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 
5 weeks ago
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 
7 weeks ago
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 
7 weeks ago
[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 
7 weeks ago
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 
7 weeks ago
geer.tinho.net/geer.blackhat.6viii14.txt
Excellent and wide ranging essay / presentation on security. via tim bray
privacy  security  internet 
10 weeks ago
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 
11 weeks ago
(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 
12 weeks ago
38 is great. — Medium
Buster Benson's yearly review, Codex Vitae was an interesting concept.
goals  motivation  purpose 
12 weeks ago
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
Interacting with a World of Connected Objects — Product Club — Medium
Lots of interesting thinking about IoT and giving said objects personalities. Loved the sample house conversation between the motion sensor, gatekeeper, dishwasher and roomba. Also, the questions you should be able to ask of your devices: a) where are you? b) who owns you? c) what are you currently doing? d) what have you done in the past? e) how much power are you using? have you used? f) how are you currently doing? et...
iot  robots  home  devices 
july 2014
Six things I wish we had known about scaling — Martin Kleppmann’s blog
quote: "The kind of system I’m talking about is the data backend of a consumer web/mobile app with a million users (order of magnitude). At the scale of Google, LinkedIn, Facebook or Twitter (hundreds of millions of users), you’ll have an entirely different set of problems, but you’ll also have a bigger team of experienced developers and operations people around you. The mid-range scale of about a million users is interesting, because it’s quite feasible for a small startup team to get there with some luck and good marketing skills. If that sounds like you, here are a few things to keep in mind."
architecture  devops  scalability  databases  postgres  mysql 
july 2014
Why are conservative talk shows so popular and liberal talk shows a failure?
Quote: "Julia Sweeney has a great line that "listening to NPR is like listening to your mother telling you to clean your room". We have a gas crisis? It would help if you used mass transit more We have an education crisis? It would help if you read to your kids more We have a health care crisis? If you exercised more and ate better, we wouldn't have such a demand on the system. Coming up next: 3 ways you can add kale to your daily diet. Country <X> isn't doing what we want? If you were more sensitive to their history, you'd understand why. Let's have a 15 minute drill-down, shall we...?
The typical framing of the typical problem is about what you can/should do to help things get better.

On the other hand, if you listen to Limbaugh, you (the listener) are never at fault. You are perfect. You are the heart of America. The problem is them - those liberals, foreigners, feminists, etc., fools at best and traitors at worst, who are screwing things up and preventing the great life you deserve. We have a gas crisis? They refuse to let us drill and use nuclear. We have an education crisis? They have a bias against private schools We have a health care crisis? No we don't! They just say this as an excuse for Big Government. Coming up next: an ad for Ruth's Chris Steak house. Country <X> isn't doing what we want? If they didn't make us act like such wimps we'd be respected and feared!

The Limbaugh approach is much more popular. In my opinion it's not so much the details of the liberal vs. conservative policies, it's that the one nags you while the other exalts you."
politics  framing  culture 
july 2014
David Foster Wallace on The Connection with Chris Lydon, February 1996 | Radio Open Source with Christopher Lydon
Quote: "I think somehow the culture has taught us or we’ve allowed the culture to teach us that the point of living is to get as much as you can and experience as much pleasure as you can, and that the implicit promise is that will make you happy."
dfw  culture  happiness  life 
july 2014
Why Budget Airlines Could Soon Charge You to Use the Bathroom | FiveThirtyEight
Awesomely detailed look at how what seem to be even the most minor of costs can impact the bottom line in a big way.
economics  business  cost 
july 2014
Postcards From Hell
Google Glass! Uber! We're changing the wor... oh, yeah, actually the world is pretty messed up. Reminder to be super thankful for where you were born.
world  life  economics 
june 2014
I’m Just Now Realizing How Stupid We Are
Bunch of quotable things in here, my favorite: "I've learned that short-term thinking is at the root of most of our problems, whether it's in business, politics, investing, or work."
advice  economics  finance  life  culture 
june 2014
Cultivate Teams, Not Ideas
Quote: "In software development, execution is staying on top of all the tiny details that make up your app. If you're not constantly obsessing over every aspect of your application, relentlessly polishing and improving every little part of it – no matter how trivial – you're not executing. At least, not well."
team  culture  attention  execution  details 
june 2014
24 Lingering Questions From the NBA Finals «
Quote: "I realized that Doug had something of a hierarchy of praise that went like this.
Level 1: “Coach, that guy is tough.”
Level 2: “Coach, that guy is a BITCH.”
Level 3: “Coach, that guy is a [12-letter word].”"

Going to start calling everyone I know "Coach".

Also, humility and unselfishness. Congrats Tim Duncan.
sports  nicknames  tim-duncan  humility  unselfish  team  team-first 
june 2014
How Perks Can Divide Us, by Melissa Santos, Rafe Colburn | Model View Culture
Quote: "These perks are generally most appealing to one particular demographic -- young, unmarried guys. All too often, they are intended to make companies appealing to candidates who are members of that demographic, and they reinforce the monoculture that is often a huge problem in our industry. It's incumbent on managers to think about the disparate impact of perks on the members of the team."
culture  management  work  benefits  perks 
june 2014
With His Eye on the World Cup, Soccer Coach Jurgen Klinsmann Overhauls Team USA - WSJ
Sports ball bookmark! Great article describing the various styles of international teams, the video highlighting Tiki-Taka from Spain is amazing.
soccer  strategy  germany  spain  england  argentina  portugal  brazil 
june 2014
How Slack Onboards New Users | User Onboarding
Didn't notice slackbot gathering first name / last name / title when I went through the signup, but that's really nice.
ux  design  onboarding  registration  ui 
june 2014
Leadership Lessons from the Code Conference | Psychohistory
Does your message elevate to the point where everyone understands the tangible benefit of living in a world where your company is successful?
value  business  meaning  marketing 
june 2014
Twitter / pamelafox: PSA: You can toggle browser ...
Command Option I for Chrome Developer Tools... money.
chrome  tools  software  tips 
june 2014
Disk Inventory X
Exceptional little tool for figuring out where you're using disk on OSX.
mac  osx  software  tools 
june 2014
The Internet With A Human Face - Beyond Tellerrand 2014 Conference Talk
Quote: "Advertising, or the promise of advertising, is the economic foundation of the world wide web." Sad but true.
advertising  internet  privacy  surveillance 
may 2014
A Critique of “Don’t Fuck Up The Culture”
Quote: "... there is a presumption among many executives that culture is an asset created and managed like technological resources, which is a mistake. Culture is emotional. It is based on trust and even (platonic) love between people. It is hard to describe culture rationally or in the same easily measurable terms the business world operates on, which explains why so many attempts by business leaders to control and scale culture ultimately fail."
culture  airbnb  business  management  leadership 
may 2014
TLS Server Name Indication.
Great little blog post (from 2005!) on TLS and what servername does for you.
security  protocol  reference  ssl  https  tls 
april 2014
Watch "The hack to save your marriage: Eli Finkel at TEDxUChicago" Video at TEDxTalks
Similar to the idea that DFW spoke about in his commencement speech: you choose not to be the center of your existence.
life  marriage  relationships  perspective 
march 2014
We Don’t Sell Saddles Here — Medium
Quote: "To see why, consider the hypothetical Acme Saddle Company. They could just sell saddles, and if so, they’d probably be selling on the basis of things like the quality of the leather they use or the fancy adornments their saddles include; they could be selling on the range of styles and sizes available, or on durability, or on price.

Or, they could sell horseback riding. Being successful at selling horseback riding means they grow the market for their product while giving the perfect context for talking about their saddles. It lets them position themselves as the leader and affords them different kinds of marketing and promotion opportunities (e.g., sponsoring school programs to promote riding to kids, working on land conservation or trail maps). It lets them think big and potentially be big."
business  collaboration  work  design  strategy 
february 2014
mnot’s blog: Nine Things to Expect from HTTP/2
Interesting stuff coming down the pipe, pun intended.
http  performance  web  http/2  browser  ssl 
february 2014
StatHat - Awesome custom stat tracking tool.
Example of a super small team and a niche product doing interesting stuff.
analytics  api  metrics  statistics  stats 
january 2014
Apple - iPad - What will your verse be
The trailer looks amazing, can't wait till the movie comes out.
apple  motivation 
january 2014
The Intrinsic Value of Blogging | Matt Mullenweg
Quote on blogging: "First, write for yourself, both your present self whose thinking will be clarified by distilling an idea through writing and editing, and your future self who will be able to look back on these words and be reminded of the context in which they were written. Second, write for a single person who you have in mind as the perfect person to read what you write, almost like a letter, even if they never will, or a person who you’re sure will read it because of a connection you have to them..."
blogging  communication  writing 
january 2014
illumos developer > 2013 > May > need reviews for..
Quote: "Empathy is a core engineering value.

This is especially true when it comes to backward compatibility, even
moreso when targeting environments in which your product is used to make
money. There are plenty of situations in which it's easy enough to say
"don't do that, then" and leave it at that. Like most engineers, I have
little patience for people who refuse to read the manual, make
assumptions about the system's behaviour from unreasonable bases, or
engage in obviously retarded diagnostic procedures that serve only to
worsen the original problem. All that said, there are also plenty of
instances in which it's essential to at least attempt to understand the
plight of our users. This is one of them."
culture  development  empathy  engineering  software 
january 2014
sbdc » Clutter, pt 1
On clutter everywhere and how it affects our brains, have been trying to cull stuff from my own life in the same way.
clutter  focus  things  choices  culture  stuff 
january 2014
Finagle
Finagle is an extensible RPC system for the JVM, used to construct high-concurrency servers. Finagle implements uniform client and server APIs for several protocols, and is designed for high performance and concurrency.
java  scala  rpc  concurrency  distributed 
january 2014
The Travis CI Blog: Books That Helped Shape Our Business
List of books from a group of guys running a small online business doing cloud CI.
books  business  entrepreneurship  reading  leadership 
january 2014
David Sedaris on the kookaburra : The New Yorker
Quote: "One burner represents your family, one is your friends, the third is your health, and the fourth is your work. The gist, she said, was that in order to be successful you have to cut off one of your burners. And in order to be really successful you have to cut off two."
life  values  priorities  attention  culture 
december 2013
Why Waiting in Line Is Torture - NYTimes.com
Quote: "This story hints at a general principle: the experience of waiting, whether for luggage or groceries, is defined only partly by the objective length of the wait. “Often the psychology of queuing is more important than the statistics of the wait itself,” notes the M.I.T. operations researcher Richard Larson, widely considered to be the world’s foremost expert on lines. Occupied time (walking to baggage claim) feels shorter than unoccupied time (standing at the carousel). Research on queuing has shown that, on average, people overestimate how long they’ve waited in a line by about 36 percent."
performance  waiting  mental-hacks 
december 2013
A Beginner's Guide to Perceived Performance: 4 Ways to Make Your Mobile Site Feel Like a Native App | Mobify
Quote: "This is a great example of the importance of perceived performance. It doesn’t matter how fast your site is if it doesn’t feel fast. In the case of the spinner, it just drew the user’s attention to the fact that they were waiting instead of distracting them from it." Also some really cool stuff with touch state and momentum scrolling. The "don't remind users that they're waiting for something" reminds me of the NY Times story about the airport that just made people walk farther so they wouldn't have to "wait" at baggage claim. All about perception.
performance  mobile  speed  design 
december 2013
Blog | Eric Larsen Explore
Quote: "One of my favorite authors, Sigurd Olsen, used the term 'Lighting Out' to describe the physical act of leaving the comfort and convenience of modern civilization and heading out into the wilderness. For some, purposefully putting yourself in uncomfortable situations seems ridiculous at best." Have come across the notion of constantly putting yourself in uncomfortable situations as a sure way to keep growing. Like the phrase "lighting out".
life  lifehacks  culture  mental-hacks  change 
december 2013
Home - Sigar - Hyperic Support
The Sigar API provides a portable interface for gathering system information such as: System memory, swap, cpu, load average, uptime, logins, Per-process memory, cpu, credential info, state, arguments, environment, open files, File system detection and metrics, Network interface detection, configuration info and metrics, TCP and UDP connection tables, Network route table
java  sysadmin  systems  devops  memory  swapping 
december 2013
Chris Hates Writing • Small things add up
Quote: " Despite doing our best to keep cookie size down, our use of Google Analytics puts the average user’s cookie size around 1 kilobyte. Because these cookies are sent with every request made to content hosted on 4chan.org, the average user must send 4chan roughly 100 KB of data per page load to receive the response."
performance  http  cookies  web 
december 2013
The secrets of the world's happiest cities | Society | The Guardian
Quote: "... sometimes, he said, he would pick up his three-year-old son from nursery and put him on the back seat of his tandem bike and they would pedal home along the South Saskatchewan river. The snow would muffle the noise of the city. Dusk would paint the sky in colours so exquisite that Judge could not begin to find names for them. The snow would reflect those hues. It would glow like the sky, and Judge would breathe in the cold air and hear his son breathing behind him, and he would feel as though together they had become part of winter itself." Lovely.
cities  happiness  culture  life 
november 2013
Help! Linux ate my RAM!
Helpful little site that I'm going to use with customers who get amped up about "all their memory" being used.
linux  memory  sysadmin 
october 2013
XOXO | cabel.me
"Now is the best time of our lives."
xoxo  panic  life  motivation 
october 2013
Nate Silver on Finding a Mentor, Teaching Yourself Statistics, and Not Settling in Your Career - Walter Frick - Harvard Business Review
Quote on the best way to learn stuff: "That intellectual curiosity. That bullshit detector for lack of a better term, where you see a data set and you have at least a first approach on how much signal there is there. That can help to make you a lot more efficient. That stuff is kind of hard to teach through book learning. So it’s by experience. I would be an advocate if you’re going to have an education, then have it be a pretty diverse education so you’re flexing lots of different muscles. You can learn the technical skills later on, and you’ll be more motivated to learn more of the technical skills when you have some problem you’re trying to solve..."
learning  motivation  education  statistics  math 
september 2013
What College Rankings Really Tell Us : The New Yorker
Similar article to one I just read about Car & Driver as to how it ranks cars.
statistics  ranking  strategy  education 
september 2013
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