Welcome to Week 35!

It’s the first Thursday of 2021. I hope your year is going well so far! The links this week are on the technical side, ending with a great interview:

  1. Thread on Heuristic search algorithm research 🔍 - An AI researcher from the University of Alberta talks about a family of A* algorithms (often used for pathfinding in games). There is a paper based on their research and an interactive tool for testing the different algorithms in your browser.
  2. Open-source static site generator 🏗 - Hugo is a Go-based tool for generating a static website. It’s what I use for the newsletter archives site, and I am converting my personal site from Wordpress to Hugo right now.
  3. A matter of precision 📏 - Sometimes bugs only appear when you start pushing systems into distant places, or in the case of storing time in a floating-point number, after about 4 hours. Tom Forsyth explains these numerical precision troubles and how to avoid them.
  4. Texture Compression in 2020 🗜 - GPUs in PCs, Macs, Consoles, Phones: they all support special texture compression formats. Aras from Unity talks about these and benchmarked a number of tools for compressing to them.
  5. A Conversation with Noah Shanok, Founder of Stitcher 🗣 - Stitcher is a popular podcast playback app which was acquired by SiriusXM last year. Last month he did this very candid interview about his entrepreneurial journey.

Questions or comments? Suggestions? Let me know! Thanks for reading and see you next week!