There’s a worrying social trend in the US that is going largely unnoticed:

Nearly half of middle-class workers may be forced to live on a food budget of as little as five dollars a day when they retire.

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Pure Joy

My good friend Jose shared this video with me earlier this week, and it’s like nothing I’ve ever seen before.

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Nerdy Limericks

Yesterday, my friend Ali tweeted a lovely original limerick about Node.js and invited his followers to contribute more. Challenge accepted.

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In 1969, Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young performed for nearly half a million people at the legendary Woodstock Festival. A year later they released their first album, Deja Vu, which sold 14 million copies worldwide. Then, things started coming apart.

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Plank

This is effectively a one and a half minute commercial, but it’s also one of the most soothing, satisfying things you’ll see today.

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The economic devastation wrought by the pandemic is forcing a lot of people to rethink their career choices. But who has time to go back to school for a Bachelors or Masters degree? One option I just learned about seems promising…

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New Logo

The new logo you see in the upper left corner was made for me by a very talented artist named Berk Tarakcıoğlu.

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No Barriers

I’m not going to say anything about this short film. Just take 19 minutes out of your life to watch this video. I promise you will be humbled, inspired, and enriched, or I’ll give you your money back.

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Victim Silencing

Some people wonder why victims of abuse often don’t report the crime until years later, if ever. This documentary vividly illustrates one reason why. Even when someone has the strength to report their abuse, the result is often to shame and blame the accuser.

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What happens when you hit the big time but can’t scale your production fast enough to keep up with demand? When your product is digital, there’s a solution for that (it’s called cloud computing). But when your product is physical, gooey, and melts fast at room temperature, “move fast and break things” doesn’t work so well.

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Finding the Time

The original incarnation of today’s puzzle talked about winding a clock but who even knows what that means anymore? Here’s a more modern formulation. While you’re asleep one night, there’s a power outage…

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In a mere four minutes, this interactive page imparts some of the most basic rules of good web design. Even if you’re not a web designer, it’s a great investment in 21st century literacy.

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Everyone knows the sad story about how John Lennon was senselessly killed on the street in front of his apartment by a deranged fan. This article provides an intimate glimpse into what Lennon’s life was like on that last day.

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Let’s face it - 2021 is going to look a lot like 2020. Given that, we’re all going to need more Netflix. Read on to see my new favorite documentary and a list of 40 good things to stream.

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I Am Mine

Check out this beautfully written profile of a woman caring for her husband, who has developed rapidly progressing Dementia in the prime of his life.

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The Story of Pez

If you’re of a certain age, then you remember Pez, the candy, and even more so, the ingenious spring-loaded mechanical dispensers. They were the kid’s equivalent of a gold cigarette lighter.

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Marc Cohen

Computing and data nerd. More about me.

Engineer@Google

London, UK