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Links van 20 mei 2018 tot 21 mei 2018

Gell-Mann amnesia effect – Wikiwand
the Gell-Mann amnesia effect labels a commonly observed problem in modern media,[2] where one will believe everything they read from a journalist even after they come across an article about something they know well that is completely incorrect

Tim Harford — Article — Statistics, Fast and Slow
One way to understand China is to look at the statistics. Real income per person has increased nearly tenfold since 1990. Since the early 1980s, the number of extremely poor people in China has fallen by more than three-quarters of a billion people, more than half the population of the country. China consumed more cement in a recent three-year period than the US used in the entire 20th century. Even on paper, it is the most dramatic explosion of economic activity in human history. Seeing it with your own eyes is another experience entirely.

Acephalic Agile—worse than Waterfall? – Oliver Wyman Labs: Technical
At least in Waterfall if you did a good job of designing the project, and if you stuck to the spirit of the method, you were to some extent insulated from management noise and ‘dreck effekt’. But the outcome in a badly governed Agile project is that each iteration takes us further off course. Or at least it doesn’t (‘asymptotically’) converge on the right outcome as it should. The result can be even worse than a badly planned Waterfall project, and with more late nights worked along the way. The pain coefficient at the project’s end can also be greater than with the Waterfall. Here it is that Agile can actually be worse than Waterfall.

How many people with disabilities did you have test the design before you let people try it out? : beta
I am curious about whether or not you guys even bothered talking to a single person who uses a screen reader/has vision loss or poor vision/ or is totally blind? What about people who can't use a mouse? If you did, can you explain the process by making things hard to access with keyboard, totally unavailable to access with a keyboard, and why you made certain decisions to make things harder to see? EDIT: Reddit has responded with the following, which answers my question with a "None."

Time to ditch Wikipedia?
As an active editor for almost 15 years, Cross is very familiar with some of the more arcane Wikipedia rules and guidelines (along with their obscure acronyms) and uses them to justify removing information he dislikes in favour of his own inclusions. Often in a very subtle manner and over a long period of time. Anyone familiar with the work of the people he targets will recognise how one-sided and distorted those entries become.

Links van 8 maart 2018 tot 10 maart 2018

Leningrad’s Lost Photographer
Russian Masha Ivashintsova (1942-2000) photographed constantly but never showed her work to anyone. In late 2017, a relative stumbled on boxes of negatives and undeveloped film gathering dust in an attic. Published below, some for the first time, are some of the 30,000 images from the remarkable discovery.

(492) The STEAM renaissance: Guy A. Boy at TEDxSugarLand – YouTube
Guy Boy is an engineer and cognitive scientist, studying life-critical artifacts in our modern societies. He actively contributed to the design and evaluation of cockpits, control rooms and other interfaces to complex dynamic systems. He tries to close the gap between technology, organizations and people. He worked on the shift from three- to two-crew-men cockpits, the control of orbital refueling system of the Space Shuttle, space robotics, air traffic management, nuclear power plant control and management, car driving, telecommunication network monitoring and model-based respiratory assistance.

Data visualization with react-vis – Shyianovska Nataliia – Medium
React-vis is a React visualization library created by Uber. With it you can easily create common data visualization charts, such as line, area, bar charts, pie and donut charts, tree maps and many more.

‘Blockchain’ is meaningless – The Verge
‘You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means’

Into the Breach: User Interface design | Rock, Paper, Shotgun
Into the Breach is a tactics game from the developers of FTL about taking a team of three mechs into battle against giant bugs in a last-ditch defence of Earth’s cities. Rich with different strategies to master and challenges to vanquish, it’s deep, complex and “near-perfect”. And yet Ma says that he and Davis spent half of the four years the game took to make on… its UI. Its UI! The truth, however, is that the UI is a big part of what makes Into the Breach great, even though it also ended up transforming its very nature.

Links van 24 januari 2018 tot 26 januari 2018

Wireflows: A UX Deliverable for Workflows and Apps
In the UX field, wireframes are a common deliverable to show page-level layout ideas, whereas flowcharts are useful for documenting complex workflows and user tasks. However, despite the fact that both of these deliverables remain in common use among UX professionals, there are situations in which they are suboptimal tools for communicating design ideas, particularly when documenting mobile, desktop, or web apps that don't have many unique pages, but instead feature a few core pages which change content (or layout) dynamically based on user interaction. In the last few years, an alternative deliverable called wireflow has emerged as a solution to these issues, used to show designs in the context of common user tasks.

Designing Screens Using Cores and Paths
“Instead of beginning with the homepage and overall navigation scheme, start with the core content and work outward from there.” “Start with the goal.” Information architect, Are Halland, makes this recommendation in his presentation “Cores and Paths: Designing for Findability”. He outlines an alternative approach for web design: instead of beginning with the homepage and overall navigation scheme, start with the core content and work outward from there. It’s that straightforward.

Hamburger Menu: alternatives to mobile UI’s disputed pattern
When it comes to controversial UI, the hamburger menu has had its fair share of criticism, dismissed as everything from ‘mystery meat’ to ‘the devil’. We take a closer look at the hamburger menu and alternative navigation patterns.

Agile Architecture – Scaled Agile Framework
Agile Architecture is a set of values and practices that support the active evolution of the design and architecture of a system while implementing new system capabilities. This approach allows the architecture of a system (even a large solution) to evolve over time, while simultaneously supporting the needs of current users. This avoids the overhead and delays associated with the start-stop-start nature and redesign inherent in phase-gate methods. With Agile architecture, the system always runs, supporting a more continuous flow of value.

Project Horseshoe 2017 report section 3
Coziness in Games: An Exploration of Safety, Softness, and Satisfied Needs. Discusses coziness as an aesthetic in games, explores ways to make cozy games and cozy game elements, and explains how this can increase appeal and user retention.

Links van 18 januari 2018 tot 20 januari 2018

Adactio: Journal—Needs must
In Resilient Web Design, I documented the three-step approach I take when I’m building anything on the web: Identify core functionality. Make that functionality available using the simplest possible technology. Enhance! Now I’m wondering if I should’ve clarified that second step further. When I talk about choosing “the simplest possible technology”, what I mean is “the simplest possible technology for the user”, not “the simplest possible technology for the developer.”

10 New Principles Of Good Design
If 2017 revealed anything, it’s that good design has never mattered more; it’s just the parameters of “good design” that have changed. With a nod to Braun legend Dieter Rams–whose 10 principles for good design remain indispensable, though somewhat narrowly concerned with the particulars of industrial design–here are 10 new principles for good design.

Adele – Design Systems and Pattern Libraries Repository
The repository of publicly available design systems and pattern libraries

Want to Design User Behavior? Pass the ‘Regret Test’ First
The tech industry needs a new ethical bar. Google’s motto, “Don’t be evil,” is too vague. The Golden Rule, “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you,” leaves too much room for rationalization. I’d argue that what we ought to be saying is, “Don’t do unto others what they would not want done to them.” But how can we know what users do and don’t want? I humbly propose the “regret test.” If we’re unsure of using an ethically questionable tactic, “If people knew everything the product designer knows, would they still execute the intended behavior? Are they likely to regret doing this?”

We’re Changing the News Feed So You See More Posts From People Who Suck – McSweeney’s Internet Tendency
Research shows that more meaningful social interactions make us happier and less lonely. Common sense shows that, too, but we only trusted the research. The science was foolproof: if we changed the News Feed to increase the number of posts users saw by friends who sucked, then they definitely would be happier.

So no more news stories from non-meaningful sites, like the New York Times, the Washington Post, or the local paper whose staff has shrunk by 90 percent because of Facebook’s influence on online advertising revenues. Now, you’ll only get your news from that guy you met in college who was really into Nietzsche.

Links van 17 januari 2018 tot 18 januari 2018

Pros and Cons of Personalization in Your Website Design | Design Shack
When it comes to website personalization, designers have a lot of opinions. Is the research and hassle of designing a personalized interface worth the reward? For big companies such as Amazon and Netflix, personalization has been a game-changer. But what about for your website? Can you use personalization to a great benefit as well? Here, we look at the pros and cons of personalization in your website design.

A chart Hans Rosling would have loved – Junk Charts
If you went to Professor Rosling’s talk, he was bitter that the amazing gains in public health, worldwide (but particularly in less developed nations) during the last few decades have been little noticed. This chart makes it clear: note especially the dramatic plunge in extreme poverty, rise in vaccinations, drop in child mortality, and improvement in education and literacy, mostly achived in the last few decades.

Declutter your Business Communication to Build a Better Brand (1/2)
Coherent branding is a result of consistency across systems. One may overlook the approach to most daily processes, hinting away more about your brand than you notice.

Airtable – The Monster List of UX Books
Akelig hoeveel boeken op deze lijst ik thuis staan heb. Ook akelig hoeveel boeken ik nog zou willen hebben.

Nintendo Labo proves UX isn’t just a digital medium
Tune in to discover a new interactive experience for Nintendo Switch that’s specially crafted for kids and those who are kids at heart. That interactive experience turned out to be Labo, an almost inexplicable mixed media product for the Nintendo Switch.

The grand lifecycle of a small product change – Prototypr
It’s downright hard to change something within a live product. When we decided to change how users create cards in Purple.pm, we saw that difficulty firsthand and had to make some tough strategy calls.

Making Motion Meaningful – Library – Google Design
Motion is essential to bringing digital products to life. Something as simple as tapping a card to expand and reveal more information is made better by fluid animation. New content is introduced, shared elements move into their new position, and the user is given guidance with a clear focal point. In Material Design, we’ve developed four principles of motion to help designers and developers implement effective motion design.

Why Perceived Performance Matters, Part 1: The Perception Of Time — Smashing Magazine
I will use examples that are observable in the offline world and, using principles of psychology, research and analysis in psychophysics and neuroscience, I will try to answer some “Why?” questions, like:

Why do time and performance matter? Why don’t we like to wait? Why does faster not always mean better in the online world?

Links van 9 november 2017 tot 10 november 2017

IBM Type
Thanks for your interest in IBM Plex, IBM’s new corporate type family. IBM Plex is open source, and should be used by IBMers for all typographical situations, replacing Helvetica Neue, whenever possible.

Why This Fungus Has Over 20,000 Sexes – D-brief
One species of fungi, Schizophyllum commune, really shines when it comes to gender diversity. The white, fan-shaped mushroom has more than 23,000 different sexual identities.

Skyrim rendered in text – Filip Hracek – Medium
I decided some time ago to create a text-based Skyrim. That sounds overly ambitious at first, but as I developed the story and the game’s mechanics, I discovered its basic elements: a sword & sorcery game in a living, simulated world that is presented as a Choose Your Own Adventure (CYOA) book. The idea has already brought a short game into the world, Insignificant Little Vermin, which I submitted to this year’s IFCOMP.

The neuroscience of no regrets: why people still support Brexit and Trump | Science | The Guardian
Essentially, asking people “Do you still support Brexit/Trump?” in such the volatile, impassioned, confusing environment we currently find ourselves in is likely to be perceived as “Do you think that you and everyone you agree with is wrong, and your hated enemies are right?” And who’s going to say yes to that?

Leegloop handelspanden: “Cijfers zonder context zeggen niets” (schepen Peeters)
"Met cijfers zonder duiding kan je niets", repliceert de schepen. "Gent heeft een leegstandspercentage van 8,6%, minder dan het Vlaams gemiddelde en lager dan de 12,2% in Antwerpen, die andere Vlaamse grootstad. Gent loopt helemaal niet leeg, integendeel. Ons handelscentrum is kerngezond." Peeters begrijpt niet waarom de cijfers niet beter geduid zijn. "Tussen 2008 en 2016 nam de leegstaande winkeloppervlakte toe met 10.000 m2, maar er kwam in die periode wel in totaa l 60.000 m2 bij. Dat is een stijging met maar liefst 50.000 m2", beklemtoont de schepen. "Bovendien verbouwen in Gent heel wat winkeleigenaars een bestaand pand, wat ook voor leegstand zorgt. Er wordt in de aangehaalde cijfers geen onderscheid gemaakt tussen het stadscentrum en wijken in bijvoorbeeld de 19de eeuwse gordel." Dat de cijfers niet in perspectief worden geplaatst, stoort de schepen. "Ik heb de indruk dat men telkens de cijfers kiest die de premisse moeten bewijzen dat het een ramp is in Gent. Andere cijfers zwijgt men dan weer dood."

‘Pretty gruesome’: giant coconut crab seen hunting birds | Science | The Guardian
The crab climbed a tree and attacked the seabird in its nest situated on a branch close to the ground. The crab broke the bird’s wing, causing it to fall out of its nest and then took to the bird with its claws, breaking its other wing and leaving it incapacitated. Once the bird was unable to move, other coconut crabs arrived and pulled the bird apart in scenes Laidre described as “pretty gruesome”.

China’s Race to Find Aliens First – The Atlantic
As America has turned away from searching for extraterrestrial intelligence, China has built the world’s largest radio dish for precisely that purpose.

Links van 24 oktober 2017 tot 31 oktober 2017

Stop doing user interviews. Start having conversations.
If you can level up by remembering your user interview skills and also relaxing and having a conversation, the person you’re talking to is going to be that much more engaged. If they’re engaged, what they tell you will be more natural, your insights will be deeper and learnings more nuanced. If they’re disengaged, you’ll get your yes, no answers, but they won’t feel like going deep, sharing their feelings, and opening up to you.

Sketching Interfaces – Airbnb Design
As the design systems movement gains steam and interfaces become more standardized, we believe that artificial intelligence assisted design and development will be baked into the next generation of tooling.

How Human Memory Works: Tips for UX Designers. – UX Planet
Knowing how memory works, designers can create human-centered interfaces which correspond to the natural abilities of the users, save their effort and boost usability.

Bende van Nijvel
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‘Reality shrivels. This is your life now’: 88 days trapped in bed to save a pregnancy | Life and style | The Guardian
Months before she was due to give birth, disaster struck for Katherine Heiny. Doctors ordered her to lie on her side in bed and not move – and gave her a 1% chance of carrying her baby to term

Shrews Shrink Their Heads to Survive Winter
Right now, as autumn descends upon the Northern Hemisphere, many animals are preparing for the frigid and lean winter months. Bears are going through a serious bulking phase. Hares and stoats are changing the colors of their coats. Oh, and shrews’ heads are shrinking. New research shows that the skull of at least one variety of shrew actually shrivels in size every winter. The research team, led by scientists at Germany’s Max Planck Institute for Ornithology, not only discovered that the shrews sport this surreal, skull-wilting ability, but that they shrink their skulls repeatedly and on a seasonal cycle.

Links van 24 november 2016 tot 11 december 2016

A boy wonder from the 1780s shows us where school maths gets it wrong – Medium
School maths lets students frisk around the edges of problem solving, but keeps them firmly rooted in the rote acquisition of disjointed knowledge.

The Dominance of Google and Facebook in One Chart
Over the next couple years, digital advertising is expected to pass television to become the largest ad market in existence. One would think that this simple fact should translate to a bright future for many publishers, but the reality seems to be quite different. That’s because digital advertising is increasingly dominated by just two players, and everyone else is just begging for scraps.

Geen links gespuis op de buis – De Standaard
‘Waarom bestijgt u nu zelf de kansel om de goegemeente te waarschuwen voor het gevaar van de PVDA, Gwendolyn? Hoe kunt u een pleidooi voor rechtvaardigheid en herverdeling van de maatschappelijke rijkdom gelijk stellen met extreemrechts racisme? Wat is er zo gevaarlijk aan de 30 urenweek, een minimum aan belasting voor multinationals, eerstelijnsgezondheidszorg of een miljonairstaks?’ De voorzitter antwoordde niet, tenzij u het kermen als een zieke labrador een vorm van antwoorden vindt. ‘Waarom maakt u zich niet druk over het Kazachgate-schandaal, of over het miljoenenverlies bij Merit Capital waar Open VLD’ers belangrijke functies hebben? Zoals Karel De Gucht, die twee jaar na zijn afscheid als Europees commissaris nog altijd 125.000 euro per jaar opstrijkt, plus nog eens 144.000 euro als bestuurslid voor ArcelorMittal. Zeg eens, Gwendolyn?’

Startup Growth Calculator
This tool calculates how much funding your startup needs. Assuming your expenses are constant and your revenue is growing, it shows when you'll reach profitability and how much capital you'll burn through before then. Once you're profitable, you control your destiny: you can raise more to grow faster if you want.

A Rebuttal For Python 3 / fuzzy notepad
Zed Shaw, your behavior here is fucking reprehensible. Half of what’s written here is irrelevant nonsense backed by a vague appeal to “mathematics”. Instead of having even the shred of humility required to step back and wonder if there are complicating factors beyond whether something is theoretically possible, you have invented a variety of conflicting and malicious motivations to ascribe to the Python project.

Links van 10 oktober 2016 tot 12 oktober 2016

Opinie: De islam-enquête is een voorbeeld van hoe het niet moet | Opinie | De Morgen
We verzochten gisteren om inzage in de technische fiche, die naar verluidt eind deze week op de Humo-site verschijnt. We vrezen het ergste. Er bestaat geen register waaruit men op willekeurige basis 500 moslims kan distilleren. Als dat bij Ivox wel zou bestaan, moet de Privacycommissie daar eens een hartig woordje gaan spreken. Pasten ze de onbetrouwbare sneeuwbalmethode toe? Ging men respondenten ronselen in moskeeën? Werkte men met zelfaanmelding? Het enige wat we tot nog toe konden afleiden, is dat het om een internetenquête ging. Hoe daar adequaat en representatief gerekruteerd werd, is ons een raadsel. Vooral omdat dit zo goed als onmogelijk is. Waar woonden de deelnemers? Hoeveel mannen, hoeveel vrouwen, en wat was de leeftijdsverdeling? Wat waren de precieze vragen en antwoordcategorieën? Een screenshot van de bevraging op internet toonde ons een zogenaamde dubbele negatie bij de 'begripsvraag', wat tegen de regels ingaat.

Fuck You Startup World – Medium
Fuck your startup scene with your 30 minute morning routines of reading TechCrunch, TNW, Wired, Gizmodo, Mashable, The Verge and ProductHunt- all so you dwont feel ‘left out’. Fuck your weird fucking conversations, things like “OMG did you see Snapchat’s new feature? OMG Instagram is totally copying Snapchat? Did you see Zuck’s live townhall? OMG did you see what Elon Musk tweeted? OMG Uber raised another round!”. Fuck that. Nobody cares.

And what the fuck all those parties after raising money. Don’t you get it? You just dug your grave a little bit deeper. You should celebrate any day that you don’t have to sell off another part of your company.

Medium’s metric that matters: Total Time Reading – Data Lab – Medium
Away from the publicity glare of the Valley tech blogs, every web company should have some not-so-bullshit metrics that guide the business and provide an indication of its health. Ideally, there is one number to rule them all. Josh Elman calls this The Only Metric That Matters. At Medium, our number is Total Time Reading, or TTR.

6 case studies: using research and data to improve a live service | User research
We're the GDS user research team and we work on projects across government in the UK. This is what we're learning and thinking about. We share case studies and project updates too.

mappingexperiences.com
Experience mapping is a strategic process of capturing and communicating complex customer interactions. The activity of mapping builds knowledge and consensus across your organization, and the map helps build seamless customer experiences.

Links van 1 december 2014 tot 4 december 2014

Stop giving Wikipedia money | Newslines – The Story of Everything
Don’t donate to Wikipedia. It doesn’t need the money, and anything you donate will not go to the people who actually created the pages that you like. It doesn’t even go to the admins who help check the content. It doesn’t go to content creation at all.

The Real Mr. Difficult, or Why Cthulhu Threatens to Destroy the Canon, Self-Interested Literary Essayists, and the Universe Itself. Finally. | The Los Angeles Review of Books
I may as well state my claim in as straightforward a way as possible: H. P. Lovecraft, he of the squamous and eldritch, is wrongly derided as a bad writer. Lovecraft is actually a difficult writer.

Francken: ‘Kinderen niet op weg naar school van bus plukken … – De Standaard
"Het is niet de bedoeling dat minderjarigen op weg naar school van de bus worden geplukt met het oog op hun uitwijzing. Dat heeft staatssecretaris voor Asiel en Migratie Theo Francken (N-VA) woensdag in de Kamer verklaard." Allez, da's toch sympathiek van Francken.

Girls and Software | Linux Journal
When we call a man a "technologist", we mean he's a programmer, system administrator, electrical engineer or something like that. The same used to be true when we called a woman a "technologist". However, according to the new breed, a female technologist might also be a graphic designer or someone who tweets for a living. Now, I'm glad that there are social media people out there—it means I can ignore that end of things—but putting them next to programmers makes being a "woman in tech" feel a lot like the Programmer Special Olympics.

The Shape of Rome » Ex Urbe
The new Mayor of the city of Rome, Ignazio Marino, just announced his intention to destroy one of the city’s central roads, the Via dei Fori Imperiali, and turn the area around the old Roman Forum into the world’s largest archaeological park.  Reactions have ranged from commuters’ groans to declarations from classicists that this single act proves the nobility of the human species.

Links van 31 juli 2014 tot 9 augustus 2014

The War Photo No One Would Publish – The Atlantic
“It was one picture after another of a sunset with camels and a tank.”

An Empire of Stars » Lapsed Historian
As the V-2 disappeared into the distance the men of the AVKO couldn’t help but smile and cheer. Their delight was catching, and soon the rest of the soldiers and officers around the launchpad were cheering as well. British officers and soldiers. Because this was Operation Backfire, the beginning of something that most people don’t even know existed – the British Space Programme.

Python web scraping resource
If you need to extract data from a web page, then the chances are you looked for their API. Unfortunately this isn't always available and you sometimes have to fall back to web scraping. In this article I'm going to cover a lot of the things that apply to all web scraping projects and how to overcome some common gotchas.

I Refuse | Irwin E. Blank | Ops & Blogs | The Times of Israel
Erm, yeah. "I feel no need to apologize for refusing to allow myself to retain lands that were mine before your countries were born by imperialist wars and rivers of blood. When your ancestors were worshiping rocks and committing human sacrifice to please stone idols, mine were priests in the Temple of Solomon."

‘World stands disgraced’ as Israeli shelling of school kills at least 15 | World news | The Guardian
Fuckers. "The US, which has been at odds with Israel's prime minister, Binyamin Netanyahu, over efforts to secure a ceasefire, condemned the school shelling but did not specifically blame Israel."

Links van 21 juni 2014 tot 22 juni 2014

Tono Tono – YouTube
Afasie is raar.

The Early History Of Smalltalk

Online advertising effectiveness: For large brands, online ads may be worthless.
The Internet has given us an ocean of data. Turns out, most of it is pretty useless.

ANCIENT GREEK GEOMETRY
Voor alle leraars wiskunde, en alles leraars geschiedenis.

Ask Chris #172: ‘The Problem’
To put it bluntly, The Problem is that DC wants to be Marvel, and they have for the past 50 years.

Links van 24 april 2014 tot 28 april 2014

Bras in Space: The Incredible True Story Behind Upcoming Film Spacesuit | The Credits.
Instead, pitted against the military-industrial complex, Playtex created the 21-layer spacesuit, each layer distinct yet interrelated in function to the rest of the whole—a masterly combination of elegance, complexity, and form. Where the military contractors created cybernetic, armor-like suits (that failed, and failed again), Playtex’s vision was one of crucial softness, world class stitching, and perfect design. Traditional engineering firms could not figure out how to meet all the mission requirements and create a functioning suit that would keep the Apollo astronauts alive. The seamstresses at Playtex, with their years of experience fashioning girdles and bras, could, and did.

Zero to 95,688: How I wrote Game Programming Patterns – journal.stuffwithstuff.com
About an hour ago, in the quiet of my living room, alone except for a sleeping dog next to me, I accomplished the biggest goal of my life. I finished writing Game Programming Patterns. It’s a book on game programming (it would be a weird title for a book ornithology) that I started writing about four years and a lifetime ago.

WarmPlace.Ru. Virtual ANS Spectral Synthesizer
Virtual ANS is a software simulator of the unique Russian synthesizer ANS – photoelectronic microtonal/spectral musical instrument created by Russian engineer Evgeny Murzin from 1938 to 1958. Murzin named his invention in honour of the composer Alexander Nikolayevich Scriabin.

Facebook buys smartphone fitness-tracking app Moves
Facebook may already be tracking your usage to serve you ads, but how would you feel if it was able to log your movement? That's exactly what could be on the cards after the company confirmed it's bought Moves, the fitness-tracking app that records your daily activities using your smartphone.

10 reasons to switch to ggplot | Mandy Mejia
There are a lot of R users out there who are resistant to switching from base graphics to ggplot, and while there are some legitimate downsides and probably settings where it doesn’t make sense, for most users I believe it’s well worth the time and effort required to get started with ggplot. I mean, the New York Times thinks so! So for all those doubters (or newbies) out there, here goes my best shot at convincing you that switching to ggplot is worth the effort.

Links van 10 april 2014 tot 13 april 2014

Amazon.com to Acquire comiXology | comiXology Unbound
Amazon.com today announced that it has reached an agreement to acquire comiXology, the company that revolutionized the digital comics reading experience with their immersive Guided View technology and makes discovering, buying, and reading comic books and graphic novels easier and more fun than ever before.

2048 Variants | Semi-long Blog
Here is a list of online variants scouted from github. For the record, that means that there are very few apps on this list, and only those that you can compile yourself. The majority of these links are intended to be accessed from the Internet.

Unpythonic Python – skien.cc
Warning: Very Unpythonic Python ahead. However, all code should work (with Python 2.7.5).

Homemade Toast: How to Make a Leak Proof Water Blob (without tape!)
Doen! Doen!

Tambora eruption caused the year without a summer: Cholera, opium, famine, and Arctic exploration.
As it turns out, however, the indirect ripple effects of Tambora—what climate scientists call “teleconnections”—were even more historically significant. Cholera, opium, and the Panic of 1819 are three examples; another is Arctic exploration.

Links van 24 februari 2014 tot 27 februari 2014

Depixelizing Pixel Art
Naïve upsampling of pixel art images leads to unsatisfactory results. Our algorithm extracts a smooth, resolution-independent vector representation from the image which is suitable for high-resolution display device

High Scalability – High Scalability – The WhatsApp Architecture Facebook Bought For $19 Billion
How do you support 450 million active users with only 32 engineers? Let’s find out…

The audacious rescue plan that might have saved space shuttle Columbia | Ars Technica
The untold story of the rescue mission that could have been NASA's finest hour.

Josh Haberman: On “The Future of JavaScript MVC Frameworks”
The article starts by noting that the React/Om library (which the author also wrote) is 2-4x faster than Backbone in "Benchmark 1" of TodoMVC, and about 800x faster than Backbone for Benchmark 2. This is followed with a profiling graph that shows Backbone making a ton of short-running function calls, where React/Om make many fewer calls that run longer.

harelba/q
Have you ever stared at a text file on the screen, hoping it would have been a database so you could ask anything you want about it? I had that feeling many times, and I've finally understood that it's not the database that I want. It's the language – SQL.

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