SiteChat: a postmortem. Or, the rise and fall of a society.
This to me was the epitome of a great HN post: the author decides he wants to learn how to build Chrome extensions and implement WebSockets and builds a chat app from scratch. It becomes a runaway hit and he leaves it alone, only to rediscover later that it developed into its own online civilization of sorts.
How We Nearly Lost Discovery
A former NASA engineer describes how Discovery nearly ended up as tragedy, and "how I found out that we were never really as smart as we thought we were."
Waiting for: http://news.ycombinator.com/best/2012
If your keyboard has N-key rollover (and the $50 Microsoft Sidewinder USB keyboard does), it will work well with Plover.
see also http://www.cykey.co.uk/ (same people; available now)
As a card-carrying member of the Klaus Nomi Fan Club (well, formerly – I lost the card), I heartily approve.