Michael O'Rourke

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50 Novels All Men Should Read Before They Die

No excuses, now<p>Forget coming-of-age fiction or impenetrable 'classics' – these are the books all grown men should be ticking off. Why? Because they're as entertaining as they are wise<p>On Beauty – Zadie Smith<p>The Circle – Dave Eggers<p>East of Eden – John Steinbeck<p>The Road – Cormac McCarthy<p>The Blind …

Longreads Best of 2017: Science, Technology, and Business Writing

<i>We asked writers and editors to choose some of their favorite stories of the year in various categories. Here is the best in science, tech, and</i> …

10 of the best WIRED long reads from 2017

The end of 2017 is upon us, and that means it’s also time for reflection. To celebrate, we’ve gathered together a list of our favourite long reads …

14 Great Machine Learning, Data Science, R , DataViz Cheat Sheets

10 Books You Pretend to Have Read (And Why You Should Really Read Them)

Science fiction and fantasy offer a rich legacy of great books—but that abundant pile of reading material can also be daunting. So sometimes, it’s …

The best idioms from around the world, ranked

<i>The following were sourced from</i> I’m Not Hanging Noodles On Your Ears and Other Intriguing Idioms From Around the World <i>by Jag Bhalla (National Geographic Books, 2009).</i><p>25. Ear-nectar<p>Origin: Indian. Meaning: A sweet noise or sound.<p>24. Can’t stop being the owl.<p>Origin: Italian, French. Meaning: Can’t …

If Mayweather v Pacquiao bored you, here are five fights of the century so far

Let’s say you expected the “Fight of the Century” last weekend between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao to be the best fight of this century, at least so far. Unfortunately, you were dreaming. Also, there are 85 more years to go.<p>But since the year 2000, boxing has had its share of brutally …

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CodeFights Scores $2.4 Million To Turn Coding Practice Into A Game

A startup that turns practicing your programming skills into a game, CodeFights, has just raised $2.4 million in seed funding to further develop its real-time, social game where developers can participate in “code battles” versus either a timed clock or other opponents directly. While the site has …

Deconstructing the method to Nintendo's madness

It's easy to hate on Nintendo. With the Wii U, the company played right into negative consumer expectations by releasing a product derided for its kid-friendly appeal, Fisher-Price toy-like looks, less-than-bleeding-edge silicon, confusing branding and (initially) clunky operating system. The …

The Best io9 Stories of 2014

io9's staffers have put together their favorite stories of last year, for your delectation and amusement. You may have missed these the first time, …

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Best of 2014

The 13 best standup specials on Netflix

Looking to escape your family this holiday season? Pull up a chair with Rob Delaney and Chelsea Peretti<p>For about the first half hour of festivities, Christmas is a wonderful time. The outside world seems at peace as your family gathers together to appreciate the company of one another and enjoy a …

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After 17 years, Bill Campbell steps down from Apple's board

Bill Campbell recalls Steve Jobs’ invitation to join Apple’s board of directors as the kind of request that “takes your breath away.”<p>It was 1997, …

There Is Some Hope That We Aren't Living Inside a Computer Simulation

Philosopher Nick Bostrom's famous Simulation Argument suggests it's highly probable that we live inside a supercomputer. But one philosopher takes …

What Is the Fastest Way to Learn a Foreign Language?

Many of us dream of going to a foreign country and learning some of the local language so we can at least make conversation. But we don't want to …

17 Websites That Will Make You Smarter

This story originally appeared on Business Insider<p>Tired of wasting your time watching cat videos or scrolling through your Facebook newsfeed? Want to be more productive next time you go online?<p>Here's a list of websites that will actually make you smarter:<p><b>1. Digital Photography School —</b> Read through …

How To Turn AirPlay Mirroring On & Off in iOS 7

AirPlay Mirroring is one of the coolest features on iOS. As the name suggests, it allows you to mirror your iPad screen to a nearby Apple TV or a Mac – so everything done on the iPad is shown instantly on the bigger screen.<p>This is a superb feature for presentations, screencasts and demos, and for …

This marketing platform helped Samsung beat Apple … and predicts the future with 78% accuracy

Facebook wants to be the social layer for the web. Google wants to be the discovery layer, and PayPal wants to be the financial layer.<p>Networked Insights, however, wants to be the consumer intent layer.<p>In other words, a crystal ball — that works — for marketers.<p>Google knows a lot about the world, …

A Tool For Building Beautiful Data Visualizations

Visage makes infographics easy, and they customize palettes for free.<p>If you’re an art director at a media outlet, odds are you have to assign and commission each data visualization you publish. That gets time-consuming, even when the graphic in question is nothing but a small pie chart running …

The Man Who Knows Too Much

He works at the white-hot center of the media universe as the most reliable source for NSA surveillance scoops. He talks to Edward Snowden most days and has full access to the complete archive. And while Glenn Greenwald has spent the past year publishing revelations from arguably the largest cache …

Algorithm Reveals Link Between Sour Cream And Traffic Accidents

Visualizing the unexpected correlations that surround us<p>Data suggest: marriages in Alabama are causing deaths by electrocution, divorces in South Carolina are causing bees to produce more honey, and Nicolas Cage movies are saving thousands of lives each year.<p>Tyler Vigen created a program, …

Web Development & Technology Resources

LATEST ARTICLES<p>Web Development Prat - May 8, 2018<p>Congratulations on finally getting your first web design project! If you haven’t got a project yet, …

30 Simple Tools For Data Visualization

Need a simple tool to create a fantastic data visualization? Here are 30.<p>There have never been more technologies available to collect, examine, and render data. Here are 30 different notable pieces of data visualization software good for any designer’s repertoire. They’re not just powerful; they’re …

Add a "Move to iTunes" Option to OS X with a Finder Service

Mac: Dragging files into iTunes isn't an efficient process since you still have to delete what you add, but iTunes has an often-forgotten feature …

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5 Reasons Big Data Should Excite B2B Marketers Too

I’ve written a lot about the influence of big data on marketing, but with so much focus on marketing to consumers, it’s important to recognize that …

Five Ways Companies Can Compete Using Big Data and Analytics

Big data is just that–big–and it’s getting bigger.<p>According to the research firm IDC, the worldwide big data technology and services market will grow at a 27 percent compounded annual rate, to exceed $32 billion by 2017.<p>However, it’s not only the amount of data, but also the ability to transform …

Big Data: The Secret to Revenue Creation [Infographic]

Although we now have more valuable data about buyers than ever before, only 12% of organizations are putting that information—Big Data—into play.<p>Big …