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Scaling Up - The Dragon: Fear and Power | Tom Shippey - Literary Review
Very light but broad-ranging discussion of the renewed age of dragon exploration.
worldbuilding  culture  story  mythology 
5 days ago
The 35 best science-fiction movies since Blade Runner
Come for the list, stay for the comments. As usual.
culture  fiction  scifi  list  movie 
10 days ago
Always Beginning by David Naimon | Poetry Foundation
Peering into the verse of Ursula K. LeGuin. Also contains references to other poets I would like to know better.
poetry  writing  list 
22 days ago
WebAssembly's post-MVP future: A cartoon skill tree - Mozilla Hacks - the Web developer blog
I'm not saving this post simply because it is an exciting preview of what's to come for WebAssembly (which it is), nor because it is a great balance of technical details and high-level overview (also true).

My favorite thing about this article is its structure. It's a masterpiece of technical writing. It takes a very big problem, chops it up into digestible bits, introduces them in a sensible order, all of which build up to a grand conclusion which seems obvious in hindsight, but was impenetrable at the beginning. Well done!
writing  technology 
27 days ago
Solving Sol
A fun approach to translation of ideas (Sol's descriptions) into individualized art pieces. Works with code, of course, but fun for art literacy or similar efforts.
art  code  javascript  teaching  kids 
4 weeks ago
Domain Storytelling
Domain Driven Design and Storytelling is a structured method for building familiarity with a given domain by conversing with the domain experts, and building (initially) simple diagrams that describe actual workflows.

"Domain-Driven Design is a language and domain-centric approach to software design for complex problem domains." – Scott Millet
analysis  design  story  storytelling 
4 weeks ago
Ways people trying to do good accidentally make things worse, and how to avoid them - 80,000 Hours
List of both obvious and subtle pitfalls in trying to make changes for good. Because we work in an in increasingly connected world, our unprepared or misguided efforts can cause lasting harm to fragile but important fields. Work with humility, cooperation, and deliberation.
change_the_world  howto  toread  ethics  prepare 
4 weeks ago
Python's New Package Landscape
It's not so much "getting better" as it is "coalescing", which should lead to getting better. But, not yet.
python  sweng 
4 weeks ago
Living Off the Land – The Command and Control Phase | eSentire
The whole series is both a good overview, and a list of some relevant tools in this emerging space.
swtool  article  security 
4 weeks ago
Metaworld Chronicles | Royal Road
More wuxia, but this time based on D&D 5E. Characters are flat, as usual, and no more than the sum of their parts, but it sure is an interesting, though skewed, porthole into Chinese academics and social life.
fiction  reading  incomplete 
5 weeks ago
12 Factor CLI Apps – Jeff Dickey – Medium
Decent checklist of features and standards for command-line utils.
development  command  guide  tip 
5 weeks ago
Sans Forgetica
A font designed to help you remember, based on cognitive and neural science research. Would it work well for flashcards?
design  font  learning 
6 weeks ago
Madagascar Vanilla - Bracing for the Vanilla Boom - SAPIENS
One of the many subtle traps of inequality: not everyone can even use huge windfalls of cash in the rare event that they get one.
frontline  economics  culture  money  capitalism 
7 weeks ago
Prepaid Data SIM Card Wiki | Wikia
While hosted on an unlikely domain, this is packed with info on SIM cards all over the world.
data  travel  tips  howto 
7 weeks ago
This to That (Glue Advice)
A couple of drop-down lists, and a comprehensive set of product choices and instructions for gluing. Hyper-specialized!
swtool  craft  diy 
7 weeks ago
One Small Step on Vimeo
Inspirational video on the importance of family, and sticking to your dreams.
video  animation  kids  towatch 
8 weeks ago
Commonplace - The Commoncog Blog
Lots of good book summaries, centered around topics I care about
summary  books  blog  howto  career 
8 weeks ago
On compositionality – Jules Hedges
Compositionality as the opposite of emergent effects. He claims that "non-compositionality is a barrier to scientific understanding, because it breaks the reductionist methodology of always dividing a system into smaller components and translating explanations into lower levels."

Of course, this implies that we will attempt to export compositionality to higher and lower domains than we are currently capable of reasoning about.
compsci  sweng  philosophy 
10 weeks ago
Diversity Cross Check • Our (Non-Comprehensive) List of Fairytales
Eastern origin "fairy tales". Tumblr, so maybe check this once in a while, and move the collection to somewhere more reliable.
list  story  research  writing  worldbuilding 
10 weeks ago
Opinion | How to Make a Big Decision - The New York Times
Some reference points on the science of making important decisions: 1) Have more than one "yes or no" choice, 2) Consult diversity, 3) Plan things to get better, worse, and weird, 4) Hold a pre-mortem, 5) List values that affect the decision, and 6) Rank each option based on those values.
choice  analysis  tool  psychology  plan 
10 weeks ago
The Tools I Use To Write Books - Thorsten Ball
As the author points out, the only tool you really need "is a program that allows you to write text into a file." (And maybe not even that, if your name is Neal Stephenson.) But, the pipeline described here is minimal, effective, and clear.
books  publishing  writing  swtool  list 
10 weeks ago
Value-Oriented Programming | matt.diephouse.com
Further separation of logic and effects, demonstrated with a simple model. Requires no mocks for testing, and is more extensible than interfaces (protocols) alone.
code  sweng 
11 weeks ago
Patterns — Gordon Brander
A collection of "loose notes, design patterns, rules-of-thumb, methods of enquiry, tools, cheatsheets, gimmicks, leverage points, descriptions of systems, key questions, risks, and unknowns."
design  reference  sweng  swdev 
11 weeks ago
Leverage Points: Places to Intervene in a System - The Donella Meadows Project
A just-beneath-the-surface look at a hierarchical list of leverage points in complex systems.
philosophy  ethics  systems  design  worldbuilding 
august 2018
Fear of Macros
A practical guide to Racket macros
racket  language  compsci  reference 
august 2018
A Visual, Intuitive Guide to Imaginary Numbers – BetterExplained
I got excited by the walk-through on rotating a course heading by a specific number of degrees, without using trig!
math  reference  tutorial  visualization  howto 
august 2018
Ethical OS
Focused on tech, with an emphasis on web-based business. But, applicable to any new, potentially "transformative" product. An adequate foundation for a discussion.
culture  ethics  innovation  technology  design 
august 2018
A little bump in the wire that makes your Internet faster
... If you're on DSL, or other lower-speed, bursty media. Which we are! You do need a router capable of running openwrt, which I guess is the latest hotness. OK.
home  networking  diy 
august 2018
Micro chess / DIY - YouTube
Not sure how achievable this is with the current tool set
diy  chess  project 
august 2018
Luna
A visual/textual, dual-representation language for interactive data manipulation
dataflow  programming  data  interactive  visualization 
august 2018
The SNOW Home Page
A tool for exploiting the Steganographic Nature Of Whitespace.
swtool  crypto 
july 2018
Stencila: An open source office suite for reproducible research
Got to keep any eye on this one; it's in Beta right now. At first glance it looks like an expanded iPython Notebook.
python  swtool  research 
july 2018
chubin/cheat.sh: the only cheat sheet you need
Wow. Interactive, polyglot micro-hints, accessible from the command-line.
programming  swtool  tip  tostudy 
july 2018
interfluidity » Authority
Descriptions of hard and soft power as means of coordinating human behavior. A compelling perspective.
society  culture  authority  philosophy  ethics  worldbuilding 
july 2018
Empowering Reason | Kialo
An ambitious if slightly off-key approach to enabling structured and reusable arguments
society  culture  reason  debate 
july 2018
Parallax | by Margaret Trauth and Nick Brienza
Caught this one just as it got started. Looks very cool!
webcomics  inprogress  scifi  fantasy 
june 2018
Comic Artist Maps the History of Languages with a Linguistic Tree
The split between Indo-European and Uralic is fascinating. Are there really no documented common roots. How old is that split?
art  linguistics  worldbuilding  language 
june 2018
The significance of plot without conflict - still eating oranges
An explanation (with comics!) of kishōtenketsu, an type of story structure used that avoids conflict, though not tension. Used to great effect in "My Neighbor Totoro".
writing  story  structure  philosophy 
june 2018
Susan Sontag: Notes On "Camp"
Susan Sontag, on that-which-can-only-be-named.
culture  philosophy 
june 2018
Advanced computing with IPython [LWN.net]
That's right! I forgot that iPython on Jupyter are magic!
ipython  python  swtool  tip 
june 2018
How to make a difference with your career - 80,000 Hours
A site bout the world’s most pressing problems and how you can use your career to solve them.
advice  career  ethics 
june 2018
How to Make Rich, Flavorful Caramel Without Melting Sugar | Serious Eats
Sugar carmelizes separately from melting, in a process known as thermal decomposition. Bonus: it's retains its shelf life while gaining amazing caramel flavor!
recipe  cooking 
may 2018
Is there a role for religion in international development? | Aeon Essays
A one-sided discussion between the author of the article (Manini Sheker) and the author the book "Development as Freedom" by Amartya Sen. Here, Sheker uses the 1999 book as a way to prompt questions about the absence of religion in that Nobel Prize-winning work.
religion  ethics  culture  morality  economics 
may 2018
The best of Python: a collection of my favorite articles from 2017 and 2018 (so far)
A "best of" list for the year, as a collection of Python modules/articles.
article  programming  python  toread  list  tip 
may 2018
Ditch the Batteries: Off-Grid Compressed Air Energy Storage - LOW-TECH MAGAZINE
A relatively new area of research, exploiting low-pressure, high-efficiency compressed air systems for energy storage comparable with lead-acid batteries.
diy  energy  grid 
may 2018
Why read old philosophy? | Meteuphoric
Why the wordlbuilding tag? Because this explanation captures something important about the way we learn things in a Western mindset, and how we might do otherwise.
culture  history  philosophy  worldbuilding  learning  writing 
may 2018
Epsilon Theory
Not quite sure what this is yet, but I like it
toread  philosophy  ethics  finance  blog 
may 2018
Coins and Scrolls: OSR: Death, Taxes, and Death Taxes
Wow. Great examples of how D&D-style looting would work in a medieval society. Sucks to be pretty much anybody but a feudal lord a few rungs up the ladder.
rpg  game  tip  writing 
may 2018
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