It seems like common sense, but every few months I need a reminder that I should prefer to incrementally refactor/re-architect the codebase I have, rather than start from scratch.
There is also a book, quite short but there are some things that are not in the lecture. Good read
The Most Intolerant Wins: The Dictatorship of the Small Minority
Another thing is that you don't really need to handle HTML at all, only a small subsection that might be totally fine with a regex, even a simple one, for a lot of cases.
The true enemy is parsing something that might change over time, and that's totally unrelated to the regex issue.
Recently I replaced this with a xml tokenizer I wrote in Go that can deal with invalid or corrupt xml. On top of this I have used a state machine to make it possible to handle different situations.
If you enjoy the subject, these two are good reads as well:
It's common for parents to be daunted by the fact that their kids are being left behind. This fear leads to high-pressure parenting and its symptoms are much worse in an Indian society (in which I grew up). What kids need more is freedom to explore their own interests and inquisitiveness rather than forced lessons. I keep revisiting this article to remind myself what kids needs the most to grow.
The talk You and Your Research is actually the final chapter/lecture in the book/course.
I can't personally recommend the lectures, since I have not watched them, but I have carefully read the book and taken notes: it is pure gold.
I can't find it in paper version though - only PDF. Any idea where could I buy it ?
I did have the opportunity to compare my PDF with a genuine original book, and found no differences. Even the typos I found in the PDF that I thought must be OCR errors turn out to be in the original as well.
The Wikipedia entry on Sargant says things like "his reliance on dogma rather than clinical evidence have confirmed his reputation as a controversial figure whose work is seldom cited in modern psychiatric texts.", and others "described him as 'autocratic, a danger, a disaster' and spoke about 'the damage he did'".
Why Amazon has no profits and why it works by A16Z https://a16z.com/2014/09/05/why-amazon-has-no-profits-and-wh...
Remember how privileged we are. Remember how quickly these privileges can go away. Remember how unfair the world is.
Focus on what is important. Focus on life. Yours and others.
From this vantage point 13 years later, there are specific parts of the essay that are objectionable now, and yet that reinforces rather than refutes the core thrust of the essay.
How to do Research At the MIT AI Lab  and Where's the Passion .
A taste from the blog outside of the book: https://meaningness.com/metablog/stem-fluidity-bridge
Bob Altemeyer's The Authoritarians has gotten multiple re-readings (it's a short book/very long essay, but is published free online) and has given me great insight into the attitudes behind the right-wing populists currently dominating politics in the West:
It's a very personal post about death & loss & mourning. It helped me navigate through a tough time.
"The way to get startup ideas is not to try to think of startup ideas. It's to look for problems."
I personally think this is an profoundly important piece of writing.
It’s just spectacular in a way that is hard to summarize. My favorite part is the lesson about closed vs open doors.
1. How language influences emotion - https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2015/12/the-book-...
2. The Kekule Problem - http://nautil.us/issue/47/consciousness/the-kekul-problem
Both of them very thought provoking and excellent articles.
I've reread it probably hundreds of times, it might be the single most insightful HN comment I've ever read.
It's the basics that I forget often...
"So when I tell people about this election, and they ask me “Does it always have the same outcome?” the answer is yes and no. Because the Great Forces always push the same way. The strong factions are strong. Money is power. Blood is thicker than promises. Virtue is manipulable. In the end, a bad man will be pope. And he will do bad things. The war is coming, and the land — some land somewhere — will burn. But the details are always different. A Cardinal needs to gather fourteen votes to get the throne, but it’s never the same fourteen votes, so it’s never the same fourteen people who get papal favor, whose agendas are strengthened, whose homelands prosper while their enemies fall. And I have never once seen a pope elected in this simulation who did not owe his victory, not only to those who voted, but to one or more of the humble functionaries, who repeated just the right whisper at just the right moment, and genuinely handed the throne to Monster A instead of Monster B. And from that functionary flow the consequences."
They a great reference for linux tools and how to use them.
They are also a great guide to deductive reasoning when spelunking through a system to find issues.
REFLECTIONS AFTER 25 YEARS AT THE MOVIES
Procrastination is not Laziness (http://www.raptitude.com/2011/05/procrastination-is-not-lazi...)
6 Harsh Truths That Will Make You a Better Person (http://www.cracked.com/blog/6-harsh-truths-that-will-make-yo...)
Self Reliance | inspirational |
Its not about technology, and its not about football, though it uses that as a backdrop. Read it twice. https://www.everydayshouldbesaturday.com/2017/9/1/16233388/w...
would love a poster version of this
It's a lengthy read, but that's the one which helped me really understand Paxos.
Though if you start using pocket you will inevitably end up with thousands of unread articles that you will "read later" which might be worse.
One of the best is http://paulgraham.com/growth.html
5-10 page long essay about "technology scepticism", from 1984 . A perspective on digitization of society, then and now.
About the differences between economic class and social class.
An example question to consider:
why are electricians and plumbers less respected than university professors even though they often make far more money?