A wide array of interesting articles about the stuff in this issue's title. Read 'em and enjoy the holiday!
the long, joyous road of programming [[email protected]]
The Jacob's Ladder of Coding
A long love letter to the journey of learning how to program low-level, older systems.
gendered robots [nytimes.com]
Why Do I Have to Call This App ‘Julie’?
I've been thinking about creating a centralized soft-AI app that can process things in my life for me (store a reminder in Evernote, register a reminder in my Trello, text someone that I'll be late), and I was thinking of calling it "Axi", definitely gendered female. Maybe I should explore robotic androgyny as part of the project.