1. April Fools 2010 : The Definitive List
The list of April 1 jokes by TechCrunch. I seem to have missed the xkcd’s . It was a real good one . They also had added some witty comments for most common Linux commands (find ,echo etc) . If you want to find all of commands and its responses check out the js file used for parsing the command .
2. Thine Is the Kingdom
An excellent review of the book “Christianity: The First Three Thousand Years” by Diarmaid MacCulloch. The review contains some thoughtful yet provocative lines like : (Christianity is ) "a world religion founded on the brief public ministry, trial and execution of a single Jew in a remote corner of the Roman Empire" and "To suggest that such supernatural stories are allegorical can be considered a radical position in even the most liberal precincts of the Christian world" .
I have added it to my to read book list. Hopefully once I finish my masters I will have some time to read this book 🙂
3. 50 Things
This post is from MIT Admissions blog and talks about some 50 general piece of advice to MIT’s class of 2010. Most of them are applicable to other colleges too. Had fun reading. Thanks Kripa for the link !
Some goodies in the list are : "Half of you will be in the bottom half of your class at any given moment. Way more than half of you will be in the bottom half of your class at some point in the next four years. Get used to it." and "The MIT name on your resume won’t mean much if that’s the only thing on your resume. ".
4. Much ado about NULL: An introduction to virtual memory
A nice technique to prevent crashes due to de-referencing NULL pointers.
An alternate technique using signal/ setjmp/ longjmp is here – For the love of POSIX: A more useful way to not segfault from null pointers . As the author notes , dont use this technique in production code ! setjmp and longjmp are complex beasts and better to write code without them 🙂
5. Take It to the Limit
Another nice post from Steven Strogatz. Here he explains about Archimedes’ technique to find the value of π and more importantly , how the formula for area of a circle πr^2 is derived using basic principles from calculus. Neat !
6. How I got sued by Facebook
An interesting post about the perils of using data for purposes other than what is implicitly agreed. Arvind has a post discussing similar stories – Is Making Public Data “More Public” a Privacy Violation?.