Git housekeeping
Clean-up outdated branches in local and remote repositories
19 days ago
Notes on A Guide to the Good Life by Irvine
How to Become a Stoic
- Don't boast or advertise to people that you're going to become a stoic. Just work on it quietly.
- Don't dwell on the past. Seneca asks, "[What point is there in] being unhappy, just because once you were unhappy?"
- Don't try to master all of the techniques at once. Negative visualization is a good place to start. Try to practice at least once a day, if only for a few moments.
- After negative visualization, move on to the trichotomy of control, which helps you manage anxiety.
29 days ago
Effective Engineer - Notes
7 weeks ago
Javascript snippets
Curated collection of useful Javascript snippets that you can understand in 30 seconds or less.
9 weeks ago
Funkify | Disability simulator
Funkify is a brand new extension for Chrome that helps you experience the web and interfaces through the eyes of extreme users with different abilities and disabilities.
9 weeks ago
ChromeVox - Screen reader for Chrome
The ChromeVox (Classic) screen reader is an extension to Chrome that brings the speed, versatility, and security of Chrome to visually impaired users.
9 weeks ago
WAVE Chrome & Firefox Extensions
The WAVE Chrome and Firefox extensions allows you to evaluate web content for accessibility issues directly within Chrome and Firefox browsers.
9 weeks ago
ChromeLens - Colour blind extension
ChromeLens is a Google Chrome extension that provides a suite of tools to help with web accessibility development.
9 weeks ago
The color-blind simulator and contrast checker for Sketch. Design with accessibility in mind.
9 weeks ago
The Terror of a ‘No’
But here’s the key reason to try asking. We just don’t know where people are with their plans. And we can be sure of this by looking at our own experience. There are a surprising number of things we would theoretically give other people, if only they asked.
january 2017
The best films of 2016 | Sight & Sound | BFI
Toni Erdmann
Certain Women
American Honey
I, Daniel Blake
Manchester by the Sea
Things to Come (L’Avenir)
The Death of Louis XIV
Personal Shopper
Fire at Sea
La La Land
Love & Friendship
Embrace of the Serpent
Everybody Wants Some!!
Hell or High Water
O.J.: Made in America
january 2017
The Gift of Death – George Monbiot
The best things in life are free, but we’ve found a way of selling them to you.
capitalism  consumerism 
january 2017
How People Learn to Become Resilient - The New Yorker
From a young age, resilient children tended to “meet the world on their own terms.” They were autonomous and independent, would seek out new experiences, and had a “positive social orientation.” “Though not especially gifted, these children used whatever skills they had effectively,” Werner wrote. Perhaps most importantly, the resilient children had what psychologists call an “internal locus of control”: they believed that they, and not their circumstances, affected their achievements. The resilient children saw themselves as the orchestrators of their own fates.
resilience  psychology 
october 2016
The 50 Most Popular MOOCs of All Time
For your convenience, we’ve compiled a list of 50 of the most popular MOOCs, based on enrollment figures for all sessions of a course.
september 2016
The vanishing civility*
Civility is more than being polite. I have encountered a good number of “polite” and smiling fools, who have mastered an astounding capacity for incivility. Politeness can be manipulated to befriend the hypocrite and the conceited, who repeatedly destroy and vilify.
august 2016
William James on the Psychology of Habit
1. The acquisition of a new habit, or the leaving off of an old one, we must take care to launch ourselves with as strong and decided an initiative as possible. Accumulate all the possible circumstances which shall reenforce the right motives; put yourself assiduously in conditions that encourage the new way; make engagements incompatible with the old; take a public pledge, if the case allows; in short, envelop your resolution with every aid you know. This will give your new beginning such a momentum that the temptation to break down will not occur as soon as it otherwise might; and every day during which a breakdown is postponed adds to the chances of its not occurring at all.

2. Never suffer an exception to occur till the new habit is securely rooted in your life. Each lapse is like the letting fall of a ball of string which one is carefully winding up; a single slip undoes more than a great many turns will wind again. Continuity of training is the great means of making the nervous system act infallibly right … It is surprising how soon a desire will die of inanition if it be never fed.

3. Seize the Very first possible opportunity to act on every resolution you make, and on every emotional prompting you may experience in the direction of the habits you
aspire to gain. It is not in the moment of their forming, but in the moment of their producing motor effects, that resolves and aspirations communicate the new ‘set’ to the brain.
psychology  habits 
july 2016
I used to think homeopathy was helpful. Now I’m a critic. So what happened?
More generally, this type of research brought the realisation that homeopathy carries a real and significant risk: whenever it is used to replace an effective intervention for a serious condition, it can become a risk to life.
health  homeopathy 
july 2016
CSS Stats
Get stats on your CSS. Number of selectors, colours, fonts e.t.c
css  tools 
july 2016
A great resource for selecting CSS colours
css  design 
july 2016
4 Steps of Analytical Thinking
1. Identification. Identify the type of problem. Look at what is presented and draw an idea of the type of problem you are dealing with. Reasoning behind the problem.

2. Selection. How am I going to solve it? What tools, techniques, methods do I need to solve. Why should I use them.

3. Apply the tools, techniques and methods you've selected.

4. Produce an answer.
psychology  tools 
july 2016
Pony Foo
JavaScript consulting, modularity, front-end architecture, performance, and more. Authored by Nicolás Bevacqua
javascript  development 
july 2016
WebAIM: Color Contrast Checker
Test the contrast of background and foreground colours.
july 2016
The Four Tools of Discipline
Peck’s argument is based on the notion that most of us want to avoid problems – they are painful and often lead us to confront our humanity.
productivity  psychology 
july 2016
Always use a label — Simple = Human
Sometimes designers oversimplify a form by removing the labels. The problem is that minimal does not always mean it’s simple — which is certainly the case for labels. Labels, in fact, are an essential part of designing easy-to-use forms.
UX  design 
july 2016
Pigments Atom Package
Pigments will scan source files in your project directories looking for colors and will build a palette with all of them.
july 2016
A Color Picker for Atom
Right click and select Color Picker, or hit CMD-SHIFT-C/CTRL-ALT-C to open it. Currently reads HEX, HEXa, RGB, RGBa, HSL, HSLa, HSV, HSVa, VEC3 and VEC4 colors – and is able to convert between the formats.
july 2016
Learned optimism
Seligman invites pessimists to learn to be optimists by thinking about their reactions to adversity in a new way.
june 2016
Bushido: Way of Total Bullshit
The term bushido calls forth ghosts of Japan's hallowed samurai class. A class so bent on preserving honor, they'd rather slit their own bellies in ritualistic suicide than live a shamed existence.
june 2016
Adobe Color CC
Create colour palettes
tools  design 
june 2016
What to teach your boys – prevent violence with one simple idea
Here is what I told my friend, the father of two boys (old enough now to speak their gender identity, and happy in the identity of “boy”) who helped that survivor:

People get to choose how they touch and get touched.
june 2016
Happiness for Sale
Do Experiential Purchases Make Consumers Happier than Material Purchases?
june 2016
We'll Always Have Paris - Gilovich, Kumar
The Hedonic Payoff from Experiential and Material Investments
june 2016
Transgender people: 10 common myths
Transgender issues have become a major front in the battle over LGBTQ rights. But there are still many misconceptions about trans people, who identify with a gender different from the one assigned to them at birth.
june 2016
The Mistrust of Science
What you have gained is far more important: an understanding of what real truth-seeking looks like. It is the effort not of a single person but of a group of people—the bigger the better—pursuing ideas with curiosity, inquisitiveness, openness, and discipline. As scientists, in other words.
june 2016
Common Errors in English Usage
Search for common errors in writing.
june 2016
Under attack | The Economist
But if I have a right not to be offended, that means someone must police what you say about me, or about the things I hold dear, such as my ethnic group, religion, or even political beliefs. Since offence is subjective, the power to police it is both vast and arbitrary.
june 2016
Moving Forward on Basic Incom
In our pilot, the income will be unconditional; we’re going to give it to participants for the duration of the study, no matter what. People will be able to volunteer, work, not work, move to another country—anything.
june 2016
Survivorship Bias
The mentalist Derren Brown once predicted he could flip a coin 10 times in a row and have it come up heads every time. He then dazzled UK television audiences by doing exactly that, flipping the coin into a bowl with only one cutaway shot for flair. How did he do it? He filmed himself flipping coins for nine hours until he got the result he wanted. He then edited out all the failures and presented the single success.
may 2016
Why are some people so much luckier than others?
James Scott Bumgarner, more famous as James Garner, film and TV star, passed away recently at the age of 86. Many people have been writing about how great a guy he was and stories about his life.
may 2016
Good Poker Players Aren't Lucky
His study of more than a billion hands of online Texas Hold'em found that 85.2 percent of the hands were decided without a show of cards. In other words, players' betting decisions were of overwhelming importance in determining the outcome. Of the remaining 14.8 percent, almost half were won by a player who didn't hold the best hand but instead had induced the player with the best hand to fold before the showdown.
may 2016
Fortuna's identity as personification of chance events was closely tied to virtus (strength of character). Public officials who lacked virtues invited ill-fortune on themselves and Rome: Sallust uses the infamous Catiline as illustration – "Truly, when in the place of work, idleness, in place of the spirit of measure and equity, caprice and pride invade, fortune is changed just as with morality".
may 2016
The Rejection Book: Good luck, bad luck, who knows?
It's hard to evaluate something in a given moment. Our reactions are too immediate for implications that are often long term - with benefits and downsides that are hard to predict. Let go of the moment and instead try saying to yourself, good luck, bad luck, who knows?
may 2016
The Luxury of Obliviousness
The luxury of obliviousness is an integral part of privilege, the ability of whites to act as if they have no race at all but are simply human beings, while people of color must have what W.E.B. DuBois called a double consciousness.
may 2016
Raising the Achievement of Minority Ethnic Pupils (2003)
While over half of White, Indian and Chinese pupils now achieve at least five good GCSE passes, the same is true for just three in ten Black Caribbean children and four in ten of those of Pakistani or Black African origin.
may 2016
Ethnicity and deprivation in England
This briefing shows that all ethnic minority groups in England
are more likely to live in deprived neighbourhoods than the
White British majority.
may 2016
Redefining capitalism | McKinsey & Company
Today our culture celebrates money and wealth as the benchmarks of success. This has been reinforced by the prevailing theory. Suppose that instead we celebrated innovative solutions to human problems. Imagine being at a party and rather than being asked, “What do you do?”—code for how much money do you make and what status do you have—you were asked, “What problems do you solve?” Both capitalism and our society would be the better for it.
capitalism  society 
may 2016
The Numbers in Black And White: Ethnic Disparities In The Policing And Prosecution Of Drug Offences In England And Wales | Release
This report demonstrates that the policing and prosecutions of drug possession offences in England and Wales is unduly focussed on black and minority communities.
april 2016
Flexbox Patterns
Flexbox is awesome, but it introduces many new concepts that can make it difficult to use. These interactive examples will show you practical ways to use it to build UI components.
april 2016
Why Garbagemen Should Earn More Than Bankers
If we want this century to be one in which all of us get richer, then we’ll need to free ourselves of the dogma that all work is meaningful. And, while we’re at it, let’s also get rid of the fallacy that a higher salary is automatically a reflection of societal value.
society  economics 
april 2016
All Pricing is Relative. How To Make That Work in Your Favor.
Pricing not just on relative value but relative competition.
april 2016
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