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Investing in lighting did great things for my mental and physical health

Investing in lighting did great things for my mental and physical health

Controlling lighting is an extremely powerful force on your daily life satisfaction. Used correctly it can be calming, or energy building. Used incorrectly, it is an oppressive pressure on the eyes and the mind. Yellow Lights In my bedroom, I use soft yellow Edison bulbs. They’re warm enough to not cause stress, but powerful enough…

A Pragmatic Guide to Getting Things Done

A Pragmatic Guide to Getting Things Done

GTD—or “Getting things done”—is a framework for organizing and tracking your tasks and projects. Its aim is a bit higher than just “getting things done”, though. (It should have been called “Getting things done in a much better way than just letting things happen, which often turns out not to be very cool at all”.)…

Blender shader-based halftone CMYK offset printing emulation process

Blender shader-based halftone CMYK offset printing emulation process

MRMO-Halftone is a Blender shader-based halftone offset printing emulation process that aims to evoke the “feel” of color halftone prints. It converts the input texture from RGB to an approximated CMYK color model and overlays the four halftone “screens”, resulting in an emulated halftone offset print. It works in Eevee and Cycles render engines, and…

Grade Inflation: Over 82% of Harvard ’22 Graduating With Over a 3.7 (A-) GPA

Grade Inflation: Over 82% of Harvard ’22 Graduating With Over a 3.7 (A-) GPA

Academics and Student Life By James S. Bikales and Michelle G. Kurilla Harvard undergraduates returned to the classroom this year for the first time since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic — at first masked and distanced, and, after March, maskless. The long-anticipated Science and Engineering Complex in Allston opened its doors to students this…

Amazon investors nuke ethics overhaul and say yes to $212M CEO pay

Amazon investors nuke ethics overhaul and say yes to $212M CEO pay

Amazon CEO Andy Jassy’s first shareholder meeting was a rousing success for Amazon leadership and Jassy’s bank account. But for activist investors intent on making Amazon more open and transparent, it was nothing short of a disaster. While actual voting results haven’t been released yet, Amazon general counsel David Zapolsky told Knowasiak that stock owners…

In search of the least viewed article on Wikipedia

In search of the least viewed article on Wikipedia

Wikipedia sure is popular. The most popular articles in a given week routinely get millions of views. But with 6 million plus articles, Wikipedia has plenty of room for articles about topics which are profoundly obscure, even downright boring. I should know, I’ve written dozens of them! Some of what I consider to be my…

Organice: An implementation of Org mode without the dependency of Emacs

Organice: An implementation of Org mode without the dependency of Emacs

organice organizes Org files nicely! Tests: Documentation: https://organice.200ok.ch/documentation.html Community chat: #organice on IRC Libera.Chat, or #organice:matrix.org on Matrix What does this project do? organice is an implementation of Org mode without the dependency of Emacs. It is built for mobile and desktop browsers and syncs with Dropbox, GitLab, WebDAV and Google Drive. At 200ok, we…

Parsing JSON faster with Intel AVX-512

Parsing JSON faster with Intel AVX-512

Many recent Intel processors benefit from a new family of instructions called AVX-512. These instructions operate over wide registers (Up to 512 bits) and follow the Single instruction, multiple data (SIMD) paradigm. These new AVX-512 instructions allow you to break some speed records, such as decoding base64 data at the speed of a memory copy. Most…

Proton is trying to become Google without your data

Proton is trying to become Google without your data

Since its founding in 2014, ProtonMail has become synonymous with user-friendly encrypted email. Now the company is trying to be synonymous with a whole lot more. On Wednesday morning, it announced that it’s changing its name to, simply, Proton—a nod at its broader ambitions within the universe of online privacy. The company will now offer…

The Life of a Backpacker in Asia in the 1970s (2018)

The Life of a Backpacker in Asia in the 1970s (2018)

The Life of a Backpacker in Asia in the 1970s Story and photos by Kevin KellyIn an adapted excerpt from an interview on the Deviate podcast with Rolf Potts, a writer and speaker best known as a futurist talks about his early travel years in Asia, when backpacking meant cutting yourself off almost completely from…

The billable hour is a trap into which more and more of us are falling

The billable hour is a trap into which more and more of us are falling

It will take about three minutes to read this column. Whether it’s worth three minutes depends on me, of course. I will do my best. But it also depends on you, on your attitude to time and, perhaps, on your profession. Twenty years ago, M Cathleen Kaveny, a professor of law and theology, began an…

Why We Switched from Python to Go (2021)

Why We Switched from Python to Go (2021)

Switching to a new language is always a big step, especially when only one of your team members has prior experience with that language. Early this year, we switched Stream’s primary programming language from Python to Go. This post will explain some of the reasons why we decided to leave Python behind and make the switch to…

California parents could soon sue for social media addiction

California parents could soon sue for social media addiction

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California could soon hold social media companies responsible for harming children who have become addicted to their products, permitting parents to sue platforms like Instagram and TikTok for Up to $25,000 per violation under a bill that passed the state Assembly on Monday. The bill defines “addiction” as kids under 18…

Bolt Financial’s loans come due

Bolt Financial’s loans come due

One-click checkout company Bolt Financial yesterday laid off one-third of its workforce, just months after raising $355 million in VC funding at nearly an $11 billion valuation. Why it matters: For some, the financial ramifications go well beyond the loss of future salary. In February, we discussed how Bolt offered loans to employees who wanted…

Implementation of Imagen, Google’s text-to-image neural network, in PyTorch

Implementation of Imagen, Google’s text-to-image neural network, in PyTorch

Imagen – Pytorch (wip) Implementation of Imagen, Google’s Text-to-Image Neural Network that beats DALL-E2, in Pytorch. It is the new SOTA for text-to-image synthesis. Architecturally, it is actually much simpler than DALL-E2. It composes of a cascading DDPM conditioned on text embeddings from a large pretrained T5 model (attention network). It also contains dynamic clipping…

Broadcom to Acquire VMware for $61B

Broadcom to Acquire VMware for $61B

Register now for FREE unlimited access to Knowasiak.comMay 26 (Knowasiak) – Broadcom Inc (AVGO.O) said on Thursday it will acquire cloud computing company VMware Inc (VMW.N) in a $61 billion cash-and stock deal, the chipmaker’s biggest and boldest bid to diversify its business into enterprise software. The acquisition is the second biggest announced globally so…

Credit Scores Can Run – and Ruin – Our Lives

Credit Scores Can Run – and Ruin – Our Lives

Listen to an audio version of this story For more audio from The Walrus, subscribe to AMI-audio podcasts on iTunes. Angela Monaghan was perched on a lawn chair when she learned that she was dead. A fifty-six-year-old high school teacher from the township of Tiny, Ontario, Monaghan had gone to her nearby Canadian Tire to…

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