Reader's Corner for April 2013

April 28, 2013


hereistoday.com

A look at time...

This is cool.

April 24, 2013


www.bbc.co.uk

Fans seeking hat-trick hero Robin van Persie bombarded an IT consultant in India on Twitter. It's a classic case of mistaken identity.

Note to self: Never use any online handle even remotely similar to that of a celebrity.

April 23, 2013


www.washingtonpost.com

Elsa Walsh on success beyond work.

This is a really good read. And it applies equally to men as well.

April 22, 2013


www.astro.sunysb.edu

In my opinion, this was Asimov's best short story.

[Alice]


www.serverunderground.com

I have a recurring dream about Kenyon. In it, I'm walking to the post office on the way to my first class at the start of the school year. Suddenly it occurs to me that I don't have my schedule memorized, and I'm not sure which classes I'm taking, or where exactly I'm supposed to be going.

"We're not really taught how to recreate constructively. We need to do more than find diversions; we need to restore and expand ourselves. Our idea of relaxing is all too often to plop down in front of the television set and let its pandering idiocy liquefy our brains. Shutting off the thought process is not rejuvenating; the mind is like a car battery - it recharges by running."

This is really good advice for graduating seniors. Bill Watterson is the guy who writes Calvin and Hobbes.


www.nytimes.com

How putting in a pacemaker wrecked a family’s life.

This is sad, but worth a read.


queue.acm.org

Improving the performance of complex software is difficult, but understanding some fundamental principles can make it easier.

This is an interesting read on Data Structures.

April 21, 2013


filer.case.edu

Asimov's best short story.

April 20, 2013


www.americanscientist.org

Digital computers are built out of circuits that have definite, discrete states: on or off, zero or one, high voltage or low voltage. Engineers go to great lengths to make sure these circuits never settle into some intermediate condition. Quantum-mechanical systems, as it happens, offer a guarantee…

This is an interesting read.

April 14, 2013


dev.stephendiehl.com

Haskell Propaganda: OOP programming couples code and data together in unnatural ways. Typeclasses are a better way of structuring logic.

"What I wish I knew when Learning Haskell".

Slide 36 does it for me:

Questions we ask when studying category theory

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Why am I still single?

April 12, 2013


This is interesting.


Faith in humanity: lost.

April 11, 2013


blog.priceonomics.com

The life of a taxi driver is hard. When cabbies start a shift, they owe about $100 to their company as payment just for the opportunity drive a taxi. They might not break even until halfway through...

This is a good read.

April 10, 2013


www.cs.cmu.edu

Video, research paper, and software for learning how to play NES games and then automatically playing them.

This is a cool paper.