Linkfest 2011

As 2011 approaches its end, as usual, I copy-paste the links to some of the most interesting, most over-the-top, most random and most obscure stuff I read on the internet (in English) throughout the year, in case you desperately need some reading material for dark and long evenings. Much (but not all) of the more opinionated stuff is the kind that I strongly agree with. Note to self: in 2012 read stuff that challenges, rather than reinforces your biases. (Previous links). So here it goes:

Motivation, lighter stuff

Ribbonfarm: In the real world. Also.

Hanging out with a different crowd.

Xamuel: ways to be more present.

Derek Sivers: flip the stick.

Changing perspective.

Anonymous psychedelic experience.

Ribbonfarm: being an illegible person.

Interesting observations, more substantial stuff

Norvig vs. Chomsky.

Ribbonfarm: Legibility.

Ribbonfarm: Bargaining with your right brain.

Daniel Mendelsohn: Arthur Rimbaud’s brief career.

Idlewords: Rocket to Nowhere – the story of the Shuttle.

Roger Ebert on why he hates 3D movies.

Less Wrong: Excuses.

Ribbonfarm: The Milo criterion.

Essay of N.N. Taleb, a summary of his ideas.

Idlewords: The social graph is neither.

Idlewords: Argentina – on two steaks a day.

RIP Michael Hart .

RIP Steve Jobs. Eulogy by Mona Simpson and by ESR.

Startups, Business, Programming

Ribbonfarm: the end of the Middle Class.

Tips for contract work on websites from a Reddit comment.

Raganwald: You need a degree for BigCo.

Why HR did not respond.

Joel: We hire the best 1%.

Joel: Architecture Astronouts.

Some of us just like to program.

Apenwarr: Interoperability, robustness, etc..

Two essays pointing out a pragmatic way towards startups.

Two other pieces of pragmatic advice on a similar topic.

The Gervais principle or office life according to The Office.

Steve Yegge: Code’s worst enemy.

Life at Google, life at Amazon, and a glimpse of both.

Don’t call yourself a programmer.

Maths, Research

Is it really power law?

Terence Tao: Problem solving strategies.

Michael Nielsen: Open access – a summary.

The Uppsala-affair.


Two pieces lightly poking fun at Paul Graham.

How to criticize a computer scientist?

Burnout prevention at MIT.

The credit card prank.

Missy the lost cat.

As a bonus, here are the best books I’ve read in 2011:

Favorite books in 2011: