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22 Mar 22:43

Can’t crack that programming problem? Go to sleep (or take a walk)

by Dan Kim
Cary Renquist

I always either solved them in my sleep or in the shower...

Think back to the last time you had that really tough programming problem you couldn’t crack.

If you’re like me, you may have spent a few hours trying to brute force a solution. Then, in despair and frustration, eventually you gave up for the night.

And then the next morning, you wake up and the solution is clear as day in your head. You face palm yourself, rush to your computer, implement it in 15 minutes, and all is well in the world again.

Or this — I work a problem all morning to no avail. Lunch time hits, so I take my dog for a 30 minute walk. And somewhere along that walk I’ve figured out the solution. I get back home and fly through it the rest of the afternoon.

George has the right idea, but this doesn’t count as real sleep. 😆

Look, I realize I’m not saying anything particularly new or profound here. But it absolutely bears repeating because I often forget this too:

Sleeping and walking are some of the best techniques to improve your work as a programmer.

(Pro tip: don’t take your phone to bed or on your walks. Your brain needs to be fully disconnected.)

I’m no scientist or expert on how the brain works, but there is plenty of science to back it. The basic premise is that free association and fixation forgetting (letting go of what you’re banging your head on) is crucial to problem solving. Your brain can put together solutions more effectively when it’s allowed to wander.

This is exactly why “Eat, sleep, code, repeat” is such bullshit. Your brain needs to do something else from time to time (and be rested) to do your best programming.

So the next time something isn’t clicking, leave it. Forget about it. Take a walk and go grab a donut. Get 8 hours of sleep. Your brain will do the heavy lifting and tell you when it’s ready to solve that problem.

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Can’t crack that programming problem? Go to sleep (or take a walk) was originally published in Signal v. Noise on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.

22 Mar 22:41

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I’m absolutely embarrassed that I never knew this before but…


The pen stand that most Wacom products come with?


It twists off and has a bunch of nibs in it.

I’ve been buying extra nibs when they were in this stupid thing the whole time.

Reblog to save a life.


I just checked and HOLY FUCK

For anyone who has a Wacom Intuos that looks like this 

The spare nibs are on the back of the removable panel where you can change the pen loop colour. 

Also there’s a little hole in that compartment that looks like this

You see the little eject symbol? This guy is how you remove your worn down nibs.

Press the pen nib in on an angle like this and lift up.

and ta-da! you just removed your pen nib!


I feel like an idiot for not knowing this.

22 Mar 21:57

stretchedlobes: skellydun: vulpx: pupfruit: ohdoe: hell...






hell yeah 

hell yeah

hell yeah

hell yeah

hell yeah

22 Mar 21:33

hope-is-a-thing-with-wifi: avatarthelastzed: by-another-name: ...





(Tweet from @nycsouthpaw) Kris Kobach should learn to use folders and cover sheets.

[image] Department of Homeland Security Kobach Strategic Plan for first 365 Days.


Can someone caption this when you get a chance? I’m on mobile.

[Transcript for those who are having trouble reading]

1. Bar the Entry of Potential Terrorists
-I. Update and reintroduce the NSEERS screening and tracking system (National Security Entry-Exit Registration System) that was in place from 2002-2005. All aliens from high risk areas are tracked. 
-II. Add extreme vetting system for high risk aliens. Question them regarding support for Sharia law, jihad, equality of men and women, the United States Constitution. 
-III. Reduce intake of Syrian refugees to zero using authority under the 1980 Refugee Act.

2. [Unreadable] Record Number of Criminal Aliens in the First Year
-[unreadable] 193,000 criminal removal cases dropped by the Obama Administration.
-[unreadable] ICE guidance memorands(?) adopted by the Obama Administration, issue new guidance [unreadable] “criminal alien” as any alien arrested for any crime, and any gang member. 
-[remainder is mostly unreadable; discusses enlisting local and state goverments to aid in the decrease of “criminal aliens”]

3. [Mostly unreadable, discusses PLANS FOR THE WALL]
-[unreadable] in addition to the 319 miles of existing [unreadable] covering the entire 1,989 miles planned for rapid build. [unreadable] the PATRIOT Act to prevent illegal aliens [unreadable]

[Most of the rest is unreadable]

5. [unreadable]
-[mostly unreadable, the ending sentence contains the phrase “Draft amendments to National Voter…”]

That’s all I could make out. If anyone else wants to add what they can see, feel free to do so.

This is a serious breach of classified information handling. I hope he gets fired for this! Better people have been fired for less (and lost an election)


22 Mar 21:01

thelifeofryan:Cat People


Cat People

15 Mar 06:07

pollyguo: More rat comics

Cary Renquist

My boys had better grammar...


More rat comics

13 Mar 12:27

jewish-belle: vaguely-pagan: space-trash-princess: just-a-fat-b...







This is particularly sweet because that wolf almost undoubtedly didn’t have a pack. He was lonely. And then he wasn’t lonely: he had all the weird little squished stunted-development wolves and their weird bipedal not-wolves!

i am ugly crying like snot just avalanched out of my face i love dogs


This should be a children’s book

@followmeonelasttime literally crying here

there is water in my eyes

13 Mar 05:52

4oh8: angelic-dove: date a boy who hates coleslaw date a boy who never lets coleslaw near you date...

Cary Renquist

So that's why the wife married me...



date a boy who hates coleslaw
date a boy who never lets coleslaw near you
date a boy who will chuck a bowl of coleslaw across the room if someone puts it near you

Need me a freak like dis

13 Mar 03:53


13 Mar 01:43

Texas Democrat proposes rectal exams for men who want Viagra and a fine for masturbation

by David Ferguson
A Democratic Texas legislator has called for men who want the erectile dysfunction drug Viagra to be subject to a rectal exam and for male masturbation to be punishable with a $100 fine. According to the Dallas Morning News, state Rep. Jessica Farrar based her bill is a “satirical version of a...
13 Mar 01:32

Not an adult yet.

Not an adult yet.

12 Mar 19:42

gaymilesedgeworth: gaymilesedgeworth: my favorite American holiday is the one where we have a...



my favorite American holiday is the one where we have a gopher predict the weather 

the gopher has spoken

12 Mar 19:37

Private corner

12 Mar 08:20

science-officer-spock: when someone asks if you like star trek:


when someone asks if you like star trek:

12 Mar 08:07

ruinedchildhood: same!

12 Mar 07:57

bando–grand-scamyon: hopethisainttaken: thisiseverydayracism: ...





Oh, you know there’s more.



When water BEEN wet but “THEY’RE” afraid to drown…

12 Mar 07:36

thetrippytrip: This makes me want to go sit next to her with...


This makes me want to go sit next to her with pepper spray.

12 Mar 07:29

oakyafterbirth: if this poor downtrodden woman with nothing to...


if this poor downtrodden woman with nothing to her name but a free condo that she rented out for money, a managerial position at her mother’s company, and a free room at her grandparents’ house can pay off her loans, the rest of y’all are just bums

12 Mar 07:10

ultrafacts: 1017sosa300: ultrafacts: Source: http://www.pets...

10 Mar 02:32

stability:this made me laugh a lot more than it should’ve


this made me laugh a lot more than it should’ve

10 Mar 02:30

grimelords: a tv show where you take random redditors and ask...


a tv show where you take random redditors and ask them to design their perfect society then force a small dutch village to live by the rules they make up for a year

10 Mar 00:01

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Scot-Asians proudly displaying the new Muslim tartan at Glasgow City Chambers.

Scotland is about inclusion. That’s they key word from this point on.

That is a beautiful tartan! Here’s the theological explanation behind the design:

- Blue to represent the Scottish Flag
- Green to represent the colour of Islam
- Five white lines running through the pattern to represent the five pillars of Islam
- Six gold lines to represent the six articles of faith
- Black square to represent the Holy Kabah


06 Mar 05:35

micdotcom: Sportscaster Dale Hansen defends student wrestler...

06 Mar 05:11


Cary Renquist

Saw most before, but not Boston Marathon -- WTF in 1967?




An Exotic Dancer Demonstrates That Her Underwear Was Too Large To Have Exposed Herself, After Undercover Police Officers Arrested Her In Florida


Dorothy Counts – The First Black Girl To Attend An All-White School In The United States – Being Teased And Taunted By Her White Male Peers At Charlotte’s Harry Harding High School, 1957


Austrian Boy Receives New Shoes During WWII


Jewish Prisoners After Being Liberated From A Death Train, 1945


The Graves Of A Catholic Woman And Her Protestant Husband, Holland, 1888


A Lone Man Refusing To Do The Nazi Salute, 1936


Job Hunting In 1930’s


German Soldiers React To Footage Of Concentration Camps, 1945


Residents Of West Berlin Show Children To Their Grandparents Who Reside On The Eastern Side, 1961


Acrobats Balance On Top Of The Empire State Building, 1934


Mafia Boss Joe Masseria Lays Dead On A Brooklyn Restaurant Floor Holding The Ace Of Spades, 1931


Lesbian Couple At Le Monocle, Paris, 1932


The Most Beautiful Suicide – Evelyn Mchale Leapt To Her Death From The Empire State Building, 1947


The Remains Of The Astronaut Vladimir Komarov, A Man Who Fell From Space, 1967


Race Organizers Attempt To Stop Kathrine Switzer From Competing In The Boston Marathon. She Became The First Woman To Finish The Race, 1967


Harold Whittles Hearing Sound For The First Time, 1974


Nikola Tesla Sitting In His Laboratory With His “Magnifying Transmitter”



06 Mar 04:56

kivrinengle: darkeyeddreamerr: *blows kiss to space* for the 7 exoplanets orbiting Trappist-1 See,...



*blows kiss to space* for the 7 exoplanets orbiting Trappist-1

See, this is what old-timey science fiction never predicted - the human tendency to grow attached. They wrote stories of colonizing other worlds, of exploration and discovery. They didn’t write that four minutes after discovering new worlds, the humans had made up nicknames for them all, given them personalities, and were prepared to fight to the death for their honor.

Sometimes real life is better.

06 Mar 04:55

blackchick-withnochill: babyanimalgifs: a very scared...



a very scared abandoned dog was saved off of the streets and regained her happiness

via @crankdatholly

06 Mar 04:51

Arabic Words Illustrated to Match Their Literal Meaning by Mahmoud Tammam

by Kate Sierzputowski

“Cat”, “Duck”, “Dog”, “Fox”.

Egypt-based graphic designer Mahmoud Tammam creates simple modifications of Arabic words, transforming the language into visual representations of their meaning. The words Tammam chooses to design are often animals, turning long slopes into a llama’s neck, or a series of curves into an octopus’s tentacles. By creating these pictorial translations he allows the words to be understood by those not familiar or well-versed with the Arabic language, a minimal gesture that leads to a much greater understanding.

You can see more examples of Tammam’s illustrated language on his Instagram and Behance. (via My Modern Met)

05 Mar 07:20

bluespock: one spock two spock red spock blue spock glad spock sad spock old spock new spock hat...


one spock

two spock

red spock

blue spock

glad spock

sad spock

old spock

new spock

hat spock

cat spock

head spock

dead spock

tie spock

high spock

alive spock

revived spock

all the spocks may come and go

but there’s one thing we’ll always know

no matter where or when you may be

spock is there

for you and me

live long and prosper

28 Feb 05:47

procrastinationinsteadofgrading: teressabee: My naym is dogMy...



My naym is dog
My frend is smol
He dose not fetch
Or thro the ball
But I not chays
Or bite like cat
Insted I’m kind
I lyk the rat

My naym is rat
And this caynine
He show me how
to have good tyme
I stand up tall
Upon my toes
I stretch my tung
I lyk his nose

I love you