Teller Reveals His Secrets | Arts & Culture | Smithsonian Magazine:
Magic is an art, as capable of beauty as music, painting or poetry. But the core of every trick is a cold, cognitive experiment in perception: Does the trick fool the audience? A magician’s data sample spans centuries, and his experiments have been replicated often enough to constitute near-certainty. Neuroscientists—well intentioned as they are—are gathering soil samples from the foot of a mountain that magicians have mapped and mined for centuries.
Debugging jasmine-node and CoffeeScript specs:
We’re writing our node apps in CoffeeScript, debugging with node-inspector and testing with jasmine-node.
Giles Bowkett: Rails Went Off The Rails: Why I’m Rebuilding Archaeopteryx In CoffeeScript:
Going back to the larger issue, Rails definitely went off the rails. Cleaner, more modular APIs are an important goal, but they’re way less important than speedy development, a modern feature set — why is Rails not staying up to date with HTML5 the way it did with Ajax? — and, above all else, programmer happiness. The Merb integration rewrite was a giant, time-wasting threadjack with only a few small payoffs, and DHH, who wrote two whole books about why you should turn down feature requests, should have nixed the whole thing. I’m still going to keep using Rails, because it’s still a terrific framework, and I still enjoy it a great deal, but I think it’s absolutely fair to say that Rails 3 is a step backwards from Rails 2, and that Bundler, although very useful, is clearly not even close to finished. They say they’re at version 1.0, but I don’t think they’re fooling anybody.
Embrocation Cycling Journal: Annoying Developments:
I have another idea: How about getting a license and actually racing? Or joining a club/team and going on group rides with thick-legged dudes? Because after those “segments”, the riders are so spent that the next few kilometers are at recovery speed. Thanks a lot, Strava segment.
But it’s ok. We welcome the developments, as annoying as they are. Little secret: I’m learning all the segments in the area. So next time I’m out on a group ride, I’ll attack before those stretches and fumble the process.
Strava segment, be warned: you have made a powerful nemesis.
iPad improves Kindergartners literacy scores:
“Too many innovative programs don’t prioritize their own research, and even if they collect observations and stories later, they don’t make the effort to do a randomized control trial, like we did,” said Muir. “We wanted to make sure we could objectively examine the contribution of the iPads.”
According to the literacy test results classes using the iPads outperformed the non-iPad students in every literacy measure they were test on.
It’s not just about the test scores, but about the way the kids interact with the iPad and apps that make this program unique.
“We are seeing high levels of student motivation, engagement and learning in the iPad classrooms,” said Sue Dorris, principal at East Auburn Community School. “The apps, which teach and reinforce fundamental literacy concepts and skills, are engaging, interactive and provide children with immediate feedback. What’s more, teachers can customize apps to match the instructional needs of each child, so students are able to learn successfully at their own level and pace.”
Samsung is wrong about TV:
And that basically is the business Appe is in, taking advantage of people who employ obsolete ways of thinking. TVs are not ultimately about picture quality. In fact picture quality isn’t even number one. Integration, connections — that’s the first thing. If I can get great picture quality, and you can be sure Apple will give it to us (probably made by Samsung) that’s fine. But first I want to use the tool the way I want to use it.
Source: Scripting News
Daniel Jalkut on Fixing the Sandbox:
I toss all my Mac app ideas that require more than the default sandboxing rules — no matter how cool the idea is.
The sandbox has a chilling effect on at least one developer. I’d be surprised if it were just me.