2019, March, Week 1

Design/UI

  • Dark Patterns.org - Dark Patterns are tricks used in websites and apps that make you buy or sign up for things that you didn’t mean to. The purpose of this site is to spread awareness and to shame companies that use them.

Life

  • The Good-Enough Life - The desire for greatness can be an obstacle to our own potential. Great article.

Science

  • How insects like bumblebees do so much with tiny brains - It is tempting to assume that animals need large brains to perform complicated tasks, but the immense skills of some insects and worms suggest small brains are surprisingly powerful. Great text from BBC.
  • Why You Do Your Best Thinking In The Shower: Creativity & the “Incubation Period” - Great text on why we have the best ideas while we are on the shower.
  • Scientists Have Confirmed a Brand New Phase of Matter: Time Crystals - This text brings information on a new phase of matter. Looked kinda abstract for me, but an interesting read anyway.
  • Yes, There Have Been Aliens - Are there any aliens nowadays? We’re not really sure. But this text explains that, at least in the past, there are strong evidences that they existed.

Tech

  • The Mother of All Demos, presented by Douglas Engelbart (1968) - As stated on the video’s description, The Mother of All Demos is a name given retrospectively to Douglas Engelbart’s December 9, 1968, demonstration of experimental computer technologies that are now commonplace. The live demonstration featured the introduction of the computer mouse, video conferencing, teleconferencing, hypertext, word processing, hypermedia, object addressing and dynamic file linking, bootstrapping, and a collaborative real-time editor.
  • What Is the Oldest Computer Program Still in Use?: you’ll probably be surprised by the answer. - At least I was surprised by the answer that this article brought.