Monthly Archives: March 2010

“So what will it mean to bear witness in the future?”

They say that history is written by the victors. But now, before the victors win, there is a chance to scream out with a text message that will not vanish. What would we know about what passed between Turks and Armenians, between Germans and Jews, if every one of them had had the chance, before the darkness, to declare for all time: “I was here, and this is what happened to me”?

– Anand Giridharadas in the NYTimes in “Africa’s Gift to Silicon Valley: How to Track a Crisis”.

Ushahidi sounds inspiring.

The project is on Github.

Educational video on ‘Quants’ and their role in the financial crisis

YouTube: “Quants: The Alchemists of Wall Street (Marije Meerman, VPRO Backlight 2010)”

Related: “The Modelers’ Hippocratic Oath”: I will never sacrifice reality for elegance without explaining why I have done so….I understand that my work may have enormous effects on society and the economy, many of them beyond my comprehension.

Programing Links March 7th, 2009

Mike Taylor on Kernighan and Plauger’s “The Elements of Programming Style” (gotta buy and read this)

Eli Bendersky: “The server-side Javascript meme”

PragPub–March 2010: Jason Huggins: “JavaScript: It’s Not Just for Browsers Any More”

“Algorithms are Thoughts, Chainsaws are Tools”, reviewing a short film by Stephen Ramsey on “Live Coding”. Read it and watch it.

Alex Clemesha: “Tools of the Modern Python Hacker: Virtualenv, Fabric and Pip”

Deseret Tech: “NoSQL v. SQL is the worst holy war ever.”

Dennis Forbes: “Getting Real about NoSQL and the SQL-Isn’t-Scalable Lie”

Jesse Legg: “Emacs for Python Programmers: Basics”

the official hudson weblog: “Hudson at PyCon”

The website of Lei Chen: “Setup Perfect Python Environment In Emacs”

Extra Cheese: “Python vs. Ruby: A Battle to The Death”

Martin Fowler: “ConversationalStories”

Code Monkeyism: “What Developers Need to Know About Agile”

Coding Horror: “Cultivate Teams, Not Ideas”

Geoff Sowrey: “What makes a Senior Developer?”

Related:

“The Modelers’ Hippocratic Oath”

Practical Common Lisp

impromptu