Slashdot runs these two stories, a day apart:
Nobody is dying (yet), but it’s an interesting change in trends. Read Slashdot comments for more insight.
According to the Urban Dictionary:
Anatidaephobia is defined as a pervasive, irrational fear that one is being watched by a duck. The anatidaephobic individual fears that no matter where they are or what they are doing, a duck watches.
Anatidaephobia is derived from the Greek word “anatidae”, meaning ducks, geese or swans and “phobos” meaning fear.
A:dude, Anatidaephobia is the coolest phobia ever!
I really liked this picture. Don’t know who’s the author, but I found it here. And if you want to know how historically accurate it is, here’s the Wikipedia page for you.
I came across this link a while back, but somehow failed to share. Christoph Niemann, a talented artist with a good sense of humor, illustrates his flight from New York to Berlin. It’s not a laughing out loud collection of images, but it’ll make you smile.
An API is a user interface for developers. Put the effort in to ensure it’s not just functional but pleasant to use.
Vinay Sahni has a rather lengthy, detailed, and well-rounded post on how to design a good RESTful API. It covers pretty much everything from URL structures and parameters, request methods, to error handling, documentation, and coding style.
Jordi Boggiano looks at some common files in PHP packages, using Packagist as a data source. There are some interesting metrics in there. For example:
- 58% of packages include a src/ directory and 5% a lib/ one. That’s surprisingly low to me, that means a lot have the code simply in the root folder.
- 4% have a bin/ directory, including some sort of CLI executables.
- 55% have a LICENSE file, that’s.. pretty disastrous but hopefully a lot of those that don’t at least indicate in the README and composer.json
- 49% have some file or directory indicating the presence of tests (phpunit.xml & co). I am not sure if this is good or bad news to be honest, that depends on your expectations.
CommitStrip nails one of the ways of getting into a bad project …
I remember reading an interview with Matt Mullenweg (though can’t seem to find a reference now), where he said that this sort of thing happened with Automattic. People were asking them for commercial support, but they didn’t want to do it, so they started with an insane amount of like $5,000 per month and all of a sudden found themselves with a queue of people outside.
And they were not alone, of course.
Jeff Atwood has an excellent blog post, about the increase in computing powers of the modern CPUs and GPUs and the affects of those on things around us. In particular – games such as chess and Go, and password cracking.
Every time you see a new video card release, don’t think “slightly nicer looking games” think “wow, hash cracking and AI just got 2× faster … again!”
Kottke blog links to this Twitter thread with hilariously bad phone number forms used on the web, which started with this one:
User experience and web design horror stories …
Location: THE SHIP INN BAR/RESTAURANT