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Silicon Valley's People Problem, Explained - CityLab
“If ever a city stood as a symbol of the dynamic U.S. economy, it was Detroit,” wrote Timemagazine in October 1961, as the city began its long decline. ”Prosperity seemed bound to go on forever—but it didn't.”
Dan  from iphone
5 weeks ago
How Washington Made Harvey Worse - POLITICO Magazine
Two relatively modest storms that hit Houston in 2015 and 2016--so small they didn't get names--did so much property damage they made the list of the 15 highest-priced floods in U.S. history.
7 weeks ago
It's finally harvest time at the new Purdue Student Farm by Purdue Agriculture - Purdue Agriculture
Every weekday I get to work at the Purdue Student Farm, which sits on three acres of land at the northwest corner of campus.
july 2017
Plants | R-bloggers
In my last post I did some drawings based on L-Systems. These drawings are done sequentially. At any step, the state of the drawing can be described by the position (coordinates) and the orientation of the pencil. In that case I only used two kind of operators: drawing a straight line and turning a constant angle. Today I used two more symbols to do stack operations:

“[“ Push the current state (position and orientation) of the pencil onto a pushdown
operations stack
“]” Pop a state from the stack and make it the current state of the pencil (no line is drawn)
These operators allow to return to a previous state to continue drawing from there.
R  botany  graphics 
july 2017
The Cold Civil War
Revolutions end when a coherent, persuasive idea of the common good returns to the public mind. Only then can statecraft be practiced rationally, as more than a minimalist calling designed to prevent the worst from happening.
politics 
june 2017
Twitter
My favorite morning commute always includes a trip across the Wabash to
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june 2017
Postman | Supercharge your API workflow
Developing APIs is hard.
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june 2017
Stack Overflow Developer Survey 2015
salesforce tops list of "most dreaded"
programming 
june 2017
MARC Distribution Services (data set): Cataloging Distribution Service, Library of Congress
In addition to our MDS subscription service, we now offer an "open-access" provision, MDSConnect, at no cost to users. Our open-access service includes nearly 25 million MARC records, as distributed in the unabridged 2014 Retrospective file sets. These MDS record sets have been made available primarily for research and development usage. Records are available in three file formats - UTF8, MARC8 and XML.
library  data 
june 2017
jean-pierre hébert: Jean-Pierre Hébert
Considered one of the pioneers in the field of digital art, I started experimenting drawing with a computer in the mid-1970s. In 1989, after working for 20 years isolated in my studio, I discovered a small community of other plotter artists. In 1995, I co-founded the Algorists. I coined the word and coded an algorithmic definition of it.

Fascinated by the line, which is the essence of drawing, I have developed a diversity of drawing families using mathematics, geometry, physics and poetry. For each conceptual idea, I write algorithms which my personal software interprets and transforms into a drawing, a visual poem. After discovering John Cage's work, and strongly in tune with his philosophy, my initial obsession with precise line constructions has opened up to chance, motion, light, and text. Since 1999, I create ephemeral installations with sand, water, wind. The aim of my work remains an expression of quiet beauty and peaceful meditation.
art  programming  scheme 
june 2017
SSL Server Test (Powered by Qualys SSL Labs)
This free online service performs a deep analysis of the configuration of any SSL web server on the public Internet. Please note that the information you submit here is used only to provide you the service. We don't use the domain names or the test results, and we never will.
security 
may 2017
SSL and TLS 1.0 No Longer Acceptable for PCI Compliance
The PCI Council says you must remove completely support for SSL 3.0 and TLS 1.0. In short: servers and clients should disable SSL and then preferably transition everything to TLS 1.2.
may 2017
GitHub - facebook/immutable-js: Immutable persistent data collections for Javascript which increase efficiency and simplicity.
If I were going to write another edition of Functional JavaScript I would use Immutable.js as the new centerpiece.
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may 2017
News from The Associated Press
DETROIT (AP) -- In just a few years, well-mannered self-driving robotaxis will share the roads with reckless, law-breaking human drivers. The prospect is causing migraines for the people developing the robotaxis.
may 2017
The Dark Power of Fraternities
A yearlong investigation of Greek houses reveals their endemic, lurid, and sometimes tragic problems—and a sophisticated system for shifting the blame.
may 2017
Maybe Normalizing Isn't Normal
Pat Helland notes that people normalize because their professors told them to. I'm a bit more pragmatic; I think you should normalize when the data tells you to:
programming  data  database 
may 2017
Twitter
A little miel love from us to you.
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april 2017
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