Link Dump – March 2015

Link Dump, Lists
Time for another collection of random amazing things. Long Reads Ask Slashdot: Terminally Ill - What Wisdom Should I Pass On To My Geek Daughter? - if you read nothing else, read this (the post, and the comments!). The subtle art of not giving a fuck. What 4chan thinks of Hacker News “Sponsored” by my husband: Why it’s a problem that writers never talk about where their money comes from The borderlands gun collectors club. New websites worth following or bookmarking: Polygon - game news. Gamasutra - in depth game articles, developer/designer/creator centric topics. Programming humor: Code Chef, Devops Borat, I Am Devloper, W3C Memes. Jesus Christ, Silicon Valley - amazing. SXSW Douchebags - same as above, but for Austin. People I Want to Punch In The Throat. Write 365…
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Music To Code By, 2013

Lists, Music
It's that time of the year again. For more great music, check out the previous 'Music To Code By' posts from 2011 and 2012. It seems this year, soundcloud really became a thing. In previous years I've had to link to Amazon mostly for 30 second clips at best. This year, links below are actually worth a click - as almost all of them link to music you can stream for free from soundcloud or bandcamp - no subscription cost necessary. That being said, I strongly recommend that you join a music service like Rhapsody or Spotify - so you can hear some of these amazing albums in full. Standard Disclaimer I prefer full-album front-to-back listening experiences. Favorite genres currently include post-rock, noise-rock, EDM, alt rock, shoegaze, and dream pop.…
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Cool Stuff: Music & Audio (Part 1)

Cool Stuff, Lists, Music
I recently discovered that I'm the son of an audiophile - suddenly I understand why I was encouraged to buy a decent amplifier/receiver at a very young age, suddenly I appreciate those old dads-college-days/hand-me-down kickass KLH speakers just a little bit more than I always have. I am definitely not an audiophile myself, but music is a huge part of my happiness in life. I'm also a geek, so over the years I've learned a clever thing or two about the hobby of collecting and listening to music, and I'd like to share a bit of what I've learned. Required Reading Before we get into the hardware geekery, I think it's prudent to point you toward a few classic articles and books about the music industry. First up is Steve…
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Music To Code By, 2012

Lists, Music
Here's what I listened to while coding in 2012. This year I'd categorize my listening habits into three moods: getting shit done, relaxing, and background noise. Standard disclaimer: I listen to albums all the way through, front to back, and am often annoying the hell out of my wife with a single track or album on endless repeat, for an entire day. I like moody music, stuff that takes you places, stuff with meaning or at least the feeling of meaning. If that's not your style, and you want pop hits - you can stop here. Getting Shit Done These are the albums that put me in the zone this year, some new releases, some new-to-me stuff. This is the good stuff to go heads down with, especially at volume…
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Finding a Job

Interviewing, Lists, Tips
Finding your next great adventure is a numbers game in many ways. You are the perfect match for some position out there, it's just a question of finding that place, or perhaps, that place finding you. In my book, there's an ordered list of ways to find a job: Create your own job. Places you want to work. Places your friends work. Recruiters who target you with non-spam. Recruiters who target you with spam. Random job postings. Create your own job. If you're creative, self-driven, and have a great idea or two, why not create your own job? If you're already tinkering, all you need to do is take your hobby a bit more seriously. Polish your hobby into a product, make a website, form an LLC, and go take…
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Great Interview Questions

Interviewing, Life and Philosophy, Lists, Tips
Interviewing is not a one-sided conversation. If you land a job by only worrying about successfully impressing interviewers, you will almost certainly be surprised, and you may be unhappy once you start the job. It is critical that you understand that an interview is not about making the company happy and fitting their mold, it is about finding a good match for both you and the company. How do you make a good choice in choosing the next place to work? Simple, you ask questions! And how do you make the best possible choice? You put some effort in and come up with some great interview questions. Don't do what some of your crappy interviewers will do and google something random right before going to the interview, actually take some…
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Apps I Liked, 2011

Lists
Again in the "better late than never" category, here's a list of apps I enjoyed in 2011. Apps I Used The Most Google Docs - I link to this on my home screen from a safari bookmark. Feedler - a great google reader client for both iPhone and iPad. Rhapsody - a music subcription service, the killer feature here is the ability to download tracks for offline play. Wikipanion - the best iPhone/iPad wikipedia app. iLoader - this makes bulk uploading photos to facebook albums easy. Facebook - of course. Camera+ - a great well-rounded photo application for cleaning up or dirtying up your photos on the device. IM+ - a great IM client for multiple services such as Google Talk and AIM. Amazon - of course. Music Roulette -…
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Music To Code By, 2011

Lists, Music
A bit late with the 'best of' 2011 lists.. but better late than never. This is a list of some great music that I listened to in 2011. There are different modes of coding, sometimes you need absolute silence, and at other times a loud coffee shop is the way to go. I personally code quite a bit while listening to music and/or watching netflix. I find there are different coding 'moods' from time to time, and differing moods require differing types of music. Standard Nerd Stuff It's probably best to start with something that has at least a little nerd cred to it, and work our way down the awesome scale from there. Just before 2011, the movie Tron Legacy was released by Disney. Daft Punk did the soundtrack…
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