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Give Parents a Superpower. Smart Recruiting Software. How Evan Smith Became Vivienne Ming: An Incredible Story Of Self-Discovery. 15 APIs developers need to know. New developer tools are being released daily, and at times you'll probably find yourself choosing between doing your real work and exploring new technologies.

15 APIs developers need to know

Among these developer tools are at least 14,000 public APIs (application program interface), provided by companies to save time, directly solve developer problems or augment their popular services. While disappearing for a day or two diving into something new can be great fun, not everything immediately leads to useful results. I've put together a list of great APIs, based upon years of research (and a few opinions). So instead of spending the rest of your life exploring every API, you can first focus on the 15 in this article. 01. There may be no API more responsible for the growth in publicly available APIs than Google Maps. A basic use case is plotting places, such as local search results, as markers on a map. Hacking Kickstarter: How to Raise $100,000 in 10 Days (Includes Successful Templates, E-mails, etc.) Mike Del Ponte co-founded Soma, which raised more than $100,000 on Kickstarter using virtual assistants and free apps.

Hacking Kickstarter: How to Raise $100,000 in 10 Days (Includes Successful Templates, E-mails, etc.)

I first met Mike Del Ponte two years ago when he was running marketing at BranchOut, a startup I advise. Before joining BranchOut, Mike had explored a variety of career paths, including preparing for the priesthood at Yale Divinity School and serving as a peacemaker in the West Bank. Earlier this year, Mike came to me with a new product idea called Soma. Her Code Got Humans on the Moon—And Invented Software Itself. Margaret Hamilton wasn’t supposed to invent the modern concept of software and land men on the moon.

Her Code Got Humans on the Moon—And Invented Software Itself

It was 1960, not a time when women were encouraged to seek out high-powered technical work. Hamilton, a 24-year-old with an undergrad degree in mathematics, had gotten a job as a programmer at MIT, and the plan was for her to support her husband through his three-year stint at Harvard Law. After that, it would be her turn—she wanted a graduate degree in math. But the Apollo space program came along.

Kickstarter Focuses Its Mission on Altruism Over Profit. Photo Many technology start-ups aim to become “unicorns,” the companies that get valued at $1 billion or more on their way to probable vast riches.

Kickstarter Focuses Its Mission on Altruism Over Profit

Yancey Strickler and Perry Chen have no interest in that. As co-founders of Kickstarter, the popular online crowdfunding website that lets people raise money to help fund all manner of projects, including cooking gadgets and movies, Mr. Europe shouldn’t worry about migrants. It should worry about creeping fascism. There is an urban legend about boiling frogs, and it goes like this.

Europe shouldn’t worry about migrants. It should worry about creeping fascism

If you put a frog in a pan of cold water and slowly, slowly turn up the heat, the frog will sit there quite calmly until it boils to death. Bloomberg Business - Business, Financial & Economic News, Stock Quotes. Winnick High-yield bond executive 1981.

Bloomberg Business - Business, Financial & Economic News, Stock Quotes

Jimmy Carter's president of the United States, we got 20 percent interest rates, we're losing our tail. … I had just bought my second house and was putting in my swimming pool. Social Good Summit 2015. Mark your calendar: best conferences for nonprofits in 2015. Believe it or not, it's already time to start planning for the wealth of marketing, education, and networking opportunities for nonprofits in 2015.

Mark your calendar: best conferences for nonprofits in 2015

Paul Ford: What is Code? A computer is a clock with benefits.

Paul Ford: What is Code?

They all work the same, doing second-grade math, one step at a time: Tick, take a number and put it in box one. Tick, take another number, put it in box two. Tick, operate (an operation might be addition or subtraction) on those two numbers and put the resulting number in box one. Resources – Holacracy.

Getting Started with CSS Shapes: Wrapping content around custom paths. For a long time, web designers have been forced to create within the constraints of the rectangle.

Getting Started with CSS Shapes: Wrapping content around custom paths

How an artificial language from 1887 is finding new life online. By Sam Dean.

How an artificial language from 1887 is finding new life online

Duolingo: Course Status. You might be surprised to see our crazy progress this week, but I'm afraid it's artificial this time. Due to how easy Esperanto is, we deleted all the modules (mostly having to do with advanced verb tenses in national languages). Since we deleted them, the Duolingo system now believes we have a lot less work to do than we actually do. Untitled. We recommend the following sequence of courses for learning Esperanto at lernu!. In general, we recommend finishing each course before progressing to the next one; however, if you find that the course "Bildoj kaj demandoj" doesn't hold your attention, you can go straight to "Ana Pana" without finishing it. The courses "Ana Pana", "Ana renkontas", and "Kio okazas? " Just 2 weeks learning Esperanto can get you months ahead in your target language. Whenever I meet new people and try to help them with their language learning missions, when they hear that I have already learned to speak a few languages and ask me to list them, the one that always gets their attention the most is Esperanto.

Most people have never even heard of it, but occasionally they say that they thought it was dead and that maybe I learned it as an alternative to Klingon or Na’vi just for the hell of it, since “nobody actually speaks it”. Well, today I am going to make a suggestion that I included as one of many other language hacks in the Language Hacking Guide, and it has nothing to do with saving the world, or peace and love between all races with a universal language. I don’t learn Esperanto to aim for a better world some day – to me it has very practical uses right now to me and to many learners.

Tableau Software. How to Send Better Email - Without Second-Guessing a Single Word. Have you ever received an amazing email, one that you’d like to print out and pin to your wall, one that made you grin from ear to ear or slow-clap in appreciation and reverence? When I come across these gems, I drop them into a “Snippets” folder. I study them, I swoon over them, and I borrow bits and pieces of them to send better email. Now imagine that every email you send is as great as these occasional all-stars you receive.

Impossible? Not at all. Worth shooting for? At Buffer, we strive for 100 percent awesomeness in the emails we send to customers, and that pursuit of excellence carries over to the emails we send to teammates, colleagues, friends, and family. So I’m happy to share some of my sources of email inspiration. An email template for shaving 20 hours off your work week Author Robbie Abed took to LinkedIn to share a pair of emails that he had used successfully to shave his workweek from 60 hours to 40 hours. Small Dollars, Big Impact for D.C. Political Fundraising Guru. Flexible CSS cover images. I recently included the option to add a large cover image, like the one above, to my posts.

The source image is cropped, and below specific maximum dimensions it’s displayed at a predetermined aspect ratio. This post describes the implementation. Demo: Flexible CSS cover images. Infographic: Give Local America 2015 Results—the Bigger Picture. National Center for Charitable Statistics New. Comparative Nonprofit Sector Project (CNP) The Johns Hopkins Comparative Nonprofit Sector Project (CNP) is the largest systematic effort ever undertaken to analyze the scope, structure, financing, and role of the private nonprofit sector in countries around the world in order to enrich our understanding of this sector, and to provide a sounder basis for both public and private action towards it.

Begun in 1991, this project grew out of an increased need for basic information about civil society organizations following a dramatic “associational revolution.” This revolution forced a reappraisal of the respective roles of the market and the state focused new attention on the role of private, nonprofit organizations; however, despite this growing importance, these organizations remained poorly understood almost everywhere, making it difficult to determine their capabilities or to attract attention to their challenges. Center for Civil Society Studies. The Best Free Workout Videos on YouTube. Image Scaling using Deep Convolutional Neural Networks — Flipboard Engineering. This past summer I interned at Flipboard in Palo Alto, California.

I worked on machine learning based problems, one of which was Image Upscaling. This post will show some preliminary results, discuss our model and its possible applications to Flipboard’s products. High quality and a print-like finish play a key role in Flipboard’s design language. Font sizing with rem could be avoided. Jonathan Snook wrote recently about the new font-sizing unit rem. Whilst I do find it interesting and potentially useful I do think it possibly solves a problem that doesn’t actually exist… N.B.

Janelle Monae Building A Music Empire. 59 Free Twitter Tools and Apps That Do Pretty Much Everything. Twitter is a fascinating adventure of relationships, entertainment, education, and fun. Millennials Are More Racist Than They Think - Sean McElwee - POLITICO Magazine. News about race in America these days is almost universally negative. Longstanding wealth, income and employment gaps between whites and people of color are increasing, and tensions between police and minority communities around the country are on the rise.

The Life Course Dynamics of Affluence. Increasing the Clickable Area of Inline Links - Joshua Hibbert. CSS Font Stack: Web Safe and Web Font Family with HTML and CSS code. Revised-font-stack.css. Revised Font Stack. Kick-Start Your Project: A Collection of Handy CSS Snippets. The 6 secrets to its ratings success - L.A. Biz. Uber and the Zero Marginal Cost Revolution  Why Uber's ridesharing revolution could be undone by archaic laws and aging industry.

Building Quality Code That Lasts: A Dropbox Story, Ashley Nelson-Hornstein (Dropbox) — События Яндекса. Web Design & Development News: Collective #153. Mage: The Magical Time Series Backend Behind Parse.ly Analytics by Parse.ly. Web Design & Development News: Collective #154. Upgrading EE with Shawn Maida « CTRL+CLICK CAST. Build Planning for CMSs « CTRL+CLICK CAST.