Cool things I read this week (14-Sep-2014)

I read. A lot. And I share the five best things I read every week. This week is about dinosaurs, changes in software, space, mathematics and a funny spoof.

1. Largest predatory dinosaur was part duck and part crocodile
2. A challenge from Dyson
3. NASA’s version of big things come in small packages
4. Ikea mocking Apple with the Book-Book
5. Kent Beck on how programming has changed


My notes

1. Largest predatory dinosaur was part duck and part crocodile
The T-Rex’s place in the list of most terrifying predators keeps slipping. The skeleton of the Spinosaurus was super fun to draw. Fun fact: The Spinosaurus was first named in 1915 – 99 years ago! Thanks to world war II, the fossils were lost.

2. A challenge from Dyson
Math geeks, a problem for you to puzzle over. Engineers who argue everything out (looks in mirror), “true for no reason” is a state we need to be comfortable with.

3. NASA’s version of big things come in small packages
A massive black hole in a tiny galaxy. Don’t get fooled by the image – its only an artist’s concept 😉

4. Ikea mocking Apple with the Book-Book
I really want this book-book thingy. I am willing to stand in line outside any store that sells them. Did you see how responsive it is? And talk about resolution! Well done, Ikea! Well done.

5. Kent Beck on how programming has changed
Kent beck looks at what has changed w.r.t programming and making software. He identifies three things. All affect the way the products are being tested. Worth thinking about.


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