Category Archives: Interesting

How to stop sucking

Jeff Atwood posted a terrific presentation on “How to stop sucking and be awesome instead.”

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Anyone who has created a success like StackExchange, or successfully grown his own software company, deserves to be taken seriously.

“The first rule of programming is that its always your fault” is so true.  In dealing with students, I frequently see the same pattern of refusing to take responsibility for your actions.  In dealing with faculty, I see that it’s always easier to complain about problems than to be a change agent and try to fix it. The saying “be the change you want to see in the world” is corny but correct.

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Ski Jump Girl

A 4th grade girl working up courage to go down a ski jump.

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Zombie Game

A former student of mine has launched a Zombie game for the iPad.  A trailer to her game is below.

 

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Through Mongolia in 4 minutes

Drive Across Mongolia in 4 Minutes from Spots Unknown on Vimeo.

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Spotify

Spotify Technology: How Spotify Works | Pansentient League – a Spotify Blog.

This is a great dissection of a paper on the nuts and bolts of Spotify.  Some highlights include:

  • 8.8% of music comes from Spotify’s servers; the rest is p2p or from user’s local cache.
  • The most popular 12% tracks accounted for 88% of plays
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