Launching Calypso

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Today we announced a new WordPress.com dashboard we’ve been working on for some time at Automattic. We’ve codenamed it Calypso, and it’s written entirely in JavaScript and powered by the WordPress.com API. It’s being used by millions of people as the new WordPress.com, and it’s completely open source.

Calypso has been more than eighteen months in the making, and I’m proud of everyone who has played a part in bringing it to life. We’ve worked together through all the ups and downs that come along with a fundamental change to the way we work.

On a personal level, building Calypso has been an incredible experience as project lead. I’ve learnt a ton. Working out how we communicate effectively, organize cross-team goals, and plan and strategize around this project at Automattic has been (and remains) a wonderful challenge. I still have much more to learn, and I hope to write about a few of the challenges now that we’ve shared the project with you. If you’re interested in the project backstory I’ve written about how Calypso came to be on the WordPress.com developer site.

There are some great posts talking about the launch, I really love Matt’s take on the project and the philosophy behind it all. Here are some others from today:

↓   Some recent thoughts   ↓

If you have 30 minutes to spare and you’re interested in understanding how economies work, especially in times like these, I highly recommend this video by Ray Dalio:

How The Economic Machine Works by Ray Dalio

youtube.com · Economics 101 -- "How the Economic Machine Works." Created by Ray Dalio this simple but not simplistic and easy to follow 30 minute, animated video answers t...

I’ve always wondered why higher quality eggs in Canada have a lemon yellow coloured yolk. I visually associate a bright yellow yolk with lower quality and being less nutritious. Since I’m originally from the UK, this makes sense to me now — we tend to prefer orange yolks across the pond.

Different yolks for different folks: Why we judge an egg by its colour

theglobeandmail.com · Consumers preferences about the colours of their food, such as the yellowness of egg yolks or pinkness of salmon, vary by region. As National Food Reporter Ann Hui writes, one Canadian company has developed a tool that lets food producers find the perfect hue for their market

Another week, another Apple Car story. Where there’s this much smoke, there must be fire. Keeping a car completely under wraps until it’s ready for sale seems impossible, at some point we’re going to get a peek at the hardware.

12 things we want to see in an Apple car

businessinsider.com · These are just a few of the features we hope exist in an Apple Car.

I’m fascinated by the idea of a modular phone and if it’s something that can legitimately work well, but also be commercially successful. I’m not convinced that consumers will care enough to want to customize their phone’s hardware to this level.

Self driving car technology is one of the most exciting tech frontiers of our time. The advances over the next twenty years have the ability to change our day-to-day lives in a different, but just as impactful way as the smartphone has.

“Cities may look drastically different. Sidewalks could go away, as pedestrians and cars share the roads. There will be no street parking, just parking garages outside of city centers. And traffic signs and infrastructure may disappear — replaced with smaller, cheaper equipment that only needs to communicate with cars.”

The complete timeline to self-driving cars

recode.net · Self-driving cars are coming. The question is when and how.

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