bunch of `tmux` shells but this is definitely awesome.

2019-07-07

What's the matter with PGP?

Link: https://blog.cryptographyengineering.com/2014/08/13/whats-matter-with-pgp/

Archived Link: https://archive.vn/IfeYy

In light of the recent SKS Keyserver attack, this is a sound reminder of some flaws that are fundamental to PGP.

Lawrence Krauss: Atheism and the Spirit of Science

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MawwCJ5q-2Y

A great view on the abstractions that science makes in pursuit of reason vs. those that religion uses as a source of dogma.

Architectural Styles and the Design of Network-based Software Architectures

Link: https://www.ics.uci.edu/~fielding/pubs/dissertation/top.htm

Archived Link: https://archive.vn/huvaR

Wonderful resource by Roy Thomas Fielding on the elements of networking computing and delivery. I highly recommend the section on REST for a thorough overview of oft-overlooked fundamentals.

The Problem with "The Seven Keys"

Link: https://www.icann.org/news/blog/the-problem-with-the-seven-keys

Archived Link: https://archive.vn/FMYZw

A nice quick writeup outlining how ICANN manages cryptographic keys, DNSSEC and the consensus that keeps it all functioning smoothly.

Startup Idea Checklist

Link: https://www.defmacro.org/2019/03/26/startup-checklist.html

Archived Link: https://archive.vn/08y4Q

Cool blog post that lists a few to-do's and must-do's when it comes to starting a company and developing both internal & market-driven efficiencies.

2019-04-30

Information Is Never Neutral: The Editor Of Wikileaks Breaks His Silence

Link: https://grapevine.is/mag/feature/2019/03/22/information-is-never-neutral-the-editor-of-wikileaks-breaks-his-silence/

Archived Link: https://archive.vn/EKUyT

I have nothing but respect for journalists; they risk lives and careers in their quest for truth. This man is no different, and he's probably at the vanguard of it all.

A Soft Murmur

Link: https://asoftmurmur.com/

Relaxing ambient sounds that are great for hyper-focused productivity and blotting out urban noise. Also great if you tend work better against the backdrop of rain.

The New, Safer Nuclear Reactors That Might Help Stop Climate Change

Link: https://www.technologyreview.com/2019/02/27/136920/the-new-safer-nuclear-reactors-that-might-help-stop-climate-change/

Archived Link: https://archive.vn/25rHt

I'm a big proponent of nuclear power as the only viable alternative to fossil fuels for a long-term energy solution. This article gives some insight into the new types of reactors that are making this possibility safer for both humanity and the planet.

Design Systems Repo

Link: https://designsystemsrepo.com/design-systems

"An organized and frequently updated collection of Design System examples, resources, tools, articles and videos." Wonderful resource for discovering corporate design systems.

Leisure Is Our Killer App

Link: https://sloanreview.mit.edu/article/leisure-is-our-killer-app/

Archived Link: https://archive.vn/rlp8D

There's a saying that goes "Not all those who wander are lost" and this article speaks to that as well as the ability of the human brain to enhance, repair, and grow itself by counter-intuitively doing nothing at all.

Joe Rogan Experience #1284 - Graham Hancock

Link: https://youtu.be/Rxmw9eizOAo

Another great podcast with one of the world's intellectuals, Graham Hancock.

2019-04-13

Work Less, Get More Done

Link: https://www.kalzumeus.com/2009/10/04/work-smarter-not-harder/

Archived Link: https://archive.vn/jDQsa

Great read on actual ways to streamline productivity so as to avoid cognitive overload, work-related exhaustion, and diminishing returns.

The Grand Unified Theory On The Economics Of Free

Link: https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20070503/012939/grand-unified-theory-economics-free.shtml

Archived Link: https://archive.vn/1P27q

Useful article for creatives to revisit, since creativity in and of itself is a continuous process and has a massive compounding effect over time; which can be translated into N-Tier revenue streams if done correctly!

Coffee Additions That Contain Nootropics

Link: https://www.inverse.com/article/54657-morning-biohack-nootropic-coffee

Intriguing mix of coffee + nootropics. I'm particularly interested in the brand that infuses Lion's Mane mushrooms into their coffee.

Periodic Table of Office 365

Link: https://app.jumpto365.com/

"Easily explain Office 365 to anybody. Quickly understand what Office 365 is, which apps are included, how those apps relate, and what each app does."

Migrating 23TB from S3 to B2 in just 7 Hours

Link: https://nodecraft.com/blog/development/migrating-23tb-from-s3-to-b2-in-just-7-hours

Archived Link: https://archive.vn/D97Fo

Fascinating writeup from the folks over at Nodecraft on how they planned and executed such a gargantuan data migration; inclusive of the wetware brokering between network providers and the like. Throttling wget(1) shows both wisdom and restraint.

How Not to Die

Link: http://www.paulgraham.com/die.html

Archived Link: https://archive.vn/4AnxH

TL;DR "When the disaster strikes, just say to yourself, ok, this was what Paul was talking about. What did he say to do? Oh, yeah. Don't give up."

2019-04-08

The Story of the 3DFX Voodoo1

Link: http://fabiensanglard.net/3dfx_sst1/index.html

Archived Link: https://archive.vn/gV0eL

Blast from the past. I remember my first GFX card - an ATi Rage 128 Pro with a whopping 32MB of SDRAM. Retro games for me were Raptor, DOOM, Hexen/Heretic, and eventually GTA3III (which became a staple).

Relaxing Music for Ops, Coding, Writing, etc.

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iloh1SUe42g

This is an epic ten (10) hour loop of repetitive, relaxing music that's great for soothing white noise while doing work.

When Targets and Metrics are Bad for Business

Link: https://thehustle.co/Goodharts-Law

Archived Link: https://archive.vn/i5SBz

Just a quick reminder for the KPI-obsessed among us. Great read for anyone who has to scale performance and usability in tandem.

The Dawn of the Deep Tech Ecosystem

Link: https://www.bcg.com/publications/2019/dawn-deep-tech-ecosystem.aspx

Archived Link: https://archive.vn/UU2uI

Article sums it up best: A new deep tech ecosystem is taking shape with startups increasingly sitting atthecenter, speeding the research, development, and commercialization of radical innovations dubbed too risky for incumbents.

Haunting Imagery from Photographer Lu Guang

Link: https://m.imgur.com/gallery/XwzByK7

"...based in NYC, the first Chinese photographer to be invited by the U.S. State Department as a visiting scholar,and Beijing. In early Nov 2018, whilst travelling in Xinjiang, Lu was taken away by state security agents and hasnot beenheard from since."

Spinning Motor powered by Magnetic Bearings

Link: https://hackaday.com/2019/03/25/magnetic-bearings-might-keep-this-motor-spinning-for-millennia/

Archived Link: https://archive.vn/Ly09T

Amazing little machine that explores perpetual motion and energy conservation.

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