Monthly Archives: March 2014

March 31, 2014
March 21, 2014

The Last of Us: Left Behind

The problem with Left Behind is that it is hard to discuss without spoiling much of what makes it special. Suffice it to say that for me, it was in many ways even more enjoyable than the original campaign. Brilliant.

★★★★★

March 20, 2014

Hack

Hack is a programming language for HHVM that interoperates seamlessly with PHP. Hack reconciles the fast development cycle of PHP with the discipline provided by static typing, while adding many features commonly found in other modern programming languages.

Hack provides instantaneous type checking via a local server that watches the filesystem. It typically runs in less than 200 milliseconds, making it easy to integrate into your development workflow without introducing a noticeable delay.

This is definitely one to watch. I love the concept of gradually typed languages.

Creator Yu Suzuki shares the story of Shenmue's development

“The biggest challenge we encountered was project management,” Suzuki said. “By the end, we had 300 people [working] and no experience on such a large project. At the time there were no project management tools…so instead we made a job order sheet that was a list of action items in Excel. Because we kept testing, the items did not decrease. At one point we had 10,000 of them.

A good read.

March 19, 2014

How Statisticians Could Help Find That Missing Plane

What happened to Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, and where is it now?

Statistical tools can’t answer those questions any more definitively than Malaysian officials have. Yet they can help refine and focus the hunt for the plane and for a solution to the deepening mystery of its March 8 disappearance.

Includes a good basic example of bayesian inference.

March 18, 2014

Programming in ArnoldC

Although the one-liners of Arnold Schwarzenegger are fairly well known the true semantics of the uttering is yet to be understood. This project tries to discover new meanings from the Arnold movies with the means of computer science.

Here’s a quick example:

IT'S SHOWTIME
HEY CHRISTMAS TREE IDIOT
YOU SET US UP @NO PROBLEMO
BECAUSE I'M GOING TO SAY PLEASE IDIOT
TALK TO THE HAND "BECAUSE THE FACE AINT LISTENING"
YOU HAVE NO RESPECT FOR LOGIC
YOU HAVE BEEN TERMINATED

This is funnier than it has any right to be.