It’s a manageable list this week.
- Markov Chains Explained. It’s useful to at least know what Markov chains are, because there are some silly text tricks that can be done, and it’s a good term to use so that you sound smart. (via)
- Rob Pike’s 5 rules of programming. (via)
- Similar: Epigrams in programming. (via)
- snowdrift.coop, a new funding service for open source projects. It’s not launched yet, but it appears to be using a ‘shares’ approach which could be interesting. (via IRC)
- Unix: never go topless.
- On the cruelty of really teaching computing science. Good quote where I found it, too.
- Don’t tell people to use VIM (because) You’re Using It Wrong. Notes how trendy “use Vim!” articles have become. (via)
- The levels of Emacs proficiency. (via)
- The genre-defining video games we forgot. A surprisingly in-depth documentary.
- Eulerian Video Magnification. Heartbeat reading with common cameras. (via a newsletter)
- Sometimes you think of something that should exist, and then you immediately find out it does exist – foot switches for emacs.
- Explaining X11 for the rest of us. (via)
- Awesome-awesomeness. Curated lists of resources for various languages. Two things struck me: one is that Github is being used more like a document repository than a code repository, sometimes, and the other is that this is such a huge list, it almost overwhelms the original purpose of showing what to use next. (via)
Your unrelated comics link of the week: Formicapunk. Boulet’s version of analog technology.