summing up 34

a more or less weekly digest of juicy stuff

  • the future of programming by bret victor, highly recommended
  • how software companies die, the environment that nurtures creative programmers kills management and marketing types - and vice versa. highly recommended
  • citation needed, whatever programmers think about themselves and these towering logic-engines we've erected, we're a lot more superstitious than we realize. we tell and retell this collection of unsourced, inaccurate stories about the nature of the world without ever doing the research ourselves, and there's no other word for that but "mythology". we just keep mouthing platitudes and pretending the way things are is nobody's fault, and the more history you learn and the more you look at the sad state of modern computing the more pathetic and irresponsible that sounds
  • the tyranny of choice, although some choice is undoubtedly better than none, more is not always better than less (pdf)
  • circle of competence, if you want to improve your odds of success in life and business then define the perimeter of your circle of competence, and operate inside
  • "we must be very careful when we give advice to younger people; sometimes they follow it", edsger w. dijkstra
  • an engineer's guide to stock options
  • the flow fallacy, flow leads to crappy products. because the goal of commercial software development isn't to create code you love - it's to create products your customers will love
  • the myth of multitasking, there is time enough for everything in the course of the day, if you do but one thing at once, but there is not time enough in the year, if you will do two things at a time
  • words, at its heart, web design should be about words. words don't come after the design is done. words are the beginning, the core, the focus. start with words
  • are you with the right partner? the key to succeeding in a relationship is not finding the right person; it's learning to love the person you found
  • why do we value gold?
  • primer on film and digital capture, a technical talk about quality & resolution of film vs. digital capture
  • s'lebn is a freid! die mutter aller imagefilme (german)
  • liquid laughter lounge quartet, ultra lounge, country doom, afterhour slowrock, dark and heavy. great sound & band