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I love this. I find that Rails-API sometimes does/needs some screwy stuff because it has to be 2nd class citizen. This promotion of it is great news because it will obviously be kept in sync way better.

Regardless, SPAs are fast becoming the best way to develop and this sort of thing (rather than the bandaid of turbolinks) gives me a lot of hope for the future of rails. I can even see rails eventually replacing views with a presenter layer (though something like that would probably wait for 6).

Reminds me of what someone once said about America: "they always do the right thing, after exhausting all other possibilities".


I like this idea a lot.

I am a private person, but I made sure to get the .coms of my name, my wife's name, and the names of our 2 (the second one born a month ago) children. I think if this sort of thing appeals even to a misanthrope like me, it should have a huge market.


At the rate they are releasing new features it looks like one day a conversation will go like:

A: "We're a Twilio for X"

B: "Doesn't Twilio do X too now"

A: "Uh, well, yeah, I guess"


I agree. As far as calculus goes, I am more enamored with books like Spivak's (http://www.amazon.com/Calculus-4th-Michael-Spivak/dp/0914098...) that take a proof-centric approach to teach calculus from first principles.

Incidentally, for those who want to learn linear algebra for CS in a mooc setting there are 3 classes running at this very moment:

https://www.edx.org/course/linear-algebra-foundations-fronti... (from UT Austin)

https://www.edx.org/course/applications-linear-algebra-part-... (from Davidson)

http://coursera.org/course/matrix (from Brown)

The first 2 use matlab (and come with a free subscription to it for 6 months or so), the last python. One interesting part of the UT Austin class is that it teaches you an induction-tinged method for dealing with matrices that let you auto-generate code for manipulating them: http://edx-org-utaustinx.s3.amazonaws.com/UT501x/Spark/index... .

And of course there are Strang's lectures too, but those are sufficiently linked to elsewhere.


My calc I course in university was applied calculus without a text. I had to go back and redo single variable by reading Spivak (and Polya's How to Solve It) to figure out the proofs in Concrete Math by D. Knuth, et. al.


Me too, partly because it was one of my favorite movies about the dangers of "intrapreneurship". I really enjoyed Mamet's mantalk in this one.


If you haven't got it yet, I'd recommend the 7-in-7 book on languages (https://pragprog.com/book/btlang/seven-languages-in-seven-we...). It covers the 5 of the languages you mention and could help you determine which one you'd want to go in more depth on.

Hope you're healed up from your adventures btw.


If you haven't got it yet, I'd recommend the 7-in-7 book on languages

Yep, I have it, I just haven't gone through it yet. My problem is I'm so busy doing all the actual day to day "stuff" of working my dayjob AND trying to build our startup product, AND do marketing, sales, etc. for the startup, that there's very little time left for experimenting and tinkering with new stuff and outside interests.

Hope you're healed up from your adventures btw.

Working on it. Thanks!


Voicemail is dead, and it's because of the significant minority that leave giant messages, as well as anybody you never met who "just wanted to touch base with you". It's a shame too, because there are times and topics for which texting/emailing is an incorrect alternative.

Unfortunately people don't realize the 3rd rule of Dr. Luther Waxling: "Just because it happened to you doesn't make it interesting" (at 1:24 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NGfc2zZ2PQI)


The worst part of voicemail was not even the monologues, but the fact that the important bit of information may be hidden deep within the various boring screed.

The issue is that most people have no idea how to communicate and voicemail is a very painful method to be forced to endure from someone who cant get to the point.

Email generally takes more effort to produce (since its not as much of a train of "thought") and its way easier to summarize as the consumer, so you can just hunt out the golden info in the pile of crap.


I agree: when I leave a message it is always: my name, phone number, 5-word why I'm calling. Then occasionally: long message to save a call back, preceded by "you can just call me back and ignore the rest, or here's the summary blah blah." I'd skip leaving my phone number but I figure anyone who listens to voice mail might not have the number available :-)


Texting does have an audio option


This is a great story. I actually was trying to remember flomio's name the other day (wanted to use their technology for something).

Really perfect timing for their technology, kudos to their persistence.


>> Not entirely sure how this made front page, but it is a super handy lib.

Sad that nowadays a statement like that isn't even considered ironic :). A cross-platform library handling an ugly necessity of development has to fight for its life in a sea of "growth hacking 101" links and the like.


That's true, I totally agree with you at its irony in hindsight. I guess I'm a bit blinded at having worked on Android apps for a while and using this lib way too often.


It's an extremely specific library and anyone who needs this sort of thing will easily find it in their search.


Good luck, and congrats on making it through the woods. Sounds like you are in good hands which makes all the difference.

You are right on the money about calling 911. As men we tend to be slow making the call, and don't want to seem like whiners. I always think of the line from The Edge - "Most people in the wilderness, they die of shame".

Had emergency surgery for aortic dissection myself in february (mentioned it on caffeine thread here: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=8520241). I felt for a moment like someone grabbed my heart, then agonizing back pain took over, and some nausea. But no more chest pain. I really just assumed I hurt my back working out, because I do easily it once a season (though I'm getting older, but am acting younger)

I sort of ruled out heart issues because I did cpr in real life a few days earlier (I'm a fireman with FDNY (though now probably looking at forced retirement)). And took my CFR (EMS-lite) refresher a week before that. Thought it would be a total coincidence it's my heart.

Even though it takes time to heal, 8 months later I have mostly "healed from the healing process", and you will get there in time. In some weird way it is one of the best things to have happened to me too, kind of plants your feet on the ground in the way few things can.

The major post surgery things I had were:

- Chills waking me up at night

- Nerve damage from my shoulder being mis-positioned at some point

- The pericardium being partially removed during surgery lets me hear my heart much more intimately than I'd like to

But all these are way better now. Still have a lot of insomnia still.


Congratulation on your recovering. If you don't mind me asking, why is a fireman interested in HN?


I'm a software developer too. Was before I joined the FDNY (in 2003) and still am.

Most firemen have a 2nd job, mine just is a little more cerebral than most (though there are doctors and lawyers on the job too).

Always loved having this split brain. The split aorta, not as much :).



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