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The Tech Deck

Tabs for the week

Welcome to the new feature I'm adding to the Tech Deck called "Dan Gayle's Tabs for the Week," where I'll share the best of all the Firefox tabs I have open by the end of the week. A lot of the links shamelessly come from Hacker News, others come from Twitter/FB/Reddit, others come from Googling, and others just magically appear somehow. It's a sickness I have, which...

On to the links!

Thanks to Mike Tigas, I think, this combination of software and hardware allows you to create a rad software defined radio that allows you to pick up everything transmitted through the air as radio waves: Police, air-traffic control, baby monitors, weather balloon data, International Space Station chatter, everything. It's actually kind of scary.

I've been having all sorts of git issues this week. Detached heads, merge conflicts, working on the wrong branch, you name it. It doesn't happen all the time, but it's one of those things that no matter how many times you run into it, you still end up googling it. Especially if you've been a good git'r and haven't dealt with those issues in weeks/months.

I love Python. There's always something to learn, some feature that makes it easy for you to condense your jillions of lines of code down to an elegant and pythonic handful. For instance, the list comprehension link there. I know how to use list comprehensions, but I forgot the order of nested loops. While it can get a bit obtuse, it can really simplify and speed up your code. All the links featured here are great resources to learn some useful Python.

Oh my goodness, this is awesome. The Project Gutenberg hosts all the classic public domain texts, all the Shakespeare, all the Kafka, all the everything. This python package is an interface to the entire library for use in natural language processing with something like TextBlob, which is a fantastically simple NLP library. Or you can use it to simply download the text of cool old books. Your call.

They take the handwriting of homeless people, turn it into a font, sell the font, give the money to the homeless people. Such a cool and useful concept.

This is my favorite link in here. The topic is interesting, debating if Finnish people (like myself) are essentially Mongolians. But scroll down to the comments to Anonymous. The comment starts out simple, talking about the history of the Finns in the modern era and diving a little into the genetics of Finns.

But then...

But at end of last Ice Age Finns and many related Finnic tribes and Finno-Ugric tribes did not live up north near vicinity of area that became Finland. For in 11000 BC the north was covered by Gaciers. In fact in 11000 BC light-pigmented Finnic tribes lived in the northern part of Africa and The Near East.

In Egypt they built the Great Pyramid: It was a "Pyora mittaja" or stone pyramid sky wheel measurer with shafts that measured rate of rotation of 12 night star zodiac patterns--25,920 yrs for all to make one full revolution.

And Jesus was not a Jew. His mother tongue was a Finnic tongue like Finnish. And this is why so few words that Jesus spoke were ever written down by Romans and Greeks.

In fact Biblical Scholars have always wondered why only a few words that Jesus spoke were actually written down. The reason was because the Romans and the Greeks did not understand the mother tongue of Jesus--in which he and God spoke to the local natives; the indigenous people. To be understood by the original natives living in Egypt and the Near East it was necessary that God and Jesus spoke in a Finnic tongue(s).

Words cannot describe my confusion. I've seen some cray-cray religious thoughts, but this is most certainly the most interesting.

There you have it. The best of my tabs for the week. I have a bunch more having to do with Celery/Django Celery, but I'm seriously pissed off at that right now and I don't want to talk about it.

Daniel Gayle
Dan Gayle joined The Spokesman-Review in 2013. He is currently a Python/Django developer in the newsroom, primarily responsible for front end development and design of

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