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Imagine yourself trapped in a two-seat convertible for two weeks with another human, being forced to eat, sleep, and excrete in-place, because getting out or even opening a window means certain death. Such was the reality of early spaceflight as presented in Mary Roach's "Packing for Mars" which chronicles research into the physiology of human spaceflight and life-support systems. The right stuff definitely included an iron gut.

Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00AR2BCLW/ref=cm_sw_r_awd_hy7Uub1K46PXM

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On interviewing at +Perka.
What engineer doesn’t love a juicy puzzle? Our “apply by API” feature helps us find and hire puzzle-solvers faster.
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Brilliant. Kudos, Bob!
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Some photos from the floor at DroidCon NYC.
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"American Shuffle"
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Does anyone have experience with the OKR-tracking tool made by 7Geese or recommendations for something similar?
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"Every school shooting incident comes in the same dreary package: an angry, politically-charged rant, shrink-wrapped around a core of mental illness and neglect. ... while we seem to imagine potential terrorists everywhere — in airport lines, at stadium gates, in subway cars — we never see the school shooters coming. We’re always caught by surprise.  ... We fail to spot shooter after shooter because they are so close to us and so much like us."
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I wonder: if you looked for apparently similar men, how many false positives would there be? (Just to get a handle on the scale of the problem.)
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Why your average online forum is a horrible place to be (from a founder of StackExchange)
Here is something I've never articulated because I thought, perhaps naively, it was understood: The priority for participating on this forum is not the quality of the content. I ultimately don't care how smart or funny or observant you are. Those are plusses, but they're never prerequisites.
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"synergistically brand clicks-and-mortar e-commerce"

This has replaced Lorem Ipsum in my demos.
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Would be nice if they trained a markov model on a pile of press releases, and generated longer corporate spam from that :)
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This gave me goosebumps.
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A non-developer developer tool for iOS built by a smart team.
Allowing creatives to produce beautiful native Apps for iPhone, iPad and iOS mobile devices on Mac OS X.
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Faster, faster.
 
For all the game/vm/web people out there, I finally got around to my (yearly, it seems) Box2d benchmark update. There are definitely some interesting changes afoot in the world of web VMs.

http://www.j15r.com/blog/2014/05/23/Box2d_2014_Update
Just a quick post to call out a recent update to my old Box2d benchmarks. I'd been meaning to update the numbers for some time, and it became clear that now is that time when I got several pull requests and issues reported within the last month or so (thanks to Alon Zakai, Alex Russell, ...
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