Weekend Reading — Sorry, nevermind

Created on November 12, 2023 at 11:49 am

Published November 11th DATE , 2023 Weekend Reading DATE — Sorry, nevermind

Two weeks ago DATE , I tried to upgrade this blog to the latest version, and messed it up. Everything broke, and the only way out of that jam was to set up a new instance, and restore from backup. Unfortunately, backup didn’t have the last post, or any of the images. These are all gone 🙁

But the spirit is still alive, the updated blog is nicer and faster, so let’s enjoy that!

Tech Stuff

Reader Mode A Chrome reading extension and web app that removes clutter, ads and distractions, that also includes dyslexia support, read-it-later, highlighter, annotation, text-to-speech, citation generator and many other features.

Why I Won’t Use Next.js and Why I’m Using Next.js.

In the bad old days DATE we had Punchcards ORG . How did people deal with that? ”In the fall of 1976 DATE I started as a Freshman at SUNY Stony Brook FAC intending to major in Math and Computer Science ORG . I took Honors Calculus I a…”

Top 100 CARDINAL Most Popular Programming Languages ORG Python → TypeScript → JavaScript → everything else.

jbranchaud/til 📝 Today I Learned — A collection of concise write-ups on small things I learn day to day across a variety of languages and technologies.

2023 DATE : 0 CARDINAL of the Global Top 100 Websites Use Valid HTML The latest analysis of HTML and CSS conformance of the most popular websites. The situation is only going to get better once we set higher expectations for the code we ship.

Monaspace ORG An innovative superfamily of fonts for code

10 CARDINAL hard-to-swallow truths they won’t tell you about software engineer job

Last weekend DATE I had a chance to talk with some students who just got their degree. They are pursuing their first ORDINAL software engineer job. In conversation with them, I learned that they have a pretty wrong perception of this job. This is because the reality for these new kids is so skewed.

cypnk This fun short video of “the future as envisioned in 1967 DATE

Jason Lefkowitz PERSON

Don’t let anyone tell you AWS ORG is complicated. For instance, if you want to get a basic debug log of mail sent through your AWS Simple Email Service ORG (SES) account, all you have to do is blindly run a CloudFormation ORG script that will create half a dozen CARDINAL new resources attached to your account and then use those new resources to manually wire five CARDINAL different AWS ORG services together

thebasicappleguy “ The Humane Ai Pin WORK_OF_ART got nothing on Apple ORG ‘s version.”

Eye for Design

Dieter Rams PERSON pointing at things he doesn’t like Quite a short video, I think from the much longer retrospective movie.

NanoRaptor PRODUCT “I couldn’t find this Syd Mead PERSON one elsewhere online with a quick look, so here – stitched back together and cleaned up a little.”

stux⚡ “I don’t.. uh.. ya.”


vanessacopps me when i randomly start to disassociate in the middle of a conversation

Random Geek WORK_OF_ART Use your own history as a cautionary tale:

Stray thought. I’m starting to understand more clearly that part of a senior dev’s moral and ethical obligation is to speak up about overcomplications, dangerous assumptions, narrow thinking, and overwork. Basically to use our own history as a cautionary tale. Our role in this very excitable industry is encouraging our teammates to stop and breathe for a sec ORG . Nothing to do with knowing the code. It’s about knowing the pain points and the hazards.

Why the Human Brain Perceives Small Numbers Better The discovery that the brain has different systems for representing small and large numbers provokes new questions about memory, attention, and mathematics.


85% PERCENT of adulting is trying to remember what you were about to do and the other 15% PERCENT is

Jason Gorman PERSON

I’m experimenting with different ways of looking at developer "productivity". Here are some interesting stats relating financial performance to the number of developers working in some well-known tech companies. Worth bearing in mind when folks bang on about, e.g., "the Spotify ORG modelI’

Business Side

Financial Times on LinkedIn: BlackRock study finds gender-balanced companies outperform peers

The higher return held true across countries and sectors, and was especially marked for companies where gender parity was greatest in revenue-producing and… | 26 comments on LinkedIn


4 CARDINAL misconceptions about VCs This mirrors my experience running a few VC ORG -funded companies. There are rare exceptions to every rule, but VCs generally don’t come for your job, give you a loan that forces you to raise more money, etc.

Mike Sheward PERSON

“Do you expect me to talk?” “No, Mr Bond PERSON . I expect you to set yourself four CARDINAL objectives and key results and send them to me by the end of the day DATE .” “Could I just talk?”


Everything Else

Spain GPE lives in flats Why we have built our cities vertically.

MonotoneofBill PERSON The most British NORP thing ever:

In England GPE , "booster shot" is spelled "borchestershire shot.”

johndpoconnell “So, this actually happened …”


“Cover one eye and read the smallest line of letters you can see, Megatron ORG .”– Optometrist Prime

Neighborle Fine PERSON little game: can you list the neighboring countries?

Social Media Broke Up With News ORG . So Did Readers. Big Tech ORG ’s relationship with journalism is much more complicated than it appears.

After the 2016 DATE election, news became a bug rather than a feature, a burdensome responsibility of truth arbitration that no executive particularly wanted to deal with.

ipedro “Forget everything you’ve seen in the movies. I’ve never been so invested in a real life police chase. 🤯”

Did the Carpal Tunnel Epidemic Ever Really End FAC ? A national plague of workplace injuries was once a media obsession. Now it’s all but forgotten.

Israel GPE -Gaza war explainer: a visual analysis A visual guide to the Palestinian NORP territory of Gaza GPE and the war between Israel GPE and Hamas ORG , following the deadly October 7 DATE attack.

rejectness “minecraft bedroom”

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