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Article of the month
I really couldn’t have said it better. This isn’t exclusive to new developers, but really anyone working with a team or encountering any codebase.
Code isn’t everything, but it is an important work output. Whenever you touch it, you should strive to leave it in a better place that it was before you did so.
Of course, whenever I encounter anything related to programming like this, I always feel like this isn’t exclusive to software engineers as well, but when we really get the idea behind it, we could virtually apply it to anything in our life and improve ourselves. This is also one of it.
Honorable article mentions
An amazing and well-written article showcasing the different uses from a simple
Math.random() API. From animations to computer-generated music, and even generative art. Go check it out!
- [HFET] Google’s ReCAPTCHA Privacy Nightmare
- [Reddit] Why Your Mate Think Anime is Gore …
A well researched and written essay of why Anime has such bad reputation in certain places. Included with all the sources, if you know anyone who thinks about Anime this way, you could ask them to try have an open-mind and read this essay. Even if you don’t, you should at least know the history if you’re in the Anime community.
Bonus: [Reddit] Google’s long search URL explained
Not really an article, but a really informative reply explaining what and why Google’s search URL is so long.
Content of the month
Probably the best Isekai Drama that will ever exist (ahem prove me wrong). It’s truly sad that this might not ever get a second season. Yes, sorry to spoil the fun early but you deserve to know this before you get too attached to Grimgar like myself. Feel free to explore why that’s the case here, but either way, this is a truly good show to watch and follow.
Honorable content mentions
This month is also quite slow but there’s still some interesting shows I finished just in time before December starts. Here’s some of my recommendations.
- [DevMauss] Daily Lives of High School Boys
A contestant to last month’s content, Nichijou. Their absurd humour rivals each other and really just a fun show to watch that will certainly make you laugh. It’s comedy is just direct and plain funny without having to think too hard like Nichijou.
- [DevMauss] KONOSUBA Movie: Legend of Crimson
One of the best animated movie (not like there’s a lot of movies to begin with), especially if you follow KonoSuba from the first season and enjoyed it as much as the second season. Totally recommended for you who have watched the show, but totally not recommended if you haven’t. Watch the show first before you watch this! Trust me on this.
- [DevMauss] Maquia: When the Promised Flower Blooms
Not as sad or touching as I imagined, perhaps my expectations were a bit high because of the barrage of recommendations for this movie. But, either way this is still a good movie with a unique story.
Music of the month
Another awesome release from Stonebank (a.k.a. StoneDank because the releases are always Dank). Not to mention the genre is Drum and Bass (DnB), one of my favorites in the EDM scope.
There’s also a lot of amazing mixes released this month, be sure to check them out in the new YouTube Music playlist down below.
[Spotify] EBEN - My Decree (feat. Micah Martin)
Awesome song with amazing vocals by Micah Martin. With psyched up Mob as the background, it gives off such vibes that gets you all pumped up.
[Spotify] Tristam - Violence
I think this meme from the community describes everyone who knew about Tristam well. It was such a great feeling when I first saw it, and it’s also a great release.
[Spotify] MUZZ - Somewhere Else (feat. Danyka Nadeau)
Another worthy mention to MUZZ and Danyka Nadeau latest release, Somewhere Else. Such a great song and animations, it’s shocking how far Monstercat releases has improved over the time.
Video of the month
This is one of those videos everyone must watch no matter what their background is. Everyone can and will get sick someday, and you need to understand why and how it happens. This video explains it perfectly in around 5 minutes.
Honorable video mentions | YouTube
Hexagons are the Bestagons
Why hexagons are the best shapes that are proven multiple times by nature over thousands of years. Now, after you’ve watched this video and someone asks you what your favorite shape is, you can confidently say that it’s ‘hexagon’.
Why Horseshoe Crab Blood Is So Valuable
A must-watch for you science geek out there! Horseshoe crab is one of those ancient animals that you might only hear on fairy tales and legends. But, they’re actually real (lol) and their blood is like magic potions for us humans.
The 3 BIGGEST Lies About Good Posture (3 Myths Busted!)
The biggest lies about good posture, debunked by calisthenics experts! Everyone, especially those who spend most of your time sitting, whether that’s in front of a computer, or in front of your TV, or really anything else that allows you to stay statically for a long time.
Headlines of the month
Kick Google Play Outside Your Smartphone With AuroraStore
Built to truly be an alternative to Google Play Store (and not something like F-Droid). This is perfect for you who wanted to start your privacy-focused journey. AuroraStore is easy to install and includes both apps and games, just like Play Store does.
Source(s): [FOSS Post]
PSA: Your Public Domain Is Part of Your Infrastructure and Not Just Your Homepage
The post itself describes it well in a form of rant. Generally, don’t do anything with your domain without consulting your IT, don’t even give keys or access to others, especially telling “web guys” to cancel “that old homepage”.
Your Phone Number May Be Readily Available to Anyone if You Play Genshin Impact
The forgot password feature can be used to show your phone number to anyone, if you linked a mobile number to your account. Email would be partially censored, but not the phone number. This seems to be fixed now, but we don’t know how many phone numbers were exposed publicly.
Google Photos will end its free unlimited storage on June 1st, 2021
The time has finally come for Google to kill one of it’s products again, this time it’s their unlimited photos service. With almost everyone I knew using Google Photos to back up all of the photos since the beginning of time, most people have now found a way to download and archive all of it using tools across the internet. It was a good run, I personally didn’t use it because I don’t like my photos compressed, so I still keep it there but with the original option checked, so everything counts towards my quota.
YouTube will run ads on smaller creators’ videos without paying them
It’s forced, even on channels that opt out of showing advertisements on their videos. Nothing more to add to the title. Read the sources for more information.
Sword Art Online Progressive will be a Movie instead
SAO Progressive goes all the way back to the start and it follows Asuna’s journey on Aincrad. But, unlike most fans expected (including myself), this story will be made as a movie instead of a new series/show as a whole season. Either way, I’m still looking forward to this since Aincrad arc felt super rushed, there’s a lot of room for the story to be shown, so having a chance to experience it again is always nice.
Detailed monthly recap
[Reddit] A 5 year time-lapse of tree growing
[Reddit] Solar panels in the middle of the highway with a bicycle path underneath
[Reddit] Toxic positivity is totally a thing. Don’t let the “good vibes only” people invalidate your feelings and life experiences.
[Reddit] How a woman’s immune system works
[Reddit] LPT: When a problem arises, skip blame and go straight to, “How can we resolve it?” Accountability comes after, never first.
[Reddit Thread] What is the harshest truth you’ve ever learned?
[Reddit] If something is worth doing, it’s worth doing POORLY. Don’t let perfection prevent progress… any action is better than no action!
[Reddit] (meme) senior developer fixing a bug in production
[Reddit] Most people will bend over backwards to help you learn about a topic they feel passionate about. Don’t be afraid to ask
[Reddit] YouTube is down.
[Reddit] Watch yourself grow
[Reddit] (meme) Forgetting
free() in loop
[Reddit] (meme) After Unus Annus is killed
[Reddit] “What can be asserted without evidence can also be dismissed without evidence” - Chris Hitchens
[Reddit Discussion] Machine learning is more boring than you think
[Reddit] Woman calls 911 pretending to order pizza due to domestic violence
[Reddit] Bond superglue immediately by applying water to the other surface
[Reddit] What causes us to get bags/dark circles under our eyes when we are tired?
[Reddit] New My Hero Movie in production!
[Reddit] Builder explains why the rivets on a tape measure are so important
[Reddit] Horror read for programmers / interviewers out there
That’s it for our recap of November 2020, folks! Stay safe, have a great December and Merry Christmas to those who celebrate it 👋
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Bonus - Monthly memes
[Reddit] Everyone on Earth relates
[Reddit] Programmers really jump to the core of philosophical questions
[Reddit] When you thought the reboot would take 10 minutes and 15 minutes has passed
[Reddit] When there’s only 5 minutes left on the exam
[Reddit] Trump needs more AND less ballots
[Reddit] How my relationship with the computer is lately
[Reddit] Meetings as a developer
[Reddit] When you’re reliable in your work
[Reddit] Everyone is rich in 2020
[Reddit] Every project ever
[Reddit] Great way to interview your interviewer
[Reddit] Letting the users decide for themselves
[Reddit] When the boss tells you it’s u r g e n t
[Reddit] Damn CSS
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