motion and rest · Nick Sweeney
Quote: "The mobile internet is the internet of motion, defined by mapping and directions, activity tracking, travel schedules, GoPro, Passbook and Uber. We have been given GPS receivers and three-axis accelerometers and proximity sensors for our pockets and purses, and the things we build for them urge us to keep moving. They are optimised to tell us that we’re not where we want to be: miles from our destination, steps from our daily goal, seconds from our personal best, an immeasurable distance from our rose-gold aspirations.

What, then, does the internet of rest look like?"
culture  mobile  time  iot 
2 hours ago
Useful Mac — The Screenshot Spectacular
Love the built-in keyboard shortcuts on osx, couple additional options here I didn't know about.
screenshots  osx  mac  tools  tips 
5 hours ago
(6) What are the best ways to prioritize a list of product features? - Quora
A couple of useful approaches for product managers when planning a set of features.
productmanagement  planning  strategy  choices  priorities  product 
6 hours ago
Sunshine Superman - Movie Trailers - iTunes
"If there are mountains let's climb them. If there are buildings let's jump off them."
quotes  mountains  adventure 
4 days ago
LukeW | On the Wrist...
An analysis of where a smart watch fits in.
design  apple  watch  wrist  attention  time 
16 days ago
Usable yet Useless: Why Every Business Needs Product Discovery · An A List Apart Article
Article by Rian (now at Jive) on how to figure out what products to build before you start building.
business  priorities  planning  engineering  strategy  product-discovery 
16 days ago
Help Me Find Books for my 10-year-old - bookrecommendations | Ask MetaFilter
Great list if you happen to have a 10 year old boy that likes books.
books  metafilter  reading  boys  kids 
17 days ago
Adopting Microservices at Netflix: Lessons for Architectural Design - NGINX
Quote: "...you want to think of servers like cattle, not pets. If you have a machine in production that performs a specialized function, and you know it by name, and everyone gets sad when it goes down, it’s a pet. Instead you should think of your servers like a herd of cows. What you care about is how many gallons of milk you get. If one day you notice you’re getting less milk than usual, you find out which cows aren’t producing well and replace them."
architecture  design  distributed  netflix  performance 
22 days ago
Blogging on Medium — Inside Medium — Medium
Great product viewpoint on Medium and blogging, really nice looking Balsamiq mockup as well.
blogging  medium  balsamiq  productmanagement 
22 days ago
Startup Growth Calculator
Do growth rates really hold constant like that over time? Clever if they do, misleading if they don't.
startups  growth  sales  business 
23 days ago
Providence: Failure Is Always an Option - Jason Punyon
Great writeup on what went wrong, don't see enough of these.
architecture  development  software  failure 
23 days ago
A Pen by Joe Walnes
Second in the list of autocomplete UI's I've seen recently.
code  html  html5  autocomplete  web  ui 
24 days ago
Churn prevention: How Help Scout keeps monthly churn rate below 1%
The long ball play mentioned at the end was interesting, ie: customers acquired via organic means are much more likely to stay than those acquired via advertising.
saas  subscriptions  business  sales  advertising 
24 days ago
PLOS Computational Biology: Ten Simple Rules for Lifelong Learning, According to Hamming
Quote: "Hamming is “preaching the message that, with apparently only one life to live on this earth, you ought to try to make significant contributions to humanity rather than just get along through life comfortably—that the life of trying to achieve excellence in some area is in itself a worthy goal for your life.…[A] life without a struggle…is hardly a life worth living.”"

Lots of other good stuff in this one.
education  learning  life  values  knowledge 
24 days ago
Why Waiting in Line Is Torture - NYTimes.com
Hadn't bookmarked this yet, referenced it in another blog post.
design  psychology  time  waiting 
25 days ago
How Technology is Tricking You Into Tipping More — Psychology of Stuff — Medium
Noticed this exact thing twice on my recent trip to the Bay Area, last cab I was in only gave tipping options at 20% and up.
interface  habits  behavior  psychology 
29 days ago
Karl Ove Knausgaard travels through America
Quote:" In a system of mass production, the individual workers are replaceable and the products are identical. The identical cars are followed by identical gas stations, identical restaurants, identical motels and, as an extension of these, by identical TV screens, which hang everywhere in this country, broadcasting identical entertainment and identical dreams."
culture 
29 days ago
Alex Payne — Meditation and Performance
Quote: "We sit with our suffering, and in doing so we foster the empathy that lets us genuinely engage with the suffering of others."
mindset  mindfulness  focus  people  meditation  empathy 
29 days ago
Prioritizing and Planning within Heroku Postgres Craig Kerstiens
Helpful grid with axes for difficulty and impact: low difficulty, high impact are no-brainers, etc..
productmanagement  planning  decision-making 
4 weeks ago
Mockups To Go - All Projects | myBalsamiq
Bunch of free Balsamiq templates if you're into that kind of thing.
balsamiq  design  ui  ux 
4 weeks ago
What Are OKRs? A good mix of common sense | Happy Melly
Quote: "The twist that the OKR’s practice adds is that you must define multiple key results. That’s because no metric is perfect, and it’s best to look at each problem from multiple angles. Don’t get all hung up over one silly target. If one target fails, no worries! You have others." I've been referring to this as triangulation when talking about solving problems, using only one point of view leaves you open to missing the forest from the trees.
okr  kpi  measurement  performance  management  reporting  metrics 
6 weeks ago
f.lux: software to make your life better
Trying it out now at 8:30pm, *feels* better already.
health  osx  mac  software  sleep  life  lifehacks 
7 weeks ago
Delivering The Goods - Fluent 2014 - Paul Irish - Google Slides
Fantastic presentation on the difference / important of latency vs. bandwidth.
performance  web  http  dns  ssl  tcp-ip 
7 weeks ago
Why Sass? · An A List Apart Article
Great intro to Sass for those of living under rocks for the past couple years (ie: me).
css  design  sass  html 
7 weeks ago
Using ServiceWorker in Chrome today - JakeArchibald.com
Looks really useful (train demo is super nice) but won't fly anywhere until IE / Safari support it.
browser  html5  javascript  serviceworker  chrome  google 
7 weeks ago
» 7 Principles of Rich Web Applications
Lots of really great stuff in this post, especially liked the points about scrolling amnesia (slays me on Twitter when I scroll to some point in time and mistakenly don't ctrl-click on a link and lose my place), data synchronization (feels magical when my laptop and iPhone notify me about an email within seconds) and acting immediately and optimistically via JavaScript (I remember preaching this internally for likes on our app).
performance  html  apps  javascript  ux 
7 weeks ago
Being A Manager Is Lonely
Quote: "I put more weight on people learning than on people being taught. If the internet was just a good medium for information dispersal — a better kind of book — then that is nice, but not transformational. The internet is more than that: it’s a place to discuss, and disagree, and watch others discussing. You can be provocative, and then step back and take on a more conservative opinion – a transformation most people would be too shy to commit to print. " and then a bunch of additional great points about being a manager. Comments are good too.
leadership  management  business  engineering  mentoring 
8 weeks ago
Several People Are Typing — Building the Workplace We Want
Great list: "

Diligence: We know that the success of our product will likely not come from unpredictable lightning strikes but from grinding hard rocks against other hard rocks day after day. To build a product that works well and is magical comes out of effort that looks very non-magical. It is easy and sometimes tempting to say “good enough” but after this is where the best work happens and what makes Slack special. This is also where your best work happens.
Curiosity: We are building something that most people don’t know they need. Every day, we are venturing into unknown territory. Thriving at Slack means recognizing this forward position and that you may not know the best direction to head. This means you ask good questions at the right time to the right people. It means being curious about how things work and what our customers need. Curiosity is not being satisfied with the status quo and looking at every problem deeper and from a multitude of angles.
Empathy: Building things for others to use is an act of empathy. Every decision made about how a thing is built and how it should be used comes from the worldview of the maker. How well they can see things through the user’s eyes determines the value of their work. No one person can see the world through another’s eyes. It’s all approximation and guesswork. Thus the only way for us to broaden our understanding of our users, to see things the way they do, is through hiring people with as many diverse experiences and backgrounds as we can."
culture  empathy  diligence  curiosity  work  values 
10 weeks ago
Theory lags practice
Quote: "Don’t ever make the mistake [of thinking] that you can design something better than what you get from ruthless massively parallel trial-and-error with a feedback cycle. That’s giving your intelligence much too much credit." (Linus Torvalds)
theory  practice  programming  knowledge 
11 weeks ago
Mt. Hood National Forest - Skiway Trail #755B
Did this ~.2.25 mile snowshoeing loop with the boys and Grandma and Grandpa on New Year's Eve, forgot to pack snacks for the trail and the smallest got cold but it was fun.
outdoors  snow  snowshoeing  adventure  mountains 
12 weeks ago
Two eras of the internet: pull and push | cdixon blog
Push was the 90's too, think that search in the 2000's will / is still having a bigger impact on quality of life than push in the 2010's.
internet  trends  culture  future 
12 weeks ago
Blackened Salmon - Mom's Mouthwatering Meals
Didn't have skinless, still worked out great. Totally forgot about the lemon, really tasty.
food  salmon  cooking  castiron 
december 2014
The Importance of What You Say | Scott Berkun
Quote: "Despite dreams of a world in which the best ideas win simply because they should, we live in a world where the fate of ideas hinges on how well you talk about what you’ve made, or what you want to make."

Just convinced me to buy his book.
speaking  writing  ideas 
december 2014
How to Use a Biscuit Joiner
Thought I was going to have to use / create one of these to fix my outside storage container but ended up not having to. Educational nonetheless.
home  building  wood  tools  biscuits 
december 2014
Toggle bolt - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Just discovered these... why anyone would ever use a drywall screw escapes me, these are awesome.
building  screws  home 
december 2014
Seared Black Pepper-Crusted Ahi Tuna Steaks Recipe
Halved the salt as per the comments, cooked a couple of beautiful tuna steaks from Costco in my brand spanking new cast iron with great success.
food  tuna  recipes  castiron  cooking 
december 2014
Against Productivity — The Message — Medium
Quote: "We should spend more time wasting time. We all need to be bored more. We all need to spend more time looking quizzically at birds we don’t recognize. We all need a little more time to connect the dots and see if they matter. I don’t know how much more, but sometimes you have to do things without knowing how much you need."
productivity  work  life 
november 2014
mysqlsla v2 Guide
Really really nice tool for parsing mysql slow query logs.
mysql  database  tools  performance 
november 2014
The Sixth Stage of Grief is Retro-Computing — The Message — Medium
Beautiful essay, quote: "...And how urgently they need to be heard. They look up and they say, look at me. And I put my phone away."
computing  history  children  values  attention 
november 2014
On Kindness — Matter — Medium
Quote: "We seem to reserve a special rage in this world for those whose ability to be unafraid in pursuit of something new extends beyond our own. We begrudge them their strange friends and strange experiences under the guise that we find those things to be dangerous or unclean. But really we resent those people because their courage reminds us of how common and terrified we feel inside. Bravery is a virtue people revere in dead soldiers and then turn to disparage in someone extending her hand to a weirdo."
life  values  fear  courage 
november 2014
sindresorhus/pageres · GitHub
Capture screenshots of websites in various resolutions. A good way to make sure your websites are responsive. It's speedy and generates 100 screenshots from 10 different websites in just over a minute.
screenshots  design  screenshot  resolution 
november 2014
Move Fast and Break Nothing
Lots of great ideas in this talk, loved this one:

".. Instead of 'will this code break the application?', our tests are more and more measuring 'will this code be maintainable and more resilent towards errors in the future?'."
github  process  programming  communication  testing 
october 2014
Fixed mindset vs Growth mindset | Derek Sivers
Quote: "People in a fixed mindset believe you either are or aren’t good at something, based on your inherent nature, because it’s just who you are. People in a growth mindset believe anyone can be good at anything, because your abilities are entirely due to your actions."

Need to somehow get this through to the little dudes in my life.
life  motivation  thinking  mindset  change  failure 
september 2014
Mongol military tactics and organization - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Came across this while reading the book about John Boyd, fascinatingly smart stuff from the Mongols.
war  strategy  psychology  organization 
september 2014
How Complex Systems Fail
"Being a Short Treatise on the Nature of Failure; How Failure is Evaluated; How Failure is
Attributed to Proximate Cause; and the Resulting New Understanding of Patient Safety"
architecture  complexity  failure  systems  root-cause-assessment  blame 
september 2014
[messaging] Modern anti-spam and E2E crypto
Epic mailing list post by an ex-Googler who worked on spam / gmail and then a couple paragraphs describing the challenges with spam as it relates to movement towards end to end encryption in email.
email  encryption  spam  gmail  google  links 
september 2014
Why Walking Helps Us Think - The New Yorker
I walk about 6 miles a day on my commute right now, definitely get a lot of thinking done on my commute.
exercise  life  lifehacks  thinking  memory  creativity 
september 2014
geer.tinho.net/geer.blackhat.6viii14.txt
Excellent and wide ranging essay / presentation on security. via tim bray
privacy  security  internet 
august 2014
How to Be Polite — The Message — Medium
Quote: "What I found most appealing was the way that the practice of etiquette let you draw a protective circle around yourself and your emotions. By following the strictures in the book, you could drag yourself through a terrible situation and when it was all over, you could throw your white gloves in the dirty laundry hamper and move on with your life. I figured there was a big world out there and etiquette was going to come in handy along the way."

Lots of great stuff in that article... also loved the "wow, that sounds hard." example.
life  conversation  manners  etiquette 
august 2014
(7) Silicon Valley: What are some things people in Silicon Valley may be shocked to learn about the outside world? - Quora
Most of Silicon Valley is focused on building products for the top 1% of the world's population.  Most of the world needs solutions to problems we rarely talk about, in areas like health care, agricultural production, sustainable construction, citizen activism and empowerment, childhood education, affordable transportation, supply chain optimization, community solidarity and efficacy, etc.  And I'm not solely referring to base of the pyramid topics (like clean water access), either.  The average "middle class" citizen outside the US doesn't have as much luxury to indulge in existential crisis and loneliness.
culture  economics  business  motivation 
august 2014
38 is great. — Medium
Buster Benson's yearly review, Codex Vitae was an interesting concept.
goals  motivation  purpose 
august 2014
Hierarchy of ideas | Chunking | NLP
More on the hierarchy of ideas, this time as it relates to conflict, quote: "In NLP we learn to use this hierarchy of ideas and chunking to assist others in overcoming their problems, we use it to improve our communication skills (so we understand how others are thinking and how we are creating our own problems). We use it to discover the deep structure behind peoples thinking and the words that they are using."
chunking  ideas  communication  strategy  conflict  negotiation 
july 2014
Microsoft’s New CEO Needs An Editor | Monday Note
Loved the hierarchy of ideas of graph, quote: "The top layer deals with the Identity or Culture — I use the two terms interchangeably as one determines the other. One level down, we have Goals, where the group is going. Then come the Strategies or the paths to those goals. Finally, we have the Plan, the deployment of troops, time, and money."
strategy  business  communication  writing  motivation  culture  microsoft 
july 2014
Coordinating technological change in large software organizations
Quote: "Part of what distinguishes great infrastructure teams is a sense of empathy for those that depend on them. When attempting to move an organization forward with a new technology, such a team will reduce the barrier to entry by addressing any likely concerns and minimizing the amount of work that developers have to do to make the switch. By going the extra mile to ease the lives of others, the team initiating the change improves the likelihood of success and greases the wheels of forward progress."
startups  infrastructure  management  software  development 
july 2014
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