Thursday, July 19, 2018

These Drawings By JRR Tolkien Reveal His Vision Of Middle-Earth

https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/ariannarebolini/these-drawings-by-jrr-tolkien-vision-of-middle-earth
I've seen some of these before: JRRT's drawings of Middle Earth

Secure, Passwordless Authentication Using Auth0

https://code.tutsplus.com/tutorials/secure-passwordless-authentication-using-auth0--cms-31195
Auth0 looks like a reasonable SaaS authentication service. Here's some hints on using it with PHP.

Python vs (and) R for Data Science

https://blog.usejournal.com/python-vs-and-r-for-data-science-833b48ccc91d
Python or R, or Python AND R? The pros and cons of each.

What frustrates Data Scientists in Machine Learning projects?

https://towardsdatascience.com/what-frustrates-data-scientists-in-machine-learning-projects-3398919a7c79
Yeah, machine learning really DOESN'T work the way you think is should.

Doing Without Databases in the 21st Century

https://codeburst.io/doing-without-databases-in-the-21st-century-6e25cf495373
How a database-less class would look.

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Performance Reviews Are a Waste of Time

https://blog.bradfieldcs.com/performance-reviews-are-a-waste-of-time-87c88d7553b4
I've always hated performance reviews. 

What I learned from interviewing at multiple AI companies and start-ups

https://blog.usejournal.com/what-i-learned-from-interviewing-at-multiple-ai-companies-and-start-ups-a9620415e4cc
What's up with AI companies.

Content Strategy for Startups: The Complete Guide

 https://uxplanet.org/content-strategy-for-startups-the-complete-guide-554e44675f60
Content marketing for startups. Yes, personas.

Blogging every week

https://matthiasnoback.nl/2018/07/blogging-every-week/
The basics of technical blogging.

Parsing HTML With PHP Using DiDOM

https://code.tutsplus.com/tutorials/parsing-html-with-php-using-didom--cms-31242
A PHP library to parse HTML.

concrete5 is an Open Source Content Management System (CMS)

https://www.concrete5.org/
Another open-source PHP CMS. Again, not sure about the distinctives here.

The Faster and Easier CMS

http://www.typesettercms.com/
Yet another opensource PHP CMS. Not sure what its distinctive is. 

The 4 questions you should stop asking during your one-on-one meetings

https://m.signalvnoise.com/the-4-questions-you-should-stop-asking-during-your-one-on-one-meetings-ed7431da11aa
I'm so guilty of this.

Open-plan offices have a surprising effect on workplace communication

https://work.qz.com/1322146/a-harvard-business-school-study-found-open-plan-offices-have-a-surprising-effect-on-our-collective-intelligence/
Going to an open plan office to foster collaboration? Yeah, about that...

An Invisible Tax on the Web: Video Codecs

https://blog.mozilla.org/blog/2018/07/11/royalty-free-web-video-codecs/
It's long since time for a free, open video codec to take over. Here's a leading candidate.

RSS Has Already Won

https://brianschrader.com/archive/rss-has-already-won/
The South will rise again, or is that RSS Readers?

Monday, July 9, 2018

Understanding Blockchain Fundamentals, Part 3: Delegated Proof of Stake

https://medium.com/loom-network/understanding-blockchain-fundamentals-part-3-delegated-proof-of-stake-b385a6b92ef
How proof-of-stake could work, and some of its pitfalls.

What the !@#$ is a Security Token?

https://blog.polymath.network/what-the-is-a-security-token-f4ff987620e8
Setting the groundwork for the upcoming wave of security tokens. If it happens.

LiteCart is a free e-commerce platform developed in PHP.

https://www.litecart.net/
Another PHP-based shopping cart program. Probably worth a try. 

Hunter S. Thompson’s Letter on Finding Your Purpose and Living a Meaningful Life

https://fs.blog/2014/05/hunter-s-thompson-to-hume-logan/
Surprisingly cogent advice from the king of Gonzo. 

How to Read the Right Way: A Complete Guide

https://medium.com/jumpstart-your-dream-life/how-to-read-the-right-way-a-complete-guide-359b8960e152
Or rather, a set of reading techniques and where to apply them. 

Top 10 “Stay Away” ICO Directions in 2018

https://medium.com/@bdaqio/top-10-stay-away-ico-directions-in-2018-117973fe8a66
Pretty reliable set of signs of "cryptocurrency snake-oil"

The 12 Best Free Email Marketing Apps

https://zapier.com/blog/free-email-marketing-software/
Some leverage AWS SES for delivery.