August 24, 2016

Rocket

Slack-style emoji everywhere on your Mac.

Just type : and off you go. Game changer 👍. (via Tools and Toys)

August 20, 2016

This Is What’s Missing From Journalism Right Now

I recommended the excellent piece by Mother Jones on private prisons a while back. It’s a true shame that, nowadays, undertaking such journalistic endeavours isn’t sustainable.

And we had to take considerable financial risk. Conservatively, counting just the biggest chunks of staff time that went into it, the prison story cost roughly $350,000. The banner ads that appeared on the article brought in $5,000, give or take. Had we been really in your face with ads, we could have doubled or tripled that figure—but it would have been a pain for you, and still only a drop in the bucket for us.

July 28, 2016

Scipy Lecture Notes

Tutorials on the scientific Python ecosystem: a quick introduction to central tools and techniques. The different chapters each correspond to a 1 to 2 hours course with increasing level of expertise, from beginner to expert.

A great intro to Scipy and the things your can do with it.

July 19, 2016

Lucian Freud painting denied as his is genuine, BBC finds

An early Lucian Freud painting worth at least £300,000 has been identified by the BBC, despite the artist’s own denials that it was his work.

I recommend watching some episodes of BBC’s Fake or Fortune is you are like me and find these kinds of stories fascinating.

July 18, 2016

The 7 biggest problems facing science, according to 270 scientists

Today, scientists’ success often isn’t measured by the quality of their questions or the rigor of their methods. It’s instead measured by how much grant money they win, the number of studies they publish, and how they spin their findings to appeal to the public.

I couldn’t agree more.

July 17, 2016

The world’s most powerful corporation

The East India Company was vast and powerful, hiring thousands across the world. But what was it like to work there? And are there parallels with today’s multinationals?

A really good piece on the company’s history.

July 15, 2016
July 14, 2016

Nintendo Classic Mini: Nintendo Entertainment System

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Relive the 80s when the Nintendo Classic Mini: Nintendo Entertainment System launches in stores on 11th November. The classic NES is back in a familiar-yet-new form as a mini replica of Nintendo’s original home console. Plugging directly into a high-definition TV using the included HDMI cable, the console comes complete with 30 NES games built-in, including beloved classics like Super Mario Bros., The Legend of Zelda, Metroid, Donkey Kong, PAC-MAN and Kirby’s Adventure.

I’ll buy this, if only for the fact that the controllers are compatible with the Wii / Wii U.

July 12, 2016