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Explorable Explanations

Lion cubs play-fight to learn hunting skills. Rats play to learn social & emotional skills. Monkeys play to learn cognitive skills, to practice …

Learning

GRAIL Text Recognizer

Back to the Future o<i>f</i> <br>Hand riting Recognition<p>An Active Essay Revisiting the GRAIL Handwriting Recognizer<p>Jack Schaedler, 2016<p><i>Fifty years ago</i>, RAND …

Anachronistic

Inconspicuous vertical metrics — I Love Typography

by Alec Julien<p>Five?<p>There are generally taken to be five vertical measures of note in type design (from bottom to top): descender, baseline, midline*, …

Engineers Build Ugly Products

Why do engineers build ugly products? What is it in the nature of engineering or the software development process that leads to user interfaces that are impossible for users to actually use?<p>Perfect Storm Of User Discontent<p>The short answer: The most interesting part of an engineer‘s job is the …

Developers Who Can Build Things from Scratch

There's lots of different types of developers you're going to need to work with over the span of your career in the software business, but the one I …

Reactive MVC and the Virtual DOM — Futurice

The web frontend scene is witness to many new frameworks and ways of working. It can be quite annoying when software becomes legacy quicker than …

Intuitive Understanding Of Euler’s Formula

Euler's identity seems baffling:<p>It emerges from a more general formula:<p>Yowza -- we're relating an <i>imaginary exponent</i> to sine and cosine! And somehow …

Legible Mathematics — Sketches of an interactive arithmetic for programming by Glen Chiacchieri

Most arithmetic in modern programming environments looks like this:<p>Or this:<p>Even these relatively simple equations take some work to decipher. The …

If Eventual Consistency Seems Hard, Wait Till You Try MVCC

This should sound familiar:<p>One of the great lies about NoSQL databases is that they’re simple. Simplicity done wrong makes things a lot harder and …

Groups & Group Convolutions

Posted on December 8, 2014<p>Symmetry<p>Consider a square. Is it symmetric? How is it symmetric? How much symmetry does it have? What kind of symmetry does …

Readings in conflict-free replicated data types

<i>This is a work in progress post outlining research topics related to conflict-free replicated data types, or CRDTs.</i><p>Yesterday, Basho announced the …

The Case for Slow Programming

My dad used to say, “Slow down, son. You’ll get the job done faster.”<p>I’ve worked in many high-tech startup companies in the San Francisco Bay area. I …

Hammock Driven Development - Rich Hickey

YouTube

The Relationship Between Creativity and Mental Illness

<i>“I think I’ve only spent about ten percent of my energies on writing,”</i> Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Katherine Anne Porter confessed in a 1963 interview. <i>“The other ninety percent went to keeping my head above water.”</i> While art may be a form of therapy for the rest of us, Porter’s is a sentiment far …

There’s one key difference between kids who excel at math and those who don’t

“I’m just not a math person.”<p>We hear it all the time. And we’ve had enough. Because we believe that the idea of “math people” is the most self-destructive idea in America today. The truth is, you probably <i>are</i> a math person, and by thinking otherwise, you are possibly hamstringing your own career. …

Mathematics

Dr. Santiago Calatrava Lecture Series 2006 at Technion, Lecture 1 A

Architecture

Shared documents in CodeMirror

From the very start, CodeMirror was set up as a system with zero unused abstractions.This is a doctrine that I've come to esteem highly: write code …

Fast and Easy Levenshtein distance using a Trie

If you have a web site with a search function, you will rapidly realize that most mortals are terrible typists. Many searches contain mispelled …

Design Is About Intent

The most admired companies of each age are often associated with a certain core competency. Ford popularized assembly line manufacturing in the …

Matter, Anti-Matter, and the Unified Theory of Garbage Collection