Yavin IV: Exploring space on the cheap with an iPhone, Droid, and Flip. Apparently, even on a very windy day, you can send a weather balloon up 100,000′ and when it bursts and you parachute the payload down, you’ve still only covered about 75 miles. Hmm….
WordPress › WordPress 3.0 “Thelonious”. This is a major update, but it looks like to take advantage of several of the components, you have to switch to the default “2010” theme.
Calculated Risk: Q2 Flow of Funds: Household Net Worth off $12.3 Trillion from Peak. Not that lost equity has to be paid off (although I knew too many people who used their homes as ATMs during the early 00s), but just in terms of morale, the loss of $12.3T goes a long way to explain […]
It sounds like someone designed a programming language with the express intention of intriguing me: FunLoft is an experimental language for concurrent programming, designed with the following objectives: make concurrent programming simpler by providing a framework with a clear and sound semantics. provide a safe language, in which, for example, data-races are impossible. control the […]
The cult of busy « Scott Berkun. This rings absolutely true to me.
A altogether inebriated people was stumbling down the passage with equal foot on the repress and an individual foot in the gutter. A cop pulled up and said, “I’ve got to take you in, pal. You’re doubtlessly drunk.” Our wasted friend asked, “Office-bearer, are ya absolutely stable I’m drunk?” “Yeah, buddy, I’m sure,” said the […]
Part of the interviewing process for a software development job is “coding on the whiteboard.” Some simple-enough-to-understand problem (such as “FizzBuzz“) that shows whether you grok coding or whether you’re wasting everyone’s time. The first threshold is understanding that it’s foolish to memorize specific “interview code problems,” which is, pitifully, something that you see on […]
I have to admit that I think about this every time the subject of shark attacks and SCUBA diving comes up: xkcd: Conditional Risk.
Entropy always increases: Visualising sorting algorithms. Lovely way of visualizing sorting. I especially like the visualization of the “divide and conquer” algorithm: