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Multiclass Text Classification From Start To Finish
So you have some text and you want to classify it. So you have multiple classes for your text and you want to classify it. Well, what are you waiting for? I’ll be using python and scikit-learn and as…
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5 days ago by garrettc
Buster Keaton: Anarchitect | Lapsus Lima
It wasn’t a great day for the three-year-old Buster. Curious at the rotating machinery of a mangle as it squeezed water out of his family’s clothes, he wandered from his Kansas boardinghouse room and stuck a finger in, to see what happened.
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8 days ago by garrettc
Using 6 Page and 2 Page Documents To Make Organizational Decisions
A challenge of organizations is the aggregation of local information to a point where a globally optimal decision can be made in a way all stakeholders have seen their feedback heard and so can “disagree and commit on the result.
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10 days ago by garrettc
Polytopes and Coxeter Groups
My first encounter with four-dimensional polytopes was Jenn 3D (2001-2007) by Fritz Obermeyer. Jenn describes itself as follows: Jenn is a toy for playing with various quotients of Cayley graphs of finite Coxeter groups on four generators.
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10 days ago by garrettc
Revisiting the rendering tier | Info | The Guardian
The 2019 incarnation of theguardian.com began life around six years ago, starting out as an m-dot and gradually scaling up both its breakpoints and page views until it rendered the entire site. At the time of writing, it has gone from 0 to 62,783 lines of Sass.
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15 days ago by garrettc
There Is No Reason to Cross the U.S. by Train. But I Did It Anyway. - The New York Times
Tell your fellow americans that you plan to cross the United States by train, and their reactions will range from amusement at your spellbinding eccentricity to naked horror that they, through some fatal social miscalculation, have become acquainted with a person who would plan to cross the United S
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16 days ago by garrettc
Idiosyncrancies of the HTML parser - The HTML Parser Book - Idiosyncracies of the HTML parser
The HTML parser is a piece of software that processes HTML markup and produces an in-memory tree representation (known as the DOM). The HTML parser has many strange behaviors.
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18 days ago by garrettc
Strategy needs good words | canalside view
This isn’t about storytelling in advertising. I fucking hate the lazy, self-regarding industry rhetoric about storytelling.
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25 days ago by garrettc
Canary in a Coal Mine: How Tech Provides Platforms for Hate · An A List Apart Article
As I write this, the world is sending its thoughts and prayers to our Muslim cousins.
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4 weeks ago by garrettc
We are actively destroying the web | Go Make Things
One of the central themes of my talk on The Lean Web is that we as developers repeatedly take all of the great things the web and browsers give us out-of-the-box, break them, and then re-implement them poorly with JavaScript.
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4 weeks ago by garrettc
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One of the ways that we work to build velocity and agility at Manifold is to make it possible for people to make autonomous decisions — without having to convince a committee — while still aligning organizationally.
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4 weeks ago by garrettc
Adactio: Journal—Mirrorworld
Over on the Failed Architecture site, there’s a piece about Kevin Lynch’s 1960 book The Image Of The City. It’s kind of fun to look back at a work like that, from today’s vantage point of ubiquitous GPS and smartphones with maps that bestow God-like wayfinding.
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6 weeks ago by garrettc
50 Historic Black Women Guitarists and Bassists You Need To Know
If you’re reading this and are someone who consumes or performs music, then every day you should be celebrating the innovation, resilience, and talent of black music communities.
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6 weeks ago by garrettc
Early Adopter - Motherboard
Craigslist> SF bay area> san francisco> community> missed connections: September 27: Atari Teenage Riot in Dolores Park (Mission District). We passed each other yesterday while I was walking my dog Baxter in Dolores Park.
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8 weeks ago by garrettc
The Secret History of Women in Coding - The New York Times
As a teenager in Maryland in the 1950s, Mary Allen Wilkes had no plans to become a software pioneer — she dreamed of being a litigator.
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8 weeks ago by garrettc
An oral history of “Silicon” Roundabout | Forward Partners
Perhaps no property in Old Street shows how much the area has changed as the new White Collar Factory building on the roundabout itself. The building hosts companies like Adobe, Box.
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10 weeks ago by garrettc
CSS doesn’t suck - Andy Bell
Another week comes along and with it, another assault on CSS. It’s turning into a bit of a trend—particularly in the JavaScript community—to crap on CSS wherever possible.
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january 2019 by garrettc
charity.wtf – charity wtf's about technology, databases, startups, engineering management, and whiskey.
Last night I was out with a dear friend who has been an engineering manager for a year now, and by two drinks in I was rattling off a long list things I always say to newer engineering managers.
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january 2019 by garrettc
The Engineer/Manager Pendulum – charity.wtf
Lately I’ve been doing some career counseling for people off Twitter (long story). The central drama for many people goes something like this: I’ve been meaning to write this post for a while.
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january 2019 by garrettc
A Short Story About Choice in an Age of Wearables - The Atlantic
Denise was already late, even before her augmented-reality glasses decided to perform another endless system update. She drummed her fingers on the steering wheel of her car. She could not afford to be late for her first appointment of the day.
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january 2019 by garrettc
The 'Future Book' Is Here, but It's Not What We Expected | WIRED
The Future Book was meant to be interactive, moving, alive. Its pages were supposed to be lush with whirling doodads, responsive, hands-on. The old paperback Zork choose-your-own-adventures were just the start. The Future Book would change depending on where you were, how you were feeling.
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january 2019 by garrettc
The Future Will be Technical
Click on any module on the left to begin.
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december 2018 by garrettc
Why we suck at “solving wicked problems” | More Beyond
"Problems: Wicked, complex, intractable or adaptive  … whatever we choose to call them, we seem to suck at solving them and we often get profoundly overwhelmed and stuck."
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december 2018 by garrettc
Scientists thought they had created the perfect tree. But it became a nightmare.
Carole Bergmann pulls her small parks department SUV into an aging 1980s subdivision in Germantown, Md., and takes me to the edge of an expansive meadow. A dense screen of charcoal-gray trees stands between the open ground and the backyards of several houses.
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december 2018 by garrettc
Thoughts on (and pics of) the original Macintosh User Manual – peterme.com
I recently purchased an original Macintosh User Manual (thanks eBay!). I had seen one at a garage sale, and was struck by how it had to explain a total paradigm shift in interacting with computers. I figured I could learn something about helping make innovation happen.
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december 2018 by garrettc
Engineering management - CircleCI's engineering competency matrix | CircleCI
Note from the author: this post was written in collaboration with Justin Cowperthwaite, engineering manager, with additional input from Jeff Palmer, VP Engineering.
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december 2018 by garrettc
Build up Your Leadership Toolbox ◆ 24 ways
Leadership. It can mean different things to different people and vary widely between companies. Leadership is more than just a job title. You won’t wake up one day and magically be imbued with all you need to do a good job at leading.
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december 2018 by garrettc
Shut up about diversity – Dora Militaru – Medium
My local web performance community group hosted a Christmas event. I offered the following lightning talk: I can remember three times I felt particularly wimpy in 2017. Donald Trump’s presidential inauguration coincided roughly with my birthday.
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december 2018 by garrettc
Vuex Explained Visually – Vue Mastery – Medium
Managing state in an application full of components can be difficult. Facebook discovered this the hard way and created the Flux pattern, which is what Vuex is based upon. Vuex is Vue’s own state management pattern and library.
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november 2018 by garrettc
Warp and Weft – Paul Robert Lloyd
Earlier this month I had the good fortune to attend Material, a conference that explores the concept of the web as a material and all the intrinsic characteristics that entails.
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november 2018 by garrettc
Welcome to the witch capital of Norway | The Outline
“Happy Halloween,” said the young Norwegian museum attendant in crisp, British-accented English. She sounded solemn, like she was welcoming me to a funeral.
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november 2018 by garrettc
Advanced web security topics – George's Techblog
"This post discusses web security issues that I come across – so far thankfully mostly by reading about them. It is a work in progress which I’ll keep updating."
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november 2018 by garrettc
Apple Shortcuts: The Bicycle for the Mind is Back, but it’s Electric — Prolost
Steve Jobs famously described the computer as “a bicycle for our minds.” Whether or not you’ve heard that before, it’s worth refreshing your memory on the context by watching this short video.
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november 2018 by garrettc
The ultimate guide to remote meetings 2018 | The Official Slack Blog
At a glance: The ultimate guide to remote meetings 2018 In today’s workplace, you’re just as likely to be working with someone in a different part of the country (or a different part of the world) as you are with someone in a different part of the office—which is why getting a clear understan
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november 2018 by garrettc
What digital transformation means for your company | The Official Slack Blog
A digital transformation refers to the adoption of digital processes and tools to achieve strategic business goals. It’s a complex, multifaceted process that represents a massive cultural shift in the workplace and changes that affect every part of an organization.
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november 2018 by garrettc
Stan Lee: An Appreciation | Den of Geek
When Den of Geek asked me to write a few words about Stan Lee’s passing at age 95, I only had one thought: how could I even begin? As the co-creator of characters like Spider-Man, Iron Man, the Hulk, the X-Men and countless more - each one an industry unto themselves - Stan Lee has left as indeli
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november 2018 by garrettc
Who "wrote" Aladdin? The Forgotten Syrian Storyteller - Ajam Media Collective
The following is a guest post by Arafat A. Razzaque, a PhD candidate in History & Middle Eastern Studies at Harvard University.
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november 2018 by garrettc
Who was the “real” Aladdin? From Chinese to Arab in 300 Years - Ajam Media Collective
The following is a guest post by Arafat A. Razzaque, a PhD candidate in History & Middle Eastern Studies at Harvard University.
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november 2018 by garrettc
Bruno Latour, the Post-Truth Philosopher, Mounts a Defense of Science - The New York Times
In the summer of 1996, during an international anthropology conference in southeastern Brazil, Bruno Latour, France’s most famous and misunderstood philosopher, was approached by an anxious-looking developmental psychologist.
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november 2018 by garrettc
October 21 post-incident analysis | The GitHub Blog
Last week, GitHub experienced an incident that resulted in degraded service for 24 hours and 11 minutes. While portions of our platform were not affected by this incident, multiple internal systems were affected which resulted in our displaying of information that was out of date and inconsistent.
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october 2018 by garrettc
Soft Skills 101 — Ops School Curriculum 0.1 documentation
The term “soft skills” seems to imply that these skills are somehow less important than technical skills. In reality, soft skills are often specifically sought-after by hiring managers. These skills are also important for operations people seeking to advance to senior engineering positions.
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october 2018 by garrettc
Responding to environmental light levels with CSS Media Queries Level 5
Media Queries Level 5 is a future specification for CSS media queries that intends to build upon the existing media queries spec that many of us use when we build responsive designs today as well as the CSS Media Queries Level 4 specification.
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october 2018 by garrettc
Dark Mode and CSS • The Breakroom
The new Dark Mode in macOS Mojave provides users with a new way to customize their desktop environment. It also presents a lot of new situations where developers need to adapt content in their apps and websites.
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october 2018 by garrettc
This ain’t no anecdote - it pays to be diverse in UK tech - Tech Nation
I’ve been exploring what ‘good’ corporate governance looks like in UK tech. In our latest piece of research, it’s clear that having a gender diverse and internationally-mixed board leads to better financial outcomes.
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october 2018 by garrettc
Disruptive Change: When Trying Harder Is Part of the Problem
You’re facing a major disruption in your market—a breakthrough technology that could reshape your entire business.
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october 2018 by garrettc
My Day by Jonesy: A Cat's Eye View of Alien | Nature | Leisure
MY DAY BY JONESY: A CAT'S EYE VIEW OF ALIEN When, at the end of  Alien , Sigo!ne" Wea#e! $a"$, %Thi$ i$ &i(e", (a$t $!#i#o! of the  No$t!o)o, $igning off,% $he'$ not te((ing the *ho(e t!th+ Bea$e the!e'$ anothe! $!#i#o!, !(ed  *ith he! in the h"e!$(ee a
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october 2018 by garrettc
What next for photography in the age of Instagram? | Art and design | The Guardian
In 2012, I wrote an essay about the shifting nature of photography in an era of unprecedented image overload. Back then, Facebook users alone were uploading 300m photographs a day, while the number of images posted on Flickr and Instagram had exceeded the 11bn mark.
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october 2018 by garrettc
Nationalism Isn’t Patriotism
At a time when fascism & authoritarianism are creeping into the global politics of the developed world, it’s useful for us to reacquaint ourselves with the difference between nationalism and patriotism.
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october 2018 by garrettc
302 Found
The JAMstack has inspired some of the greatest web development tools we’ve ever seen. Publishing amazingly fast, secure, and accessible websites has never been easier, or so free. I’m still having a hard time believing my own personal website now runs for free instead of on a $15/month VPS.
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october 2018 by garrettc
What's a senior engineer's job? - Julia Evans
There’s this great post by John Allspaw called “On being a senior engineer”. I originally read it 4ish years ago when I started my current job and it really influenced how I thought about the direction I wanted to go in.
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october 2018 by garrettc
Heads I Win, Tails YOU DIE: Thanos’ Plan is Even Worse Than You Know | Tor.com
Thanos is bad with numbers. And justice. There’s a subset of antagonists that I call “probability villains,” who claim Fortuna’s help in making the decisions for their dirty work. Usually, they choose the simplest, most “random” way possible: a coin flip.
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october 2018 by garrettc
Inform: Past, Present, Future
This is the talk and slides from the June 2018 London IF meetup, held at Elephant Studios in London South Bank University on 9 June 2018. I was invited to speak about Inform, past, present and future.
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october 2018 by garrettc
Marketers should see data as a friend down the pub not an idol to pray to
Hello reader, do you like this piece? Please rate it from one to 10. I’m pretty sure if I sneeze near a bank today I’ll soon get a text message asking me to rate the bank for sneezeworthyness; or if I take out money from an ATM, I’ll soon receive an email asking me how my ATM experience was.
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october 2018 by garrettc
10 Years of Legal Nomads: Best Posts from a Decade of Nomadic Living
My initial plan for a 10-year anniversary celebration was a big party in my then-home of Oaxaca. When it became apparent that my food-filled bash would be impossible, I thought I would share the writing and photography that brought me the most joy over the years.
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september 2018 by garrettc
AVA: The Art and Science of Image Discovery at Netflix
At Netflix, the Content Platform Engineering and Global Product Creative teams know that imagery plays an incredibly important role in how viewers find new shows and movies to watch.
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september 2018 by garrettc
Hackable humans and digital dictators: Q&A with Yuval Noah Harari | Hacking | Al Jazeera
Yuval Noah Harari was catapulted into the international literary spotlight in 2014 following the English translation of his book Sapiens.
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august 2018 by garrettc
The Untold Story of NotPetya, the Most Devastating Cyberattack in History | WIRED
It was a perfect sunny summer afternoon in Copenhagen when the world’s largest shipping conglomerate began to lose its mind. The headquarters of A.P. Møller-Maersk sits beside the breezy, cobblestoned esplanade of Copenhagen’s harbor.
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august 2018 by garrettc
See No Evil
Software helps companies coordinate the supply chains that sustain global capitalism. How does the code work—and what does it conceal? Trawling a hotel minibar one night while on a work trip to Amsterdam, I found a piece of chocolate with an unusual name: Tony’s Chocolonely.
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august 2018 by garrettc
Component Based Design System With Styled-System
Component-based design system is the practice of splitting the UI into small, isolated and more manageable parts; backed by a set of design constraints. It builds upon ideas such as Atomic Design, Style Guides and Component-Based Architecture.
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august 2018 by garrettc
Five Things We Need to Know About Technological Change
In 1998, author and media critic Neil Postman gave a talk he called Five Things We Need to Know About Technological Change. Here are the five ideas Postman shared that day, which are all still highly relevant today: 1. All technological change is a trade-off.
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august 2018 by garrettc
Fixing Variable Scope Issues with ECMAScript 6 · An A List Apart Article
Please note: This article is ready, and will go live when it hits its publish time. Variable scope has always been tricky in JavaScript, particularly when compared to more structured languages like C and Java.
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august 2018 by garrettc
Ways to think about machine learning — Benedict Evans
We're now four or five years into the current explosion of machine learning, and pretty much everyone has heard of it.
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august 2018 by garrettc
The Queer Art of Failing Better | Laurie Penny
Some things are just too pure for this weird and wicked world. That video of the golden retriever failing an agility test. Golden retrievers in general. Political science majors who truly believe they can change the system from within. And Queer Eye.  
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july 2018 by garrettc
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Alan Cooper recently wrote that the value of design should be obvious to everyone in the organization. If someone is asking you to explain design’s value, it’s because they can’t see it. He said:
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july 2018 by garrettc
Order Out of Chaos: Patterns of Organization for Writing on the Job · An A List Apart Article
A few years ago, a former boss of mine emailed me out of the blue and asked for a resource that would help him and his colleagues organize information more effectively. Like a dutiful friend, I sent him links to a few articles and the names of some professional writing books.
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july 2018 by garrettc
The Anthony Bourdain Interview
Anthony Bourdain had started smoking again, was the first thing I noticed as he sat down with me last February. He was a bit hung over from a recent working trip to south Louisiana for Cajun Mardi Gras; “Harder partying than I’m used to, I gotta say,” he said, laughing.
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july 2018 by garrettc
Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team | Fast, Powerful, and Practical: New Technology for Aerial Imagery in Disaster Response
Aerial imagery can play an important role in disaster response operations, enabling response teams to identify and prioritize hardest-hit areas, conduct damage assessments, and plan response activities.
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july 2018 by garrettc
How the Disposable Straw Explains Modern Capitalism - The Atlantic
A straw is a simple thing. It’s a tube, a conveyance mechanism for liquid. The defining characteristic of the straw is the emptiness inside it. This is the stuff of tragedy, and America.
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july 2018 by garrettc
My favourite sentience
Jessa, age 9. Yorknet is my favourite sentience because it is dependable, protective and wise. Yorknet is dependable because there are several back-ups, so that if one system goes down, the sentience is mirrored in several other places, my mam says.
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july 2018 by garrettc
Open office plans have a surprising effect on communication at work — Quartz at Work
Unlike previous research, it uses empirical evidence rather self-reported data to show that airy, communal spaces do not a buzzing, collaborative environment make.
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july 2018 by garrettc
Where Do Whales Go When They Die? ‹ Literary Hub
I think a lot about how whales die. That might sound like the ranting of a whale bone chaser gone full Ahab, but my preoccupation is not with the gore of decaying flesh or exploding body cavities (although those don’t really bother me).
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july 2018 by garrettc
The Designer Who Changed Airbnb's Entire Strategy
At the end of 2011, Airbnb was entering hyper-growth with 13 international offices and over a million nights booked in 182 countries.
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july 2018 by garrettc
Why you should work 4 hours a day, according to science
When you examine the lives of history's most creative figures, you are immediately confronted with a paradox: They organized their lives around their work, but not their days.
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july 2018 by garrettc
Manual Work is a Bug - ACM Queue
A.B.A: always be automating Thomas A. Limoncelli Let me tell you about two systems administrators I know. Both were overloaded, busy IT engineers. Both had many repetitive tasks to do. Both wanted to automate these tasks.
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july 2018 by garrettc
Data: government, privacy and understanding by Richard Pope - IF
Last week I spoke at the #govdesign event on data and privacy. Here's what I said (with a few additions from the discussion afterwards). This quote is from Arthur Balfour, British prime minister at the beginning of the last century.
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july 2018 by garrettc
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