105 / Fire and Motion

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Fire And Motion

6 min · joelonsoftware.com

Joel Spolsky about flow-state, startups and how to win.

I gave commit rights to someone I didn't know, I could never have guessed what happened next!

3 min · tech.davis-hansson.com

Jacob Davis-Hansson tells the story of one of their open-source projects got popular without them noticing.


Clever Code Considered Harmful

7 min · joshwcomeau.com

Josh Comeau explains why clever code should be avoided wherever possible.

Phase Locked State Machines

9 min · onevariable.com

James explains how they abstracted the state transitions of three components into a single Rust trait.

All the Hard Stuff Nobody Talks About when Building Products with LLMs

13 min · honeycomb.io

Phillip Carter shares Honeycomb's experience building their natural language querying interface. Thanks, Michal!

CSS wishlist 2023

3 min · ellyloel.com

Elly Loel has a wishlist for CSS in 2023, with links to prior work.

Cutting Room Floor

How to Stare at Your Phone Without Losing Your Soul

2 min · simone.org

Simone argues that high screen time is not inherently bad, it's a matter of intention.

VogelRIP (German)

1 min · vogel.rip

A German talkshow has commissioned a study to see if German tweets changed, and they did: 20 % less German tweets since last year, smaller and less active bubbles and more right-wing chatter.


1 min · bjoernkarmann.dk

Bjørn Karmann built a camera with a viewfinder that turns what it sees into text and the camera turns that text into an image using AI.

Why octopuses are building small “cities” off the coast of Australia

3 min · arstechnica.com

Annalee Newitz tells the fascinating story of the otherwise solitary octopus building "Octlantis" and developing social behaviour.

These tiny, medical robots could one day travel through your body

3 min · colorado.edu

Daniel Strain summarises a paper by CU Boulder who created tiny robots that could one day deliver drugs to hard-to-reach places or perform tiny surgeries.


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