Curated Randomness Atom Feed

Weekly collection of interesting links that I stumble upon on a wide variety of subjects that I have interest on.

2019, March, Week 4

Life

  • Don’t Pursue Programming if You Aren’t Passionate About It - Like this article discusses about, don’t pursue programming if you don’t really like it.

Science

  • Successful male contraceptive gel trial brings new form of birth control closer - This text reports about the advances on the creation of a male contraceptive.
  • How Meal Timings affect your waistline - This report discusses how meal timing can be as important as the meal content itself.

2019, March, Week 3

History

  • How Special Paint On The Hood Of The World War II Jeep Protected Soldiers’ Lives - Interesting article talking about a very special paint that was used during World War II.

Science

  • The Purpose of Sleep? To Forget, Scientists Say - Over the years, scientists have come up with a lot of ideas about why we sleep. This New York Times article discusses about the subject.

2019, March, Week 2

Life


Programming

  • Four Column ASCII - This article shows why it’s interesting to visualize the ASCII table in divisions of 32.
  • A Visual and Interactive Guide to the Basics of Neural Networks - The first part of a simple to grasp guide to Neural Networks.
  • A Visual And Interactive Look at Basic Neural Network Math - The second part of a simple to grasp guide to Neural Networks.

World

  • List of eponymous laws - Wikipedia list of laws and principles named after a person.

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.

2019, February, Week 4

Science

  • The triumphant rediscovery of the biggest bee on Earth - Ars Technica’s article on the rediscovery of the Wallace’s Giant Bee
  • It’s Official: A Brand-New Human Organ Has Been Classified - It’s an article from 2017, but still is pretty new, comparing to other organ discoveries.
  • What Do My Testicles Do All Day? - If you ever wondered about this… Well, this post has the answer.

World

  • Sweden’s six-hour working day is ‘too expensive’ and could be scrapped - This article describes the results of a 2-year pilot of a 6-hour working day experiment.

2019, February, Week 3

Programming

  • Wat - a humorous take on programming. Short and funny talk.

Science

  • Ant species cultivates coffee for accommodation - Scientists on the island of Fiji have discovered a type of ant that plants, fertilizes and guards its own coffee crops. More on that discovery is shown on the article.
  • You’re an Adult. Your Brain, Not So Much. - The human brain reaches its adult volume by age 10, but is it really finished? This article talks about this.
  • Do Not Eat, Touch, Or Even Inhale the Air Around the Manchineel Tree - Meet America’s deadliest tree on this article.

Tech

  • Five Things You Notice When You Quit the News - Interesting article pointing out that following the news doesn’t necessarily makes you a better citizen and could be taking some precious time of yours.

World

  • Which Language Uses the Most Sounds? Click 5 Times for the Answer - The New York Times’ article talking about the peculiarities of the Taa language.

2019, February, Week 2

Design/UI

  • 7 Rules for Creating Gorgeous UI (Updated for 2019) - Part 1 - A guide to visual aesthetics, written by a nerd (Erik D. Kennedy).
  • 7 Rules for Creating Gorgeous UI (Updated for 2019) - Part 2 - The second part of Erik D. Kennedy’s guide.
  • Creating distraction-free reading experiences - Adrian Zumbrunnen’s reflections on how to create pages on which the content is the main attraction and is treated with due respect.

Music


Science

  • Evidence that birds sleep in mid-flight - Many birds fly non-stop for days or longer, but do they sleep in flight and if so, how? This Nature’s scientific article discuss about this fact.
  • Could an astronaut’s corpse bring new life to another world? - This article from Astronomy talks about the possibility of a corpse of a dead astronaut to bring life to a new world.

Tech

  • Google teaches “AIs” to invent their own crypto and avoid eavesdropping - Ars Technica’s 2016 article talking about Google Brain’s creation of two AIs that managed to create a cryptographic algorithm good enough to protect their exchange of messages from a third AI.

Web Development

  • CSS Reference.io - Learn by example - It’s a free visual guide to CSS. It features the most popular properties, and explains them with illustrated and animated examples.
  • Ten CSS One-Liners to Replace Native Apps - Proving the functionality of CSS Multi-column Layout and CSS Figures, Håkon Wium Lie, the CSS proposer back in 1994, shows 10 CSS one-liners that try to replicate some of the common designs that are seen on native apps.