Links tagged "geekingout"
Several people at work gave me a nudge to consider this tool for a self-hosted, multi-computer backup solution. I haven't tried it yet, but am keeping this here for when I'm ready to give it a shot.
(Hey - I didn't say all the links on here would be super interesting.) #
To further cement my nerdom, I started playing my first tabletop RPG - Star Wars: Edge of the Empire. Having never played any RPG before, I can say this one has been fun - though it's quite depressing to see how pathetic my own imagination is, as we collaboratively try to tell the story. Regardless, the DM/GM of the game showed up one day with these papers, but couldn't remember where he got them. They're handy, if you come up with your own character, and need to keep notes. (Too bad the original author no longer seems to have a website.) #
I love these types of projects, but have a not-so-secret reason as to why. My son desperately wants his own price scanner, and receipt printer - and it's not one of those passing desires of his. Honestly, I don't really know why, but I guess I don't really have to know. With that in mind, I'd love to create him his own, and yet I have no clue where to start. I have this smattering of links I hope to piece together and alter to make my own creation:
Ever since Strong Bad tweeted about how to make your own, I've had grand dreams of making my own records, but with different children's songs (or potentially some non-children's songs). Regardless, I love that there are nerdy people in the world who take the time to come up with stuff like this. Very cool. #
I've been working in Python 2 for a couple years at this point, and due to various issues I continued to come across, repeatedly found myself referenced to this article. I should have read it earlier. If you're a software developer, or a wannabe, or anywhere in between, it's time to buck up, and read this. Don't wait like I did. It's worth your 10 minutes. #
I was in the middle of doing the exact same thing as this guy (copying all of my movies to my computer so they would be accessible via AppleTV... instead of having my kids scratch the discs), and I got to a movie he mentioned - Lord of the Rings (and Dances with Wolves... though my kids don't watch either of those movies). I love named chapters in movies, and wanted to have both a combined file, and have chapters. Simple walk-through right here. The added bonus is him pointing the way to iDentify, since MetaX has become abandonware. #
Just to prove how long I've kept some tabs open in my browser, this one dates back to June of 2014. Every now and then, I re-watch this looping gif, and love how the ball ends up in so many different places, with (seemingly) the exact same beginning. As a Dodgers fan, I love watching Clayton Kershaw pitch. #
My own article about "one of the biggest mistakes I've made in my career" would be different, but I love Andrei's advice. I think it applies to more than just designers debating whether or not they should learn to code. I feel like everybody should learn a specialty, whether or not it becomes the thing you do every day. Additionally, I'm a big proponent of being able to take your ideas to the next level or step. If you can design, figure out how to make your product come alive (through code or prototyping). If you can build wood-only furniture, learn how upholster. If you can cook, learn how to plate. If you can plate, learn how to serve. Maybe it's better summarized as learning how to do the job of the person you hand your "finished" product to. There's a glorious energy, and collaboration point to be found when you're really familiar with the next person in line. Learning to code as a designer is one of those steps. #
If you use OS X, and a lot of markdown files, you'll probably benefit from this handy quick look extension. Don't just see the markdown as a text file, but see it as the nicely formatted document your markdown turns into. I've had it on my computer for a couple years, but I never thought to link to it (and feared that I'd forget it if I ever changed computers). #
Mike Bostock gives a thoroughly fascinating view into a few different types of algorithms. Some of it was way over my head, but I still really enjoyed the essay. I was particularly drawn to the organic feel of Bridson’s algorithm for Poisson-disc sampling, the innate story-telling nature of the colored thread visualization for sorting, and the creeper-like reaching of Wilson's Algorithm for maze generation. #