The Descriptor Protocol, and Python Black Magic

The Descriptor Protocol, and Python Black Magic Trying to make sense of what is perhaps the most basic behavior of objects and classes in Python. Continue reading...

Links - April 25th, 2016

  • The Average 29 Year Old
    Derek Thompson - The Atlantic

    In this short and data-centric piece, Thompson makes the argument that since most mainstream media is based in large cities, “…well-educated journalists in these dense cities wind up with a skewed impression of the world” and they feed us their biases. “An irony of digital media is that the Internet distributes journalism, but it concentrates journalists.”

  • Bots won't replace apps. Better apps will replace apps.
    Dan Grover

    Everyone talks about “bots”, but “bots” are not new. Grover makes a great analogy between early iOS skeumorphism and the metaphors of “conversational UI” that have leaked into these new user experiences. He goes on to argue that the notification systems in modern operating systems are broken, which I fully agree with, and suggests the rise of meta-platforms like WeChat and Facebook Messenger as the path forward.

  • Why Write in English?
    Tim Parks - The New York Review of Books

    A few months ago, an article titled Teach Yourself Italian was published in the New Yorker. In it, the author (Jhumpa Lahiri) discusses her journey from the United States to Italy, and her discovery of how language affected her identity as she wrote a book in a language that wasn’t her own. Parks discusses Lahiri’s work, compares her to other authors that went through similar transitions, and ultimately explains why he still writes in his mother tongue, even after years of living abroad.

  • Minimum Viable Superorganism
    Kevin Simler - Ribbon Farm

    Perhaps a bit too paranoid, discussing conspiracy theories more than it should, but interesting nonetheless. Simler explains the economics behind the social structures that align our incentives to work together toward common goals.

  • Machine Learning Meets Economics, Part 2
    Nicolas Kruchten - Datacratic MLDB

    If you haven’t yet, go read Part 1.

  • Making 1 million requests with python-aiohttp
    Paweł Miech
  • The Rich Don't Work Anymore—Working Is for Poor People
    Robert Reich - Alternet

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