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#techtalksNarendra Shetty: Contributing to OSS Is a Great Way to Work on the Quality Codebase

  • Narendra Shetty is a passionate senior web developer who currently works at Twillio on building Twilio Flex, a programmable contact center.
  • In this interview, Narendra relates his inspiring story of moving out from India to the Netherlands and then the UK, the hardships he faced while transitioning, the importance of stepping out from your comfort zone, and a fear of public speaking, which he successfully overcame.
  • My time at Twilio so far has been great, again it’s out of my comfort zone, and I’m loving every bit of it.
  • It all started with React Amsterdam meetup, which gave me a platform to speak at, and ever since then, I’ve spoken about a couple of topics ranging from Web Performance, Animations & Transitions in React Native, AB Testing and now -- Programmable components.

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The Ladybug Crew's Learn to Code Stories

  • In a recent Ladybug episode, we discussed computer science degrees, bootcamps, and self-directed learning.
  • So, he bought me an ”Introduction to Drupal” book and – quite frankly, I do not recommend starting out as Drupal when you’re learning to code but that’s how I did.
  • Then a year or so after that I started learning about React and VueJS and I’m now a React developer and the rest is kind of history.
  • I honestly thought that I was going to be learning how to format Word documents or something like that - I had no idea what code was.
  • You can listen to the whole podcast episode where we discussed our thoughts on bootcamps, computer science degrees, and self-directed learning as well as advice for everyone in the midst of their journies.

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Never split the difference: Negotiating As If Your Life Depended On It by Christopher Voss

  • Christopher Voss shows us through various stories how and why hostage negotiation strategies changed over time at FBI where he was both a lead and an instructor.
  • If you ever read about body language and its importance, you should be familiar with the concept.
  • By the way, one of the best books of body language was written by another FBI agent, Joe Navarro.
  • In body language, mirroring means that you try to take a similar posture to your partner.
  • Voss says that on the other hand a no usually means the beginning of real negotiation as it is barely a hard no.
  • All in all, I really liked the book and I think I will be able to use some of the techniques at my work, at package negotiations, not mention more personal situations.

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Children in Britain are living in shipping containers and office blocks, report finds

  • London (CNN) - Children in England are growing up in shipping containers, office blocks, and bed and breakfasts, a report into youth homelessness has found, as authorities around the country struggle to combat the country's crippling housing crisis.
  • That number includes many who are living in converted shipping containers, which have been used by some local councils to plug a gap in available housing.
  • The Children's Commissioner's Office has heard that a number of local councils are looking to install shipping containers as temporary accommodation within their areas, the report added.
  • It also raised concern about families living in office blocks, several of which have been converted to create more than 1,000 new flats.
  • Britain has been battling a homelessness crisis for several years, with roughly one in every 200 Britons sleeping on the streets or in temporary accommodation, according to the charity Shelter.

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A Nebraska teen's senior photos honored her father who was killed in Afghanistan

  • Robert Yllescas never came home after he deployed to Afghanistan when Julia was 7 years old.
  • As she started her last year of high school in Aurora, Nebraska, she had a photographer edit an angelic visage of her father into her senior photos so that he could be with her during the most monumental moment of her life.
  • Milo Gibson, the son of Mel Gibson, will play Yllescas in an upcoming film based on the book to be released later this year.
  • Photographer Susanne Beckmann said she has taken photos of Julia since she was 9 years old.
  • Julia remembers the moments growing up near bases in Texas and Georgia where she says her father "was a jokester" and often played tricks on her.
  • When she was a little girl, she and her dad started building a boat out of popsicle sticks, a tribute of sorts to two mutual loves.

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Why you should be interviewing even if you aren't looking for a job

  • These meetings can help us figure out the next step in our career path, get the inside scoop on what it's like to work at a particular company or learn more about an industry we're contemplating breaking into.
  • Just be sure that you are truly interested in learning more from the person you're requesting time with and it's not just some random career idea you thought you might be interested in.
  • If you are looking to learn more about a company to see if it's a potential fit, ask what the person likes about the company, work-life balance and the opportunities they've had.
  • If the meeting went well and the person seemed open to potentially helping you in the future, you can attach your resume with a simple request like: If you are comfortable, please feel free to pass along my resume to whom you see fit.

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11 thrilling ways to discover Antarctica

  • If you opt for cruising the Antarctic on a larger ship, but prefer true adventure to posh pampering, expedition leader Michael Ginzburg of Oceanwide Expeditions suggests choosing a journey with a flexible itinerary that allows the captain and crew to engage in a little exploration along the way.
  • But in recent years, several companies have pioneered day trip and single overnight flights to the continent including DAP Airlines from Punta Arenas in southern Chile and White Desert from Cape Town, South Africa.
  • Another throwback to the golden age of polar expedition, sailing across the Drake Passage to the Antarctic offers a quieter, less crowded way to cruise the Southern Ocean, as well as opportunities to explore bays and channels where larger ships can't fit.

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Inslee completes climate change policy proposals with plans aimed at agriculture

  • Inslee's latest plan -- titled "Growing Rural Prosperity" -- ties revitalizing rural America and ending President Donald Trump's trade wars together with incentivizing farmers to take steps that help remove carbon emissions from the atmosphere.
  • The governor's plan would also launch an initiative that would pay farmers who take certain steps to remove carbon from the environment and would increase the federal government's research into agricultural innovations aimed at capturing carbon.
  • In addition to climate change, the Inslee rural America plan takes aim at two Trump priorities: the President's ongoing trade war and his attempts to shrink the amount of public lands in the United States.
  • The governor also proposed sizable changes to the way the federal government handles public lands, including by rewarding landowners who plant trees as a way to remove carbon from the environment.

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The Supreme Court has an immigration disaster on its hands

  • He stunned many by casting a decisive vote to uphold the Affordable Care Act in 2012, and in the most recent term, Roberts sided with four liberal justices to block the Trump administration's effort to add a citizenship question to the census in the absence of a legitimate explanation of reasons from the White House.
  • Kevin, Germany: As part of Epstein's nonprosecution agreement in Florida, federal prosecutors agreed not to charge certain co-conspirators.
  • Scott, Texas: Regarding the Southern District's investigation of Epstein and his associates, what happens if prosecutors find evidence of other unrelated crimes?
  • Or, if the unrelated conduct did violate federal law but happened in a different district, the Southern District can refer the case to the appropriate US attorney's office.

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Brazil's Amazon rainforest is burning at a record rate, research center says

  • There have been a total of 72,843 fires in Brazil this year, with more than half in the Amazon region, INPE said.
  • Environmental groups have long been campaigning to save the Amazon, blaming Brazil's far-right president, Jair Bolsonaro, for the endangerment of the vital rainforest.
  • Bolsonaro's pro-business stance may have emboldened loggers, farmers and miners to seize control of a growing area of Amazon land, Carlos Rittl, executive secretary of the environmental non-profit organization Observatorio do Clima (Climate Observatory), told CNN en Español last month.
  • Brazil's environmental enforcement agency has seen its budget cut by $23 million, and official data sent to CNN by Observatorio do Clima shows the enforcement agency's operations have gone down since Bolsonaro was sworn in.
  • Environmental activists and organizations like the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) warn that if the Amazon reaches a point of no return, the rainforest could become a dry savannah, no longer habitable for much of its wildlife.

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