Mireille Raad's blog
Goofy things, code, data, unfamiliar ideas and stuff worth sharing.
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Some things are too good to be open: how OpenAI went from a non-profit for bettering humanity to exclusively licensing its products to Microsoft (after receiving a $1 billion investment).
A brief history and a warning about Open Source at Microsoft
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I collected the population pyramids in the Arab World and created an animated GIF for Lebanon’s. Those images are very telling.
Population Pyramids in Lebanon and the MENA region
fun
How it started and how it is going. The xkcd original.
An audio play about congress, lobbying and “power”. Made by a theater in DC. It sounds like most boring DC thing ever, but it is not. Check it out.
I discovered the joy of building mechanical paper models (Karakuri).
I once read “A short history of the O’Reilly animals - how lions, tigers, and tarsiers went geek”. It is an article that explains how the O’Reilly book covers came to be. I’ve read a lot of O’Reilly books over time and I kinda became attached to some of them. Here are my favorite.
I realized that I forgot how to do the Origami boat that I used to do all the time as a child. It made me sad. So, I decided to get back to origami. I am challenging myself by folding as many variations of origami boats as I can think of. I am uploading them to keep track and just for fun. side note: There is no sound track.
I found an algorithm that automatically colors images. I spent some time having fun with it. I used old pictures in Lebanon. Here are the results.
code & data
Here is a bash script that takes your Good Read archive and turns it into markdown files and Hugo posts.
In the famous words of BB King, “the thrill is gone away” from tech.
This GitHub repo has some shell scripts that let you benchmark Hugo’s build times.
A virtual sigh and a post about the funny differences or similarities in the syntax of programming languages. Demonstrated with if conditions, coded in languages that were created more than 30 years apart.
Some things are too good to be open: how OpenAI went from a non-profit for bettering humanity to exclusively licensing its products to Microsoft (after receiving a $1 billion investment).
I needed to convert a bunch of “README” markdown files on github to hugo posts, so I created a git hook to do that for me Here it is.
ideas
Reflecting back on the books of 2019.
The end of reality, an article by The Atlantic, made me think that we need a new file format for videos generated by algorithms.
keepsakes
The story of the Syrian kid that I can’t get out ouf my mind.
This is especially true for August in DC.
The best thing ever done for April’s fool. link
rabbit holes
zoom movie night from around the world.
Here are some good plays that you can watch or hear.
currently reading
The Rust Programming Language
How Linux Works, 2nd Edition
Knowledge and the Wealth of Nations
Among the Thugs
JavaScript: the Definitive Guide
Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat
The Sum of the People
Walk Through Walls
just finished reading
Arcadia
Programming WebAssembly with Rust
The Story of the Lost Child
Our Women on the Ground
Children of Dune
Dune