A few misc. items…
Happiness & Economics … What a wonderfully weird chart this is. It’s weird in two ways. First off what the heck is going on in the US? Secondly this is basically the inverse of the chart of happiness v.s. income.
Programming languages – There is a very nice dialect of Lisp build on top of the Python ecology. Sort of analogous to the way clozure is built on top of the Java ecology. It’s called hy. Very smooth interoperability with Python, across many Python implementations. For example you can casually load libraries written in hy into python code and visa versa. Macros, backquote, real lambdas, everything is value returning, etc. Surprisingly it even works pretty well with the Python debugger, such as it is.
Pricing games – As an collector of amusing pricing games this article that attempts to puzzle out the details of MTA ticket pricing is fun.
Programming – I wish I could find a standard tool that would let me make a compressed archive and then insert a descriptive header of unpredictable size at the front of it. Something suitable for when you are building an archive by streaming and after the fact you want to prepend the cataloging metadata. I guess I’m just a bit surprised that this use case isn’t so common that we don’t have a widely used tool that supports it.
Current events – NYPD? What a bunch of babies!
Tourist Info: The Brooklyn Art Museum is amazing.