- A better way to program
Slashdot links to an I Programmer post worth some reflection. It frames up an hour long video that sounds like it requires some time to dig into but the couple of ideas abstracted in the post make a certain amount of sense, in terms of reducing the cognitive load of programming and shortening the feedback loops that make developers the most effective in terms of interacting with the fruits of the labor to iteratively improve them.
- Fffuuuuuuuu: The Internet anthropologist’s field guide to “rage faces”
I am normally loathe to post about anything relating to 4chan or Anonymous but this etymology of the rage faces by Tom Connor at Ars Technica seems like safe territory. Aside from what I personally find to be oddly endearing in the rendering of these cartoon faces, I am fascinated by the idea of a ready made visual vocabulary for remix creativity, especially one that clearly has such invested, shared meaning as this compound and complex meme.
- Legendary French artist Moebius, the man who made The Abyss, Alien, and Tron even weirder, is dead at 73
io9 was among the first to carry this incredibly sad news. The French artist succumbed after a long battle with ilness. The few works of his to which I was directly exposed certainly inspired a lifelong love with his particular style and aesthetic that as io9 delves into no doubt informs my enjoyment of so many of the works he clearly inspired. If you are unfamiliar, the post contains many excellent examples, some of which even surprised me who has been familiar with Moebius’ work for most of my life.
- A bit of progress: Diamonds shatter quantum information storage record , Scientific American
- Amoeboid robot navigates without a brain, Technology Review
- Debian Lenny reaches end of life with 5.0.10 update, The H Open Source: News and Features
- 14 ways to contribute to open source without being a programming genius or a rock star, Software Quality Connection via Slashdot
- Nanoscale race car gets 3D printed with a laser, Slashdot
- Why it’s mathematically impossible to avoid infringing on software patents, Techdirt