Some interesting stuff I bumped into these last couple of weeks.
- Banksy - Webby Awards Video: Banksy at his usual irreverent best. Hat-tip Emanuel Ferreira.
- Listen to “Brian Eno Day”: a 12-Hour Radio Show Spent With Eno & His Music (Recorded in 1988). If you like ambient it's a must listen. Hat-tip Joao Santos.
- Snowpiercer: To be fair, didn't yet get a chance to watch it yet, but the comments from Bruno Antunes were so glowing it went up on my list of must-watch movies.
- Beware of Mr. Baker: Frigging amazing. I just can't believe I had never heard of this guy until I watched the movie. I mean, he played with Fela, Clapton, all the Jazz greats that were still alive. No words to describe it - just watch it. Crazy, crazy guy. Blind Faith are one of the many bands he was in.
- Surfwise: Surf movie, but with a twist - or should I say nine. Crazy family with a crazy dad that decided one day that he'd spent the rest of his life surfing, and the world be damned. Amazing movie. It's also interesting because it outlines the consequences of such "heroic" decisions on the family.
- Makthaverskan: Started listening to this rocky Swedish band.
- El Empleo / The Employment: Great animation. Perfect description of the modern world.
- The Expert: Like El Empleo, a dark take on the modern world, but this time as a dark comedy. Hilarious, but yet again, very painful.
- Introduction to QuantLib Development: Luigi keeps on plugging along with chapter six of the manual. Parts one, two and three are out already. On a related note, their course is back on in London. Having done it, I highly recommend it if you need to work with QuantLib.
- Modern source-to-source transformation with Clang and libTooling: If you are trying to get started with clang, you can do no worse than following this article. Makes it look simple.
- Tech Talks: C++ in the 21st Century: Another talk discussing the revolution going on in the C++ world.
- CMake 3.0-rc3 now ready for testing!: Wasn't aware of the huge amount of work going on in CMake, so it's great to see blog posts like this one. There is also Modern CMake with Qt and Boost, which is a must for any CMake user.
- Designing an Actor Semantic for C++11: Having never heard of libcppa, I started by watching this talk and looking through some slides - these ones for Vast, a distributed database built on libcppa. Sounds extremely interesting - especially the OpenCL support - but the interface looks a bit too weakly typed for my liking. That, or I just haven't learned enough about it yet. Also, can't quite see how this intersects (or not) with HPX. More analysis to be done on this space.
- Defining a Portable C++ ABI: New paper by Sutter. This would be absolutely amazing. Mix and match of binaries from multiple compilers would become a reality. Hat-tip Sean Clarke.
Other Programming Topics
- Minimum Viable Block Chain: Gets to the core of BitCoin - the block chain.
- A Hacker’s Guide to Git: Very low-level but yet accessible guide to the internals of git. Essential material for any serious user.
- The Internet With a Human Face: The dystopia that the internet has become in it's full splendour. Hat-tip Bruno Antunes.
- The talks of Kevlin-Henney at InfoQ. Kevlin is one of my favourite presenters in the nerd community, mainly because he always says so many profound things. For example, The Architecture of Uncertainty is essential watch. I was also lucky enough to be in the audience for Rethinking Unit Testing in C++, another great talk. So I'll be going through this list. There is also the slides for The Meaning of Agile, but sadly no video as of yet.
- The Internet Is Being Protected By Two Guys Named Steve: The inside story on heart bleed.
- Containers on the Google Cloud Platform: Google now supports containers! Docker FTW really.
- Cluster-Level Container Deployment with fleet: Talking about containers, CoreOS just gets cooler and cooler by the minute.
- Jolla and Mer: Been meaning to buy myself a Jolla phone for the longest of times - it just looks too cool and nerdy to be true. But was always a bit confused on how the ecosystem hangs together. LWN gives it it's usual through treatment.
- The Next Generation of .NET – ASP.NET vNext: This is quite amazing. Microsoft is Open Sourcing a lot of their core stuff, making .Net outside of Windows a much more likely prospect. Hat-tip Miguel.
Start-ups and Business
- How to start and scale a full stack startup: A lot of common sense points, but enough interesting ones that make it worth a read.
- Solar FREAKIN' Roadways!: Ad for a great Indiegogo start-up. Hope they succeed, sounds like a great idea. See also the TechCrunch article.
- The Great Smartphone War: The inside story of the war between Samsung and Apple.
- Rdio: Opened an account but haven't done much as of yet. Bit of a hedge, what with all the expected changes in SoundCloud. Let's hope they change nothing though, SoundCloud rocks.
- Com os Holandeses: Encontrei um autor portugues que nunca tinha ouvido falar, mas que parece ser bastante conhecido na holanda. Na lista de livros a ler.
Date: 2014-05-27 12:14:54 BST
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