Hanselman's Newsletter of Wonderful Things: October 1st, 2021
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Here’s some wonderful things I’ve found recently, and a few classics I’ve been reminded of that given me renewed joy.
This is fun, Learn Python through Nursery Rhymes and Fairy Tales!
In the theme of teaching kids to code, Google Engineer Brandon Tory has written a book called "Little Hackers" that teaches little ones to code...without a computer!
Did you know that browsers and websites can detect that users prefer Dark Mode? It was super easy to update my own website. Perhaps update yours as well!
Absolutely fascinating and deeply technical article about the complexities of pairing up deeply nested brackets in Visual Studio Code.
Adora Nwodo has written a small foundational book called Cloud Engineering for Beginners. I wrote a foreword (for free)! Check it out or recommend to an early in career friend!
Do you know what the internet looks like? Check out Submarine Cable Map!
Squid Game is about to become the most popular Netflix show EVER.
Have you ever just wanted the Edge browser to log you in with your Current Account? Hate having to choose 'business or personal'? This Add-In fixes that problem! Over 700k users and free!
Minimal APIs are cool and new in .NET 6, enjoy!
Enjoy the talented LilNasX singing Dolly Parton's Jolene.
I got to help work on creating and launching the new Microsoft Surface Laptop Studio...check me out on YouTube (there's also at least 12 easter eggs I snuck into the video)
It turns out that No Time to Die is fantastic. I've already got my tickets!
Amazon released a Robot Alexa dog thing...but "Homewrecker" from 1992 did it first. Watch an experimental AI take revenge on a whole family in this classic VHS transfer. The whole video is on YouTube.
Speaking of weird shows, I enjoyed Weird City Episode 1 set in a future world where Ed O'Neill and Dylan O'Brien are matched by an AI as being each other's "The One Who's the One."
Join Ada Lovelace Day and watch some of their free events and technical seminars coming October 12th!
Have you ever gone down the Jacob Collier YouTube rabbit hole? It's amazing. Buckle up.
Speaking of YouTube rabbit holes, I love Dialect Coach Erik Singer and his fascinating breakdowns of accents around the world. Watch ALL his videos.
Ever consider blurring your house on Google Street View?
You need a tiny eSheep walking around on your Windows.
British rappers be like... and the comments make it even funnier
There are some lovely corners of TikTok like this one where a young woman is sharing her Grandma with the internet and the internet sends nothing but love.
Apparently young people don't like ellipses...
One of the best examples of spontaneous internet creativity is the reaction to Emily Zugay's redesigns of popular company logos. Check the comments and look at her other videos to see how brands got in on the fun.
Leaked audition tapes for Marvel's Thanos are BRILLIANT impressions by Nate Meeker
I hope this little newsletter provided you some value and a little distraction. I appreciate you.