Ladyada Interviews Alexandra Dean, Director of The Hedy Lamarr Story — Make: DIY Projects and Ideas for Makers

Alexandra Dean’s documentary displays the difficulties that Hedy Lamarr faced when trying to be both smart and beautiful. Read more on MAKE The post Ladyada Interviews Alexandra Dean, Director of The Hedy Lamarr Story appeared first on Make: DIY Projects and Ideas for Makers.

This one caught me completely off guard.  I watch the “Ask an Engineer” YouTube channel every Wednesday night.  Last week they discussed Hedy Lamarr “The Scientist”.  Nowadays we accept women as scientists but, back in the day, the idea of a smart woman or a women engineer was unheard of.  Smart and beautiful what a deadly combination.  Hats off to Hedy.

via Ladyada Interviews Alexandra Dean, Director of The Hedy Lamarr Story — Make: DIY Projects and Ideas for Makers

Article: Relearning to Learn — InfoQ

For my 30 plus years in tech, I’ve been reading and listening to tech mostly wrong. After in depth investigation into learning strategies I’ve restructured my knowledge acquisition process. Find out how I’ve take control of my learning queue. How I now perform active reading while taking creative notes. And hear how to use reflection…

Like this author of this article Don Denoncourt I also have been doing the learning thing for over four decades.  Some of the concepts here I have adopted, active learning, going slower and taking notes.  I find the more notes I take, even if they are entered into Notepad the better I can remember those things.  I had notes everywhere, Evernote, LastPass, JIRA and little-handwritten notes.

I simplified things, I take “Dailies”.  Basically notes on what I’m doing and what I  learned.  I use a basic Notepad called Notepad2 which is a much better notepad.  I start out the day by copying yesterdays daily and deleting everything I either completed or no longer need to do.  I also do daydreaming on the Dailies to try and “Use the things I’ve learned”.

I use a Markdown syntax to help quick format the Daily so it is easy to read and update.  I use ASCIIDoc as my markdown of choice.  It only takes a little practice to use markdown.

Here is an example of today’s Daily


The (=) is the main heading, (==) sub-headings, (.), (..) are bullet items, checkmarks indicate the item is done.  I copy everything into here, web links, snippets of text from the web for the things I’m doing.

Then I have a Chrome extension installed called ASCIIDoctor Preview live, which can read my daily file and display and print in a nicely formatted HTML page.


I’m still learning about how to learn and even better, how to remember.

via Article: Relearning to Learn — InfoQ

The real origins of the Agile Manifesto,

In February 2001, 17 people met at the Snowbird ski resort in Utah. They were the leading exponents of Extreme Programming, Scrum, and Adaptive Software Development, and they were seeking a set of compatible values based on trust, respect, and collaboration.

They wanted to make software development easier. And they found it in the form of a manifesto. Their only concern was that the term describing the manifesto came from a ‘Brit’ and they weren’t sure how to pronounce it.

The Agile Manifesto was, however, born …

  • Individuals and interactions over processes and tools
  • Working software over comprehensive documentation\
  • Customer collaboration over contract negotiation
  • Responding to change over following a plan

While they saw value in the items on the right, they valued the items on the left more.

The 4 bullet points above are what Agile is about not Scrum, standups, sprints, retrospectives, story points, and backlogs.  If someone says they do “Agile” and follow it with one of those words they are full of it.   I attempt to follow the manifesto anywhere I work but most of the customers still want process definitions, detailed specification documents, and SLA’s, ISA’s, DUA’s, DSA’s with a detailed Microsoft Project Plan.  Old habits are hard to break and distrust is still rampant.

All the things in the manifesto are important the most would be trust.  The focus should be on making things, things that people want to make their life easier, things that help us know how to build things and things we will teach others on how to build things.

Via: Redgate Blog

Just when you thought it was good to go outside, Equifax once more.

On Oct.12, security researcher Randy Abrams first publicly posted that he had found a new Equifax risk that was exploiting users. The immediate concern was that Equifax had potentially been breached, yet again.

As it turns out, the vulnerability was not the result of a new breach at Equifax, but rather the result of third party JavaScript code used for website performance tracking. The same issue also allegedly impacted Equifax’s rival TransUnion, according to security firm MalwareBytes.

Well, color me surprised.  Yet another story about the folks who we trust with our credit history.  Not bad enough that they forgot to secure admin passwords now, they help distribute malware.

Right after the “event” where they let someone hijack a ton of user information, people started to log in to the Equifax site to “Freeze” any future credit reports.  The present they got for this was free malware.

via: Equifax, TransUnion Hit by Malicious JavaScript Security Risk


Python Is Over 25 Years Old. Here’s How it Stayed Relevant — DZone Web Dev Zone

There are hundreds of programming languages out there: some exploded in popularity and then diminished, some started as niche languages and never expanded beyond a core group of devotees, but one, in particular, has withstood the test of time. So why is Python, designed in 1989 and first released in 1991, still relevant today? You…

Okay, okay, okay.  Python is back.  Well, it never left its always been there like the guy with a hockey mask with an ax in the woods. (Halloween you know).  I have seen quite a few interesting new utilities written in Python.  Ther is even some new training courses showing how to use Python to build a website.  Adafruit industries located in NYC has helped this along with Circuit Python and small boards to run it on.

I remember when Python was taught in College just to introduce students to programming before they learned a serious language like Java, JavaScript, Ruby, Cobol ;-).  I think it has joined the leagues of “Serious”.

via Python Is Over 25 Years Old. Here’s How it Stayed Relevant — DZone Web Dev Zone

Zombies – The open source monsters

Filmmaker George A. Romero invented our modern concept of a zombie as a slow-walking, flesh-eating ghoul. However his creation has been mimicked and reimagined countless times when other classic monsters such as the Boris Karloff style Frankenstein has been fiercely protected from copyright infringement by Universal Studios. This video explains how a copyright mistake has…

This kinda explains the explosion of zombie based movies, TV Series back 5-10 years ago.  I often attend meetings where at least half of the attendees are zombies, looking for brains.

via Zombies – the open source monsters — Adafruit Industries – Makers, hackers, artists, designers and engineers!

Is it modern art or is it data?


Data visualizations on acid.  A researcher with R programming language and mortgage rates for the last 30 days took data and turned it into some form of modern art.  The whole package is available on GitHub.

Via: Database Weekly



“Maker” shows how 80’s synth music was made. Yeah, I miss the 80’s

Here’s a trip down 80’s lane. Espen Kraft brings an 80’s synth-pop tutorial, via MATRIXSYNTH From Espen Kraft: My main inspiration and goal is to relive and renew the 80s music with its glorious and melancholic synth-pop. I do this using old gear, having fun and just do what I love the most! Hear more!

via 80’s Synth Pop Tutorial #MusicMonday — Adafruit Industries – Makers, hackers, artists, designers and engineers!

Side projects keep developers and builders sharp and alive.

Depositphotos_62207591_l-2015-1-768x768.jpg I don’t know a single software developer who hasn’t thought of starting a side project. I, myself, have had many different side projects throughout my career. Well, I should be more clear by saying that I started many side projects throughout my career. To be honest, most of them didn’t get finished. To be honest, most them didn’t…

“Always have a side project” is something I have told every developer who I have managed or mentored.  “Make it kinda related to what we do” that way we get double the mileage out of it.  I have a lot of dreams, those projects you get caught up in preparing for and never finish or worse yet never get started.  I started a YouTube channel GeekMustHave as a side project with the goal of sharing experiences I’ve had with technology.  This is a side project that is never done but still has mini dreams I turn into video goals.

Pick a side project that is just a little bit more than you know how to do.  This way the amount of learning is possible in a short period of time.  One goal that has been achieved helps to give you the commitment for the other side projects you’re considering.

This article reminded me how much of a “Starter” I am and less of a “Finisher”.  It’s a great read for all developers.

via A Software Developer’s Guide to Side Projects — DZone Agile Zone

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