On Deep work: Rules for focused success in distracted world by Cal Newport

March 12, 2016
Author presents concept of deep work (state of flow). Long stretches of highly consecrated, focused work on cognitively demanding task. Ability to deploy all of ones mental capacity fully. It is deep work that accounts for considerable portion of value in knowledge economy. He then goes on to make excellent case for how contemporary workplace culture actively discourages deep work. Open plan offices, expectation of instant email replies, always on chat clients, social media, frequent meetings, constant noise and chatter. Our brains are conditioned to be distracted. Quick reply to email chain. Snarky tweet, post photo on Facebook, overhearing colleagues discussing a topic and joining in. We are addicted to consumption of small disruptive bites of information or to acting on small meaningless tasks and to the false sense of accomplishment that doing so provides. We end up with decision fatigue, cognitive overload, paying high price of context (more…)
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Pluto + Charon wallpaper setup

July 15, 2015
I am super exited about New horizons mission, what it represents and what it stands for. I can’t wait for proper hight resolution images. As of now, the best what we have is 1024 x 1024 pixels image of Pluto and 1050 × 794 image of Charon. Pluto it is for my 4K screen and Charon for retina macbook pro ! (more…)
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Physics of Light & Rendering by J. Carmack

September 26, 2014
I dare you to stop watching this talk once you started ! John Carmack  (@ID_AA_Carmack) legendary programer of revolutionary genre defining games like Wolfenstein,  Doom and Quake, now CTO of Oculus , delivers captivating talk on how light behaves in real world, and the approximations and compromises that are involved in simulating that behaviour with computers. This lecture was delivered at QuakeCon 2013 (yearly convention held by ZeniMax Media to celebrate and promote the major franchises of id Software and other studios owned by ZeniMax.). QuakeCon has historically had a reputation as the “Woodstock of gaming”, and a week of “peace, love, and rockets!”.  (more…)
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Steve Jobs rare talk footage from 1980

September 4, 2014
Vintage Steve Jobs footage on Apple. This is a rare 22 minute presentation given by Steve Jobs on 1980. This video was gifted to Computer History Museum by Regis McKenna and can be found on their online exhibit about Steve Jobs here: (more…)
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Imagining the future of programming in 70’s

July 17, 2014
Plain brilliant talk on fantasising about imagining future of programming in 1974. Bret Victor walks on stage of Dropbox’s DBX conference on July 9, 2013  dressed as stereotype of 60’s || 70’s engineer. He imagines what programming is going to be like in future from perspective of early 70′ engineer. He delivers truly thought provoking talk with surprising conclusion(at least for me ☺️) . If you are in business of moving electrons around, I have no doubts that you are going to love this talk. Slides can be found here. (more…)
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