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Why we should believe the dreamers — and not the experts
An image of the brain (istockphoto) History is littered with the failed predictions of experts. Yet governments hire high-paid consultants to advise on policy; businesses use them to vet research and…
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9 hours ago
Real time insights into LinkedIn's performance using Apache Samza
It's not easy to quickly gather all the data that goes into a LinkedIn page view, particularly for something like our home page. LinkedIn benefits from a very distributed service-oriented…
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Zephyr Teachout Extended Interview
Shows The Daily Show with Jon Stewart The Colbert Report
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yesterday
Be Lucky
At the other extreme, we have the most unpopular play in blackjack: surrender. It’s a bit like folding in poker — instead of hitting or standing, you exit the hand without…
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yesterday
What We Talk About When We Talk About What We Talk About When We Talk About Making
1 I tell this story a lot. In 2011, I attended a conference for artists and designers interested in collaboration as a practice. I had a lovely time. We shared stories and projects, we tried out new…
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yesterday
Pay People to Cook at Home
THE home-cooked family meal is often lauded as the solution for problems ranging from obesity to deteriorating health to a decline in civility and morals. Using whole foods to prepare meals without…
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2 days ago
Camille Fournier Velocity NY 2014 Keynote: "Cloning Yourself Isn't an Option..."
From the 2014 Velocity Conference in New York City, Camille Fournier's keynote address, "Cloning Yourself Isn't an Option: Becoming a Multiplier, Because You...
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2 days ago
iOS Programming Tutorial: Record and Play Video in iPhone App
The iOS API for recording and playing videos can be a little bit confusing for newcomers, as there are several options available. If you just want to play a video, you can use the MediaPlayer framework, which allows us to play a video stored locally in our device, or from a remote location. However, if you need advanced features such as media asset management, media editing, track management, and others, you have to use the AVFoundation framework. We’ll keep thing simple and start off by covering the MediaPlayer framework.
programming  video  iOS  dev 
2 days ago
Cocoa with Love: The design of every Mac application
It would be a mis-statement to claim that all applications have the same design but it is accurate (although more confusing) to state that all well-designed applications share a very high degree of ontological similarity.
mac  software  dev  design  osx 
2 days ago
furbo.org · The Terminal
As much as I love them, these long “trick lists” on Stack Overflow have a problem: they’re poorly organized with little narrative describing why you’d want to use a technique. This long homage to the command line is my attempt to remedy that situation.
bash  tips  osx  shell  terminal 
2 days ago
Avi Flax » Résumé
humans of , I am looking for work and would love to chat in STL! My contact info:
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2 days ago
To be a peaceaholic: A new year’s resolution
I am a peaceaholic. There has never been a peace initiative that I haven’t endorsed or a proposed treaty that I haven’t supported. When peace is not part of our political discourse, or…
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2 days ago
The Travis CI Blog: 10 Things I Do Every Day To Stay Productive
Now I sit down every Monday to think about what I want to achieve that week, and every day I decide on three things I want to get done that day.
management  productivity  work  time  methodology  3things 
2 days ago
bitmonkey
Brent Simmons asked some questions recently about Web App Architecture. At Papertrail I’ve been living a lot of this stuff on a daily basis for some years now and wanted talk about it from the…
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2 days ago
Postmodern geekdom as simulated ethnicity by Kom Kunyosying and Carter Soles
Postmodern geekdom as simulated ethnicity by Kom Kunyosying and Carter Soles  “I think that everything I do tends to root for the underdog. I always felt as a kid that I was under…
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2 days ago
blog.izs.me — Postmodern geekdom as simulated ethnicity
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2 days ago
Work, Work, and Work Some More for Little Benefit to Yourself
Most of us wish there was a formula to achieve success. While this isn’t the case, Jenn Schiffer, open source engineer and enthusiast, shared her personal formula. Given that she has already…
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3 days ago
Getting From Here to There
As part of my work to make myself a better leader, I'm reading the book "What Got You Here Won't Get You There." The phrase itself resonates with me strongly now as I'm in reviews season and writing…
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3 days ago
Riding with the Stars: Passenger Privacy in the NYC Taxicab Dataset
In my previous post, Differential Privacy: The Basics, I provided an introduction to differential privacy by exploring its definition and discussing its relevance in the broader…
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3 days ago
Freedom to innovate key to internet future: Column
Protesters hold a rally in May at the Federal Communications Commission for Net Neutrality.(Photo: Karen Bleier, AFP/Getty Images)For anyone born after 1985, the idea of connecting with a relative on…
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3 days ago
Book Review: 'Curious' by Ian Leslie
Sir Ken Robinson is a wry Englishman and educational consultant who in 2006 delivered the most popular TED talk ever. Sir Ken's subject was the importance of creativity and the ways our schools and…
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3 days ago
The Wilderness
Sep 15, 2014 Since 2003 I've shipped at least eleven apps including major updates. VoodooPad 1-5, Acorn 1-4, FlySketch, and a little failed project called FlyGesture. Occasionally someone, usually an…
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3 days ago
Defining a microblog post
I’m working on a new project around timelines and microblogs. It consumes RSS feeds, so I’ve been wondering how strict to be when accepting posts. What does microblog mean, anyway?…
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3 days ago
My two cents about some web app architecture questions
Brent Simmons asks how to architect a complex web application in order to reuse code, keep things modular, and avoid unnecessary latency. He posted a bunch of interesting questions that software…
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3 days ago
Web App Architecture Discussion
Brent Simmons, of Vesper fame, just posed an interesting bunch of questions. About the structuring of bigger web applications. Since I'm part of building one of those I thought I'd share my thoughts…
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3 days ago
waffle
The other reason I don’t like social media is that it makes me feel old and left behind. I kid, mostly. But starting a few years back, weblogs are now cooling from the hype they’ve been…
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3 days ago
Choosing CloudKit
Drafts 4 will use Apple’s new CloudKit services for sync. Brent Simmons and Tim Schmitz have done a good job covering developer perspectives on selection of backend service dependencies.…
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3 days ago
I am an Indie iOS Developer
Back in July, Brent Simmons asked “Who at the Table is an Indie iOS Developer?” I’d like to put my hand up. I am an indie iOS developer… … and I’m not making…
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3 days ago
The Lesson of Grace in Teaching
After giving this talk, I had so many requests for the text that I shared it on Facebook.  But Facebook deleted it (with no explanation).  So I created a blog just for this.  I hope…
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3 days ago
Check Out Facebook's New NYC Office
It's been about a year since Facebook's New York City office has been bursting at the seams of its two-floor Madison Avenue office, which is located in a drab stretch of Midtown just northwest of…
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3 days ago
Panasonic puts a 1-inch sensor and a Leica lens on new CM1 smartphone
Panasonic has made the biggest news of Photokina so far with the announcement of its new Lumix CM1 Android smartphone. The Japanese company quit making smartphones after the failure of its Eluga…
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3 days ago
Professional Transitions
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3 days ago
Upgrading GitHub to Rails 3 with Zero Downtime
September 15, 2014 GitHub is a fairly large production Ruby on Rails application. From a scale perspective, it serves hundreds of millions of requests per day. Until now, we’ve been running an…
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3 days ago
TSA's X-Ray Nude Body Scanners Output 50% More Radiation Than Admitted To By TSA?
A few weeks ago, scientific researchers from top universities released a report confirming my 2012 demonstration that anything can be easily smuggled through the TSA’s nude body scanners.…
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3 days ago
Launch of ROWE™ Job Board...Almost Here! September 15 2014
"Where are the ROWE™ jobs?" For the last 10 years, we've heard this question, thousands of times every month. And we get it. People are looking for the companies that will treat them like…
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3 days ago
Lifting Chicago: Introducing How We Get To Next :
One of my favorite stories in How We Got To Now (both the TV series and the book) involves a nineteenth-century Chicago engineer named Ellis Chesbrough who managed to come up with one of the most…
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4 days ago
1047594 – Enable http/2 (and alpn) by default
Firefox has landed HTTP/2; "the next era in Web tech has begun."
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4 days ago
Sun and Wind Alter Global Landscape, Leaving Utilities Behind
HELIGOLAND, Germany — Of all the developed nations, few have pushed harder than Germany to find a solution to global warming. And towering symbols of that drive are appearing in the middle of…
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4 days ago
10 Things I Do Every Day To Stay Productive
I used to be a very chaotic worker, embracing the unpredictable nature of every working day, piling things on my plate, jumping on emerging problems, tasks or questions right away. About a year ago,…
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4 days ago
The Beale on Broadway
Kim Massie is an amazing local blues singer - catch her Thur night 10:30 pm at Beale on Broadway
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4 days ago
tl;dr feminism
(adapted from something that started like this) Finally, I’m reading books again by other people that have nothing to do with my book, my work, or anything else but what I want to give…
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5 days ago
The Death of Adulthood in American Culture
Sometime this spring, during the first half of the final season of “Mad Men,” the popular pastime of watching the show — recapping episodes, tripping over spoilers, trading notes…
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5 days ago
ept/newsfeed
This is an experimental sample project for Samza, demonstrating how to implement a Twitter-like real-time news feed. It uses an asymmetric follower model, where each user sees the messages posted by…
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5 days ago
Hypertext as an agent of change
This talk was given at the 10th annual dConstruct conference, on 5 September 2014, in Brighton, England. Near the end of Gravity’s Rainbow, Thomas Pynchon’s famous and famously…
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5 days ago
Untitled (http://www.cnet.com/how-to/turn-off-banner-ads-on-your-2013-panasonic-tv/)
Just saw a pop-up ad on my new (used) TV — couldn't disable that crap fast enough.
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6 days ago
Archive | The Art of War
DebateThe Israeli Defence Forces have been heavily influenced by contemporary philosophy, highlighting the fact that there is considerable overlap among theoretical texts deemed essential by military…
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8 days ago
How Matt's Machine Works
Every morning at 7 a.m., Matt Mullenweg wakes up in Houston, Texas, and reads a book. After a chapter or so, he scrambles some eggs, grabs a couple bottles of Hint water, and wanders over to his…
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8 days ago
E.B. White’s Beautiful Letter to a Man Who Had Lost Faith in Humanity
What sailors teach us about hope and the resilience of the human spirit. In 1973, more than two decades after a young woman wrote to Albert Einstein with a similar concern, one man sent a distressed…
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8 days ago
A Rube Goldberg Machine Powered by Light and Magnifying Glasses | Colossal
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8 days ago
Cool Tools – GoodRx.com
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8 days ago
Satellite Eyes
loving this app that "automatically changes your desktop wallpaper to the satellite view of where you are"
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8 days ago
The Lesser Known Normal Forms of Database Design
-1st Normal Form: The database contains at least one table that is an exact copy of another table, except with additional columns. -2nd Normal Form: The database contains at least one table that is a…
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9 days ago
A Watch Guy's Thoughts On The Apple Watch After Seeing It In The Metal (Tons Of Live Photos)
I'm not even sure we can call it a watch. Okay, it goes on the wrist, and it happens to tell the time, but that's about where the similarities between Apple's just announced watch and the…
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9 days ago
Clojure at RelateIQ (Be Great!) - RelateIQ Blog
Hack days are unequivocally my favorite days of my time at RelateIQ. The innovation, experimentation, and camraderie that define our culture boil up into 24 hours of awesome. The theory (and the…
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9 days ago
The referendum question - Charlie's Diary
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9 days ago
Building BRCK: The made-in-Africa wireless router :
It felt like any other day as Erik Hersman sat in a darkened conference room in Lagos. "During the event we were experiencing the worse kind of Internet issues, from unreliable service providers to…
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9 days ago
Fear and Loathing as Telecom Policy
The adoption of the "Pulver Order" by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in 2004 recognized the madness of applying 70-year-old Title II telecom regulations to IP communications. Ten years…
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9 days ago
Inside Apple's Live Event Stream Failure, And Why It Happened: It Wasn't A Capacity Issue
Apple’s live stream of the unveiling of the iPhone 6 and Watch was a disaster today right from the start, with many users like myself having problems trying to watch the event. While at first…
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9 days ago
Cool Tools – Blade Buddy
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9 days ago
Martial arts and the cycle of bullshit - Charlie's Diary
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9 days ago
Lifting Chicago: Introducing How We Get To Next :
One of my favorite stories in How We Got To Now (both the TV series and the book) involves a nineteenth-century Chicago engineer named Ellis Chesbrough who managed to come up with one of the most…
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10 days ago
Why I Just Asked My Students To Put Their Laptops Away…
Jonathan Haidt’s metaphor of the elephant and the rider is useful here. In Haidt’s telling, the mind is like an elephant (the emotions) with a rider (the intellect) on top. The rider…
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10 days ago
Compojure apps, in the style of Sinatra
Clojure has an approachability problem. In part, this is due to the relatively unusual syntax, but that can't get all the credit. When it comes to building server-side web applications, a major…
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11 days ago
Don't Take Your Vitamins
Based on a perusal of the vitamin section of most drug stores, you’d think Americans need a lot of vitamins. And almost 50 percent of adult Americans reported taking some dietary supplement,…
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11 days ago
How municipalities in St. Louis County, Mo., profit from poverty
On March 20 in the St. Louis County town of Florissant, someone made an illegal U-turn in front of Nicole Bolden. The 32-year-old black single mother hit her brakes but couldn’t avoid a collision.…
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11 days ago
Twitter Testing Buy Button as E-Commerce Plans Take Shape
For Twitter Inc. (TWTR), a tweet will soon be more than a form of communication or an ad -- it will be an invitation to buy. The San Francisco-based microblogging company is testing a…
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11 days ago
Instagram
2nd Birthday AND First day of school! What a day!!
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11 days ago
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