This week in BizarroDevs:
Four of the most visually appealing websites you'll ever see.
A bunch of weird robot stuff for your pleasure.
A bunch of tools were found lurking on the #development channel.
Biomedicine and the long-awaited human-magnet merger.
6 of the hottest design and development articles guaranteed to increase your productivity.
Sorry, I have been writing clickbait titles for classic books, and I'm a little addicted. It's a lot of fun.
I am always looking for cool music links, and I dug up a couple this week.
Finally, another episode of Black Mirror is realized in real life.
📰 From the Newsroom
A stealthy Harvard startup wants to reverse aging in dogs, and humans could be next. 🐶
They don't even mention cats in the article.
Cool, that's exactly what we need...angrier, pissier, persecuted cats.
Scientists create ultra-thin membrane that turns eyes into lasers.
The ocular laser can identify the ones and zeros of a digital barcode. So, if Bessie's retinas are glowing when she reads barcodes, best leave her be.
Explore Grindfest where biohackers get together to take body modification to the next level.
In Sweden the trend is going mainstream and functional.
🕸️ The Cool Side of the Web
Interactive documentary website on the work of M.C. Escher. ❤️
❤️ Awesome site. An audio visual tour through the trippy work of a master. I cannot use enough ❤️.
If you are a lover of Bosch there is a similar project on the Garden of Earthly Delights.
Who watches the men?
I would prefer this newsletter remain apolitical, but I do like this comic written in the style of Watchmen.
🤖 Robots et. al.
Japanese researchers work to create AI capable of generating haiku from images. 🖼️
So far. Not so good.
It's true that haiku is hard to...
Robots are learning how to run outside and navigate autonomously.
Finally, something more terrifying than a German Shephard running at you.
The robots are getting a little too cunning. I also watched this video where A.I. exploit loopholes to complete missions. They outsmart everyone and also destroy each other.
⚒️ Tools and Resources
Record and share your terminal sessions, the right way.
A better way for you to record your sessions without blurry video; lightweight and text-based.
sonawhal is a pretty cool linting tool.
Will help you with your site's accessibility, speed, security and more. Checks code against best practices and common errors.
Mozilla's Facebook container will let you browse without tracking. 🕵️
I am always happy to include the bad lip reading of Zuck's recent congressional hearing again.
🕷️ Design & Development Arena
When should you use a pie chart? According to experts, almost never. 📊
People love 'em, but data scientists hate 'em: Pie charts.
A good collection of front-end hacking cheatsheets.
There's a full-stack list of cheatsheets here. More comprehensive with JS, Drupal, PHP, design, WordPress and so on.
Salesforce studied the impact of color on performance. What they discovered will shock you!
Tried to use a click-baity headline there.
Inside the brotherhood of Pi-hole ad blockers. Partial PW [$$] ⛔
Don't be misled by the title, this is a good article about developing the best ad blocker in the world. The headline sounds [NSFW] tho.
😱 Slightly Terrifying
The antiquated tech pop lyrics museum. 📟
Odes to essential technology that we don't use anymore.
Stems: The next wave of recorded music's disruption.
Apps are now selling bite-sized versions of songs via subscription services. Songs are broken down into vocals, instrumentals, and samples for easy remixing. No royalty anxiety.
If I was going to bio-hack then I think I would go with a Kindle hand. I could see the magnets getting really annoying, really fast.
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🚍 Black Mirror mirror on the wall
Why are these bumblebees wearing QR Codes?
Pretty happy to say we're not using them for advertising. We're just spying on them.
In the interests of preservation, we're doing a lot of spying on bees.
Meanwhile, robots are walking on their elbows and have the ability to make prank calls.wired.com