The Wandering Geek

By Wesley | A lifelong geek's eclectic selection of topics wandering from alpha to omega!

Regular Expressions Demystified: RegEx isn’t as hard as it looks

Are you one of those people who stays away from regular expressions because it looks like a foreign language? I was one. Not anymore.<p>Think of all …

Matched

TLDR is what Linux man pages always should have been

If you get stuck using a Linux tool, the first port of call shouldn’t be to Stack Overflow, but rather its “man pages.” Man — which is short for manual — retrieves documentation for a given program. Unfortunately, this can often be dense, hard to understand, and lacking in practical examples to …

Linux

How to Smoke Every Muscle In Your Body In Just 20 Minutes

These two routines from Aubrey Marcus will give you a total-body workout<p>As the founder and CEO of Onnit, a fast-growing company that specializes in supplements and unconventional fitness equipment (including a new Death Star slam ball), Aubrey Marcus doesn’t have hours to work up a sweat.<p>Though his …

Kettlebell Exercises

Foo Fighters Carpool Karaoke

A Wikipedia For Data Visualizations Is Here

The Data Viz Project has more than 150 types of visualizations.<p>You have one dataset, and countless ways to visualize it. Bar chart? Tree graph? The dreadful pie chart?<p>Now all your options are in one beautifully designed location: the Data Viz Project, which has more than 150 types of data …

Sublime Text

Sublime Text is available for Mac, Windows and Linux. One license is all you need to use Sublime Text on every computer you own, no matter what …

Web Development

Equifax’s Instructions Are Confusing. Here’s What to Do Now.

It’s time for all of us to play defense, because Equifax clearly did not.<p>In the wake of the epic breach of as many as 143 million of our Social Security numbers, names and addresses from the company’s credit files, the company put up a website that attempted to make sense of things for …

What is JSON? JavaScript Object Notation explained

JavaScript Object Notation is a schema-less, text-based representation of structured data that is based on key-value pairs and ordered lists. …

JavaScript

How to Do 16 Different Types of Push-ups | SELF

Push-ups are pretty damn hard. My high school cheerleading coach insisted that the whole squad could bang out 20 push-ups by the time summer cheer …

Stretching

Watch this amazing Optimus Prime toy actually transform on its own

I wish the Optimus Prime toys I had when I was a kid could do this.<p>A China-based robot manufacturer has breathed life into a Transformers toy, …

Amazing

Hybrid Mobile Apps are Overtaking Native

I typically encounter two types of hybrid app dissenters: those that haven’t tried the approach yet or those that did several years ago. Regardless …

Software

Happy Birthday, Third Doctor Jon Pertwee!

Jon Pertwee is the Third Doctor (via BBC)<p>Happy birthday, Jon Pertwee!<p>Born John Devon Roland Pertwee (he dropped the “h” from his first name in the …

TV Series

It's a Good Time to Listen to Young Lincoln

A 28-year-old future president saw respect for law as the cure for divisive passions.<p>Independence Day arrives this year during a period of intense political polarization, anger and distrust, potentially jeopardizing the ideals for which the American Revolution was fought.<p>That’s a problem, but it …

Abraham Lincoln

NASA looked to gecko feet for its latest space innovation

By studying what makes geckos’ feet sticky, NASA scientists have created a device that will adhere to almost anything.<p>The “gecko gripper” uses minuscule silicon wedges to latch onto a wide range of slippery surfaces, like solar panels and plastics. The grippers can work with heavy objects, easily …

NASA

Best Swift Books In 2017

by Bradley Nice, Content Manager at ClickHelp.co<p>First of all, what is Swift?<p><b>Swift</b> is a general-purpose, multi-paradigm, compiled programming language …

eBooks

Review: Satechi Type-C Pro Hub, the hub Apple should have made

When Apple unveiled the 2016 MacBook Pro with Touch Bar, I wasn’t so sure I was ready to go all-in on USB-C. I’m not against using dongles, but the idea of having to carry multiple around was not appealing.<p>After spending a week with the Satechi Type-C Pro Hub, it has quickly become a staple …

Pink planes and painted cows: The weird side of World War II

Weird War Two<p>Bizarre footnotes to the global conflict<p>These images are drawn from Weird War Two, a new book from the Imperial War Museums that …

Military History

A Beginner’s Guide to Back-End Development

If you’re not a developer or engineer, concepts like front-end vs. back-end development can be challenging to wrap your head around. Pile on all of …

How Artificial Intelligence will impact professional writing

Writing good content relies on good reading. I usually like to go through different articles describing conflicting opinions about a topic before I fire up my word processor. The problem is there’s so much material and so little time to read all of it. And things tend to get tedious when you’re …

Artificial Intelligence

Microsoft is using AI to give Office spell-check on steroids and much more

Microsoft is announcing a whole slew of updates throughout Office, using the cloud and artificial intelligence to help you work more efficiently across Word, Outlook, and PowerPoint.<p><b>Word</b><br>Word is getting two big updates. The first makes both researching and citing sources a lot easier from within …

Summarizer - Algorithm by nlp

Write your best with Grammarly.

Finally, the Polish You ExpectGrammarly leaves outdated spelling and<br>grammar checkers in the dust.<p>Checked byOther Grammar CheckersNo issues found<p>Bill …

A Sensor That Could Soon Make Homes Scary-Smart

If you want to set up a connected home, you’ve got two options. You can buy a bunch of smart gadgets that may or may not communicate with other smart …

Science Says 1 Minute of This Kind of Exercise May Equal 45 Minutes of Jogging

It's time to step up your workout.<p>The short- and long-term benefits of exercise are absurdly well-documented. Exercise lowers your cholesterol, boosts your mood, decreases your stress, and increases your flexibility (plus about a zillion other good things).<p>In an increasingly packed daily schedule, …

Exercise

Sober Schools

Tiny house with private ‘bedroom’ offers minimalist chic

Bright and clean<p>Built by Canadian company Minimaliste Houses, this sleek tiny house on wheels in Québec is perfect for, well, minimalists. Named “Sakura” and first seen on Tiny House Swoon, the design is on the larger side of tiny homes and comes with a rooftop terrace.<p>Inside, everything is …

Houses

Across the USA by Train for Just $186

Turns out, you don’t need a car to see America.<p>By popular demand, I’ve decided to start a travel planning service specialized in train travel. I’ll …

How One Soldier Used Beer to Fight Off 6,000 Enemy Troops

Private William Speakman fought off waves of Chinese soldiers using rocks and beer bottles during the Korean War.<p>Everyone knows beer can save the day when you're watching the game or staging a cookout. But it can also save the day on the battlefield. Consider the case of Private William Speakman, …

War

How I Git

<i>As usual, this post initially appeared here</i><p>I'll bet you use git (or Subversion or something, but I know git so that's what I'm writing about). This …

DevOps