The Weekliest Links, You Say Big Data I Say Small Data Edition

March 27th, 2015 by Wes

Everything You Always Wanted To Know About GAME BOY (but were too afraid to ask). This nearly 15 year old text file contains everything (and I mean everything) you ever wanted to know about the 1989 Nintendo Gameboy. The author gushes over it’s scrappy little z80 8-bit processor, the way it stores tiles in a single […] Keep reading

The Weekliest Links, Open Bach Edition

March 20th, 2015 by Wes

Pianist Kimiko Ishizaka open sourced her rendition of Bach. Ralf Rottman is a scrum curmudgeon. What’s more fun than writing Lisp? Writing games in Lisp, of course! Happy Friday! Keep reading

Bend PostgreSQL to Your Pythonic Will

March 9th, 2015 by Wes

Back in 2014 I gave a presentation at PyGotham on a neat PostgreSQL feature called Foreign Data Wrappers. Because of a variety of factors, the presentation was a little unhinged, and I declined making it public in favor of a more detailed written up post, which I swore would appear just a couple weeks after […] Keep reading

The Weekliest Links, Thanks to You Humans No Longer Read Maps Edition

March 6th, 2015 by Wes

Sometimes building the better product isn’t what you need for success. Sometimes all you need is a little gimmick that works well enough to get users in the door, and then let the product keep them there. Read about Google Maps’ origin story, and how it took some luck and a fun gimmick to make […] Keep reading

The Weekliest Links, Michael Jordan Edition

February 27th, 2015 by Wes

Michael Jordan, who co-authored the first paper on Latent Dirichlet Allocation, talks about the relationship between frequentist and Bayesian statistics. The New Yorker’s bio of Yitang Zhang, who recently proved the Bounded Gaps Conjecture — the most important mathematical discovery so far this decade. Tali Garsiel’s “How Browsers Work” is an epic exploration of the […] Keep reading

The Weekliest Links, Geriatric Edition

February 20th, 2015 by Wes

Feeling a little older? Maybe the universe didn’t start 13.8 billion years ago, maybe it was hanging around forever as a quantum potential waiting to make a big bang. Alvaro Videla schools us on the origin of harmful gotos and other programming myths. Happy Friday!   Keep reading

The Weekliest Links, the Luckiest Cat Edition

February 13th, 2015 by Wes

Schrodinger’s unlucky Cat can be alive! The Cat has been used to represent possible quantum states of a particle. In Schrodinger’s conceptual model, the unlucky Cat is placed in a container with a vial of cyanuric acid that breaks open if the container is opened. It is thus assigned both dead and alive states since […] Keep reading

The Weekliest Links, Bandito Edition

February 6th, 2015 by Wes

Don’t Use Bandits. Multi-armed bandit testing is very popular these days, but it’s critically important that it be applied correctly. Chris Stucchio does a great job of summing up some of the caveats that needs to be kept in mind when applying bandit algorithms. Jeff Carter postulates that large banks can and should be replaced by […] Keep reading

The Weekliest Links, Learn to Love the Tests Edition

January 30th, 2015 by Wes

Chartbeat Engineering internally came up with a set of best practices on naming things (watch for a future blog post on this!). Here’s a follow up that points out that tests need sane names too. SoundCloud published details on their open-source service monitoring system, Prometheus, which is doing some interesting stuff with multi-dimensional querying. The […] Keep reading

The Weekliest Links, 12345 Edition

January 23rd, 2015 by Wes

Good to know that simple, easy to guess passwords are tapering off. Still shocking to see passwords such as “12345″ or “qwerty” are still common. This is the weekly puzzle at io9. They ask a couple variations of the “two jugs sizes 3 gallons and 5 gallons, and you want to measure out 4 gallons […] Keep reading