Design for devs, humans are predictable and more

Yo, it’s a Memon Monday again!

My new experiment. A weekly email for my friends with things I found or learned that week about programming, memes, tech, Pakistan, and maybe even games. It’s very silly, but I will do it!

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COOL LINKS

Is you mind truly random? This little game proves that we are less random than the pseudo-random generated by computer. Scary stuff!

Want to learn music? This site is pretty fun, has the best interactive lessons.

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STARTUPS ETC

This folklore talks about how 15 years ago Sun Microsystems had a crazy alien-future product similar to Google Stadia today and the whole computing-in-cloud/thin-client setup which is making a comeback. It’s a lesson about why it’s not enough to have the coolest p̵r̵o̵d̵u̵c̵t̵ tech-demo, but what people really want to use. I should probably link to one of PG’s essay here, make something people want!

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DEV

This epic fiction on g̵i̵v̵i̵n̵g̵ cursing a technical interview. You won’t understand most of it (I didn’t) but it was still a fun read.

A JSX-based page builder for creating beautiful websites without writing code.

Are you bad at design? Which dev isn’t. Here are a few links to improve your design sense enough to be dangerous:

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GAME OF THE WEEK

Have you played Overcooked 2? It’s a chaotic co-op cooking game. I know it’s not a new game but it was worth mentioning here. Also, it’s only fun when you play it with someone else so grab your friend/spouse/kid/brother and give it a shot.

Overcooked Level 2-2 2 Player Co-op 3 Stars - YouTube

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TIP OF THE WEEK

Long ago, I was optimizing a hot-path in some game physics code which involved lots of Math.floor() and parseInt() operations. I came across a micro-optimization to cast float or string to int. Let me show you how:

Tight cheez hai nai?
But is it really faster than Math.floor() and parseInt()? I wrote about the pros and cons in detail here.

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MEMES

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XKCD Link

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And that’s all for this week. Were the links any useful? You can share your feedback in the comments. Also inbox me if you got something cool to share please!

✌️~Asad