THIS is work music. Late night at the office.
Source: SoundCloud / Straight Up! Music
We all have a thirst for wonder. It’s a deeply human quality. Science and religion are both bound up with it. What I’m saying is, you don’t have to make stories up, you don’t have to exaggerate. There’s wonder and awe enough in the real world. Nature’s a lot better at inventing wonders than we are.
So I have Codeivate plugged into my code editor. Tracks hours spent and languages that you write- it seemed like a novelty when I signed up, then I realized how useful it is to track personal progress and understand your habits. It’s also pretty encouraging to watch your numbers add up and see what languages you really are writing in most of the time.
I found that it was useful enough that I suggested that the members on my team hook it up to their editors as well. It’s great to see them grow in their own talents- but more importantly can give insight into focus levels. Given that development and it’s complexities can be a little difficult to understand overall this tool is really insightful. I’ve been keeping an eye on focus levels as a method to measure the work environment.
I’ve actually played with their API so when we’re writing code, it shows an indicator on the Cord Media site showing that we’re coding now and in what language. Geeky? Yes. Awesome? Indeed.
The image? That’s me breaking the top 20 site-wide with a 4 hour 28 minute streak. A streak is when code is written without a break of longer than 3 minutes. No big deal.
This animation is about one of the most significant problems in the history of mathematics: the brachistochrone challenge.
If a ball is to roll down a ramp which connects two points, what must be the shape of the ramp’s curve be, such that the descent time is a minimum?
Intuition says that it should be a straight line. That would minimize the distance, but the minimum time happens when the ramp curve is the one shown: a cycloid.
Johann Bernoulli posed the problem to the mathematicians of Europe in 1696, and ultimately, several found the solution. However, a new branch of mathematics, calculus of variations, had to be invented to deal with such problems. Today, calculus of variations is vital in quantum mechanics and other fields.: Geek harder.
Not smart enough for this.
Sure I’m a purist. I tend to think that anything outside of .com, .net, .org, or a country code TLD is weird and a novelty. .info? .biz? Whatever. However with the glut of new TLDs being introduced, it’s not likely that they’re not going to get used- and in the case of the company that I work for it actually worked out to create a pretty strong vanity name. So, I purchased http://cord.media (nifty) There is a lot of marketing going out right now by domain registrars to push the new TLDs to boost sales and convince a public to ask their web professionals to secure and use these new vanity TLDs.
You’ve no doubt seen them. The public internet marketing machine that is GoDaddy is pushing them as hard as so many other of their products. They include greats like:
The list goes on…
All fine and great, until I went and actually typed it into an address bar as you would anything else. In Chrome, Firefox, and Internet Explorer (at least in IE10) typing cord.media was recognized as an address and resolved.
Then there’s Apple’s Safari. Both Safari OS X, and iOS will not resolve as an address- they instead default to the search engine and search for cord.media. This renders the domain practically useless for marketing or real-world use. Unless you explicitly prefix http:// to cord.media it will not resolve. I found this to be pretty odd after confirming that Chrome, FF, IE on both Mac and Windows handled the .media TLD with no problem.
In a world we live in that requires us to test our sites and our code for cross-browser compatibility, that world now includes…
Cross-browser domain compatibility.
This could be fixed tomorrow, next week, or with the releases of iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite, but in the meantime these new TLDs could be worthless. Just another example of technology keeping up with technology, or not.
“We live in a society exquisitely dependent upon science and technology, in which nobody understands science and technology…”
— Carl Sagan
“These five lengthy compositions are pre-Ableton/laptop generation type priest song creations… with the use of baby alarms and numerous wires to create bespoke effects.”
Pre-laptop era electronic evolved a soul it was accused of not having in the days of electronics vs. acoustics.
There’s nothing in a lot of modern music like the sounds of more meticulously crafted hardware synthesizers, samplers, and effects boxes from decades ago.