5 things (2017 #19)

  1. Interesting article about Elon Musk that deconstruct his quick learning abilities.
  2. A large list of resources that will help to learn full-stack web developer technologies.
  3. A new and exciting project from Facebook called Prepack. The tool promises to make JavaScript code faster by replacing and optimizing code in compile-time, like eliminating code that won’t be executed.
  4. I started new MongoDb University course “M201: MongoDb Performance“.
    The course is mostly about overall index architecture and optimizing index usage. This course last only 4 weeks and is smaller than other MongoDb University course, but it the knowledge is more dense imho.
  5. Interesting Model Health Show podcast episode about the benefits of bone broth. The main focus is how bone broth can help get better skin and healthier joints. And also improves other aspects of healthy body like gut.
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5 things (#5th release)

  1. The Map of Physics is short video on Youtube, that shows how different part of physics are related to each other. In 8 minutes you get a brief overview what topics exists in physics today and also which parts are still are not fully discovered and understood. The format is easy to understand and follow animation style.
  2. Tim Ferris show episode 117 was a extra long interview (3 hours) about ketones, fasting and related topics. Sometimes it gets to scientific, but overall interesting content (was bored only for several small moments). Made me think one more time about fasting and it’s potential enormous benefits for health improvement, mostly for starving cancer cells and therefore getting rid of cancer altogether. And considering that I live in medium size city where there are several kind of pollution’s, food is mostly made by chemicals (also I try to avoid pre processed food as much I can), fasting makes more sense than ever before.
  3. Another brilliant Tim Ferris show episode with number 118. This time the guest is Alain de Botton about philosophy and its role in everyday activities. I never heard of this guest before, but his voice sounded familiar and it was no accident. Some time before I discovered Youtube channel called “The School of Life” with short animated videos about all kind of topics related to everyday life: work, relationships etc. It turned out that the guest is main voice behind the videos in this channel.
  4. Some time ago I was looking for some site where I can improve my programming skills by solving small puzzles. I tried a bunch of sites, but they all where either to scientific (heavy math problems) or lacked interactivity (no feedback online to check if your answer is correct). Looks like I found a site that lacks either of these problems and that is hackerrank. It has a bunch of small coding challenges divided into several topics with different degrees of difficulty and many programming languages to choose from. Also could be good to teach some new programming language (at least first steps).
  5. I have taken some courses from Mongo University before, but haven’t looked into for a couple of months and it has added some new courses. So I  registered for M034 course – New Features and Tools in Mongo 3.4, which could be helpful some time in near future as we are using Mongo in current project (also not 3.4 version yet). I like these courses because they have interactive assignments that follows the lectures (divided in topics). And sometimes even final exam that consolidates all topics together.