Excursions by Amit Gawande

Entries tagged “links”

September 11, 2019   If you contrast anger and depression, both negative states, you realise that someone who is angry is passionate, still cares, is still engaged.
September 11, 2019   Face recognition, bad people and bad data   We worry about face recognition just as we worried about databases - we worry what happens if they contain bad data and we worry what bad people
August 30, 2019   There’s a beauty in being shaken out of routine, even if just for a short while, and even if that shaking is somewhat uncomfortable. There’s a lot
August 27, 2019   Nothing that Google does to hoard more data is surprising any more. Sigh! What happens when you launch Google Chrome for the first time on a
August 27, 2019   Unfortunately, while there was an award made for the first place female, there was no award prepared for the first place male. Instead, there was
August 26, 2019   I completely agree with you Ben. I am in the habit of searching for things to read while I idle around. In queues or while sipping a cup of tea
August 26, 2019   Today, we’re introducing a new shell, written in Rust. It draws inspiration from the classic Unix philosophy of pipelines, the structured data
August 24, 2019   Here Come the Space Tugs, Ready to Tidy Up Earth's Orbits   SpaceX is teaming up with the maker of a space tugboat, which would nudge satellites around, clean up space junk, and do other orbital
August 22, 2019   For decades, controlling computers by thought was the stuff of science fiction. But now we are tantalisingly close to a breakthrough. The question
August 22, 2019   And this is the thing that is so brilliant and awful about Lyft and Uber’s gamification: it preys on our desire to be of service, to be liked, to
August 20, 2019   Make no mistake, the machines are learning. The question for those of us devoting the best years of our lives to the fine art of creative writing
August 19, 2019   If you can replace a bad habit with a good one, you’ll live with the benefits for decades. The challenge is to set up systems that are likely to
August 15, 2019   I am now going to play with my idiotic dog, who quite honestly, deserves my attention, pays me back for it tenfold, and is absolutely smarter than
August 9, 2019   Perhaps more of us would use the latest and greatest code if it was well documented, and proven to be sustainable. If we thought that the people
August 6, 2019   The Hidden Costs of Automated Thinking   A brilliant essay at New Yorker on A.I. and intellectual debt, output of an often employed “approach to discovery — answers first, explanations
August 6, 2019   Can an information system be art? Because, like I said, it’s flipping sweet, and all executed in Banksy’s trademark tongue in cheek style. This
August 6, 2019   It’s not about mental health; it’s not about drugs; it’s not about videogames. It’s not about prayer in schools. It’s about limiting access to
August 3, 2019   A fundamental flaw of the Web is that the browsers accepted liberally but the servers did not send conservatively.
August 2, 2019   Toggle buttons are useful controls if you design them right. A single toggle button presents more challenges than multiple toggle buttons.
July 28, 2019   War may have brought Kargil into this generation’s public consciousness 20 years ago, but peace and historical prosperity can cement it.
July 25, 2019   Moods change, thoughts come and go but rain is always right. Decide your destiny, select your freedom and abandon your fate.
July 25, 2019   Machine learning is about to revolutionize the study of ancient games   A fascinating read — instance when ML application is generally positive. The goal is to better understand these ancient games
July 24, 2019   Files are fraught with peril   A really great article summarizing the perils of files and writes and file systems. And also on why exactly consumers should care. Especially, the
July 23, 2019   Do you ever get mad after yanking a word, deleting a word somewhere else, trying paste the first word in, and then discovering your original yank
April 14, 2019   From experience we should all try and remember that our opinions do not matter more than others; you can learn from each one fo your interactions,
April 3, 2019   I feel you are over-analyzing it. For me, all it comes down to is the order. So for the two categories you mentioned, blogs are usually ordered by
March 24, 2019   Oh, I completely agree. It is very much needed. Tidying up thoughts is equally important.
February 13, 2019   I think subscriptions have their place in the publishing business. But the way paywalls are implemented today stinks. Some content should never
February 12, 2019   ♺ Reposted a tweet QA engineer walks into a bar. Orders a beer. Orders 0 beers. Orders 99999999999 beers. Orders a lizard. Orders -1 beers. Orders
February 9, 2019   ♺ Reposted a tweet from Wolfie Christl Facebook adds 5 divs, 9 spans and 30 css classes to every single post in the timeline to make it more
February 7, 2019   I know some people who appear to be neurologically “immune” against the various habit forming patterns of social media apps. Good for them. I am
January 22, 2019   I love email, more than ever   Martin Weigert talks pretty openly about his love for emails. Over the years, one frequent type of blog post published by tech heavyweights laments
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November 3, 2018   Fast forward a year, and after a lot of trial and error I’m ready to now take the next step in removing Google from my
November 3, 2018   What Is The Morning Writing Effect? → Yet another version might be that sleep itself is the key: sleep, aside from any resetting, is also
November 1, 2018   I strongly believe we need tread extra cautiously while observing what these companies do with the internet. They would like to have their own
November 1, 2018   How a Month without Computers Changed Me   This is such a fascinating read — so detailed on how Andrey Sitnik planned for and went through this arduous experiment. Then I asked myself if
November 1, 2018   (…) expanding a license’s requirements beyond derived works is not entirely new; the GPL’s requirement that build scripts be released is one
October 30, 2018   “Punekars focus towards optimum usage. They might go to bed half-full [rather] than [on] a full stomach with wastage.”
October 30, 2018   Sometimes the most practical, healthy thing we can do for ourselves is to free up time throughout our day for quick hits of nothing at all.
October 29, 2018   This thread on Quora captures some of the best stories from real people meeting Steve Jobs — some wonderful memories. You don’t
October 29, 2018   DuckDuckGo has been a profitable company since 2014 without storing or sharing any personal information on people using our search engine.
October 28, 2018   Type “download Chrome” in the address bar and click the first result provided by Bing search. Unfortunately those unsuspecting users have a high
October 28, 2018   Dynamicland is a new kind of computer. It’s not a gadget that you keep in your pocket, nor one you can slip into your bag. The whole darn room is
October 27, 2018   How China Rips Off the iPhones and Reinvents Android   But what is true today is that not all Chinese phone software is bad. And when it is bad from a Western perspective, it’s often bad for very
October 26, 2018  
October 26, 2018   ♺ Reposted a tweet from Amy Scott Ouch, @NYT_Crossword.
October 25, 2018   The narrative of social media grooming is a seductive one, but it’s as much of a dead end as spending an extra hour picking out which tie to wear
October 24, 2018   Double-Check Your Facts   These look like such simple questions, but am sure one can’t get all right. Even when you employ the internet. Is that’s the case, how can complex
October 22, 2018   All of these events feel like unnecessary disasters—if we were just a little smarter, we could have avoided them—but the fires in Lawrence are
October 22, 2018   Infinite scroll can be disorienting, uncontrollable, and can cause your users stress (…) UX people shouldn’t consider infinite scrolling as a
October 22, 2018   The fundamental flaw is that destabilizing your codebase by integrating inadequately tested features, and then hoping to fix up all the problems
October 21, 2018   How do you become a better engineer? Doing it.
October 21, 2018   Before you’re acquired, you’re an important visionary. Afterward, you’re a crazy person who just wants to burn money. Yahoo’s screwed up many
October 16, 2018   Recently, I wanted to change my Emacs configuration just for Markdown files, so I can have similar experience with iA Writer. Here is the outline
October 16, 2018   Companies, don’t let yourself get nickel and dimed on data. If you buy my personal data from me directly I’ll cut you a huge discount
October 15, 2018   They (media companies) don’t make the reading experience as good as it could be, and they make me not want to use their iOS apps, because I can’t
October 12, 2018   Until I come to my senses and realize signing up for this newsletter would be the best decision I’ll ever make, I’ll have to somehow find it within
October 11, 2018   It (Desktop Browser for iOS) somehow modifies things so responsive websites think you’re using a browser that’s wider than it really is.
October 11, 2018   I’m turning off crossposting my blog to Twitter via Micro.blog. (…) Twitter is its own thing, it’s weird when I post something on my blog, but I
October 9, 2018   When writing code, you have to take yourself out of the moment, out of the nitty gritty details, and try to look at your code with the eyes of a
October 6, 2018   I spent an afternoon building a collection of replacement alternatives for all the system complications that I use that render with a more low
October 5, 2018   The ‘desirable difficulty’ you experience when reading information formatted in Sans Forgetica prompts your brain to engage in deeper processing.
October 5, 2018   Consent is only meaningful if there are genuine alternatives and as an industry we have yet to tackle this problem (see how Facebook, Apple,
October 4, 2018   after I post this status, I will be quitting Facebook, except for groups, events, messaging, sharing my take on controversial op-eds, promoting my
October 4, 2018   Life’s too short to use software that was built purely by heuristic-barren algorithms
October 4, 2018   It’s entirely possible for a company like Google to make good, usable products that strike a balance between privacy and profit. It’s just that
October 3, 2018   Basically the machine boots up in UEFI mode, shows its vendor logo and then the screen keeps showing the vendor logo all the way to a smooth fade
October 2, 2018   We learned that links to resources on the live web are fragile and not a persistently reliable way to refer to those resources.
October 1, 2018   As it stands, I’ve put in 2,600+ hours and written 62,176 lines of code (mostly C++). The game’s made $27.92 in income, which nets out at about
September 30, 2018   ♺ Reposted a toot from Eugen I’m a technically-minded person but reading Solid’s homepage and docs, it sounds completely incomprehensible to me.
September 30, 2018   Instead of me spending time, make the sender work to get my attention. Make them earn the privilege of getting emails into my inbox.
September 30, 2018   I think we’re on the cusp of a huge revolution in humanity. Living in a soup of abuse and having to pretend everything is perfect, that’s the world
September 30, 2018   Solid is guided by the principle of “personal empowerment through data” which we believe is fundamental to the success of the next era of the web.
September 29, 2018   Apple is slowly using Swift in more apps with each new iOS release, but the number of these apps is still really limited.
September 29, 2018   ♺ Reposted a tweet from Vox Both Christine Blasey Ford and Brett Kavanaugh fielded questions from lawmakers and prosecutor Rachel Mitchell. But
September 28, 2018   Give him vocabulary lessons for positive and negative adjectives. (…) Show him how to speak without jerking his arms like a traffic guard.
September 26, 2018   (…) there’s never been an easier way to convey the scope and cost of a project than if-statement based billing. Though not practical, a
September 26, 2018   Apple doesn’t sell many ads within the app and doesn’t make it particularly easy for publishers to sell their own.
September 25, 2018   (..) it worked out all right because there was that woman using the responsive, fully interactive, enterprise-ready ERP system “sheet of paper and
September 25, 2018   Porting your iOS apps to the Mac is exciting, and it’s easier than ever with Apple’s new iOSMac platform.
September 24, 2018   “Facebook is shit”   A brutal takedown of Facebook from John Oliver, and he still didn’t touch so many of the nasty problems from across the world that Facebook has
September 24, 2018   So if signed in users are your problem, why would you make a change that forces unsigned–in users to become signed users?
September 20, 2018   (…) if you tap that microphone icon on the keyboard and say “Tab key,” iOS will insert a tab for you. And via Text Shortcuts, too.
September 19, 2018   This isn’t creating a distributed network, this is creating a whole bunch of massive points of failure.
September 17, 2018   Using rotating sets, camera tricks and a visual style that suggests the film noir of Alfred Hitchcock, this is perhaps the most peculiarly
September 17, 2018   (…) at /e/, we want to build an alternative mobile operating system that everybody can enjoy using, one that is a lot more respectful of user’s
September 17, 2018   With the new iPhones coming out today, I wanted to revisit the whole Apple vs. headphone jack fiasco. Why? Seriously, why?
September 11, 2018   We know music is pleasurable, the question is why? Many answers have been proposed: perhaps none are quite right
September 11, 2018   (…) we cannot measure ourselves by what we think we should also be able to get away with. In fact, this is the sort of behavior that no one should
September 10, 2018   But, obviously, if you knew where your bugs were, you’d just fix them. Errors typically hide in the places we forget to look.
September 9, 2018   In the case of Tesla, what’s missing: gravitas, which is needed when you are a public company. It needs an independent board. It needs its own Tim
September 3, 2018   A classic is a book that has never finished saying what it has to say (..) A classic is something that persists as a background noise even when the
September 3, 2018   It’s helped me realize that if we don’t do something soon to systematize this (blog archives), the web as an archival medium is going to have
September 2, 2018   The museum exhibits over 900 carefully selected and sorted web sites that show web design trends between the years 1995 and 2005.
August 31, 2018   The power of mobs in Mastodon reminds me of the power of mobs in baby Twitter of 2009. Which is to say: it’s entirely possible it will get worse
August 30, 2018   The only lasting antidote to social media’s current data monopoly is to create independent networks that are more wholesome, creative, interactive,
August 30, 2018   Logged off: meet the teens who refuse to use social media   This is such a fascinating read — I don’t think it is a stretch to think there would be teens who would be overwhelmed by the
August 30, 2018   Twitter is testing a feature where it suggests who to unfollow   I read this. And then I read this again. I checked the source to make sure it isn’t from The Onion. It wasn’t. We know that people want a relevant
August 28, 2018   Sometimes it’s worth opening up a laptop and slowing down just a bit. Yes, opening up a laptop might count as slowing down a bit.
August 28, 2018   (..) it’s more valuable to have a smaller design that’s easy to refactor than to have a larger design with abstractions that you don’t use; the
August 28, 2018   ♺ Reposted a post from Daniel Goldsmith There aren’t enough ’lol’s and ’wtf’s in the world to compensate me for what I’ve lost reading this
August 27, 2018   The New York Public Library introduces classic literature to “Instagram Stories” with Insta Novels - “On a mission to inspire lifelong learning,
August 27, 2018   in JavaScript is not Unicode aware.
August 27, 2018   We just have to make sure that knowledge of an identifier can’t be used to somehow take over the authenticator. And a phone number is only an
August 27, 2018   All it would take to change all of this is to relocate a modest house or its even more modest shed, but they’ve chosen not to do that on Beara.
August 25, 2018   The restorative power of memory is a recurring theme: To remember someone is to keep their spirit alive. But it’s how one is thought of that is
August 24, 2018   Interestingly, only about 50% of users found anything suspicious, partly due to the fact that I used https on all my pages, which is one of the
August 23, 2018   It’s not data ethics, it’s ethics. It’s not data privacy, it’s privacy. It’s not digital rights, it’s human rights in the digital/networked age.
August 23, 2018   ♺ Reposted a toot from D Dino i proofread my writing by piping it through espeak
August 22, 2018   Rules are made to be broken, but if you want to make a great website as easily as possible, these are some good rules of thumb!
August 21, 2018   ♺ Reposted a tweet from Dorothy Nelson And now, because it is late summer — a guide to Yellow Stripey Things
August 21, 2018   This [Instagram Stories and likes] is reality TV 3.0. Like I said, the tyranny of reality TV is unrelenting — we want to be amused to death or next
August 20, 2018   ♺ Reposted a tweet from Andy Baio This ✨magical link✨ shows your Twitter timeline in true chronological order—without retweets, liked tweets, or
August 20, 2018   Every now and then I see a page that hasn’t jumped on the bandwagon, we just can’t have that so lets run through how to design for the modern web.
August 20, 2018   Lovelace’s program is often called the world’s first computer program. Not everyone agrees that it should be called that(..) Who wouldn’t want to
August 20, 2018   Mark Zuckerberg and other big boys don’t have my sympathy   Cathy O’Neil, along with criticizing these “big boys of tech”, feels some sympathy for them. I might be the only person on Earth feeling sorry for
August 19, 2018   We might be a clickbait generation, but it’s not all digital dystopia… I’ve yet to find a peer who’s heard of Coke Studio Pakistan and doesn’t
August 18, 2018   ♺ Reposted a tweet from Jim Carrey 40 innocent children killed on a bus in Yemen. Our ally. Our missile. Our crime.
August 18, 2018   ★ Liked “No Ill Effects” Twitter from the outside now looks like a massive world-wide frenzy for no reason. It’s the illusion of something
August 17, 2018   ★ Liked “Stories Are About Change” (..) if your story doesn’t change your lead character irrevocably from beginning to end, no one will really care
August 17, 2018   ★ Liked “Tokyo’s Long Lines Lead to Magic” Tokyo is a magical place. I knew this going in, even though I’d never been there before. It’s a fast,
August 16, 2018   ★ Liked “Press-Worthy” by Colin Wright We needn’t go viral or be trending to grow, to make progress, or to make a difference in someone else’s
August 16, 2018   ★ Liked “Use Photos to fit event photos into a single timeline” I continue the process with all the other cameras until the Photos view runs from
August 15, 2018   ★ Liked “Selling Your Power Back to Twitter” Why would anyone sell their power back to Twitter, knowing Twitter uses some of it to run the
August 15, 2018   ★ Liked “MIT mathematicians solve age-old spaghetti mystery” The twist wave travels faster than the bending wave, dissipating energy so that
August 14, 2018   ★ Liked “The Quietest Place in America Is Becoming a Warzone” If we don’t defend silence, we sever one of the last ties to life on Earth before
August 14, 2018   ★ Liked “Dear Journalists: The war on what you do is escalating.” You — and probably free speech — can’t constantly play defense. You can’t win if
August 13, 2018   Reads I Liked (13-Aug)   Here’s a list of articles I liked throughout the day. 1. I do not think there is any debate on whether Artificial Intelligence will have some
August 10, 2018   Reads I Liked (10-Aug)   Throughout the day, I read so many article which I would like to share to others. It also is an exercise so that I keep track of all the articles I
August 8, 2018   Bad news: there's no solution to false information online   This is a must read article from Ben Werdmüller where he concisely conveys the problem around fake news1 and also presents how different players in
August 8, 2018   ★ Liked “How I gained commit access to Homebrew in 30 minutes” As an industry, we need to invest in the well being of core OSS software that we all
August 8, 2018   ★ Liked “First Amendment Experts Warn Facebook Banning InfoWars Could Set Completely Reasonable Precedent For Free Speech | The Onion” “What we see
August 7, 2018   Micro.blog is the only service that I use which uses email-only authentication. And it is a win-some-lose-some experience. There are times,
August 7, 2018   ★ Liked “AWS icon quiz” You use AWS, but how well do you actually know AWS? How many AWS icons can you correctly identify?
August 7, 2018   Freeing the Web from the Browser   The Web is, without a doubt, the most powerful research tool currently available to man. No longer must researchers comb through endless indices
August 7, 2018   ★ Liked “Reporter vs Journalist” I’d love to reserve the term blogger for people who write about their own experiences, not for pay, the “unedited
August 6, 2018   ★ Liked “How Does Mastodon Work?” I’m going to try and cover all of the basics of Mastodon in this post, as well as the details of how it all
August 4, 2018   ★ Liked “A Moral Imperative” What I don’t hear often in the discussion is the moral imperative to help others: the understanding that taking care
August 2, 2018   ★ Liked “Engineers Fix Original Defects in the Statue (of Liberty)”. From the 1985 archives. ‘’We just couldn’t buy her a new dress and dab on some
August 2, 2018   ★ Liked “A Spectre is Haunting Unicode” To sum up - in 1978 a series of small mistakes created some characters out of nothing. The errors went
August 1, 2018   ''   ★ Liked “Doing Nothing” Push your mind out of a rut. This is important. I need to do this more often.
August 1, 2018   ''   ★ Liked “Dave Winer on the decrentralized web” I think the “decentralized web” can’t be anything other than the web itself.
August 1, 2018   ''   ★ Liked “The Bullshit Web” An honest web is one in which the overwhelming majority of the code and assets downloaded to a user’s computer are used
July 30, 2018   ''   ★ Liked “The conventional wisdom about not feeding trolls makes online abuse worse” The story of the internet has always been the same story:
July 30, 2018   ''   ★ Liked “‘The discourse is unhinged’: how the media gets AI alarmingly wrong ” “Making real progress in AI requires a public discourse that is
July 30, 2018   ''   ★ Liked “The Outline “slams” media for overusing the word” It’s all about courting our love of sensation; nobody is really getting hurt.