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  1. My Python Development Environment, 2020 Edition | Jacob Kaplan-Moss

    As the previous edition, interesting. I’ll stick with pipenv instead of poetry for now, as I’m happy with it. I should use pipx but not sure how to go from my current mess to that. (via Simon Willison)

  2. Mwie Ltd (13 Nov., 2019, at Interconnected)

    Matt’s thoughts on five years of being an independent consultant are interesting. I daren’t think too closely about my *mumble* years of freelancing.

  3. Notes: We’ve Got Blog (2002) (Kicks Condor)

    “…my notes on the book We’ve Got Blog: How Weblogs Are Changing Our Culture … a pretty decent compilation of blog posts from … mostly 1999-2002.” Great. Fascinating excerpts and commentary.

  4. HOW - Pure CSS - cyanHarlow

    Nicely done explanation of how Diana Smith uses CSS properties in her amazing CSS art, and what hat art looks like without each property. (via Waxy)

  5. All The Places | A growing set of web scrapers designed to output consistent geodata about as many places of business in the world as possible.

    Handy, and a nice example of making scrapers to work with loads of different sites. (via Simon Willison)

  6. The Book of Dreams | Argos

    I always wanted to put all the catalogues online, and they’ve done it. Gold. It’s a shame they don’t have usable indexes, as that’s how I navigated them in the 80s.

  7. Elderblog Sutra: 8

    “I’ve neither succeeded spectacularly enough at what I do that I can afford to ‘make bad movies for the rest of my life’ … nor have I failed so miserably that it’s an easy call … to just toss it all as worthless sunk cost, and start afresh with whatever resources and talents I have left.”

  8. What happened to Early Retirement Extreme? An update from Jacob Lund Fisker

    The father of “Financial Independence / Retire Early” on what he and his wife have been doing for the past decade or so of not having to work.

  9. Sweet Moderation, Heart of this Nation

    On why Britain, its media, and Rory Stewart aren’t moderate and centrist. (via @markhurrell)

  10. My ethical investment strategy - Matthew Somerville

    This is good. But there’s still no easy way to balance low-cost passive investing with investing ethically (whatever that means to you).

  11. dotfiles/setup.sh at master · lazerwalker/dotfiles

    Impressed by this kind of thing but I don’t think I set up a new Mac often enough to do this. (via FaveJet)

  12. Marketing Expert Scott Galloway on WeWork and Adam Neumann

    I’ve read a lot of articles about WeWork and this is by far the most frank and fun (but not fun if you’re an employee or landlord). (via Money Stuff)

  13. Weeknotes: Dogsheep

    Having spent a lot of time writing my own tools to save copies of my data from third-party services, I like what Simon Willison’s doing here.

  14. Trek prep: Kit – The travels of Mary Loosemore

    I do like Mary’s write-up of her trekking kit. More pragmatic than the ones that go for the fanciest brands and/or lightest possible weights.

  15. The Electric Typewriter

    I was wondering about long and/or “classic” articles/essays that are available online, and this looks like a good collection.

  16. Nadia Eghbal | The tyranny of ideas

    Really good. “Rather than viewing people as agents of change, I think of them as intermediaries, voice boxes for some persistent idea-virus that’s seized upon them and is speaking through their corporeal form.” (via Kicks Condor)

  17. Graphing Calculator Story

    I don’t think I knew this before, and it’s much better than I expected “How the Mac’s graphing calculator was made” to be.

  18. Starship

    A command line prompt that looks nice and displays useful info when useful.

  19. Animated chart of the day: Recorded music sales by format share, 1973 to 2019 - AEI

    Good to watch. Also, the static “Revenues by format” charts put the “vinyl revival” into perspective. (via The Online Photographer)

  20. Help me not hate LA? | Ask MetaFilter

    Lots of really nice answers full of people who have grown to love living in LA after moving there. Just positive and encouraging.

  21. Analytics, logs and metrics

    For the bit about using GoAccess and a pixel hosted on S3 behind Cloudfront for logging. (via @dracos)

  22. gyford.com/ – Website Carbon Calculator

    Over a year my site uses “57kWh. Enough electricity to drive an electric car 368km.” Very, very roughly, I imagine. (via Adactio)

  23. Your Attention is Sovereign by Jay Springett (PDF)

    “The Loop”, “evaporative cooling”, “the Dark Forest internet”, “Waldenponding”, “The Isles of Blogging”. Good. (via Warren Ellis Ltd)

  24. Jenny Turner · Who Are They?: The Institute of Ideas · LRB 8 July 2010

    Nine years ago: “One day, the conditions would be right and they [the RCP/LM/IoI crowd] would be ready: public-sector cuts, rising unemployment, the collapsing Euro, a Tory government, more or less.” (Subscribers only)

  25. JavaScript Systems Music

    “Learning Web Audio by Recreating The Works of Steve Reich and Brian Eno.” Step-by-step examples, really nicely explained.

  26. Fred’s Shed

    Came across this ages ago and forgot the name. Now I’ve found it again. Garden and DIY tool recommendations from Fred.