Once again this week has flown by with hardly any time to catch up on the outside word. Here are a few tidbits of interest...
Microsoft is looking into, in their own words, Mining the Web to Predict Future Events. I've not had time to dive into this in any detail yet but it looks very interesting. From the abstract:
We describe and evaluate methods for learning to forecast forthcoming events of interest from a corpus containing 22 years of news stories.
The StackExchange on Working Remotely. I'm still amazed by how many companies don't let their staff do more of this. More often than not it's nothing to do with any technical or communication issues, in my experience.
This article on the difference between public and private unit tests is not new, over a year old in fact, but well worth the read. So many malpractices like these creep in, particularly in places where the team is only partly on board with the idea.
Finally, I've just started getting me some Headspace. This is a simple set of meditations to listen to. I've started their 10 day series, and I've already managed to miss a couple of days, but I'm going to persevere. My wife is trying it too.