Unfashionably still an Atom editor fan

I've loved the idea of the Atom editor since I saw the initial announcement video three years ago: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y7aEiVwBAdk I used it on and off as a text editor since it was released. Sure, it was sluggish, but I didn't think too much of it. I used Atom for a text-based productivity system a couple…

Creating good through open source

I really like videos like this: https://youtu.be/HzZxcfVn_08 Open source as a way of doing things has such amazing potential to make our world so much better. Watching videos like this tend to prompt me to revisit my calendar and try find regular blocks of time I can dedicate to my dusty coding projects.

Great collection of Python packages

I enjoy the Talk Python to Me podcast. Episode 181 was a discussion about a great collection of Python packages. Even though I don't have an immediate use for most of them, I've captured them for later reference because there's some really useful stuff in there! Listeners often tell me one of the really valuable…

Scientific papers shouldn’t be published as PDFs

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[caption id="" align="alignright" width="469"] Examples of Jupyter notebooks[/caption] I enjoyed James Somers' article in the Atlantic titled "The Scientific Paper Is Obsolete" about how the standard format for scientific papers, namely PDF, is no longer the appropriate format for such data-intensive work. This is, of course, the whole problem of scientific communication in a nutshell:…

You can now read important Jewish texts like the Talmud online

Liked Putting the Talmud online by Jason Kottke (kottke.org)
Sefaria is a free online resource for Jewish texts, specifically the Talmud, which (amazingly) wasn't previously easily availabl
This story appeals to me on so many levels. Perhaps the biggest reason why it excites me is that I'm very much in favour of important works like the Talmud being made freely available online, if anything, as an important cultural and historical resource. After a prolonged negotiation process, and a substantial gift from the…
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