A few weeks ago, I found this beautiful video on Youtube – a timelapse video of stars and the Milky Way. Seeing the stars appear to rotate overhead (due to the rotation of the Earth) and the intricate structure of our own galaxy gave me a profound feeling of the scale of the universe that we move through on spaceship Earth.
Here’s a quick and easy first project for new Raspberry Pi owners - turn your Pi into a webcam, and learn about Linux’s ability to run repeated tasks at scheduled intervals with the cron utility.
The awesome folks over at devslovebacon have made my talk available on vimeo. It's a pretty good quality recording, hope you enjoy it. David Singleton - How I built a Neural Network controlled self driving (RC) car from BACON: things developers love on Vimeo.
Paul Graham’s latest essay - How to get startup ideas - is a great read. I was struck by the Bucheit/Pirsig conjecture: “Live in the future, then build what’s missing.” and the following paragraph regarding ideas that come out of folks’ experience at college.
I’ve recently been messing around with the XML dumps of Wikipedia. These are pretty huge XML files - for instance the most recent revision is 36G when uncompressed. That’s a lot of XML!