In case you are curious, these two weeks I read 98 articles (not counting the
news or recipes) from my reading list (as usual, not everything happened
recently, I read each article when I see fit). Of these, I found around 40
interesting or unusual enough to make it here (there is a mild preselection
bias: I’m more likely to read an interesting one than an uninteresting one).
I get asked on occasion how I manage to read so much (since I also read several
books during the year). It is basically a combination of mild multitasking (I
read while watching TV after dinner) and long commute time (when I need to go to
the city it takes me more than 1 hour). So, I try to squeeze one reading list
item if the time is short, and may read from a book if the time is longer. Also,
while doing household chores I’m either on Audible or a podcast.
The picture above is of my new keyboard, a
Gergo. I went full split, with
QMK: I think once you have a QMK powered keyboard there is no
way back now. I’ll be writing a blog post about my setup of it and what I’m
liking “soon”. If there are typos in. today’s post, blame my acclimating to
lower action keys.
NOTE: The themes are varied, and some links below are affiliate links.
Haskell, history, psychology, data Expect a similar wide range in the future as
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Super interesting to read, although the missing piece is knowing what this
force does. As in, it has been observed to affect certain decays, but is that
what it controls? This
from The Independent is a bit better than the above though.
I can work in super-noisy environments just fine, as long as it’s close to white
noise. I.e. a busy coffee place is ok, because there will be enough noise to
avoid triggers. But an open office with one sales guy screaming “hey I good work
dude” to another (been there) irks me tremendously.
For all its lofty aims, ironically, the building fell short in the face of
some scientific truths – that, for some of us, listening to other people’s
chit-chat can be about as enraging as having a colleague repeatedly click
their pen against your forehead.
Transcription of an episode of The Bulletproof Musician (a podcast on techniques
to improve your musical training), where two articles studying whether taking
pictures improves the enjoyment of an experience.
Why microcode? One of the hardest parts of computer design is creating the
control logic that tells each part of the processor what to do to carry out
each instruction. In 1951, Maurice Wilkes came up with the idea of microcode:
instead of building the control logic from complex logic gate circuitry, the
control logic could be replaced with code (i.e. microcode) stored in a special
memory called a control store. To execute an instruction, the computer
internally executes several simpler micro-instructions, which are specified by
the microcode. With microcode, building the processor’s control logic becomes
a programming task instead of a logic design task.
There’s a recent surge in astrology in VC funds: not for choosing the
investment, but for investing in “astrology as a service” systems (to be fair, 7
or 8 years ago I thought about writing one…). This is more on the personal
side, but interesting nonetheless.
Pretty absurd and hardcore cultural appropriation. You are terribly unlikely to
see a Spaniard or Catalan drinking from a “porró” (the Catalan word for the
thingy). I’ve seen it used more frequently as an alternate oil jug than for
drinking wine, here.
The Sweet Setup has always interesting articles on iOS and Mac apps. This time
they tried their hand at tiling window managers for Mac. I used some in the past
myself (Amethyst and kwm, the predecesor of
chunkwm). Nowadays I use
Phoenix with custom-written commands to
split windows in certain ways.
The book I mention on the first article. It was deeply touching, realising “I’m
not the only one” with this kind of thirst for different things. It was also
revealing in how to approach multiple passions and hobbies, and what to do to
take full advantage of this. Read it, ASAP. Especially if you like the eclectic
selection of topics I offer.
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