EU election: most UK political parties have a good balance of men and women, with one major exception. https://dbatley.com/blog/2019/05/eu-candidate-gender-bias.html #ukpol
Here's an interesting perspective: Code Is Not Literature http://www.gigamonkeys.com/code-reading/
It addresses a puzzle:
> [So many programmers say], “People should read code” but few people seem to actually do it. I’d be surprised if I interviewed a novelist and asked them what the last novel they had read was, and they said, “Oh, I haven’t really read a novel since I was in grad school.” Writers actually read other writers but it doesn’t seem that programmers really do, even though we say we should.
Can Uber ever make a profit?
https://humantransit.org/2019/04/why-invest-in-lyft-or-uber-what-am-i-missing.html #transport #finance
Back when there were 12 pence in a shilling and 20 shilings in a pound, the IBM 1401 computer had optional hardware (i.e. transistors) to do arithmetic on pounds/shillings/pence. Of course, there were two incompatible data standards—BSI and IBM—so this knob selected the format.
PyPy uses utf-8 internally for unicode strings. Such a better idea than 4-byte characters (py2) or 1/2/4-byte (py3) https://morepypy.blogspot.com/2019/03/pypy-v71-released-now-uses-utf-8.html #python
Local council election campaign is hotting up: the Independent is ex-Conservative, and the Conservative is ex-Labour. At least the Lib Dem candidate is the normal one! Leaflets: https://electionleaflets.org/constituencies/65876/southend_west (Upload your leaflets too!) #southend #ukpol
India will soon overtake China to become the most populous country in the world
Life on Earth started almost immediately after it cooled, but it took 2bn years - half of Earth's history - before photosynthesis arrived. Shortly afterwards we got multicellular life. Energy from sunlight was the difficult bit. #science
Modern architecture in a modern church: https://essexchurches.wordpress.com/2019/03/17/basildon-st-martin-of-tours-2/
The 50-Year Newspaper: "What would happen if, instead of us getting news updates multiple times a day, what if we only got news updates every 50 years? Things would look really different." https://www.npr.org/templates/transcript/transcript.php?storyId=574662798 #podcast
A pentaquark is a particle made of 5 quarks. The #LHC has been investigating the most common arrangements of the quarks inside it. https://www.symmetrymagazine.org/article/lhcb-results-add-clues-to-pentaquark-mystery #science
We were interviewed about RustPython: https://www.pythonpodcast.com/rust-python-interpreter-episode-207/
A picture of the enormous black hole at the centre of our galaxy https://www.theguardian.com/science/2019/apr/10/black-hole-picture-captured-for-first-time-in-space-breakthrough #space
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