- Rolling home
There is no way I could move my entire home by bicycle. I wouldn’t want to try either.
- See How Only Ten Companies Own All the World’s Food Brands In This Telling Infographic
So much yum. Scary to see how much control these companies have though.
- 111 N.F.L. Brains. All But One Had C.T.E.
In 5-10 years will football exist as we know it? If I had kids there is no way I would let them play football.
- The History and Future of Locks and Keys
Today’s common door lock was invented in 1861.
- Shining Light on National Security Letters
Proud to be an Automattician!
- A New Era For Arduino Begins Today
Big news after so many questions about their commitment to Open Source.
- Tesla’s Model 3 Is Here, and It’s Much More Than an Electric Car
Should be less than a year until I get mine.
- Outfitting the 640 Fittest on Earth
I’m always jealous of all the sweet gear the athletes get.
- Apple has proven me wrong about HomeKit
I need to revisit my home automation stuff and actually get a lot more automations configured.
- Lightning striking this moving car
I would shit my pants. I’ve never seen anything like this.
- The fastest 100m times ever. Those caught doping struck out in red.
Has Bolt just not been caught yet or is he the exception?
- Masters 60+ Athlete Saves Drowning Competitor
Once again, CrossFit athletes shine.
- WordPress.com Business Now Supports Plugins and Third-Party Themes
This is really exciting for us as well as our users. Awesome work by the teams involved in this project.
- Say hello to the new Swarm 5.0
For many people, creating a lifelog isn’t a social-first experience…
With over 11,000 check-ins this in definitely me.
- Disney will pull its movies from Netflix and start its own streaming services
That didn’t last long. Will Netflix lower their price back down after Disney is gone?
- Obsidian 3D Printer: High Quality, Sleek, and Affordable.
I don’t like backing crowdfunded projects, but Kodama already had one successful 3D printer project, delivering to all of their backers. I really want a 3D printer and the price is right, so I’ve backed Obsidian. When I jumped in, the project was 1,100% funded!
- All the X-Men Drawn as Xs.
- Drone Racing League sets Guinness record for fastest flight
I’ve watched some races on ESPN. It’s entertaining to see how fast they go through the courses.
- Tülry: The World’s First Glamour Utility Necklace
16 tools in 1 necklace.
- Papier Machine
Beautiful way to play with electronics.
- Sotto: A Silent One-Handed Modular Keyset
Neat alternative to typing on a keyboard.
…adults and children alike mastered the keyset in less than two hours no matter what method of training was used. (In comparison, learning to type on a keyboard takes about 10 hours.)
The keyset emulator site needs a Dvorak setting.
- Yo, I could watch professional tag all day.
I would have never imagined this sport existed. Is there professional hide-and-seek?
- Build a clock for your entertainment center with a Raspberry Pi
Using a browser tab to build a clock is something I haven’t seen before. One of the projects I want to do at some point is build my own alarm clock, maybe even using a relay that can turn on a light when the alarm goes off.
- The Ultimate Guide to Soldering
Tons of great info if you’re new to soldering.
- The company isn’t a family
Have balance in your life.
- NFL helmets in their rival team’s colors is painful to see
I want to puke.
- Perfect Ten
Great piece at Daring Fireball about the impact of the iPhone.
- Inky pHAT a Tri-Colour EPD Display for Raspberry Pi
Gorgeous little display. They have 2 or 3 other sizes coming soon. Due to the 3 colors and how it works, it does take about 15 seconds to refresh the screen, but would be cool to use for things that don’t refresh often.
- Do You Raise the Average?
Different way of looking at your social circle. Do you help balance out the group of people you hang out with?
- Whole-body Aerial Manipulation by Transformable Multirotor with Two-dimensional Multilinks
Drone that can change shape while flying.
- Who Has Your Back? Government Data Requests 2017
Perfect score for WordPress.com!
- GE Appliances develops an ultra-fast pizza oven: 2 minute rapid bake
- Real-Time Elasticsearch Indexing on WordPress.com
Our users perform actions which trigger the indexing of 75 million documents per day!
- A riptide swept away a Florida family. Then dozens of beachgoers formed a human chain.
People can be amazing when they work together.
- 20 Examples Of The Mandela Effect That’ll Make You Believe You’re In A Parallel Universe
No way! We definitely never said Berenstain.
- 0.47: Python Scripts, Sesame Smart Lock, Gitter, Onvif cameras
Home Assistant now allows writing Python scripts that are exposed as services. Should be fun.
- Redditors design worst volume sliders possible
These are gold.
- CJ Cummings Defends Junior World Title in Tokyo
The future of American weightlifting is looking better than it has in a long time.
- Paul Ford: What Is Code?
I had this on my reading list when it came out, but it was so long (over 30,000 words) I never got around to it. Finally made the time. A wealth of info, but throughout the entire thing I couldn’t help but wonder how confused someone who doesn’t understand code would be.
As a class, programmers are easily bored, love novelty, and are obsessed with various forms of productivity enhancement. God help you if you’re ever caught in the middle of a conversation about nutrition; standing desks; the best keyboards; the optimal screen position and distance; whether to use a plain text editor or a large, complex development environment; chair placement; the best music to code to; the best headphones; whether headphone amplifiers actually enhance listening; whether open-plan offices are better than individual or shared offices; the best bug-tracking software; the best programming methodology; the right way to indent code and the proper placement of semicolons; or, of course, which language is better. And whatever you do, never, ever ask a developer about productivity software.
- You Know You’re a Maker When…
I can definitely relate to a lot of these.
- The Arduino Foundation: What’s Up?
There were questions when the WordPress Foundation was being created too and everything turned out fine.
- Big Brother Cast: Christmas Abbott
I used to watch BB but cut it from my watch list because 3 episodes of a show every week was too much.
- NBA Draft Positions
High draft picks matter.
- The incredibly intricate badges of Def Con
They really do have the “world’s coolest conference badges.”
- DED: Donut Email Dongle (part 1)
This is an awesome idea for a prank device. Sounds like something I’d do if I worked in an office. Maybe I’ll create a version that sends Slack messages to the announcements channel and use it at our company’s grand meetup.
- Girl Scouts to offer badge in cyber security skills
Awesome! We need to keep getting girls interested in tech, keep them interested, and hire them.
- Who Americans spend their time with
I guess I’m at that point in live where time spent alone will start to increase. Best news I’ve had in a long time. 🙂
- Arduino POV Fidget Spinner
This works off the same concepts as the multiplexing stuff I showed with 7 segment displays.
- IRS Phone Scammers Mess With the Wrong Guy and Regret It Immediately
This is brilliant. A programmer wrote a script to flood the phone lines of scammers.
- Why Remote Work Can’t Be Stopped
We’ve been saying it’s the future of work for years. We can hire from anywhere around the world. If people are productive it shouldn’t matter when and where they work.
To understand the issues, it’s helpful to look at a company that has always been almost entirely remote. Automattic, maker of WordPress, the content-management system that powers 28% of all websites, has 558 employees spread across more than 50 countries, up from 302 in December 2014.
Despite its growth, the company is getting rid of its custom-designed, light-filled, 14,250-square-foot office in a hip San Francisco neighborhood. On an average day, maybe five workers will show up, dwarfed by the cavernous space and nearly outnumbered by the ping-pong and foosball tables that mostly sit idle.
- How Donald Trump Shifted Kids-Cancer Charity Money Into His Business
…this maneuver would appear to have more in common with a drug cartel’s money-laundering operation than a charity’s best-practices textbook. That $100,000 in outside donations to the Donald J. Trump Foundation (remember: Trump himself didn’t give to his own foundation at this time) passed through the Eric Trump Foundation–and wound up in the coffers of Donald Trump’s private businesses.
- Bullet Journal
This looks fun, but I don’t think I’d be able to keep up with it. I use notes in the Bear app a lot. Having all of my notes sync between devices and always with me (on my iPhone) is invaluable.
- Peak Performance book: How rest, breaks help athletes
The main point of the article isn’t even focussed on sports or exercising. Rest and balance is important in all aspects of life.
- Free Arduino
Free as in Freedom.
- Amazon Is Killing My Sex Life
Am I a “brogrammer?” Don’t answer that. Since I don’t date, I don’t care.
- IOC Cuts Weightlifting Spots For Tokyo By 25 Percent
Rough news for the growing sport.
- Asking Girls and Boys, What Would Wonder Woman Do?
It was such a great movie on so many levels.
- Taylor Swift embraces streaming, brings full catalog to Spotify and more
Took her long enough to realize streaming isn’t going away.
- Why Apple’s HomeKit Announcement Is a Big Deal for Makers
Looking forward to giving this a spin, though I’m guessing it’ll be integrated into Home Assistant to make things easier.
- Goodbye, Hello.
I’ve been using a Sense for several years now and enjoy the device and data it provides. I hope they’re able to find a buyer to keep the it running or open source the software so we can keep using our devices.
- The Fighter Pull-up Program Revisited
Looks neat. Can probably be applied to other movements, like handstand push-ups.
- When a company grows, but the office shrinks
Good post by Toni about why we are getting rid of our office/lounge space in San Francisco. At Automattic, we are always iterating.
- Inside Adafruit, the Open-Source Manufacturing Maker Champions
I’m more and more impressed with Adafruit every day. I’ve already learned so much from the guides in their learning system and it continues to be a valuable resource for my electronics hobby.Ladyada’s 10 Lessons for Building Open Culture Companies at the end of the article share many values with our culture and beliefs at Automattic.
- Boosted boards
The price, at $1,299-1,499, seems a
- Developers who use spaces make more money than those who use tabs
Whoa. I’m surprised there is a difference and I’m also hesitant to believe there isn’t something else in the data.
- Inductive Charging Is Not ‘Wireless’
I’ve been saying this for years!
- This Man Has Programmed Every Event of the CrossFit Games … Ever
Next year, I don’t know what I’m going to do, though, because I’m not sure the Regionals format will look the same.
That’s all I’m going to say about that for now
- Posting a Score From an Unrated Set of Tees
One of our older golfers plays from the women’s tees, which aren’t rated for men. Turns out the USGA has thought of this and provides some adjustment tables based on yardage differences.
- What’s in My Bag, 2017 edition
I’ve never gone wrong trying something recommended by Matt. I often refer back to these posts when I’m looking to buy something.
- Wrangle Your Cables with These 2 Zip Tie Tricks
I’m going to have to try the weave with some of the cables behind my TV.
- Thumbs Up Tape
Looks like a worthy alternative to ABG Stretch Tape | Average Broz Store , the best tape you can buy for weightlifting and CrossFit. Traditional athletic tape isn’t flexible enough, especially when used over a finger joint.
- code: deck classic
Learn some code while playing cards. I think I’d be too distracted from the game.
At my recent team meetup, we discussed Easy Cheese. A week later I came across this. Should I buy one?
- Why exercise is the best medicine for your brain
Glad my Dad exercises since his dad had Alzheimer’s. Get up and move people!
- Fuck Productivity
I definitely worked too much (which is easy to do when you work from home) in my early years at Automattic. I’ve learned to step away, enjoy my hobbies, and make sure I have enough time for myself. Enjoy what you do and make sure to find balance.
- 2017 CrossFit Regionals Super Leaderboard
It’s never fair to compare since the regionals are spread over three weeks, but still fun to look at.
- Michigan is better than Ohio, according to yet another study
- Kevin Spacey Says New ‘House of Cards’ Is Among ‘Best’ Done
…just you wait. Just you wait…
No! I can’t wait!
- Christopher ‘Big Black’ Boykin Dead: ‘Rob & Big’ Star Dies
He was hilarious on the show. It’s been years since I’ve watched anything on MTV, but “Rob & Big” was my favorite.
- How to shoot on iPhone 7
Apple created a whole bunch of short videos with quick tips on getting the most out of the iPhone 7 camera. Something for everyone here.
- YouTube Audio Library
Need some music for your video?
- COBOL Tutorial
I took 2 or 3 COBOL classes in college as part of my Computer Information Systems minor. It seemed like such an old way of doing things even then, 15+ years ago. I can’t believe this is still a thing.
- COBOL Is Everywhere. Who Will Maintain It?
Speaking of which.
About 95 percent of ATM swipes use COBOL code… and the 58-year-old language even powers 80 percent of in-person transactions.
- Moom removed from sale—hopefully temporarily
Damn, this sucks. I’ve been using Moom for years to restore/reset application positions. Wishing them luck!
- Trump thinks that exercising too much uses up the body’s ‘finite’ energy
Doesn’t surprise me at this point. It’s pretty clear he lives in a world that exists only in his mind. Is there anyone alive who disregards facts and science more than this fucking bozo? Yet, somehow he convinced enough people to elect him our President.
- AliExpress.com – Online Shopping for Electronics, Fashion, Home & Garden, Toys & Sports, Automobiles from China.
I’d heard of Alibaba, but just have come across AliExpress recently. All of the searches I’ve done on the site have come up with options much cheaper than I’ve seen anywhere else. Since items ship from China, shipping will be slow though. If you’re worried about safety, apparently protecting the consumer is really important to AliExpress, so it is safe to use.
I’m going to try something different with these link dumps. I’ll write a little about each link. Might be a sentence or it might be a paragraph.
- Dashcam Footage Shows Tesla Autopilot Predicting Surprise Crash
This is incredible. Can’t wait to get a Model 3 next year.
- 100 Days of WTF Just Happened Today?
I’ve had to stop my daily reading and following of so many things Trump. It was too consuming. “The disbelief is steady.”
- 100 days of Trump claims
The lies continue well into this presidency. His supporters respond, “who cares.” How can you not care? This man is “leading” our country. If you follow him on Twitter, at least once a week it’s like listening to a 5-year-old throw a temper tantrum who didn’t get their way.
- Why Adults Can’t Squat Like Babies and Should Stop Trying To
A lot of good data on the differences between babies and adults that contribute to how we squat.
- Programming as a Way of Thinking
I’ve been tinkering a lot with Python on Raspberry Pis and Arduino (set of C/C++) on microcontrollers. Working with Arduino reminds me of how confusing it was to learn how to handle things like strings in my college C++ classes. Python code is fun to write, easy to understand, and forgiving in it’s structure.
- You’re not going to believe what I’m about to tell you
Really good explanation of how our brains try to protect our beliefs, even when provided evidence against those beliefs. It’s a psychological behavior called the backfire effect.
…remember that your worldview isn’t a perfect house that was built to last forever.
The mind can’t separate the emotional cortex from the logical one.
- Pi-hole™ 3.0 Is Here Featuring Our New FTL Engine
This is a huge improvement to an already great piece of software.
- It looks like Amazon’s Video app is finally coming to Apple TV this summer
I always forget about Prime Video because I have to fire up my Xbox One to access it. If a video service isn’t on Apple TV, it’s pretty much dead to me.
- Agree and Commit, Disagree and Commit
Good life lesson here, not just for business. Share your thoughts and debate, but once a decision has been made it’s time to move on.
- Why Can’t You Use Your Phone on a Plane?
Like we all thought, it’s bogus reasoning. They have never proven electronics cause an issue.
- Instagram and Insecurity
- Netflix will be releasing a true crime series about this young nun’s unsolved murder
- We Need More Repair Cafés
- Tesla driver says Model S ‘saved his life’ after walking away unscathed from a crash ~500-ft down a hill
- Love & breadsticks: There was a knife fight at Olive Garden
- Giving Credit Where Credit’s Due
- Tiger undergoes successful back surgery to alleviate pain
- The Tinker Board takes ASUS into a new world of DIY computing
- Google Chrome: Phishing Scam ‘Practically Impossible to Spot’
- Nearing 100 days, Trump’s approval at record lows but his base is holding
- Here’s Why Juicero’s Press is So Expensive
- Making of the Beast
- You Can Go Home Again
- Nation of Makers
- Model S or Model 3
- Conspiracy Theorist in Chief
- California Fights Back
- Brooke Ence On Failure, Self-Image and Learning to Rise
- Breakdown of The NY Post’s Latest CrossFit Hit Piece
- Why the North Pond Hermit Hid From People for 27 Years
- Strength and Body Image
- Fast Drawing for Everyone
- Welcoming New Colleagues — a Data-Based Story
- Remote work: For programmers, the ultimate office perk is avoiding the office entirely
- IKEA Trådfri: Internet of Things done right