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Spiders could theoretically eat every human on Earth in one year - The Washington Post
"The world's spiders consume somewhere between 400 million and 800 million tons of prey in any given year. That means that spiders eat at least as much meat as all 7 billion humans on the planet combined, who the authors note consume about 400 million tons of meat and fish each year."

Also, be sure to catch the last GIF
spiders  nature 
20 hours ago
File Annotations | Box
one implementation of annotations from a development library POV
annotations  web  metadata  library 
4 days ago
Annotation is now a web standard – Hypothesis
Discussion about the W3C Web Annotation standard (hypothes.is is the place where Jon Udell hangs his hat now)
annotations  web  standards  metadata 
4 days ago
Do Repeat Yourself, With Variations – Jon Udell
this captures a lot of why I think religious adherence to DRY is suboptimal
programming  philosophy  engineering 
6 days ago
Crossing the River by Feeling the Stones (Google Cloud Next '17) - YouTube
great description by Simon Wardley on Wardley Maps and their importance
visualization  strategy  management  biz 
16 days ago
Questions I'm asking in interviews - Julia Evans
not only good for interviews, might be interesting to pick and choose some of these for retros...
hiring  interview  retrospective 
16 days ago
Things to Figure Out as a New Manager: Part 1, Your Schedule | Accidentally in Code
"Unless you’re some kind of monster, you’ll probably spend a lot of time feeling terrible and uncertain, too." Loads of good stuff. (Part 1 of 5 [at least for now], read the whole series)
engineering  management  career  soc  collaboration 
23 days ago
Western PA Regional Tournament -- Scores – Odyssey of the Mind
Scores from our girls' division and problem, 3rd place goes to state!
odysseyofthemind 
23 days ago
Obamacare-Repealer Explains Poor Don’t Want to be Healthy
'While I am not a theologian, I feel confident in asserting that Jesus’ message about the poor is not most accurately summarized as “Let them suffer, they’re animals anyway.”'
healthcare  government  religion 
24 days ago
mobile.nytimes.com | You may want to marry my husband
Glad this isn't longer so I didn't start crying
26 days ago
oroville dam spillway - Album on Imgur
set of images showing the damage to the spillway that wound up threatening a lot of folks and infrastructure in Northern CA (including some scary days for Turnitin operations folks)
dam  engineering  nature  awesome  failure 
26 days ago
Web Annotation Data Model
Aims: "The primary aim of the Web Annotation Data Model is to provide a standard description model and format to enable annotations to be shared between systems. This interoperability may be either for sharing with others, or the migration of private annotations between devices or platforms. The shared annotations must be able to be integrated into existing collections and reused without loss of significant information. The model should cover as many annotation use cases as possible, while keeping the simple annotations easy and expanding from that baseline to make complex uses possible."
web  document  annotations  metadata  standards 
29 days ago
How To Ask for the Truth
"When things go wrong on a team I manage, one of the first things I always ask myself is “what questions could I have asked to find this out earlier?” and then I start asking those questions more regularly."
management  collaboration  gettingbetter 
4 weeks ago
jocelyngoldfein.com | Culture is the behavior you reward and punish
"It ends up being asymmetrical: it takes unanimity to establish a positive norm in your culture, but it only takes a little inconsistency to lose it."
management  leadership  soc  culture  collaboration 
4 weeks ago
Douglas Coupland: Why I can only ever be one Doug at any given time
"The texture of being single now and being single 20 years ago is different. Twenty years ago you’d meet people out in the world in real situations and you felt that maybe you were a character in a story called “Your Life”. Now being single is a free app you scroll through and, suddenly, your matchmaking choices are narrowed down to “uncutdaddy77”, who’s 860 metres away, or perhaps “Totally Oral”, who’s a mere 450 metres away. I’m guessing there are no bouquets of flowers or dinners involved there."
douglascoupland  goodwriting  gettingold  divorce 
5 weeks ago
50 Things You Can Control Right Now
lots of little things -- nothing mind blowing
life  psychology 
5 weeks ago
FAQ - Thumbpress on handleset is hard depress
who's got two thumbs and successfully followed a youtube video to perform the most basic of home repairs? this guy
homerepair 
5 weeks ago
ongoing by Tim Bray · Geek Career Paths
A personal paragraph about working (or not working) in different roles, at different types of companies.
career  management 
5 weeks ago
Culture and the Games People Play
Presentation from Roy Rapoport on how incentives and actual empowerment can be a really powerful force among an organization, and about how the wrong kinds of incentives can be super corrosive; kinda gets into the "what makes Netflix special" idea
management  psychology  netflix  collaboration  soc 
5 weeks ago
Hacking your own Kinesis keyboard controller
I'm not going to do this, but it's still neat
keyboard 
5 weeks ago
Bruce Springsteen - You Never Can Tell - YouTube
how many years of practice went into this?
music  fun 
7 weeks ago
Yamakasi Catleap Monitor Club
Scroll down to "What you Get/Power Issues/Stand Removal" for excellent instructions on removing the back and unscrewing the annoying stand and rear support.
hardware 
7 weeks ago
Eliot A. Cohen Responds to Donald Trump's First Week - The Atlantic
"For the community of conservative thinkers and experts, and more importantly, conservative politicians, this is a testing time. Either you stand up for your principles and for what you know is decent behavior, or you go down, if not now, then years from now, as a coward or opportunist. Your reputation will never recover, nor should it."
donaldtrump  politics  media 
8 weeks ago
Company Growth: Why everything breaks at 25 employees
"why everything breaks" is dramatic, but useful advice on what to focus on (communication, repeat yourself, think about what your implicit culture is, recognize individual contributions)
management  communication 
8 weeks ago
How Louis CK Tells A Joke - YouTube
7 minutes taking apart a 1.5 minute joke to show how everything fits together, just great
comedy  language  via:kottke 
9 weeks ago
Elided Branches: How Do Individual Contributors Get Stuck? A Primer
great list; also lol on: "Individual contributors often get sidetracked by...

7. Excessive testing (rare)
8. Excessive automation (rare)"
management  productivity  programming  soc 
11 weeks ago
Baeumer EP (Profiling machine) - YouTube
how they cut those sheets of egg crate foam
engineering  video 
december 2016
Furiosa’s Cat Feeder « Blondihacks
the trials of adapting a cat feeder so the cat can't defeat it
cats  automation  engineering 
december 2016
The Incompatible Food Triad --- George W. Hart
from the Political Gabfest podcast.. tricky!
food  fun 
december 2016
Tilting my mirror (motivation is delicate) | Derek Sivers
"When you notice something is affecting your drive, find a way to adjust your environment. Even if it’s a little inconvenient to others."
motivation  behavior  soc 
december 2016
Forklift Driver Klaus - The First Day on the Job (Forklift Training Video, Clean) - YouTube
Poor Klaus, on his first day on the job someone fell off his pallet while he was incorrectly lifting them up (incorrectly), lifted a box with a knife hanging off it which fell directly into someone's head, turned on the forklift while someone was repairing it (removing both his hands), divided someone in two with sheet metal, and then impaled someone on the forklift who was holding a chainsaw which caught on a piece of metal, ripped the chain off which flipped back and beheaded Klaus
gross  fun 
november 2016
Moishe Lettvin - What I Learned Doing 250 Interviews at Google - YouTube
Nothing shocking or really new, but: strive toward treating people as people; be careful about data (people aren't consistent, even with themselves over time); don't ever hire assholes.
hiring  interview 
november 2016
Management in ten tweets – Medium
also worth mentioning is the AMA on the rands-management slack from Marc on 4-Nov-2016
management 
november 2016
www.automaticbeyondbelief.org | Dedicated to the Classic Sunbeam Radiant Control Toaster
From the late 1940's to 1997, the upscale toaster market was dominated by this classic from Sunbeam. Its sophisticated lines, art deco styling, and consistent toasting quality made it a pleasure both to the eyes and the palate.
design  food 
october 2016
Developer hiring and the market for lemons
more discussion of back and forth among companies hiring, being dysfunctional and people leaving, identifying 'nontraditional' strong candidates, etc. -- West Coast focus but still interesting
hiring 
october 2016
Broken record: startups are also probably rejecting a *lot* of engineering candi... | Hacker News
"Compare the first 2/3rds of Matasano's lifetime to the last 1/3rd. The typical candidate we've hired lately would never have gotten hired at early Matasano, because (a) they wouldn't have had the resume for it, and (b) we over-weighted intangibles like how convincing candidates were in face-to-face interviews. But the candidates we've hired lately compare extremely well to our earlier teams! It's actually kind of magical: we interview people whose only prior work experience is "Line of Business .NET Developer", and they end up showing us how to write exploits for elliptic curve partial nonce bias attacks that involve Fourier transforms and BKZ lattice reduction steps that take 6 hours to run."
hiring  interview 
october 2016
Hiring your first SRE
maybe a good place to start when we talk about expectations for an operations-focused role?
sre  devops  sysadmin 
october 2016
kdeldycke/awesome-falsehood: Curated list of falsehoods programmers believe in.
"These articles starts with the hypothesis that developers have a naive, simple view of the subject at hand. Then proceed to list a set of candid assumptions that might be held by such programmers. Each one is intentionally false, and sometimes illustrated by a counter-example."
culture  gender  names  datetime  money  geography 
october 2016
Forgotten Questions of Change | esther derby associates, inc.
"A handful of questions that could lead to more effective action, but seldom get asked..."
management  development  change  innovation  agile 
october 2016
Screening: You’re Doing It Wrong
As much as I hate "You're doing it wrong" headlines, this has some good advice: "In a hiring decision, the scariest mistake we can make is hiring the wrong person. In a screening decision, the scariest mistake we can make is passing up a potential hire."
hiring  interview 
october 2016
A Recipe for an Interview
these questions are good ones to ask yourself every once in a while too
interview  hiring 
october 2016
Why's that company so big? I could do that in a weekend
Anytime someone says this I put them in the "Has never worked in production on a system used by many people" bucket
engineering  devops  programming  hubris 
october 2016
www.bloomberg.com | Congress May Rewrite Saudi 9/11 Law After Override
"But Republicans said the White House didn’t make a forceful case, putting themselves in the awkward position of blaming the president for a bill they enacted into law over Obama’s veto."
hate  politics 
september 2016
Bruce Springsteen’s Complicated Masculinity -- Vulture
"It is a testament to how poisoned we are in our ideas of what pubescent boys — especially the angry misfits who go on to become fist-pumping rock stars — are like that I had to read this passage several times to make sure I was understanding the chronology correctly, and that in the 1960s, a disaffected teenage Bruce Springsteen had indeed doted on his pregnant mother and changed his baby sister’s diapers."
brucespringsteen  music  biography  review 
september 2016
Mastering Programming | Kent Beck
"The theme here is scaling your brain. The journeyman learns to solve bigger problems by solving more problems at once. The master learns to solve even bigger problems than that by solving fewer problems at once. Part of the wisdom is subdividing so that integrating the separate solutions will be a smaller problem than just solving them together."
programming 
september 2016
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