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What is Code?By Paul Ford, BusinessWeek MagazineYou don’t want your inquiry to be met by a patronizing sigh of impatience or another explanation about ship dates, Agile cycles, and continuous delivery. Better for now to hide your ignorance. When will it be done? You are learning to accept that the answer for software projects is never.
Gawker’s Moment of TruthBy Jonathan Mahler, New York TimesBy Gawker’s definition, if it’s interesting, it’s news. As Mr. Denton himself has put it, what journalists put in their stories is inherently less interesting than what they say after work. Like when they’re standing on a fire escape, in a haze of pot smoke.
The Unkillable Demon KingBy Mina Kimes, ESPN19-year-old Faker came out of nowhere to become the first true global star of gaming. But can the League of Legends prodigy carry a nation on his shoulders?
Quit Your Job and Go to WorkBy Lauren Smiley, Medium’s MatterThe future of employment was meant to liberate us from the shackles of a 9-to-5. In fact, it’s leaving people in an impossibly annoying, semi-flexible purgatory.
Jenny Diski’s End NotesBy Giles Harvey, New York Times MagazineThe English writer is facing death the only way she knows how: line by line.
Come Hear My SongBy Aaron Gilbreath, LongreadsA night at the San Joaquin Valley’s last historic honky-tonk.
The Lost ManBy Graeme Wood, The California Sunday MagazineIn 1948, a man was found on a beach in South Australia. The mysterious circumstances of his death have captivated generations of true-crime fanatics. Today, one amateur sleuth has come close to solving the case — and upended his life in the process.